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Old 04-25-2007, 04:41 PM   #11
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Buck,

Those parents---you'd think that they thought their major jobs were to teach us a lesson or something!:)
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Old 04-25-2007, 04:46 PM   #12
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Yeah, expat, and I thought their job was to torment their young. That's why Dad always said. "I wish I was your age and knew what I know now."
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Old 04-25-2007, 07:43 PM   #13
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I drove a refrigerated truck for an ice company, making deliveries all over the area to gas stations, supermarkets, etc. The job was really good actually, until one day...

The mechanic who kept the trucks in "working" order was sort of a lazy bum, and one day I was going along the back roads at about 60 mph, not even speeding, when the traffic light about 300 yards in front of me changed. I layed off the gas, but I had sold most of my ice that day, so there wasn't all that weight to slow me down. So i started to put on the breaks, and whaddya know? They dont work all of the sudden! So now i lay on my e-brake and whaddya know? That didn't work either!! So i turned on my hazards and laid on my horn because I was going through that red light whether the cross-traffic liked it or not. I almost t-boned this guy and his baby girl at about 50 mph in their little station wagon. I pumped my brakes from another 100 yards or so after that and they came back and I pulled over into an abandoned grocery store parking lot to throw up.

Then I called HQ and told them to get a tower because I wasn't about to drive that death trap another 40 miles back.

I quit driving for them right then and there, and worked in the warehouse instead, for the remainder of the summer.

Scariest day of my life and worst day on the job ever both in the same day!
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:16 PM   #14
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My dad use to drag me out of bed at 2 am Sunday morning (I was 16 mind you and I had a life!) to throw the local news paper..... and back then they did not use bags so when those rubber bands snapped in 30 degree weather..... &@$%%*#

The other job I had was an outdoor flea market working in different concession stands all weekend long... boy did that ruin your weekend!!!

But I have had jobs ever since I was 14... so I am thankful that I am not scared of manual labor or learning something new!!!
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:57 PM   #15
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I had a job at Carvel back in my first year of high school. Or maybe it was the second; I can't remember. Anyway, the job itself was fine. Making ice cream sundaes, smoothies, and other treats all day was something I could've done forever. Plus my customers tipped pretty well. It was my boss and his supersnob daughter that made me quit.

My boss was really cheap. He had strict restrictions on things as small as the amount of sprinkles that could be on each ice cream cone. If he thought there was one sprinkle too many, he'd charge double the topping amount (something like 39 cents). We had these little topping ladels and he told us to only fill them up about halfway. That wasn't specified in the Carvel training guide, by the way. Just one of Moe's cute little quirks. Ha. Ha. We might have been able to get away with that for toppings like toasted coconut, but the ones with bigger pieces didn't fly. Who honestly thinks 5 M&Ms on top of a huge sundae is the right amount?! I just used a full scoop of each topping when he wasn't looking over my shoulder, but if he was around I couldn't. Customers would then take issue with me and he'd hide in the background, making me explain that I'd have to charge for the right amount of toppings. Crazy.

It wasn't long before his daughter Stephanie, who he hired and I think paid more for fewer hours of work, decided she should be my boss as well. The girl was younger than me! But when it came to closing every night, she would lounge around and read magazines as I mopped, cleaned tables, washed serving utensils, and so on. Her dad would be right there watching it all and he never really got on her case about it.

I quit after 3 months. It was just a summer job anyway, but it would've been nice if I actually liked doing it. Haha. But now I'm a lifeguard and I might apply for a position at a gourmet supermarket that's opening up soon! The ironic part is that it'll be built in the space where the Carvel used to be. . . Gotta love it. :P
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Old 04-26-2007, 08:19 AM   #16
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Many, many, years ago, I used to work Maintenance at JCPenny's. It was a fairly nice gig, going in early, vaccuming floors, collecting trash, etc. After about a year of that, the store manager started having the maintenance crew pull all-night shifts to do some deep cleaning. Even that didn't bother me, that much, as I was young, still living with my parents, etc. I just got fed up working for that manager, and one of the department managers, as they were total donkey's rears.
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Old 04-26-2007, 08:39 AM   #17
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Wow! I thought I had some bad jobs, but they're not so bad compared to some of you guys!

My worst wasn't a job, it was a catered party that I worked at for a large catering company a few years ago. I was by myself, feeding 60 people a whole roast pig. The caterer knew I never roasted a pig before and this thing weighed more than I did! After, realizing that the rental company forgot the spit to put the pig on and then having it fall off the spit once it finally arrived, and burning the skin right off and.... oh did I mention it was an outdoor party on the beach with no shade whatsoever and it was about 100 degrees that day? Anyway, you get the picture.

I quit working for that company as soon as I drove the 30 miles back to the kitchen with the gas needle stuck on empty and the "check engine" light on their truck the whole way back.

I stay home with my kids now.
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Old 04-26-2007, 10:24 AM   #18
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I used to work collections for a Rent-to-Own company. Besides the exorbitant markups ($50 per month for 18 months for a 20" tv, $100 per month/18 months for a washer and dryer), when customers couldn't pay their bills, we had to go collect. I spent many an early morning on the first of the month with an envelope full of cash following the mail truck through the projects, so that when my customers got their Federal support checks, I could cash them, take my cut and give them the rest. If they couldn't pay, we had to pick up the merchandise. Reposessing a tv on Saturday morning while the kids are watching cartoons. And many times, it wasn't worth it... a sofa rented by one customer had become a home for the mice in her house. A microwave became a home for thousands of roaches. We actually had to go to one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in town at 2am to reposess a TV out of the customer's window because he wouldn't give it up. It's amazing we didn't all get shot. Every night I came home feeling dirty, tired and sick with myself. A month after I got married, I was laid off, and I have never been so happy to lose a job, even if it did mean six months of unemployment afterwards.
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Old 04-26-2007, 10:37 AM   #19
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this is not necessairly my WORST job, just my most memorable and slightly undesirable job.

night (midnight) shift in a state operated mental hospital on the maximum security ward. whoaaa, what a job! These facilities were all closed down in the 1970's. People tended to work that position either 16 months or for life. I left after 16 months.
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Old 04-26-2007, 11:26 AM   #20
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I used to work collections for a Rent-to-Own company. Besides the exorbitant markups ($50 per month for 18 months for a 20" tv, $100 per month/18 months for a washer and dryer), when customers couldn't pay their bills, we had to go collect. I spent many an early morning on the first of the month with an envelope full of cash following the mail truck through the projects, so that when my customers got their Federal support checks, I could cash them, take my cut and give them the rest. If they couldn't pay, we had to pick up the merchandise. Reposessing a tv on Saturday morning while the kids are watching cartoons. And many times, it wasn't worth it... a sofa rented by one customer had become a home for the mice in her house. A microwave became a home for thousands of roaches. We actually had to go to one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in town at 2am to reposess a TV out of the customer's window because he wouldn't give it up. It's amazing we didn't all get shot. Every night I came home feeling dirty, tired and sick with myself. A month after I got married, I was laid off, and I have never been so happy to lose a job, even if it did mean six months of unemployment afterwards.
That must be the worst! I'd never be able to do it, I have no backbone, they would have fired me the first day!
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