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BIGGER PICTURE: A professional pooper-scooper

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Talk about a crappy job. That is only meant in literal terms, however. In reality, it’s the perfect job for Angelique Francis of Manchester at this time in her life.

I met with the 66-year-old last week while she was working. I had no idea what to expect. Angelique is a kind, mild-mannered, soft-spoken, bespectacled woman who once had a career as a librarian. I hate to stereotype her, but she fits my image of a librarian. Perfectly.

Of course, when juxtaposed against what she is doing now, it’s quite thought-provoking.

What is she doing now? She is in the business of feces, which also is known as poop, poo, crap, defecation, excretion, dung, stool, deuce, No. 2, scat, doo-doo and, lastly, the humorous meadow muffin (I should add that a photojournalist has few chances in their career to write such a sentence).

Angelique lived in California for a long time before relocating to Ohio in 2000 due to a job opportunity for her husband. In Ohio she started up her pooper-scooping business as a way to get some exercise. It forces her to get up, out and moving during the cold months instead of hibernating. She found that not only did people appreciate her services, but that she was making money too.

Personally, I love it when........

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