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2021-07-25 1:04:44 AM  
They have to get their working careers off somewhere. It is good work experience having any job. My first one was landscaping at an ice cream parlor.
 
2021-07-25 1:33:03 AM  
That's how it used to be until the second half of the 80s, when you started seeing gray haired cashiers at all the fast food restaurants - now that is a full time job that people are trying to survive on - there was a lot of talk in the late 80s about how we would turn into a service economy at some point, when manufacturing started going to where workers had no rights and could be slaves and killed and maimed and polluted without consequence.  And here we are
 
2021-07-25 3:23:19 AM  
I'm a restaurant night manager. Almost all my crew are teenagers.
 
2021-07-25 4:58:48 AM  
FW: FW: FW: Biden and Pelosi have brought back child labor!
 
2021-07-25 5:10:31 AM  

ssaoi: FW: FW: FW: Biden and Pelosi have brought back child labor!


Considering it's long been a goal of some Republicans, I doubt they'd want to give them credit for something 'good'.
 
2021-07-25 5:17:26 AM  

kdawg7736: They have to get their working careers off somewhere. It is good work experience having any job. My first one was landscaping at an ice cream parlor.


You're lucky, my first was cleaning pools at the video store.
 
2021-07-25 6:16:49 AM  

BumpInTheNight: kdawg7736: They have to get their working careers off somewhere. It is good work experience having any job. My first one was landscaping at an ice cream parlor.

You're lucky, my first was cleaning pools at the video store.


You are both lucky. Mine was manscaping at a gay strip club.
 
2021-07-25 6:25:58 AM  
Mine was pressure washing fishing boats when they came in for the night, after they were unloaded. That sucked

My other job was hockey referee. That rocked
 
2021-07-25 6:56:11 AM  

padraig: BumpInTheNight: kdawg7736: They have to get their working careers off somewhere. It is good work experience having any job. My first one was landscaping at an ice cream parlor.

You're lucky, my first was cleaning pools at the video store.

You are both lucky. Mine was manscaping at a gay strip club.


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2021-07-25 6:57:48 AM  

montreal_medic: Mine was pressure washing fishing boats when they came in for the night, after they were unloaded. That sucked

My other job was hockey referee. That rocked


Well I know I joked, but my real first job, when I was 16, was picking melons. Stoop labor for 8 to 10 hours a day, for 8 weeks, with no day off, under the blistering sun or in the mud. That was a tough job, but we were young, in good physical condition, and the long hours many the pay was great.
 
2021-07-25 7:01:16 AM  

padraig: montreal_medic: Mine was pressure washing fishing boats when they came in for the night, after they were unloaded. That sucked

My other job was hockey referee. That rocked

Well I know I joked, but my real first job, when I was 16, was picking melons. Stoop labor for 8 to 10 hours a day, for 8 weeks, with no day off, under the blistering sun or in the mud. That was a tough job, but we were young, in good physical condition, and the long hours many the pay was great.


Great pay for backbreaking labour was both good for my bank account, and good for reinforcing how important it was to keep going through school. That was not the kind of job I would have wanted to be doing for years.

Every day you're on the job, you're two days nearer death
 
2021-07-25 7:24:41 AM  

kdawg7736: They have to get their working careers off somewhere. It is good work experience having any job. My first one was landscaping at an ice cream parlor.


My first job was to deliver news on dead trees to old people.  The Sunday log was particularly heavy.
 
2021-07-25 7:38:52 AM  
First real job I was a dishwasher at a Lums.  I was 16 and had to lie about my age.  Started me at $2.19 an hour. My friends were so jealous.

My 19 yo son just started stocking shelves at Walmart and started at $17. It's night shift and he loves it.
 
2021-07-25 8:09:09 AM  
"The first 10 shifts you work, you receive a $100 gift card," Berardi explained, with options including Target, Giant Eagle, Amazon and GetGo. "For working five hours or more on July 16, 17 or 18, you can get a $25 gift card, and I'm scheduled for all three.

Wow, what an incentive! $10 a day for the first 2 weeks?  Gee that employer is really going all out.
 
2021-07-25 9:02:09 AM  
Gotta' specify more by splitting up the groups. A teenager could start working part-time at 16, or be out on their ass at 18 or 19. One's unreliable as fark, the other's often desperate enough to work for anything that helps them not get rained on while sleeping.

