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This Mind-Numbing Machine Lets You Experience Making The Minimum Wage

Turn a crank for a whole hour, and out pops 8 bucks in pennies. It’s actually a much better bargain than most low-wage gigs.

Blake Fall-Conroy’s Minimum Wage Machine “allows anybody to work for minimum wage,” and represents the grinding futility of those jobs that pay it. The hand-cranked machine pops out a penny every 4.5 seconds. If you turn it for an hour, you’ll earn yourself $8, which was New York State’s minimum wage until December 30, 2014 (it was raised by $0.75 per hour since the machine was built).

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