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(generated from captions) AND IN MY MOVIE SUPER SIZE ME, HI. I'M MORGAN SPURLOCK, I EXPLORED THE ISSUE OF OBESITY FOR 30 DAYS STRAIGHT. BY EATING NOTHING BUT McDONALDS OVER THE COURSE OF MY EXPERIMENT, AND EMOTIONAL TRANSFORMATION I WENT THROUGH A PHYSICAL, MENTAL, SOMEBODY ELSE'S LIFE. THAT WAS LIKE LIVING BUT IT GOT ME THINKING. ELSE'S LIFE FOR JUST 30 DAYS? WHAT IF YOU COULD LIVE SOMEONE WITH LOTS OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE. AFTER ALL, AMERICA'S A BIG COUNTRY LEARN SOMETHING FROM EACH OTHER? IS IT POSSIBLE WE COULD ALL AS A CHRISTIAN I MEAN, WOULD YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE FOR 30 DAYS? WALKING IN A MUSLIM'S SHOES LIVING IN A GAY MAN'S WORLD? WHAT IF YOU WERE A STRAIGHT MAN WOULD IT CHANGE WHO YOU ARE? All: CHUG! CHUG! CHUG! CHUG! COLLEGE STUDENT FOR A MONTH. Morgan: SAY YOU DRANK LIKE A WOULD YOU FLUNK OUT OF LIFE? ?ALL CHEER? WHOO! ?BELCH? WE'LL FIND OUT, Morgan: IN THIS SERIES, IT OFF WITH AN ISSUE AND I'M GOING TO KICK

MANY AMERICANS DEAL WITH EVERY DAY: MINIMUM WAGE. Man: # MINIMUM WAGE, YEAH! # Morgan: MILLIONS OF AMERICANS LIVE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE. WORK FULL-TIME JOBS AND STILL HOW DO THEY SURVIVE? COULD I DO IT? MINIMUM WAGE FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS. WE'LL FIND OUT AS I TRY TO LIVE ON BUDDY, I'M STILL WAITING. Man on intercom: HEY! HEY, WITH THAT? Morgan: YEAH, YOU WANT FRIES ON MINIMUM WAGE FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS, Morgan: I MAY BE GOING TO LIVE BUT I'M NOT GOING IT ALONE. INTO COMING WITH ME. I SUCKERED MY FIANCEE ALEX ALEX FROM SUPER SIZE ME. YOU MIGHT REMEMBER MY GIRLFRIEND WE'RE ENGAGED NOW. AND HAVING HER WITH ME IS ALEX IS A VEGAN CHEF TO STAY HEALTHY ON THE CHEAP. GOING TO MAKE IT A LOT EASIER

Morgan: PRETTY GOOD. Alex: WHAT DO YOU THINK?

TO BE HAVING THIS. Alex: WE'RE NOT GOING HAVING, BEANS AND RICE? NICE. Morgan: WHAT ARE WE GOING TO BE WON'T BE EASY. SPENDING 30 DAYS ON MINIMUM WAGE THAN MY COLLEGE EDUCATION. Alex: THESE EARRINGS COST MORE LIVING THE GOOD LIFE Morgan: YOU SEE, WE'VE BEEN SINCE SUPER SIZE ME HIT IT BIG. TO THE OSCARS. HELL, WE EVEN GOT TO GO KEEP YOUR FINGERS CROSSED. UNFORTUNATELY, WE DIDN'T WIN. YEAH, YOU KNOW, WE DIDN'T WIN, JOB I THINK. HA HA HA HA! SO I NOW I'VE GOT TO GO GET A IT WAS TIME FOR ME TO MOVE ON ONCE THE OSCARS WERE OVER, WORKING A MINIMUM WAGE JOB. TO MY NEXT PROJECT: HAPPEN BECAUSE I'M SO BAD WITH MONEY. I'M CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT'S GOING TO Alex: YOU ARE THE WORST. I MEAN, I'M THE WORST. $20 FALLS OUT OF YOUR POCKET. EVERY TIME YOU GO OUT THE DOOR, HOW TO BUDGET. YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO LEARN YOU MADE A BUDGET FOR LIVING? WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME HA HA HA HA! WHAT'S THAT? Morgan: A BUDGET FOR LIVING? I HAVE NOT MADE A BUDGET SINCE, UH... HAVE TO FOLLOW 3 RULES: FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS, ALEX AND I MINIMUM WAGE JOBS. FIRST, WE BOTH HAVE TO WORK WILL BEGIN WITH CASH EQUALING SECOND, EACH OF US 206 BUCKS APIECE. ONE WEEK'S MINIMUM WAGE PAY: THAT'S JUST 178.47 AFTER TAXES. OUR CREDIT CARDS AND BANK ACCOUNTS THIRD, WE HAVE TO FREEZE AND LEAVE ALL OUR MONEY BEHIND. IS MY DRIVER'S LICENSE SO WHAT'S LEFT IN MY WALLET AND MY ACLU MEMBERSHIP CARD. IT'S GOING TO BE CHALLENGING. THIS IS GOING TO BE EXCITING. IT'S GOING TO BE SCARY. WE'RE GOING TO MAKE IT. TO DO THIS AGAIN? Alex: WHY DID I AGREE Morgan: BECAUSE YOU LOVE ME. 30 DAYS IN COLUMBUS, OHIO. WE DECIDED TO SPEND THE NEXT MIRRORS CONDITIONS THE STATE OF AFFAIRS IN OHIO

ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES. JOBS IN THE LAST 4 YEARS ALONE. OHIO HAS LOST ALMOST 250,000 CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES IN FACT, 3 OF THE TOP 20 POOREST ARE IN OHIO. CONTESTED STATE IN THE 2004 ELECTION. OHIO WAS ALSO THE MOST HOTLY SEEMED LIKE THE IDEAL PLACE FOR US SO COLUMBUS, OHIO'S CAPITAL, TO BEGIN OUR MINIMUM WAGE LIFESTYLE.

HOUSE FOR OUR FIRST NIGHT IN TOWN, WE'RE CRASHING AT MY FRIEND JIM'S BUT AFTER THAT WE'RE ON OUR OWN. Alex: WHAT ABOUT THIS ONE? Morgan: BEFORE WE DO ANYTHING ELSE, A PLACE TO LIVE. ALEX AND I HAVE TO FIND "ONE BEDROOM, 349." EVEN WITH OUR TWO PAYCHECKS COMBINED,

OUR STARTING BALANCE. WE ONLY HAVE $356 AS

AD THAT WAS IN THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH. YES, I WAS CALLING REGARDING THE

WE JUST REQUIRE THAT YOU MAKE Woman on telephone: THE AMOUNT OF RENT PER MONTH. ABOUT 3 1/2 TIMES FINDING AN APARTMENT, Alex: TODAY WE'RE FOCUSED ON AND WE HIT THE STREETS. SO WE LOOKED IN THE PAPER DON'T HAVE A CAR, Morgan: SINCE ALEX AND I SO WE COULD GET AROUND TOWN. WE BOUGHT A BUS PASS Alex: RIGHT HERE. Morgan: IT'S DEFINITELY... Alex: SKETCHY. NOT SPEND MORE THAN $400 A MONTH. Morgan: THE GOAL FOR US IS TO BEEN IRONING THE CARPET. LOOKS LIKE SOMEBODY'S Alex: YEAH. WHAT ABOUT THAT? THE HOT WATER HEATER. Morgan: RIGHT NEXT TO EXTRA TOILET'S ALWAYS GREAT. AND CLEANING FLUID IN HERE. Alex: IT SMELLS LIKE CIGARETTES Morgan: JUST IN THE HALLWAY. Alex: WE HOPE. A PENNY! Morgan: NICE. Alex: EVERY PENNY COUNTS. I'LL KEEP LOOKING UP. Morgan: YOU KEEP LOOKING DOWN, ALEX AND I LOOKED ALL OVER TOWN FOR $325 A MONTH AND FINALLY FOUND AN APARTMENT IN A PLACE CALLED THE BOTTOMS. Man: GOT TWO PLACES HERE TO SHOW YOU.

