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Old 08-22-2015, 10:31 AM   #1
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Day 1:

The Good:
I was kept busy for a lot of the time. I had the tasks of checking tables, condiment baskets, sweeping, taking out garbage, mopping, cleaning doors, cleaning windows, cleaning bathrooms, doing dishes, putting away dishes, flattening boxes, making treats, cleaning fudge warmers and probably a lot more that doesn't come to mind immediately. I got multiple compliments from the customers for being kind. I held the door open for a customer and said "Here you go sir." I also held the door open for another customer and said "Here you go mam." I then had told some of the people to have a good night as they left. They mentioned things like "You're doing a really good job." I even held the door open for a man and kept holding it even when he was going back to his car to get his wallet. I did well on making the blizzard treats and they seemed to be fine. The blending process is usually screwed up for first timers, but I managed to succeed with it.

The Bad:
I sensed that people were talking behind my back. I thought that I heard someone say that they were nervous about me. However there was another person being trained that same day. However during this talk my coworkers were having I was away. They also mentioned something about mopping, which was spoken of while I was mopping. They said, it doesn't matter how slow the work is just as long as he gets it done and that the work isn't taken advantage of. I'd overfilled a blizzard early that day, which was tweaked a bit and then served to the customers. I also failed to make the soft serve dispenser be almost in tact with the bottom of the container for a sundae or something like that. The results were an ugly looking treat with not much of a base. Mopping the chill area appeared to be an easy task, but then I had unknowingly missed multiple chocolate stains that could be removed from the tile floor and it was pointed out to me. Apologizing, I cleaned the remaining stains up OR so I thought. After cleaning up the stains, I overheard the leader (or whatever her title is) seeming frustrated unless that was a misinterpretation and saying to my coworker, the last remaining coworker there as it was closing time, that she'd just go over all my mopping. I returned to our leader and asked if I had missed a spot. She claimed that she would take care of it for the sake of time. As it turned out I didn't finish work until around 11:40PM, when typically work ends at 11:00PM from my understanding. Another thing that may create frustration is the fact that I asked the leader to print out sheets to give me some useful information about building the treats. I forgot these sheets because of tiredness and how late it was when we left. I also dumped the mop bucket before the mopping was done. As well as almost went home while still wearing my apron and my hat.

The Ugly:
Nothing yet.
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Old 08-22-2015, 06:19 PM   #2
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Aren't you too young to start working?
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Old 08-23-2015, 10:57 AM   #3
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Aren't you too young to start working?
I am 18, around here people usually start working even when they are 16.
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Old 08-23-2015, 06:42 PM   #4
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Day 2:

The Bad
Screwed up dozens of dilly bars
Heard a coworker refer to me as "Really stupid"
I spilled strawberry all over

The Good
Mastered the dilly bar creation by the end of the day
Got done earlier than the nightmarish time we ended the day before

The Ugly
Nothing yet

Day 3:

The Bad
When it was busy, I didn't have the recipes memorized for the blizzards so I was slow.
I forgot to add hot fudge to a blizzard.
I didn't give correct portion sizes some of the time.
I was slow and caused frustration to my coworkers.
I forgot to say goodbye to a coworker.
I don't think I got trained as good as I did the first two days.

The Good
I finished up early at 8:00PM versus the normal 10:00PM, 11:00PM, or 12:00PM.

The Ugly
Nothing yet...
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Old 08-23-2015, 10:21 PM   #5
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I am 18, around here people usually start working even when they are 16.
That is strange... 0_o
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Old 08-24-2015, 03:07 PM   #6
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That is strange... 0_o
Take a look at this or some of the things I quoted directly from it:
http://www.dol.gov/elaws/faq/esa/flsa/026.htm

"The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets 14 as the minimum age for most non-agricultural work. However, at any age, youth may deliver newspapers; perform in radio, television, movie, or theatrical productions; work in businesses owned by their parents (except in mining, manufacturing or hazardous jobs); and perform babysitting or perform minor chores around a private home."

"Many states have enacted child labor laws, some of which may have a minimum age for employment which is higher than the FLSA. Where both the FLSA and state child labor laws apply, the higher minimum standard must be obeyed."

> In your case, it is probable that there are child labor laws and that is why this may seem odd to you.
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I think the question I should be really asking, is why are you working at Dairy Queen.
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Old 08-25-2015, 07:29 PM   #8
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I think the question I should be really asking, is why are you working at Dairy Queen.
It isn't that I want to work at Dairy Queen, it is just the first job that happened to accept me after the interviews. I was told I should apply everywhere then take the first job I could get. I would much rather work at a hotel as a starter job, but for now this is alright for me.
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That is strange... 0_o
I got my first (and only) "job" when I was thirteen. It was originally for the summer of 2013, as a newspaper deliverer (or "paper boy"). I was surprised how little they pay you for how much work you do. I also had to wake up at around 4:00 AM every morning and start rolling up the stack of newspapers with rubber bands; which I actually had to buy - I'd have to spend like $8 a month on rubber bands alone. Which isn't much, but I figured they'd sort of include that. It took me about 1 1/2 to 2 hours each morning delivering the newspapers themselves. I got paid something like $120-$130 a month (it would fluctuate a little bit - you get deducted a bit per complaint, and I got like 2 or 3 complaints a month (which was always stuff like "it wasn't directly on my porch" when it was literally on the top step so)). Anyway, I ended up "quitting" it 4 months in. (I believe it was June 1 to October 1.)

