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    Worst, strangest, funniest, easiest and most bizarre paying jobs you've ever had

    Details please. Especially those obscure jobs no one would ever believe. I would love to hear some funny humorous job stories. Please share your funny and not so funny job stories.
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    Worst - At the grocery store, I got to clean and sanitize the meat room after everything had been cut and wrapped. From time to time, they would slice liver on the saw, and cleaning that up was the longest 10 minutes for any strong stomach.


    Strangest - I cut the grass for a neighbor that may very well have had OCD. The grass had been cut by someone a day earlier, but to them, it "just didn't look quite right". The weather was perfect, and the scant amount of grass that had grown back from the previous day probably amounted to about 8 oz. of clippings, so I didn't feel right having them pay me for it.


    Funniest - I had to work at the gas station on the day that the Labor Day parade passed right by the station. Once the parade ended, all of these participants wandered in and out of the station in full costume (everything from circus clowns, to 'My Old Kentucky Home', to 'Dress Like Your Favorite Rock Group').
    I sold cheese popcorn to one whose afro barely fit through the door, and smelled like 8 cans of hairspray.


    Easiest - By far, the last two months in the copper refinery. When production was going, the job was 12 hours non-stop with 35 tasks needing to be done at any given time. As we were in clean-up mode after the shut-down, there were 25 of us literally fighting over the same broom handle. We were being paid $19 an hour, and most of our tasks had all been done earlier in the day.
    The BBQ grill and iPod saved our lives many times in the final weeks.



    Most Bizarre - A combination of all of the above, but one that stands out is spending an hour at the gas station with a customer so totally smoked up, that he was scared to stay outside because of the flying saucers, and scared to stay in the station because of the 'moths flying out of the coffee pots'. After the hour, the person left without harming anything and without any of us having to call the police.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamaix View Post
    Details please. Especially those obscure jobs no one would ever believe. I would love to hear some funny humorous job stories. Please share your funny and not so funny job stories.
    Congratulations on being M O T M.
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    Worst (this job was beyond worst)
    When I was young, my dad told my sister and I that he would take us to the movies if we cleaned out the grease trap. In case you don't know what a grease trap is, think sewer sludge and smell. We had no idea what we were getting into and barely finished the job between the dry heaves. Didn't want to finish the job but my dad said we would not get to go to the movies if we failed to finish. I never took him up on this offer ever again. Wouldn't do this job now unless I was paid enough to change my standard of living. Or at least not with the tools we had when we were kids.

    Strangest
    probably the above job, it was definitely the smelliest

    Funniest (only in retrospect)
    My husband son and I do minor landscaping on the side. We had a customer that wanted new metal landscape edging and river rock installed. I scheduled the river rock to be delivered with dumping instructions. They were specifically told not to drop it in such a way as to block the homeowner's driveway. I decided to go over early to make sure it was dumped in the right place. My son and husband were not available at the time. Much to my dismay they had arrived early and dumped the river rock smack dab in the middle of the homeowner's driveway, right in front of the garage door. I arrived as the homeowner's garage door was opening. I wanted to hide. The homeowner looked at me and said that's okay, I don't have to leave for work for about an hour or so.

    Easiest
    Babysitting for a family that had 3 little girls. I usually arrived around 6 or 6:30 pm and their parents wanted a strict 8 pm bedtime enforced. The parents usually got back home around 12:30 a.m. in the morning. They were very well behaved and I only had to actively watch them for about an hour and a half and got paid for about 6 hours. They usually tipped too!

    Bizarre (I didn't really have any bizarre jobs so I will change this to most boring)
    I worked as a data entry clerk at a payment receiving center affiliated with a bank. My job consisted of keying in payments for Mobile oil. Every account number had 10 digits and started with an 8. I did this for 7 1/2 hours, five days per week. The only break was when we got to sort through bins of discarded opened envelopes to make sure that all checks and statements had been removed. Boring is not a strong enough word to describe this job.
    Last edited by GhostWhisperer; 07-23-2015 at 08:11 PM. Reason: corrected

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    Easiest: My home city is small and next to a lot of countryside so I used to pick strawberries every year from when I was 11 till I was 18. Got to eat them too.

    Worst: Animal rescue shelter staff, it seems fun but I got bitten nearly every week
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    Worst
    When I was a teenager, working in industrial/factory and even janitor. One hour felt like one week, incredibly boring. Respect to those who can do it year after year.

