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htcthc321
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re: What's your shortest job experience and why? Mine was 4.5 hours.
High school. Went to work for a new Iowa 80 station that was opening. Four hours of spraying hydrochloric acid and scrubbing the sides of tractor-trailers was enough


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ItNeverRains
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Franklin, TN
Member since Oct 2007
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About 5 minutes. I did temp work in college, about 5 of us got called to a warehouse to help organize/inventory. As soon as I walked in this dude smelling like the night before starting screaming at us to go into the office where the inventory spreadsheets are kept and start cross checking all items that were discontinued or back ordered before we took count of current products (how the frick would we know), go to the mechanical room and any lightbulbs needing to be changed (about 30’ ceilings) get that done, and he needed 2 guys to ride with him to pickup parts for a customer.

One kid stayed, the rest of us left immediately. I heard later the kid that stayed only lasted about another 15 minutes then bolted.



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KTShoe
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Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2020
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Six hours. At the age of 14 I got a job washing cars at this gas/service station. My buddy previously had this job and talked it.

I would wash cars constantly. One after another, it never stopped. I would occasionally get help from one of the mechanics but I think that was because I was new.

The owner, he was a nice guy despite the crappy job, told me to go to lunch. I sat down for about 5 minutes and just thought that this wasn’t for me. I called my mom to come pick me up the told the owner I quit.


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Zephyrius
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Wharton, La.
Member since Dec 2004
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2 4hr shifts after classes at the Winn Dixie first semester at LSU. Before they hired me, it was a condition that I would not be scheduled for LSU home football games. Of course the MFers scheduled me for the season opener at Tiger stadium.

I was a born pizza delivery driver anyway.


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Zendog
Santa Barbara
Member since Feb 2019
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0 hours. Guy was showing me what my job entailed. 8 hours a day of standing picking out bad garlic heads in a Foremost garlic factory in Gilroy Ca. I said no thanks


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VictoryHill
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Tuscaloosa, AL
Member since Nov 2013
1442 posts

7 work days. A Tuesday through the following Wednesday.

Mail warehouse (not Amazon). I went home on a Wednesday evening, talked with my wife, and sent an e-mail at 10PM resigning immediately without notice.

Made me realize that I'm not meant to work for other people and I've been pretty happy since. Always bet on yourself.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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Here
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6 hours

Fast food joint

It was awful


CincinnatiTiger
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Cincinnati, OH
Member since May 2010
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1.5 hours. Vector Marketing, selling Cutco Knives.

Probably 85 people in the first meeting, gave us a smoke break and at least 60 got in their car and left. a-holes called me for months trying to see if I accidentally left…


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PacoPicopiedra
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After I crapped out at college my dad got me a job working as a line handler at the Port of Texas City. It entailed tying up ships when they arrived and providing resupply for the ship's crew while they were in port.

First off, having to ride the little flat topped boats (no railings) to each slip where the ships were docked sucked in the choppy waters of Galveston Bay, in the winter time. Simultaneously felt like I was going to go overboard any minute while also trying not to lose my stomach due to nausea.

Secondly,the ship's crew of foreign douchebags had a game to see how close they could come to hitting you with the line as they threw it down to be tied off.

Those lines weigh a ton and the frickers would stand up on deck laughing their asses off as you scrambled to get out of the way all the while we were loading up palates of Miller Lite and boxes of steaks for their food supplies.

I worked one shift and decided I would go back to college as soon as I could. Was on call and the boss telephoned me at about 3 AM the next day to come in to work and I respectfully declined.


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philly444
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3 or so weeks. Boss was an absolute a-hole and control freak. Like to a ridiculous degree. I said frick this, dropped what I was doing one day, told him I’m out, and left


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CaptainDave
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Had just gotten out of the Navy, was waiting on my Chattanooga police officers exam and couldn’t find a job.

Company called Intec gave a job. Maybe around 10$ an hour. I went from being a First Lieutenant on a Nuclear Sub to being told when I could take a bathroom break, not a break but just to go pee. Crack heads bossing me around and talking about doing drugs all night.

I’m as humble as they come but I had to draw the line. Made it through the day and that was it.


OSoBad
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About 3 weeks… Got hired by an electrical contractor for estimator/PM. My first day was told a crew was short out in the field, they really needed help. First day on the job in my polo and slacks digging fricking ditches for conduit. That went on until I quit, never stepped foot in the office. I had to be the most expensive helper they ever put in the field.


shawnlsu
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Member since Nov 2011
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30 minutes.
Got a "sales" job selling "household appliances" at about 20 years old. Went to "orientation" and after they went through some introduction stuff they pulled out on of those $3000 vacuums. I and a few others got up and walked out right there
This post was edited on 7/2 at 7:53 am


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bird35
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Georgia
Member since Sep 2012
9945 posts

I signed on with a roofing company. It was Summer and I was home from college. This was the early 90’s and I was making 8.00 an hour when the rest of the summer jobs paid 3.50.

