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The Broke Ass Brigade [Kindle Edition]

Don Romonov
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Book Description

The Broke Ass Brigade is a sarcastic account of the employment of The author Don Romonov in one of the larger retail chains in the world. Don entered the workforce as a young man barely out of High school, full of enthusiasm and Idealism. He was soon to receive an abrupt reality check of what corporate America is all about. Raised in the middle class, Don believed in the value system of working an honest day’s work for an honest wage. That by doing what was “right” and working hard he had no choice but to succeed. The Company Store however had other plans for Don and his coworkers- the American working class. Terrorized by crazy and vindictive bosses Don manages to maintain his sanity and sense of humor while dealing with the masses that frequent the Company Store. Illuminating the day to day interactions of the employees of the Company Store, Don details the devastating effects of poor wages, continued false promises of promotion, threats to employees that call in sick or have life threatening disabilities, and stagnate leadership that make up the culture of the Company Store.

Born with Aspergers syndrome Don brings an unusual and witty perspective to the everyday events of the Company store. While employed at the store he encounters a group of crusty and hardnosed veterans who refer to themselves as “The Broke Ass Brigade”. While talking to Don one day they spell out the demise of the American worker in the Company Store and point out the incredible injustice the corporation has handed out to the employees. Relevant in todays “Occupy Wall Street” environment, The Broke Ass Brigade was written over a period of eight years and chronicles the lives and relationships of the workers of the Company Store.
Join Don as he goes where we all have been and wondered, “Are these people for real?” Don is about to show you in a painfully sarcastic and funny way, Yes they are Very Real.

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  • File Size: 757 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0092HAOTE
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Broke Ass Brigade November 5, 2012
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A bit tedious at times. Not much variation in the story telling so it tended to flag my interest after awhile.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! October 7, 2012
The Broke Ass Brigade by Don Romonov is an autobiographical journal or diary of sorts of a young man who is forced to scrimp and save just to make it in the day-t0-day world. He has to scrimp and save because he works at "The Company Store." The specific name of the store is never mentioned but it's easy enough to figure out.

Don relays his daily struggles with Asberger's Syndrome (a form of autism), making ends meet, his friends and their activities and the horrors of working at "The Company Store." This book is both terribly sad and hilarious. The stream-of-consciousness (and loaded with sarcasm) entries about the people he sees in the store and the real-life things that they do are as mystifying as they are unbelievable. I laughed out loud a number of times at things he mentioned. When I tried to read them aloud to my family, I laughed so hard I had tears streaming down my face!

Now, a word of warning, the language in the book is crass, graphic and may be offensive to some. The f- word sprinkles most of the pages. If you can get past that, this is a very entertaining read. I give it a B+.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Broke Ass Brigade, A Review February 21, 2013
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These are the chronicles of a young man, who coincidentally has Aspergers, who is working for the Company Store... It who cannot be named. My words, I think.
It's not easy getting a job in North America these days, and Don Romonov tells us his experiences working for one giant, soul sucking corporation.
This author is an astute observer of human beings and was in a location full of amazing and unusual specimens of humanity that he sketches for us, quickly and competently.
He outlines the problems with corporate management thoughtfully and intelligently. It's a miracle this place continues to function. Literally a miracle as it wrings blood out of stones.
He has a wicked sense of humour that had me laughing out loud every now and then, and at one point, very near the end of the book, I laughed for five minutes. This alone was worth the price of admission.
I read some of the other reviews. Some warned about f-bombs. There are f-bombs, but they're always appropriate and tasteful.
Some reviews criticized this author's spelling, word use, or formatting, and I can say, as a person who automatically edits any book she reads, this book was well written, with few typos or spelling mistakes. There were very minor formatting problems but the storytelling was so powerful that the formatting problems were not noticible.
Mr. Romonov has an incredible wit and sense of humour. He could write dialogue for movies or tv that would be remembered forever.
He opened my eyes to the incompetence and unnecessary cruelty that goes on in the corporate store. I will be shopping there less. Much, much less.
I've had difficult times in my life, but nothing to compare with what he describes. He is to be congratulated for making lemonade out of this puppy.
In short, I loved the book. If you love people watching, astute observation and analysis, and laughing, you will enjoy this book.
I think it's a great read, and give it a Tremendous, and 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Broke Ass Brigade December 17, 2012
Welcome to `The Broke Ass Brigade', a novel/diary about life working for the Company Store. This book is very much stream of consciousness and as such, some readers may feel as if the book jumps around a lot yet the subject changes make perfect sense. I laughed out loud at some of the events and had to read then aloud to my spouse (then we were both cracking up!). Through a unique point of view, Mr. Romonov highlights a majority of what is wrong in this country right now. From the slave-driving and incompetent managers, the overworked and underappreciated employees, and the ridiculously sad customers, the author has truly captured what it is to work in one of the largest retail chains in the world. I thought some of my experiences in the retail world were bad, but they doesn't even compare. `The Broke Ass Brigade' is funny, sad, and touching - a must read! Be warned: there is graphic language and situations which are not appropriate for children. This is definitely an adult-only book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining, irreverent, poignant read December 9, 2012
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"The Broke Ass Brigade" traces the exploits of Don, the only sane man in a world of corporate retail gone mad. One part Ferris Bueller, one part Bugs Bunny and two parts George Carlin, Don faces the mind-numbing, back-breaking grind of retail drudgery with a sharp tongue and good heart.

