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What crap jobs have you done?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by MarkF, 21 Sep 2007.

  1. MarkF

    MarkF Guru

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I only contribute to one other forum (a horological one) and this was an eye opening thread on there.

    I am electrician by trade but I hated it with a passion, I'd do anyhting to avoid picking up that freaking tool box. I work for myself now, no not as a sparky:smile: and consider myself very fortunate indeed, but before I got lucky I have been...

    1. A waiter.
    2. Pig farm worker.
    3. Shelf stacker.
    4. Electricians mate. I know, I know.:blush:
    5. Security guard.
    6. Salesman selling industrial energy optimisers for AC induction motors.
    7. Telesales. Lasted 47 minutes.

    What have you done?
     
  2. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    till operator at safeways, telesales, macdonalds (all two shifts before either i got fired or i just left (actually both iirc)).
     
  3. - Answered complaints letters for a tour operator. Truly the most miserable experience ever.
    - Stuffed envelopes in a warehouse
    - Sold gig merchandise at the NEC and at various festivals, where the boss was ripping the company off and blaming the vendors, so we kept getting docked for the losses. He ended up in prison having stolen 20 grand from the company.
     
  4. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen
    1. Bin man
    2. Drain cleaner
    3. Rat catcher's assistant
     
  5. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    Barrel boy in a German Brewery

    Independant financial adviser with the UK's green effluent bank
     
  6. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Location:
    South Beds.
    1)paper round.....
    2)Bike mechanic at a LBS that went bust after 2 months...
    thwy wanted me to clean the bog...I walked out after the first day....bog left uncleaned.
     
  7. cisamcgu

    cisamcgu Veteran

    Location:
    Merseyside-ish
    Filing clerk in the civil service (mind numbing)
    System analyst
    Physics teacher in Tonga (VSO - wonderful)
    Database administrator
     
  8. OP
    OP
    MarkF

    MarkF Guru

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I had to clean the bog at work when I was 17, make everybody's coffee and clean the bosses car. At the time it didn't strike me as wrong and now 28 years later I know it wasn't wrong. On the contrary, I am glad I did it.
     
  9. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Delivering exhaust brackets, in pieces, to bored housewives on council estates. Unloading bags and bags of the things into (usually) the cupboard under the stairs. Reloading the van with bags and bags of assembled exhaust brackets and driving them back to the industrial estate from hell.
     
  10. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    Cleaner ("domestic assistant") in a mental handicap hospital for a year. I had just given up nursing (including having worked as a nurse at the same hospital), and was having rather a hard time trying to support an alcoholic parent after the death of another parent, and I needed the money! :o) Working as a cleaner where you have previously held a responsible job is not easy, and suffice to say life was not a bowl of cherries at that point. Thankfully, I found my way, and am now generally a happy bunny! :blush:

    My grandfather used to have the job of opening the sluice gates at high tide to let the shite out of Dublin (this was early 1920s-1930s!) Literally, a crap job!
     
  11. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    You mean you didn't relieve the housewive's of their boredom? :blush:

    I have:-

    Dressed as a furry dolphin and danced for small children.
    Been a trade plater (paid hitchhiker basically).
    Been a dental receptionist on a Royal Marine base.
    Worked on a cheese counter.
    Been an estate agent.
    Worked in several offices.
    Bar work.
    Shop work.
    Sexed chickens (apparently I have a natural gift for it....seriously!)
    Been a postman.
    Multi-drop Transit driver.
    Now working in local government.
     
  12. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Waiting on tables in a market town cafe/bistro was truly the most hateful job I have ever done, I almost lost the will to live, having to be nice to the same old country bumpkins with the same old shoot every day. Never really been one for dealing with the public. I have done lots of other menial jobs in my time but they have normally been back room type positions so never really hated them.
     
  13. asterix

    asterix Comrade Member

    Location:
    Limoges or York
    Petrol pump attendant - we actually put the stuff in as it was a long time ago! We even got tips for checking oil, etc. Just a pocket money job.
    Estate agents trainee negotiator, an eye-opener and thankfully was not there long.
    Ferry company's goods inwards clerk (boring or what?)
    Dock labour scheduler (oh, the power!:blush:)
    Freight forwarder (lots of initiative needed - enjoyed it for a while)
    Mail order deliveries (as a student) Horrendous.. lasted a week and half..
    Computer Programmer
    Analyst Programmer
    Change controller (good pay and more power:tongue:)
    Answering the phone to people complaining about York City council. Interesting for a bit but a few real nasty callers and I was glad it was only a temporary job.
    More temp stuff for the council - all boring
    Barn converter. Hard work but I enjoy it and I'm the boss..
     
  14. NickM

    NickM Veteran

    All of mine have been crap. I have better things to do than work.
     
  15. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    I once had to move potatoes from the big sacks to 3lb and 5 lb bags in our local greengrocers. I sat on a wee drinks create weighing the potatoes packing them etc. Got 60p a sack!

    I can still remember to this day the instant pungent smell you got when you opened a sack and the potatoes were rotten. I didn't put them out for sale honest :blush: