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Worst Job You Ever Had?

Thu Oct 02, 2008 2:17 am

So, what's the absolute worst job you ever had?
 
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Thu Oct 02, 2008 2:20 am

Still being relatively young I'd say working at a car dealership detailing cars for a summer.

It was hot as hell and the gross stuff you have to clean was mind boggling.
 
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Thu Oct 02, 2008 2:38 am

I have been in my only Job for the past 13 years. I like it.

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Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:12 am

Its been 13 yrs in my job till date & I enjoy every night & they pay me for enjoying myself  Smile

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Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:54 pm

Worst I ever had was working as a Security Officer. Worst assignment was corporate security-sitting at a desk for most of the shift and doing nothing more than accepting deliveries and maintaining visitor logs most of the time. Working security at the foundry was actually nicer as I was a patrol officer and got to walk a long beat.
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Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:59 pm

Working as a clerk in the USPS.

Sorting mail. Frequently starting at 4 AM. Other days, working a split shift from 6 AM to 7 PM, with an hour or two break in the middle.

Christmas-time was the absolute worst.

The goddamn mail never stops. I was there 6 months and I thought I was going to go crazy. I don't know how people do it for 30 years.

But I DO know why the people who work there are the way they are. They're a rather tough, hard drinking crowd.......but I don't blame them one bit.
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Fri Oct 03, 2008 5:31 pm



Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 5):
Christmas-time was the absolute worst.

The goddamn mail never stops. I was there 6 months and I thought I was going to go crazy. I don't know how people do it for 30 years.

Heh. My friend worked at the Springfield bulk mail center for a summer and says the same exact thing, and he worked for xmas because they begged him to and says that to this day he now understands why some people there just loose it. (granted, thats really not good)
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Fri Oct 03, 2008 6:43 pm

Cart attendant at Target

People would just walk into the bathroom nonchalantly while I was cleaning them and put a sign on the doors for all the world to see in big bold letters. You seriously had to be either blind or not understand a word of English in order to be stupid enough to barge in there.

Also the GSTLs were kinda full of themselves and did nothing but stand around. The most productive thing I've seen them do in my time there was seeing my least favorite one smoke a cigarette. Other than that it was just them having nothing better to do than harass me.

Lastly I can't believe some people would seriously be THAT stupid in order to pick up a gas grill with their Honda Civic with at least three kids in the backseat and expect ME to wedge it into their car when it is THAT full. I'm sorry, but some average Joes/Joannes these days seriously could not be much dumber and really makes me believe mankind is screwed.
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Fri Oct 03, 2008 6:51 pm

My worst job was my first one. I lasted 3 days.
I got a job at Dunkin Doughnuts working the back room where the doughnuts are made. I was the clean up boy. Each morning the room was littered floor to ceiling in flour dust and there were roaches crawling everywhere in that place! It was hotter than hell in there and the work never seemed to end. I was 16 and quit after three days.

My second worst job was at a greeting card factory. It was run like what you would imagine a Russian factory to work like back in the communist days. Employees couldn't talk to each other, all employees had to wear these stupid gray jumpsuits. If you were one minute late for work they'd dock you an entire hours pay. I worked in the warehouse and it was ok but the warehouse manager was a complete asshole. All he would ever talk about is how worthless kids are today and we''ll never amount to anything. Funny thing was this is the job I took after Dunkin' Doughnuts. I began to have second thoughts about the concept of working for a living. My parents told me that work is not susposed to be enjoyable, that's why they call it WORK!
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:01 pm

Night shifts at a gas station.

A shift lasted 10 hours and it was boring as hell. I fought constantly against sleep. Plus, after midnight for safety reasons customers weren't allowed in any more so you had to bring everything to the little window to give it to them.

The pay was also horrible.
 
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:09 pm

Loan Officer for a Mortgage company.

Mind you, I grew up on a farm, and worked on several others. I've had some distgusting jobs in my life, but never one that made me feel so dirty.
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Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:12 pm



Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 1):
Still being relatively young I'd say working at a car dealership detailing cars for a summer.

That is a great job!

The worst job I ever had was when I was a Warranty Claims Analyst for Ford Motor Company. That job sucked and was really boring. I walked out one day. I shoved my stuff in my brief case and walked away. My boss said "if you just leave we can't give you a good reference". I told her I was not going to even put it on my resume. I got a job teaching high school auto shop 8 days later. I have been doing that for 8 years now.