Hm. A legal exemption in child labor laws or recent adults who have extremely limited options for employment and just need a job. Actually, maybe it's fine counting those in one group, because both sing the same sad song about the service sector.
 
2021-07-25 9:06:52 AM  

west.la.lawyer: That's how it used to be until the second half of the 80s, when you started seeing gray haired cashiers at all the fast food restaurants - now that is a full time job that people are trying to survive on - there was a lot of talk in the late 80s about how we would turn into a service economy at some point, when manufacturing started going to where workers had no rights and could be slaves and killed and maimed and polluted without consequence.  And here we are


Yep
Ronnie and his boys helped get our current clusterfuk ball rolling back in the 80s
 
2021-07-25 9:07:11 AM  

montreal_medic: padraig: montreal_medic: Mine was pressure washing fishing boats when they came in for the night, after they were unloaded. That sucked

My other job was hockey referee. That rocked

Well I know I joked, but my real first job, when I was 16, was picking melons. Stoop labor for 8 to 10 hours a day, for 8 weeks, with no day off, under the blistering sun or in the mud. That was a tough job, but we were young, in good physical condition, and the long hours many the pay was great.

Great pay for backbreaking labour was both good for my bank account, and good for reinforcing how important it was to keep going through school. That was not the kind of job I would have wanted to be doing for years.

Every day you're on the job, you're two days nearer death


But soon you're knockin' on and you look older than you should. For every bob made on the job, you pay with flesh and blood.
 
2021-07-25 9:08:55 AM  

Last of the Crazy People: montreal_medic: padraig: montreal_medic: Mine was pressure washing fishing boats when they came in for the night, after they were unloaded. That sucked

My other job was hockey referee. That rocked

Well I know I joked, but my real first job, when I was 16, was picking melons. Stoop labor for 8 to 10 hours a day, for 8 weeks, with no day off, under the blistering sun or in the mud. That was a tough job, but we were young, in good physical condition, and the long hours many the pay was great.

Great pay for backbreaking labour was both good for my bank account, and good for reinforcing how important it was to keep going through school. That was not the kind of job I would have wanted to be doing for years.

Every day you're on the job, you're two days nearer death

But soon you're knockin' on and you look older than you should. For every bob made on the job, you pay with flesh and blood.


I was wondering if someone would catch that ;)
 
2021-07-25 9:10:36 AM  

Last of the Crazy People: montreal_medic: padraig: montreal_medic: Mine was pressure washing fishing boats when they came in for the night, after they were unloaded. That sucked

My other job was hockey referee. That rocked

Well I know I joked, but my real first job, when I was 16, was picking melons. Stoop labor for 8 to 10 hours a day, for 8 weeks, with no day off, under the blistering sun or in the mud. That was a tough job, but we were young, in good physical condition, and the long hours many the pay was great.

Great pay for backbreaking labour was both good for my bank account, and good for reinforcing how important it was to keep going through school. That was not the kind of job I would have wanted to be doing for years.

Every day you're on the job, you're two days nearer death

But soon you're knockin' on and you look older than you should. For every bob made on the job, you pay with flesh and blood.


Lazy sit at home stock owners kinda like it.....
 
2021-07-25 9:12:06 AM  

montreal_medic: Mine was pressure washing fishing boats when they came in for the night, after they were unloaded. That sucked

My other job was hockey referee. That rocked


I went to a fight once and a hockey game broke out.
 
2021-07-25 9:17:34 AM  

Linux_Yes: montreal_medic: Mine was pressure washing fishing boats when they came in for the night, after they were unloaded. That sucked

My other job was hockey referee. That rocked

I went to a fight once and a hockey game broke out.


Major-Junior? How else does an enforcer get scouted?
 
2021-07-25 9:53:41 AM  

montreal_medic: padraig: montreal_medic: Mine was pressure washing fishing boats when they came in for the night, after they were unloaded. That sucked

My other job was hockey referee. That rocked

Well I know I joked, but my real first job, when I was 16, was picking melons. Stoop labor for 8 to 10 hours a day, for 8 weeks, with no day off, under the blistering sun or in the mud. That was a tough job, but we were young, in good physical condition, and the long hours many the pay was great.

Great pay for backbreaking labour was both good for my bank account, and good for reinforcing how important it was to keep going through school. That was not the kind of job I would have wanted to be doing for years.

