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The Brutal Economy of Cleaning Other People’s Messes, for $9 an Hour

05 Feb 2019 6:31 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

The Brutal Economy of Cleaning Other People’s Messes, for $9 an Hour

Cleaning, which soon became the main source of Land’s income (she also did yardwork), proved grueling and tedious labor. To every house, she lugged “two spray bottles, one container of powdered Comet, two sponges, one pair of yellow gloves, 50 white rags, two dusters, one Oreck vacuum, two mop handles.” As a rule, she started in the upper left corner of the building or room and worked her way across and down until she was done — not unlike a reader. Her boss referred to her as the business’s best cleaner. Clients who had found fault with other employees did not complain about her.

More at source: New York Times

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