(NBC NEWS) Wendy Lott’s career has made a detour to a small-town pizzeria in South Carolina.

She works 10 hours a week making pizza for minimum wage. She has no other job, no health insurance and no idea how she can afford to go back to college, let alone pay the hospital that treated her asthma-related bronchitis.

She’s 27, lives with her mother and most of her take-home pay goes to gas and household items. “It would be nice to get off food stamps, but on $62, I can’t,” Lott said, referring to her weekly take-home pay from her $7.25-an-hour minimum-wage job.

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