Audio Recording "Garbage has to be picked up, and we are the guys that do it."

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Title
"Garbage has to be picked up, and we are the guys that do it."
Contributor Names
Jones, Lee (Narrator)
Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-08-11
Subject Headings
-  Restaurants
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Hours of labor
-  Refuse collectors
-  E & A Soul Food Restaurant (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Short conversations with customers at E & A Soul Food Restaurant.
-  Summary of audio segment: Connie, the other waitress, introduces George who works at BFI sanitation; then she introduces Lee, her husband; Connie says, "here's two black men that work very hard in this town"; Lee Jones says they sometimes come in here; they start at 5 a.m. and work until theyare finished, sometime it is 7 or 8 p.m.; it pays well and is a steady job and it's one of the most important jobs there is besides fireman, policemen and others. "We are making a decent living at it; we do the best we can. No matter what day it is, what time it is, we have to go. Where other people have 9 to 5, we have 5 until whatever time -- 7 or 8 at night --holidays, every holiday, we have no time off at all, we just start earlier and whatever time we get finished that's our holiday," (he laughs); they work in Paterson, but company has offices all around the country; "All that ice and snow that we had, what have you, we was out there when other people were home. Christmastime when you were home in your bed, one, two in the morning, we were out there working, you know. Garbage has to be picked up and we are the guys that do it" (he laughs).
Medium
Analog Audio Cassette
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A008
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcwip.sla00801
Online Format
audio

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Credit line

Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Jones, Lee, and Susan Levitas. "Garbage has to be picked up, and we are the guys that do it.". -08-11, 1994. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003601/.

APA citation style:

Jones, L. & Levitas, S. (1994) "Garbage has to be picked up, and we are the guys that do it.". -08-11. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003601/.

MLA citation style:

Jones, Lee, and Susan Levitas. "Garbage has to be picked up, and we are the guys that do it.". -08-11, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003601/>.