A fast-food restaurant in the United States has caused outrage after people saw that it was advertising work to teenagers. Normally, this wouldn’t be much of an issue, as there’s nothing wrong with getting a part-time job to learn the importance of money early on or helping out your struggling family. However, the current context—many restaurants not finding the employees they need because they’re not offering good enough conditions and pay—makes it seem like someone’s trying to take advantage of 14 and 15-year-old teens.

Naturally, once people got wind of Burger King’s ‘desperate’ ad in Ohio, they started poking fun at it on social media. Some joked about the fast-food restaurant supposedly conscripting kids into service while others pointed out that they’re now looking for teen workers because the adults aren’t biting.

Keep in mind, though, that it’s not illegal for teenagers to work in Ohio. But before we get into that, have a scroll down and check out some of the best responses to the BK ad. Upvote the tweets that you agree with and share your opinion about the situation in the comment section at the bottom of this list.

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Lady Artemis
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1 month ago

What's next, the Hunger Games?

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Hans
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1 month ago

"hear hear"

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Jrizzy Jay
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1 month ago

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family owned businesses won't take pay cuts, they would rather hire their children to help. Oh the crime.

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In Ohio, the state’s child labor laws don’t allow children who are 13 or younger to work, except in some very limited situations. Meanwhile, 14 and 15-year-old teens are allowed to work in a variety of jobs, but there’s a limit to how many hours per day and per week they’re allowed to do that. Especially when school’s still in session.

Meanwhile, 16 and 17-year-olds living in Ohio can work a far broader range of jobs. However, the work cannot be deemed “too hazardous.”

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JessG
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1 month ago

This makes me angrier that angry! Tee'd off! Fit to be tied! RAGE!

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Vasana Phong
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1 month ago

True, let’s see the outcome of this down the road, hopefully a good one

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Philly Bob Squires
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4 weeks ago

THIS! RIGHT HERE!!!

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The regulations limiting work hours are necessary to prevent children from being exploited in the work industry. What’s more, the regulations put an emphasis on just how important their education is: it’s a priority and cannot be sacrificed for the sake of making a living.

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Thorfin Wolfsbane
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1 month ago

I agree, but we need universal healthcare. Having healthcare dependent on your job is just stupid. How many people are staying in a crap job they hate just because they need healthcare insurance?

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Samantha PandaNotBored
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1 month ago

What’s an SSN ?

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Csaba Hegedűs
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1 month ago

Serves them right.

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So while school is in session, 14 and 15-year-olds can’t work more than 3 hours on a school day while the maximum work hours for non-school days is capped at 8 hours. Furthermore, their maximum hours are also capped at 18 hours per week.

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Tracey Hirt
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1 month ago

It’s disgusting that they are specifically targeting 14 and 15 year olds. In Ohio, employers can pay people under the age of 16 only the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25 per hour, which is less than Ohio’s Minimum Wage of $8.70. This is the point of BK going after the younger kids.

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Carol Emory
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1 month ago

Mine asked me if I could still work my shift after I accidently stuck the first two fingers of my right hand in the fry vat chasing after a hashbrown that fell out of the rack. Most McDonald's suck.

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Csaba Hegedűs
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1 month ago

Chris "Not Captain" Evans, cool :D

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This essentially means that teens who are 14 and 15 can have a part-time job if they want. However, they shouldn’t expect to be earning a living wage like many grownup professionals. There is an exception, though, and that’s if they’ve enrolled in work-oriented programs or are doing vocational cooperative training. In that case, the cap is raised to 40 hours per week. 

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Vasana Phong
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1 month ago

The new selective services 2021 edition

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Nyneva Kyte
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1 month ago

Yup. That's how they get you

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Emilycookie
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1 month ago

Jrizzy Jay, you are a truly toxic and hateful person and i hope with all of my being that you don't have children.

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Meanwhile, by the time that Ohio’s teens reach 16 and 17 years of age, they have no restrictions on how many hours a day and per week they can be at their jobs. The only thing is that they cannot be working during those hours when they should be at school. What’s more, they can’t start work super early if they’ve been working very late, as they’re still growing and developing, so sleep is essential for them.

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Tobin Kern
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1 month ago

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Yeah so they can be like teachers and not give a f**k about the students. They want to get a paycheck without working. Yes unionize them to be good little economic vampires.

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Thorfin Wolfsbane
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1 month ago

Answer: a capitalist society. Just look at early industrial American history. Children working in factories so the rich people could make bank.

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Paul Aguilera
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1 month ago

is that another word for "drafted"? lol

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Taking into consideration the current pandemic context and Ohio’s labor laws, what’s your opinion about Burger King’s ad? Do you think that people’s criticism of it online is justified or do you think that it went a tad overboard? Share your thoughts and feelings below.

