In this chapter we meet Colin, an "attention-seeking" skater guy who starts hanging out with Miranda and Annemarie at lunch (15.1).
It was Colin's idea, we learn, to get them all jobs at Jimmy's shop making sandwiches and washing greasy trays during their lunch period each day.
Who in their right mind would hire sixth graders to work for 45 minutes each day? Jimmy, that's who.
He doesn't pay the kids money, but he does let them make a sandwich from the fixings tray (no meat, only lettuce and toppings). He also has a weird Fred Flintstone bank that he warns them not to touch.
Miranda thinks he's creepy; Annemarie thinks he's creepy, but still nice.
Every day the kids bring their sandwiches back to school and eat them during silent reading period. Usually they get away with it, though Julia complains about Colin's pickle-smelling sandwich.