The second worst was my internship (paid) at Enetrprise Rent-A-Car's national reservation center. Enterprise was a fine company to work for and the people there were great, but the abuse from customers was enough to drive me crazy. I have always been nice to CSRs ever since. I had to right a journal entry daily and then a big paper on the experience when it was over. I wrote a lot of bad stuff about how much I hated the job. My professor liked my honesty in the paper. He told me that everyone always had nothing but good things to say about their internship and he knew a lot of people were lying.
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:17 pm

#1 - A brief foray into the wonderful world of detasseling corn. After about three days I found out I was allergic to corn silk. Not a particularly good way to find out you have an allergy.

#2 - Working for a debt collection company. My title was the incredibly innocuous "Recovery Specialist." Nothing like calling people who haven't paid their Verizon bill for the past 12 months and hoping that maybe, just maybe, today's the day! Miserable.
 
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Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:22 pm

Resident in Pediatrics. 80 hours per week. 27-hour shifts. 4 days off per month.

I love what I do. I love being a pediatrician and I would never choose another job over it.

But I did NOT love how much I had to do it.

Quoting Tripleboom (Reply 12):
#1 - A brief foray into the wonderful world of detasseling corn. After about three days I found out I was allergic to corn silk. Not a particularly good way to find out you have an allergy.

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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:26 pm

My worst, was also my first... A dishwasher in a 4 star restaurant. Just seeing how much food is wasted in a place like that was disgusting.
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:33 pm



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 13):
Oh NOOOOOoooo... boggled

You're telling me! Technically I made it two and a half days. I collapsed in my row about a mile and a half from the end. Fortunately the head honcho of our crew came down my row to chew my butt for going so slowly. Somehow I don't miss Iowa that much anymore  Silly
 
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:12 pm



Quoting EasternSon (Reply 11):
Loan Officer for a Mortgage company.

Is the company you worked for still in business? I dated a woman that was a loan officer and she had no soul. I know the company she worked for is long gone. In fact the company even had their office building, in metro Detroit, foreclosed on!

Quoting Don81603 (Reply 14):
A dishwasher in a 4 star restaurant. Just seeing how much food is wasted in a place like that was disgusting.

I have a friend who had a job like that. He used to eat a lot of leftovers. He always said that was the best part of the job.
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:24 pm

Hands down ..Carrying bricks up a scaffolding by hand with those brick carrying things (see pic). We built 4 large warehouses over the summer , and I went up and down those scaffolds 50 times a day. Of course I was 16 years old and in the best shape ever .. absolutely ripped by the end of that long hot AZ summer.
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We did not have concrete pumpers then so we would carry up 2-3 loads of bricks , then push 2-3 wheel barrels of concrete up the scaffold ramps. The walls were about 25-30 feet high so by the end of the day you were pretty worn out.

Basically you did sort of a Donkeykong routine criss crossing up the scaffolding which was actually two 2 X 8's laid flat. You had to carry one load of bricks in each hand in order to keep good balance .

I am not sure if any of you guys have seen Mexicans lay brick ? Well let me tell you they are the best masons in the world ... and can lay 12 bricks so fast its unbelievable. You basically had to almost run to keep up with them. If you fell behind they would yell .. Gringo andale ! andale ! pinche gringo ! because the concrete would be drying and it was a problem.

Other Shit jobs :
House painting ( horrible beyond words)
Steel fabrication shop, welding and cutting , running huge band saw's all night long cutting 4ft lengths of 2" square tube as fast as possible loud,dirty and aggravating.
Landscaping
Stripping .... aircraft with the old stripper that would burn your skin terribly. Stripped mostly 727's but also some DC-8'S , DC-9'S.. just a terrible job.
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:33 pm

Hmm...

1st is where I lasted a week. It was Abbey and they were taken over by Santander. The job basically was keying stuff all day long. They didn't mention this in the interview.

I knew I would be generally miserable if I stayed so I told one of them I was going out for fresh air and went straight to the train to get home. I wrote an e-mail to the agency saying I wasn't going back. I'll always deal with a company direct now if possible, agencys suck.

2nd was working as a call handler at Barclays Stockbrokers. Luckily this happened before all the market mayhem just now. But it was just hellish, because some people who had a portfolio of a couple of thousand thought they were Gods gift. Call centres in general are just miserable places to work, 6/10 customers are horrible. And in this instance most people who worked there sucked too. I'm still friends with two though, which is nice.

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Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:58 pm



Quoting AGM100 (Reply 17):
Stripping .... aircraft with the old stripper that would burn your skin terribly. Stripped mostly 727's but also some DC-8'S , DC-9'S.. just a terrible job.

