I’m not sure why, but this past weekend I got to thinking about the worst job that I’ve ever had. I’m going to write a bit about it below, but first I’d like to invite you to join the fun… If you have your own website, feel free to write up your worst job ever and send me the link so I can compile a list below (a link back to this post would also be greatly appreciated). Otherwise, please chime in by leaving a comment. Okay, with that said, let’s get to it…
I haven’t had an truly horrendous jobs, but I’ve had my fair share of below average employment opportunities. Perhaps the worst one was a janitorial gig that I had (for a very brief time) one summer during college. I happened upon this job while looking for a second job to make a few extra bucks in the evenings after I got off work at my ‘regular’ job. I was supposed to be running a vacuum through some offices for a few hours each night, during which time I had planned on throwing on some headphones and listening to baseball on the radio.
As it turns out, however, my supervisor (a vertically challenged elderly gentleman) was so impressed by my height that he promptly changed my assignment… I’m willing to bet that you didn’t know this, but tall people make great bathroom cleaners (or at least that’s what he said). I’m still not sure why this is the case, but I think it has something to do with my ability to clean way the heck up the walls (which really don’t need to be cleaned all that often in the first place, but apparently that’s beside the point).
Anyway, I’m sure that you can imagine my pleasure when he took me through the bathrooms for the first time and peppered me with helpful little tips, such as reminding me to wipe down the bottom of the trap under the urinal, as that’s where drips tend to collect. And crystallize. Nice. Thanks for the tip. And hey, wouldn’t a short guy be better for that sort of work? Apparently not.
As it turns out, I didn’t need the money that badly, so I soon reclassified myself as a former lavatory hygiene technician. That’s the one job in my life where I didn’t give two weeks (or more) notice before quitting. But hey, if they had handed me the vacuum that they had promised, I’m confident that things would’ve turned out differently.
So, what’s the worst job you’ve ever had? I’m sure that there are some whoppers out there.
— Amanda tells a tale of survival in the cutthroat world of retail sales.
— JLP used to sling burgers (until his bosses torched the place).
— Nick spent five weeks as a corn detasseler.
— Penny Nickel (no relation) did newspaper assembly and temped at a BMW plant.
— IRA worked at a movie theater concession stand.
— LA Money Guy used to be an insurance salesman.
— Jose worked as an online HTML tutor.
— Frank spent a summer typing in physics questions from a textbook.
— MakingOurWay used to do mind-numbing work in a library.
— Dawn was a smut peddler!
But my lovely and talented wife thinks that we’re all a bunch of whiners… She’s done it all, and it all adds up to being the best job ever.