What was the worst job you ever had?

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What was the worst job you ever had? and why.

We have kids around here who get up at o dark hundred and milk the dairy farm before going to school, muck out the barn, etc etc.

Then we have kids who find it is too far to walk from here to the cottage to vacuum. Sorry, I need a moment.  Okay, I am back...I remember some really crappy jobs, and I was thankful to have them! BY GOLLY!

HOLY COW I SOUND LIKE MY DAD, and HIS DAD BEFORE HIM. But it is true! Dang it. I did a bunch of crappy jobs to get where I am today, competent at all crappy jobs. haha

Go ahead spill your guts, go down memory lane. We'll hold your hand as you go down it. yes

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!950 at the age of 15 I worked for 50 cents and hour cleaning poop out of German shepherd cages while the dogs milled around me...I hate large dogs...I did not last long

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When I worked as a tire buster, each dept was required to furnish a body to get people to sign up for the store credit card. I was very good at it and was getting extra hours during the slow time in the sign-up booth. THEN I found out they were scheduling me without telling my dept manager AND taking my salary out of HIS budget. I told him the real reason I quit (that dirty pool as I considered it) but told HR it was because the hours were getting to be too much with my full-time job. He told me that my job was there if I ever wanted it back because I worked. That was a hard job.

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Ok, I have another to post. This was my very first job - Telemarketer.  I was so excited when I went through the whole apply/interview/hire process and then realized I'd applied for Hell.  It was a small room with those desktops that had high sides on them.  We were all arranged together in a large square facing inwards & the boss/pitmaster stood inside.  We were selling carpet cleaning.  They'd hand us a page out of the phone book and a script and we had to convince them to schedule an appointment for cleaning.  It was super cold in there and some of the ladies smoked.  I was miserable!  I don't remember how long I lasted, but I felt like such a failure when I quit.  

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Yup Telemarketing.  I think I was at the same place!  Or, the Same only slightly Different!  

 

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Believe me when I say you were the winner for leaving...

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Working for a caterer in HS...I got $10 for each event, which wasn't bad money then!

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Working for a caterer in HS...I got $10 for each event, which wasn't bad money then!

OK, here's how old I am...I remember my first job paid $1.10/hour. I think I was making $1.50/hr when I left to have my first kid. That works out to working 10 hours to fill my car's gas tank. And I only worked 4 hrs/day. But, beers were a quarter back then!

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Madeleine wrote:

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Working for a caterer in HS...I got $10 for each event, which wasn't bad money then!

OK, here's how old I am...I remember my first job paid $1.10/hour. I think I was making $1.50/hr when I left to have my first kid. That works out to working 10 hours to fill my car's gas tank. And I only worked 4 hrs/day. But, beers were a quarter back then!

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I can relate Maddy! My first "real" job was working in a Chinese take-out restaurant and was paid $.95 an hour. I think minimum was $1.10 but since I wasn't yet 18 they could pay a lower wage. By the way Gillum...I too smelled like grease every day because one of my jobs was to fry all the wontons, shrimps and pressed duck. Heave forbid I had to go to a public place after work and couldn't go home first to take a shower!

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I never made $10k until 1980. This was with 13 years experience as a computer operator AND working graveyard shift with differential. The previous job where I made about $9500 per year with graveyard differential and mandatory overtime, I was paid less than the guy with a LOT less experience who worked afternoon shift (50 cents an hour less). (I was fired for refusing to work the OT after I met DH and was taking care of that household)

I made 50 cents an hour as a ticket seller at the local movie theater in high school.

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The worst job I ever had turned out to be a real blessing. I wanted to earn a bike so at 15 my job was to weed our 3000 square foot vegetable garden every day, alone. I’d start out in the late morning when the ground was hard and the weeds unforgiving. It was horrible. But then one day my father told me that if I got up earlier the ground would be softer and the weeds would give easier. The next day I was in the garden by 5 a.m. Turns out he was right. As the summer went on and “my” garden grew I fell in love with every bit of it; the warm sun on my back, the smell of the wet earth, the call of the different birds. The vegetables that came out of that garden never ceased to amaze me. I don’t think one single pea ever made it to the table though. And that sense of peace I felt being all alone so early in the morning has always stayed with me. Early morning is still my favorite time of day and I still love gardening, though my time is more limited so I stick to flowers for now.

