Vendor Profile: Phillip Nesbitt

I’m from Manchigo Bay, Jamaica. I am the youngest boy and five sisters and two brothers, but I’m the only one in San Francisco.  I don’t know where they’re at now. In 1985 in my late twenties, I came to Los Angeles to see the world and to get more money. I was in Los Angeles and Long Beach for a couple months, but then came to San Francisco.

I’m 55 years old and I have one son. I’ve been a roofer for 15 years—and I loved it. It was the best job I had. I got to use all my body: My muscles, my brain, everything, instead of sitting behind a computer and getting bored. I worked for A and B roofing company. I was also a cook, landscaper, painter, I’ve done a lot of stuff! I can’t even think of it. Janitor work.

I have been a Street Sheet vendor for about two years. It helps me out; it gives me some income. I sell all over the city! I would want people to know that I’m a very kind and respectful young gentleman, and I would like people to treat me with respect instead of cursing me and calling me all type of names. Sometimes it’s hard to sell the paper, and I think especially because I’m African American, until they get to know you. Thanks to all my kind customers that help me out!