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OT - What Was Your First Job?

My daughter just landed her first job.  She's working at Barnes & Noble in the café.  It got me to thinking about my first job.  I was a paperboy delivering The Detroit News.  Everyday after school I rode my bike to the station, pick up my papers and rode my route.  Friday, I would collect from my customers and give most of that money to my Dad and he would give me a check to pay my bill at the station.  The rest was mine.  Pops was strict about it.  If I didn't collect enough to cover the bill, he wouldn't write the check.  It was that simple.  Later, my first "workplace" type job was washing dishes.

What was your first gig? 

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Nobody wore helmets on bicycles in those days.

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Flint, Michigan.  Named the most dangerous city in America by the F.B.I. three years running.

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  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,261

    Working on the farm.  Started young in life, don't think it hurt me a bit.

    Taught me something about work, what it meant, made me appreciate the "office" job.

    Was in the fields with a hoe part of the summer mornings when I was less than 10.  As I got older, got more responsibility.   Feeding livestock after school in the winter, checking the water, breaking ice when it was frozen.

    Was driving a tractor by myself by the time I was 11 or 12.   First time I took a load of grain to the elevator in town ( 10 miles away), was probably 14 or 15.

    Cookin in Texas
  • AcnAcn Posts: 433
    First job was haying for a couple in town, $5/hour under the table, paid in cash every day. First real job was working for an inventory company, started right after high school and stayed there for about 10 years, first full time over the summers/part time during the school year, then full time while getting a Master's, then evenings and weekends after landing my first 'office' job.

    LBGE

    Pikesville, MD

  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 15,851
    edited July 2013
    metal fabricator /welder, started at 13 back in the 70's, still work in the same cave...shoot me
    :)) please shoot me
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 11,019
    Army JAG office one summer when I was 15.   Boat yard 16.  Assistant cook, chef, kitchen manager after that and through college.  Must have cooked thousands of pounds of beef and seafood. 
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  • bud812bud812 Posts: 1,044
    Dish washer & kitchen helper in a nursing home. It taught me a lot of respect for old people & I heard alot of war stories from some of the old vets that lived there. There was one old vet named Mr. Nelson that I would stay after work & listen to his stories. Most of them were from WW1. Not sure many kids would do that today. Now 45+ years later I drink beer & tell my own stories. (mostly B.S. :D )

    Not to get technical, but according to chemistry alcohol is a solution...

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  • EggucatorEggucator Posts: 179
    Im from Indiana so like every 13 year old from the country, I de-tasseled corn. 
    LBGE
    Zionsville, IN
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 1,595

    Disney character.

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

  • BYS1981BYS1981 Posts: 1,550
    I worked at a local deli waking dishes and graduated to making pizza.
  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 5,608
    All the best to your daughter as she enters the real world!
    Like Freddie, paperboy for the Kingston Whig-Standard. During the summer I also cut grass in the neighbourhood, one of my customers owned a local independent grocery store. Liked my grass cutting and hired me for the store - steady job all through high school. 
    Like NOLS, during the college days worked at a steak house. 
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  • MJGMJG Posts: 142
    Golf Caddie. It has gone down hill from there.
    Large Big Green Egg in a nest. North Shore of Boston.
  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 1,221
    In the stock room at local J C Penny.
    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
  • J_QueJ_Que Posts: 181
    I was the most interesting man in the world until Jonathan Goldsmith took my job!
    I knew all the rules, but the rules did not know me.
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 10,929
    Foghorn said:

    Disney character.

    Still Goofy... Or is it Dopey?
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 1,595

     

    henapple said:

    Disney character.

    Still Goofy... Or is it Dopey?

    At the time, It was Br'er Bear, Baloo, Little John, and Ski Goofy mostly. 

    Now?  You're probably spot on in your assessment - especially given that I go to functions where people like you congregate.

