SHAWNEE, Kan. -- The times may be tough economically, but one metro rocker with a unique skill set and a cardboard guitar is making the most of a tough situation.
Justin Tripp can often be seen along Shawnee Mission Parkway and Quivira, performing his carefully-calculated dance moves and ripping riffs on his cardboard "guitar" as he works to get customers into the Cash for Gold shop that employs him.
Tripp, who calls himself "Showtime," was recently laid-off from Little Ceasar's Pizza as a shaker boarder - but his unemployment didn't last long as Cash for Gold next door to the pizza restaurant grabbed him as soon as he became available.
"Little Caeser's pretty much reduced his hours, we heard about it, and went out there and offered him a job," said Cash for Gold manager Moses Pecina, who says that his business has doubled since hiring Tripp.
Tripp says that the job was nothing less than a miracle.
"It was a praise from God, I say, because if it wasn't for this job, I'd be homeless," said Tripp.
Tripp says that he takes his job as a sign-holding rocker seriously, and actually gets a piece of the profits when people say that his act are what brought them into the store.
"People don't see a sign guy as a job, they just see it as they pass by as somebody homeless and needs a job," said Tripp.
Pecina says that he offered Tripp a job inside behind the desk, but he turned him down - saying that the show must go on.
"For me I Love my job and I wouldn't change it for the world," said Tripp.