Every day you're on the job, you're two days nearer death


Exactly what I thought. I worked for the same company, every summer for five years, some years in the field, some years in their packaging plant stacking crates weighing up to 18kilos on palettes up to 2meter high, all day, every day. I was never more fit than when the season ended.
On my last summer, knowing that after that I would have desk jobs, on my team was a girl who was a biatch to me in high school. We were the same age, but when I did this job to help pay for school, this was her regular job after she flunked college in her first year.
She was no longer a biatch to me, and she even apologized. But boy, she fell exactly was I was working to avoid
 
2021-07-25 10:18:24 AM  

padraig: BumpInTheNight: kdawg7736: They have to get their working careers off somewhere. It is good work experience having any job. My first one was landscaping at an ice cream parlor.

You're lucky, my first was cleaning pools at the video store.

You are both lucky. Mine was manscaping at a gay strip club.


Did it move?
 
2021-07-25 10:28:22 AM  
padraig:

Also the long hours, no days off and back breaking labour ment you had money left over.
 
2021-07-25 10:43:37 AM  

Leader O'Cola: padraig: BumpInTheNight: kdawg7736: They have to get their working careers off somewhere. It is good work experience having any job. My first one was landscaping at an ice cream parlor.

You're lucky, my first was cleaning pools at the video store.

You are both lucky. Mine was manscaping at a gay strip club.

Did it move?


If I was lucky, yes.
 
2021-07-25 10:59:49 AM  

montreal_medic: Last of the Crazy People: montreal_medic: padraig: montreal_medic: Mine was pressure washing fishing boats when they came in for the night, after they were unloaded. That sucked

My other job was hockey referee. That rocked

Well I know I joked, but my real first job, when I was 16, was picking melons. Stoop labor for 8 to 10 hours a day, for 8 weeks, with no day off, under the blistering sun or in the mud. That was a tough job, but we were young, in good physical condition, and the long hours many the pay was great.

Great pay for backbreaking labour was both good for my bank account, and good for reinforcing how important it was to keep going through school. That was not the kind of job I would have wanted to be doing for years.

Every day you're on the job, you're two days nearer death

But soon you're knockin' on and you look older than you should. For every bob made on the job, you pay with flesh and blood.

I was wondering if someone would catch that ;)


That a song reference?
 
2021-07-25 11:01:30 AM  

zjoik: montreal_medic: Last of the Crazy People: montreal_medic: padraig: montreal_medic: Mine was pressure washing fishing boats when they came in for the night, after they were unloaded. That sucked

My other job was hockey referee. That rocked

Well I know I joked, but my real first job, when I was 16, was picking melons. Stoop labor for 8 to 10 hours a day, for 8 weeks, with no day off, under the blistering sun or in the mud. That was a tough job, but we were young, in good physical condition, and the long hours many the pay was great.

Great pay for backbreaking labour was both good for my bank account, and good for reinforcing how important it was to keep going through school. That was not the kind of job I would have wanted to be doing for years.

Every day you're on the job, you're two days nearer death

But soon you're knockin' on and you look older than you should. For every bob made on the job, you pay with flesh and blood.

I was wondering if someone would catch that ;)

That a song reference?


"Chemical Workers' Song"
 
2021-07-25 12:05:16 PM  

padraig: BumpInTheNight: kdawg7736: They have to get their working careers off somewhere. It is good work experience having any job. My first one was landscaping at an ice cream parlor.

You're lucky, my first was cleaning pools at the video store.

You are both lucky. Mine was manscaping at a gay strip club.


Did they like you because you were plucky or because of your spunkiness?
 
2021-07-25 12:21:45 PM  
On the plus side, you no longer need a specific BA, 5 years experience, and be related to the owner to get a job as assistant jizz mopper. So kids can that magically unattainable 'work experience' that every company was looking for.
 
2021-07-25 12:33:46 PM  

west.la.lawyer: That's how it used to be until the second half of the 80s, when you started seeing gray haired cashiers at all the fast food restaurants - now that is a full time job that people are trying to survive on - there was a lot of talk in the late 80s about how we would turn into a service economy at some point, when manufacturing started going to where workers had no rights and could be slaves and killed and maimed and polluted without consequence.  And here we are


Back then you could work 40 hour a week.  Now it's 20-29 hours a week, so they actually need more employees.
 
