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Old 05-18-2017, 05:52 PM   #16
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I used to bag groceries and collect shopping carts from the parking lot.

Interesting side note, if you connect a shopping cart to your cars spoiler with a length of rope, you can use the cart to go skiing.
We found that pushing the shopping cart with the front bumper was highly entertaining, slam on the brakes and watch that cart hit the woods, the water, the building, whatever.
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Old 05-18-2017, 07:54 PM   #17
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Old 05-18-2017, 08:14 PM   #18
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We found that pushing the shopping cart with the front bumper was highly entertaining, slam on the brakes and watch that cart hit the woods, the water, the building, whatever.
Well we had someone hanging on to the back of the cart so...
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Old 05-18-2017, 08:34 PM   #19
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I had a sunday only paper route for a little while, but I would call my first real job the summer I worked at a drive in (the ones that showed movies.... for you under 30 types that may not be familiar).
I was the fry cook (burgers, dogs, fries, pizza, etc).
Funny thing was, at that time drive ins were on the way out and usually got pretty crappy movies, or ones that had already been in cinemas for a while, so crowds were usually light. But for some reason, if we were showing Martial Arts movies (the cheesy ones) we'd be PACKED! and that crowd ate a ton of the crappy fried stuff I was slinging so I'd be straight-out crazy the entire time.

what did it teach me... I didn't like working with the public, which was reinforced at my next real (High School) job... working at Demoulas (aka "Market Basket") in the produce dept. (after a stint as a bagger and carriage fetcher.)
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Old 05-18-2017, 10:17 PM   #20
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:43 AM   #21
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I was a paper boy from 12-15. And yes, it did prepare me. I had 50 customers and it usually took me about an hour on a bike to deliver them. It was 6 days a week (no Sunday paper) and I couldn't miss a day or my phone would start ringing.

It taught me commitment, how to deal with customers (not always happy), how to account for money (I had to knock on each door every Friday to collect), how to pay bills (I got a bill from the publisher every week, I kept whatever was left over) and more.
All the same for me, except I kept the route until I was 17. It was great to have spending money as a kid for just 40 minutes work a day. I hate mornings and wouldn't like getting up earlier than I have to now, but didn't really mind then.

Learned the same lessons as you and also to tip service people. The one family that didn't tip me always got the wet paper with a tire imprint on it and then they were the only ones that complained. It was a vicious cycle.
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Old 05-19-2017, 05:38 AM   #22
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All the same for me, except I kept the route until I was 17. It was great to have spending money as a kid for just 40 minutes work a day. I hate mornings and wouldn't like getting up earlier than I have to now, but didn't really mind then.

Learned the same lessons as you and also to tip service people. The one family that didn't tip me always got the wet paper with a tire imprint on it and then they were the only ones that complained. It was a vicious cycle.


I delivered an afternoon paper which was a pain, especially in the summer. If I was hanging out with friends, I'd have to leave to do the route. The collection day closest to Christmas was fantastic. I would usually end up with a couple hundred in tips. One customer always knitted me a hat and another would give me a 5lb bos of chocolates.

My 1st "real" job was working at a drug store. Most of the staff during evenings and weekends were high schoolers, so we were a handful for the adults that were supposed to be supervising us. But we were employed and making enough to pay for gas (minimum wage was $2.10 at the time, but gas was 0.59/gallon).
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Old 05-19-2017, 06:01 AM   #23
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I worked at Walgreens as a clerk/stock person which helped me with my client service skills that I would need later when I begun my career in public relations. It was a good job. Fun people and very social.
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Old 05-19-2017, 06:50 AM   #24
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I grew up on a beef cattle (Angus and Charolais) & quarter horse ranch so naturally my first job was feeding and cleaning up after the critters. Mostly mucking stalls and hauling hay and grain to the troughs & mending fences. Later on it entailed breaking and training the horses for cutting and roping.

My first job off the ranch was for Pepsi Cola. I started as a helper on a truck and began my own delivery route by the end of that summer of '63. That was a great job for a teenage boy...miniskirts were all the rage - the views from the high truck into the cars were often magnificent. ;)
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Technically my first real job lasted one afternoon. I got hired at Woolworth's to be a sweep up, shelf stocking kind of boy. Spent the afternoon sweeping (first time I'd ever even held a broom). Late in the afternoon, I got handed a toilet bowl brush and was told, "Go clean the bathrooms." I said, "Screw that, I didn't sign on for janitorial duties," and walked out.

So, yes, it prepared me for life: make sure you know what you're getting into up front, or else you could find yourself dealing with a lot of shit.
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I worked at the movie theater, USA Cinemas. $3.25/hour which was minimum wage at the time.

You got 3 hours of extra pay if you changed the signage on the marquee, so I did that until I had a mishap. The way it was done was you took a step ladder and climbed up it onto the catwalk. Then you would lift the stepladder up onto the catwalk and set it up on the catwalk so you could climb it and reach the top of the sign. The problem was, the width of the step ladder was the same width as the catwalk, so you had to ahve a guy hold onto it while you climbed to make sure it didn't slip off of the edge.

One time, it slipped off the edge while I was on it and I fell, but fortunately I landed on the catwalk and was unhurt, other than scared sh*tless.

After that, I decided it wasn't worth the $10.
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...and did it prepare you at all for life?

My first real job was dishwasher/cook/fountain (soda jerk)/bartender/manager at Howard Johnson's restaurant at the top of Branford Hill in CT back in 1980.
. . . God, I miss that place.
I loved Howard Johnson's too, especially on roadtrips. Always looked forward to stopping for a cone.
My 1st job was as a waitroid at The Farm Shop as a Sr in HS. My mother only permitted me to do it "if it doesn't interfere with your school work, dear." But I wanted to be there since that's where all the cool kids hung out on the weekends.
Taught me nothing for the future except that restaurant managers are little Napoleons and boys like to start stupid fights in the parking lot.
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Like a lot of you, I did a paper round. It was in Bolton, Lancashire. The weather is notoriously wet, and bitterly cold in winter. The lesson I learned was that work is shit. I've seen nothing since then to change my opinion.

I then went on to work for a small local start-up called Mc Donald's. None of you will know them but they do burgers and stuff. At University, I studied German and spent more time working at Burger King to pay for it.

My first post-graduation job was working as a nursing assistant on an acute psychiatric ward. It's fair to say I grew up quickly.

Lessons learned? Treat people as you want to be treated, don't be late, show willing and you get the extra shifts. Do some work to show people that you have a work ethic. If you sit on your arse, all entitled because you have a degree, no one will employ you. Every single successful person I know did a shit job at some point.

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