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Old 01-26-2013, 12:39 AM
 
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He couldn't get a paper delivery route, or a bag boy job at the grocery store?
Oh no paper route was for pansies. He worked construction sites removing debris. General trash, lumber, large boulders of concrete, shards of metal etc. 11 years old.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:43 AM
 
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Oh no paper route was for pansies. He worked construction sites removing debris. General trash, lumber, large boulders of concrete, shards of metal etc. 11 years old.
sounds like me at that age. my father was one of those "knows everyone" guys and i was always doing this that or the other for people he knew.
now...there is too much liability there for places like this to even consider thinking about allowing a 12 year olds on site. one big accident and that's a wrap on whoever is running the place.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:46 AM
 
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Well, my son is 20 now. And with 2.5 years left of college, I'm not worried too much about supporting him until he is 40. I'm fairly certain that he'll be out on his own soon enough after he finishes school. He knows he has a home here until he finds the job that he wants, and I'm expecting that that day will probably come before I am ready for it.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:47 AM
 
Location: Australia
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who the hell pays taxes ate age 13? or has full time employment at 17?
Unbelievable.

My brother started full time work at 15, myself at 17. Also, I DID NOT GROW UP OR PAY TAXES IN AMERICA. There is another entire world out there that works differently to the US, believe it or not.

It used to be commonplace. Back in the day when boys learnt trades that were far more useful than college degrees.

People used to get married and have their first babies by 20, before the 70's.

You are very sure your opinions are the only valid ones, aren't you?
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:49 AM
 
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This is not 1950. Most places have laws requiring you to be a certain age to get any job aside from babysitting or lawn mowing. A paper route in my city requires a car and driver's license and you start at 3 am. Many many places won't even hire 16 year olds, actually, so aside from mowing lawns or raking leaves there aren't many options.

My son (15) wants to babysit, he loves kids, but there is a stigma against male sitters.

I worked from age 12 forward. At first, just babysitting, including full time nanny jobs in summers. I don't know wtf those parents were thinking! Who hires a 12 year old full time sitter? But whatever, I did it for years. Then an "illegal" job at 14. Paid cash, under the table, because the guy was hiring younger than what the law stated so he didn't have to pay us minimum wage. Then regular, steady work through high school (I was in the school work program and got to leave school at 1pm to go to work) and then full time employment at 17 when I moved out of my mother's house.

It was a different time though. I've seen my older son and his friends both struggle to find part time work when they wee in high school due to limited opportunities until they hit age 18.
Where I used to live, it was basically impossible to get a job if you weren't 18. Not many businesses were willing to take on the liability of having an underage kid work for them. There were immigrants doing yard work for pennies (My grandpa had his 1 acre property completely maintained once a week for less than $100 a month) and we had the same issue with paper routes. Even child care is tough because there are a lot of businesses that use Child Development students as babysitters and the people using them only have to pay one or two bucks an hour. Why would you hire a 13 year old to watch your kids when you can get a college student who is CPR certified and is in the child development program?

Luckily, I had a little side business selling milk and cheese, but I know not every kid has that opportunity.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:52 AM
 
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Well, my son is 20 now. And with 2.5 years left of college, I'm not worried too much about supporting him until he is 40. I'm fairly certain that he'll be out on his own soon enough after he finishes school. He knows he has a home here until he finds the job that he wants, and I'm expecting that that day will probably come before I am ready for it.
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Unbelievable.

My brother started full time work at 15, myself at 17. Also, I DID NOT GROW UP OR PAY TAXES IN AMERICA. There is another entire world out there that works differently to the US, believe it or not.

It used to be commonplace. Back in the day when boys learnt trades that were far more useful than college degrees.

People used to get married and have their first babies by 20, before the 70's.

You are very sure your opinions are the only valid ones, aren't you?
Chessie and MsAnne are such good women that care for their families!

More people should strive to do the same.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:52 AM
 
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Kids in Australia can get jobs from age 14.

There are plenty of 14 year olds serving at Maccas and Burger King.

My very first job was at 13 babysitting which led into working in the parents shop within days. I have since worked -

as a vet nurse
as a motel cleaner
in a bank
in a post office
in a prison
cleaning private houses
cannery
too many offices to count
chicken factory (a true highlight)
waitressing
bar
cook
oil company
wallpapering/painting
and I've spent the last 10 years in Credit Management.

But I was still called a tax drain for having my first baby at 25.

ohhhkayyyy....
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:54 AM
 
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Unbelievable.

My brother started full time work at 15, myself at 17. Also, I DID NOT GROW UP OR PAY TAXES IN AMERICA. There is another entire world out there that works differently to the US, believe it or not.

It used to be commonplace. Back in the day when boys learnt trades that were far more useful than college degrees.

People used to get married and have their first babies by 20, before the 70's.

You are very sure your opinions are the only valid ones, aren't you?

These practices no longer exist for good reason.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:58 AM
 
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Btw, unless someone lives in the USA they have no idea how bad the economy is and that many jobs are being taken by foreign workers, both illegals and visaed workers, not to mention outsourcing. We have two worthless political parties that are all about the corporations and they sell us out all the time.
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:03 AM
 
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Btw, unless someone lives in the USA they have no idea how bad the economy is and that many jobs are being taken by foreign workers, both illegals and visaed workers, not to mention outsourcing. We have two worthless political parties that are all about the corporations and they sell us out all the time.
spot on
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