PALATINE, Ill. -- The explosion of the nation's fast-food industry and its heavy reliance on teen-age workers has put money in teens' pockets but also exposed them, experts said, to school problems, job-related injuries and crime.
"We don't employ kids during the safe hours. We employ them at night when it is the most dangerous," said Tom Geoghegan, a Chicago lawyer and an activist on child labor issues.
zTC Two teen-age workers who were closing a Brown's Chicken & Pasta outlet in Palatine Friday night were among the victims of a mass killing in the restaurant.
Of the nation's 5.5 million workers 18 years and younger, about 40 percent work in restaurants...