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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Nickel and Dimed Part 1.

In the book Nickel and Dimed the author Barbara Ehrenreich shows us that poor people face other hardships other than money. At the first restaurant that Barbara works in she gets the background of most of her co-workers. They are all poor and face many struggles in their everyday lives. "Joan...lives in a van parked behind a shopping center" (26). "Andy, lives on his dry-docked boat" (26). Some of her co-workers don't even live in houses or trailer parks, they just live in vehicles. The poor also have to face not living in a proper living space. I believe everyone deserves to live in some sort of home, no one should live in their car or boat. According to Wikipedia the top three cities that have people living in their cars are New York (56%), Washington D.C. (38%), and Boston (37%). 


Poor people are also missing out on some of the things that we do in our everyday lives that we take for granted. We can go to the movies or the mall whenever we want with out thinking about it, not everyone can have that luxury. "Though no one, I notice, ever brings up anything potentially expensive, like shopping or movies" (36). I never really think about the things that poor people don't have besides money. I believe Barbara didn't think about things poor people are missing out on since she just realized the girls she works with never talk about expensive things. I never looked passed the money, I just kind of forgot that you need to have money to do a lot of things that are normal in my everyday life. This makes me want to work harder for the benefits in life like the people in this story have to. 


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