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(WTSP)   If you're 13 years old, it's great to make a few bucks selling hot dogs on the side of the road. It's even better to be bought out for $2500   (wtsp.com) divider line 46
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2012-07-29 11:25:33 AM
"The company plans to let Duszynski use the cart for special occasions, such as the wedding he already has lined up."

He's 13 and his life is already over. How sad.
 
2012-07-29 01:29:19 PM
Who has a hotdog cart at their wedding?
 
2012-07-29 01:30:38 PM
 
2012-07-29 01:35:45 PM

Britney Spear's Speculum: Who has a hotdog cart at their wedding?


the gheys?
 
2012-07-29 01:39:54 PM
A packaging company heard about the boy's troubles and bought the truck for 25-hundred dollars.

WTF writes like this. Jesus Christ.
 
2012-07-29 01:44:18 PM

Britney Spear's Speculum: Who has a hotdog cart at their wedding?


Gonna go with people who just graduated from college and need something to keep their drunk friends fed on the cheap for the reception.
 
2012-07-29 01:47:02 PM
Did several people write individual sentences as part of this article then threw them all together with no editing?
Let me recap: the boy "originally saved up thousands of dollars to buy the cart", then sold it to the packing company for $2500, which was "a lot more than Duszynski paid for it".
The only way I figure that makes sense is that the kid saved up thousands of dollars, then found out he only needed about $2k to buy one. Dumbass.
 
2012-07-29 01:59:09 PM
25 hundred?
 
2012-07-29 02:05:27 PM

Ken VeryBigLiar: Britney Spear's Speculum: Who has a hotdog cart at their wedding?

Gonna go with people who just graduated from college and need something to keep their drunk friends fed on the cheap for the reception.


Probably family or friends hiring him as a favour, especially if they are having a lot of kids at the wedding so they can save on real food.
 
2012-07-29 02:10:44 PM
Christ, that was painful to read.
 
2012-07-29 02:25:28 PM

GoldDude: Did several people write individual sentences as part of this article then threw them all together with no editing?
Let me recap: the boy "originally saved up thousands of dollars to buy the cart", then sold it to the packing company for $2500, which was "a lot more than Duszynski paid for it".
The only way I figure that makes sense is that the kid saved up thousands of dollars, then found out he only needed about $2k to buy one. Dumbass.


"Originally saved up thousands of dollars"?
You mean his parents gave him Christmas birthday money?
I admire the kid's spirit, but I hope to go he doesn't grow up thinking he worked harder than everyone else simply because he had a good opportunity and well-off parents.

/Christmas was $200 max except when Dad got laid off
//Birthday was $25 max
///despises those born on third base thinking they hit a triple
 
2012-07-29 02:25:40 PM

GoldDude: Did several people write individual sentences as part of this article then threw them all together with no editing?
Let me recap: the boy "originally saved up thousands of dollars to buy the cart", then sold it to the packing company for $2500, which was "a lot more than Duszynski paid for it".
The only way I figure that makes sense is that the kid saved up thousands of dollars, then found out he only needed about $2k to buy one. Dumbass.


Or the kid saved $2K, which is "thousands of dollars," and $500 is a lot more than $2K to a small-time reporter.
 
2012-07-29 02:32:58 PM

Sergeant Grumbles: You mean his parents gave him Christmas birthday money?
I admire the kid's spirit, but I hope to go he doesn't grow up thinking he worked harder than everyone else simply because he had a good opportunity and well-off parents.


err...his parents are poor and sick, which is why he was doing this in the first place to help out with medical bills. Don't think they gave him the money.
/could be wrong
//bad article is bad
 
2012-07-29 02:35:38 PM

Sergeant Grumbles: GoldDude: Did several people write individual sentences as part of this article then threw them all together with no editing?
Let me recap: the boy "originally saved up thousands of dollars to buy the cart", then sold it to the packing company for $2500, which was "a lot more than Duszynski paid for it".
The only way I figure that makes sense is that the kid saved up thousands of dollars, then found out he only needed about $2k to buy one. Dumbass.

"Originally saved up thousands of dollars"?
You mean his parents gave him Christmas birthday money?
I admire the kid's spirit, but I hope to go he doesn't grow up thinking he worked harder than everyone else simply because he had a good opportunity and well-off parents.

