Since fast food restaurants are usually open seven days a week, employees can have flexible schedules. That is something that appeals greatly to many people, particularly students. The downside is that these schedules often include working on weekends and holidays. Please note that although some restaurants are open 24 hours a day, child labor laws prohibit minors from working late at night or early in the morning. In addition there are restrictions as to the number of hours a teenager may work during the school week. Some states also require that those under age 18 have employment / age certificates, commonly known as working papers.
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A Day in a Fast Food Worker's Life:
On a typical day a fast food worker's tasks might include:
- Greeting customers and taking and delivering orders from behind a counter
- Keeping work areas clean and stocked with supplies
- Making sure napkins, cups, lids, straws and condiments are available to customers
- Maintaining cleanliness in dining area
- Receiving payments from customers, including processing credit and debit cards
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/food-preparation-and-serving/food-and-beverage-serving-and-related-workers.htm (visited December 05, 2012).
Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, O*NET Online, Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food, on the Internet at http://www.onetonline.org/link/details/35-3021.00 (visited December 05, 2012).