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John Hagan: Rookie vendor stays positive

Wed, Feb 19, 2014

StreetWise Vendor John HaganHaving just started at StreetWise in early January, 43-year-old John R. Hagan Jr. can’t wait for the weather to warm up. Hagan is no stranger to cold weather since he was born in raised in Park Ridge, but he did spend the last 10 years working full time in sunny Nevada before he was recently laid off. Now, Hagan keeps a positive attitude about his future, selling StreetWise and beyond.

SB: If you could do anything John, what would you do?
JH: I would love to do my own radio talk show if not vending. I could talk about politics, sports, you name it. I could be like a combination of Rush Limbaugh and Tom Leykis. And I could talk about my favorite sports teams: the Cowboys in football, Dodgers in baseball and Miami Heat in basketball.

SB: Very cool, I hope you do that someday. In the meantime, how have you liked StreetWise so far?
JH: So far, I’ve really liked it except for one thing: the weather. But I’ve had a lot of fun with the people. And the one thing I’ve learned that a lot of people need to learn is that my definition of greed is different than other people’s definition of greed. Meaning, greed is not about how much money you make, it’s about the characters and merits of a person. Because there are a lot of people who I believe make five or six figures a year, or a million, that are the most generous people I’ve run into. And to me, some of the greedy people happen to be the people that don’t have a pot to piss in. I’ve also learned from the beginning that there is going to be a lot of rejection from people who don’t want to buy the magazine, but they are still nice enough. Some are just having a bad day but I don’t take it personally.

SB: Well that’s a very good attitude to have, staying positive. It sounds like you’re alluding to some of your customers when you talk about generosity, have you formed any relationships with any of your customers yet? Have any regulars?
JH: So far, no, they’ve been pretty random, that will take time. That could just be because of the weather though, it’s been so cold so people don’t want to stand around and chat so sales have been a bit slow but Greg [Pritchett, Director of Vendor Services], has been impressed so far with how I’ve been doing in this weather. He believes I’m going to be selling a lot more when the weather warms up.

SB: That’s great, I’m sure you will too. Have any goals for yourself?
JH: That’s easy, travel. I want to go all over! I mean, I’ve never been out of the United States yet so I’m dying to get a passport. I’d probably go to Mexico, like Cancun maybe, or Canada, perhaps Vancouver, or Australia.

Shannon Barnet
StreetWise Editorial Intern

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One Response to “John Hagan: Rookie vendor stays positive”

  1. John says:

    I saw John selling the newspaper in the cold Chicago winter the last 2 winters. It is a tough job, and John does it very gracefully, with a lot of energy. Good luck to you John, and congratulations on a job extremely well done.

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