I currently hold a Bachelors degree from a first tier college, and work as a cashier in a retail store (where I have been working with the same title since high school)
There is all this hype about the college degrees, but the fact is that while the college costs rise, its benefits are not that great. Companies seek experience when hiring candidates for the few jobs they've got, and getting a job with merely a degree is almost impossible. Even those with internships often get stuck in them for years with little prospects for a "real job".
I hear all this talk about how we can remain globally competitive by getting more people earn their college degree. But I think that's disingenuous or naive. With all the outsourcing and downsizing that goes on, low service jobs like mine might be soon what is left, even for college educated. (Already at my location nearly half of cashiers have a Bachelors degree or higher)
So I resent hearing from the opponents of minimum wage and labor union, how entry level service jobs are just a stepping stone for people into much higher paid ones. The truth is that for many people, even highly educated ones, that's all there is. And this trend will only worsen.
Unlike in Western Europe where workers feel dignity even in the low-skills service jobs, it's impossible to feel any dignity working for minimum wage with no benefits, at a place where the supervisor can fire you at will and for no reason.
Fortunately I happened to work in an unionized store which provides me with some degree of dignity. But I do resent customers who think there must be something terribly wrong with me for getting stuck at the job for so long. I think it's something terribly wrong with the society who hypes groundlessly on the value of a college degree.