I've stripped cars, but not for a living, and that sucked. I would hate to have to do something as big as a 727.
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Fri Oct 03, 2008 9:01 pm



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 16):
Is the company you worked for still in business?

No, actually, it was so poorly run and so shady that it actually closed before the heyday was over. It shut down about three months after I left, without having paid me commission for about half a dozen loans I had closed.

The owner was the most deceitful son of a bitch I've ever met. Karma got him though - he's dead.

I did my job as scrupulously as I could, but just about everyone else in the office would lie through their teeth to borrowers. It was common practice to ad a point or a point-and-a-half to a loan shortly beore closing, betting that the borrower wouldn't walk away from the closing table. I'd go into more detail, but I shouldn't. Some of it was illegal.

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Fri Oct 03, 2008 9:14 pm

A prestigious law firm that recruited me after law school.
I thought it was going to be the greatest thing---visibilty, excellent pay, and a lot of great clients.
Turns out is was nothing more than a mill to get as many billable hours on invoices as possible.
I lasted about a year----I quite while I was on vacation.
Never spoke to a single person from the firm since the day I left.

Oddly, I still get an employee invitation to their X-Mas party each year in the mail.
 
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Fri Oct 03, 2008 9:14 pm



Quoting EasternSon (Reply 20):
I'd go into more detail, but I shouldn't. Some of it was illegal.

We need more people to step up and say what really went on. The BS a lot of the media push that it was all borrowers that bought homes they couldn't afford was only half the story.

In Detroit there were companies that bought off appraisers so they could over value the property to make it look like it was going to be easy to refi before the rate adjusted. That type of activity got me and many other people in my neighborhood. My income went up a lot so I was able to deal with the higher rate and have kept my home. a couple of hundred homes in my neighborhood are now vacant. They aren't he McMansions that some people bought and couldn't afford these are all 40-60 year old homes in the 600-1100 square foot range. Even at the peak of the market they sold for around $80,000 $100,000. Today they sell at $30,000-$70,000. I owe $87,000 and it is now worth around $62,000. I bought it at $93,000 and was told by two appraisers (both have since lost their licenses) that it was worth $115,000 in 2004.
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Fri Oct 03, 2008 9:15 pm

All of my previous jobs has taught me many lessons but my worse was 7-11 and Target. They both work you like slaves and both don't care about their employees. I spent 1 day doing all three shifts w/o getting a break. Also, they used me for doing their dirty work. I was forced to sell to drunks and after a while, I refused too.

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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Fri Oct 03, 2008 9:17 pm

Well, being only 18, I've been through four jobs (including my current at UPS).

In order of the worst to the best, one being worst, four being best:
1. Wal-Mart
2. Best Buy
3. UPS
4. Coles Bookstores

Wal-Mart and Best Buy were absolutely the WORST retail shops to work in, especially if you were not fully sales-oriented. What I despised most was working Boxing Day at these goddamn places. You couldn't move around, it was so crowded. Plus, the managers at these big-box retailer stores act like they're kings, when in reality they are just power-tripping assholes.

UPS is alright, it's not bad but it isn't the job I'd keep for the rest of my life. It's decent cash, but at the same time it's hard work, loading trailers, stacking, etc.

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Fri Oct 03, 2008 9:23 pm



Quoting WestJetForLife (Reply 24):
What I despised most was working Boxing Day at these goddamn places

I don't even like going to those places the day after Christmas, so it must really suck to work there.

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 23):
I was forced to sell to drunks and after a while, I refused too.

Drunks are great customers we will buy just about anything.
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Fri Oct 03, 2008 9:53 pm

My worst job was working graveyard shift as an order entry phone representative at a well-known cable TV shopping network near Philadelphia. This was back in the late 1980's, before the wide use of the internet of course. We'd show a popular product on the air, and the incoming order call queue would grow rapidly - I remember times when the order queue would be over 3,000 incoming calls. Every employee (Vice Presidents, secretaries, warehouse folks, you name it) in the building would be logging into their CMS phone to help take orders - and then taking orders on paper order forms that we - the minimum wage order entry reps - would have to key into the inventory system during "slow" periods. I worked hard for practically no money - damn, I hated that job so much! But when I told my boss I that I couldn't handle all the the nasty phone calls from customers and wanted to quit, she calmed me down and finally got me transferred to a backoffice clerical position. I ended up working for the company for almost 10 years and when I left, I was the manager of one of the financial departments.

