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    Default Worst job you've ever had?

    Tell us about your crappy jobs!

    Mine has to be serving in a restaurant. I do it part time(thankfully not full time) and the stuff we have to deal with is unreal! Food is crap?... blame the server, fighting with dining partner?... take it out on the server, short of funds, yet still dining out? stiff the server who works for 8 bucks an hour so your food costs stay low. Too hot in dining room, must be servers fault. Lousy table, also fault of server. Wine over-priced? Yup, server sets the pricing. Too many bones in your fish?.....stupid server!! Allergic to shellfish..why are you in a seafood restaurant? Only have 20 minutes to eat before heading to concert...order the fresh lobster,that'll only take a sec, right? Credit card declined due to lack of available funds?..Server must have botched the transaction.

    How about you guys? What is your worst job?
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    I was a waitress for 2 weeks at a local pub type place that is DEAD most of the time. I think I was the only one working there with a brain. I hated it and quit posthaste.

    I also worked for a crazy hunter lady for a week and a day- this woman was a freaking lunatic and I felt awful for her poor horses. She would literally tell me to do something and then when I did it throw a tantrum hissy fit at me for doing it. I just COULDN'T. TAKE.IT! It was so bad I never went and got paid from her. I still see an ad in our local horse rag every couple of months or so from her so obviously she goes through help like water.
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    Worked at a large breeding/racing farm. I was paid diddly and was screamed at on a daily basis. I figured out after a few weeks that's just how the boss was, she wasn't screaming directly at you, she just screamed. I'm pretty sure I survived Basic Training because the DSs had nothing on this woman.

    My first summer, it was towards the end of breeding season and we had to get the mares in for the vet to due pregnancy checks. This place had 200+ horses, mostly non-descript bays. They tried to keep halter numbers, but the broke off, lost halters, you name it. So we herd the mares, about 25 or so from out in a large pasture, at least 10acres, on foot...in June... It's really hot that day, I'm wearing steel toes, heavy jeans and a t shirt.

    Boss realizes a mare is missing, asks me where #25 is. Blank stare, I have no clue what horse she's talking about. "You know big bay mare?!?" Blank stare... "Well you better go find her, she's my husband's prize mare!" OK... I start heading out to the massive field thinking there is no way this horse is still hiding out there with the stampede we'd created unless she's dead! Apparently, walking briskly isn't fast enough, "WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!?"

    I ran, I think it was ~1mi down to road to the pole barn where mystery mare could possibly be hiding. Nope, no horses. Ran ALL the way back. Boss sees me running up to her, before I can report she tells me to grab another mare, thankfully in a stall for the vet. I run mares back and forth the rest of the morning. The vet leaves, mystery mare is still a mystery. As Boss and I are heading back up the shedrow she looks as me as says "Geez, you look like you've been running around all day!" "I did run all the way to Paddock #_." "Why were you running?" WTF!!! I think I heard later that day the mare was at the opposite end of the farm in a different (obviously) pasture...

    Sad part is I stayed there off and on for the next few years... who's the fruitbat now?



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    I worked at an online university in "admissions." Admissions my arse. It was straight sales. I honestly wanted to murder myself every day. As if the job wasn't bad enough, I stupidly got involed with a coworker so once that wentsouth about a year in, the remaining 6 months I worked there was double torture.



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    Casino Cashier at one of the biggest Casinos in the world. It's super high volume cash handling. Handling and being repsonisble for up to half a million dollars in day while EVERY customer tries to steal from you will make you a basket case. Oh my drawer opened at nearly 100K.



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    Office romances are never a good idea...sorry you got burned.

    In my banking job, it is also sales related. I went in to it 25 years ago and it has gone downhill ever since. Gone are the days of helping folks with their retirement, buying a home, etc, now it is all sales. If I don't get 200k in new business every week, I do not meet expectations. Sell sell sell is all it is.
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    Selling life insurance. I was way too young to be doing it and terrible at it. I just hated cold calling people. Of course, the experience did get me into an admin job with an insurance company. Still it was the worst 6 months of my working career.
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    Rouge, I feel your pain! I handle million dollar transactions all the time, although they are on paper in the form of mortgages and investments...can only imagine the stress of actual cash and sketchy customers.
    That said, my food job cannot trust me to void a fish and chip order, but the bank allows me to handle millions......wtf!
    "My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.”
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    Filling in at a mailing house. Stuffing envelopes for 8 hours straight.
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    Picking hazelnuts (filberts). By hand. Mind-numbingly boring, cold, dirty, and humbling. Strawberry picking was only slightly better--you could eat them, and it was warmer. Well, the mud was warmer.

    Gave me lots of respect for farmworkers.
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    I used to work as a customer service agent for American Express in their corporate card division. People could be so nasty and rude, especially when they didn't understand the concept of disputing charges. If they disputed a charge, we would credit them the amount of the charge, and then when the 2nd credit back through from the merchant, we would bill them for the credit we had issued on the previous statment. It seemed simple enough, but apparently, I was wrong. I remember a woman who worked for Ernst & Young being very snarky to me one night and say, "Well, I graduated from YALE and I don't understand your accounting system!" I was *this close* from telling her, "Well, gee, maybe you should have gone to Harvard instead and then you'd get it."

