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Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns has taken a job with the Auckland council which requires him to drive a truck that blasts water to keep the city’s bus shelters clean.
It has been reported that Cairns took the job, which earns him a $17 per hour, due to his mounting legal fees. Cairns is currently involved in a court battle to clear his name after he was allegedly indicted in a match-fixing scandal.
“He (Cairns) is trying really hard and supporting his family the best way he can,” former New Zealand all-rounder Dion Nash, who is also one of Carins’ best friends, told nzherald.co.nz. “He’s not moping around, he’s showing guts and doing hard work by cleaning bus shelters.
“All I can do is support him, but as a friend it is really hard to watch his name being dragged through the mud with no conclusion in sight. He’s a champion guy and he will come through this stronger.”
Just four years ago, Cairns had a glamorous lifestyle and was working as a diamond trader, which was how he managed to purchase a 3.2 carat diamond before proposing to his third wife, Mel Croser.
Mother-of-two Croser, who works as a project manager, recently told a women’s magazine that her husband took up the job to clean bus shelters since “he has no choice, he has to provide for his family.We have bills to pay like everyone else. We don’t own a house, we’re paying rent and getting by is a struggle”.
However, even though Cairns and his family are struggling to pay the bills, they still live in Herne Bay, which is Auckland’s most expensive suburb.