/Christmas was $200 max except when Dad got laid off
//Birthday was $25 max
///despises those born on third base thinking they hit a triple


A whole lot of this. It isn't so much that I care that they have money, it's just that they usually don't seem to grasp that it isn't normal for grandma to give everyone in the room $500 at major holidays. It really gets bad when they start with the "... and I paid for it all myself without anyone's help."
 
2012-07-29 02:38:11 PM
"City zoning laws don't allow food trucks to compete with restaurants so he had to close up shop."

So.. Rent Seeking Link

How the heck to I get my link description to change?
 
2012-07-29 02:44:09 PM

RogermcAllen: A whole lot of this. It isn't so much that I care that they have money, it's just that they usually don't seem to grasp that it isn't normal for grandma to give everyone in the room $500 at major holidays. It really gets bad when they start with the "... and I paid for it all myself without anyone's help."


while I kindda agree with this opinion, it has nothing to do with this particular case.

"Thirteen-year-old, Nathan Duszynski, from Holland, Michigan wanted to devote his summer to helping his parents financially. His mom suffers from epilepsy and his dad has Multiple Sclerosis. "I'm just trying to bring in some money for them and the household when they're struggling," the teen told Mackinac Media."
 
2012-07-29 02:44:11 PM

mr lawson: err...his parents are poor and sick, which is why he was doing this in the first place to help out with medical bills. Don't think they gave him the money.


Where did he get the money, then?
It's not like he earned it working in the coal mines. Some relative had to have given him money. I just take issue with the way the article says he saved it up, as if he were working for it. Mowing lawns doesn't net you that kind of scratch unless you've got a wide repeat client base, and even THAT takes the kind of family support my 13 old self didn't have.
 
2012-07-29 02:49:35 PM

Sergeant Grumbles: and even THAT takes the kind of family support my 13 old self didn't have.


And there in-lies you problem. Just because YOU could not envision ways to earn money at that age does not mean others at that age can not as well.
/I sold mag subs, Christmas cards, mowed lawns, washed cars at that age to buy a motorcycle ~$2,500
 
2012-07-29 02:52:51 PM

Sergeant Grumbles: mr lawson: err...his parents are poor and sick, which is why he was doing this in the first place to help out with medical bills. Don't think they gave him the money.

Where did he get the money, then?
It's not like he earned it working in the coal mines. Some relative had to have given him money. I just take issue with the way the article says he saved it up, as if he were working for it. Mowing lawns doesn't net you that kind of scratch unless you've got a wide repeat client base, and even THAT takes the kind of family support my 13 old self didn't have.



Pfft, slacker.

I was pulling $500/month at 13 with 3 newspaper routes on a bicycle.
 
2012-07-29 02:57:41 PM
That was the most informative video attached to an article, ever.
 
2012-07-29 03:23:28 PM

Sergeant Grumbles: "Originally saved up thousands of dollars"?
You mean his parents gave him Christmas birthday money?
I admire the kid's spirit, but I hope to go he doesn't grow up thinking he worked harder than everyone else simply because he had a good opportunity and well-off parents.

/Christmas was $200 max except when Dad got laid off
//Birthday was $25 max
///despises those born on third base thinking they hit a triple


This, except for the part where Sgt. Grumbles sour-grapes the fact that his parents are losers, and thus he was born not on 3rd base, but instead in the back of a pick-up in the parking lot of 7-11 across from the stadium.
 
2012-07-29 05:08:06 PM

Sergeant Grumbles: Mowing lawns doesn't net you that kind of scratch unless you've got a wide repeat client base, and even THAT takes the kind of family support my 13 old self didn't have.


When I was 13 I was mowing about 10 lawns a week for (on average) $25 each. Some of them were people my parents knew, but some of them were people who I knocked on the door of and offered to mow their lawn, or saw the signs I hung up around the neighborhood. I basically gave up my Saturdays to have some money, but fortunately my parents didn't need me to help out with this like this kid.

/now i'm kind of sad realizing per hour I was making more at 13 than I am now...
 
2012-07-29 05:16:53 PM
This is like the 5th time my town has made Fark. Not sure whether to be proud or embarrassed.
 
2012-07-29 06:01:32 PM
the story is from where I live; the article thankfully, is not.
 
2012-07-29 07:53:00 PM
This whole scenario reeks of the south.