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Sat Oct 04, 2008 1:29 am



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 19):
and that sucked. I would hate to have to do something as big as a 727.

This stripper was bad , if you were not waring your coverall's the wind would blow it back on you and it would feel like bee stings. Amazing how our enviromental laws have changed in the past 20 years. We used spray about 5 or 6, 55 gallon drums of stripper on a 727. Let it sit for a couple of hours . Lay plastic sheeting down on the ground , then spray it off with high pressure sprayers. The paint and stripper would fall to the ground in big globs of crap. Then we would sweep it up and shovel into drums. Roll up the plastic and wash the rest right off into the ground drains. I remember not being able to get the smell and taste out of head for days. The old fashion aircraft painting job is a pretty horrible job and very tough work.


Another horrible job that I never had to do is, Aircraft internal fuel tank sealing and inspection. I used to man the oxygen system outside of the wing once in a while .. and make fun of that guy who was up in there. 727/737/DC9/MD80 wing tanks are very small tight and stink to high heaven.
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Sat Oct 04, 2008 1:57 am

My first ever summer job was pretty bad. I was 16 and worked for a small deli in an office park in Atlanta with a lazy, fat 33 year old drop out bossing me around. Yep, nothing is more fun than arriving at 6AM to work to make egg sandwiches for fat slobs and then at 5PM still be cleaning Mayonnaise off knives. I still remember this picky 400 lb. monster who every morning would come in and order four bacon/egg/cheese sandwiches. He's probably assumed room temperature. I lasted two weeks before I took up a cashier job at Publix Supermarkets.

I was a courier when I got out of college. Don't get me wrong, driving around Dallas/Ft. Worth in your own car, listening to the radio all day, slinging packages every so often is actually quite enjoyable. However, the pieces of shit who hired me told me I'd easily be able to cover gas and have a $600 profit at the end of each week. However, once I received two $400 bi-weekly paychecks, I was less than impressed with the job.
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Sat Oct 04, 2008 2:15 am

I had a couple of bad jobs, especially in the spring of 1973 and 1976-1977.
In May part time and June full time 6 days a week in 1973, just after I got my 1st car and almost done with my 1st year of commuting to a local college, I worked as a "Good Humor" man. Worked on commissions only, the hours were lousy, the pay stunk, and the customers were a pain. They complained I came too close to meal times or cops harassed me and so on. Rain = no income. Some kids would steal ice cream from the back door while I was getting frostbite deep into the side door reaching for more stock of items. I left that job and worked in an electronics store and at gas stations - including during the big 1973-74 oil crises. At least I didn't have to worry about getting all the gas I needed !

Then in 1976-1977, I was in the last 2 years of college and just after graduation. Since I had futher educational plans, and needed to work to pay tutition and every day expenses while living at home with the parents limited my opportunities yet I still needed money in the worst way. Man did I find them.

I worked for about 14 months in a liquor store here in New Jersey. I worked 4 evenings a week 5 pm to 10 pm and on Saturdays from 10 to 6 pm. The job wasn't the problem, it was the pervert guy that use to touch me and other of the younger male staff all the time when there except the owner's son. The guy was ripping off the owner for years and was a real phony. Finally one evening, after a bad day at school (my last semester) when he touched me one time too many, I took a wild swing with my fist and knocked his glasses off. I immediately resigned and cried when I got home over what had happened, but relieved that took on that bully. Even today, I don't like anyone harassing anyone at the work place.

Then I went to work for a local 7-11. Went from the frying pan into the fires of hell. Mainly I worked evenings like 6pm to 2 am and on Saturdays from 6-7 pm to 3:30 am. The owner used to hide behind the bushes across the street from the store and spy on us. He would make surprise visits to make sure we were not stealing. The worst were the drunks came in on Saturday nights from the numerous bars in the town or high on drugs stoned on pot looking for munchies. One night a guy is gunning his car against the front curb. Fearing his car might come crashing through the front window, I run out and yell at him 'stop doing that you jerk off !" Bad move. He stopped, them came after me, started to come behind the counter trying to make me part of the Slurpee machine (didn't have self-serve then). Fortuntally a co-worker who was also a part time preacher interceded. I left after 6 months as I couldn't stand the stupidity and hours any more. I got a Christmas rush job, a relatively sane job at a major toy stores mail order division, packing boxes to go UPS.
 
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Quoting AGM100 (Reply 17):
Of course I was 16 years old and in the best shape ever .. absolutely ripped by the end of that long hot AZ summer.

