You Want Fries with That: A White-Collar Burnout Experiences Life at Minimum Wage

You Want Fries with That: A White-Collar Burnout Experiences Life at Minimum Wage

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by Prioleau Alexander
     
 

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The American Dream used to include a white picket fence, 2.2 kids, and a dog. In today's frantic world, it's . . . well, let's be honest, it's quite different. But what would happen if you did have the nerve to quit your white-collar job? Prioleau Alexander can tell you: He walked away from a lucrative career as an advertising executive, seeking a life like that dude…  See more details below

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The American Dream used to include a white picket fence, 2.2 kids, and a dog. In today's frantic world, it's . . . well, let's be honest, it's quite different. But what would happen if you did have the nerve to quit your white-collar job? Prioleau Alexander can tell you: He 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. 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.

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These two working life memoirs seek to capitalize on the popularity of books like Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed and Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential but fall somewhat short of the mark. Alexander, a former marine officer and advertising executive, left his high-powered career in his early forties owing to client-contact burnout to become a minimum-wage pizza delivery driver, ice cream scooper, medical tech, construction site cleanup guy, fast-food worker, and cowboy. While he describes the jobs adequately, at times even humorously, he offers no analysis of the experiment or descriptions of its impact on his financial bottom line. What final insights he does list are too specific to be broadly applicable (tip your pizza guy at least five bucks and be polite to ER staff); his closing recommendation to become a big fish in a little pond and find work as a consultant will be valuable only to other career executives who have built strong portfolios and contacts.

The Waiter (real name unknown) unfolds his story along more stereotypical memoir lines, mixing anecdotes from his near-decade of waiting tables with stories from his personal life. The author first found an audience at his blog WaiterRant.net, and although the book starts much too harshly (in tone and language), it eventually settles into an engaging and funny narrative that leaves the reader with a sense of the dignity that can be found in performing any job, even one as prone to customer abuse and lack of respect as food service. Alexander's title is not recommended, although a blurb from Stephen Colbert may deliver some readers; Waiter Rant is recommended for larger public libraries andthose seeking to add depth to their memoir collections.
—Sarah Statz Cords

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559708647
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
04/10/2008
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.87(w) x 8.62(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Prioleau Alexander, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, and a graduate of Auburn University, is a former Marine officer, an advertising veteran, and a conservative-libertarian, gun-nut, religious wacko with anarchist leanings. His wife, Heidi, and their three dogs are okay with that.

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You Want Fries With That: A White-Collar Burnout Experiences Life at Minimum Wage 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
B-loNY More than 1 year ago
Interesting and a very fast read
KBagg More than 1 year ago
This is the funniest read I have encountered in decades! I Highly recommend this light, funny read!
JackFromJersey More than 1 year ago
Every page made me smile, most pages made me snicker, quite a few pages made me laugh out loud. That's something I've never done when reading before. Mr Alexander's book is an entertaining read and I recommend it to everyone. I look forward to reading his next adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Prioleau Alexander's adventure into the world of minimum wage jobs should be read by anyone considering making 'the leap.' Not because there are lessons to be learned (there are plenty),, but because the hilarious, insightful situations he finds himself in will haunt you. I have new respect for anyone who has scooped ice cream, delivered pizza, or been forced to ask the question: 'Here or to go?' A truly funny book that will hopefully be the first of many more to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will let you know what will happen if you up and decide to quit the rat race. I can't stop laughing about his work in the ER.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Alexander's book completely entertained me while making me realize what a gift it is to not have to go to work everyday in one of 'those' jobs. A book that gave me a different perspective on life: I certainly treat Pizza delivery guys with a hell of a lot more respect, not to mention the burger guy, the ice cream guy, and the riding on the range guy. The fact that the book is non-fiction, is about this dudes real life experience, and written with unequivocal humor makes it the best book I've ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It'd be hard to describe how much I enjoyed reading 'Fries With That?' It was at once laugh-out-loud funny, and at the same time thought-provoking. The author stepped off the white-collar treadmill and explored whether the grass really was greener in a simpler life and job. Curious and philosophical, the author makes the characters jump off the page. Having done my stint, I know why the roofer wants you dead and why construction labor blows and why cashiers hate fast-food customers I think the author explains all these things for those who might not know very poignantly. I now give five bucks to the pizza guy every single time. A unique and compassionate perspective thoughtfully, and hilariously, drawn. I hope the author gives us more, soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the funniest book I have read in a long time! If there is ever something you should read when you don't know what you want to be when you grow up, this is it. You will die laughing and have a hard time putting it down. Parents - buy one for each of your children. It may help. As someone who works in the advtg. industry I completely understand where the author came from. Fortunately I now own my own business and life is good. And that's what the big picture is all about - a good life.