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What's The Worst Job You Ever Had?

What was the worst job(s) you’ve ever had?

Today I was thinking about just how lucky I am to finally be working for myself doing something that I enjoy. I appreciate it even more when I think back to some of the crazy jobs I’ve had. Here is my worst jobs list, in no particular order:

In high school I worked in the ground maintenance dept. at an amusement park. One day I was using a hand razor to scrape stuff off of a urinal. I remember thinking, “If this is NOT the lowest point in my life then I am in serious trouble.” Sometimes when they were short employees in the entertainment dept. they would pull me in and I would have to wear a disgusting, sweaty, 25 year old, fat chicken mascot costume. I really wanted to be the lion damn it.- LOL j/k

After college, I worked in high pressure sales selling hair to bald men. I don’t even want to elaborate on this one.

The first job I landed after grad school was working as an outreach clinician. I was doing in-home counseling in the projects of a notoriously bad city. My goal was to do my job without taking bedbugs and/or roaches back home with me or having run-ins with exceedingly, unsavory characters.

I will clump working on a crisis response team and working as clinical supervisor together. Both jobs were insanely stressful and I think my lifespan has seriously been shortened as a result. We’re talking about situations with armed people that were psychotic, on drugs, or just extremely desperate and unstable. Average police response time varied from 20 minutes all the way up to 90 minutes. In the meantime, all you could do was try to deescalate the situation. I feel very fortunate that nobody was ever injured.

I hated working in computer tech support because people are idiots. Half the time someone called in their PC wasn’t plugged in or turned on, or their internet didn’t work because they bought a router without subscribing to an ISP. People can be so fucking retarded. It doesn’t matter all those jobs are mostly outsourced anyway.

Since those other jobs haven’t worked out for you Sturgeon, may I suggest modeling. :wink:

Out of pure curiosity what is it that you do now? Those old jobs sound absolutely terrible.

Driver for an escort service.

Learned a lot though.

Grounds keeper for a cemetery when I was a teenager. Weedeating headstones for 40 hours a week… enough said.

Honorable mention to valet parking cars at a strip club for a year during college. Ended up quitting because I was off one night and the valet stand caught a bullet from an unsatisfied customer. The cash that flowed through that place was mind blowing but its not worth it.

Worked at walmart for awhile during undergrad. If you were a good employee and actually did work, they would abuse the everloving fuck out of you. Had 4 assistant managers at any given time all giving you something to do at the same time. Then would bitch when it all wasn’t done an hour later.

I almost came to blows with one of the assistant managers for talking to me like I was some scum of the earth for no reason and accusing me of doing something I didn’t do. But on the flip side in 2 months I ended up the sporting goods manager and then 2 months later I was in the UPC office. Only thing that made it cool were a lot of the other folks I worked with. Some very cool down to earth people.

[quote]orion wrote:
Driver for an escort service.

Learned a lot though. [/quote]

Worst job? How? Too much temptation? Or… too many times needing to act as a getaway driver?

Stock boy at a women’s shoe store.

I re-arranged the whole stockroom by item number per the advice of the general manager. He came in to check my work a week later and said he had never seen such a well organized stock room.

Then the bitch store manager came in and said I had to put it all back because the girls in the store room didn’t know the item numbers. I had to put all that shit back the way it was. Then the same bitch manager told me I had to clean the bathroom which was a one toilet closet that 8 women used all day every day…and I did…once. Then I quit before my next shift which happened to be black Friday. I don’t quit on people unless they quit on me first. Fuck those cunts.

I don’t think I’ve really had a “worst job”. I’ve been severely underpaid for what I delivered at a few places, but that hardly counts as a bad job. Even with those I got some good connections, so it was all good in the end.

Maybe the humid summer I spent working outside as a cashier at a home improvement store with all that radiant heat from the concrete?

[quote]LoRez wrote:

[quote]orion wrote:
Driver for an escort service.

Learned a lot though. [/quote]

Worst job? How? Too much temptation? Or… too many times needing to act as a getaway driver?[/quote]

Young women, pea sized brain, 6 figure income.

Mother of God.

Of course, walking into an appartment to get a girl out was no fun either, but most of the times the clients were just a little drunk and wanted to see whether someone would actually come.

