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Unformatted text preview: the living room couch, and turns on the TV. And the next morning she gets up at 5:15 again and
starts the same routine.
Up and down Academy Boulevard, along South Nevada, Circle Drive, and Woodman Road, teenagers like Elisa run the fast food
restaurants of Colorado Springs. Fast food kitchens often seem like a scene from Bugsy Malone, a film in which all the actors are children
pretending to be adults. No other industry in the United States has a workforce so dominated by adolescents. About two-thirds of the nation’s
fast food workers are under the age of twenty. Teenagers open the fast food outlets in the morning, close them at night, and keep them going
at all hours in between. Even the managers and assistant managers are sometimes in their late teens. Unlike Olympic gymnastics — an
activity in which teenagers consistently perform at a higher level than adults — there’s nothing about the work in a fast food kitchen that
requires young employees. Instead of relying upon a small, stable, well-paid, and well-t...
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- Spring '08