Worst Job

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    Aug 13, 2008 10:19 AM GMT
    What was your worst job? Mine was working for a big freezer warehouse company in college. I had to ride around on a rig in below freezing temperatures. You had to move fast and hope that your food never tipped over. I was in 2-3 layers of clothes, 2 pair of gloves, a hat and sometimes a face mask. I lasted 2 1/2 months. After I quit, my index finger remained cold to the touch for a couple of months.
  • Timbales

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    Aug 13, 2008 11:25 AM GMT
    A summer temp job I had - 3rd shift at a Crowley factory packaging institutional sized dairy products. The pay sucked, this was before ergonomics and I went home smelling of yogurt every morning.
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    Aug 13, 2008 1:41 PM GMT
    I worked at a deli in a grocery store and then part-time at a book store. I worked every day of the week for three months. I got sores on my fingers from all of the chemicals and the craziest people came in every day. CRAZY! I worked with some pretty lazy people who would just disappear for an hour and leave me by myself.

    My favorite crazy customer would come in with a cigarette dangling from his mouth; the ash would be about 2" long. He always ordered fried chicken and one day we had run out. When I told him so, he shouted at the top of his lungs, "WELL GODDAMN IT TO HELL!" Another guy would buy garlic and milk. He would chew up the garlic, spit it in the milk, put the milk in his mouth, and spit it back in the carton - then drink it again. One day he drove everyone out of the sitting area.
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    Aug 13, 2008 1:53 PM GMT
    I worked one night as a telemarketer and realized that was not for me. Working at a fish plant was pretty bad, especially if the herring had lost their firmness. When that happened the filleting machine got jammed up and you would have to get the fish guts out to get it going again. Also on the night shift you worked until the fish ran out. Start work at 6 PM and might not finish until 4 or 5 in the morning.
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    Aug 13, 2008 2:03 PM GMT


    Call centre for a plumbing company.

    Bosses liked me a lot. Plumbers freaked whenever they calling in w/work orders and got a GAY GUY.

    Wore my hat at work; next day ALL the plumbers (about 30) came in wearing outrageous hats. I heard later they did it to get the boss to forbid hats. Jerks.
    Boss just smiled and made a point of standing at my desk and saying,

    "Well, somebody's wearing a nice hat."

    So they upped the stakes. Began using my headset and desk right after augering a sewer.

    Liked to fart as they walked by my desk.

    I quit and management begged me to come back.

    No. Way.

    -D
  • steven_patter...

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    Aug 13, 2008 2:20 PM GMT
    Shrink-wrapping dog licenses. You had to lay them out on a huge cardboard sheet (in proper numerical order) then place them into an open oven (with a heating element above and below) without messing them up, pull a sheet of plastic into place off a roll attached to the side, then close the lid which did the rest. Haul it out, put it in a pile (in order) to be machine cut later and sorted in proper numerical order into boxes later. Not only was it mind-numbingly repetitive, but the heating elements never shut off, so every time you put in or took out one of the sheets of tags, your forearms got baked. Singed all the hair off my arms almost instantly and within two days, all the skin on my forearms started flaking off as if I'd suffered the worst sunburn of all time.
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    Aug 13, 2008 2:23 PM GMT
    I was a waiter in a restaurant on a wharf. The entire staff knew nothing about food. I asked the bartender for a martini for a table of spenders. 1)made with vodka 2) shaken 3) a whole shot of cheap vermouth.... and I quit. Right there. There are many sins I can live with, but that is just not one of them.
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    Aug 13, 2008 4:24 PM GMT
    gymguy1 saidWhat was your worst job? Mine was working for a big freezer warehouse company in college. I had to ride around on a rig in below freezing temperatures. You had to move fast and hope that your food never tipped over. I was in 2-3 layers of clothes, 2 pair of gloves, a hat and sometimes a face mask. I lasted 2 1/2 months. After I quit, my index finger remained cold to the touch for a couple of months.


    Yeah, that was part of my job for four summers, although I had to hunt down frozen barrels with randomly selected ID numbers and take samples. They always seemed to be five pallets up in the air, and my fork truck skills were frighteningly shakey at the time.
    Then, ten minutes later, I was outside taking samples from vats in 110 degree heat. I often just kept my parka on... for twenty minutes, it would keep a nice layer of relatively cool air next to my skin. I'd grumble to the dock workers about how cold it was, compared to a nice day in Hell.

