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Lakers parade: Co-workers risk jobs to attend celebration

June 17, 2009 | 10:56 am

Already on probation for watching Lakers games at work on a small TV in the back, four workers from a KFC in Bell Gardens played hooky with a camera-ready sign, prepared to forfeit their jobs.

"Gas to Staples Center: $25 McDonalds breakfast: $12.72 Championship T-shirt: $21 Losing our jobs for Lakers parade: Priceless" read their homemade banner in purple ink, a banner they were happy to wave, jumping up and down and whooping for anybody with a lens, including those with throwaway and phone cameras.

"We were all in trouble anyway," said Jose Zuniga, 20, of Bell Gardens, shrugging off the loss of their jobs.

"I know it sounds crazy, but we can't afford tickets; just to see the team for three seconds is worth it," said his friend, Ricardo Veloz, 22, as the other three chanted: "Three-peat!" at the top of their lungs.

The volume remained steady, but they switched the chant to: "We need a job!"

And later: "We want a taco" to a passing food cart vendor.

-- Gale Holland on the parade route 

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