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  • xavier mcdanielxavier mcdaniel Somewhere in NYCPosts: 8,291
    Day camp counselor where I met a few of my friends that I'm in touch with 16 years later. Got the job by responding to an ad in the paper over the phone.
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  • SVRDhand13SVRDhand13 NYCPosts: 24,230
    I worked at a clothing store. Not mentioning which one :oops: :lol:.
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  • StillHereStillHere Posts: 7,793
    Weiner King! Located in a really quaint outlet shopping village in Flemington NJ. Right next to the steam train ride station. Chili weiners. I think I made something like $1.45 an hour. I was 14 and I was in heaven.

    After that it was Arthur Treacher's Fish and Chips, remember that place? I did whatever I could to avoid working Fridays cuz everyone crammed the place on Friday afternoons and the boss acted like a madman. Obviously there was a huge Catholic don't-eat-meat-on-Fridays population in town. Do we still do that?

    After that, I became "important" ;) and worked afternoons in the high school main office typing and mimeographing. If you remember mimeographing then you're letting on your age. I loved it!
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  • dankinddankind I am not your foot. Posts: 13,699
    Taco Bell, back when Taco Supreme or Enchilada were biggest menu items.

    Me, too! Also, the Chilito was still a Chilito, and the joint still had green sauce.
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  • LloydXmasLloydXmas Posts: 7,539
    SVRDhand13 wrote:
    I worked at a clothing store. Not mentioning which one :oops: :lol:.
    You worked at Abercrombie and Fitch?
  • supadupasupadupa ChicagoPosts: 377
    I worked at a men's clothing store, part of a small chain that no longer exists. It sold a lot of brands that were popular with young guys. The staff was mostly female because male employees always ended up stealing.
  • SVRDhand13SVRDhand13 NYCPosts: 24,230
    LloydXmas wrote:
    SVRDhand13 wrote:
    I worked at a clothing store. Not mentioning which one :oops: :lol:.
    You worked at Abercrombie and Fitch?

    Close, but not as bad

    (and I worked at a camp for a few years but it was volunteer, this was my first paying job)
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  • PingfahPingfah Posts: 350
    Saturday job in a rare records shop when I was 15. We also used to do record fairs up and down the country. Absolutely amazing first job!

    It's all been downhill from there actually. :lol:
  • guacamolejoeguacamolejoe Posts: 2,370
    Stock boy at the local liquor store Nov - Jan .............17 year old

    No wonder I had a drinking problem when I was young :fp: ,

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  • Jason PJason P Posts: 17,785
    1st job was stacking hay bales

    2nd job was stacking lumber at a sawmill

    3rd job was as a day laborer stacking cement blocks

    Needless to say, I studied my ass off in college so that one day I could tell others to stack stuff.
  • MayDay10MayDay10 Posts: 9,880
    Dishwasher at a holiday inn.


    It was hell. Banquets with hundreds of people taking place simultaneously, plus a restaurant... one dishwasher, the machines were always broke. you had to put the dishes away and they were hot as fuck. Poor management/supervision, the kitchen was an absolutely disgusting shit hole. I didnt last too long, maybe a month?
  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 19,620
    I was a groundsman for a lady that went to our church, and she owned a Stock farm for race horses. I worked as a groundsman for her, feeding horses, cleaning stalls, bathing horses,cleaning water buckets and troughs. I woke up at 4 every morning to get there by 4:30. Worked til 7, then went home showered got ready for school, and then went back after school. It was hard work, but I learned tons!! And I absolutely loved being around all the horses!
    I got paid 3 an hour but at 11 yrs old that's RICH!! I worked for that lady til I was 13. I saved for those three years and bought my first horse by my 14th birthday!!
    Wow! Some excellent life-lessons must've come from these experiences at such a young age.

    Am I the only one impressed by this?

    My first "real" job was at 17, as a temp at a major department store that no longer exists (but the behemoth it existed IN is still there). Worked my way up over the course of four years, but burn-out got me.

    No wonder I now avoid shopping centers at all costs :P
  • ldent42ldent42 NYCPosts: 7,843
    You ever find menus that got slipped under your door?

    My first paying job was doing that. for a store though, not a restaurant. In the projects. at 13 years old.

