What's the worst or most unual job you ever 'ad

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22/10/2008 at 09:52

carrying on from the ego thread in General,

  • When I were a lad I had some rum uns. The worst though was working on a small Greek Island as a drain unblocker. You know back in the day when Greek toilet systems could only cope with objects that had been fully digested. The pay was crap () and it smelt.
  • One of the other lads had to follow the horse buggies around sweeping up the horse shit.
  • One of the girls had worked in a meat factory putting the fat (crackling) back onto joints of pork
there are some strange occupations around which should be covered on "What's my line"
22/10/2008 at 09:57

Worst job I ever had was PR for the Child Support Agency.  I walked out of that one and it was very highly paid... Death threats?... about 6 a day.

Hardest physical was foundry worker, I did it for 2 years and had blisters on my blisters

22/10/2008 at 10:48

I used to have a girlfriend whose Saturday job involved injecting the gelatine into pork pies.

She used to smell reet lush.

22/10/2008 at 10:52

In my archaeologist days, I was the first into the cyst graves to check on the condition of the cofffins.

cougie    pirate
22/10/2008 at 10:56
Part of a past job involved counting pigs. Imagine an ex WWII hangar - filled with hundreds upon hundreds of pigs - in pens of about 20 or so. I used to have to balance on the wooden walkway (what was left of it really cos pigs eat anything) trying to count them whilst the pigs behind were nibbling at my boots.

You couldnt wash the smell off for days.
22/10/2008 at 11:03
You didn't see Rebecca Loos there, did you?
22/10/2008 at 11:03

I typed postcodes into a computer for royal mail. 8pm to 6am, 1000's per hour, fuled entirly by caffine and heavy metal.

PL4

PL4

PL4

BS7

PL4

PL6

SW1A

PL4

PL4

PL4

PL4

PL4

PL4

22/10/2008 at 11:05
What's a cyst grave, Barkles?
22/10/2008 at 11:10
Usually a brick built chamber, sealed with heavy stone lid, containing one or more coffins, often lead-lined. Tended to be victorian type of thing and reused as family members needed space.... if an excavation neded to go down beneath one of these, the contents had to be examined, and if necessary removed and stored before reburial at a later date-- wherever possible they are not disturbed, but the condition stills needed to be checked .. I won't go into why..
22/10/2008 at 11:27
Worst job - working for Toys R Us over a Christmas period whilst studying.

I knew I wasn't going to last long when they gave me a large uniform (bright orange coverall) which covered all as I'm only 5 ft 2 and was only a size 8 at the time. It looked ridiculous.

It was also the year that two women got arrested over a fight for the last Po doll. It was mental - people had camped out over night to be first in the queue, so when we turned up for work the atmosphere was already tense.

The final straw for me was on the same day when I got a load of verbal from a customer as the till roll had run out and I had to wait for a supervisor to change it - the minions weren't allowed to.
22/10/2008 at 11:41
I counted the number of pensioners on the Isle of Man one summer.
22/10/2008 at 11:52

worked in incontinence wear for six months.  The delivery drivers would come in to collect the delivery sheets that had been produced.  the stories...  one old lady would put the pads in her slippers - one in her ahem (the correct place), so the slipper pads were for the overspill .  She would answer the door in these padded slippers.  Senile... 

I left cos I got *peed* off with the boss who was having an affair with my colleague and she kept b*ggering off and leaving me to do all the work whilst she spent hours in the bosses office checking his tie was straight. 

22/10/2008 at 13:24
Worked as a Lab Technician for the American company that made Scholl rough skin remover in 1985.  Channel 4 had a consumer programme called 4 What It's Worth and they got hold of the fact that what looks like dead skin flaking off is actually wax, which made up 55% of the ingredients.  Muggins here had to prove that it it did contain skin cells - by rubbing it in to 20 pairs of feet, catching what came off and analysing it.  The 20th pair of feet were particularly smelly and 'orrible, as was their owner
Nicko. Hdau    pirate
22/10/2008 at 13:36
I was no where near you in 1985 H.
22/10/2008 at 13:50

I paid my way through college working as a night cashier at a petrol station. Worse moment was being robbed by a bunch of goons who kept on running at the door until they realised that they weren't likely to get in and that choosing a garage which was approximately 200yards from the nearest police station wasn't too clever.

On another occasion I was repeated abused by a drunken twat who didn't seem to realise that we have microphones on the forecourts that pick up everything in the dead of the night. Not only did I gob over his sausage roll when I warmed it up for him but by the time I got back to the service hatch he had fallen over and pissed himself - lovely!

22/10/2008 at 15:50
Never abuse someone who's handling your food!
22/10/2008 at 15:56

Barkles, you may be able to awnser a question or 2,

I'll bounce up a genealogy thread 

22/10/2008 at 16:09

working in the shipyards. Future father in law got me job as a labourer and boy was it tough and not to mention bl**dy dangerous. Thankfully only worked there for a month but it was the longest month I've ever done.

 Another was working as a temp data in-putter for pound stretcher which was roughly around this time very repetitive and under paid!

Actually another one was me and my future missus running round as waiters at a work colleagues dinner party.... but it was nice to see how the other half lived!

22/10/2008 at 16:18
A friend of mine ran a pub and asked me if I wanted a cleaning job for the weekend as her cleaner was away. Had to clean the toilets, its was terrible!! Never every again will I clean a pub toilet specially the mens!! How I didnt throw up I will never know!!
22/10/2008 at 16:21
Pizza Man, if you get no answers from Barkles - I was/am a genealogist, drop me an email and I'll help
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