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Jrizzy Jay
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1 month ago

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and you still want your whopper so shut up.

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John Montgomery
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1 month ago

I wonder if that's the point. Too tired to work at making the world a better place so it stays good for the Uber rich.

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Carol Emory
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1 month ago

I actually worked at Burger King when I was a senior in High School. Our school district was different from the kids local to the Burger King location. Their school district went on strike. Mine did not. So fast forward a few weeks and our Burger King was notorious for being slow in the middle of the week making the manager release people early from their shift. He would always let the other kids go and keep me on. When I asked why I couldn't go, he referenced seniority. I said, "Do any of them have a chemistry or AP test in the morning? Because I do." When he said my education didn't matter...I quit on the spot.

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Sheila Stamey
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1 month ago

Because rosie wouldn't take that crud. ( Thinking dearly of Rosie the Riveter!)

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Jessica Otto
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1 month ago

I was an assistant manager at a Casey's (petrol station chain for those outside the states) and everyone from the regular customers to new employees knew me as Momma Jess. Why is that? Because if you mess with one of my employees/coworkers momma bear's claws will come out. I will NOT stand for people treating service employees like garbage just because they can. I have one rule, come in peace or leave in pieces.

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Leigh C.
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1 month ago

I'm not buying cheap lace again. I'll buy it from someone else who makes it themselves.

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Kevin Erdős–Bacon
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1 month ago

Hey, at least they didn't ask for 12 and 13 year olds! :D

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onearmed bandit
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3 weeks ago

Spot on!

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Sue User
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1 month ago (edited)

From their parents. Okay, so mom and dad now work multiple jobs and they still don't make enough, so let's get the kids involved. Man, we are scr$#@ed

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1 month ago

Totally not (/s).........

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Kristin Ingersoll
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1 month ago

Why would fast food work be a must??? I agree that a customer service job is a must. But there are other ways to get the experience without resorting to this kind of abuse. You can get experience being abused by corporations, management, and the public as a server in a sit-down restaurant too. But (yes, yes, we know, the US tipping thing is terrible and makes us a horrible country), with tips, most decent restauarants pay a wage a college student could live with (maybe not independent adults, although the server job I had was very lucrative).

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DC
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1 month ago

The what???

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Sue User
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1 month ago

Not to mention , " worked at BK" will not score any points on college application, but after school activities will. Which is sad in itself.

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Sheila Stamey
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1 month ago

Also it seems to be pushing that "when I was your age" button. I wanted my kids to have a better idea of what a career was than what I HAD to resort to doing. It's almost like it's punishment. But hey that's what it would be I guess.

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Emma London
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1 month ago

Or maybe they planned to pay even less for the kids.

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Jrizzy Jay
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1 month ago

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i wish I couldn't worked at burger king when I was 14. I'd have had a lot more money in highschool

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A
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1 month ago

It's really sad

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Jrizzy Jay
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1 month ago

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but Karen you must understand some families need all the help they can get just to survive. this is not a new concept. Just the sensitive, everything is a social issue crowd like yourself is new.

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Emma London
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1 month ago

Yes, better start them early!

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Vasana Phong
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1 month ago

Ahh, i remember 3.75$ back in late 80’s as a cashier at waldbaums(14yo)

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Analyn Lahr
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1 month ago

I don't know, kids these days seem to be pretty knowledgeable about what's up.

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Sue User
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1 month ago

All those " if it is so bad, just quit and find a better job" comments are now seeing the logical end to that line of thinking.

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Lisa Chambers
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4 weeks ago

But do you have insurance and paid time off?

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Sheila Stamey
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1 month ago

Or telling the first Karen's to kiss it. Cause today's kids got some sass 😅. And I love it!!

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Monika Nagyova
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1 month ago

You are right

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1 month ago

I love these kinds of posts XD

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It's seriously shameful

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Elizabeth Molloy
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1 month ago

Wearing flip-flops!

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Tara Ray
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1 month ago

Is 7$ minimum wage in the USA?

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Susan Betz
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1 month ago

Agreed. If a 14-15 year old wants to work, they can look around for lawns to mow or kids to babysit. Fast food is soul-sucking.

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Anna McHugh
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1 month ago

Except it's not boomer parents who'd have 14 or 15 year old kids. It's people my age - I'm 42. And I'd never push my kids to put up with this sort of s**t.

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Kristin Ingersoll
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1 month ago

Made up the idea of childhood???? LOL!!!

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Julian Hall
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4 weeks ago

Abso. Lutely.

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Yayaboobo
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1 month ago

Consider this: Most of the adults that work at low paying jobs and have children are on some type of government assistance. Whatever your child earns counts against your household and will be extracted dollar for dollar from your subsidy. There is absolutely no incentive for anyone on assistance to have themselves or their children, for that matter, work.

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