That poor man. He only makes $2.50 a week!
He can't make $2.50 a week. He has to borrow the quarter, so he must be in the whole and in the negative. He probably broke something at work and had it deducted from his check and now he needs to slowly crawl out of the whole.
Yeah, go ahead and laugh...you forget that a quarter back then was worth at least a half a dollar!