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Quoting AGM100 (Reply 17):
If you fell behind they would yell .. Gringo andale ! andale ! pinche gringo ! because the concrete would be drying and it was a problem.

Ah-HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Mexican swearing is so hilarious. I was raised as a Spaniard, so our lexicon is completely different, but on the few occasions that I've enjoyed a cussing out by a Mexican, I've practically wound up on my hands and knees laughing. They can get quite inventive.
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Quoting LHboyatDTW (Reply 7):
Cart attendant at Target

I did a similar job at Wal-Mart. It wasn't the fact that I worked outdoors in all types of weather. It even didn't matter that the job was very monotinous. Not even the fact that it was done all by the sweat of my brow as we didn't have those "power assist carts" or what ever they cal them. That was good as it helped me lose over 50 pounds in about six months!

What made it suck was Management. My availability was limited because I was, at the time, taking flight lessons. Wal-Mart wants its employees to you to devote your whole life to them and having a personal life is apparently forbidden. Further, I'd get yelled at (even in front of customers) if I sat down for a short break. I was even yelled at for not having the parking lot cleared of carts when I was helping a customer and I was the only one scheduled to work. To add insult to injury, I was blamed by management for thier scheduling because of my flying schedule. My fellow cart pushers all had open availability and offered to make adjustments to their work schedule to help share the work load. Management ignored them.
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Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:52 am



Quoting AGM100 (Reply 17):
I am not sure if any of you guys have seen Mexicans lay brick ? Well let me tell you they are the best masons in the world ... and can lay 12 bricks so fast its unbelievable. You basically had to almost run to keep up with them. If you fell behind they would yell .. Gringo andale ! andale ! pinche gringo ! because the concrete would be drying and it was a problem.

I've been working on several occasions as a labourer on construction sites. The trick is that the skilled tadesmen get paid e.g. per square meter pavement laid or cubic meter bricks set, but the helper, who has to supply them with bricks and mortar is being paid per hour. So the skilled masons bawl out the helper if he is not fast enough, because he spoils THEIR pay. Normally the helper wouldn't care, because no matter if he works fast or slow, he would just get the same pay.
BTW, omne job I've done and hated was laying granite pavement. The whole day on your knees, with a hammer, hammrering in the rocks.

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 27):
Another horrible job that I never had to do is, Aircraft internal fuel tank sealing and inspection. I used to man the oxygen system outside of the wing once in a while .. and make fun of that guy who was up in there. 727/737/DC9/MD80 wing tanks are very small tight and stink to high heaven.

Actually I liked fuel tank work, because the supervisors would leave me alone, instead of constantly looking over my shoulder.

Quoting JCS17 (Reply 28):
I was a courier when I got out of college. Don't get me wrong, driving around Dallas/Ft. Worth in your own car, listening to the radio all day, slinging packages every so often is actually quite enjoyable. However, the pieces of shit who hired me told me I'd easily be able to cover gas and have a $600 profit at the end of each week. However, once I received two $400 bi-weekly paychecks, I was less than impressed with the job.

I've tried this as well with my motorbike. I was supposed to get paid a share of the revenue (50%), while my boss, who was dispatching us by radio, would take the other 50%. But then I only got paid for the miles I rode with freight. The empty miles were not paid. So you got sent across Berlin (20 miles), just to pick something up for a two mile trip, then 15 miles back to the office empty, and maybe three orders a day. Then out of my income I had to pay for fuel and the regular expenses for running a vehicle (tax, third party insurance, maintenance etc.). Then the boss additionally demanded that I should pay a freight damage insurance out of my own pocket.
After observing the business for three days I noticed that I was actually paying more than I was earning, so I quit after three days.

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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:32 am



Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 32):
Actually I liked fuel tank work, because the supervisors would leave me alone, instead of constantly looking over my shoulder.

Probably because of the location of the work  Smile
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:56 am



Quoting LHboyatDTW (Reply 7):



Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 31):

Honestly, the actual job wasn't that bad, but as you two pointed out, management. Like you both, I was also a cart attendant for Target. And, like you, I was also yelled at by management of things beyond my control. So one day while I was literally getting yelled at, I went off on management (fortunately, the rest of the store hated them too.) I walked out of the store that day, but returned to work the next day. Needless to say, corporate got involved, but fortunately I kept track of everything in a little notebook I would carry with me. When corporate was favoring management, whipped out my notebook and threatened lawsuit. Instant my favor when everything that I had written down from date, time, location, what the argument was about, etc. Much of the management team was either moved to new stores or just flat out fired.