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Actually it's not, you can be as young as 14 and have a job. But the younger you are, the harder it is to get a job.
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Actually it's not, you can be as young as 14 and have a job. But the younger you are, the harder it is to get a job.
And I think the more likely employers can take advantage of you.
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Actually it's not, you can be as young as 14 and have a job. But the younger you are, the harder it is to get a job.
It's been a while since this was relevant to me so I don't recall all the specifics, but at least in Illinois you could work at 14-15 with a permit from your school, but only in certain "safe" industries (i.e. no factories/manufacturing where safety could be an issue) and with strict hour restrictions to ensure working won't interfere with schooling. 16-17 could work without a permit but with hour restrictions and a slightly shorter list of banned industries. Once you hit 18 you're legally an adult and can work pretty much anywhere except where alcohol is involved. Exceptions exist for businesses your family runs, where I believe you can work at any age except for aforementioned "hazardous" industries.

All that said, I was unable to find a job at 15 since most companies don't want to deal with the extra paperwork and would prefer employees with access to their own transportation. Granted I also grew up in the middle of nowhere where it was at minimum a 30 minute drive to get anywhere so that might've been the reasoning behind that second one.

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And I think the more likely employers can take advantage of you.
Not necessarily. Pretty much any job you would be able to get at a younger age would probably just be low-skilled positions where you would likely only get minimum wage regardless of age/experience and if you were lucky enough to get something better they legally couldn't play you less than they would someone older as they cannot discriminate based on age (although they could do so based on experience, which you likely wouldn't have much of if you were younger).

Indeed, it is completely illegal in the US for employers to use age as a factor in hiring, pay, benefits, training, advancement, or termination. No big company or corporation is going to risk a lawsuit to try and screw over some kid, and the amount of money they could possibly rip you out of if they were to do so is so little it wouldn't be worth it in the first place.

I imagine there's probably a handful of small businesses out there who probably skirt the line on this rule and who unfortunately might be willing to take advantage of a younger worker, but the type of business owner that would do that is probably someone you wouldn't want to be working for regardless of your age.

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I got my first (and only) "job" when I was thirteen. It was originally for the summer of 2013, as a newspaper deliverer (or "paper boy"). I was surprised how little they pay you for how much work you do. I also had to wake up at around 4:00 AM every morning and start rolling up the stack of newspapers with rubber bands; which I actually had to buy - I'd have to spend like $8 a month on rubber bands alone. Which isn't much, but I figured they'd sort of include that. It took me about 1 1/2 to 2 hours each morning delivering the newspapers themselves. I got paid something like $120-$130 a month (it would fluctuate a little bit - you get deducted a bit per complaint, and I got like 2 or 3 complaints a month (which was always stuff like "it wasn't directly on my porch" when it was literally on the top step so)). Anyway, I ended up "quitting" it 4 months in. (I believe it was June 1 to October 1.)

Sorry for the autobiography.
Probably far to late for this to matter any, but the employment practices you're describing are pretty sketchy. Although they can legally pay you less than the standard minimum wage since newspaper delivery has an exception to that act, there's been a lot of contention in courts and in IRS tax disputes regarding whether paper companies can consider delivery workers to be independent contractors (which is what virtually all of them do so they don't have to pay benefits and such) or employees.

There was a case in Georgia state court some time back that dealt with the IC vs employee issue. I don't remember the judge's exact wording, but in his ruling he described the fundamental test of determining IC vs employee as "whether the employer can dictate the time, manner, and method of executing the work, as opposed from simply having the right to require certain definite results." Sounds like you should have been considered an employee, which would likely mean you would have to spend less in taxes as you would be a W2 employee and not a 1099 contractor. Probably too late to help it now, though, and it probably would've have saved all that much money considering the pay you got.
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I quit this job almost immediately due to extreme anxiety, I now am a full time college student who is going for becoming a medical coding specialist, but my real passion is art.
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I quit this job almost immediately due to extreme anxiety, I now am a full time college student who is going for becoming a medical coding specialist, but my real passion is art.
Wow, sounds like you have been busy. But a medical coding specialist sounds like a solid enough job, if I have read the right statistics. Going into art as a career path seems to be a road to total depression and hardship. I think you will probably kill yourself by the amount of work you have to put in before you get your big break. Art... it just seems nothing more than a hobby trend now.

By the way, I want to say I'm sorry for not sending any emails recently. I have also been quite busy, but I will try to send you some soon.

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Wow, sounds like you have been busy. But a medical coding specialist sounds like a solid enough job, if I have read the right statistics. Going into art as a career path seems to be a road to total depression and hardship. I think you will probably kill yourself by the amount of work you have to put in before you get your big break. Art... it just seems nothing more than a hobby trend now.

By the way, I want to say I'm sorry for not sending any emails recently. I have also been quite busy, but I will try to send you some soon.
Hey, no problem REACTOR, I am almost entirely at fault for the lack of email exchanges and it simply is because I have been experiencing an intense struggle and trying to self improve. Between that, college, loss of a friend (death of), break up from a sort of relationship style friendship that was purely emotional but now is non-existent and various regrettable actions it has been nearly impossible to find time to exchange emails. Things are calming down, well there is a reason for that and I can explain in an email.
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