“It was Desperation Time”

Conley Dalton

in Hey, Waitress!

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780520217508
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931220 | DOI:
“It was Desperation Time”

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This chapter identifies some of the reasons why women resort to waitressing. It reveals that waitressing not only solves financial needs, but also a variety of other wants. The chapter narrates the stories of two housewives—one of whom successfully escaped an abusive marriage—and a mother with six children, all of whom resorted to waitressing to earn money. Other stories are about a wealthy woman who took a summer job as a waitress during high school, a struggling theatre actress who was able to meet some Hollywood celebrities during her stint as a waitress, and a former psychiatric hospital employee who wanted to do something simple.

Keywords: waitressing; salvation; financial needs; summer job

Chapter.  21060 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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