What’s it Like Working Fast Food as a Teenager?


Makayla Marquez

Makayla Marquez takes a photo of herself during work.

Joshua Parker, Staff Writer/Photographer

Many students at Cottonwood High School have jobs. Some students work at fast food restaurants such as McDonalds, Chick-Fil-A, and many other places. Colt Roundup asked three students where they work, what they do, and if they would still eat there after seeing how everything is made.

Steven Cochrane, a senior at Cottonwood High School, works at Little Caesars Pizza. He said, “Working there is stressful, but I don’t mind it. I’m a ‘floating’ cashier, which means I do whatever they need me to do, but most of the time I’m on a cash register. Seeing everything happen behind the scenes, I would still eat there. It really depends on who you work with. All of the employees at my Little Caesars are very cleanly and responsible, it makes me feel more safe eating if I’m in the mood.”

Makayla Marquez, a former Kearns student,  works at KFC. She said, “I usually do drive through and sometimes I’ll help pack orders. Yes, I would still eat there, and I do still eat there. It’s no different from how people would make their food at home or anywhere else.”

Jaedon Anguiano, a senior at Murray High School, used to work at Noodles & Company by State Street. He said, “I was the grill and salad guy basically. I did anything that wasn’t seafood and worked with all types of noodles. A lot of orders would come in and I had to do both salads and the grill, I also had to make sure every order was right which was difficult. It was hard to catch a break because of all the multitasking. It was extremely frustrating having to do noodles then run back to the grill every single order. I also did the restocking in my sections, which was mostly food, and a lot of cleaning. Eating there for me is a 50-50. I think Noodles & Company is a hundred percent overpriced for what it is. What’s made there can be made at home for less money, but it doesn’t stop me from wanting to eat there.”

These teens’ opinions vary, not much, but still vary. Many other teenagers work at fast food restaurants and these three teens do not speak for all of them, just themselves.