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Rebecca Young Professor Kramer Political Science 200 8 September 2012 Nickel and Dimed Living at or below the poverty line comes with many problems. Ehrenreich experiences what life is like living at minimum wage. She faces many basic problems which include: trying to find a safe place to live, having to be on her feet all day and night, being paid minimum wage, and trying to eat healthy when living in a hotel room. She also experiences the difficulties of filling out a job application, being drug tested, and trying to find a job that will cover her basic needs. Those living in poverty are often times working more than one physically and mentally demanding job, as well as worrying about paying rent, feeding themselves and their families, and having to pay for expensive health care. After living in Florida, Maine, and Minnesota as a low wage, unskilled worker, Ehrenreich finds that working a minimum wage job, especially two jobs, is exhausting. While in Maine, one of her coworkers named Holly, finds out she is pregnant and injures her ankle while working for her housekeeping job. The managers of their housekeeping company are extremely strict and requires that the employees meet come to work every time they are scheduled to. The employees for this company hardly receive a lunch break and many of them cannot even afford to bring lunch. If these employees
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