Can 12 Year Olds Get A Job? Are There Jobs For 12 Year Olds?

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If you like to sing, dance or act then you could be quids in as a child performer, as the only legal jobs that a 12 year-old can currently do is in the performance industry. These jobs are for children who are involved in television, theatre, modelling and similar activities. But before you consider this line of work you will need to obtain a performance licence from your local authority.

Children could also approach their parents in the first instance to see if there are opportunities in the home which could allow them to earn extra pocket money. This could be anything from washing the family car, walking the dog, doing the dishes, keeping their bedroom tidy and taking out the rubbish.

Once children reach the age of 13 they can legally work part-time. The most common first part-time job for a child in my generation was a paper round, but it appears like most things from that era that this is on the decline. Gone are the days when due to high demand you had to put your name on the waiting list at the local newsagents. The paper round taught you the value of earning your money and the importance of getting up in the morning and being punctual. Nowadays, children’s safety and tiredness at school means that parents would rather continue to offer their children their own job opportunities by taking on extra household chores for more pocket money.

So, if your 12 year-old is not the performance type then at least they only have to wait another year to apply for a paper round, and chances are there won’t be a waiting list either.
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You could get a job premint?! I'm also 12.I now have a job at McDonalds and its not that far from where I live !
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Baby-sit
lemonade stand (when not snowing)
walking dogs (when not snowing)
shovel snow
clean house for mom
do chores and ask for some money
yard sale
make art and sell it
yard work (when not snowing)
Chores for trustworthy neighbors
Car wash
Comic books
Make fliers for our service and sales (not a moneymaking idea but to get our business around)
Street music
Choir from door to door (tell them to donate money for a worthy cause)
Tutoring
Helping the elderly
Teaching little kids how to play sports and video games
Sell candy at school
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Yeah.I'm tring to get a good cell phone.I tyred car washing lawn mowing and all that other crap
But people now with all that child protection crap there not protecting us if we don't have any money.I think we should start protesting for kid jobs.I mean really I'm turing 12 and people are treating me like a baby we are not useless
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In which country do you reside? Without knowing your country It is not possible for me to find Jobs in your country. But, here is it. I found for you what you can do. Take a look at Summer Jobs for Kids look and also take a look at Kids Making Money for all the tips for you to make money. Newspaper delivery and Yard work are one of the ideal and easily findable Jobs for kids.
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My name is brandon,
and i'm looking for a job. I know i'm only 12... But i need a job.
I've checked my whole neighbor hood. But its not working
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I'm actually 11 1/2 and I really wish I could get a jobs because I love going to the movies and mall. I also would like that new cell phone that came out. Some jobs are:
Babysitting
dog/cat walking
helping out neighbors
chores
tutoring
teaching kids to play video games
teach elderly to use the comp.
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The dog and cat walking just blew itself right into my head it's perfect thank you so much
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The dog and cat walking blew itself straight into my head thank you so much
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If you like pets, look up Pet-Sitting or Doggy Day-Cares in your area and see if they accept kids to work. Sometimes they do and you can apply for a job and see what happens!!! Also, if you're good at sewing, you can start a small business by making stuffed animals. You can post flyers around your neighborhood or city with pictures and prices! :) Lol I'm 12 too, and I am trying these things out!
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Well also if in the summer just do some car washes or mow lawns. Even pet-sit or walk dogs. Or and I know this  sounds funny, but what about about like a lemonade stand. (lol,I'm 12 too)
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Its not that bad a lemonade stand i normally have a garage sale with brownies and the brownies are a gold mine
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There are online babysitting training classes or you can go to actual ones. You get a certificate and from there you could babysit.
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Well I'm twelve and I referee soccer games I make about $10 a match but that's in the US. You need to b certified first though. Brings in about $150 a season. Even save enough for an iPod touch.
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Have a lemonade stand or a bake sale or a car wash...lame stuff I know I have tried it all but I still got a little cash
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Yes jobs like
baby sitting
dog/cat walking
washing cars
helping around the house
paper round (13)
oh yes my names harley
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I'm 12
And Need a Job
I Live In Northfield
I Want To DO Baby Siting Or Dog Walking Or Summat Like That
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I'm just like you I want a job 2 I think we should all have a job if we want one I need some money but I can't get it so I'm asking round for jobs like dog walking and nurrsary work.
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Guys I'm twelve too. Just sell things at your school. Sell something that they need or like. For example I sell pop-tarts at my school because everyone there wants a snack and skips breakfast! I make like 10 a week depending on how the sales go. I make like 20 a week if I sell a lot and I make profit! Just sell stuff at school. Its really easy.
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I'm 12 too and I dog walk every day for half an hour and get 5 pound a week for it plus my 5 pound pocket money just ask around, I really need to babysit I lovee babies any ideas on how to get people to ask me to babysitt I'm the best at it and I always babysit my cousins but don't get paid!!
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You can do a little neighborly work
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I need some money too. I just turned 11 and im tired of being treated like a baby!! If I got a job then my parents will see that im responsible and they will stop nagging me
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Yes 12 year olds should be able to have a job for some extra money in their pockets, but there aren't as many jobs for 12 year olds as of as older adults. You could go to your local newspaper  and ask about the paper routes
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Actually I am 12 and to tell everybody the truth . You are not allowed to earn money in england yet. Its not legal . But what I plan to do is legal . I lan to start making my own dresses and sell them on ebay for top cash $$
                                          you lol
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U guys could also build like stuff out of wood and stuff like tht if ur good wit ur hands. I live in the out in the country so theres not many people around us but tht is wat i use the traffic for.
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You'd probably need to ask your neighbors whether you can help them so you can get pocket money. There are not many jobs for teenagers around especially if you are 12!
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If I asked my parents if I could get a job delivering newspaper they would say no, and selling stuff in my school is not allowed, if you are caught you get an after school detention. So annoying!!
Any ideas..??
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Okay I need £35 quickly I'm a 12 year old boy so no lame stuff like babysitting or mowing lawns, I need something that rakes in the cash ^_^ does a paper route work, and selling sweets at school to friends?? Ideas wanted!!
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Are you good at an instremunt?? Or do you have a speicial skill ?? Then use it you'll have fun and make money
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Go to your local library and ask the librarian if you can straighten up books or put books back were they came from or just to help out around the library for some money it works for me!!!!
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Man I am 12 years old. And I really need a job for real. The car washes and others don't work. I really want an ipod touch. I wanted it for years but I can't get it. HELP!
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NEED £150 for an ipod touch how do you earn money in england fast!!!! My parents let me do anything
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My mom just told that at some YMCA's there are baby sitting classes you can take and then get CPR certified so then you can babysit legally..I would try that..
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Just sell stuff at school and if your like me your parents ask "oh where did you get that $" just say tell um da truth... Not hard and I'm 12
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Here are a few jobs!    