Morgan: OK. Morgan: THIS IS WONDERFUL. Alex: IS THERE A THERMOSTAT? YOUR OWN THERMOSTAT. Man: YES, YOU GET Alex: THAT'S FANTASTIC. A THERMOSTAT. THIS IS ELECTRIC. Man: WELL, NO, IT'S NOT REALLY THE HEAT'S ON OR OFF? Morgan: SO IT'S EITHER A STREET PERSON LIVING HERE. Man: KIND OF. TWO DAYS AGO, THERE WAS THIS MORNING. WE JUST CHANGED THE LOCKS DOWNSTAIRS WAS A CRACKHOUSE. AND THE ONE WAS JUST A CRACKHOUSE? Morgan: RIGHT DOWNSTAIRS A LITTLE BIT ROUGHER AREA. Man: YEAH. THIS IS Morgan: OK. RIGHT HERE, SO, YOU KNOW. Man: BUT YOU'VE GOT THE HOSPITAL SHOT IN THE HEAD... Alex: SO IN CASE WE GET Morgan: WE'RE RIGHT THERE. THE DEPOSIT OVER A COUPLE MONTHS, HE'S ALLOWING US TO PAY OFF 'CAUSE WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY NOW. WHICH IS AWESOME, YOU KNOW, Alex: MAYBE NOT AS SAFE, BUT...

A CRACKHOUSE LAST WEEK. Morgan: YEAH, IT WAS Man: THAT DOESN'T MEAN VIOLENCE. THEY'RE JUST SELLING DRUGS.

Alex: OK.

Morgan: WHEN CAN WE MOVE IN? Man: I'LL GIVE YOU THE KEYS RIGHT NOW. Morgan: AFTER PAYING $200 TOWARDS OUR FIRST MONTH'S RENT, WE OWE OUR LANDLORD ANOTHER $125 FOR THE RENT AND 325 FOR SECURITY DEPOSIT. HA HA HA HA!

Alex: WHOA! WE DON'T HAVE TO SLEEP ON THE STREET, SO THIS IS VERY EXCITING. Morgan: WE HAVE AN APARTMENT, WHICH IS A GREAT, GREAT THING. AND IT'S FREEZING IN OUR APARTMENT. ALL RIGHT. Alex: HOME SWEET HOME. IT'S NOT THAT BAD.

WE HAVE TO MAKE AROUND A GRAND BEFORE THE END OF THE MONTH, AND THAT'S FEASIBLE, YOU KNOW. WE HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO MAKE $1,000 BETWEEN US. Alex: WE CAN DO IT. Morgan: WE CAN DO IT. I'M CONFIDENT. IT'S DAY TWO, AND NOW THAT ALEX AND I HAVE FOUND A PLACE TO LIVE, WE HAVE TO GET SOME JOBS. WHEN IT COMES TO BEING AN UNSKILLED LABORER, THERE'S NO ONE MORE UNSKILLED THAN I AM.

Alex: HI. JUST WONDERING IF YOU GUYS WERE HIRING. I HAVE LOADS OF COFFEE EXPERIENCE.

Morgan: HEY, I WAS HERE TO RESPOND TO THE AD FOR A JOB. Alex: DO I REALLY WANT TO WORK AT A FAST FOOD PLACE? I DON'T THINK I'M GOING TO HAVE A CHOICE. JUST WONDERING IF YOU GUYS ARE HIRING. Man: YEAH. Morgan: "TEMP SERVICE. JOBS TODAY."

A LOT OF MINIMUM WAGE EARNERS GO TO TEMP AGENCIES TO GET JOBS FAST, SO I DECIDED I WOULD DO THE SAME. SO I WANTED TO FIND OUT ABOUT GETTING A JOB. Man: WE NEED TWO FORMS OF I.D. Morgan: OK. Man: AND YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY. Morgan: OK. I LOVE THIS. "POLICY REQUIREMENTS: NO SLEEPING ON THE JOB." THAT'S NUMBER ONE. AND WHAT WOULD BE THE RATE FOR TOMORROW? Man: IT WON'T BE LESS THAN 7. Morgan: THANKS. SO I'LL SEE YOU IN THE MORNING AT 6:00? I'M MAKING 7 BUCKS AN HOURS. THAT'S A BUCK-85 MORE THAN MINIMUM WAGE. NOT BAD. I LOVE THE RULES. YOU KNOW, THERE'S NO DRINKING ON THE JOB, NO FOOLING AROUND. MY FAVORITE ONE WAS NO HIDING IN THE PORTA-JOHN. SO I CAN'T HIDE IN THE PORTA-LET TOMORROW WHILE I'M AT WORK, APPARENTLY. Morgan: COME OVER. Alex: HI.

Morgan: HI. Alex: I GOT A JOB. Morgan: NICE! ALEX GOT A JOB BUSSING TABLES AND WASHING DISHES AT A COFFEE SHOP DOWNTOWN, AND I'M GOING WHEREVER THE TEMP AGENCY SENDS ME TOMORROW. Alex: LOOK AT YOU GETTING JOBS. Morgan: LOOK AT YOU GETTING JOBS. WE'RE GETTING JOBS.

Alex: HALLELUJAH.

