Online readers react to our stories about Hilton Head Island workers who commute by bus five hours a day:
These people are amazing! They will go that far for work and to put food on their table. I have so much respect for them. Just wish that there was more affordable housing for them closer to their jobs. Or at least the resorts should pay their rides everything they have to board that bus! I’m an Uber driver and I have driven several workers here from the Philippines. The resort shells out that money for their rides and not to mention their housing. Just don’t understand why they can’t do it for these people.
What is interesting is the narrative among some voters is that people in these socio-economic and ethnic groups are lazy, not pulling their weight, sitting around watching TV living off the tax dollars of others. Glad to see a news organization actually take the time to report the truth.
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I work on one of the resorts on the south end of the island and the people in this article are what a lot of our employees do. They are the most respectful and nicest, hard working, family oriented people you would ever meet. The people who say housing should be made available do not understand the culture. More buses and alternatives should be made to make the commute easier and staggering the times. Everyone should have seat.
This is sad. I lived on Hilton Head and Bluffton for 3 years back in the mid 80’s. I worked with a girl who drove from past Savannah every day to work at Hilton Head Hospital. With as much as hotels and restaurants make, they can afford to pay workers better wages.
Sandy Boyd Brown
In this article, the people want to live where they live (Allendale in this case) but they are doing this commute because they can’t find jobs in Allendale or ones that pay as much. I admire them for their dedication and work ethic — seems like a rough way to make a living, but they are doing so to provide for their families.
Valerie Logue Ore
Looks like the hotels and other businesses who hire them could at least pay half or something?! God bless each and every one of them! I’ve been through SC’s “corridor of shame,” it’s embarrassing that more money and development isn’t funneled into that area.
Sherri Jean Varner
Sandie Cain Witt
God bless them!
Wow. I had no idea folks were coming that far.
This is disgusting. These companies would not succeed without these people. They should buy the tickets for the bus and hand them out to their dependable employees. That’s the least they can do!
I hope folks in Hilton Head are reading this.
Jan Browning Parsons
This has been going on for many years and they are just now highlighting this? Wow! This isn’t something new. Or just now happening. It’s been this way.
Jamie Ackley Mervin
God bless them.
A lot of people drive long distances to work. Get over it.
I lived there for 10 years, 1986-1996. I respect these workers for their long journey to and from work.
I would much rather go to Charleston. About the same distance, much more opportunity and more money.
And they get paid the lowest wages. Something has to change.
I live on Hilton Head Island and always praise all the workers that come from afar. God bless them.
Apryl Gaudencio Vargas Valent
Lord help them all! I pray things get better.
If they could afford to live closer they probably would.
The real estate people have raised prices as if the financial depression is over. The wages are still the same as three years ago and the cost of living has been raised significantly and people are surprised there are no entry-level workers?