Life just got a little sweeter for young teenagers looking for work as Braums is hiring 14 and 15- year-olds to work day shifts.
“There are different requirements, I mean I’d like for them to be smart, because if they are failing in school, they shouldn’t be here,” Braum’s Allen manager Meagan Ganze said. “That’s just kinda a personal belief not really a Braums standard, but that’s what I hold here, so if you’re not okay in school, you probably should not be working, at least for fourteen and fifteen year olds.”
While there are certain standards that individual stores look at, the state of Texas has rules that stores must follow as far as hiring 14 and 15-year olds.
“There are Texas law restrictions, 14 and 15-year-olds cannot work before 8 a.m. and they have to be gone by 6 p.m.,” Ganze said. “They can work on school days, but if they get out at like 4 and they have to go home and change, and then somebody needs to drive them over here, and by the time they are available to get over here it might be 5, and they are only available to work for an hour. They can also work on the weekends from 8-6, I usually have my 14 and 15-year-olds work from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., they can only work for 6 hours during that shift, with a 30 minute break, that’s not really included, but I like to give them the support that they can have that break.”
A limit on the hours a 14 or 15-year-old can work makes senses to most students.
“I think when you’re this young you should be focused more on things like school and activities instead of work,” freshman Mikayla Davidson said. “So I think it’s good that Texas restricts the amount of time that they can work”
While most teens aren’t interested in the working part, what does interest them is the cash that comes with it.
“I think it would be cool to work there just for a little extra cash to spend,” freshman Kendall Taylor said.
Because of this excitement to work, Braums has called upon this younger age group to help out in their stores, mainly on the weekends.
“They are awesome help, and what we call weekend help, because that’s when they can really get the bulk of her hours,” Ganze said. “Our day crew likes to spend time with their families on the weekend, and that’s when our 14, 15-year-olds can come in and help us. Why not give them that awesome experience for their first job. You have to start out somewhere why not at a good company.”