Terry: I was working at Walmart for a couple of years. I left on my maternity leave. They gave me the four to six week leave but I had to have a c-section so I had to take longer and they wasn’t trying to hear it, so they let me go.
BW: Did you have a doctors excuse and all that?
Terry: Yes, I had a doctor’s order. They don’t care.
BW: What’s your life like now?
Terry: I stay at a motel. Every day I buy DVDs and resell them. If I make $80 profit, $55 of that goes to pay for a room for the next day. I have to do that ever day to keep a roof over my head. *tears* I’ve thought about going to a shelter but I don’t live like that. I’ve always had a job.
BW: What was the hardest day since you’ve been out here?
Terry: Last Christmas, I wasn’t around no family. I was panhandling, all day, trying to get enough money for my rent.
BW: Most people that I meet on this street are addicted to crack or heroin and you can tell. You don’t look like that. You look like everything’s going OK in your life.
Terry: I’ve learned that you can’t look at nobody and judge them, cause you never know. No, I don’t do drugs. I’m just in a fucked up situation.
BW: Well, what would help you get out of it?
Terry: If I could just pay for a week. If I could just get $200 to pay for a whole week then I could stack my money instead of paying $55 a day for the room.