Victoria shoeshiner not so different than buskers

City needs to rethink its decision on prohibiting this form of service

Re: Shoeshine stand sparks street-level debate (News, June 20)

Why would Jill Goodson be treated differently than others who play guitars or bagpipes or just sit in front of their empty hats? Is it because she actually does something useful, while hoping that a donation will be given her?

I’ll bet it would be allowed if she sang a tune, or blew into a harmonica while polishing shoes. At least she would be providing a service other than snivelling for pennies like the beggars or buskers. Let her hum a tune as she polishes, then she will fit in for sure.

Elva Hosie

Esquimalt

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