Kid wants to sell food in a public area but does ZERO research about the legality of selling food.
Parents allow him to throw this whole stupid thing together and either...
A) Do not tell him that there are laws about selling food.
B) Somehow made it through life in America with understanding a single thing about food safety.
Lands a wedding gig, for a hot dog cart run and served by a 13 year old kid with no permits to sell food.

Again, the parents allowed their minor child to spend "thousands" of dollars, which were saved for college, on a food cart to sell food in public with no idea that there are laws against this.

So stupid, they must be Teapartypublicans.
 
2012-07-29 08:37:56 PM

PapaChester: This whole scenario reeks of the south.

Kid wants to sell food in a public area but does ZERO research about the legality of selling food.
Parents allow him to throw this whole stupid thing together and either...
A) Do not tell him that there are laws about selling food.
B) Somehow made it through life in America with understanding a single thing about food safety.
Lands a wedding gig, for a hot dog cart run and served by a 13 year old kid with no permits to sell food.

Again, the parents allowed their minor child to spend "thousands" of dollars, which were saved for college, on a food cart to sell food in public with no idea that there are laws against this.

So stupid, they must be Teapartypublicans.


While I agree that it was irresponsible of the parents to let him go that far without informing him of the food permits, etc, that would be needed - Think about this: How many people over the age of 25 don't know that you need a busking permit usually to sell on the side of the street? I imagine quite a few, if not the majority. Now, apply that to a 13 year old boy and you'll understand why the kid probably just didn't see the various steps that he'd need to go through. At an age when most kids are thumbing through an anarchist's cookbook to find something to do, this kid should be commended for trying to be motivated. And, if his greatest sin is not seeking a permit, he's still angelic compared to most investment bankers on wall street, who are rewarded for their vapidness and ethical breaches with 6-figure salaries..
 
2012-07-29 10:05:49 PM
So, what's he going to do with the 2500 dollars?

His parents is still sick, and now he can't sell hotdogs to support them.
 
2012-07-29 10:42:30 PM

justafarkingchef: This is like the 5th time my town has made Fark. Not sure whether to be proud or embarrassed.


I'm sure that I don't care.
 
2012-07-29 11:14:13 PM
I always wanted to go up to some little kids selling lemonade and buy the whole stand for a hundred bucks--pitcher, glasses, TV tray, the works.
 
2012-07-29 11:56:38 PM

natmar_76: A packaging company heard about the boy's troubles and bought the truck for 25-hundred dollars.

WTF writes like this. Jesus Christ.


They obviously just printed the broadcast script without editing it for print-style. That's how you write it so the announcer says "twenty-five hundred dollars" instead of "two-thousand, five hundred dollars." At least they took it down from the typical all-caps style of broadcast scripts.
 
2012-07-30 12:23:33 AM

WordyGrrl: They obviously just printed the broadcast script without editing it for print-style. That's how you write it so the announcer says "twenty-five hundred dollars" instead of "two-thousand, five hundred dollars." At least they took it down from the typical all-caps style of broadcast scripts.


Thank you for the insight. I have a degree in writing, however I've never written or read broadcast script.
 
2012-07-30 01:29:35 AM

justafarkingchef: This is like the 5th time my town has made Fark. Not sure whether to be proud or embarrassed.


Given your town is primarily known for being full of creepy right wing Dutch people and having a college designed to instill right wing values into the same creepy Dutch people, I'd say be proud of being noted for something different for once.
 
2012-07-30 02:11:49 AM

mrlewish: "City zoning laws don't allow food trucks to compete with restaurants so he had to close up shop."

So.. Rent Seeking Link

How the heck to I get my link description to change?


a target="_blank" href="http://">LinkChange the bold text to whatever you want it to say.
 
2012-07-30 03:30:20 AM

Ken VeryBigLiar: Britney Spear's Speculum: Who has a hotdog cart at their wedding?

Gonna go with people who just graduated from college and need something to keep their drunk friends fed on the cheap for the reception.


Sounds like the Hope College senior scramble to me!
 
2012-07-30 06:11:54 AM
So, what are they trying to say with this pic on the page?

download.gannett.edgesuite.net

That she knows something about 'hot dogs'?
 
2012-07-30 08:04:25 AM

natmar_76: A packaging company heard about the boy's troubles and bought the truck for 25-hundred dollars.

WTF writes like this. Jesus Christ.


Best I can figure is that "news article" is actually the TelePrompTer text for the station, and it's put that way for ease of reading on-screen. Interwebs are secondary.
 
