Ever fantasized about quitting your job and starting over? Prioleau Alexander did just that. Here is his laugh-out-loud funny, endearing, and humbling exploration of life at minimum wage. Alexander walked away from a lucrative career as an advertising executive, seeking a life like that dude on Kung Fu.”
Over the next year, he worked minimum-wage jobs as a pizza deliveryman, ice cream scooper, construction worker, ER tech, fast food jockey, and even cowboy on a Montana dude ranch. He reveals a side of America that is rarely seen and questions the stale white-collar notions of a deeper, more meaningful life beyond the cubicle. In You Want Fries With That? Prioleau explores life at minimum wage and proves unequivocally that the grass is not always greener on the other side.
This book is outstanding. I was laughing so hard and so often I would get funny looks in traffic. It was tremendously interesting to hear about things from this perspective and great to think about the author going through all of this stuff and learning along the way. Highly recommended.
As a military guy myself and someone who had to spend time working at some of the described establishments, I found this book both entertaining and intriguing.
I noticed early on the political affiliation of the author is prominent throughout the book, I particularly enjoyed hearing French fries referred to as freedom fries. I thought that gem had all but been purged from the American lexicon.
Nevertheless, the author provides a unique perspective as someone who is a part of the upper middle class (a demographic that is often a key client at the jobs sampled). He accurately and hilariously recount some of the most infuriating parts of working in these jobs. I think my favorite part was the author's description of the type of customer that frequents ice cream parlors.
I think that despite the authors obvious conservative political tendencies, this book makes a great argument for the need for higher wages at some of the most famous lower paying jobs. Worth the read!