She remains nervous during this time but has pride in her work after her shift is completed.But during that week, working for a housekeeping company gets more and more difficult for her, both physically and mentally.She chose this location because of its mainly Caucasian demographics.
After a particularly difficult day, Ehrenreich decides she will be quitting soon, and will give her tips to George.
But she quit before she expected to, as a slew of difficult customers convinced her to quit her job mid-shift and with no notice.
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.
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.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 restaurant, like most of the places she works, is not revealed by its true name in her book, nor are the people she meets.Worried about being too overqualified for the job, she then feels underqualified as the job is revealed as being difficult and physically demanding. J., difficult to work with, contributing to her many problems on the job.The nursing home job, consists mainly of feeding the residents of the nursing home and cleaning up the food items.After a short time on the job Ehrenreich is entrusted with feeding the entire Alzheimer's ward by herself.Combined with the problems with co-workers, Ehrenreich also has problems finding affordable housing.She finds a trailer to live in, and is satisfied that it is safe enough for her purposes, though she is unsure if she will be able to maintain it on her waitressing income.She surprised that with so little experience on the job she is given such a responsibility.Many of the patients are diabetic and the wrong desert could worsen their health.