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#1 zerorelation

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 10:45 AM

What did everyone do for a first job?

I was a 'cart attendant' at a local golf course. We washed the carts and parked them at the end of the night. Slicking down the garage floor and skidding around at high (golf cart) speeds was entertaining. We added a few new carts to the maintence queue everyday thanks to things like that. Money was awful, people were snobs, but it was a great time.

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 11:05 AM

First paying job was working the rice, and soybean fields, for my uncle.
Did this on summer vacations from school.
I worked the fields until I turned 17.
Started when I was 8.

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 12:00 PM

Still freakin looking..... i haven't been able to get a job in 2 summers, so hopefully i can grab one in my off-time after classes at NCSU.

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 12:53 PM

First jobs were 2. Making ice cream and such in an ice cream parlor and delivering 122 newspapers.
The parlor and news were next to each other. I applied at both and got called to start by both on the same day. Did the papers in the am. The ice cream Tu,Thu,Fri & Sat varied hours.

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 06:08 PM

Worked for my dad in an old style grocery store from age 9 until he sold it when I was about 20.
We made the news by closing on a Friday night as the old counter store and re-opening on Monday morning as full self-service. It was a busy weekend. This was in the late 1950's.

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 06:16 PM

mowing lawns was my first paying job

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 06:23 PM

Picking berries - ugh! Back breaking when it was strawberries, scratchy when it was raspberries - and always getting a vicious sunburn - and worse, for a 'token' pay.

(We had a small 'hobby' farm in the summer and my parents would generously donate my services to assist neighbours in their berry fields - understood their intentions but felt like slave-labour when I was doing it).

Second job, in my teens, much much much better! Worked in a Funeral Home during the summers and even got decent wages.
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Posted 17 August 2006 - 06:39 PM

I am currently working my first job. It's in a landromat for alot of the small bed and breakfast places and a big hotel. Got some pretty heavy duty whashers (about 5 loads of what you normally put into your washer and there is a big one that put about 10 loads of normal size and sounds like a freaking jet engine when this bad boy starts up). Then you got the ironer wich is a big drum the irons sheets and stuff... one has a good safety system but the other one don't get your hand stuck in it because the stop button is 3 feet away... It's hot... add about 10-15 degrees celcious from the outside temperature... I work for one of my friends dad who is the owner... I get paid minimum wage wich is 7.75$CAD an hour... and man do we earn our paycheck...

Hoping for something better next summer or part-time during the school year...

Oh yeah and If forgot that almost all the machines (only two dryers don't) work on steam... so when the boiler shuts down you get your ass over in the boiler room with a screwdriver cause you will have alot of hotels pissed off... Happened once when I was there and all the dryers and ironers we're shut down for 2 hours cause it took an hour and a half to get the boiler started then another half an hour to get the heat back... The night shift wich normally finishes at midnight finished at 2 in the morning...

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 06:41 PM

We should start a vote soon as to who had the worst and best first jobs of the lot, lol.

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 07:07 PM

First job.............apprentice joiner with George Wimpey (We Imploy Many Paddy's Every Year ) , and i absolutely hated it. 4 years of pure hell . I was just a gofor to my journeymen.............go for this , go for that , get me a left handed screwdriver , go to the store and get 3 skyhooks etc etc. :thumbsup: I was only 16 at the start and very naive and 4 years later when my time was served the final embarrassment of being grabbed by a load of burly builders , nailed to the floor by my shirt cuffs and socks and getting my pants whipped off and my privates covered in glue followed by a sprinkling of sawdust. When i went home and my maw seen the state i was in she was not a happy bunny and wanted to go and sort them out. Fortunately i talked her out of it as it would have been an even bigger embarrassment,

Took me a few years to get way from the building trade and finally settled into a nice factory environment ( telecommunications ) where i've been ever since and where i hope to see my retirement.

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 07:12 PM

Can't you get them arrested for something like that?

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 07:33 PM

Afraid not. It was in the 70's and anything went in those days.

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 07:46 PM

Soccer Referee and big money, now I'm in charge of refs.

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 09:41 PM

picked up bales of straw in august. oh, it was fun.

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 10:52 PM

I did that one day before I went to work at the laundro mat... geese that is hard friggen work...




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