Monday, January 02, 2012

How Many Empty Bottles Does It Take...Young Brooklynite Reminds Us How Difficult It Is For Many To Earn A Living Wage

Lisa McGinn (on the left in the hat) with a friend
We have all come across people who go around collecting empty bottles and cans in order to redeem the 5 cent deposit on each. To illustrate how difficult it is to earn a living in such a way, Brooklynite Lina McGinn  decided to create a visual.  I ran into Lina and a friend a few days ago as the two were wheeling Lina's art project entitled "(A Barely) Living Wage" down Carroll Street.
The 212 plastic bottles she had glued together represent $10.60 hour wage, just enough to buy four subway rides or three slices of pizza, (no toppings)  To earn $22,000 a year, which the Government considers the poverty line for a family of four, one would have to collect 440,960 bottles.  
Those are sobering numbers.  Lina, thanks for reminding us how difficult it is for many just to scrape by.

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