Robert Estes had a steady job selling groceries in the Chicago suburb of Aurora until last year. He had held onto the job for two years, and the 33-year-old said the gig had allowed him to live a self-sufficient life.
"I always had my own place, my own car, bought my own food," he recently told the Chicago Sun-Times. "I was making it paycheck-to-paycheck. Then this happened, and it's like a slap in the face.