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Sweetcaroline
08-20-2009, 08:24 AM
Just wondering what everyone's worse and 'best' summer jobs were...

My worst summer job was at an ice cream stand... imagine that !
It was lots of fun in May when it was a little cooler, we were learning how to make everything and tasting it all... Come July it was hot in there, so sticky with ice cream up to my elbows and busy with lots of inpatient sweaty customers !

My best was in a nursing home, helping with meals, making beds, running errands... loved it...


blondeblueeyedbeauty
08-20-2009, 09:32 AM
I've never really had a really bad summer job. But my best summer job was working in the office for a PI, writing reports, going over the videos. .. and going to school. It was great!

twilight
08-20-2009, 09:42 AM
Guess what Caroline? My favorite summer job was also in a nursing home, working in the kitchen. I loved it!

My worst was at a sub shop. The lunch crowd made the day go by fast, until about 2:00. Instead of letting me leave early, the egotistical owner would have me sit there until 5:00 listening to him talk about himself. I quit after just a few weeks.


tikanique
08-20-2009, 12:02 PM
Worst summer job - working at a school for mentally disabled adults. I was only 18, smaller than most of the students and a little bit afraid of them at first. Once I got to know them it was heart breaking watching the ones on state insurance have their meds tinkered with. They would know something was wrong but didn't have enough control over their own lives to make a stand. Then there was the woman that had previously been over 300 lbs but had been chastised so much about her weight that she became bulimic and when i started working there, the staff was struggling to get her over 95 lbs. So heart breaking.

Best summer job. Summer camp counselor for the YMCA!

Aclai4067
08-20-2009, 12:12 PM
Worst job- working at Subway. Sadly the more choices you give a customer, the more picky and rude they become. But I could have delt with that. The real issue was that my boss was the biggest ***hole I've met in my life. Back then I thought you're supposed to hate your boss, you just tough it out. Now I know better!

Best job- Tie between Lane Bryant and my first year of lifeguarding. I loved the women I worked with at LB and we got an awesome employee discount. Lifeguarding was my first time in a while working with people my own age. Made some good friends and my boss is pretty cool too. (I still lifeguard there, I like it okay, but it's not as fun as it used to be.)

mayness
08-20-2009, 01:37 PM
Worst: a summer research program in Pittsburgh.. not just because I don't like Pittsburgh :D but because I was put into a lab whose research didn't interest me at all, and I didn't have the skills necessary to do anything productive.

I also worked in an a la carte restaurant on campus in college, but never during the summer. For a while I was always stuck at the "Asian" section which meant deep-frying things and cooking things in a wok. It got painfully warm in the late spring and early fall. I was always covered in this layer of oil droplets by the time my shift was done, it was gross. Not that the other stations were much better.. the giant vat of mayo at the sub station grossed me out, and heaven forbid I got put on dish washing duty. :barf:

Best: I worked in Research and Development where my mom works one summer, a company that makes big industrial size mixers (for food production, pharmaceuticals, etc). My primary project was helping to test "gear boxes" (the part that links the motor to the mixer shaft) that probably weighed almost a ton. I tested temperature, noise, vibration, gear contact patterns, etc. Keep in mind I have NO engineering or mechanical experience WHATSOEVER. When my supervisor went on vacation, I was put in charge of testing these things and making sure they were safe to go out to the customers. :eek: I was even invited to important meetings and stuff, where I was the only female. It was a blast!

Also, while not during the summer, I spent a year working early mornings (6-10am) at Macy's on the dock, unloading the trucks and unpacking all the clothes and stuff that came in. It was neat to see all the newest items! Come to think of it, I'm not sure why I liked that job so much, lol.. it was very repetitive and meant 4 hours of standing on cement most days. I guess it's just because I knew it was my last paid-by-the-hour, manual labor type job EVER.

EZMONEY
08-20-2009, 09:40 PM
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Also, while not during the summer, I spent a year working early mornings (6-10am) at Macy's on the dock, unloading the trucks and unpacking all the clothes and stuff that came in. It was neat to see all the newest items! Come to think of it, I'm not sure why I liked that job so much, lol.. it was very repetitive and meant 4 hours of standing on cement most days. I guess it's just because I knew it was my last paid-by-the-hour, manual labor type job EVER.

:) Too funny MAYNESS my sister had this same job for 3 years, up until 1.5 years ago, at a Macy's in Illinois. She loved it...it was very hard on her physically since she recently turned 50 and has lupus....but she loved the work...some very cold mornings for her though since she started very early.

souvenirdarling
08-20-2009, 10:00 PM
Ugh! IU worked at an IGA, a grocery store in ahuge bakery department. I live in a thoroughly French province, and my French wasn't nearly as good then. I wasn't as confident in my language then, the customer service made me anxious, I was everyone's gopher which made me angry, everyone was unpleasant, and I HATED that I got 1 hour + 2 15 min breaks to sit around wasting when I would have preferred to get PAID or go HOME!!! UGH!

I did 2 days!!!!!!

I also tried telemarketing, actually. For 3 hours. 1 hour spent calling old numbers that I knew no one would pick up. I hated it. I'd rather get paid to fart repeatedly in public, which would be less compromising to my integrity.

Sweetcaroline
08-20-2009, 10:08 PM
Guess what Caroline? My favorite summer job was also in a nursing home, working in the kitchen. I loved it!

