David Shinault lives in Radford, and he works there as well, as an area manager for a welding supply company. But his passion is ice skating. Over the past six years, it’s become a little more than a hobby.
Besides skating and playing hockey, since 2010 the 51-year-old has been sharpening skates outside the Roanoke Civic Center, and giving away scavenged skates during the skating season.
On many weekend mornings, he’d pull his trailer up into the parking lot and set up near one of the coliseum doors. There, he’d sharpen blades for a nominal charge. Inside, in space donated by the Civic Center, he’d fit newbie skaters into used-but -serviceable skates that cost them nothing.
Shinault has not been there since October, however. That was when the Roanoke Civic Center management informed him he needed two $1 million insurance policies before they’d let him set up again.
They wanted $1 million in general liability coverage, plus another $1 million in commercial vehicle coverage. All that for a guy who already spends more on his hobby than it brings in, and who provides genial service and free goods.
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