Afterwards, when my store received new management, our moral instantly skyrocketed and the overall condition of our store greatly improved.
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Sun Oct 05, 2008 11:39 am

I worked for WH Smith for a summer as a student. That was really awful. It was so bad that my dad decided to bail me out after a few weeks as I looked really ill at the end of every day.

I have such bad memories of the place that I don't go near a WH Smith shop even now.
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Sun Oct 05, 2008 12:46 pm

I did a post on this a little while back.
My experiences are copied/pasted below. The link is here if anyone is interested: http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/non_aviation/read.main/1947802

I worked at a gas station/truck stop about 32 miles away from me. The pay was poor. Min wage and whatever I made was put into gas to get to the job. I was hired second shift. Apparently they needed someone for second shift because no one liked working with the lady that did second. I found out why, fast. She had somewhat of a temper and when she'd train me she'd often say "whoa whoa whoa what are you doing?? Just stop! Stop!". I was later told by one of the managers that I shouldn't listen to her because she was training me all wrong. Awesome. I remember I'd get stressed out 24 hours before my shift. I did not want to go to that place. If I worked at 2pm on Tuesday, around 2,3 pm Monday I'd start to worry and get all sad. I couldn't hang out with friends because when I did I wouldn't enjoy my time, I'd just be thinking of work. I called my old boss at the grocery store (One thing I said I'd never do, but I just wanted to be happy). She said that she did not have any jobs up front but there was a spot open in the Deli if I wanted it. I said "yeah, sure". and two months after getting the gas station job i said i found a job closer to home. I was telling the truth and blamed it on the gas price and that the grocery store was 4 miles away. Again, I was being honest but left out the part about me basically having a heart attack hours before my shift would start.

I heard that the Deli was fun and was told that out of all the places in a grocery store, that is the place you want to be. This grocery store is very employee friendly and I knew (and was told) that they could work around my schedule. I told them I can work a few days a week and gave them my schedule of school and my other job. They weren't to happy with that but were willing to "deal with it". Its funny, how other people who play sports and can only work one day a week get away with it. Anyways, I went to see when was on the schedule for my first day of work and I was greeted by Janet, a lady that I've worked with up front (I really enjoyed working with her). She said she would be training me. I couldn't wait! Finally I would be happy, my life can go on. I can do college classes (which i really love for the first time in my life), go to work at a job I'll love and start flying lessons. Again, this too I am finding out is a disaster. Janet, the "friendly" lady I remember is very short and pissy. She doesn't like new people and is quick to point out what I am doing wrong. I was working with another lady to mentioned to the Bakery Associate before heading on her break "I hate working with fu*king new people, they are so slow". She too is very very pissy. On two occasions she has shown her temper. She asked "who wants to do the salad orders" I didn't hear what she said so she repeated herself and continued to just stare at me, I said I would. I never did Salad orders so thats why whatever came out of her mouth (fast) was foreign to me. The next occasion we ran out of a certain meat and I was told to open a new one. New meats are kept on a self up above or in the case. I was looking up on the shelf but that particular meat is kept in the display case, she ripped open the door (scattering paper towels all over the floor with the force) and threw the meat at me. I feel like I am a bother at the deli. "Its ok to be new, but at the same time its not". sorta feeling. "You can ask questions but...it slows everyone down and please don't" sorta attitude. The job that I thought I would be very happy is sucks, I think I would be better off at the gas station. I was let go from this job do to my college avilibitlty (I think they are entimidated that I am going to get my degree and they don't have anything). I currently work at an FBO and I really enjoy it!
 
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:27 pm

The worst job I had was a prop outside a bar. From 11pm-2am for €15. It was January, freezing cold, and I had to get a taxi home, which cost €8. Needless to say, I lasted one night and never returned.
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Sun Oct 05, 2008 3:30 pm

I would say working for Tim Hortons!
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:07 pm

I would say that the worst job i've ever had was working in telesales attempting to sell cell/mobile phone insurance, did it 1.5 days at which point I told the owner of the company that he could shove the job where the sun didn't shine  Wink because of a number of reasons

1. There was no product information other than a page of hand written notes.

2. The company was not registered with any of the regulatory bodies that it should have been within the UK

and 3. I try to follow the rule that "if it sounds to good, guess what? it usually IS!"