    We'd have funny stuff happen, too. One guy called me up and he had several these charges for hundreds of dollars all within the same nights. He didn't recognize the name of the merchant, so I looked up the "doing business as" screen and was able to provide him with the name of a strip club in Atlanta where the charges had been incurred. I'm not sure who felt more awkward about that...him or me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by up-at-5 View Post
    Rouge, I feel your pain! I handle million dollar transactions all the time, although they are on paper in the form of mortgages and investments...can only imagine the stress of actual cash and sketchy customers.
    That said, my food job cannot trust me to void a fish and chip order, but the bank allows me to handle millions......wtf!
    It was crazy, eight hours of INTESE interactions with DRUNK, angry, insane and often not speaking english customers and EVERY SINGLE ONE will try to steal from you. I saw some INSANE things working there, let me tell ya I did not envy the craziness that the security team dealth with twenty four hours a day seven days a week. I have seen some truly insane brawls, one guy even managed to gamble away his entire families business in a few hours. He jumped off the top of the building a few minutes later (15 stories).

    I could easly do HUNDREDS of transactions in a day and go through five or six "bundles" of hundreds. Oh yea a "bundle" of hundreds is 50k. ALL hundreds had to be hand counted before I could pay them out. There were nights I hand counted 250k in hundred dollar bills with my own hands, those kind of nights were SLAMMED with customers. All screaming, yelling, drunk, and trying to steal from you and other people too. Totally insane. Oh yeah and every time my drawer was over or under I was responsible. Most casinos allow between 2000 and 4000 dollars a year in "variances". If a customer grabs money or chips and bolts and GETS AWAY (and sometimes they do), that money is taken out of YOUR yearly Variance Allowance. Im glad I dont work there anymore!



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    OH let's see....

    I worked for a pornographer. Initially I was told that he had a legitimate business selling documentaries on the Discovery Channel (which was true) and the "other" business was doing "Soft R" films for Showtime which nobody told me about. One of my jobs was cataloging his nude photos. And then there were the harder R shoots he did. That was fun.

    And I also worked at a waste water plant. Office manager/lab technician and operator in training. It sounds gross (and it was) but it was also one of my favorite jobs.



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    A BNT in our area needed another exercise rider. I went over after I left the track in the mornings and galloped a few. I had told them I was $10 for older and $15 for babies . Well, they expected us to groom, tack, ride, bathe and cool out. For $10. Got my first check and they had taken taxes. Never went back, even though I was owed a days pay. I was making $550 a week getting on 3-6 horses that I literally just got on and rode, then got off and handed to a the groom.
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    Rouge- you were a caged monkey too, huh? I was in the cage for about a year and a half, but deal tables now. Definitely a day job, but not nearly as bad as the cage. Though tables weren't in the state yet when I was in the cage, and at that time we had a whole different clientele. I remember one night where I got to hand count $850 in one dollar bills, because some were gross and old so the machines wouldn't go through the whole count without erroring. That meant I got to hand count them 3 times, per the department rules (usually run twice hand count once unless there is a discrepancy). Oh, and the lady who was dumb enough to bring that many ones at once got fresh with me because it was taking so long. I think my favorite story though was the guy at the window 2 drawers down from me that whipped his thing out and pissed on the floor while the cashier was counting his money back to him and "he couldn't hold it" (well then wear diapers).

    I went to tables with 3 other cage employees, and when our 90 day review was approaching we were ready to beg to go to any other department but the cage if they were going to send us back. I'd scrub toilets before I went back to the cage.



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    I have you all BEAT! I worked for one week at an indoor children's play place, you know, one of those huge warehouse buildings with the hamster-tubing-like children's play jungle gym.

    They had birthday parties, a small restaurant (if you can call PB&J restaurant worthy) indoor play hamster thing, indoor electric go-carts, and an arcade.

    screaming children, angry parents and disgruntled co-works had me out of there FAST I did one week, and left a really bad taste in my mouth for kids.



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    What if I have a 10-way tie?

    I think the one that takes the cake was working in a failing retail store. I was supposedly the manager but the owner couldn't afford to pay me enough for me to even make rent - that is, if we got paid at all. So many paychecks bounced out of there, and the bookkeeper was always asking me if I could hold out another week for my paycheck. Of course totally illegal, but what are you going to do when the job market is dismal and there's simply no money to be had? As soon as I found another full-time job I was out.

    I had another job in customer service at a call center where the clients were REALLY angry. Why were they so angry? I have no idea. But I got daily F-bombs and some insults that really got to me. At least one person cried every day in that department.



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    I was a telemarketer selling replacement windows and sun porches.
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    Toss up for me, either nursing or milking cows. I think the fact that nursing actually pays a living wage is the only thing that makes it a little better than milking.

    Both leave you covered in s&*t by the end of your shift.



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