Neil Lassen was 19 when he took a job pushing carts at Target for $8 an hour. He hadn't graduated from college and didn't have many options.
"This was both a blessing and a curse," says Lassen on his blog, Passive Marketing. He describes himself as a normal guy from Wisconsin with crazy hair.
"Over the next 10 months, this job would be the bane of my existence," says Lassen. "I dreaded going to sleep at night because I knew I would have to get up and go work where I was treated almost subhuman. After all, someone pushing shopping carts must be an uneducated fool, right?"