I worked at a construction company in Wisconsin where I used to make really good money.
But when the economy went down the tubes, I only made $343 a week, and then we ran out of work altogether and I had to look for other jobs.
The only one I could find right away was at a Walmart in Minnesota, where I made $7.50 an hour.
I met Matt there, and he convinced me to move out here, so I'm living with him in this RV. Obviously I want to find my own place, but that's not gonna happen for a while.
Since I moved to Williston this year, I make around $16 an hour, and I get $24.15 an hour for overtime. I work in the Tire Lube Express of Walmart, where I fix flat tires, do oil changes, and those kinds of things. I came out here with a lot of debt, so the extra money really helps.
And I guess it's worth it to be living like this -- for the time being at least.
One nice thing about living in a parking lot is that you can change your neighbors whenever you want.
In Williston, N.D., America's newest oil boomtown, thousands have come looking for work. Yet, many of them can't find housing.
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