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Old 12-08-2007, 01:02 PM
 
Location: huh?
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i found that the main point of the book (at least for me) was that it is hard (impossible) to make ends meet on min. wage or 2 min wage jobs. the book stressed (to me) that wages need to increase (but havent) because the cost of living has increased. the book was very entertaining in other ways though. it's not dry or boring at all.
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So does this book show the rudeness that retail employees put up with? Is that the synopsis I'm getting from this thread? Because I agree that should be required reading for any consumer!
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Old 12-08-2007, 04:24 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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Yes. this book most certainly shows the truly cavalier and dismissive ways that so-called menial workers are treasted. It is a moving and very sad book. You will never be able to walk into a Walmart and ask for assistance from a worker w/o thinking of it.
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Old 12-08-2007, 05:08 PM
 
Location: huh?
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it also makes one not ever want to use "merry maids".
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Old 12-12-2007, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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It's an excellent book and really opened my eyes as to the plight of the "working poor" and the things they have to put up with from awful employers. The author worked undercover at a maid service ("The Maids", I think), Walmart and somewhere else (a waitress?). Very good reading.
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Old 12-12-2007, 07:43 PM
 
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one thing i remember about her working for the maid service is that she discovered that there really isnt much cleaning going on but more wiping and wiping with the same rag over and over. the same rag that it used for the toilet seat is also the rag that is used for the kitchen counter.
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Old 12-12-2007, 07:45 PM
 
Location: southern california
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me first ism, a national malady, does not breed courtesy and kindness.
you know people by how they treat small animals and small children (and the help)
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Old 12-13-2007, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Boy, giraffes are selfish, just runnin’ around looking out for number one.
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I read this book about four years ago and since then I make it a point to be kind to people working in stores. The book was written as an undercover exposé by someone who worked as a waitress and in several low-rent stores (Walmart , for example). It was truly a heartbreaking book as not only the managers of the stores , but people who shop there are so discourteous to these (mostly working moms) who make very little money and who desperately need their jobs.
I read it a few years ago too. I'm like you in that almost everytime I walk into a Walmart I think about that book and what some of the employees have to put up with.
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Old 12-16-2007, 01:55 AM
 
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I read the book a few years ago. What an eye opener. It's a must read.
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Old 12-18-2007, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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THe harder someone has it in life, the nicer I am to them...
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