    Anyway, that was actually a pretty good job, just a little strange.
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    Aug 13, 2008 4:37 PM GMT
    During high school and the year after I graduated, I worked at the local Dennys. I started off as a host and one day the most of the servers called in sick so as of that day, i too became a server. The tips were good but I will NEVER eat that Dennys after what I saw. It was hard to eat at any Dennys or other restaurants because you never know what goes on. The cooks wouldnt wash their hands, roaches in the juice machines, the list goes on and on. I told friends and family not to eat there. I would come home all greasy and smelling like food. That alone would make me not want to eat out for awhile. The only good thing was that it was located across from the naval base in port hueneme. Tuesday nights the seabees would eat for free. You know I would volunteer every Tues night! HAHA. Ahh memories..
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    Aug 13, 2008 4:40 PM GMT
    LOL I actually worked at McDonald's when I was 16. I worked there with a couple of friends, so it wasn't that bad. Funny story- I remember asking a customer if a smaller sized cup would "suffice" and a ton of people were cracking up lol. They were probably wondering how I knew such a "big word" ! icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 13, 2008 5:57 PM GMT
    I was a columnist for the evil empire known as Conde Nast.
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    Aug 13, 2008 8:06 PM GMT
    at the muthafuggin' McDonald's.



    sucked. I was a senior in high school taking honors classes being bossed around and spoken to by dropouts like I was some kind of monkey.

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    Aug 13, 2008 8:12 PM GMT
    Anything retail. Done that a couple of times. It sucks.
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    Aug 13, 2008 8:20 PM GMT
    Ooooh yes! I forgot about my 1 month at Millers Outpost at the mall. The most boring job of all. I had to stop wearing a watch because I would look at it every minute to see how much time had passed!
  • HereNBoston

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    Aug 13, 2008 8:20 PM GMT
    I worked at best buy through college doing customer service and home theater..

    every day killed my youthful optimism that much more, along with my faith in humanity...

    To this day, I still get asked if i work there despite not even wearing anything close to their uniform. I think its the blank smile that i revert back to from my retail days...
  • silverfox

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    Aug 13, 2008 8:22 PM GMT
    DeeJay at BarMitzvahs when I was younger.

    Hands down...the worst.

    I never ever want to hear "YMCA" or "Celebration" ever again.

    I puke when I see people doing the "Electric Slide".



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    Aug 13, 2008 8:26 PM GMT
    silverfox1 saidDeeJay at BarMitzvahs when I was younger.

    Hands down...the worst.

    I never ever want to hear "YMCA" or "Celebration" ever again.

    I puke when I see people doing the "Electric Slide".


    I puke when I see people doing the "Electric Slide" and I've never been a dj! Also the chicken dance. That thing makes me run out of the room.
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    Aug 13, 2008 8:55 PM GMT
    My stripper days.....lol can you.....





    imagine!



    For our restless soul's and restless times. I wish us all peace in heart and for the world!!
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    Aug 13, 2008 9:16 PM GMT
    Janitorial and Gardening! Not ashamed of it, it was my very first job and got paid minimum wage!

    I Love my mexican people! and respect their jobs!
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    Aug 13, 2008 9:16 PM GMT
    I worked in a shortening factory. They brought in the slaughtered animal carcasses stripped of meat, and we had to cut off the fat and put it into vats to be rendered. The smell was UNbelievable.
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    Aug 13, 2008 10:06 PM GMT
    I was a janitor during my freshman year in college, that was the dirtiest.

    After cleaning up messes I graduated to pushing paper for a lunatic---three years of verbal abuse (she had buried four husbands). When I left I was told that no one had endured the job longer than me. I wasn't very proud of that.
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    Aug 13, 2008 10:25 PM GMT
    MikeOnMain saidI was a janitor during my freshman year in college, that was the dirtiest.

    After cleaning up messes I graduated to pushing paper for a lunatic---three years of verbal abuse (she had buried four husbands). When I left I was told that no one had endured the job longer than me. I wasn't not very proud of that.



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    Aug 13, 2008 10:27 PM GMT
    Freshman year of college I worked in a dorm cafeteria a few days a week.

    One day I would wear a hairnet and slop food onto people's plates. Another day I would work the dirty dishes line, which consisted of wearing rubber gloves and a hairnet and spraying chunks of food off of plates and trays before running them through a huge dishwasher. When doing this I got to work next to the sore-covered maintenance man who mumbled to himself and mixed cleaning chemicals and played with sharp objects. And the other day I was on cleaning duty the whole shift -- the worst part of this involved emptying grease pits and cleaning the gunk out of the grill exhaust.

    I quit after three weeks.
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    Aug 13, 2008 10:37 PM GMT
    First summer in junior high, I worked in a private pre-sorting mail center. Had to stand on cement for eight hours in a warehouse with no air conditioning. It was probably 90 degrees in there. You would sort mail based on the zip code into a series of 50 or more boxes. After about ten minutes, you could easily understand why people at the post office go "postal!"

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    Aug 13, 2008 10:40 PM GMT
    Kinkos copies Austin Texas.