I later found out that the company just vanished one night leaving all there computers and phone systems owing staff wages and 3 months of bills unpaid and a lot of disatified customers

guess that just proved my suspision that it was a con operation was proved correct

NEVER EVER make a purchase of a product from someone that called you totally un-solicited EVER no matter how good the deal appers at the time, as them to send out details before purchase so that you can do some checks if they come up with a reason to make the purchase now before they send details HANG UP THE PHONE  Smile
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Sun Oct 05, 2008 5:36 pm



Quoting JAL (Reply 38):
I would say working for Tim Hortons!

I would be a a big fat ass if I worked there. I love their donuts.

Quoting Sunshine79 (Reply 37):
The worst job I had was a prop outside a bar.

A prop? What is that? Did you hold a sign or something?
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Sun Oct 05, 2008 5:52 pm



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 30):
They can get quite inventive.

Hands down the best people to work with , Once you earned there respect you became gringo... if they called you gringo you knew you were OK. If they didn't talk to you then you knew you were a pinche gringo. If they really didnt like you they called you white boy. or worse , Puto blanko !! or blanko puto or whatever it was.

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 32):
Actually I liked fuel tank work, because the supervisors would leave me alone, instead of constantly looking over my shoulder

MD11 , wait ? you liked narrow body fuel tank sealing ? WOA now that is hard core! Or it does not say much for the personality of your supervisors !  Big grin
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Sun Oct 05, 2008 6:35 pm

Wow, some of you had pretty bad jobs!

When I was 16 a good friend of mine got a job at McDonalds, and I knew a few of my friends from the village who were working there so thought it'd be a bit of a laugh to do a couple of days a week during the summer holidays. I didn't do myself any favours as there was one guy who was my age and after a week he asked me how I was getting on and I said something along the lines, 'it was OK but if you wanted to do this for a career you'd be a bit of an idiot'...I didn't realise he had left school at 16 to do it full time...eek! I didn't really enjoy it, in part because I had to eat McDonalds on shift breaks (there were no other places locally to get anything except a petrol station!). However, the management loved me (the feelings weren't mutual!) and when I quit at the end of the summer they said if I wanted to come back any time they'd be more than happy to take me on. Yeah, right!

Well two years later I was working at a nice restaurant and bar a few times a week, quite enjoying myself and the nice tips, but wanted a few more hours which they couldn't give. Looking back with rose tinted spectacles I asked back at the nearby McDonalds if they wanted me back and they asked if I could start immediately. Without my friends there it was even lamer than I even could possibly remember. I did what was called the 5-Close shift and after the place closed at 8pm we'd clean the kitchen and front area out and go home whenever that was done. When I was 16 it took maybe an hour or two...but this time around we were there until 2am doing the most idiotic things (sterilising the inside of the outside wheelie bins anyone?). It didn't help that our shift 'manager' was some thick as pigshite moron that took an immediately dislike to me, the fact I was older than her didn't help either! Knowing I'd have to serve two weeks notice if I quit the following day I dreamed up some lame excuse when I got home that night. The following day I went in with my uniform in a bag and saw one of the managers and said that one of my grandfathers who lived in the US had become very sick and I was flying out that evening and wasn't sure when I'd be back (all completely untrue), and even started crying as I did so! Unfortunately the restaurant manager who was there was the one nice person I'd come across (In my one day there our paths hadn't crossed!) and she gave me a big hug and started crying saying she knew how I felt as her father recently died. I felt absolutely HORRIBLE as it was only because I was too afraid to tell them the truth.

As a result of that I've actually grown a pair and have had the balls to stand up and speak the truth to management, not that I've needed it often, but when I have it hasn't done me any harm!

They never did pay me for the one day of work I did do on my return. I figured it wasn't worth following up!
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Sun Oct 05, 2008 6:36 pm



Quoting MWHCVT (Reply 39):
NEVER EVER make a purchase of a product from someone that called you totally un-solicited EVER no matter how good the deal appers at the time, as them to send out details before purchase so that you can do some checks if they come up with a reason to make the purchase now before they send details HANG UP THE PHONE Smile

In Germany play along until you've got the contact details, then report them to the federal communications authority (Bundesnetzagentur), since unsolicited commercial calls are illegal over here.

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 41):
Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 32):
Actually I liked fuel tank work, because the supervisors would leave me alone, instead of constantly looking over my shoulder

MD11 , wait ? you liked narrow body fuel tank sealing ? WOA now that is hard core! Or it does not say much for the personality of your supervisors ! Big grin

Ok, I never did stuff like sealing inside a tank, but I spent weeks inside 737 Classic and 727 tanks replacing various components, like fuel valves and fuel quantity indication system wirelooms. I hate to be micromanaged at work. Give me a task (or better a whole bundle of task cards) and tell me until when you want to have the work finished, but don't tell me how to hold a screwdriver.