Morgan: NOW WE'VE GOT TO GET SOMETHING TO EAT. Morgan: I WAS SO HUNGRY TODAY. THERE WERE SO MANY TIMES WHEN I WANTED FOOD. NORMALLY I WOULD JUST BUY SOMETHING, AND I DIDN'T DO IT JUST BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY. Alex: WHAT DID YOU EAT TODAY? Morgan: WHEN I FILLED OUT AN APPLICATION AT THE DELI, THEY HAD A BARREL FILLED WITH FREE PICKLES. I ATE ABOUT 6 PICKLES WHILE WE WERE THERE AND I TOOK ABOUT ANOTHER 6 WITH ME. I HAD NEVER BEEN IN A POSITION OF DENYING MYSELF WHEN I WAS HUNGRY. I MEAN, TODAY WAS REALLY, REALLY HARD. TOMORROW THE WORKS STARTS, THE REAL WORK STARTS, THE ACTUAL PHYSICAL LABOR, HAVING TO GET UP AND LIVE THIS LIFE, AND I'M EXCITED ABOUT IT. SEE YOU LATER. VOICEOVER: Refresh your home with a new look at the Summer Home Sale at Kmart, Summer Home Sale now on at Kmart. With WorkChoices, it will be against the law for an employer to sack an employee for refusing to negotiate an Australian Workplace Agreement. To find out the facts, call the hotline for the WorkChoices booklet. Morgan: IT'S DAY 3 OF OUR LIFE ON MINIMUM WAGE IN COLUMBUS, OHIO. WE'RE DOWN TO 82 BUCKS, AND WE OWE OUR LANDLORD 450 FOR OUR FIRST MONTH RENT AND DEPOSIT. BOIL. BOIL. BOIL. BOIL. BOIL. TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF WORK FOR ME AND ALEX. I NEED TO WAKE ALEX UP SO SHE CAN LOCK THE DOOR. LOCK THE DOOR. LOCK BOTH LOCKS. IT'S 5:30 IN THE MORNING, AND I'M WAITING FOR A BUS. HAVING TO RELY ON A BUS, IT'S GONNA MAKE MINE AND ALEX'S DAY SEEM EVEN LONGER. GOOD MORNING. PEOPLE DO IT EVERY DAY. YOU KNOW, IT WAS SOMETHING I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT. THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE IN HERE, MAN. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING HERE? Man: THIS IS MY THIRD DAY. Morgan: THIRD DAY? WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE THIS? Man: LOOKING FOR A JOB. ?BOTH LAUGH? Alex: I'M GONNA SIT ON THE FLOOR AND EAT MY BREAKFAST. WE DON'T HAVE ANY CHAIRS. I DON'T KNOW HOW LONG IT'S GONNA TAKE ME TO WALK TO WORK. I'M WALKING BECAUSE EVERY BUS TRIP COSTS $1.35, AND RIGHT NOW WE CAN'T SPARE THAT. MORNING. HOW ARE YOU? Man: GOOD. HOW YOU DOING? Alex: GOOD. Man: THIS IS THE REGULAR GRINDER. THIS IS THE FLAVOR GRINDER. Alex: OK. Man: THINGS THAT TOUCH FLAVORED COFFEE DON'T EVER TOUCH ANY, LIKE--'CAUSE FLAVORED COFFEE'S EVIL. Alex: OK. Man: MARCUS? THE SUPERINTENDENT YOU'RE GONNA BE REPORTING TO IS STEVE. YOU'LL BE RIDING WITH ONE OF OUR GUYS THAT WORKS OUT THAT-A-WAYS. Gerald: I'M MAKING LESS MONEY THIS MORNING THAN I DID AT MY FIRST JOB 29 YEARS AGO. I GOT MY FIRST JOB IN 1976 AT GENERAL MOTORS. MY STARTING WAGE WAS 7.55 AN HOUR.

THIS MORNING, I'M GOING OUT IN 2005 AND MAKING 7 BUCKS. NO INSURANCE. THEY CALL THIS PROSPERITY. I CALL IT SLAVERY. BUT YOU KNOW, THEY SAY,

"HEY, WE CAN'T PAY WHAT THE BIG AUTO MAKERS PAY." I ALWAYS SAY, "OK, BUT CAN YOU PAY ME WHAT THEY WERE PAYING "A QUARTER OF A CENTURY AGO?" Morgan: WHEN THE MINIMUM WAGE WAS FIRST ESTABLISHED IN 1938, IT WAS MEANT TO HELP WORKERS MAINTAIN THE BARE MINIMUM STANDARD OF LIVING. BUT SINCE THE MINIMUM WAGE HASN'T BEEN RAISED SINCE 1997, WHILE THE COST OF LIVING HAS GONE UP, THE LAW NO LONGER DOES PRECISELY WHAT IT WAS MEANT TO DO. SENATOR TED KENNEDY HAS SENT A BILL TO CONGRESS EVERY YEAR SINCE 1997 ATTEMPTING TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE. EVERY YEAR, THE BILL FAILS TO PASS. Ted Kennedy: AN INCREASE IN MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES PRODUCTIVITY, GETS CHILDREN OUT OF POVERTY, AND STRENGTHENS THE ECONOMY. Morgan: THOSE WHO OPPOSE RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE ARGUE THAT TO DO SO WILL CRIPPLE BUSINESSES, FORCING THEM TO CUT EMPLOYMENT AND LAY OFF WORKERS. Dr. Tim Kane: THE KENNEDY BILL, A 41% INCREASE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE, WOULD BE A REAL SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM. I THINK WE MIGHT SEE SOME IMMEDIATE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES OF SLOWDOWN IN GROWTH, SLOWDOWN IN JOB CREATION. LOWER LABOR REGULATIONS, LOWER TAXES. THAT'S WHAT CREATES JOB OPPORTUNITIES. Morgan: WHILE CONGRESS HASN'T TAKEN ANY ACTION TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE OVER THE PAST 7 YEARS, THEY'VE ACCEPTED THEIR OWN COST-OF-LIVING INCREASES THE TUNE OF $27,000. Morgan: IT'S PRETTY COLD. Steve: MORGAN, STEVE. Morgan: STEVE? PLEASURE, MAN. Steve: HAVE YOU SANDED DRYWALL BEFORE? Morgan: I HAVE. Steve: OK. Alex: THIS WAS MY VERY FIRST JOB. WHEN I WAS, LIKE, 14, THIS WAS MY VERY FIRST JOB. Morgan: LIFT WITH THE LEGS. DID YOU SEE THAT? IT'S ALL ABOUT THE LEGS.

Steve: MALCOLM, YOU MAKING THIS A CAREER OUT OF THOSE 2 PIECES OF WOOD? Morgan: HA HA HA! DID HE CALL ME MALCOLM? ?GROANS? Man: HOW WAS YOUR DAY OUT ON THE JOB? Morgan: IT WAS GOOD, MAN. OH, GOOD. OUR STUFF'S STILL HERE. I'M SO COLD! Alex: I FINISHED UP WORK. IT TOOK ME A HALF AN HOUR TO WALK HOME. THE WORST PART OF IT IS NOBODY TIPS. SO I WALKED HOME WITH $3.50 TIPS, WHICH KINDA BLOWS. Morgan: SO I GOT HERE AT 6:00. SO THAT WAS AN 11-HOUR DAY. 45.26. $4.20 AN HOUR I ACTUALLY MADE. SO I ACTUALLY MADE LESS THAN MINIMUM WAGE, EVEN THOUGH I WAS MAKING $7.00 AN HOUR. THAT'S TERRIBLE. EVERY DAY WHEN I COME HOME, I PUT ALL MY MONEY IN THE BANK. ALEX AND I HAVE A BANK IN THE CLOSET NOW. THERE IT IS. LOOK AT ALL THAT LOOT IN THE BANK.

Alex: I WON'T GET PAID UNTIL NEXT WEEK. Morgan: SO TELL ME ABOUT YOUR JOB TODAY. Alex: IT'S HARD WORK. IT'S HOT. IT'S WET. IT'S STEAMY. IT'S GROSS. Morgan: TELL ME ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE THAT HAPPENED TODAY. Alex: I'M DONE TALKING ABOUT TODAY FOR NOW, REALLY. GO AHEAD.

