Summer jobs: Here’s a cool way to make money

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Brendan Paules, second season at Rita’s (Photo by Kate Cramer)

You might say Brendan Paules has a sweet job that keeps him cool all summer.

He is working his second season at Rita’s Italian Ice, Shrewsbury location.

Brendan, an upcoming junior at Susquehannock High School, knew he wanted a job and was looking around the spring of 2015. “A friend of mine texted me and said that there was an opening here and I knew a lot of people who worked here. It’s a really small staff, usually the only way to get a job is if you know someone,” Brendan said. “I put in an application and I got called in to do an interview…”

Brendan’s friend who referred him to Rita’s also trained him when he first started working. “We started with the simple stuff, usually sweeping the ice, and

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(Photo by Kate Cramer)

then moved to more complicated things. There are a lot of different items that we make, but working on the cones was probably the hardest,” he said.

The hardest part of his job, Brendan says, is memorization since they cannot write orders down. “When customers come up… Especially big groups, you just have to memorize it.” However, he said that the job is helpful with his communication skills.

When asked what he does with his paychecks, Brendan said he usually just saves them. But recently, he purchased his first car since he just got his license. “I am just saving it for the future… And for gas and insurance,” he said.

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Treats from Rita’s being enjoyed on a sunny day (Photo by Kate Cramer)

The second season worker says that he definitely plans on keeping the job until college, possibly even after that.

Kate Cramer is an upcoming sophomore at Susquehannock High School. Besides studying and writing for Teen Takeover, she spends her time enjoying  literature, art, photography, tennis, and the outdoors.

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