Getting a job is something to be proud of. But what about a job at a fast-food restaurant like Burger King? Well, one father turned to social media to express his pride in his young son taking up a role at their local Burger King restaurant as the drive-thru cashier. In the heartwarming social media tell-all, Chris Crawford, the father of the fourteen-year-old Burger King employee, expressed his pride in knowing that his son was able to apply for a job and take up a post – but other people are arguing that dad shouldn’t be proud after all.
“Not only does he work every day he can, including weekends when most kids are out enjoying their summer, but he also goes in early and stays late almost every time he works. He loves every minute of it. Making his own money, saving for a car, being responsible in his decisions, becoming a respectable young man!!! I couldn’t be more proud of him!”
Crawford’s son took the part-time job at Burger King to save up money so he could purchase his own car. The job was just a means to an end. But Crawford saw it as a prime opportunity for his fourteen-year-old son to learn responsibility and to get some real-world experience before he graduates from high school in a few years.
Crawford wrote, “Huge shout out to this kind of mine, fourteen years old and has a part-time job at Burger King. Not only does he work every day he can, including weekends, when most kids are out enjoying their summer, but he also goes in early and stays late almost every time he works. He loves every minute of it. Making his own money, saving for a car, being responsible in his decisions, becoming a respectable young man! I couldn’t be more proud of him! Some of y’all lazy, grown a** people out there should take notes!”
However, Crawford’s message did not inspire as many people as he thought it would. Many people turned to social media to reply to Crawford’s story with their reactions.
“God, this is depressing,” wrote a young woman.
“He’s definitely A. Avoiding home life by working 24/7 B. Going to overwork himself to the point that he’ll be jaded to actual hard work later in life when it should count C. Going to have difficulties learning moderation because his extremism is rewarded D. all of the above.”
“They straight up said like, ‘proud of my little wage slave!’”
Another person wrote, “It is indeed. I’m sorry, but a kid choosing work over summer is indicative of something dark happening somewhere. And for all those ‘muh but children must know how life works:’ you’re actively supporting exploitation and child labor.”
A critic shared, “So fun fact, this type of stuff causes psychological damage in adult life. As it turns out, when kids don’t get their full childhood to be children, they struggle to be adults in adulthood.”
“This kid seems a bit extreme, but I worked 20 hrs/week in high school and still participated in the normal school stuff. Everyone charts their own path. Some kids have no choice because their parents can’t afford to simply give them money.”
Do you think dad is right to be proud of his son’s job at Burger King?