The year is 2540, a student in history class notices something off about his textbook. “How come these textbooks skip the years 1990 to 1999?” The teacher puts his air-marker down on the table, lowers his head, and sighs. “Because…” he lifts his head and a single tear rolls down his cheek, “…only 90’s kids remember the 90’s”
This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York. This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.