My worst was at a sub shop. The lunch crowd made the day go by fast, until about 2:00. Instead of letting me leave early, the egotistical owner would have me sit there until 5:00 listening to him talk about himself. I quit after just a few weeks.

Twilight... isn't that something... looks like your 'worst' job was similiar too..

Windchime
08-20-2009, 10:20 PM
I was going to say that my worst job ever was picking pears, till someone mentioned telemarketing. I would rather climb up and down a ladder with a heavy bag of pears strapped around my shoulders than do telemarketing again. I was desperate for a job and ended up with a split shift--4 hours in the morning, and 4 hours in the evening. I lasted 1 day. I think I was trying to sell screen doors or something, and apparently I didn't understand the system of marking the numbers off on the call sheet because I got chewed out on the evening shift because my daytime counterparts had accidently called people that I had called that morning.

It was horrible. I hated bothering people; one lady was so angry and upset that I felt terrible for bothering her.

harrismm
08-20-2009, 10:36 PM
Worst job EVER-walking beans and detasseling corn....welcome to midwest summer employment.

Chelby29
08-20-2009, 10:49 PM
Worked in an ice plant one summer throwing 8 pound bags of ice onto a conveyer belt. It was close to 0 degrees in the ice plant, but the plant was in Southwest Louisiana, where outside it was 100 degrees with 100% humidity. I was so sick that summer!

murphmitch
08-20-2009, 11:43 PM
Worst job EVER-walking beans and detasseling corn....welcome to midwest summer employment.

I agree. Detasseled for two years when I was 14 & 15 and too young to get a job doing anything else. The worst part was getting drenched in the morning with the dew and the be steaming in the afternoon heat, then have that irritating corn dust on your sweaty chest chafing you all day. No, maybe the worst part was having to pee in between the corn rows and having a male supervisor walk up on you in the middle of it (And you just prayed you never had to poop when you were going down the mile long rows.) Or seeing those great big yellow and black spiders in their webs all of a sudden in your face. :eek: I am short and I had a hard time reaching the tops of the corn to pull the tassel off and got yelled at a lot for missing them. We felt like slaves when they shortened our lunch times and make us work past quitting time to finish a field. We got paid like $1.50 an hour back then, but thought we were rich when we got paid.

My best summer job was as a nursing student at the hospital where I still work. Got paid a whopping $3. 75 an hour then and we knew we were rich then! ;)

Sweetcaroline
08-21-2009, 04:39 AM
Boy that detasseling stuff borders on abuse... that kind of work puts my after market jobs in grocery stores sound like a dream..

dutchgirl
08-21-2009, 03:44 PM
I spent one summer cleaning apartments in an apartment complex that was mostly inhabited by students during the academic year. They moved out and went home for the summer and left behind...:fr::barf:
It scared me to death that the people who made those messes were to be the future of the country.
I am by no means a great housekeeper, but compared to what I saw there!!!
The only saving grace of that job was that I worked with a great bunch of people and we had a lot of fun while working our tails off

lizziep
08-22-2009, 02:36 PM
Fast food. I managed to work there about 3 days. And then just quit. I couldn't handle it! They didn't train me but wanted me to work the window, I didn't even know how to use the headset and nobody would show me. It was a 5AM shift too. yuck!
And even though I only worked there 3 days- it took me a couple years before I could even drive by that particular place without gagging a little at the smell. That stuff just seeps into your skin and hair and doesn't leave! worst job i ever had.

danemom
08-23-2009, 11:55 AM
Not summer job but.... Sears toy department (this was the late 1970's) at Christmas!! Kids everywhere, parents buying things then wanting me to "disguise them" so the kids they brought didn't know what it was!! Only made it a couple of months.

mayness
08-23-2009, 01:12 PM
Oh, dane, I forgot that I worked at Sears once too! I think I blocked it out of my mind, lol. They had the craziest strict rules about EVERYTHING for employees (about 8 years ago). But the worst was one day near the holidays where we ran out of gift boxes because the shipment was delayed - you would think I was telling these people I was going to murder their families when I said "we're out of boxes right now." :dizzy:

caryesings
08-23-2009, 01:57 PM
Worst summer job - worked in greenhouses raising weeds for research. I was so hot I wanted to cry. Of course dorm room not air conditioned, so I spent the whose summer sweating. The good news is I lost 15 pounds over the course of the summer as I was too hot to have an appetite.

Best summer job - The next summer I crewed a sailboat for day cruises off Mackinac Isand.

lizziep
08-23-2009, 11:12 PM
toy dept at christmas reminds me of... office supply store during back to school!! oh man, i was just reminiscing over the horrors last night when i saw the displays and smelled the crayola crayons. it's like a war-time flash back. lol. i once was stuck at a line for so long that i had to just grab someone to stand at my register so i could go to the bathroom! After holding it for about 3 hours and couldn't wait anymore. forget about taking a break! puh! also- the horrible horrible lists of stuff people want, and running out of one ticket item every year- one year it was paper! we freaking ran out of paper! you'd think we'd slaughtered goats in front of their children! lol.

oh man, whenever i hate my cubicle job i just think about that for 2 seconds and i feel better. :) if i ever have kids- their dad is taking them school shopping!

Marms
08-23-2009, 11:36 PM
Worst summer job was working as an envelope stuffer. The quotas they give you are insane. Even at my fastest, I was just barely making the quota. My hands were completely covered in paper cuts at the end of the day.