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Wednesday marked 41 days that the 6-foot, 4-inch tall guy with the tattoo of Jesus on his left arm and the gray ponytail has worked at Walgreens pharmacy on Celanese Road.

“In the photo department,” Ed Peirce said. “The 2-to-10 shift. Proud to do it.”

Peirce, 54, is a former stockbroker. A few years ago, he sold his business – a computer training center in West Virginia – and came to Rock Hill to be closer to his grown daughter. He had two rental houses in West Virginia and a third house in Rock Hill’s Spencer Estates he owns with his sister. He planned to rent out the houses and live off the income.

Yet for 41 days he has gone to work. He took the job, he said, “to help pay the bills on the properties.”

In two of those houses are families who rent from Peirce. One man worked in construction and has a wife and two little kids. A second man worked in utilities contracting and has a baby in the house. But both tenants got laid off several months ago.

Peirce refused to evict them. He didn’t throw the families into the street, though he has every right to.

“I sat with them and prayed for better times,” Peirce said. “These are stand-up guys. Family men. Proud. They paid me before, when they were working. You don’t show your faith, your Christianity, in words. You do it in deeds.”

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