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

  • erbloveerblove Posts: 82
    Lawn care with my father when I was about 8...along with any chore my parents could think of. 
    Columbia, SC ~ LBGE, ThermaPen
    I love to eat...sue me!
  • RzeancakRzeancak Posts: 140
    Paperboy i guess when i first got paid to work,  Walmart was where I learned to pay people who don't work. TAXES!!!!  (Welfare)
    A child can ask questions a wise man can't answer!!!
    Canada
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  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 1,811
    Busboy and dishwasher at the Village Inn @ 15. 
                                                                        
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    Johns Creek, Georgia
  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 2,898
    Paper boy, snow shoveler, grass cutter, pool locker room attendant.   Senior year in high school was when Hurricane Agnes hit Wilkes-Barre, PA.  Spent the summer digging mud out of basements.  $20 cash at the end of an 8 hour day.  Showed up and was assigned to a team.  If you came back with them, you were handed a $20 bill - no taxes, no record, nasty work.
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  • BotchBotch Posts: 2,466
    Tree nursery at 13.  I hoed weeds for six hours in the am, then returned in the evenings to water thousands of roses in pots.
    I had a great tan, but my calves still look like Freddy Kreuger's.  
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  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,317
    Comercial fishermen age 15
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • EGGATLEGGATL Posts: 21

    Delivered Papers on a U.S. Air Force Base in England. My dad was a pilot in the AF.

    My customers were both Americans stationed there as well as Royal Air Force members.

    The Stars and Stripes went to the Americans and the Brittish received their very proper paper but I don't remember the name.

    All was quiet on the western front until one day I somehow got my route mixed up and the British all got the Stars and Stripes and the Americans got the British paper. The Americans didn't mind a bit but the British all got upset. Ended up going back and redelivering the whole route.

    I still laugh and chuckle about it to this day.. quite a learning experience.

     

    Jon

    Atlanta, Georgia area
  • SaltySamSaltySam Posts: 322

    I'm with you @eggucator. I also detasseled.  Three weeks of 4:30am wakeups, and 6-8 hour days walking through muddy corn rows, in 90-degree heat, 85% humidity, drinking lukewarm water from a leaky Igloo cooler, and eating bologna and cheese sandwiches for lunch.  Brutal work.  Decent cash...to a 13-year old at least.

    Just about every other job in the book since then.  Paperboy, car wash, golf course groundskeeping, pro shop, retail, waiter, military. 

    LBGE since June 2012

    Omaha, NE

  • StreetgliderStreetglider Posts: 103
    Afternoon and Sunday paperboy, still hate inserts.

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  • CharlesmaneriCharlesmaneri Posts: 1,284
    my 1st job was pumping gas at the Mobil station I did that from 15yrs old till 18 made enough money to buy my 1st car which was a 1972 Chevelle SS
    2 Large Eggs and a Mini 2 Pit Bulls and a Pork shoulder or butt nearby and 100% SICILIAN
    Long Island N.Y.
  • SMITTYtheSMOKERSMITTYtheSMOKER Posts: 1,949

    I grew up on a Midwestern farm as well, lots of work a little pay...but that was all I knew.  First paying gig was driving a fuel truck at a local airport fueling airplanes, I was 14 at the time and they didn't even check my age. LOL   After a couple of years there they realized my age and I was senior lineman at the time.   Great experience, flying is such a rush especially at takeoff.

     

    -SMITTY     

    from SANTA CLARA, CA

  • TUTTLE871TUTTLE871 Posts: 1,315
    Worked In a friends Dads body shop sanding cars, I still cringe when I look at door jams. Was a great time and learned a lot about cats and life.

    "Hold my beer and watch this S##T!"

    LARGE BGE DALLAS TX.

  • BotchBotch Posts: 2,466
    EGGATL said:...one day I somehow got my route mixed up and the British all got the Stars and Stripes and the Americans got the British paper. The Americans didn't mind a bit but the British all got upset. Ended up going back and redelivering the whole route.

    Jon

    If that "proper british paper" was The Sun, then I know why they got upset...  :D
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  • SaltySamSaltySam Posts: 322
    TUTTLE871 said:
    Worked In a friends Dads body shop sanding cars, I still cringe when I look at door jams. Was a great time and learned a lot about cats and life.

    I know this is just a typo, but it made me laugh.  Talking about cats, and talking about cars...two very different visualizations.

    LBGE since June 2012

    Omaha, NE

  • MickeyMickey Posts: 14,045
    edited July 2013
    Foghorn said:

    Disney character.


    Ok, you can't put that out and not say which one. Sorry, should have finished reading.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini.... 5th Salado EggFest is March 14, 2015

  • MickeyMickey Posts: 14,045
    edited July 2013
    Setting bowling pins for a nickel a frame. Blue Velvet and Sugar Shack were big songs, you guess the year.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini.... 5th Salado EggFest is March 14, 2015

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