Flashcards in Nickel And Dimed Assessment Deck (42)
Ehrenreich is the author of this work. She attempts to find out if single mothers could make ends meet with low-wage jobs and no Welfare assistance.
Lapham is the editor of Harper’s, with whom Ehrenreich develops the idea for her investigation.
Gail is the “middle-aged wiry waitress” from the Hearthside; she is responsible for training Ehrenreich.
Billy is a cook at the Hearthside. He has a temper and is frequently mean to the female servers.
Lionel is the Haitian busboy at the Hearthside.
Timmy is the fourteen-year-old white busboy at the Hearthside.
Joan is the “svelte fortyish hostess” at the Hearthside.
Phillip is a manager at the Hearthside.
Stu is a cook at the Hearthside.
Joy is “a plump, blowsy woman in her early thirties”; she is a manager at Jerry’s.
B.J. is the other manager at Jerry’s. She is mean and disliked by the employees.
Nina is “a tattooed twenty-something” waitress at Jerry’s.
Ellen is a waitress who once managed a restaurant in Massachusetts but will not try to manage at Jerry’s because she does not like ordering people around.
Lucy is in her fifties and easygoing. She is a waitress at Jerry’s.
George is a nineteen-year-old Czech dishwasher at Jerry’s who has been in the country for only a week when Ehrenreich meets him.
Millie is the housekeeping manager.
Carlotta is a “middle-aged African American woman” who trains Ehrenreich in housekeeping.
Linda is Ehrenreich’s supervisor at the nursing home in Maine. She is “a kindly-looking woman of about thirty.”
Pete is one of the cooks at the nursing home. He quickly befriends Ehrenreich, taking cigarette breaks with her in his car. Ted Ted is Ehrenreich’s boss at Merry Maids; he owns the franchise where Ehrenreich is employed.
Tammy is the office manager at Merry Maids.
Liza is the leader of the one of the teams Ehrenreich cleans with while working at Merry Maids.
Rosalie is a fellow “maid.” She is fresh from high school, and Ehrenreich pesters her about eating healthy food.
Pauline is another Merry Maids employee. She owns her own home, but sleeps on the couch because her grown children and grandchildren live with her and fill up the bedrooms.
Maddy, who works for Merry Maids, is “a single mom of maybe twenty-seven or so”; she has difficulties with child care.
Holly is the leader of another team Ehrenreich cleans with while working at Merry Maids.
Got Pregnant and sick and wouldnt leave work
Broke her foot
Roberta is a “bustling platinum-haired woman of sixty or so” who works in personnel at Wal-Mart.
Caroline is the aunt of Ehrenreich’s friend. Ehrenreich talks with her about what it is really like to live a low-wage lifestyle.
Todd conducts the group interview at Mountain Air.
Melissa works with Ehrenreich in ladies’ wear. She has only been at Wal-Mart for a few weeks longer than Ehrenreich.