Thursday, September 20, 2007

He once made $160,000 a year, now makes $10.50 an hour

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MICHAEL GATES GILL, who once made about $160,000 a year as an advertising executive and who now earns around $10.50 an hour making coffee at Starbucks, has written a book called “How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else,” and it is so admiring of the firm, one fears he has drunk of the Grande Iced Kool-Aid.

His story — divorced, broke, entitled middle-aged white guy with brain tumor and no health insurance learns to respect persons of other races who did not go to Yale — has been optioned by Tom Hanks. Of course.

You’re not dating anyone, are you? the reporter asks.

“No, I’m not,” Mr. Gill says. “And one of the things I like about Starbucks, it offers an affectionate, nurturing environment so I don’t feel lonely in that sense.”

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