2021-07-25 1:48:26 PM  
Any other time, teenagers would easily fill the gaps we are seeing today.

This is not really happening for the pandemic.

They may compose a majority of the scut work jobs, like fast food, but not in the same numbers they did in other years. They do not benefit from the extra COVID-19 allowances in unemployment.

They looked around and decided it might be better to sit this summer out than become exposed to the virus and perpetuate the system of worker exploitation that might hopefully be seeing some comeuppance.
 
2021-07-25 2:07:05 PM  

padraig: BumpInTheNight: kdawg7736: They have to get their working careers off somewhere. It is good work experience having any job. My first one was landscaping at an ice cream parlor.

You're lucky, my first was cleaning pools at the video store.

You are both lucky. Mine was manscaping at a gay strip club.


Chuck E Cheese's and I had to wear the rat suit...twice.  Stank like teenage BO and I was head butted in the junk both times.
 
2021-07-25 2:42:15 PM  

bluenovaman: padraig: BumpInTheNight: kdawg7736: They have to get their working careers off somewhere. It is good work experience having any job. My first one was landscaping at an ice cream parlor.

You're lucky, my first was cleaning pools at the video store.

You are both lucky. Mine was manscaping at a gay strip club.

Chuck E Cheese's and I had to wear the rat suit...twice.  Stank like teenage BO and I was head butted in the junk both times.


My first paid job was teaching assistant for a Calculus class. Stank like teenage BO and I was head butted in the junk both times.
 
2021-07-25 2:50:31 PM  
You get what you pay for.
 
2021-07-25 4:33:01 PM  
We don't need no education.


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2021-07-25 4:38:06 PM  
Having started working summers at 15, and year-round after school at 17, I thought this was all normal, but apparently for a lot of people it isn't?
 
2021-07-25 4:53:41 PM  
Matt Gaetz seen taking notes.
 
2021-07-25 5:12:38 PM  

montreal_medic: padraig: montreal_medic: Mine was pressure washing fishing boats when they came in for the night, after they were unloaded. That sucked

My other job was hockey referee. That rocked

Well I know I joked, but my real first job, when I was 16, was picking melons. Stoop labor for 8 to 10 hours a day, for 8 weeks, with no day off, under the blistering sun or in the mud. That was a tough job, but we were young, in good physical condition, and the long hours many the pay was great.

Great pay for backbreaking labour was both good for my bank account, and good for reinforcing how important it was to keep going through school. That was not the kind of job I would have wanted to be doing for years.

Every day you're on the job, you're two days nearer death


I have a PhD in Space Physics. Recently applied for a shelf stocking job as it paid ($20/hr), more than teaching and tutoring.
 
2021-07-25 5:54:32 PM  
Yeah this is not a good thing.  Teenagers usually do not have to pay rent or provide food, so they will accept lower wages.  It just drags down the wage scale.  For certain seasonal jobs this is probably OK but not for full time non-seasonal.  Entry wages need to be higher or fewer and fewer people will enter the labor force.  Things have swung too far in one direction and the pendulum needs to swing back.
 
2021-07-25 6:16:41 PM  
"Post-pandemic, we are facing the biggest staffing crisis probably in my lifetime, and I've been in the business for almost 50 years," said John Longstreet, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association.

We don't have labor shortages, we have wage shortages. If our minimum wage kept up with productivity, it would stand around $24/hour today. Not 5 years from now, not 10 years from now, today.
 
2021-07-25 7:02:17 PM  
My teenager just got her first job in a fast casual restaurant (Chipotle of ______ format) so I'm getting a kick out of this.

She's fully determined to spend all her checks on junk food, makeup, and clothes. Oh to be 16.
 
2021-07-25 8:08:32 PM  
Yeah, it's the kind of jobs that teenagers have been working for farking decades. There's nothing really new here...
 
2021-07-25 10:17:17 PM  
My first job was washing dishes at a major hotel. I was 15, and had to "forget" to bring my Social Security card for a few months. The manager understood what was going on, but reliable help was hard to get, so he played along. Walking to work really sucked because there was an Interstate highway between work and home. Scooting across 6 lanes with a median was "interesting", as was the 8 ft. chain link fences on both sides. Bad weather never helped.
 
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