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April 4, 2008 7:30 AM

That'll be two Deluxe, an order of fries and some health insurance

Posted by Nancy Leson

Saw this sign in the window at Dick's on Lower Queen Anne, and it got me thinking about my first "real" job: working the counter at Hardee's Hamburgers in Northeast Philadelphia for minimum wage, no bennies (if you don't count the discounted employee meal). I was 17, just graduated from high school and trying to save money for college. I think I lasted about a month before realizing the job wasn't for me, but not before I fell in lust with the burger-flipper, who was an absolute jerk but a terrific guitar player. I'll bet you a Dick's Deluxe I'm not the only one out there whose first job involved fast food and minimum wage (bless Dick's heart for going one better). And I'm wondering: Where did you work? And what do you remember most about it?

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