TriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1349 times:
I was helping out a friend of mine's mom, who was the promotion director of Alameda Mall in Houston, in 1977, by running one of those kiddie trains. Made about $30 for two days of work.
My 11 year old daughter just earned her first "paycheck". We had bought some new furniture, and she took a great interest in the owner of the furniture store, who was unloading the truck. She asked the man if she could help. I took him aside, and let him know it was okay, but if she got in the way, to give me a me a nod, and I'd have her sit down. She carried stuff for him, helped assemble a bed frame, and stayed right behind him, the whole time. I was amazed as she has great difficulty completing tasks. When they were done, he gave her $5, and said that she works harder than his set up crew. She asked how old one had to be to work for him, during the summer, and he told her to give him a call when she was older.
If you don't stand for SOMETHING, you'll fall for ANYTHING.
SATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1314 times:
I bussed and washed dishes at an ice cream parlor/restaurant starting in the summer of 1977. Those were some nasty, sticky, dishes!!! I made minimum wage which at the time I believe was $2.75. Anyhow I thought it was a big deal when minimum wage went to $3.10!!
Theredbaron From Mexico, joined Mar 2005, 2102 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1276 times:
My first job was at Apple Computer in 1985, I entered the company on March 9 and for some weird reason and tax things my firts pay was made on the 30 of april (so I recieved 40 days of salary), since at that tim eI still lived with my parents and I had no $$$$ obligations I didnt care about the delay, I recieved USD$2115.00 that was a FORTUNE (at that time), I have been very lucky, but those years at Apple were like Disneyland...
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1256 times:
My first pay cheque was for ZAR617.00 (about GBP52.00 these days, although quite a lot more back then !) for the month of July 1985. I was working at Cargo Accounts (International Inbound) at SAA, and I thought it was Christmas on a happy day ! Woohoo - I went out and bought a TV
Willo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1247 times:
When I left college in 1974 I went to work for Trust House Forte as an Assistant Manager at a hotel in Broadstairs. My pay was £13 for a 6.5 days week. Hours, 7.30am-2pm + 6pm 'til close of the bar, usually around midnight. On average I put in an 80 hour week, and it was bloody hard work, particularly through the summer season. It was live-in and had all meals provided, so I suppose you could put the weekly wage up to about £20 before tax!
I also did a couple of stints as a chef and lasted about 4 years before I decided there was more to life than the split shifts and low pay of the catering industry. It's no wonder I came across so many broken marriages and alcoholics in those few years. The many TV reality programmes you see these days seem to glamourise the industry, they may reflect the top end at the celebrity restaurants. However, I bet the average hotel or restaurant hasn't changed it work practices or pay structure that much in the 30 years since I was there.
Trekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1243 times:
My first pay packet was gone by the time i brought a rtn ticket ont eh train, and lunch at work, it was about £5 6 years to work all day in a fish and chip cafe. Good job, but strange pay considering i ended up out of pocket as the train cost £5.20 rtn. Only did it for 2 weeks though