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anya
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0 posted 09-23-2002 08:41 AM       View Profile for anya   Email anya   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for anya

I think I have the most ridiculous job in history.

At the weekends I work in a chinese restaurant called 'Graclands'. The owner is a chinese Elvis inpersonater and he performs while people have their meals.

After he has finished his act all the incredibly drunk customers get up and do Karoke, if nobody wants to then me and the other guys who work there have to get up and sing, luckily that doesn't hapen very often.

I kind of struck me the other night that this is probably the most farsical job ever, it is kind of fun though. Anyway do any of you guys have unusual jobs, would be very interested if anyone had one more unusual than mine! Or what was your worst job, could it be worse than listening to 'return to sender' sung in a chinese accent three times a night? I think not!

[This message has been edited by anya (09-23-2002 08:43 AM).]

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1 posted 09-23-2002 08:59 AM       View Profile for Android 17   Email Android 17   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Android 17's Home Page   View IP for Android 17

Mmmmm...y'know---I WAS going to say McDonald's was worse...but you take the cake! LOL

Here I am, I am your child...lying safe and warm. In your womb...for I am, the unwated life......

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2 posted 09-23-2002 09:01 AM       View Profile for Moon Dust   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Moon Dust

Bar work have you eva heard drunks sing, you dont want to

If your afraid of the dark, then why did you come?

Sudhir Iyer
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3 posted 09-23-2002 09:28 AM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer

Personally, I don't think there are any worst jobs. One should take pride in the job that he/she does, because having a job and working (even for free) is a better occupation than not having one. But that's my personal opinion, however Gandhian it may sound

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Sudhir
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4 posted 09-23-2002 11:07 AM       View Profile for Miah   Email Miah   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Miah

Oh,yeah I think there are jobs that can really stink.  Personally I woulden't want to suck septic tanks for a lving.    

I guess the job I liked lease was telemarketing.  that really sucked.



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5 posted 09-23-2002 01:32 PM       View Profile for brian madden   Email brian madden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian madden

anya, it sounds like hell... though it would be a great story for a sitcom. sounds very Peter Kay-phoneix nights.
MY worst job was selling beauty vouchers on the street, I was paid comission. I had to pay for my own transport and might not get a sale all day. It lasted a week and half.

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Nice, Sudhir.

Sounds awful!  

Sincerely,
Titus

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            -Abraham Lincoln

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7 posted 09-24-2002 04:42 AM       View Profile for anonymousfemale   Email anonymousfemale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for anonymousfemale

Hey at least you've never go short of seeing some fascinating sights. Think of the stories in years to come.

I, thankfully, have never had a bad job as such. Just utterly frustrating ones. I should never be allowed in retail...apparently I'm meant to tell the customer what they want to hear and not the truth.

"No wonder I do not make people comfortable. I am a mirror. I have far too many things to say." - Mouthing the Words

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8 posted 09-24-2002 04:56 AM       View Profile for cherish   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for cherish

LOL @ lizzy...

hmmmmm.....try hand cutting a boxful of capsicums everyweek....and then hand washing dirty dishcloths with fat clinging so thickly to it that it forms a yellowy orangey crust over it when air touches it. *shudders*....i HATED that.....


Are you scared? BOO! Are you now?

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9 posted 09-24-2002 05:01 AM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

quote:
I, thankfully, have never had a bad job as such. Just utterly frustrating ones. I should never be allowed in retail...apparently I'm meant to tell the customer what they want to hear and not the truth.


My view on success in retail (in this case women's clothing) can be summarized in one little blurb. It isn't about the answer, it's about rephrasing the question:

Customer:  "Do I look fat in this dress?"

Average Salesperson:  "Erm ..." (translation: yes)

Saavy Salesperson (acting surprised):  "Did you just ask me if that dress makes you look fat?"

Customer:  "Yes."

Saavy Salesperson:  "No, of course not."

Truth, of course, because the dress has nothing to do with making them look fat.  It's the extra 50 pounds they're sporting that makes them look fat! *evil grin*

As an aside, I don't work in retail.  

Worst job?  Waitressing in a restaurant frequented by retired personages.  Occasionally rewarding, but most often consisting of 8 hours of the pickiest and most miserly persons for miles around.

Though I agree with whomever said the job of the originating poster takes the proverbial cake ...

anonymousfemale
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10 posted 09-24-2002 09:42 AM       View Profile for anonymousfemale   Email anonymousfemale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for anonymousfemale

quote:
Truth, of course, because the dress has nothing to do with making them look fat.  It's the extra 50 pounds they're sporting that makes them look fat! *evil grin*


LMAO!!!

"No wonder I do not make people comfortable. I am a mirror. I have far too many things to say." - Mouthing the Words

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11 posted 09-24-2002 10:33 AM       View Profile for Acies   Email Acies   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Acies

LIZZY!!!

l o est mon amour?
donde est mi amour?
wo ist meine Liebe?
Nelly Furtado a menina a mais bonita no mundo largo do todo.

