This tragic death raises questions about the economy. It’s time to raise minimum wage – working four jobs and being forced to nap in one’s car between shifts to make ends meet is unacceptable. Minimum wage =/= livable wage and it should.
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Maria Fernandes, 32, of Newark, NJ, worked four jobs, including two at different Dunkin Donuts stores. In between working, she would often park in public lots and catch up on sleep. She kept a can of gasoline in her car because she had occasionally run out of gas in the past during her job commutes.
On Monday, Fernandes pulled into a WaWa convenience store parking lot in Elizabeth, NJ, to nap. Concerned employees called 911. When emergency workers arrived and opened her car door, they were met with a toxic odor. Workers determined that Fernandes was dead and called Hazmat workers to the scene.
Fernandes died from inhaling a fatal mixture of carbon monoxide from her car, which was running, and the can of gasoline that spilled open in the back of her car.