You Want Fries With That: A White-Collar Burnout Experiences Life at Minimum Wage [NOOK Book]

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

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Overview

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.
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781628721102
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 761,220
  • File size: 445 KB

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. He lives in Huger, South Carolina.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
Prologue: White Collar, Short Leash     1
The Pizza Man Cometh     17
We All Scream, Eventually     48
Why the Roofer Wants to Kick Your Ass     88
Good Things Come in Big Boxes     121
10 ccs of Sanity, Stat ...     135
You Want Fries with That?     179
Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys     208
Epilogue     243
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  • Posted January 1, 2011

    Made me laugh out load

    This is the funniest read I have encountered in decades! I Highly recommend this light, funny read!

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  • Posted February 6, 2009

    First book to make me laugh out loud

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2008

    Read this book before you quit!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2008

    Halarious, laugh out loud piece

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2008

    I can't stop laughing

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2008

    Fast, Funny, and Unforgettable

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2008

    Love what you do

    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.

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