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Arkansas restaurant 'desperate' for workers pays students to do homework
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A restaurant group in Arkansas is paying students to do their homework during shifts as it struggles to find staff.
"Like all restaurants in the country, we’re desperate for employees," said Greg Jones, owner of the Xplore Restaurant Group, told FOX TV Stations on Monday. "This is an investment by the restaurant in these kids as well."
Xplore Restaurant Group operates multiple restaurants in Arkansas and is now paying employees who are in high school to devote an hour of their shifts to homework. The young employees will also get an extra $100 if they receive an "A" as their final grade, and $20 if they get a "B" grade.
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An executive chef at one of the restaurants, 26-year-old Drake Bielert, came up with the idea and said he previously received complaints from dishwashers about their grades dropping because of their work schedules.
"So it just gives them just that one hour of no interruptions to get all of their work done that they could possibly get done for that day," Bielert said. "They thought it was a joke."
Bielert added that he’s currently working on finishing his GED, and highlighted the importance of young students doing well in school.
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"When I was in school, I kind of didn't care that much," he continued. "I found myself down a bad road with some drugs and whatnot, and I still am trying to work my way through schooling right now."
"I want to see these kids do better than I did," he added.