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 'Wal-Martian' 
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I really enjoyed reading this book because I could relate to her struggle. I worked as soon as I was legally allowed to work. I worked in fast food and at Wal Mart for 6 years. Most of the time I worked two jobs and went to school. I could relate to the part that she talked about doing the same job over and over again. I worked at these places during college. I think it was an advantage for me to work there because I did not want to work there the rest of my life. I used it like Cedric did for something to push off of. I wanted to do well in school and do something else. I did not want to come to work with the same task day after day.

I liked reading this book now because it is frustrating being a teacher and working SO hard all the time and not making enough money. Then reading this book it reminded me of how awful those other jobs were. I felt exactly as she did when she said she felt like everyone is going somewhere and doing something and she was stuck in a box that whole time (at Wal Mart) and being treated like she was less of a human being. There are so many jobs that are even more demanding or difficult than our job is.

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Lindsey Mehall


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You're right Lindsey! It seems the more demanding and stressful the job, the less respect the worker receives. I worked at Eckerd in college and was treated like an idiot by customers. People showed no respect whatsoever and acted like because I worked wherev they shopped they were more intelligient than I could ever hope to be. It's all about putting yourself in someone else's moccasins!

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I always try to make sure that if I'm out shopping and someone made a mess, I pick it up (like if I'm at a clothes rack and several shirts are on the ground). I'm a little obcessive-compulsive at times and like things neat and orderly. I don't know how Barbara was treated by being guilty--but I've seen others treated poorly. It makes me angry because I know that they have it rough. You get what jobs you can with the resources you have--it isn't your fault if the factory you worked at for 20 years stole your pension and your only option is WalMart or fast food.

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Mon Oct 02, 2006 7:14 pm
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Exactly, Lisa. You, also, never know when you will be forced (or need the extra income apart from teaching) to work at a minimum wage paying job.

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Elizabeth Lawson


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Elizabeth,
I agree with your comment. As I posted earlier about being a waitress during high school and college, I kept thinking that I may have to go back to those circumstances --- we never know what situations may lead us back to the minimum wage job.

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I do the same as Lisa, if I'm out shopping I'll also pick up items lying on the floor, and most times, I'll even wipe off my table after eating out. When I graduated from high school I went to work in a mill, sewing in tee shirt sleeves. I wasn't there long before I knew that I didn't want that job for the rest of my life. So, I started attending college classes at night and working at a sewing machine during the day. It took a long time, but I finally got my college degree.

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The description of her experience in WalMart was unbelievable. It is amazing to me that the mission and vision of WalMart are in direct contrast to thier practices.

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