Grill cook at the Pie 'n' Burger in Pasadena, California
This guy's burgers are classic: crunchy, soft and chewy. He makes about five a minute when things are busy, also grilling onions and keeping the fries coming. When orders slow down, he lines up the buns, slathers them with dressing, and positions the chunk of iceberg lettuce, ready for the next wave. If that isn't a valuable job, I don't know what is.
"You will be poor in the only real sense of the word, sir, in that you will not be rich. You will have a little after you've sold everything, but in a country where every man is what he has, he who has very little is nobody very much. There's no such thing as genteel poverty here, sir."
--Elaine May, "A New Leaf"