The minimum wage in USSR in 1991 for full-time workers was about $4/hr. But we know Joel is part-time since Olga is part-time shift supv. In 1991 USSR McDonalds was special--a very desirable place to work--so let’s say he made the very, very attractive wage of 5.78/hr. Joel worked less than one full day--it seemed at least a month, long, but like One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich, it was just one day. Let us assume he had put in seven and one-half hours when he was fired. (You do not want to say terminated in USSR) Thus 7.5hr x 5.78$/hr = $43.35 gross Less (of course) $ 1.92 meals (including 5% McD macdiscount); $3.74 uniform including discount for returned uniform in good condition; $8.84 20% personal non-resident tax; $5.04 housing including InterFlop discount for not having used room or linens; $.81 rubles to-US dollar exchange rate fees = 23.00 net. But remember your first French kiss? Olga's tongue: Priceless; he did ok.