Select one of the quotes below to practice MLA from the following template: As the reader learns about _____/"quote," one begins to understand what/why/how Ehrenreich ____________ (#). Then follow the quote with three to four sentences discussing the significance of the quote in relation to Ehrenreich's developing argument on minimum wage and surviving.
Relationship with the Customer:
“At Hearthside, we utilize whatever bits of autonomy we have to ply our customers with the illicit calories that signal our love. … So if you wonder why Americans are so obese, consider the fact that waitresses both express their humanity and earn their tips through the covert distribution of fats” (20).
“The regulation poster in the single unisex restroom admonishes us to wash our hands thoroughly, and even offers instructions for doing so, but there is always some vital substance missing—soap, paper towels, toilet paper—and I never found all three at once” (30).
No break room (poor working conditions)
“The break room summarizes the whole situation: there is none, because there are no breaks at Jerry’s” (30).
Pecking Order or Social Hierarchy (Industrial Revolution)
“Now, the Industrial Revolution is not an easy transition, especially, in my experience, when you have to zip through it in just a couple of days. I have gone from craft work straight into the factory” (31).
“No fancy service allowed for the serfs. Chatting with customers is for the good-looking young college-educated servers in the downtown carpaccio and ceviche joints, the kids who can make $70-$1000 a night” (35).