Mary Coleman is one of the oldest people on staff at the local Popeye’s, where she earns minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
She takes two buses to get to work — a trip that takes more than an hour each way — and considers herself lucky if she gets 30 hours of work a week.
“It’s so stressful — wiping tables down, smiling for the customers even when I’m sick,” she said. “Not only do you get disrespect from customers, but you have to deal with the young coworkers who have attitudes. So I just smile.”