Of special interest to gamers, and those who can relate to the vagaries of retail or corporate life -- but these are definitely not prerequisites to enjoy the book, as it really boils down to a chronicle of one man's struggle to make his way in these uncertain times (personally and professionally). Who can't relate to that?

A few minor formatting and spelling issues, but not enough to mar an engrossing read. My favorite independent ebook. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughing Uncontrollably March 1, 2013
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Don Romonov's account of working for the "Company Store" is a heartfelt, gut wrenchingly hilarious diary of what it means to be part of the working poor in America. His unique insights shed light on how large corporations use entry level workers to make millions, and then throw those workers under the economic bus. After reading this, there is one major retailer that I will never shop in again, so help me God, unless I feel like crop dusting the electronics counter after stealing a couple of rotisserie chickens. Read this public service announcement while playing a video game after eating chili, as Don would have intended. DO IT NOW.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't laugh, you'll cry!
I've never read a better book to apply "If you don't laugh, you'll cry". This book is an account of the shear bad luck and hilarious times had by Don and his friends over... Read more
Published 21 days ago by J.R.Baxter
3.0 out of 5 stars Didnt need 500 pages for this
From the very first page, you can’t help but laugh your butt off—it’s that hilarious!

From day one, Don has hated his job at the Company Store. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Sandra's Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars You are preaching to a huge choir
This Broke Ass Brigade is coming to a street near you and a factory near you... Wake up and pay attention and do something constructive before they come for YOU!!!
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars i'm still in pain from laughing
okay i've got to admit while the author did open my eyes about "the company store" and what they do to people i primarily enjoyed it because of the characters and ESPECIALLY for... Read more
Published 23 months ago by HRH Spider
4.0 out of 5 stars The broke Ass brigade
What a great book I laughed and cried. If you have worked in the retail business you will love this book. I am very glad I read it Thanks Mr. Romonov
Published on April 19, 2013 by Dawson C. Walton
5.0 out of 5 stars Very humorous
I look documentaries and first hand accounts. They give us glimpses into other people's worlds. I had no idea about some of the crazy stuff that happens at Wally World.
Published on April 10, 2013 by Preschool Teacher
3.0 out of 5 stars Hurrah For Randomness!
I got got a kick out of the randomness of the book. Funny stories interjected throughout to break up the monotony of the daily grind. Read more
Published on March 27, 2013 by Andrea J. Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
This book made me laugh while reaffirming my resolve to never spend a dime at "the company store". Definitely one to read and share with others! Read more
Published on March 20, 2013 by Nikki
2.0 out of 5 stars Tough to take...
The Broke Ass Brigade is a satirical diary account of life in "The Company Store" (aka probably any Wal-Mart or Cosco in the world) written from the viewpoint of a 19 year old with... Read more
Published on March 18, 2013 by V. Lovelace
4.0 out of 5 stars The Working man's book
The Broke Ass Brigade is an amazing account of what its like to work for the man. The pains and troubles of trying to get out ,and how to deal with the work place morons until you... Read more
Published on February 18, 2013 by storyaddict69
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