Summer- wash cars
Winter-scoop driveways
Fall-rake leaves
Spring- Plant flowers
Now this one is for any season- Babysit thats what I do. I Hope that helped.
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I've already got 113 pounds but this iphone 4 costs like 400 pounds so what do I do??
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In england we can do nothing. Everyone hates lemonade. Nobody walks down my road so I can't sell anything to them. And I hate dogs. I love cats but you can;'t walk them :(
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I need a job I tryed babysitting but no one has called . My mom wont let me pet sit , do yard work , wash cars ,or anything else do you have any other ideas I REALLY need money badly
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It is sooo annoying because when you ask your parents for money they say "And where is your job?" but when you try to get one, you can't!
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I'm 12 too, but the only things my parents will let me do is mow lawns and freakin sell stuff on ebay, but we have no lawnmower, and nothing to sell... PLEASE help! >:(
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Hi guys I'm 12 and I really need a job I don't like anything stupit any suggestions pleas tell me thanxxx
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I think definatly 12 year olds should get jobs!!!!! I'm 11 but I am VERY responsible.
Walking Dogs
Mowing Lawn
Babysitting
and just about anything else Just might work so thanx
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Ok I`m 12 too, but my mom wont let me do anything to make money like I ask if I could have a day care for animals and my mom said no . And when I ask my dad for money he will say '' money dosen`t grow on tree'' I am tired of hearing that . Then my sister haves a job and she gets to go any where she want each week and my mom dosen`t care . I`m sick of it the only time I get money is went it`s my birthday, xmas, easter,and thats it I added up of what I got from last year and I go $87 and my sister makes more in 2 weeks