Morgan: OK. Alex: ?SIGHS? MAN, LET ME TELL YOU WHY I'M GROUCHY ON OUR FIRST FULL DAY AT WORK. BECAUSE I HAVEN'T BEEN WARM SINCE WE GOT HERE. I'M FREEZING. I CAN'T GET WARM. THAT'S WHY I'M GROUCHY. SO EVERYBODY CAN JUST STEP OFF. Morgan: I LOVE YOU. Alex: YEAH. GOOD. Morgan: GOOD. HA HA. Morgan: SO IT'S DAY 4, AND THINGS JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER. WE WERE INCREDIBLY EXCITED TO LEARN TODAY

THAT WE ARE NOW OFFICIALLY INFESTED WITH ANTS. THEY'RE EVERYWHERE. THERE'S MY TOOTHBRUSH... AND THERE'S A DEAD ANT. Alex: IF I WAKE UP AND FIND EVEN ONE ANT ON ME, I'M GONNA FLIP OUT. UGH! AARRGGHH! Morgan: I THINK ALEX IS STARTING TO HAVE A HARD TIME ALREADY. HOME IS A REFUGE. YOU KNOW, IT'S A SANCTUARY. IT'S A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN GO AT THE END OF THE DAY AND LET GO AND RELAX AND BE COMFORTABLE AND HAPPY, AND OUR APARTMENT HERE IS NOT. Alex: HOME SWEET HOVEL. NOW WE'RE GONNA REHEAT THE LEFTOVERS. RECYCLED PILFERED CRACKERS THAT I GOT FROM WORK. I REALLY, REALLY WISH THAT WE, UH, COULD FIND SOME FURNITURE.

I DON'T KNOW. I JUST--I WISH WE HAD A FEW MORE CREATURE COMFORTS. OH, WHERE SHALL WE EAT TONIGHT? HMM. WHY NOT RIGHT HERE? Morgan: HOW ABOUT THE DINING ROOM? THERE YOU GO. Alex: PERFECT. Morgan: THERE ARE MANY GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE NECESSITIES FOR THE WORKING POOR. BUT WHERE DO YOU GO WHEN YOU NEED SOMETHING LIKE FURNITURE? Alex: OH, DUDE. YOU STAINED THE CARPET. Morgan: LUCKY FOR US, WE'RE IN COLUMBUS, WHICH HAS AN AMAZING NETWORK OF CHARITIES THAT PROVIDE OTHER BASICS FOR THE WORKING POOR. FOR EXAMPLE, I FOUND OUT THERE THAT THERE WAS CHURCH-RUN STORE NEARBY WHERE EVERYTHING WAS TOTALLY FREE. Steven Rodgers: THERE'S ENOUGH TO GO AROUND FOR EVERYONE. WE JUST DON'T SHARE IT WELL. SO WE'RE HERE. IT'S A PLACE TO SHARE THINGS, THAT'S ALL. WE ARE SUPPORTED BY DONATIONS COMING IN THE BACK DOOR. THIS IS WHERE OUR VOLUNTEERS WORK. THIS IS WHAT GENEROSITY LOOKS LIKE. ISN'T THAT AMAZING? Morgan: THAT'S AMAZING. THEY HAD SNACKS THERE AND CAKES AND COOKIES AND COFFEE AND TOYS FOR KIDS. WE GOT SOME STUFF FOR OUR APARTMENT AND FOR OURSELVES.

I GOT SOME WARM CLOTHES TO WEAR TO WORK. THEY MATCH. IT'S ALWAYS NICER. AW! THAT IS SO NICE. Steven: YOU'RE WELCOME. IT'S A WELCOME GIFT. Morgan: IT PROVIDES SUCH A VALUABLE SERVICE TO PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF, LIKE ALEX AND I RIGHT NOW, AND TONS OF OTHER FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO GET BY. Alex: THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD PEOPLE OUT THERE. Steven: THERE ARE. Alex: THEY HAVE ALMOST NOTHING, AND THEY... GIVE EVERY BIT AWAY THAT THEY HAVE. HUMAN BEINGS CAN BE SO INCREDIBLY WONDERFUL, BUT SOMETIMES I FORGET THAT. Morgan: WE HAVE A PLACE TO SIT TONIGHT. I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. Morgan: LOOK AT THAT. Alex: LOOK AT THIS. I'M SITTING. AND SIT AND PUT IT DOWN. I CAN EAT AT THE SAME TIME RICE AND BEANS EVERY NIGHT? WHO CARES IF IT'S I'VE GOT A TABLE AND CHAIR.

ALL THIS TURF, SO... Man: WE'RE GONNA REMOVE AND ALTHOUGH I HAD THE OPTION Morgan: IT'S DAY 9, THE CONSTRUCTION SITE, TO GO BACK TO I GOT OFFERED A LANDSCAPING JOB FOR MORE MONEY. BUT MORE MONEY IS MO' MONEY. THE CONSTRUCTION JOB WASN'T BAD, OH, MAN. MY WRIST IS HURTING. DEFINITELY MORE PHYSICAL LABOR CONSTRUCTION SITE. THAN I DID OVER ON THAT UHH! MY WRIST IS KILLING ME TONIGHT. GO TO A DOCTOR, I WAS THINKING I SHOULD BUT WE DON'T HAVE INSURANCE. I HAVE NO WAY TO COVER THIS. I DON'T HAVE A CREDIT CARD. I CAN'T GO TO THE DOCTOR TOMORROW. MAN, I CAN'T-- THAT'S LIKE, YOU KNOW, IT'S 50 BUCKS. I MEAN, MISSING WORK TOMORROW, EVEN WORSE? Alex: WHAT IF YOU HURT YOUR ARM

PUT YOURSELF OUT OF COMMISSION WHAT IF YOU PERMANENTLY MORE MONEY FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH? AND THEN YOU DON'T MAKE ANY

WE ONLY HAVE $120, Morgan: RIGHT NOW IN THE BANK, AND WE NEED TO MAKE ABOUT 900. THIS MONTH, I HAVE TO GO TO WORK. I MEAN, FOR US TO BE ABLE TO GET BY Alex: IT'S HARD. Morgan: IT'S HARD. The Australian Government is moving towards: different systems we have now. It'll replace the six will have more opportunities Employees together with employers

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for your free WorkChoices booklet or visit the WorkChoices website. VOICEOVER: Refresh your home with a new look at the Summer Home Sale at Kmart, excludes Homemaker Limited Edition towels - and 25% off the new Living with Deborah Hutton towel range. Summer Home Sale now on at Kmart. DAYS ON MINIMUM WAGE, Morgan: IT'S DAY 10 OF MY 30 AND THE PHYSICAL LABOR IS STARTING TO GET TO ME. MAKE MY WRIST INJURY WORSE, ALTHOUGH I'VE BEEN CAREFUL NOT TO GO SEE A DOCTOR TODAY, I'VE DECIDED THAT I SHOULD JUST TO BE ON THE SAFE SIDE.

SEE THOSE MUSCLES? LOOK AT THAT. DON'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE, Morgan: BECAUSE ALEX AND I I HAD TO GO TO THE FREE CLINIC TO SEE A DOCTOR.

