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Old 07-09-2009, 05:22 PM   #11
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Well I've only had two jobs. I'm not sure which was worse. Pushing shopping carts in 3" of slush or doing hay for 8 hours in the 90 degree weather.

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Once I delivered pizzas. One time, Nina Hartley answered the door in lingerie, had no money, and wanted to know if there was some other way to pay. After a comment about my "pepperoni", funky disco music started to play, and...oh wait, that's the movie I'm watching. Nevermind.

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Old 07-09-2009, 05:28 PM   #13
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The worst job I ever had was selling Kirby vacuum cleaners. That’s right, door to door. Well, kind of. We had to walk the neighborhood trying to schedule “free carpet cleanings”, which was just a ploy for a huge sales pitch. So out of the 10,000 doors you knock on, you get 2-3 visits. And after shampooing someone’s living room, in a shirt and tie none the less, and giving them the whole song and dance (which takes a couple hours once it’s all said and done), you’re suppose to call in to the office to let them know that these people don’t want to buy it. So the folks back at the office start negotiating over the phone with you as the middle man. Somehow I sold one on my second day, so I’m thinking this isn’t too bad, that is until pay day rolls around. See, that one fine little detail that they failed to mention during your three days of unpaid training, is that when you are on the phone doing the negotiating, the folks at the office are negotiating with YOUR commission. I made a big scene in the office in front of all the new trainees before I walked out.

The worst job assignment I ever had was back in my younger days when I worked heavy construction for a chemical company in Houston. I was assigned to a carpenters crew, and it was our task to build 72 concrete footings for a monster cable tray inside of a big high voltage electrical yard. And since it was a high voltage electrical yard no heavy equipment was aloud past the gate. Just in case you can’t see where I’m going with this…. Myself and four other college kids home for the summer dug, by hand, 72 holes 6 feet long by 3 feet wide by 3 feet deep in hard packed clay, then we helped the actual carpenters build the forms, then we had to pour all the concrete with wheel barrows since the cement truck couldn’t come into the yard. Ah, good times….

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I was a state tax auditor for 10 years before i quit. In the beginning i was part of a team that audited casinos; spend a month or so checking the revenue reporting math & backup & procedures, no biggie. Then the political winds blew that function down the ladder of importance (they figured out the boats weren't much for cheating and getting caught). Time for some income tax audit projects; i was part of a group that checked every return filed from out-of-state with gaming income/losses (usually exactly the same). Apparently not three people had bothered to read the exemption and deduction income-based allocation instructions, also heard a lot of "i lost my arse" stories from lil old ladies, it suuuuuucked. This project was used to justify a law change so out-of-staters need not file (no chance to recover "withholding" on gaming winnings, basically) . Next project, check all the married people pretending to be single parents in what had to be the most pathetically depressed and ignorant county in my state, just sad. Then, i got stuck doing sales & use tax audits from a list of accounts that hadn't been checked in umpteen years in a very rural county in my fairly rural state; the day i spent looking at the worst excuse for records i could imagine while being incessantly chatted with by the business owner/hobbyist's wife and similarly sneezed at by their allergy-ridden (to the point of having towels on the freakin furniture) cat, i realized i needed an exit plan. That job just sucked.

If you ever have a run-in with a tax auditor who is an absolute ahole, there is usually a pretty good reason. The only thing that protected my sanity was teaching a few night classes a week.

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Well I've only had two jobs. I'm not sure which was worse. Pushing shopping carts in 3" of slush or doing hay for 8 hours in the 90 degree weather.

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90 degrees? Hehe, I long for 90 degrees.
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Well I live in NY and I'm more into colder weather.

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I know, I'm just giving you a hard time. It was 105 here yesterday and when I got home from work I had to rebuild a fence one of our horses tore up. So 90 degrees struck me a little funny.

By the same token, I don't do cold very well.....

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Me and a buddy had a tiling job in Tampa when we where 17, WORST job ever! We laid tile in brand new house's. After painters come in and spray paint a lot covers the floor, so the beginning of the day started with scraping paint of the floor "woohoo" So everyday there 100% humidity, and about 95-100 degrees, so All the paint dust is sticking to you.. After all the paint is cleaned up we would start dry laying tile to find out where cuts need to be and what needs to be taped up. That would take the majority of the day. Most of these houses were at least 2 hours away, we only got paid from getting to the job site until we left. So there 4 hours a day we wouldn't make our ****y 7 bucks an hour. There was another guy that worked with us on occasion and he was a 400lbs guy that lived out of his car, I can not describe to you how this man smelt. He could be 300yrds away up wind and it would make you gag. So try to imagine how it was when he was 10 feet away in a house with not the greatest air flow. The boss was a pill popping ass wipe, He was a decent guy to invite over for a bbq and crack a few brews. As a boss he was ridiculous, trying to skip us out of money any way he could. We worked 50 hours easy a week, no benefits, no over time, no notta... thats my worst job ever.

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A few (8) years ago, immediately after retiring from the PD, I was hired by a company in the shooting industry, which if I mentioned their name, you would most likely recognize. A friend recommended me to a friend of his, who was the marketing V.P. of the company who was looking for someone with my background for a marketing position he was creating. I took a job in the shipping / receiving department, which was to be very "temporary," in order to get my foot in the company door and move into the new job when it became available.

The V.P. got into a pissing match with the CEO and wound up resigning. The new V.P. took over and decided that he wanted someone with a slightly different background than mine, so I was stuck. The shipping part of the job was ok, but I absolutely HATED the receiving part. That plus the fact that the supervisor there was not a real fan of police officers. I stuck it out for a couple of years until I was able to move into the Security Dept. I stuck that out for about a year, but the guy I reported to had absolutely NO idea what security is all about. He didn't want me to aggressively investigate anything. It is a family run company, and he was afraid that a pro-active security department would make the workers feel "uncomfortable" about not being trusted. GOOD GRIEF!

I began looking around and was fortunate to fall into the gig I now have. When I left, I had enough time in to get vested into their retirement plan. I took full advantage of the employee discount on products, willingly accepted the annual profit share checks and will get a monthly check for life.
GREAT company, bad job.

PS: About a year after I left, there was another manager shake-up, and most of the security upgrades I pushed for were finally adopted.
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The worst job I ever had was selling Kirby vacuum cleaners. ….
I got a free Kirby "Diamond Edition" because the dip****s that came to my house left with my $189 Hoover without my permission. I was on my way out when they showed up, and I left my girlfriend specific instructions NOT to sign anything or agree to a purchase. I also told the smart-assed kid I was not going to buy it, but if he wanted to shampoo my carpets I would give him $20, and I did. Later that night when I got home I saw the Kirby sitting in my living room. I ripped the girlfriend a new a$$hole and went searching for my Hoover, which was gone! Apparently they tried their high pressure sales routine despite my telling them I would NOT buy one. I had purchased a Kirby 10 years ealier and was familiar with their scam where they deduct up to $300 for your current vacuum. So I waited about a week before the manager called asking how I wished to pay...I told him unless he brought back my Hoover he wasn't getting his Kirby back! He informed me he no longer had the Hoover but would pay me for it...I said "no thanks, it had sentimental value and cannot be replaced". After several threatening calls from him I called back and told him if he EVER called my number and threatened me again I would personally stop by his office and shove the Kirby so far up his a$$ he would need an Electrolux to suck it back out, I then called his manager and threatened to sue Kirby for coming into my house, stealing a vacuum cleaner, and making treatening phone calls! Today I am the proud owner of a $1600 Kirby Vacuum
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