  HELP ME I NEED IDEAS PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
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I am 12 too and I hate my cell phone and want a new one. But the one I want is $99. Right now my grand total is... $4. I really want and need a job! I am tired of hearing bout babysitting or cleaning houses. I want something real. I just wish I were older.
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Hi i am 11 years old and I work at a pet shop you get to wash them and take them for walks and u usually get about 10 dollars an hour.
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Hi, I'm Maddy.  I'm 13 this september and I really really really need a job or some money. Like seriously. I'm going insane. Doing things like: Chores, mowing lawns, car wash, baby sitting, dog walking, garden tending, lemonade stands and all the rest don't work. Ive tried. No one pays me. If you know of ANY jobs that 13 yrs olds can get where they will pay you half way decent money I'm in. Any online money making sites where I don't have to pay them? Please. Really need some help here guys. Thanks.
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My friend works at the stables and she's 12. She makes bank, she gets 8 bucks an hour for 7 hours. But the thing is she is only able to do this for the summer or when she gets time off school, and they dont pay her taxes or anything, she works weekends and stuff , and i really want to get her job!
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Being a kid stinks. And ur right. None of that neighborhood nonsense works. Why cant us "little kids" get work? I mean come on! I could easily be an asstiant of a librarian if I wanted to. Adults think that just because were younger that we cant do any thing useful Does anybody live in Johnson city newyork? We could set up strike on chidrens rights to get jobs!! Im artistic and can make signs. Any ways, if you live in jc comment under my coment and we can get started!! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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OMG I NEED A JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But um keelia22 we can make a nationwide strike that wil get the word round
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How do I get thousands of dollars for a horse I fell in love with but dad says we can't buy him now maybe in a year and by then he will be sold!And I'm ONLY 12!!!Otherwise I'd have a good paying job for this horse!!!Please help me!
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I am 12 and I really need a job...I like babysitting but I only babysit my sisters for my mom and dad...I don't get paid...I got paid with a hamburger once..(wich I liked) and a dog..(wich I also like) but I want money to go to the mall and just to have..I am trying to save up for a cell phone, camara, or an I pod nano
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Im tryin to get a job too. Im 12. Just turned it and i think "THINK" that you might be able to get a job at your local marketbasket if ur like 13-14 i think. And also for all u kids that want REAL jobs. U need working paprers from ur school. So if ur school says u cant work but ur mom and dad do. Oh well. Because ur school has the final say unless ur homeschooled.well atleast thats wut i heard :) happy job hunting
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Its so unfair as I am 12 and I have NNOOO money£ its so unfair and washing cars takes to much time for me and I can't babysit because I don't know anyone to babysit for and I'm not allowed 2 babysit for strangers so what can I do????? X x x x
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I am 12 and I need a job I'm tired of asking my mom for $$$$$ she always says no tho I feel like I'm gunna exploid if I don't get a cell phone I'm tired of it grrrr is stupid we can't get a job I say we should protest say we can work if we want to! Whos with me Tell me if you think so on aim my aim is blackbone45 so I'm me if you want to do it and if you don't want to you can still I'm me if you want to
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Nope were discriminated against and there's nothing we can do about it.
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Thats sooo right.
I think all children should get a job just soo they don't have to keep asking there mum and dad.
I just want a little cash a week just somthing like 30 pounds to help save up for pre sants or a phone or a bikee just somthing.
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Hi I no its against the ruls but you shud just go to your nerest sweet shop/ news agent & by somethin cheap, only buy a few to c how they sel & if they do by a few more the next day. If your a total goody goody don't worry because I am too (never got a detention in my life) & I still do it & it turns out fine (btw buy something tht lasts like liquorice or cola but nothin like chocolate because itll just melt or break in your bag but trust me its worth breakin the rules! Ps by somthin you like in case it doesnt sel
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I  am 12 years old and I am tired to ask my parents for money cause every time I ask them they will just give 5 dollars I wish I could find a job
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I Wish I Could Get A Job I'm 12 1/2 and I want a job so I can go shopping! Baby sitting will work!
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Yes, I think kids should be able to have a job.  I think kids should be able to have jobs for after school but aren't late jobs. Kids should have some rights to earn money instead of going to family and asking for money.
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Of course I mean every kid should have at least 50 dollars in there pocket but you can't do that without a job.If you have a job you can have all the money you want.But you need a job to do it.
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I'm 12  and I want a job becouse I want a lot of stuff and when I ask my parents the answer is always no I will do anything except babysitting or mowing lawns.
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Not allowing kids under 14 having a job is discrimination. After age 12, most kids are responsible enough to be able to get a job.
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I'm trying to work towards a cell phone I'm 12 and three quarters and I need money!!!!!
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I'm a 12 year old to, I need a quite a bit of money cause I crashed my friends go kart and I owe him 1000$ and I will do any thing for some money someone help me plz!
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I know right my mom is trying to get a new house because our old house is falling  apart and I can't sell anything at my school cause its against the rules ...so lame   and the new house is wonderful it just plain sucks
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Why don't you tell your mom that your school lunch is $4.00 a day and eat when you get home and make $20.00 bucks a week    cool huh?
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Yes. I am 12 yrs. Old and I sell candy at school it works I got $55 from selling a box of skittles,starburst, and blowpops
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How do you get the candy to sell though?
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Thats cool and all but dont u have to buy the candy first.if ur gonna make money off it u have to sell more then u buy it but then they could just go out and buy it new cheaper then they could buy it from u.
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I need a job I want to get kung fu lesson that my parents wont pay for and you have to pay for them monthly, any suggestions />?
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We shouldnt work hard  por get a job we should enjoy ourselfs and go school when your mum plays you $50 fior you to spend after all uve been working hard by going shool
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I know what you are going through... I'm going to be 13 in two months and I'm also looking for a job! I DON'T want to babysit some ugly little kid or have a retarded ass lemonade stand! So I started looking up online and there is modeling available at stores. I now model! :D You should try it I get paid to do it too! Or maybe you should try acting...
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I am 12 years old and I know that this might sound weird but I really want a job, it would get me some extra money so I can do things that I want.  Some of the kids in my school walk to town on Friday's but I can never go because I never have any extra money. :( I don't think that there are any jobs for 12 year olds but I think we should be able to have some.  I really want some extra money and I'm tired of doing around the house chores.
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Well, I go to work with my mom and if I do a good job with her I get 20-30 dollars once a week. I also saved up a lot of coins and brought it to the bank to cash it. So far I have 70 bucks! And yes, I'm only twelve..
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Ehmagosh....     1. I NEED a cell.

