The first place Barbara embarks on in starting her new low-wage life is Key West, Florida. She manages to find a waitresing job at a place called Hearthside. There she earns $2.43 an hour plus tips. During this investigation she used $500 a month for rent and still wants to have $400-$500 left over for food and gas. She gets by at this waitressing job but comes across a number of interesting observations. She mentions how managers demand of you to perform you task, while they can sit for hours at a time and do nothing. "Managers can sit- for hours at a time if they want- but it's their job to see that no one else ever does, even when there's nothing to do." This is true for most places that pay low wages. You would never see a respectable business man or women just ordering others around without performing their job as well. Barbara also experienced the way these low income individuals live outside of work. The... [continues]
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