Most of us can remember our first job - a likely unglamorous part-time gig where we made just enough to save up for a cool new bike, or a shopping splurge at the mall with our friends after school. The first job I ever worked was washing hair at my aunt's hair salon. I was the "shampoo girl" and lit up every time someone dropped a dollar into my little styrofoam tip cup. After that, I worked at the local bakery, waking up for a six a.m. shift on Saturdays, while my friends snoozed away late into the afternoon.
Jobs for teens are good. They can teach someone how to be punctual, how to have a work ethic and give a teen the satisfying feeling of earning your very own paycheck. I'm so grateful that I had a job at 13-years-old: it set me on a path of never taking jobs for granted, no matter how hard or menial they were.
But here's an interesting fact: Bloomberg recently reported that fast food chains and franchises are hiring senior citizens more and more frequently, preferring the older demographic instead of employing teens to manage the fryer or work the cashier. Scroll to find out why.
The trope of a disgruntled teen working at a fast food joint has been around for a long time.If you were a '90s baby, then you probably watched Good Burger so many times you broke your orange VHS.
Okay, but for real - that movie was the best.And it made me want to work at a burger place more than anything. Kenan and Kel were teen comedic forces. If you haven't seen this movie, you need to ASAP.
There was also Matt Saracen from 'Friday Night Lights.'The sweet, quiet football player worked at the Alamo Freeze during high school whilst taking care of his grandmother. Matt Saracen > Tim Riggins, every dang day.
Or how about Laney Boggs?Lest we forget that she worked at a fast food joint and sported a truly wild falafel hat? As if that silly uniform could mask how beautiful Rachael Leigh Cook is. Uh, yeah right.
Fast food is also such a deep part of our society.
via: Getty ImagesEven if you're a health fanatic, you can't deny the convenience of fast food. When you're running late during your lunch break, sometimes there's nothing better than swinging by Subway for a foot long sub.
There are so many fast food chains that everyone has their own, personal favorite place to eat.
via: Getty ImagesBut there are certain fast food joints that are the biggest chains in America. Out of all the franchises that exist here, there a few that stand out from the pack.
Would you believe that Subway is the biggest fast food chain in America?Datafiniti took data from across the U.S. to find out and rank fast food restaurants with the most locations, nationally.
Subway - somewhat shockingly - beats out McDonald's for the franchise with the most locations.The sandwich spot makes up 18.5% of all fast food joints in America. Listen, I will always prefer to eat a cold cut trio foot long than pretty much...anything else.
McDonald's and Burger King fill out the 2nd and 3rd spots on the ranking list.
via: Getty ImagesWhich absolutely makes sense. You can tell just by driving down the street and seeing at least a few McDonald's and Burger Kings that these franchises dominate the U.S.
Can you guess which fast food joint came in at #4?It's Taco Bell! Hot tip: there is nothing better than going through the Taco Bell drive-thru late at night after hanging out with your friends. Nothing.
A bunch of familiar franchises make up the rest of the top 20 fast food joints with the most locations.
via: Getty ImagesAmong them are faves like Chick-Fil-A, Wendy's, Sonic and Five Guys. Is anybody else getting hungry just thinking about these menus?
Fast food has always been popular, but thanks to social media, fast food accounts have taken on a life of their own.
via: Getty ImagesFast food twitter accounts are worse than Regina George! The amount of shade they throw is impressive.
Wow, Wendy's came for Burger King like nobody's business.
@bguerns13 edible food— Wendy's (@Wendy's)1453478021.0
Wait, are Wendy's and Burger King flirting right now?
Ok, but don’t get handsy and we have to be home by 10. https://t.co/tQunlsqecG— Wendy's (@Wendy's)1525877452.0
Wendy's is the sassiest fast food franchise.
@_inkedSnowFlake https://t.co/IhRsonIUnJ— Wendy's (@Wendy's)1483472678.0
But Burger King always comes through with the shade as well.
@RichieIsEvol @Wendys good thing OUR spicy nuggets are here starting 10/12 for $1.49.— Burger King (@Burger King)1507653431.0
Burger King takes no prisoners.
@meechonmars @Wendys too late. https://t.co/q2xjvyMGmH— Burger King (@Burger King)1507679144.0
Taco Bell has no time for Old Spice's subtweeting.
@OldSpice Is your deodorant made with really old spices?— Taco Bell (@Taco Bell)1341863524.0
Who knew Taco Bell was so hip with pop culture references?
@MeanGirlsQuotes God, Karen you're so stupid.— Taco Bell (@Taco Bell)1342103215.0
Cannot. Take. The. Shade.
@WhiteCastle @chrissyteigen You're*— Taco Bell (@Taco Bell)1393277659.0
Clearly, there are some sassy millenials in charge of the social media accounts for these companies.But what about the other jobs at these fast food restaurants? Well, it seems that fast food franchises are leaning toward hiring senior citizens and older folks as opposed to teenagers, Bloomberg reports.
There are a lot of reasons that fast food franchises would prefer to employ senior citizens.
Fast-food restaurants are actively recruiting senior citizens whom employers say are more sociable and punctual tha… https://t.co/kG4wRnQWv2— Axios (@Axios)1541456460.0
Why would these companies prefer to hire older folks instead of teens?
Senior citizens are replacing teens in the fast-food workforce https://t.co/r55efJNLl8— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Bloomberg Quicktake)1541841681.0
Many folks who have retired find themselves bored, wanting to work to simply make extra money or get out of the house.
Fast food joints are hiring senior citizens instead of teenagers - Business Insider https://t.co/cSF7Yi7TDw— Donna (@Donna)1554403693.0
There's a clear financial incentive for fast food restaurants as well.
Amid labour crunch, fast food restaurants recruit senior citizens to replace teenage workers https://t.co/DoGQszPomc https://t.co/YNtNN9Rrnz— National Post (@National Post)1541442812.0
Williams will often give advice to his younger coworkers at Church's Chicken.
The trend for senior citizens to work at fast food chains is growing.
via: Getty Images67-year-old former teacher Toni Vartanian-Heifner works at a Honey Baked Ham restaurant in Missouri for the social aspect of it, despite making only about $10 an hour. "I enjoy the social part of it," she says. "I think I’m going to work for at least five more years."
Move over, teens.told KOAA News 5, "Hire those senior citizens…they know their stuff."
Hayes prefers hiring senior citizens over teens.
via: Getty Images"There’s nothing wrong with kids, but it just seems that nowadays…the whole millennial thing, there's very few of them that have good work ethics," she explained. "I love my little senior citizen, June, that works here. Customers love her…it’s just better to get older people with more experience. They’re on time. They’re friendlier…and they’re not on their cell phone all the time."
June Cove Boyd, Hayes' employee, decided to go back to work to help her work through the sadness of losing loved ones.
via: Getty Images"I immediately went back to work in the food industry and customer service…depression for older people sets in. That’s why more of people my age are going back to work," Cove Boyd told KOAA News 5. It'll be interesting to see how hiring statistics change in the coming years as franchises hire more and more senior citizens and fewer teens. If you're a teen looking for a summer job, here's a tip: don't text while working.