Another is George, a Czech dishwasher in the country for one week and unable to speak more than a few sentences in English.
Ehrenreich decides to use her free time while at work to teach George English.
Ted, the boss, is strict with the women who work for him and keeps them to a rigid schedule that they must adhere to.
The schedule makes it difficult for any of the women to have a lunch break, and a low wages means that most of them don't have lunch to bring.
The first site chosen for the experiment was Key West, Florida, as it was close to her home.
Searching for a job and a place to live, she found a waitress position at a small restaurant, which she calls Jerry’s.
She walked out forgetting to give George her tips, leaving her with feelings of guilt.
The waitressing position lasted only two weeks, instead of the planned four weeks, and Ehrenreich did not believe she would have been able to make the next months rent on the trailer had she stayed in either job. In Maine, there are many weekly motels to choose from, and she finds one that is affordable and comfortable.
Ehrenreich decides to take on a second job, and the hotel that adjoins the restaurant is hiring housekeepers.
Ehrenreich decides to take the second job, as it is the only way she will be able to stay in her trailer.