TONIGHT, Nurse: DUE TO LIMITED FACTORS TO TAKE ABOUT 20 PEOPLE. WE'RE ONLY GONNA BE ABLE PROBLEM, YOU REALLY FEEL BAD, SO IF ANYBODY HAS A SERIOUS

AND YOU DON'T THINK YOU'LL GET IN, WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU GO AHEAD AND GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM, OK? I END UP BEING NUMBER 35, Morgan: AT THE CLINIC, THE DOCTOR TODAY. SO I WON'T GET TO SEE Woman: I WAS HERE AT 2:30. Morgan: 2:30. AND HOW MANY Woman: 5. PEOPLE WERE IN LINE IN FRONT OF YOU? Doctor: THIS IS NOT THE ONLY FREE CLINIC IN COLUMBUS, THEY'RE JUST SWAMPED, ALL OF THEM. BUT THERE ARE SEVERAL OF THEM, AND ABOUT MY WRIST. Morgan: I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO I CAN'T MISS WORK TO GO TO THE DOCTOR,

THE FREE CLINIC. AND I CAN'T GET INTO SOMEBODY SAID TO ME THAT AMERICA. WE HAVE SICK CARE." "WE DON'T HAVE HEALTH CARE IN Doctor: THAT'S BASICALLY RIGHT. AND YOU HAVE NO MONEY, IF YOU HAVE A HEART ATTACK, YOU CAN HAVE OPEN-HEART SURGERY, AND YOU GO INTO THE E.R., AND YOU'LL GET REAL GOOD CARE. PREVENTIVE CARE BUT IF YOU NEED SOME KIND OF TO KEEP YOU FROM HAVING A HEART ATTACK, YOU'RE OUT OF LUCK. Morgan: WHY ARE YOU GUYS HERE? WITH DIABETES. Man: 'CAUSE WE'RE BOTH DIAGNOSED Man: RIGHT. Morgan: YOU BOTH HAVE DIABETES.

NO HEALTH CARE? Morgan: YEAH. AND YOU HAVE Man: NO, WE DON'T. CAN'T AFFORD IT. WASN'T--IF THERE WASN'T THIS CLINIC? Morgan: WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF THERE I'D PROBABLY JUST KILL MYSELF. Man: I DON'T KNOW. I CAN DO, I MEAN, WITHOUT HELP. I MEAN, THERE'S NOTHING MUCH THAT IN THE MORNING. Morgan: IT'S 10 TO 6:00

WITH A URINARY TRACT INFECTION. ALEX WOKE ME UP ABOUT A HALF HOUR AGO SHE'S IN MASSIVE PAIN. HOW ARE YOU, BABY? Alex: IT HURTS. NEXT DOOR TO A HOSPITAL, Morgan: LUCKILY, WE LIVE RIGHT SO THAT'S THE GOOD THING. UP THIS EARLY. Alex: I'M SORRY YOU HAD TO GET Alex: YES, MA'AM. Nurse: ALEX? EVERYTHING'S GONNA BE OK. Morgan: HOPEFULLY, A LOT OF MONEY. HOPEFULLY, WE WON'T HAVE TO PAY IS JUST TO MAKE SURE SHE FEELS GOOD. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR ME THERE WAS A 24-HOUR PHARMACY IN GONNA TAKE A CAB TO, GROVE CITY THAT WE WERE WANT TO SPEND ALL THE MONEY. BUT WE DIDN'T THERE, FILL ALEX'S PRESCRIPTION. SO WE'RE GONNA TAKE THE BUS DOWN Alex: GOT MY PRESCRIPTION. WAS GONNA BE. IT'S ONLY 24.18. IT WASN'T AS BAD AS I THOUGHT IT LIKE, A DAY'S WAGES. BUT THAT'S STILL...

Morgan: THE EMERGENCY ROOM, IS GONNA BE A LOT MORE THAN $24. I HAVE A FEELING,

Alex: THIS IS AN EXPENSIVE DAY OFF. Morgan: IT'S TIME TO GO TO WORK, HOSPITAL BILL. MAKE SOME MONEY TO PAY THAT A LITTLE MORE THAN MY RIGHT ONE. KINDA FAVORING MY LEFT WRIST

BUT, UH, IT HURTS. IT'S NOT SO BAD. Morgan: I'M DRAGGING TODAY, MAN. HI, BABY. HOW ARE YOU? Alex: OK. Alex: HOW WAS YOUR DAY? Morgan: YEAH?

Alex: YEAH. UM, I CALLED Morgan: TIRING. THE ELECTRIC COMPANY,

OF $110 IN THE NEXT 10 DAYS. AND WE HAVE TO PAY A DEPOSIT I JUST GOT A CHECK TO CASH. Morgan: PERFECT. Alex: GREAT. AND GIVE IT TO THE ELECTRIC COMPANY. Morgan: SO I CAN JUST CASH MY CHECK Morgan: I'VE NEVER HAD TO MAKE A Alex: AWESOME.

IN MY LIFE. DEPOSIT TO THE ELECTRIC COMPANY

BE BECAUSE OF WHERE WE LIVE. IT'S GOTTA BE THE ADDRESS. IT'S GOTTA PROBABLY A LONG LIST OF PEOPLE LIKE, THERE'S AND, LIKE, BOOKED OUT. WHO HAVE, LIKE, GOTTEN ELECTRIC AND THEN ONCE I WASHED OFF THE DIRT Morgan: THOUGHT I FELT OK, STARTING TO CHANGE COLORS, AND SAW THAT MY ARM WAS

IDEA TO GO TO THE DOCTOR. I THOUGHT IT PROBABLY BE A GOOD IT'S GETTING PUFFIER. A FREE CLINIC TOMORROW, YOU KNOW, I COULD GO TO THEY'LL REFER ME TO ANOTHER DOCTOR. BUT THEY WON'T TAKE AN X-RAY THERE. TRY AND CUT OUT THE MIDDLE MAN SO I THINK I'M JUST GONNA AND GO TO AN EMERGENCY ROOM NOW.

A VERY EXPENSIVE DAY. THIS IS TURNING INTO Nurse: ON A ZERO TO 10 SCALE, WHAT WOULD YOU CALL YOUR PAIN LEVEL RIGHT NOW?

Morgan: I'D SAY 6. Technician: I'M GONNA TAKE THESE... Morgan: THEY DON'T WANT ME TO GO TO WORK TOMORROW, WHICH REALLY BLOWS. THE THING IS IS WHEN YOU'RE MAKING SUCH LITTLE MONEY, YOU'RE REALLY LIVING CHECK TO CHECK. TO HAVE SOMETHING LIKE HAVING TO COME TO THE HOSPITAL, AND NOW NOT ONLY ONE PERSON, BUT BOTH OF US COMING TO THE HOSPITAL TODAY, I MEAN, IT'S SCARY.

Alex: MORGAN'S ARM'S ALL MESSED UP. MY HEAD'S KILLING ME...

BUT WE CAN'T STOP WORKING... 'CAUSE I DON'T KNOW HOW WE'RE GONNA MAKE IT THROUGH THE MONTH. Morgan: WE'RE NOT GONNA MAKE IT UNLESS I GET A SECOND JOB, IT'S NOT LIKE WE CAN SPEND ANY LESS MONEY THAN WE ALREADY ARE. I DON'T KNOW HOW IT'S POSSIBLE FOR ME TO SPEND LESS MONEY RIGHT NOW UNLESS I CUT OUT...EATING.

IF I STOP EATING--IF I STOPPED EATING, I COULD SAVE SO MUCH MONEY. With WorkChoices, Australia's new national workplace system, for full-time employees, your right to at least 4 weeks annual leave will be protected by law. Your right to at least: Your right to at least 52 weeks unpaid parental leave and the right to a maximum ordinary 38 hour week all protected by law. And for people working under awards, your wages and specified existing conditions like penalty rates and long service leave will be protected by law.

To find out the facts, call the WorkChoices hotline on 1800 025 239 for your free WorkChoices booklet, or visit the WorkChoices website. Morgan: IT'S DAY 15 OF MY MONTH ON MINIMUM WAGE. TO MAKE ENDS MEET, I HAVE BEEN WORKING 2 FULL-TIME JOBS FOR THE PAST FEW DAYS.

