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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2422 times:

My first job: part-time Laundry Attendant at a Marriott Suites hotel in Columbus, Ohio area, for one summer (during summer break from school). I collected used towels from hotel rooms and swimming pool, washed, dry cleaned, folded, and compiled them on shelves. I was 14. 6:00 AM was my starting time.  spin 

What was your first job? Tell us about it ...


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User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2422 times:

As a 13 yr old kid...paper round. Post education...Motorcycle Mechanic at a Yamaha Dealership in Norwich.

User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2418 times:

Sophomore year in HS, collating tariff updates into the huge metal racks at a travel agency.


"The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity"
User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2413 times:

When I was 17 a pizza delivery boy. Now a Faux Accountant.

User currently offlineAir380 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2413 times:

Inventory helper, per hand counting, mind you! If somebody messed you up, you had to start over again.

User currently offlineBushpilot From South Africa, joined Jul 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2409 times:

I started working in the summer between 10-11th grade as a commercial fisherman, I loved going sport fishing before I started that work and havent been sport fishing 10x in the last 10 years since then.
Although really tough work, I value my times as a fisherman, I learned tons about boats, deal with little or no sleep, bad weather, alright pay. I did that for two summers, then moved to FAI, where I was going to school and worked part time at KMart as a cart boy, that was a terrible experience, pushing carts at -50. Had to keep your gloves on because if you touched your hand to metal that cold it will stick...i.e. putting tongue on flagpole.


User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2575 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2407 times:

I worked in Venezuela's National Elections Council as a transcripter. That lasted 2 months. I was 17. The corruption I saw was horrendous.

Saludos desde Caracas,
Luis


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 49
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2405 times:

Paper boy, GOD that sounds so old now.


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2405 times:

When I started college, I worked part-time in the file room of a large law firm. From nearly day one, I did a job no one else wanted to do, that was called "the rounds". Every hour, I picked up interoffice deliveries from the out-boxes of the secretarial stations on all 4 floors, took my haul back to the file room, sorted it for delivery, then delivered it all (one of those cool wheelie carts helped, of course).

It was the perfect job for a social butterfly like me.



International Homo of Mystery
User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 49
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2395 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 8):
(one of those cool wheelie carts helped, of course).

It was the perfect job for a social butterfly like me.

I can see you now, similar to a desperate housewife at the local Publix!



You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2391 times:

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 9):
desperate housewife

Well, it did give me good practice for date night at the Marina Safeway.  Wink

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 7):
Paper boy, GOD that sounds so old now.

Doesn't it though? I used to deliver the Oakland Tribune and the Concord Transcript for a time, but I don't consider that a job, per se.



International Homo of Mystery
User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2385 times:

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 9):
I can see you now, similar to a desperate housewife at the local Publix!

I don't know, I'm getting more of an image of the Office Max rubber band man, but better dressed. . .  Wink



"The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity"
User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 49
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2385 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 10):
Well, it did give me good practice for date night at the Marina Safeway

Practice does make perfect.



You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2385 times:

Quoting Searpqx (Reply 11):
better dressed

Well, of course.  Wink



International Homo of Mystery
User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3538 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2379 times:

Worked at my parents business; they owned an automotive shop (my mom did the books and my stepdad was the mechanic) and I did grunt work...I was 12...

did that till I was 16 or so and hated it the whole time...

My first "real" job was at a movie theatre...a four-plex. Easily the funnest job of my life. I worked with pretty girls, got to see any movie I wanted, and we could pretty much do whatever we wanted. The best part of working at a relatively small movie theatre was that you basically had nothing at all to do for an hour while the movies were playing...our management was corrupt (for the most part) and we had a lot of fun.

Best memory of this was on the 4th of July of 2000. We had a water balloon fight in the middle of the lobby, and it was pretty much started by our assistant manager.

It was my first really fun summer. I was 17...ahh memories.



Do you like movies about gladiators?
User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 49
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2374 times:

Quoting Searpqx (Reply 11):
I don't know, I'm getting more of an image of the Office Max rubber band man, but better dressed. . .

