A Santa Clarita teenager applying for a job at a hobby shop dropped off his resume then grabbed a $129 Airsoft gun and strolled out the door, police said Tuesday.
The 17-year-old, whose name was not released because he’s underage, explained his thinking this way:
“Honestly, I wasn’t planning on stealing anything,” he told KTLA-TV. “I was actually trying to get a job. And… what can I say? I’m a teenager, that’s [...]
Frustrated area teens are facing a historically horrendous summer job market — a situation setting the stage for potentially devastating long-term consequences.
The teen unemployment rate was 25.7 percent in June, more than double the nation’s 9.5 overall jobless rate.
“This could end up being the worst teen summer job market in employment records going back to 1948,” said John Challenger, CEO of Chicago outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.