The worst job I ever had? Hmmmm well it could very well be my first job, you know the one where you're like "fuck this I'm staying in school" .... wait for it..... K-Mart Cafeteria Yo!!! Brown polyester and hairnets!!!
Telemarketer for a Christian long-distance phone service. I called and asked people to switch and a portion of the proceeds when to support Christian Family Values. ::shudder:: It's the only job from which I've been fired.
About 3 months during the summer when I was 16, I worked at Cheif Auto Parts. I have no idea why I was hired since every person (man) who came in always asked to speak to a man. I was stuck cleaning and organizing the freaking shelves. And to make matters worse, they only had a size small shirt for me to squeeze my double D's into and the name tag HAD to be worn on your left breast.
I worked in an office as a bill collector for a group of doctors in the late 80's. I had a supervisor who was oppressive and would clock us out if we dared talk to someone in the next cubicle. We also had to take personal phone calls at his desk.. off the clock.We were making close to minimum wage and he had habit of following us everywhere we went to make sure we weren't slacking off, to the point of having his daughter follow us into the bathroom.After a few months, I found a better job and gave my two weeks' notice. His response was so condescending and insulting I took it upon myself to mark all 200 client's PAID snd erased their info from the database. Suck it, John!
I have had a million jobs, and none of them too awful. The best one? I was 14 and went to live with my sister near Atlantic City, NJ. We sold fake gold chains by the inch and ripped off that place like crazy. The worst? I worked as a manager for a large housewares retail chain in NYC. Extremely long hours, barely a lunch break, and weird staff. Good thing I drank my lunch every day or I wouldn't have lasted those 6 months.
I've been very fortunate to like most of the jobs I've had, with the exception of having to deal with certain creepy, belligerent, or weird patrons who visited the library when I worked at the circulation desk. The job itself wasn't bad, but dealing with the general public sometimes was.I guess the worst job was one I had shortly out of college. I worked for a mail processing company. The work wasn't hard, but it was very boring. I typed addresses into a computer and printed up mailing labels and then stuffed envelopes with fliers. The worst of it was that I had no set hours. We worked only when a client brought a job in so we were basically on call all the time and could never make any plans to do anything or go anywhere. Sometimes we'd work 12 hour days trying to get a job done by deadline and other days we didn't work at all. I didn't stay there very long.
What's up with Gramps in the portrait of the day? Did he go and get a haircut halfway through the photo shoot? HA! :D
Detasseling corn. It used to be a midwest rite of passage. You had to be 13 years old. It lasted maybe 4 weeks in the summer. From 6:00am to 4:00pm.. rain or shine.. walking up and down corn fields.. pulling the tassels off of the female rows of corn. Awful!
Telemarketing for charity donations. I was paid strictly on 10% commission. I was sexually harassed by a creepy married assistant manager and quit during lunch on my second day.
Thankfully I have nothing of significance to contribute to this discussion. I have no marketable skills.
Working on a conveyor belt with a Lucy-like endless stream of berries, 12 hour shifts with three fifteen-minute breaks. Bucket on either side of me: berries starting to rot went in the jam bucket on my left; the green berries went in the bucket on my right, and I have no idea what happened to them. The good berries stayed on the belt to be frozen and bagged. Lasted through strawberry and raspberry seasons, then got a better job as a waitress.
After university, I had no idea what I wanted to do. Obviously, I wanted a job that would reflect the years of hard work it took to get my degree. I decided to get some office skills and enrolled in secretarial college. I was hopeless bad at typing but ended up getting a job in a small company that distributed feature films. My boss turned out to be a crook and seemed to owe money to just about everyone she knew. In the end, I resigned after being beaten up by someone she had not paid. To this day, she owes me a lot of money but I never heard from her again.Nowadays, I work as a dog walker and run my own pet care business. I am so much happier - dogs are much more civilised to work with than humans.
My first job after graduating. I was at Customer Service, with no training at all and an abusive and incompetent boss. I started working 12 hours a day after the second week and could never catch up with the amount of work I had. I was fired after four months and paid enough to last me for eight more months until I found a new lousy but not painful job.
I worked in a machine shop as a parts deburrer. Basically, they would hand me a big cardboard box full of several hundred identical metal machine parts. I had to take the parts, one by one, and grind off all the rough edges. When I was done, they'd hand me another box. Sometimes I'd work on the same identically-shaped parts for weeks. *shudder*