"Yeah," Adams said. "Firms like mine caused it."
Adams went from pulling in several hundred thousand a year as a hedge fund vice president to serving bacon and grits for $2.13 an hour (plus tips).
The job came with a side of "humble pie," especially when he was put on the graveyard shift with mostly ex-cons as coworkers. His wife thought he was nuts. But he felt he needed to do "deep soul searching."
On his first day, he couldn't even find the cheese in the Waffle House refrigerator. Head cook Edward wasn't amused and wanted him gone.
A few days later, Edward walked Adams over to a dirty table. He pointed to a yucky spot and asked Adams to wipe it off.
"If you can clean off this spot, you'll be of more value in this job than you were in your last one," Edward said.
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