    Strangest
    Living in Shanghai, hired to escort rich older ladies up on stage at a live TV event. Grab a lady, walk arm in arm up to the big stage in front of hundreds of people and TV cameras, drop her off, walk down and get the next lady.

    Funniest
    I'm in sales now and I think it's the most fun job I've had. Meeting people, persuading, results. Sounds boring to many people but I truly enjoy it.

    Easiest
    Photoshoots, working up to 4 hours at a time with good pay.

    Bizzarre
    Some would call it gigolo, some would label it male escort. It was mostly paid companionship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Copper North View Post

    Strangest - I cut the grass for a neighbor that may very well have had OCD. The grass had been cut by someone a day earlier, but to them, it "just didn't look quite right". The weather was perfect, and the scant amount of grass that had grown back from the previous day probably amounted to about 8 oz. of clippings, so I didn't feel right having them pay me for it.
    My family has a small landscaping/mowing business that we do on the side. This made me think of one lady that called us to come and give her an estimate to mow her lawn. We asked how frequently she wanted it mowed and she said well at least 2 to 3 times per week during the growing season. She wanted grass clippings bagged and ALL removed from her lawn. She made it very clear that any sign of grass clippings would be a major traumatic event for her. She said her neighbor was always trying to one up her and she didn't want his yard to look better than hers. She checked his yard because she knew he checked on hers. As we were leaving, her husband followed us out and basically told us you really don't want this job, she will drive you crazy and I will hear about it all the time. Enough said, we were out of there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamaix View Post
    My family has a small landscaping/mowing business that we do on the side. This made me think of one lady that called us to come and give her an estimate to mow her lawn. We asked how frequently she wanted it mowed and she said well at least 2 to 3 times per week during the growing season. She wanted grass clippings bagged and ALL removed from her lawn. She made it very clear that any sign of grass clippings would be a major traumatic event for her. She said her neighbor was always trying to one up her and she didn't want his yard to look better than hers. She checked his yard because she knew he checked on hers. As we were leaving, her husband followed us out and basically told us you really don't want this job, she will drive you crazy and I will hear about it all the time. Enough said, we were out of there.
    Minus the neighbor part, this sounds like my sister.
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    Hmm, easiest and strangest - when I was a teen I worked as a promotional model for a couple summers out of high school. I got paid 20 some dollars an hour to work in an Xbox tent at a state fair. Job duties were playing video games with people who came in and...pretty much that. Unofficial duties were tying my promotional t shirt up mid-drift style and being flirtatious. We got paid in Red Bull too. So much Red Bull on hand. A lot of the girls weren't eating if they were showing their bellies so it was liquid energy.

    Another for easiest - I babysat for two little girls over a summer out of college and took them to swimming lessons and laid out by the pool.

    And I worked at a sunglasses kiosk at the mall in college. Most people working kiosks in my wing were either doing homework or on the phone - I'd do both. I got fired when I was too distracted and got robbed though. Oops. To my credit, the person was on the opposite side of the kiosk where I didn't have visibility.

    Funniest - I volunteered to help in the prop and costume warehouse in college. Our theatre department was undergoing massive renovations and I was helping move things around. One of the girls and I found all kinds of interesting boxes of donations from the 80's and what not. I forget what exactly was funny about that, I just remember it was.

    I haven't had any really terrible jobs. Maybe it's a seven thing. I tend to seek out situations like the above, and I'm good at finding them :P
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    I've only had three. I'll tell you briefly about two of them.
    Worst - dealing with kids at a kindergarten. Firstly, I don't like kids. Secondly - I wasn't needed there. It was almost the double amount of people who worked there than it was kids. I barely had to do anything and I felt really unproductive. Though I guess this was the easiest job as well
    Strangest/funniest - I painted fences, repaired broken things and stuff like that. The people I worked with were nuts, but hilarious. One of them - a total introverted, anti-social bookworm and the other an extravert without any common knowledge at all. During the breaks and sometimes during work they had those fucked-up conversations. The extravert was yelling about fucking his gf in number two, yet he didn't know if men could have an orgasm. He was like the stereotypical 12-y/o who had watched too much porn. The other one was so extremely socially awkward and you could just imagine the conversations between those two. Me and the fourth person who worked there was laughing non-stop.
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