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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Sun Oct 05, 2008 6:44 pm



Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 43):

In Germany play along until you've got the contact details, then report them to the federal communications authority (Bundesnetzagentur), since unsolicited commercial calls are illegal over here.

Well there you go, i've been an A.net paid up member for less that 6 hours and i've gone and learned something new, I actually upon leaving the company reported them to Trading Standards here in the UK what little good that that did, but I think that that is a brilliant rule that you have in Germany, hopefully somthing like that can be introduced within the UK we can request with the regulators not to recieve such calls but that is an opt out solution and then if calls are recieved we can report the company to the regulators but thats it
Must think up a new one soon, slow moving brain trying to get into gear ;)
 
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Sun Oct 05, 2008 6:59 pm



Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 43):
Ok, I never did stuff like sealing inside a tank, but I spent weeks inside 737 Classic and 727 tanks replacing various components, like fuel valves and fuel quantity indication system wirelooms. I hate to be micromanaged at work. Give me a task (or better a whole bundle of task cards) and tell me until when you want to have the work finished, but don't tell me how to hold a screwdriver.

That's why I loved working as conductor for the railroad. Once the train was out of the yard/station, I was the boss. Even with railroad officers on the train, their authority was very limited when it came to overseeing my job. If they disagreed with a decision I made, tough-they had no authority to act on unless my decision/action violated company policies or rules. Since all of my decisions/actions were well within the company policies and rules, all they could do was complain. Most of the time, things worked out just fine.
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Sun Oct 05, 2008 8:27 pm



Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 43):
737 Classic and 727 tanks replacing various components, like fuel valves and fuel quantity indication system wirelooms

Aa yes the old VTO wire harness and cross feed valves.... what a system !
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Sun Oct 05, 2008 8:32 pm

I was a sandwich dork for Subway for 6 miserable weeks. Taking orders from brain dead customers was, at the very least, annoying. I can't tell you how many times I was asked: "How big is a footlong?" Or, during a lunch rush with the line out the door, trying to get the order out of some mom while her little terrors, sorry, precious little angels run wild (just order little johnny a ham 'n cheese and be done with it). In fact, I remember this one time, Mrs Minivan was ordering and little Johnny wanted a BMT with everything (BTW did you know how much "everything" doesn't include?) with extra jalapenos, extra black olives and oil 'n vinegar. As I am making this I think to myself there is no way an 8 yr old will like this sandwich. Well, a few minutes later, Mrs Minivan comes back to the counter and says her son doesn't like his sandwich (imagine that) and could I make a ham 'n cheese with lettuce and tomato and a little mayo. I then ring her up and she was appalled I was going to charge her, WTF! lady, you think because of your lack of parenting you should get a free sandwich? I hated that job.

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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Sun Oct 05, 2008 9:32 pm

You guys should suggest some of these jobs to the Dirty Jobs TV show. My worst job was installing underground sprinkler systems.
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RE: Worst Job You Ever Had?

Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:15 am

I'm only 20, and am in college so haven't had any "career" jobs now.
In order, from worst to best:

Conlon Sports: local sports shop, now shut down. Owners were mean gits! Customers were non-existent, which meant days dragged so badly. Also, I was surrounded by sports clothes and had no interest in any of it. Any customers that came in just seemed to moan.

Dunnes Stores: Irish super-market chain. Worked in the fruit and veg dept. for nearly a year. Boring stuff, stacking and rotating stock, taking abuse from customers/retail "managers", but at least I had some craic with the co-workers, who were great fun

Curragh Race Course: working security at a racecourse. Very little work, lots of laughs.

Kildare County Council: My local council, worked as a summer student this summer and the summer before. Can get boring, but pay and conditions are great, I had my own office and hone-line and computer, and played with post-its alot. One can't complain!

Blockbuster / Xtra Vision: You know, we rent and sell DVDs, phones, CDs, iPods and popcorn. All key components of what I love in life. I worked here before I left for my summer council job, and they took me back as a weekend worker a few weeks back, which is great. Staff are amazing to work with, and the manager keeps coming on to me on nights out which means I get away with murder!! Pay is decent, bonuses are cool, and customers are a laugh alot of the time, and the bad angry ones are at least challenging. I can transfer over to a Blockbuster in the US when I move there for next summer, if I want, which is a little added bonus.

I think, given the current economical climate, we shouldn't give out too much about our jobs. Heck, we're in a blessed situation compared to many right now. Just a thought.

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