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How lovely!  heartYour sentiments made me long for spring and my garden.  But first we need to get through this monster blizzard that is due in southern NE on Friday night.  

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How lovely!  heartYour sentiments made me long for spring and my garden.  But first we need to get through this monster blizzard that is due in southern NE on Friday night.  

Oh so looking forward to this! My snowshoes are pining away in the wayback of the car!

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Madeleine wrote:

Silverspoon wrote:

How lovely!  heartYour sentiments made me long for spring and my garden.  But first we need to get through this monster blizzard that is due in southern NE on Friday night.  

Oh so looking forward to this! My snowshoes are pining away in the wayback of the car!

Same here! I've only been cross country skiing twice this year. I can't wait to get out and play!

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The worst job I have ever had was as a sales person/store manager/the only employee in a Store that specialized in all things Alpaca.  In 4 months no one ever came into this stupid store. It was beautiful and the merchandise, coats and that sort of thing, was outstanding.  One afternoon I fell asleep at my desk.  A customer   woke me up from a sound sleep.  I quit that day.

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My worst job lasted only a couple weeks. It's the only time that I came close to getting fired...it was by mutual agreement that I not be there anymore. I worked at an answering service. The old fashioned kind where you worked a PBX board (imagine the old Lilly Tomlin operator). It's far more confusing than it looks, you sit on your butt all day long and it just wasn't my thing.

Now that I look back, I see how fortunate I've been, considering I've had one job or the other since I was 14.

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Bank teller. I could do the job, no problem. But the head teller was a real PITA who kept on yelling at me that I couldn't do the job (in spite of balancing millions of dollars in cheques and cash each day to the penny) and the other employees were talking trash about other employees behind their back. Just a horrible job situation. 

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My worst was with the council tax and business rates part of the inland revenue - all day non stop people ring up and complaining, having a go, language, you are starving my children, putting me out of business etc

You develop a right thick skin very quickly!

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Worst job for me was a waitress, but only because I sucked at it.  I was 19 and really enjoyed the job - it was in a wing joint Hooters knock-off.  I served beer, wine, food, etc.  I was so bad!  I would forget to hand food orders into the kitchen, people would leave because I hadn't waited on them yet, diners would ask for stuff and by the time I got to the other side of the room I'd forgotten, I'd lose money out of my apron as the night progressed & be short for cashout at end of the night... just terrible!  

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I really never had a terrible job fortunately.Had some I really worked hard at... like bussing tables.

I used to manage an ice cream and popcorn concession. I HATE POPCORN!!!S So I came home every night smelling like popcorn. I am sure someone would love that, but not me:

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BTW, my brother runs a waste treatment facility if you're looking for totally gross jobs...

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Worst job? Private kindergarten teacher. Job I was the worst at? Mom.

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I did not consider milking cows and mucking stalls as the worst or even picking potato bugs @ one penny per 100. The absolute worst for me was frying donuts in a bakery. I started at 4 AM and the smell of the oil I had to fry the donuts in made me nauseous every morning - to the point the owner asked me if I was preggers (NO, I was not). I did last at it longer than I last as a waitress though - the boss liked to look up the skirts of the waitresses as they bent over to wipe tables etc. I lasted a month at that. Still think the donut fry was the worst.

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I worked in a research lab at a medical school where first thing every morning I had to chop off the heads of a dozen huge frogs, remove their stomachs and process the tissue.  I almost barfed every day.  But I really needed the job in order to support my (previous) husband as he worked his way through medical school.  I lasted 1 year until I got a teaching job, which had nothing to do with frogs!   And, as often happens,  the not-so-DH left once the degree was earned and paid for.  Ahhhhh, the lessons we learn in life!

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