What do you say to a teenager with a job? Answer: ''A Big Mac, fries and a Coke, please.'' At least, that was the joke in happier times. Today's question might be: ''What do you say to a single parent with two jobs?''
The old stereotype that burger-flipping is how teenagers earn pocket money is no longer true. Half of fast-food workers during 2010-12 were age 23 or over, according to the Center for Economic Policy Research, a think-tank. Only 30 per cent were teenagers; one per cent of them were 65 or more. Of the non-teenagers, around 85 per cent had graduated from high school and more than a third had some higher education. Many have costly responsibilities; more than one in three is bringing up at least one child.
-- The Economist