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by Abigail Van Buren

Birds in the Bush Are Safer Than Birds in Some Hands

DEAR ABBY: Will you please say something to older women who work at fast-food places and take jobs from us teen-agers?

There's one who works here, and she's so goody-goody -- always on time, and she never goofs off. I don't think she really needs the money.

She must be 50 years old -- at least. -- A TEEN, CENTERVILLE, IOWA

DEAR TEEN: I doubt very much that a 50-year-old woman would be working at a fast-food place unless she really needed the money. It's possible that if it weren't for that job, she would be on welfare. If she's always on time and never goofs off, I'd say she's setting a fine example for the other employees. Give her a break.