nickel and dimed
i can say that this was my favorite essay that we've been assigned. i really liked hearing the perspective of trying to live in poverty. Growing up in an upper middle class setting i could never imagine such an experience. although she definitely limited her experience by allowing start up costs and back up funds and a car! growing up in an upper middle class setting,
this essay picks up on several key points of poverty and the unfair social systems with in the work force. one important point is how they must always be doing something to keep up the efficiency while the upper management can sit around and do nothing for as long as they wish. I've had a job where they were this uptight about working while i actually wondered what their job was. and as she says "she felt as if she was in junior high school with being lined up in the corridor threatened with locker searches and peppered with carelessly aimed accusations"
Another interesting part of this paper was that while she still had extra funds, and few payments, she coudln't even afford to live barely below the poverty level. having to get another low paying job to get by when she doesn't' even have kids to pay for or car payments or anything past the minimum.
so while she didn't quite do the real experience, i find it interesting that she actually put herself out there and attempted the experience to find how people in similar situations can actually get by, and i'm seeing that most don't.