Day 1. We started at 6:30 am. We were four stories up stripping the roof off of a hospital which thankfully had a flat roof.

There was a thermometer on the room and it was 112 degrees up there. I drank 15 quarts of water and did not use the restroom.

At 4:00 I asked a coworker when we got off. He said when the boss tells us to pack up. I asked when did you go home yesterday? He said 9:00pm.

I had a girlfriend and I was planning to see her after I got off work.

Thankfully at 8:15 pm it thundered and the Boss told us to pack up.

Day 2:

Was Friday. We started at 6:30 am and went back up on the roof.
Our job was to strip the old roof off, put it in a wheelbarrow, and dump it into a dumpster on the ground below.

Because we were so high a employee was on the ground to pick up what missed the dumpster and throw it in.

At Noon the boss comes to the site with the biggest cooler I have ever seen. It was full of beer. I was 20 but nobody asked.

We drank while we worked. I knew this was a bad idea as I was dumping a heavy wheelbarrow off the side of a four story roof but 20 year old bird didn’t care.

At 3:00 there were two half brothers who had different moms but the same dad. They were named Anthony and Tony.

Anthony was the guy down on the ground picking up what missed the dumpster.

They got into a argument about whose mom was fat, and a whore. So Tony started dumping his wheelbarrow away from the dumpster and this pissed Anthony off.

Anthony pulled out a small Two shot pistol and fired both shots at Tony.

Nobody was hit.

The boss said “There they go again.”

He sent them home.

At 3:30 he told us to pack it up.

I never went back.


liquid rabbit
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30 minutes

Right after college graduation, I applied at a small newspaper as a reporter/editor. My first assignment was editing a sportswriter's story. It was the most god-awful piece of shite I had ever seen. After fixing 3,497 typos, I handed it in, walked out and never went back.


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elprez00
Houston Astros Fan
Hammond, LA
Member since Sep 2011
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Professionally almost exactly one year. Was working as an estimator for a construction company. We started having issues getting bid bonds. Asked my boss what was going on, gave me a bull shite story. Next time it happened same story. I put a lot of work into a bid working with subs for pricing, comes bid day and he promises me we’ve got the bonding issues resolved. Got a guy waiting at the opening for the bond to turn in the bid. 5 mins before it’s due he tells me we aren’t getting it but I need to focus on getting bids ready because that’s my job. Never mind that I’ve lost all creditability with my subs.

I quit a few weeks later. They went under about a month after I left. I hated working there, it was the longest year of my life.


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Dawgholio
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Bugtussle
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We had a football coach (Glen Mason) make it 7 days.


OlGrandad
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Member since Oct 2009
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Half a day. I was 16 and thought I would be an errand boy for a tractor
company. First day the owner tells me to assemble a disc harrow and points to an area in a field where all the parts were on the ground.

I had no idea what he was talking about,and after struggling along and making no progress I was fired at lunch.


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PacoPicopiedra
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Member since Apr 2012
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quote:

Anthony pulled out a small Two shot pistol and fired both shots at Tony.

Nobody was hit.

The boss said “There they go again.”

He sent them home.

At 3:30 he told us to pack it up.

I never went back.


That is a great story. Had a cousin who worked on a traveling (did jobs all over South Texas) roofing crew one summer. The stories he told, bunch of crazy mother frickers.


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shel311
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McKinney, Texas
Member since Aug 2004
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quote:

What's your shortest job experience and why? Mine was 4.5 hours
I think I got that beat, probably 2-3 hours for me.

For grad school, I had to have a certain amount of hours worked with an approved employment program with the school. They randomly assign you a job. I though this was fantastic as I could get my foot in the door at hopefully a good company. A classmate of mine was assigned to a position with Lockheed paying like $90k so I'm thinking I'm in great shape.

The details of my job were very vague and I guess I was worded in that way intentionally. I thought it was odd my first day was at a local hotel, but didn't think too much of it.

I show up... if any of you have spent a little time in Orlando you'll know what I'm talking about here, but my job is right in the lobby of the hotel at one of those kiosks with people that hound you to buy their discounted Disney world tickets. These are setup at restaurants, hotels, just all over town.

This was supposed to be the job to prep me through freaking grad school while my buddy was sitting pretty at Lockheed

I think I was just in shock those 2 hours trying to figure out what was going on before snapping out of it and bailing.


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