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Old 07-11-11, 11:39 AM   #1
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First Jobs

Anyone remember their first job? I kind of had three "first jobs" since I started them roughly at the same time right at the end of high school.

Dishwasher at a fancy French restaurant.

Stockperson at a Toy store.

Traveling jewelry salesperson.
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Old 07-11-11, 11:43 AM   #2
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I worked at Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers.
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Old 07-11-11, 11:48 AM   #4
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Construction worker working for my dad. But at 13 it was more like getting to hang out and raid the roach coach all day long

He did make me work some of the time
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Old 07-11-11, 11:51 AM   #5
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Archery counselor at a day camp.....yes, they actually entrusted me with their little kiddies and potentially lethal weapons. No one got hurt.
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Pin setter in a bowling ally before the automatics came out.
Ten cents a line, good night about three dollars. Included
one meal. Burger, fries, and a drink. I was twelve. That
summer I got a general help job at a summer resort.
Dishwasher, grass cutter, bell boy, fish cleaner. Twelve
hours a day, seven days a week, twenty five dollars a
month, room and board and laundry, hair cuts, included.
Got more tips than wages. made about three hundred dollars
that summer. Worked there two summers, made forty dollars
a month the second year. Then I got a job running the projectors
at the movie house, Seventy five dollars a week. Stayed there
five years. Then the army.
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Burger King ---- when we had to wear those ridiculous hats.

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Burger King ---- when we had to wear those ridiculous hats.

Is this where the striped sock fetish came from?
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Meat department at a supermarket. I learned many things; Butchers are generally crazy MF's, it doesn't pay to cross them. They are also fiercely protective, I may have been the lowest guy in the place, but I belonged to them. The old quite guy that is weeks away from retirement, doesn’t have to take any poop from anybody, and won't. If somebody is being nice to you, they want something. Some people are always nice, some peole are always nasty.
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Meat department at a supermarket. I learned many things; Butchers are generally crazy MF's, it doesn't pay to cross them. They are also fiercely protective, I may have been the lowest guy in the place, but I belonged to them. The old quite guy that is weeks away from retirement, doesn’t have to take any poop from anybody, and won't. If somebody is being nice to you, they want something. Some people are always nice, some peole are always nasty.
A high school friend worked in a supermarket. He was the only kid I ever met in HS who had benefits. He even got a vacation day!

I washed dishes in a diner. Woah, google has photos! This is the place:



I hear it got packed up and moved to Spain as part of a chain of American-themed road food. When I worked there it was actually pretty snooty (but cheap, for the good stuff at least; $10 for duck, but also $10 for a burger)

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Old 07-11-11, 12:46 PM   #11
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I used to deliver the local paper once a week by bicycle. I would intentionally wait until it got to be too late so that my mom would have to drive me. $15 every two weeks. That was so much money that I actually couldn't even spend it all! Then I quit that when they made it driver's-license mandatory.

After that, I worked with my mom at a small company. I worked there for six weeks before we realized that I made $1 more per hour than my mom--which was quite significant at the time--and she was a full-time, career-type employee!

Then I did yard work for my grandmother because she didn't want my grandpa exerting the energy anymore. She severely unpaid me so I "quit." I think she still holds a grudge some 28 years later.

Then I got a real job and the rest was history.
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First job was a Hostess at Denny's, then a file clerk at a Dr's office....ugh to both
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Old 07-11-11, 01:19 PM   #13
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My first job was delivering papers, I also mowed all of the neighbors lawns growing up. I have been a dishwasher, busboy, waiter, daytime cleaning guy, gas station attendant, cashier, etc. Hated all of those bs jobs.
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Old 07-11-11, 01:34 PM   #14
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My first 'real' job (as opposed to neighborhood odd jobs) was doing scutwork at a hospital lab, starting midway through my senior year in high school. I actually stayed there throughout undergrad (along with working for the fire department EMS unit) for the benefits and that as I moved up the ladder, I made more money than I would have in the work-study jobs at school. I paid my way through college and living expenses this way.
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Old 07-11-11, 01:42 PM   #15
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Mine were fairly crappy.... the first real job (I used to babysit when younger) was a counter clerk for a Chinese Take out place. The owner yelled at me in Chinese every day! I hated that job. The next was a clerk at a W T Grant. Another bad job. I finally got a good job with an signficant increase in pay (from $1.35/hr to $2.75!!!) doing data entry for Medi-Cal billing. Thankfully they laid me off - that job sucked as well.
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Stocking shelves at a grocery store. Most new-hires were started as baggers, I got lucky somehow.
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Stocking shelves at a grocery store. Most new-hires were started as baggers, I got lucky somehow.
When I started as a bagger (age 13), that was a level-up from stocker at our store. Stockers were the guys you couldn't trust not to put a half gallon of milk on top of a loaf of bread, or dishsoap and draincleaner in the same bag with your sugar and oatmeal.
Plus, baggers often got tipped when we helped people out to their cars.
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Technically, first job was at age 14, self employed teaming with a 16 y/o who had a truck, and we developed a lawn service.

At age 16 through high school work in Winn Dixie (Kwik Chek), bagboy, stock, cashier.

From there I went to a mental hospital... ...3-11 shift as they wanted an additional male after hours. Initially receptionist and PBX switchboard opperator (yes old school plugging wires into the switchboard trunks) and later promoted to Psych Tech.
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Paper route - 216 deliveries. It was tough to ride the bike with a bag of papers (not all 216 at once of course) that weighed about the same as me.
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Old 07-11-11, 03:34 PM   #23
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When I was 15 I worked at a local chimney sweep company, helping them move stuff on jobs. This was under the table; my first "real" (tax paying) job was at a machine shop polishing molds and making parts for guns.
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When I started as a bagger (age 13), that was a level-up from stocker at our store. Stockers were the guys you couldn't trust not to put a half gallon of milk on top of a loaf of bread, or dishsoap and draincleaner in the same bag with your sugar and oatmeal.
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I didn't add this since I grew up with it and i didn't get paid... my parents own grocery stores and from the time I was little I would stock, bag and then work the register (like at 9 years old!). Anyway I was a good bagger and today, still load my cart and then the conveyor belt to the register separating out products like dairy, can goods, soft items, toileties, vegetables, cleaning items etc. Sadly, the baggers today don't get it and still mix things up!
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First job - gymnastics coach. fun and easy job until kids decide to pee in the foam pit.

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Grocery store - sucked even more.
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