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12 posted 09-24-2002 05:56 PM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bsquirrel

I worked summers at Wal*mart in the shoe department for four years.

One day, I said "Friggin'" over the intercom.

Long, boring story. Sorta like the job. :p

Yours actually sounds whimsical, in a God-get-me-outta-here! kinda way, anya.
Miah
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13 posted 09-24-2002 06:37 PM       View Profile for Miah   Email Miah   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Miah

I hated working the intercom at the hospital. for some reason I always got the case of the giggles.  
anya
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14 posted 09-25-2002 04:42 AM       View Profile for anya   Email anya   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for anya

whimsical bsquirrel? It takes all my will power not to stab my boss with the nearest chopstick when he sings 'jailhouse rock' lol

Seriously though I rekon your guys 'worst jobs' sound way worse, at least I am never board, and I don't have to be polite to anybody or lie to fat women that they look good in a dress, so I guess it's not so bad,
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15 posted 10-07-2002 01:56 AM       View Profile for Skyfire   Email Skyfire   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfire

I worked at Tim Hortons. Enough said.

A toque IS a hat! And I have one!

Nicole
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16 posted 10-07-2002 03:39 PM       View Profile for Nicole   Email Nicole   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Nicole

I'm a Deputy Judge.  Not the best job, although it pays well, but not the worst job either.  It's interesting at least, and I always get a raised eyebrow when someone asks what I do.  
Anvrill
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17 posted 10-08-2002 04:36 PM       View Profile for Anvrill   Email Anvrill   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Anvrill's Home Page   View IP for Anvrill

Check this:

I am being PAID to dress up in Halloween costumes from the 12th through 31st of this month!



And on the 12th, I am not doing any of my normal work (that "normal work" stuff is filling shelves with clothes, cleaning the floor, working the till, giving melodramatic Halloween announcements over the PA and being praised by customers/co-workers/supervisors for it)...I am instead telling scary stories to children all day while my best girl friend paints their faces!

Yeppers, we at the "Thrift Department Store" Value Village are entertaining children this Saturday in a Halloweeny gimmick setup trying to convince their parents to spend money because they themselves won't hafta be looking after their brats while they shop.

Oh well... I'm a natural at scaring little children! The ones on my block whisper about me as though I myself am an urban legend... So I get to go totally gothed out to work on Saturday and read all the stories I bought when I myself was a child. So, if nothing else, my job is cool for this one month.

THEN I'll look into working at a REAL retail place!

your tongue's like poison
so swollen it fills up my mouth

rs

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Oh, and Skyfire, that's not 'nuff said!

I worked at Tim Horton's for 14 months (or 15?). 12 of those months were spent on the graveyard shift. 10 of those months were spent doing the muffin bake on graveyard shift! And now working at a thrift store during the day, I get paid more!

THAT is insane.

Grr.

The donut baker Tony is talking to my ex-manager James about increasing the muffin baker's wage to starting at $9 ('stead of starting at $7), because there was a turnover of 5 bakers (including me) in only one year there. I think that says something about how thoroughly that job sucks.

your tongue's like poison
so swollen it fills up my mouth

rs

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19 posted 10-09-2002 08:12 PM       View Profile for Jenn Cirrincione   Email Jenn Cirrincione   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jenn Cirrincione

I'm a cashier at Wal*Mart. The most fun you can have outside a full cavity search performed by Carrot-top.

I'd have to say, I used to give people some credit for not being complete idiots- I was very very incorrect. *shudder* There are more ignorant, unclean, shady characters in this world then I could have ever imagined. And it's just the best when they start yelling at you because there is nothing in stock..."Oh that's right!! I forgot to put out all the baked beans tonight, they really shouldn't let me be a stocker anymore!!! Awful, really I should be thrashed with a wet noodle for not assuring that our shelves were filled. Damn the cashier!"
Or how about that Deli line? I really should cut that meat faster shouldn't I?
The best was when someone didn't get to my line fast enough that someone else beat him to the punch...he thought it would be good to throw all of his groceries onto the belt over that other person's head to get checked out first. Brilliant!!

Why is it that we are at our most ingenius only when trying to destroy the things that keep us alive and thriving?

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20 posted 10-09-2002 09:13 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Picked asparagas...has to be done at sunrise - I guess you have to surprise the little stalks in their sleep?

Cut rhubarb - with knifes that look like machetes. I lasted a half a day because I was scared I'd cut my hand off!

Baby sitter for the summer - when I was 11 - still a baby myself!

A pharmacist's assistant - had to help sell condoms and jockstraps...hmmm..that listing on my resume must be why Ron hired me to moderate the Adult Forum.

Worked in a fabric store - I liked that job and have the ability now to measure a yard of fabric with nothing more than my nose and my arm (hmm..maybe THAT is why I was chosen to moderate Adult?).

And lastly - a phone job that will not be expained in THESE forums!
 
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