2012-07-30 08:13:41 AM

fustanella: natmar_76: A packaging company heard about the boy's troubles and bought the truck for 25-hundred dollars.

WTF writes like this. Jesus Christ.

Best I can figure is that "news article" is actually the TelePrompTer text for the station, and it's put that way for ease of reading on-screen. Interwebs are secondary.


I work at a TV station and its always funny to see that kind of stuff hit the web. I had a sports anchor that would spell out how words should sound in the prompter, and occasionally they would hit the web. Loved it when we had a story with "...charged with possession of mara-wana" on our website.
 
2012-07-30 08:25:23 AM

natmar_76: A packaging company heard about the boy's troubles and bought the truck for 25-hundred dollars.

WTF writes like this. Jesus Christ.


People writing for on-air talent to read. It was probably used for both on-air and the website
 
2012-07-30 09:35:53 AM

MugzyBrown: People writing for on-air talent to read. It was probably used for both on-air and the website


Shoot. Doesn't any non-obsolescent news outlet enforce a style guide anymore?
 
2012-07-30 09:40:45 AM
Sergeant Grumbles

///despises those born on third base thinking they hit a triple


images.t-nation.com

Don't you have something to go "occupy"?
 
2012-07-30 10:42:21 AM

Britney Spear's Speculum: Who has a hotdog cart at their wedding?


Who says a wedding has to have elaborate food that costs $50 or more a plate?
 
2012-07-30 11:25:15 AM

BarkingUnicorn: GoldDude: Did several people write individual sentences as part of this article then threw them all together with no editing?
Let me recap: the boy "originally saved up thousands of dollars to buy the cart", then sold it to the packing company for $2500, which was "a lot more than Duszynski paid for it".
The only way I figure that makes sense is that the kid saved up thousands of dollars, then found out he only needed about $2k to buy one. Dumbass.

Or the kid saved $2K, which is "thousands of dollars," and $500 is a lot more than $2K to a small-time reporter.someone who can do math


FTFY
 
2012-07-30 11:29:12 AM

Sergeant Grumbles: mr lawson: err...his parents are poor and sick, which is why he was doing this in the first place to help out with medical bills. Don't think they gave him the money.

Where did he get the money, then?
It's not like he earned it working in the coal mines. Some relative had to have given him money. I just take issue with the way the article says he saved it up, as if he were working for it. Mowing lawns doesn't net you that kind of scratch unless you've got a wide repeat client base, and even THAT takes the kind of family support my 13 old self didn't have.


When I was 13, I certainly had friends who were employed selling newspapers or being a golf caddy. Both were perfectly legal and you often made a good $50-100 a day caddying back in the early 90s at the high-end country clubs.
 
2012-07-30 11:30:24 AM

davidphogan: Sergeant Grumbles: Mowing lawns doesn't net you that kind of scratch unless you've got a wide repeat client base, and even THAT takes the kind of family support my 13 old self didn't have.

When I was 13 I was mowing about 10 lawns a week for (on average) $25 each. Some of them were people my parents knew, but some of them were people who I knocked on the door of and offered to mow their lawn, or saw the signs I hung up around the neighborhood. I basically gave up my Saturdays to have some money, but fortunately my parents didn't need me to help out with this like this kid.

/now i'm kind of sad realizing per hour I was making more at 13 than I am now...


Is someone stopping you from mowing laws on Saturdays?
 
2012-07-30 11:33:17 AM

natmar_76: WordyGrrl: They obviously just printed the broadcast script without editing it for print-style. That's how you write it so the announcer says "twenty-five hundred dollars" instead of "two-thousand, five hundred dollars." At least they took it down from the typical all-caps style of broadcast scripts.

Thank you for the insight. I have a degree in writing, however I've never written or read broadcast script.


I have a degree in writing; however, I've neither written nor read broadcast script.
 
2012-07-30 11:45:03 AM

meanmutton: I have a degree in writing; however, I've neither written nor read broadcast script.


Yeah, that's nice. However, I didn't say "either" and therefore "or" was not presenting an "either/or" choice, and need not be clarified with "neither/nor". It was a simple coordinating conjunction: "I've not done this or that." Like, you could say this or that, or you couldn't. You could do this or that, but you don't have to say "nor", even if nor works just as well, because it's just a simple list of things and you're not writing in the 1800s nor are you writing a public media article, just posting on FARK.com.
 
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