I'VE BEEN DOING EVERYTHING FROM MAKING PIZZAS TO WASHING DISHES TO LANDSCAPING TO PAINTING TO MAKING BOXES. IT'S KINDA LIKE HEAVEN... ONLY WITH BOXES. 2 8-HOUR SHIFTS PLUS TRANSPORTATION TIME IN BETWEEN, I SPEND AN AVERAGE OF 18 HOURS AWAY FROM HOME EVERY DAY.

I'M TIRED, BUT I'M GONNA HAVE $44 HERE IN ABOUT 11 HOURS. ?WOLF WHISTLE? THIS IS-- THIS HERE'S LIVING. Morgan: WHAT'S WRONG, SWEETHEART? Alex: MY HEAD HURTS. Alex: 4 DAYS AGO, I GOT THIS BLADDER INFECTION AND WENT TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM, AND FOR 4 DAYS, I'VE HAD A HEADACHE.

IF WE HAD ANY MORE MONEY, I WOULD GO GET A NEW PRESCRIPTION, BUT WE DON'T.

Morgan: YOU'LL FEEL BETTER IF YOU HAVE SOME PIZZA. Alex: I DOUBT IT.

Morgan: # PICKIN' UP THE TRASH,

THAT'S WHAT I DO, I DON'T KISS ASS, I PICK UP TRASH # Alex: WANT ME TAKE YOUR TRAY THERE? Woman: THAT WOULD BE GREAT, THANK YOU. Alex: I'M THE BEST DISHWASHER EVER. Morgan: I'M THE BEST TRASH PICKER AROUND. DON'T YOU TELL ME... ?GROANS? HOW ARE YOU, MAN? ALFRED, WHO PICKS ME UP, THIS KID'S 22 YEARS OLD, HAS 4 KIDS, AND HE'S WORKING, YOU KNOW, THIS, UH, THIS, BASICALLY, MINIMUM-WAGE JOB. IT'S INCREDIBLE. YOU KNOW, THAT'S JUST IN A TOUGH PLACE TO BE. HE GOT HIS CHECK. I GOT MY CHECK. HE HAD A BETTER DAY THAN ME. LOOK AT THAT. 59.53. 45.26. ALFRED HAS 5 EXTRA MOUTHS TO FEED...ON 50 BUCKS A DAY. THAT'S UNBELIEVABLE. ALEX AND I ARE HAVING A ROUGH TIME MAKING ENDS MEET, AND IT'S JUST THE TWO OF US. IMAGINE IF WE HAD KIDS. I MEAN, KIDS ARE EXPENSIVE. YOU GOTTA PAY FOR EVERYTHING - BOOKS, DIAPERS, FORMULA.

AS SOON AS MY KIDS ARE OLD ENOUGH TO WALK, THEY'LL BE OLD ENOUGH TO WORK. I CALLED MY BROTHER. COLLECT, OF COURSE. I TOLD HIM HOW HARD THINGS WERE, AND HE GOES, "WELL, YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW HARD IT IS. YOU SHOULD HAVE A COUPLE OF KIDS." AND I SAID, "YEAH, WHY DON'T YOU GIVE ME YOURS?" AND HE SAID, "FINE. I'LL BRING 'EM UP." IT'S A BIG WEEKEND. THE KIDS ARE COMING. IT'S EASTER, AND IT'S ALEX'S BIRTHDAY. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD THINK ABOUT:

KIDS GET EASTER BASKETS. Alex: NOT THESE KIDS. Morgan: YOU KNOW WHAT? EVEN WHEN WE WERE LIVING ON $2.00 A DAY, WHEN WE HAD NO MONEY WHEN I WAS A KID, ON BIRTHDAYS AND EASTER AND CHRISTMAS, MY MOM MADE MIRACLES HAPPEN.

SHOULD WE MAKE RICE AND BEANS AGAIN? Alex: YES, WE DEFINITELY SHOULD. Morgan: THAT'S IT. THAT'S FOR THEIR EASTER BASKETS. Alex: YOU CAN HAVE 2 OF THESE, BUT NOT ALL 4. Morgan: BOY, OUR KIDS ARE GONNA HATE MOM. Alex: OH! Morgan: HA HA! Alex: ONLY IF YOU PHRASE IT LIKE THAT, YOU BIG JERK. PICK 2. Morgan: IS THAT ALL YOU GOT? Alex: THAT'S IT. Morgan: WE'RE GONNA PUT BACK ONE OF THOSE WATERS. HERE, AND WE'LL PULL OFF 4 OF THESE. ONE MORE DOLLAR OFF OF THESE. WE'LL PULL THESE OUT. Morgan: SINCE THE KIDS ARE COMING AND WE CAN'T AFFORD TO ENTERTAIN THEM, I'M GOING TO THE LIBRARY TO RESEARCH FUN STUFF WE CAN DO FOR FREE. "YOUR GUIDE TO FREE STUFF TO DO FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. NUMBER 2: ANIMAL SHELTER." IT SAYS, "KIND OF A SAD VISIT IF YOU DON'T PLAN TO ADOPT AN ANIMAL..." ?LAUGHS? IT'S UNBELIEVABLE. ?LAUGHS? "BANK. CALL UP YOUR LOCAL BANK AND ASK FOR A TOUR." HERE'S THE MONEY YOU DON'T HAVE. ?LAUGHS? "WINTER ADVISORY: IF YOU WEAR A SKI MASK, TAKE IT OFF BEFORE ENTERING THE BANK." "THE HOSPITAL."

I CAN HONESTLY SAY THESE ARE SOME OF THE WORST IDEAS EVER.

Morgan: WE HAVE SHEETS NOW... AND PILLOWS. DO WE NEED ANYTHING ELSE FOR THE KIDS? Alex: WE COULD GET A BLANKET. Morgan: 4.99. 5.99. UGH! GREAT. YELLOW BLANKET: 3.99. 15.27. Alex: I DON'T KNOW WHAT MORGAN AND I WOULD DO IF WE HAD TO PAY SOMEBODY TO TAKE CARE OF THE KIDS RIGHT NOW. WE JUST COULDN'T DO IT. BOTH US ARE WORKING FULL-TIME JOBS, AND THERE'S NO WAY WE COULD AFFORD ANYONE TO TAKE CARE OF THE KIDS. Morgan: CHILD CARE CAN RUN UP TO $10,000 A YEAR FOR ONE CHILD. IF YOU'RE WORKING FOR MINIMUM WAGE, THAT'S YOUR ENTIRE YEARLY SALARY. THIS PRESSURE TO PROVIDE PUTS AN INCREDIBLE STRAIN ON THE AVERAGE WORKING FAMILY, THE END RESULT BEING THAT FAMILIES WHO MAKE LESS THAN $25,000 A YEAR ARE TWICE AS LIKELY TO DIVORCE

AS FAMILIES WHO MAKE MORE THAN $50,000 A YEAR. Marcus: SEEMS LIKE THE WAY SOCIETY'S SET UP IS TO TEAR THE FAMILY APART. Morgan: MARCUS IS A MINIMUM-WAGE EARNER TRYING TO SUPPORT HIS FAMILY Marcus: YOU KNOW, TRYING TO LOOK FOR JOBS, LOOK FOR HOUSING, CHILD CARE-- Morgan: FEED YOUR FAMILY. Marcus: YEAH. TO KEEP A SANE MIND WITH ALL THIS DRAMA THAT WE HAVE AROUND US, YOU KNOW, AND NOT BE AT EACH OTHER'S THROATS AND TO CONTINUE TO LOVE EACH OTHER AND CONTINUE TO BE A FAMILY...

