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Robert Laughlin lives in Chico, California, and received his BA from California State University, Sacramento. Apart from his "Men at Work" series, he has published 100 flash stories; two of his longer stories are storySouth Million Writers Award Notable Stories. His author website is at


Men at Work: Julie, an initiative circulator

Issue No. 255 ~ August, 2018

I decided right away that I wasn’t going to be obnoxious. We’ve all seen those guys stationed at megamarts, standing behind trestle tables, cupping their hands and hawking their petitions to passersby. Last year I went shopping at Target, and one of them was right …