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Old 10-09-06, 01:02 AM
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What was your first job?

My first job was a summer job at an auto junk yard the summer before I turned 16.

My neighbor knew the owner and found the job for me although I wasn't even looking. When I found out the pay was double minimum wage and 40 hours a week I decided to take it since I'd soon be rich!

Well the job sucked. The "mechanics" that took apart the cars were pretty nice and I ended up hanging out talking to them too much so one of the bosses said I needed to work more, talk less. But hey, they had nice calendars with nekkid women. Those guys were cool!

So I went back to the dark inventory rooms but quickly became bored with putting away alternators, carburetors, etc. and apparently my productivity flagged once again.

It was always hot as hell at the place and very dirty. I liked the old guys that I worked with but couldn't imagine doing the same job when I was 50 or 60. And it was always fun listening to Paul Harvey on our lunch hour. Sorta.

I really hated the job and knew I wasn't cut out for blue collar work. After two weeks the boss decided the same thing and told me I was no longer needed.

I was a bit sad for a day-mostly cuz I felt I let my neighbor down. But also relieved I wouldn't be returning.

So soon enough I was back to normal.


soon to come: I'll share my second job with you. oh boy!

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Lifeguard. That lead to swim team coach and pool manager. In fact, that may be the only time I actually worked for anyone.
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Movie theater. Concessions, then box office, and finally the projection booth. It eventually went bankrupt, like every other place I worked for in high school (there were several).
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Does delivering newspapers count? But my first "real" job as a teen was bagging groceries.
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My uncle and his friend own a pretty big car audio shop, I used to sweep up, dust the display rims, and arrange the stock room for them.

As far as getting an actual pay check, I worked at a clothing store in the mall.

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I worked at a gas station in Nowthen, Minnesota. I eventually quit because I didn't like cleaning up the friggin' bathrooms.
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I worked at Blockbuster during my freshman and sophmore years of high school. It was horrible. Every day I had to deal with the most obnoxious people who treated me like shit. Like it was my fault they put a DVD in their VHS player, scratched it up and now had to pay for it. Or I was the one who made them rack up $80 in late fees on Mary Kate and Ashley videos. Plus there were always these weird guys who were trying to get in the employees only room because they thought that we had porn back there.

Not to mention I had a walking douche bag for a manager who looked like Gary Sinise strung out on crack. He used to loose it on customers, curse like crazy, throw tapes on the floor and then storm outside. One time he had a screaming fit because the Chinese place we ordered from forgot his rice. Everyone in the store just left. It was like someone killed his kid or something. Crazy.
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i worked for the city painting peoples addresses on the sidewalks in the naighborhoods around where i used to live with my friend, i was 13 at the time. good times...
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Worked in a Chinese restaruant when I was 16. Got paid cash.
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Started working at a Surf/Skate/Ski shop when I was 15 selling and putting together skateboards. Ahh... the good ol' days, mid 1980's, Vision Street Wear, the Bones Brigade and slapping Skateboarding Is Not a Crime stickers on everything...

Favorite skaters: Chris Miller, Neil Blender and Lance Mountain.
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Bagging groceries at a little mom-and-pop.
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Clerical type thing at Murray State University. Like 5 hours a week.
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Paperboy. First "real" job was bagging groceries and custodial work at the local Safeway at 16.
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First job, was at 13. I worked at the church's bingo hall (yeah, Catholic ) for 2 hours on Friday nights for tips. There was usually 5 or 6 girls and we each had a row of tables we cleaned and picked up winner's money & delivered it to them. If someone on your row had a good night, so did you I usually averaged about $40 a week in tips. That's a hella lot for a 13 year old!

My first real job, with taxes and all , was at 15. The only place in the area that would hire 15 year olds was a seafood restaurant, Moby Dick. I worked there 2 years.
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Originally Posted by astrochimp
Does delivering newspapers count? But my first "real" job as a teen was bagging groceries.

I wasn't counting that since I did deliver newspapers before that.
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My first real job was when I was 14. I worked in the graphic design department of the local paper, organizing their files. I finally got a chance to publish something, it was like a bar graph or something. I ended up working there for about five years during the summers.

About a year later I got my first during-the-school-week job at the supermarket, bagging groceries.
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I worked with my dad (whos a plumber) during the summer from about 11-15 yrs old. My first real job was at 15 working at an office with my mom for Detroit Public Schools. They had a summer program for teachers and I mainly helped get their bags of supplies ready.
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First paycheck job was at 16, tending the french fry bin at Wendy's. I quit after two days because the job was hot and greasy, but mainly because the people that worked there were such assholes. For instance, if someone was standing in your way, they wouldn't move unless you said, "Hot" or "Hot stuff." Idiotic.
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My first job was at 13, as a grocery checker. Obviously, this was not at one of those union stores. I worked there for three years until I could work legally and get paid minimum wage. Then I went to work scooping ice cream at a Zarda Dairy store (local chain). That was my first on-the-books, up-and-up job. I worked there a year and quit before my senior year of high school started. My parents wanted me to enjoy the last year and not work.

After high school, I worked in a day care center all summer till college started. Then I worked briefly at McDonald's, got fired when I burned too many English muffins on the breakfast shift, and went to work for a department store. Dropped out of college after one semester, continued working for the department store, took a second job as a housekeeper in a hospital, and started secretary school about a year after high school grad while working the two jobs. Oy.
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First paycheck job was at 16, tending the french fry bin at Wendy's. I quit after two days because the job was hot and greasy, but mainly because the people that worked there were such assholes. For instance, if someone was standing in your way, they wouldn't move unless you said, "Hot" or "Hot stuff." Idiotic.
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Grocery "Checker" (Cashier) - I was in one of those Union stores, and had ridiculous benefits by the time I went to college (2 weeks paid vacation, 3 personal days, 401k plan, etc).
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Good old McDonald's I was 16 and worked there until graduation.
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My first job was babysitting. Cash under the table.

My first job with a paycheck was a paper route. 6 cents a paper. I folded them all up and loaded 'em into Mom's station wagon. Then she drove me around the neighborhood and I tossed them out the window. It was a weekly paper that came out Wednesday afternoons.

My first real job was working at the library re-shelving books. I started in September of 9th grade. I lasted 1 month before I decided that the time commitment was too much and I quit.

My first real job that I kept for a reasonable length of time was the summer between 9th and 10th grade. I worked for a catering company. They owned a big park and various groups of people would come for company picnics, church picnics, class reunions, graduation parties, and so on. There were various jobs there like working the cotton candy machine, taking kids on pony rides, serving the food, maintaining the soda fountains, and cooking the food. I kept that job and worked it every summer until the summer after I graduated college. It paid pretty well -- by the time I left in 1996, I was making around $10 an hour.
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I was making sure you "Had it Your Way".

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