  2. My parents are too stubborn 2 get me one.

  3. They r 2 paranoid 2 let me deliver newspapers, I don't know my neighborhood (just moved)  

  4. HELP!
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Hi I'm 12 years old and I need a job that atleast pays me 60 dollars every two  hours becaus I need to save the house I live in. I have to raise atleast 400 dollars to save the house. So I wont have to move please someone help me...if there's anyone out there hwo is looking to hire me for something then I will ecept it...but I don't babysit kids unless there 5  or 6 years old. Please hel;p me I don't want to live in a house where I wont have my own bedroom I might end up sleeping out in the living room.  I can can do pretty much anything ecept babysitting unless there 5 or 6
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Well I Am Almost 13 But I Need Job Quick And Something That Can Make Me Bank Like Inna Month...Ranging 200-250 A Month I'm Still Trying To Get My Mom To Get Me Into That because I Recently Started Home Schooling 10 Hours A WEEK!!! But STill I Have All The Time In Da World To Get Money For New Cell And Video Games...I'm Inna Rural Area As Well...NEED HELP !!!
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I think there are jobs for 12 year old's. I am twelve and I would do chores for my parents, mow the lawn, do the washing up, or maybe you could help out with your mum, dad, brother or sisters jobs. My sister works at a kids play centre and I sometimes, on weekends, go with her and I help out in the kitchen by being a waitress or on reception  and I get the shoe tags and they say I should work there full time. I don't mind doing it. Actually it is quite fun!!!
Hope this helps.
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I wouldnt go with paper routes these days everyone does it by car now.   I'm 13 and I'm trying to find a way that I can make 600 bucks to buy a flat screen and new xbox 360 for my room.
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Jobs are good b/c they have work to do. It makes good games when you play on tables. You get money whenever you find a crystal. You get $50 from it! It's the best money-making there is. Or you can get a banana token.
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HI my name is jarabey marcos iam trying to get a job. I need to help my mom with the bills I'm 12 years. I sometimes babysit my brother and sister. I cook  for mom, dad, brother and sister.

JARABEY MARCOS
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My top 3 things I need a job for are
1.a new cell
2.a xbox 360 halo edition on ebay
3.to go places/buy stuff
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I sold a jolly rancher to a ADAH kid in my school for $10.   He isn't allowed to have candy so he took the rip off deal lol   he went crazy

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