OMG I almost said that as well. Isn't that actor now in the TV show "My name is Earl".



You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2374 times:

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 15):
Isn't that actor now in the TV show "My name is Earl".

LOL - I hadn't made the connection, but yep, that's the one. But our Westy wouldn't be seen (in public anyway - after hours is another matter) with such cheap white trash as on the show.



"The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity"
User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 49
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2370 times:

Quoting Searpqx (Reply 16):
LOL - I hadn't made the connection, but yep, that's the one. But our Westy wouldn't be seen (in public anyway - after hours is another matter) with such cheap white trash as on the show.

Well with enough drinks in him, it is possible, no?



You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2370 times:

I worked as a cook at an A&W restaurant.

Mark


User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 19, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

Did odd jobs for people around town from the time I was nine or ten. Fifty cents an hour. Made me richer than I've ever been since.

First real, full time grown-man's job. Logger. Bucking logs. The faller went through and cut down the fir and redwood trees, I 'bucked' them to length - 16', 24' 32' mostly. Used a big ol' Homelite chainsaw. I was 18 or 19. Became convinced that the faller was trying to kill me so I went to work in the sawmill instead. Stayed there two years paying for flying lessons. $2.25 per hour coming in, $16.00 per hour going out.



Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2339 times:

Dish Washer at a local Greasy Spoon . . . I was 14 or 15 . . . then at 17, off to Uncle Sam's employ at Ft. Knox. I graduated from HS a mid-year, and was gone a few days later . . .

User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2331 times:

I cut the grass in our neighborhood every week with the riding lawnmower. It took about 6-8 hours to do it all. I was a short order cook in college for a while and then got into a better job with Lowes.

Quoting Searpqx (Reply 16):
Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 15):
Isn't that actor now in the TV show "My name is Earl".


LOL - I hadn't made the connection, but yep, that's the one.

An interesting note about him is that he was in Banda Aceh IIRC during the tsunami and Office Max was worried about his whereabouts. That all happened before the part in "My Name is Earl" which is a great show.

Edit: Spelling

[Edited 2006-04-25 04:52:42]

[Edited 2006-04-25 04:53:21]


"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineFutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2326 times:

I know I'm not old but yall are getting my first job anyway. I actually picked up two jobs on the same day, one was washing AS RON's at SAN and the other was working in a movie theater as an usher/snack stand vendor/cleaner/ticket taker.


Life is better when you surf.
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40066 posts, RR: 74
Reply 23, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2325 times:

Taco Bell.
I cut the cheese.
Don't laugh. Back in 1989, Taco Bell still cut there cheese in-house instead of having cheese delivered pre-shreded. It was not an easy job. I started off my shift with a huge block of cheese, about the size of a microwave oven. I used a huge blade to cut that cheese down to blocks small enough to feed through the shredder.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2311 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 23):

 rotfl 

I still have my first job working for my dad. This summer I celebrate 17 years there...what have I done with my life?


25 ScarletHarlot : My first job was babysitting, but that doesn't really count. My first job outside of babysitting was working as a general runabout at the Thunder Bay
26 Traindriver : In High School I worked as a messenger for a few months, then got a job in a neighborhood deli. The year I graduated, I went to work for an insurance
27 Ctbarnes : I was also a paperboy from 6th to 8th grade. I delivered the Bellevue American twice a week on a fairly wide route. Up at 4:30 to finish by 7 so I cou
28 ORFflyer : I was a paper-boy as well. Delivered the Richmond News-Leader six afternoons a week when I was 14 or 15. At 16 when we all got drivers licenses, we ap
29 Texan : Managed the school bookstore in 7th and 8th grade. Oh what fun! It ended up usually just being 3 of my friends hanging around there with me listening
30 Kmh1956 : Short-order cook in the coffee shop of the hospital. 7am-4pm, no break....
31 PHLBOS : Delivered afternoon newspapers when I was in the 5th grade.
32 YooYoo : I was a labourer for the construction company i currently work for. Summer months.... working behind a compactor. Very boring. $4.00 / hour. I got som
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