Cleaning Up The Morning After
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Cleaning Up The Morning After

  • Francisco Melgar removes the closed fencing briefly before proceeding into Bottlescrew Bill’s to clean in Calgary on April 15, 2021. Bottlescrew Bill’s and Buzzard’s is a bar in downtown Calgary on 10 Avenue S.W., and they have been open since 1980. They are known for their menu of beers from countries all around the world. (Photo by Alejandro Melgar/SAIT)
  • Francisco Melgar applies hand sanitizer before putting on gloves in the kitchen of Bottlescrew Bill’s before starting his cleaning duties in Calgary on April. 15, 2021. Melgar was laid off officially from the Sheraton Eau Claire, the place he worked for for 15 years, back in October of 2020, after being on a leave as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was the assistant to the power engineer. (Photo by Alejandro Melgar/SAIT)
  • Francisco Melgar finishes cleaning the mens bathroom of Bottlescrew Bill’s in Calgary on April 15, 2021. Melgar has been cleaning in restaurants since he first arrived in Calgary from El Salvador in the 1980’s. Throughout the 90’s, Melgar cleaned for multiple restaurants and bars to support his family. (Photo by Alejandro Melgar/SAIT)
  • Francisco Melgar enters the lounge that leads towards a second set of bathrooms in Bottlescrew Bill’s in Calgary on April 15, 2021. Bottlescrew Bill’s has been closed for indoor service as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but service still continues on their patio. Melgar continues to clean since patrons walk inside to use the bathroom. (Photo by Alejandro Melgar/SAIT)
  • Francisco Melgar finished his work early in the morning and proceeds to leave Bottlescrew Bill’s, which is located on 10 Avenue S.W. in downtown Calgary on April 15, 2021. Melgar has three children, and remarried to a woman that is also from El Salvador. They have both gone on location together since she also does cleaning to make ends meet, with Melgar assisting her. (Photo by Alejandro Melgar/SAIT)

About This Project

Francisco Melgar, 55, has been a cleaner since he first arrived in Calgary in the 1980’s. He comes from Mejicanos, El Salvador, and has lived in Calgary for 34 years. Work was difficult for him to find at first, so he decided to become a cleaner, which involved going into bars and restaurants to clean in the early morning and late evening.

Melgar has worked for Bottlescew Bill’s for 10 years, with his initial work with them being a side-job to his full-time job. Bottlescrew Bill’s has been around for 40 years, and they are known for their diverse beer menu spanning 80 countries. They have a beer passport that encourages people to try all their beers.

Since being laided off, Melgar has worked for Bottlescrew Bill’s as his main source of income; though, recently he came upon a position at an elder’s home as their maintenance person.

Reserved and determined, Melgar never complained when it came to his position. Instead, he went with the flow of life and made the circumstances work.

SAIT 2020-2021 Picture Story

A project for my SAIT photography class, it was an opportunity to see my father in action, and also an opportunity to showcase what people have had to do to make ends meet, particularly during COVID-19 when many jobs were lost.

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