Behind the Counter Essay

1079 WordsApr 6, 20135 Pages
Behind the Counter Eric Shlosser The author Eric Shlosser of the article Behind the Counter was born in New York City on August 17, 1959. His first started as an editor at Princeton University where for the University humor magazine and studied literary journalism. Eric Shlosser is considered to be a best seller author of Fast Food Nation & Reefer Madness. Someone said, “As an investigative journalist, Eric Schlosser tries to explore subjects ignored by the mainstream media and give a voice to people at the margins of society.” He went on to say, “This book has been translated into more than twenty languages and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for two years” (The Steven Barclay Agency). Eric Shlosser is conveying many teenagers who work at a fast food restaurant, his purpose is to evaluate the conditions of those people who prepare and serve the food. He wants to be the voice to those people who work extremely too hard for low and minimum wage rates. In the book Fast food nation & Reefer Madness, Behind the counter make the reader conscience about what American cannot see in the fast food industry. Eric Shlosser has a strong and great point of view in his article and he proves it with evidence. Schlosser started his essay with a description of Elisa Zamot’s routine. Every Saturday Elisa Zamot gets up at 5:15 a.m. She is a sixteen year old girl who lives in Colorado Springs and works at McDonalds. She and her manager need to get everything ready before the restaurant opens at 7:00 a.m. They need to get the food, supplies, turn on the oven and also need to prepare the food before any customer arrives. Elisa works 7 hours taking orders and hands food to costumers from breakfast to lunch. Eric Schlosser refers to her saying, “she works behind the counter,” and when he is referring to other teenagers in the fast food field he says, “Up and

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