    I have since learned to make better employment decisions. :thumbup:
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    at a bar
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  • decides2dreamdecides2dream Posts: 14,928
    if i ignore babysitter, first real job was as a salesgirl in a jewelry store as soon as i could get my work permit.
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  • shetellsherselfshetellsherself New JerseyPosts: 8,396
    Dairy Queen, putting swirls on cones and making Buster Bars, hot fudge sundaes and chocolate malts

    Whoa! Parallel lives once again! :lol: mine was at the Dairy "Keen" our little rural town's version of the same
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  • Dairy Queen, putting swirls on cones and making Buster Bars, hot fudge sundaes and chocolate malts

    Whoa! Parallel lives once again! :lol: mine was at the Dairy "Keen" our little rural town's version of the same
    oooh are you hearing that Twilight Zone music or is it just me? :shock: :lol: :lol: :lol:
    And the sun it may be shining . . . but there's an ocean in my eyes
  • wasa1971wasa1971 Calgary, CanadaPosts: 2,086
    My title was a " kiddie wrangler" I looked after kids between shoots on a local tv show.
  • jmurrayjmurray Stratham, NHPosts: 3,536
    Yokens, a seafood place in Portsmouth, NH in the back kitchen
  • youngsteryoungster BostonPosts: 6,574
    I was 15 and got a job at a deli/sandwich shop. Since state law says you had to be 18 to use the meat slicer, I was relegated to cleaning up, stocking drinks in the cooler, making chicken/ham salad and cooking chicken cutlets in the oven. It wasn't bad but I quit when football season rolled around so I could play.
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  • mookeywrenchmookeywrench Posts: 5,316
    Warehousing & packing at a sign/print shop on the night crew over the summers. $10 per hour with no limits on working over time. Can't imagine why that place had to lay off their entire night-shift the next year. :fp:
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    Data entry monkey some 17 years ago. I still work for the same organisation, now doing project management.

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  • Sprunkn7Sprunkn7 Posts: 5,164
    Besides babysitting which I started at 13, I was 15 when I worked in a greenhouse. Funny because my sister and mom are great gardeners and I kill anything that isn't seasonal or goes into a terrarium....
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  • Get_RightGet_Right Posts: 10,448
    Caddy at a country club.
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  • PeTaLuMaPeTaLuMa New JerseyPosts: 54
    StillHere wrote: »
    Weiner King! Located in a really quaint outlet shopping village in Flemington NJ. Right next to the steam train ride station. Chili weiners. I think I made something like $1.45 an hour. I was 14 and I was in heaven.

    After that it was Arthur Treacher's Fish and Chips, remember that place? I did whatever I could to avoid working Fridays cuz everyone crammed the place on Friday afternoons and the boss acted like a madman. Obviously there was a huge Catholic don't-eat-meat-on-Fridays population in town. Do we still do that?

    After that, I became "important" ;) and worked afternoons in the high school main office typing and mimeographing. If you remember mimeographing then you're letting on your age. I loved it!

    Just saw your post NOW.... did a search on Flemington to see if anyone in the neighborhood was a fan & this post popped up. I remember Weiner King. It was the best. Wonder if you ever took my order??? I still live in the area. Arthur Treacher's is now Taco Bell. They just got the steam train up & running again. I love hearing the whistle

  • mca47mca47 Posts: 12,586
    Landscape at a golf course. Played so much golf back then I was pretty damn good. The work part of it suuuucked though. Getting up at 5AM on a weekend to do physical work....no thanks! hahahaha!
  • WobbieWobbie Posts: 25,078
    a glue factory.....not kidding.

    beaver adhesives.....no, we didn't use horses (at least not that I know of)
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  • PJ_SoulPJ_Soul Vancouver, BCPosts: 47,232
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    I woke at this discount designer fashion store called Fashion Ltd 2000. It was awful. It was owned by this super creepy and very intimidating and misogynistic man who sexually harassed the young female staff (i'm talking 15 - 17) in a really fucked up way. As their boss, he got them to model slutty outfits and bathing suits for him after hours, and used his position of authority to pressure them into doing it, and if he wasn't actually molesting at least some of them I'd be shocked. I just couldn't believe these girls would actually do it. He had this very disturbing psychological hold over his staff that completely shocked and disturbed me. Well, for some reason, I guess because I was a kid, I couldn't bring myself to quit - I was scared of the perverted boss - so instead I sabotaged my employment. Within a week of being hired (once I realized what was going on behind the scenes) I started coming to work in inappropriate clothing (that REALLY covered me up - baggy everywhere, lol), and no make-up and without doing my hair, and i just acted like an uninterested, lazy employee with an attitude. It took 3 weeks to get fired (he tried to draw me into his sick little operations for a while before giving up)... 3 very long and horrifying weeks. Then I got a great job as a hostess at a fun Tex-Mex themed restaurant, the Lone Star Cafe. That was fun. OMG, how we partied, lol. :)
    Of course, I wish I'd called the cops on that pervert now, but back then I just didn't know how to deal with it, plus it was a different time. Stuff like that didn't usually get reported back then.
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