Morgan: I MEAN, IT'S HARD. Woman: YEAH. Morgan: ESPECIALLY HARD HIT ARE SINGLE WORKING MOTHERS. SINCE THEY'RE THE SOLE BREADWINNERS FOR THEIR FAMILIES, THEIR CHILDREN END UP PAYING THE PRICE. C.J. Prentiss: DO YOU REALIZE THAT WE HAVE ONE IN 5 KIDS IN THIS STATE GO TO BED HUNGRY? THE ALCOHOLISM, THE GAMBLING, THE SPOUSAL ABUSE. YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU READ STATISTICS, YOU ARE LOOKING AT PEOPLE IN POVERTY FOR THE MOST PART, AND THAT'S ALL STRESS-RELATED. IT'S ONE OF THESE THINGS LIKE "HOW IN THE HELL AM I GONNA MAKE IT?" Morgan: IT'S DAY 23, AND MY BROTHER'S KIDS HAVE FINALLY ARRIVED. THE BEST PART ABOUT THIS MORNING WAS CAITLIN TAKING A 20-MINUTE SHOWER AND USING ALL THE HOT WATER. Caitlin: I GOT IN THERE, AND IT WAS ALREADY GONE. Austin: I TOOK A 7-MINUTE-- I TOOK A 7-MINUTE SHOWER. Morgan: THEY REALLY MAKE ME HAPPY, BOTH OF THEM. YOU KNOW, I REALLY LOVE THOSE KIDS. I'M NOT GONNA WORK OVER THE WEEKEND. THAT WAY, I CAN SPEND TIME WITH THE KIDS. THAT'S WHY YOU HAVE KIDS. CAN I GET 4 FOR THE INCREDIBLES? Cashier: $4.00. Alex: I WONDER IF THEY HAVE WATER. Morgan: BOTTLED WATER AVAILABLE FROM THE VENDING MACHINE FOR 2.50. HERE, SWEETHEART. THANKS, DUDE. DID YOU WANT SOMETHING TO DRINK? Austin: THEY GOT FRUIT PUNCH? LET'S GET SOME PUNCH. Morgan: OK. THEY'D LIKE A LARGE FRUIT PUNCH. I'LL HAVE A... I'LL TAKE A MEDIUM. WHEN YOU HAVE KIDS, YOU SPEND MORE MONEY. ?TEJANO MUSIC PLAYING ON P.A.? Austin: I WANNA BUY SOME OF THOSE DOUGHNUTS. Morgan: IT LOOKS LIKE A TURNOVER ALMOST. Austin: I KNOW. THEY ALL LOOK SO GOOD. I REALLY WANT ONE. Morgan: I GOT TREATS. Alex: OH, YEAH? Morgan: I DOUBT THEY'RE VERY EXPENSIVE. $1.20 TOTAL. Alex: DO I HAVE TO REMIND YOU THAT I'VE BEEN WALKING TO WORK EVERY DAY TO SAVE US 2.50... AND YOU GO AND SPEND MONEY ON ALL THESE THINGS. Morgan: I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY. Alex: YOU HAVE NOTHING TO SAY.

Morgan: I THINK YOU'RE GETTING A LITTLE BENT OUT OF SHAPE FOR A 60-CENT BUN. Alex: I'M DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO SCRIMP AND SAVE, AND THEN YOU COME UP WITH ALL THESE LITTLE WAYS TO, LIKE, SPEND ALL OF OUR MONEY. Morgan: LIKE WHAT? LIKE, "LET'S GO TO THE HOSPITAL"? Morgan: LIKE SODAS AND CANDY AND NEWSPAPERS AND LOTTO TICKETS. Morgan: OK, I BOUGHT A LOTTO TICKET. Alex: I HAVEN'T PURCHASED ANYTHING, AND I'VE BEEN FREAKIN' WALKING TO WORK EVERY DAY. CAN WE GET BY ON MINIMUM WAGE IF WE'RE GOING AND SPENDING 12 BUCKS AT THE MOVIES JUST ON DRINKS? THAT DOESN'T SEEM VERY SMART. Morgan: I SPENT 60 CENTS EACH ON 2 BUNS. Alex: YES.

Morgan: WE LOOKED AT THESE WONDERFUL BUNS. WE SAID, "WOW. LET'S TRY THOSE. THOSE LOOK GOOD." WE'VE BEEN PENT UP IN THE APARTMENT. WE HAVEN'T BOUGHT ANYTHING IN THE LAST MONTH. Alex: I KNOW. Morgan: YOU KNOW? AND IT'S LIKE WE'RE OUT TODAY. WE'RE OUT TODAY WITH THE KIDS...AS A FAMILY. WE'VE SPENT $10 TODAY. Alex: $10 IS, LIKE, 3 HOURS OF WORK, AFTER TAXES. Morgan: I WANT MY KIDS TO HAVE A GOOD LIFE

AND TO NOT WANT FOR SO MANY THINGS.

WE CAN'T JUST LIVE IN A BOX AND NOT DO ANYTHING

AND JUST, LIKE, LOCK OURSELVES IN OUR HOUSE. Alex: WE WENT OUT TO A MOVIE TODAY.

Morgan: I'M JUST, YOU KNOW, PISSING MONEY AWAY. I MEAN, SHE'S GOING OFF ON ME FOR $1.20 BREAD? I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HOW SHE SCREAMS AT ME FOR TAKING HER OUT TO DINNER FOR HER BIRTHDAY OR TO DO SOMETHING, UM, BUT I'M SURE SHE'S GONNA HAVE WORDS.

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Morgan: UH, NOPE, WE CAN'T AFFORD THAT. THANKS. Woman: OK. Alex: THANK YOU. Morgan: IT'S REALLY PRETTY. YOU WANNA GO INSIDE? Alex: NO, IT'S TOO MUCH. Morgan: I'LL BUY YOU A TICKET. Alex: NO. I DON'T WANNA GO WITHOUT YOU. Morgan: I'LL GO WITH YOU. Alex: NO, IT'S TOO MUCH. Morgan: SO I'LL GIVE YOU A CHOICE: WE CAN EITHER GO IN HERE, OR I CAN TAKE YOU TO DINNER. Alex: OOH. I THINK WE SHOULD GO PLAY OUTSIDE AND THEN GO EAT. DEAL. Morgan: OH, THERE'S GEESE OVER AT THE POND. FOR ALEX'S BIRTHDAY TODAY, I TOOK HER TO THE PARK, AND IT WAS SO NICE TO BE OUTSIDE AND JUST BE WITH HER. I'M SO THANKFUL TO BE GOING THROUGH THIS WITH ALEX, 'CAUSE, UH, THIS WOULD BE REALLY HARD WITHOUT HER. Alex: THANK YOU. Morgan: THANK YOU. Alex: MMM. IT'S SO NICE TO EAT IN A RESTAURANT. Morgan: WE WERE JUST ABLE TO SIT AND LOOK AT EACH OTHER. "FOOD. OH, THERE'S ALEX. OH, FOOD. OH, THERE'S ALEX." IT WAS NICE. Alex: THANK YOU SO MUCH. Waiter: I THANK YOU VERY MUCH. Alex: IT'S A BIG NIGHT OUT. Morgan: DINNER COST US $23.13. SO IF I CAN'T SPEND $20 ON DINNER ON YOUR 30th BIRTHDAY, WHAT KIND OF BOYFRIEND AM I?

