After reading the book Nickel and Dimed I have come to realize how much work low wage workers actually do. I have worked in a fast food restaurant only once and it was hard work but I did not get a major feel for the field because I was not there for very long. Barbara Ehrenreich did a good job as far as showing people, or telling people how it is to work in the low wage field but it was hard for me to get a real perception of everything because I knew in the back of my mind that she was not really a low wage worker. I do not understand why a wealthy woman would want to go out into the world and pretend to be a woman in poverty, but by doing this I think that she made many people realize how much low wage workers work and what they do for so many people.
I have never lived in poverty but I have also never lived a considerably wealthy life. From reading this book, my perceptions of poverty and prosperity have pretty much stayed the same. Many times I associate fast food workers with poverty, or when I see an elderly woman working at WalMart I also associate that with poverty. I cannot recall a time that I ever thought that the sixty year old checker at WalMart could possibly be rich. As horrible as it may sound, I usually, unconsciously think that anyone that works in any low wage job must be in some state of poverty. I do appreciate what these people do for society, but at the same time, I am not going to feel sorry for these people either. I do not think that low wage workers should in any way be disrespected but at the same time, as much as people will argue this point, everyone has a choice in what they do with their life. Low wage jobs are a pain in the butt and they are not always fair and they are hard, but someone has got to do it. I believe that if someone does not want to live that lifestyle, they do not have to. I would not say this if I did not have proof from personal experience. My mom never went to college and because of that if she