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Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by hossam, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. Kerozine

    Kerozine Deity

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    Part-time, ~10$/hr, unionized (surprised!), benefits after 1 year of service. Basically I just processed the returned merchandise, sorted to respective departments. Perks included ruthlessly smashing apart defective/unsalvageable merchandise.

    :goodjob:
     
  2. Gooblah

    Gooblah Heh...

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    12 hour/week tutoring job. Nice and quiet, though some of the kids...

    all I can say is, how can one be THAT bad of a parent, jesus christ..
     
  3. holy king

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    book factory, assembly line.
     
  4. Eran of Arcadia

    Eran of Arcadia Stormin' Mormon Retired Moderator

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    Several that qualify.

    The first job I had besides babysitting/raking leaves/shoveling snow etc. where I was paid in cash by a neighbor, was when I was 14, and worked a weekend downtown basketball tournament. Specifically, I cleaned up after the police horses.

    The first one I had that required employment forms, etc. was the Christmas I was 15, as a cashier at Toys R Us. Good times. By which I mean, worse than the horse crap.
     
  5. Perfection

    Perfection The Great Head.

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    My dad has his own company, so I did various flunky things around there.

    First nonparental job was slicin' meat at the grocery store deli counter. Pretty cool job, I ate all the endpieces.
     
  6. Newbunkle

    Newbunkle Muppet

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    My first job was as an office junior, but I was also effectively the receptionist, because the PA had a row with the boss, the receptionist got her job, and they decided I could do everything.

    I had to answer the telephone all day to the elderly, and greet people who came in. I also had to do audio typing, opening and distributing of all of the office's incoming mail, franking and posting all of the outgoing mail, assisting the Finance Manager with purchase and sales ledger stuff on Sage, do a weekly payroll, do a monthly payroll for about 400 domestic carers, filing, ordering stationary, taking bookings for our conference room, giving quotes for travel insurance, making sure staff signed in and out in the log in case there was a fire, make hundreds of leaflets for various products and services by photocopying them onto coloured paper and folding them, photocopy application forms and keep a supply of "job packs" for our continuous vacancies, and make tea or coffee everytime there was a meeting.

    I think I got paid about £5.20 an hour at the time, but that was a while ago now.
     
  7. Narz

    Narz keeping it real

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    Friendly's Restaurant - dishwasher - $5.75 hourly

    I liked the job, my boss was very cool, there were three chefs. A fat grumpy black guy who I didn't care for, a tatooed white guy who shaved his legs (to better show his tats I guess) who I was nuetral to and a cool Mexican guy who I liked alot cause he always gave me free food.

    Not of the waitresses were hot.

    I used to bring my one-speaker stereo in to work & make tapes of songs I liked off the radio (this was before MP3's of course, simpler times :D). It was a decent job. I'd do it again if it paid more.
     
  8. Cheezy the Wiz

    Cheezy the Wiz Socialist In A Hurry

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    I was a "Sandwich Artist" at Subway, for $7, over the 2005 summer. It was fun, and since I got free Subway food, I was nice and healthy, having eaten there all the time.
     
  9. Annex

    Annex Tyranny and Mutation

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    Minimum wage dishwasher at an Italian restaurant. I cannot imagine a worse job. Actually, washing the dishes wasnt so bad, but running out to the line and carrying back the hot pots and pans to scrub them was absolutely brutal.
     
  10. Ecofarm

    Ecofarm Deity

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    I worked at a "Chuckie Cheese" type place... video games, ball-filled net-rooms, skee-ball, wack-a-moles, puppets that sang in the dining hall... you know what I'm talking about.

    I was able to give my little brother bags upon bags of tokens to play all the games to his heart's content. Sometimes, he would bring friends and give them tons of tokens too (I made assistant manager quickly but was not 18 so it was not official, but could hand out tokens as I saw fit). Oh yea, and all the free pizza, cheesy sticks, soda, etc that me and my friends wanted. It sure was a shoddly run place and I made the best of it. I'm not sure what I got paid (near minimum, of course) but I'm sure it did not compare to the freebies I recieved and handed out.

    [sidetrack]

    I drove my 1969 Camaro (cherry red, 400SB 4bolt main engine from a 71 truck, sidepipes, jacked up with hydrolic shocks, spiffy wheels) to work.

    The only pics I have of the Camaro are poloroids :(

    Let me tell you, going around that uni-body with sidepipes was real hell, but it created fantastic torque (backpressure) that was needed because of no catalytic or mufflers. I got the car for $2000 (a gutted 1/4-mile car with AC) and spent another $2000 on sidepipes, wheels, shocks, etc. I loved smoking new corvettes with a $4k car. With 4 wheel drum breaks and a 6-cylinder suspension (lighter) it was a real rocket... no turning or stopping allowed. I got ~8 mpg (from a 2-door car lol). Needless to say, this was before my environmental days but I do not regret it at all; I might do the same thing even knowing what I know now.

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    Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

    (mid-1980s)
     
  11. WICKLC1

    WICKLC1 King

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    Barnes and Noble book store
     
  12. Whomp

    Whomp Keep Calm and Carry On Retired Moderator

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    As a $2.35/hr. busboy/dishwasher at a chain steakhouse called Ponderosa. Brutal...I throw up a little in my mouth everytime I think of that smell.

    I graduated to $3.60/hr union wage as a bagboy at Jewel two weeks later.
     
  13. Ansar

    Ansar Détente avec l'été

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    Indeed... :vomit:

    They have them in Orlando as a buffet.
     
  14. Merkinball

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    I first worked in an apple orchard picking apples when I was twelve years old. Obviously it was hard work, but I only had to work August through the beginning or mid December depending on the weather, and it paid awesome. My first year I probably averaged $12-15 an hour under the table. By my junior year of high school I was probably averaging $16-20 an hour, with some days bringing down $40 an hour.
     
  15. Ecofarm

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    So THAT'S why them foreigners are stealin our jerbs!

    I'd pick apples with my MSc for $40 cash/hour!
     
  16. hossam

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    you get paid by how much you pick right?
     
  17. Arwon

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    I worked at the San Diego Zoo as a costume character when I was 16. It was a fun job, dancing and entertaining children. The worst part was every fat middle-American tourist going WOW YOU MUST BE HOT IN THERE like they were clever. It got very old.

    This was me, a naked mole-rat:
     

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  18. Godwynn

    Godwynn March to the Sea

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    Burger King... was a miserable time.

    Then I got a job at Kroger working in the Dairy/Frozen departments. Unionized, and the union was worthless.
     
  19. BSmith1068

    BSmith1068 Deity Retired Moderator

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    Blockbuster Video, when I was 17 or so (1993). Free movies whenever I wanted them!
     
  20. jeps

    jeps Arcadefire

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    first steady job was $14/hour. (~2x minimum wage at the time) as a ref.

    then as a coach that went up by $4/hour, then i got certified and it doubled.
     

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