By Peter Rowe
Six Syrian men quizzed the Somali owner of Eleet Transportation, a two-year-old San Diego firm that delivers patients to medical appointments.
What are his costs? What regulations govern his business? Is it wise to hire family members?
“I have a younger brother,” said Eleet’s owner, Abdikarim Hussein, in English. “I’ve fired him maybe six, seven times.”
After this comment was translated into Arabic, it was greeted by a chorus of male guffaws. Only one woman was at this testosterone-heavy gathering, yet she may have been the most important person in the room.
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