|Laredo also has a thriving "poverty industry"|
I recently checked out this book at the Laredo Public Library. It details how zealous opportunists are making billions of dollars from providing services (preying) on the working poor. It sure opens your eyes to how enterprising (unscrupulous) American business has become. Whatever happened to customer satisfaction? I guess gouging the customer takes precedence over making sure they are getting treated fairly and properly.
In the author's own words :
BROKE, USA is my report from the economic fringes. In the two years I spent researching the poverty industry, I ventured to Las Vegas to hang out at the annual check cashers convention, I spent time in Tennessee with the small-town debt collector who founded the $40-billion-a-year payday cash advance industry, I met with a number of mercenary entrepreneurs who are getting tens of millions of dollars rich selling high-priced products to the country's hardworking waitresses, warehouse workers, and mall clerks.By telling the story of the rise of the poverty business – an industry that today is larger than the casino industry – I chronicle the early roots of the subprime meltdown and explore any number of other brilliant, if not diabolically brilliant, ways businesses have devised to grow very, very rich off those with decidedly thin wallets. I also tell of a few of the more committed souls fighting back against the major corporations, chain franchises, and newly-hatched enterprises that grow fat with profits at the expense of the working poor.