ALL the News about
Mormons, Mormonism
and the LDS Church
Mormon News: All the News about Mormons, Mormonism and the LDS Church
Posted 24 Feb 2001   For week ended November 24, 2000
Most Recent Week
Front Page
Local News
Arts & Entertainment
·New Products
·New Websites
·Mormon Stock Index
Letters to Editor
Continuing Coverage of:
Boston Temple
School Prayer
Julie on MTV
Robert Elmer Kleasen
About Mormon News
News by E-Mail
Weekly Summary
Submitting News
Submitting Press Releases
Volunteer Positions
Bad Link?

News about Mormons, Mormonism,
and the LDS Church
Sent on Mormon-News: 24Nov00

By Kent Larsen

Picking-up Popcorn Paves The Way For LDS Mission

DUBLIN, CALIFORNIA -- Jed Parker is preparing for his LDS mission to Athens, Greece, by cleaning up popcorn. Parker works 32 hours a week at the Regal Hacienda Crossing 20, a 20-theater multiplex where he cleans after every show, earning money for school, he is a freshman at Delta College in Stockon, California, and for his mission.

Like the other ushers at the Theater, Parker spends his time cleaning the sticky floors, selling concessions and taking tickets to keep the theater running. His job on the night he is interviewed is cleaning the theaters in the roughly half-hour between shows. More than 11,000 people visit the multiplex every night, and it seems most of them ignore the advice to discard cups, bags and trash in the receptacles. "It's more like being a janitor" than an usher, Parker says. "But it's OK. I like it. It beats working at Burger King."

Burger King was his previous job. But unlike most of the other ushers, he doesn't see many movies, despite the free passes given to employees. Before taking this job he did, but now he is too familiar with the moviegoing experience. Only one movie interests him now, "I do want to see 'The Grinch,' " he says. "That looks cool."

The job is like a mission in a sense, however. There is a never-ending amount of work to do. The cleaning needs to be done after every show, and they never quite clean it all, "I have a saying," Parker says, "that we make things look nice but not nice. I mean, we'll clean up the obvious stuff, but not under every single seat. We just want to make it comfortable for the customers. We don't have time to make it spotless."


In Dublin's Fair Cineplex, He Sweeps the Popcorn Underfoot
San Francisco Chronicle 24Nov00 P2
By Sam McManis: Chronicle Staff Writer


[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Kent Larsen · Privacy Information