I worked at a collections agency for about 2 years. It was hard to tell who I hated more, myself for having to be a dick to some people who had genuinely come on hard times or the freeloaders who didn’t pay because they just didn’t care.

i did plumbing work for roughly a year, that was a shitty job…

I’ve been a legal part of the US labor force since I was 13. Despite where I am at now, I have had some crappy, crazy, dirty jobs.

That being said the worst job I ever had was not having a job. No matter how bad a job or service is, there is and always will be something pure and honest about exchanging labor or service for money in return. Not having an income or collecting unearned assistance in my opinion is worse than any shit-shoveling, abusive boss having, demoralizing job.

[quote]Waittz wrote:
I’ve been a legal part of the US labor force since I was 13. Despite where I am at now, I have had some crappy, crazy, dirty jobs.

That being said the worst job I ever had was not having a job. No matter how bad a job or service is, there is and always will be something pure and honest about exchanging labor or service for money in return. Not having an income or collecting unearned assistance in my opinion is worse than any shit-shoveling, abusive boss having, demoralizing job. [/quote]

OBAMAO MONEY FTW!!!

[quote]Aggv wrote:

[quote]Waittz wrote:
I’ve been a legal part of the US labor force since I was 13. Despite where I am at now, I have had some crappy, crazy, dirty jobs.

That being said the worst job I ever had was not having a job. No matter how bad a job or service is, there is and always will be something pure and honest about exchanging labor or service for money in return. Not having an income or collecting unearned assistance in my opinion is worse than any shit-shoveling, abusive boss having, demoralizing job. [/quote]

OBAMAO MONEY FTW!!![/quote]

Willingess to accept temporary assistance out of WANT and not NEED leads to a permanent state of never achieving. Thats it for me, ill save the rest for those wacky liberals in the PAL forum.

valet attendant at a hospital. You really get an idea how disgusting a lot of people are by how their cars look inside. They pretty much use their cars as garbage cans and ashtrays.

[quote]Waittz wrote:

[quote]Aggv wrote:

[quote]Waittz wrote:
I’ve been a legal part of the US labor force since I was 13. Despite where I am at now, I have had some crappy, crazy, dirty jobs.

That being said the worst job I ever had was not having a job. No matter how bad a job or service is, there is and always will be something pure and honest about exchanging labor or service for money in return. Not having an income or collecting unearned assistance in my opinion is worse than any shit-shoveling, abusive boss having, demoralizing job. [/quote]

OBAMAO MONEY FTW!!![/quote]

Willingess to accept temporary assistance out of WANT and not NEED leads to a permanent state of never achieving. Thats it for me, ill save the rest for those wacky liberals in the PAL forum. [/quote]

I understand that, but what’s wrong with “not having an income”? If you’re living off your own savings, I don’t really see a problem with it.

There’s a couple times I’ve had to do that, while looking for the next job, and I actually found it pretty enjoyable. Had a pretty good quality of life.

I was a sacker at Kroger. I had to clean out the trashcans once had baby throwup and shit in it and the bag split all over me. Also had to clean out the used sanitary napkin bins, need I say more.

[quote]LoRez wrote:

[quote]Waittz wrote:

[quote]Aggv wrote:

[quote]Waittz wrote:
I’ve been a legal part of the US labor force since I was 13. Despite where I am at now, I have had some crappy, crazy, dirty jobs.

That being said the worst job I ever had was not having a job. No matter how bad a job or service is, there is and always will be something pure and honest about exchanging labor or service for money in return. Not having an income or collecting unearned assistance in my opinion is worse than any shit-shoveling, abusive boss having, demoralizing job. [/quote]

OBAMAO MONEY FTW!!![/quote]

Willingess to accept temporary assistance out of WANT and not NEED leads to a permanent state of never achieving. Thats it for me, ill save the rest for those wacky liberals in the PAL forum. [/quote]

I understand that, but what’s wrong with “not having an income”? If you’re living off your own savings, I don’t really see a problem with it.

There’s a couple times I’ve had to do that, while looking for the next job, and I actually found it pretty enjoyable. Had a pretty good quality of life.[/quote]

Nothing wrong with that at all, at some point you did earn the money and were smart enough to save it for when you needed. That’s a job well done.