KLM672 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2576 posts, RR: 3 Posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2517 times:
Hello. Just thought I'd tell you all that today was the first day at my new job. I got a job at Hannafords' Supermarket. TOday I watched a 3 hour movie on the computer and then bagged for a bit. There is a lot to bagging. What can and can't go together and all that. I am quite slow but I think I'll catch on. Any baggers out there can give me any random tips? I think tomorrow its going to be the other stuff- getting carts, cleaning, stocking etc. So its a job and I guess I'll learn. Feel free to tell your experiances as working as a service clerk.
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 44
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2446 times:
My very first job was when I was 16. I was hired as a boxboy/'janitor' at my local Trader Joes. Basically, I kept the store clean, picked up trash, and was given the beer/soda/dairy products cooler to stock.
My worst moment was on a Friday afternoon. We were getting a shipment in. The driver would leave all of the pallets near the front door, and I would wheel them into the back with the hand truck. I went to pick up a 'flat' of eggs, which was crates of dozens of them stacked about 5 feet high. I didn't quite get the COG centered on the hand cart, and as a result, I dropped about 100 dozen eggs on the floor in full view of the customers. Talk about feeling 2 feet tall. Although I got a bit of a tongue lashing in the back, no further disciplinary action was taken; my boss felt that being embarrassed like that and being laughed at by the co-workers and customers was punishment enough.
My best moment involved beer. Part of my duties was to keep all of the different varities of 6 pack bottles stocked in the case. One particular brand, Asahi, we only got one case of, and it always sold out within hours. There was this one guy who would come in every Thursday looking to buy a 6 pack of it. Of course, by the time he came in, it was always sold out. And he was really bummed about it. He wouldn't buy any other brand. He was always after that Asahi. So on the next shipment, I immediately intercepted two six packs, and hid them in the cooler, where the public wouldn't be able to see, much less buy them. Sure enough, he came in. And when I went around back and got the two that I set aside for him, he was so happy that he went to my boss and ranted and raved and gloated about my 'service'.
I guess my boss was so happy that he gave me a free paid day off as a reward. Mind you, a typical day for me was only about 5 or 6 hours. So it wasn't a lot of money. But I was still thrilled.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 74
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2436 times:
My first job was at a Taco Bell when I was 15 years old.
My job was to 'cut the cheese'. Seriously!
When I'd start work, I would take these large blocks of cheese (2'X3') and slice it with a huge blade. One the cheese was small enough to stick in the shredder, I would simply stick it in the shredder.
It wasn't easy. One block would take an hour to complete.
The funny thing was interviewing for a second job at a movie theater. During the interview, I was asked what my functions were at Taco Bell. I simply told him the I cut the cheese. It didn't dawn on me until after the interview that I realized it had a double meaning. I didn't get that job
AA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2385 times:
I worked for Kroger when I was 14/15. I worked at Tom Thumb when I was 15 as well. It's good to have a job when I was younger to get some spending money, now I would never work at a grocery store. BTW quit before Thanksgiving.
Portcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1618 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2356 times:
"I worked for Kroger when I was 14/15. I worked at Tom Thumb when I was 15 as well. It's good to have a job when I was younger to get some spending money, now I would never work at a grocery store. BTW quit before Thanksgiving. "
Cool, another Kroger slave. And god yes, quit before Thanksgiving, at least the day before, which is the worst day of the year. Worked 9-5:30 on Thanksgiving and never got holiday pay either, damnit.
AIR757200 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2349 times:
Good luck with your new job.
When I turned 18, I applied to five airlines... and I was so determined to get an airline job, at age 19 I got my first "official" job with a then-subsidiary of ATA doing charter reservations, and it was right under my nose in the local paper! After two years, of those five (CO, NW, AA, SY, NK), AA and NW called me.
From age 16-19, I just worked for my brother's business.