Alex: THE WORST ONE EVER. Morgan: THAT'S TRUE. Morgan: THERE IS NO BUS ANYWHERE CLOSE. Alex: THIS IS CALLED BUS STOP AEROBICS. Morgan: WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO NOW, ALEX? WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO NOW? WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO NOW? NOW? WHAT ABOUT NOW? NOW? NOW? NOW? Alex: EHHHH. I DON'T BELIEVE THIS. WE STOOD OUTSIDE FOR 40 MINUTES WAITING FOR A BUS TO COME,

AND FINALLY SOMEBODY PASSING TOLD US THE BUSES STOPPED RUNNING AT 6:00 TODAY. Morgan: SO WE SPLURGE FOR A CAB? Alex: I STILL HAVE MY EMERGENCY 20 IN MY POCKET. Morgan: WHAT IF YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE BUS? WHAT IF YOU HAVE TO RELY ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? OH, WELL, TOO BAD THEN. YOU'RE SCREWED. THANK YOU. SO HOW MUCH IS IT WITH TAX? Driver: UH, 13.20 PLUS TAX. Morgan: 14. 14 EVEN. HERE YOU GO. COULD I GET 5 BACK? Driver: SURE. Morgan: THANKS, MAN. I SPENT $44.10 TODAY. 15 BUCKS MORE THAN I WANTED TO SPEND. I WANTED TO SPEND $30 TODAY, AND WE WENT OVER BECAUSE OF THE CAB. THIS TOTALLY BLOWS. I WAS HOPING THAT IT WAS GONNA BE, LIKE, THIS MAGICAL DAY, AND INSTEAD WE WERE CRYING OVER $30. IT'S DIFFERENT. IT'S REALLY DIFFERENT THAN A LOT OF PEOPLE REALIZE, HAVING TO BE IN THIS SITUATION. Morgan: GOOD MORNING. Morgan: 44.26. CHA-CHING!

GOING RIGHT IN MY POCKET... THEN I'M GONNA GET RIGHT ON THAT BUS AND GO HOME.

Morgan: SO WE WENT TO THE HOSPITAL TO GET ALEX'S BILL 'CAUSE WE HADN'T GOTTEN IT YET, HER EMERGENCY ROOM BILL. THEY GAVE US A PRINTOUT. $438. THIS 300 IS HER EMERGENCY ROOM FEE. JUST FOR WALKING INTO THE EMERGENCY ROOM WAS $300. Alex: I CAN'T IMAGINE... HOW PEOPLE PAY THIS STUFF OFF MAKING AS LITTLE MONEY AS WE DO. I MEAN, LUCKILY, THIS IS LESS THAN $500. Morgan: ME? MY BILL? JUST TO WALK IN THE DOOR... $551. THAT'S JUST SOME BULLSHIT, YOU KNOW? IT MAKES NO SENSE. YOU SEE THIS MEDICAL/SURGICAL SUPPLIES THAT'S ON HERE, RIGHT? $40? I GOT AN ACE BANDAGE. A $40 ACE BANDAGE. YOU SEE THAT. YOU SEE WHERE THE PROBLEM IS. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS. IT'S INCREDIBLE. I REALLY DON'T KNOW HOW PEOPLE DO IT, BECAUSE YOU ARE REALLY LIVING RIGHT ON THE EDGE OF A KNIFE

EVERY SINGLE DAY. IT'S NOT RIGHT. Just ahead in tonight's Late News. Schapelle Corby's lawyer to try yet another legal move as she struggles to cope with 15 years in a Bali jail. She is crying, crying and crying. Michelle Leslie moved to another jail as her case reaches a crucial stage. The new device that puts TV in your pocket. And the wraps come off an $8 million car. With WorkChoices, Australia's new national workplace system, for full-time employees, your right to at least 4 weeks annual leave will be protected by law. Your right to at least: Your right to at least 52 weeks unpaid parental leave and the right to a maximum ordinary 38 hour week all protected by law. And for people working under awards, your wages and specified existing conditions like penalty rates and long service leave will be protected by law. To find out the facts,

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Morgan: LET'S JUST GO THROUGH ALL OF OUR MONEY. Alex: LET'S COUNT UP WHAT WE GOT. Morgan: THERE'S 100... THERE'S 200... 600... 835.14. THERE'S 470. Alex: OK. THAT'S RENT. Morgan: OUR GAS AND WATER... Alex: IS 12.08. Morgan: WE HAVE TO PAY YOUR PHONE BILL... Alex: WHICH IS 50. Morgan: THE BIGGEST BILLS WE HAVE IS THE HOSPITAL BILLS, WHICH IS 1,217. IT'S GONNA TAKE US 3 MONTHS TO PAY THAT OFF. Alex: WE'RE SCREWED. Morgan: WE LIVE IN THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. THIS IS OUR BANK. ?COINS RATTLING? YOU KNOW, WE GOT A VERY CHEAP APARTMENT. WE GOT ONE BUS PASS BETWEEN US. I NEVER TURNED DOWN A JOB. WE FOUND THE FREE STORE. YOU KNOW, WE'RE BOTH EDUCATED. WE BOTH ARE ARTICULATE. WE'RE WHITE. WE'RE STILL JUST GETTING BY. Morgan: IT'S BEEN 8 YEARS SINCE THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE HAS CHANGED.

8. HAS INFLATION CHANGED? HAS THE WORLD WE'RE LIVING IN, THE COUNTRY WE LIVE IN CHANGED? ABSOLUTELY. Alex: EVEN IF YOU ARE AMONG THE WORKING POOR AND WORKING 2 JOBS AT EVEN ABOVE MINIMUM WAGE, YOU'RE STILL JUST BARELY GONNA MAKE IT. GOD FORBID ANYTHING HAPPENED TO YOU.

IT'S REALLY, REALLY, REALLY HARD.

Morgan: YOU DON'T SEE THE PEOPLE THAT SURROUND US. WE DON'T SEE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO GET BY. THEY'RE RIGHT NEXT TO US, AND I'VE SEEN HOW HARD THE STRUGGLE IS. I HAVE BEEN HERE, AND I ONLY DID IT FOR A MONTH, AND THERE'S PEOPLE WHO DO THIS THEIR WHOLE LIVES. Alex: YOU KNOW, I LOVE THIS COUNTRY, AND I LOVE THE PEOPLE HERE, AND I FEEL LIKE AMERICANS CAN DO A LOT BETTER. WE CAN TREAT OUR CITIZENS BETTER THAN THIS. Morgan: I ENCOURAGE YOU, AND I CHALLENGE YOU TO LET YOUR GUARD DOWN, TO STRIP AWAY YOUR LIFE

AND TO PUT YOURSELF IN THE SITUATION OF SOMEONE ELSE... BECAUSE YOU WILL BE CHANGED. YOU WILL WALK OUT OF THIS EXPERIENCE A DIFFERENT PERSON, A MUCH MORE UNDERSTANDING PERSON. HOPEFULLY, A MUCH MORE CARING PERSON. AND, UH... YOU WILL BE AFFECTED... LIKE I'VE BEEN AFFECTED... AND I'M BETTER FOR IT. I'M BETTER FOR BEING HERE... SO... I'LL SEE YA.

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