The great exception of child labor

“The Donut King” is available for stream on Hulu and to rent or buy on several other platforms. Today, we’re answering your questions, sharing your thoughts on the documentary, and revealing some of our favorite donuts.

“We don’t just have kids, we have future employees,” said one of the donut owners featured in this month’s documentary, “The Donut King.”

Listener (and viewer!) Elizabeth M. was struck by this dynamic:

“The film did not address my concern for the welfare of Ted’s children and other store owners. Were they going to school? Were the stores safe places for them?

Whether or not minors are permitted to work, all states in the United Statesrequire school attendanceuntil the age of 16 or until the end of high school, whichever comes first. And elementary school is compulsory for all children in the United States.since 1918.

Child labor is not an inherent threat to the well-being of children. In 2018, the Small Business Administration even explained why business ownersshould hire their children. (“Nepotism – the practice of using power or influence to favor relatives – has a bad connotation. However, when it comes to your business, it can be a great idea.”)

Federal laws don’t allow children to work in hazardous conditions or use hazardous equipment, but they do. allow children work for their parents for an unlimited number of hours per week. While many states,including California, impose other conditions and restrictions on child labor, most provide exemptions for children working in their parent’s business.

“The Donut King” reminded Tom S. of another early 1990s film, “Cambodian donut dreams which also focused on Cambodians living in Los Angeles with American donut shop ambitions.

Dan V. in Los Angeles told us that less than 60 minutes after watching the movie, he had to stop and take a donut break. (We can understand.) He wrote:

“I grew up in Southern California and [the chain] Winchell has always been what I thought was a donut shop. Similar to McDonalds, no matter which store you went to, you always knew what to expect. There are only a few within a 10 mile radius of me and, as ‘The Donut King’ points out, those that have closed are now independent stores.

The Econ Extra Credit Team’s Favorite Donuts

  • Carrie Barber, Editor: “Plain cake with chocolate icing, fresh from the oven in B&B donuts in Fullerton, California. For fun specialty donuts, I like Zombee Donuts, also in Fullerton.
  • David Brancaccio, host: “We mostly run vegetarian at home, so when I’m not home and visiting LA, I go to a 24-hour place called California Donutsand get a big glazed donut with strips of maple bacon.
  • Siobhan Brett, editor: “Cinnamon-sugar to Boychik donuts,a date at the Saturday market in my home town of Galway, Ireland.
  • Redmond Carolipio, producer: “My favorite is either a chocolate glaze or an éclair.”
  • Rose Conlon, producer: “I’m a sucker for a plain old glazed donut, especially fresh out of the oven.”
  • Jarrett Dang, Intern: “The maple bass of Rainbow Donutsin Diamond Bar, California.
  • Meredith Garretson, Producer: “I love a good old-fashioned chocolate frosting.”
  • Ellen Rolfes, writer: “Growing up in suburban Chicago, the only donut shop I knew was Dunkin’. My favorite was a chocolate glazed cake donut.
  • Alex Schroeder, Producer: “My go-to is a classic: vanilla frosted, sprinkled with rainbow. A New England chain, honey dew donuts,is particularly close to my heart. My friend’s parents owned a franchise; I have good memories of them. »

Thanks for listening, watching this month’s selection and writing. We’ll be back next week with our selection of documentaries for April. Do you have an idea for Econ Extra Credit? We are all ears: [email protected]

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