It's no secret that I love my new job. I rave about it all the time to my friends, I look forward to going to work every day, and enjoy any overtime. I tweet about it all day, hang out with my co-workers after work, and some how turn every conversation into "that reminds me of something that happened at my job..."
It's probably super annoying to anyone that knows me or follows me on twitter, but there's a good reason I'm so over the moon about it.
I've worked REALLY bad jobs. Like, seriously bad. Horror stories. Trying to save money for university, I had to resort to any jobs that would work with my hectic schedule, and those were often jobs that only lasted six months and had nothing to do with my interests. So here are the worst jobs I've ever worked.
1. When I was 14, my first job (aside from babysitting) was working at Tim Hortons, a Canadian coffee chain. I posted the picture while I was in Europe, but I thought I'd remind you of the horror:
And the worst part wasn't the polyester, high waisted pants. Because I was new, I was the go-to girl if someone pooped on the floor in the bathroom. And yes, I had to clean shit on the floor more than once. I also had to open and close the store by myself, which was at 5:30am and 11pm. Did I mention I was 14?! But the worst was when I asked for week days off in the summer, because I wanted to go to summer camp. They fired me and told me it was because I was irresponsible. Because I wanted to go to SUMMER CAMP. Bad.
2. When I turned 16, I worked at a local supermarket. For the first summer, I worked in the deli, slicing meats and cheeses. I smelled great during the hot summer nights. But then I was so great at my job, they moved me to the fish section, and I worked there for a year. My duties included skinning and cutting fish, scrubbing the floors of fish juice, and boiling live lobsters. I was known around the building as "fish girl," and all my clothes smelled like fish. I'm surprised I turned into a semi-normal human being after that job...
3. Last year I worked at the market selling fudge. The actual job wasn't so bad, as it was only one day a week and paid pretty well. But my boss was insane. He told me that he wanted me to "aggressively" sell fudge, which apparently I wasn't doing well enough, so he decided to cut my pay ON THE SPOT by 60%. Without any conversation or warning. As a side note, how does one "aggressively" sell fudge? Is saying "Hi, would you like some fudge?" not aggressive enough? Did he want me to grab people by the collar and shove a fist full of peanut butter fudge down their throat as a tester? Anyway, he would also call me at random hours during the week, including when I was in class or asleep, and wanted to talk about ways to make his business boom. I don't know if fudge is a booming industry, but I had a sneaking suspicion he wouldn't have wanted to hear me say that. He also had people spy on me while I was working, and the booth was directly across from the butchers (imagine staring at someone hack away at a rabbit carcass at 6:15am, before having your morning coffee). Fuck that job. It lasted four months, and I quit the day he cut my pay.
After these stories (and there are more), you can probably understand why I'm so happy to be in a work environment where I don't smell, don't work unreasonable hours, don't get yelled at, and am genuinely interested in what I'm doing.
What's the worst jobs you've ever had?