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What was your first full time job?

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  1. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

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    Hello:
    My first full time job was working for my uncle at his funeral parlor. My mother almost forced me into that job as she said if I went to school someday I could be a funeral director.

    The problem is that I am afraid of the dead! On my first day, I walked into my uncle's funeral home and no one was around. I called out his name and he told me to come down stairs as he was working on someone.

    I reluctantly walked slowly down the stairs and my uncle and another guy where working on a dead individual. My uncle had previously talked to my mother without my knowledge and she told him I was afraid of the dead.

    My uncle asked me if I would hold open the right arm of the deceased jacket as he needed help placing the deceased arm into the suit jacket. As I was holding the suit jacket sleeve my uncle puts his own arm in the jacket and latched on to my wrist and I screamed and ran up the stairs.

    If you ever saw a cartoon where someone runs through a wall and it shows their complete shape, well that would have been me as my uncle and the other guy had a good laugh.

    This job didn't last long as I got a special license to drive the deceased in a hearse to the cemetery one day. This day just happened to be the start of the baseball season and I turned the radio on as I took off to the cemetery along with a 25 car procession.

    While driving to the cemetery I lost track of things as I was involved in the game as I looked in the rear view mirror I lost the possession entirely.

    There were no cell phones at the time so I back tracked and a few blocks back the possession was double parked and one guy was in a phone booth yelling at my uncle. Long story short, he fired me.

    What was your first fill time job?
    Steve Balistreri
     
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    I guess it would have been the USAF, joined when I turned 17, didn't want to miss out on the 4 yr vacation the recruiter promised me LOL
     
  3. Seitz Shooter

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    Collecting money out of pay phones for Ma Bell.

    Adios, Dirk
     
  4. Bruce Specht

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    I packed footballs in boxes for Wilson Spoting goods, we were paid for what we packed not by the hour. Piece Work
     
  5. senior smoke

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    Dirk:
    My brother did that for the local newspaper.
    Steve
     
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    I was a movie projectionist. Worked five and a half day a week. One summer, the off to college. Martinpicker
     
  7. hoosier

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    My first full time job was mowing grass at a propane company and when I wasn't mowing I was painting propane tanks. $0.75 cents an hour.
     
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    Maintanance crew in a textile mill in Conn in 1956, joined the Navy later that year stayed for 20 years. Woody
     
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    Junior mess boy on the escort ship for the Victoria - Maui yacht race in 1968. I was 13 years old.
     
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    Assembling trophies. Also dying the figurines, and drilling out the bases. Summer of 1977. The reason I remember this, Elvis died in August, and I remember the moment I heard it on the radio back in the assembly room. Some of the woman where actually teary eyed.
     
  11. senior smoke

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    Stl Flyn:
    I also remember a woman crying at work when Elvis died. Same woman cried when Ricky Nelson died too.
    Steve
     
  12. train222

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    My first so called full time job was Selling Fuller Brush, door to door when I was 14 years old during the summer of 1960.

    Acctually I didn't do to bad at it.

    I made enough money to buy my first Motor Bike...

    Then the company found out I was under 16, and I got fired!

    Do you remeber the Fuller Brush Company?

    Stu Gabriel (MrGun)
     
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    A private in Uncle Sam's Army at $72.00 a month and 3 square meals a day plus a place to lay my head every night.

    Hauxfan!
     
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    I started out shoveled mortar for a bricklayer, and I chose to use a pitchfork. When the boss saw me he said, "Kid, you are one dumb Mortar Forker."

    Waah!

    -Gary :p
     
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    I know a guy who worked on a fishing boat putting the bait on the hooks for the people who hired it to take them out ... The Captain told him he was an apprentice baiter but if he got good at it he could one day be a Master Baiter ... He didn't like the smell but the tips were good, so he says ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
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    Shoveling cooked guts and working on the killing floor of a meat packing plant. I quit eventually to sell Fuller Brush door to door like Stu.
     
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    US Army 1969-1971 - seems like an eon ago, and the hours were many more than 40 per week. Good preparation for life, in retrospect.

    Sales clerk at Gentry Men's Store, Pittsburgh, PA - learned to deal with all kinds of people. Also good prep for future. Plus, I got a discount on clothes. <:)

    Gene, now in Illinois
     
  19. Big Heap

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    First job with a necktie - repossessing cars - "the man from the finance company".

    First job with a hat - salesman for Westinghouse - "you can be SURE if it's".

    Both jobs included a company car. Did you know a '50 Plymouth would go 92 MPH flat out?
     
  20. senior smoke

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    Stu:
    I do remember Fuller brush. I lived in a government housing project as a kid and we also had Kirby vacuum salesmen that came door to door. My mother would let them in and they would throw stuff on the rug and then show her how the vacuum worked.

    As soon as she found out the price they wanted along with the countless number of attachments, they soon left.
    Steve
     
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