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Sep 15, 2008 06:53 |  #31

Waitress.. Now before you think... that's not soo weird. You have to consider the people you come into contact with. Just to name a few experiences, and just a few.

The two men in purple and orange velvet suits who tried to give my butt a name.

The very old man who asked me to remove his hearing aid from his left ear.

The time I had to call my brother-in-law because a very drunk sailor was sitting on the hood of my car until he obtained my phone number.

The brother of a groom of a wedding I worked who once explained to me in a lot of detail why it was a good thing he was plowed on vodka and not tequila, apparently it had to do with exposing certain..... body parts of himself. He assured me I wouldn't be offended.

The Sous Chef who refused, absolutely refused to prepare three filets extra well done for a table. (Had to call the executive Chef from a poker game to resolve it.)

There's more.... unfortunately a LOT more the really good stories I couldn't type.

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Sep 15, 2008 06:57 |  #32

saravrose wrote in post #6309242 (external link)
Waitress.. Now before you think... that's not soo weird. You have to consider the people you come into contact with. Just to name a few experiences, and just a few.

The two men in purple and orange velvet suits who tried to give my butt a name.

The very old man who asked me to remove his hearing aid from his left ear.

The time I had to call my brother-in-law because a very drunk sailor was sitting on the hood of my car until he obtained my phone number.

The brother of a groom of a wedding I worked who once explained to me in a lot of detail why it was a good thing he was plowed on vodka and not tequila, apparently it had to do with exposing certain..... body parts of himself. He assured me I wouldn't be offended.

The Sous Chef who refused, absolutely refused to prepare three filets extra well done for a table. (Had to call the executive Chef from a poker game to resolve it.)

There's more.... unfortunately a LOT more the really good stories I couldn't type.

Sari

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Sep 15, 2008 07:03 |  #33

manutd101 wrote in post #6309255 (external link)
Thanks, now my monitor has a coffee stain :lol:

sorry... and I only told the ones that are funny, or that I eventually decided were funny, some of them took longer than others... ;)..


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Sep 17, 2008 08:51 |  #34

Well, i live in belgium, and we rarely get good summer weather. This one summer was an exception and we got 35°C and the 100% humidity that goes with it. Now, in my town we have this huge cold storage facility, where a lot of order picking for the supermarkets happens. This means that there is a lot of traffic from the cold zone (-35°C) to the loading bay (theorethically 4°C, but thuring this summer around 15-20°C. So you had a lot of warm humid air going into the huge cold zone, resulting in snow :) To keep the storage racks from getting stuck in the snow, i was hired to shovel snow during the hottest summer of the 90's :D

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Sep 17, 2008 10:35 |  #35

I'm not sure how strange it was but in HS I had a two day job at a dog food plant. Two days were all I could take, my brother was smarter he quit after the first day. The smell was sickening to say the least and the old timers there didn't wash their hands for lunch. The sight of those guys, hands covered in dog food, eating a sandwich still haunts me to this day.


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Sep 17, 2008 10:52 |  #36

it wasnt strange but i worked on a catering service for 14 hrs. straight and never came back since :lol: its a call-in job.


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Sep 17, 2008 12:51 |  #37

IT Director for an Adult porn streaming company. They were the first to come up with doing live feeds and their first guy quit because he didn't like the hours. My wife demanded that I quit after the first day after I told her what type of company it was, the CEO of the company came to my house the next day, gave me a company car, handed my wife $5k cash and promised her that I wouldn't ever be around the girls in the studio's. She even came to work with me for 1 week to verify it all, after she ok'd it then the CEO had me going in the room's while the girls were in there to adjust the camera settings, swap keyboards, mice, etc.

Great job, met a lot of the top stars in the industry, GREAT Money for me but the owners didn't know how to run it correctly and sold the company off after 1 year of me working for them.

The girls were very down to earth people, if you saw them outside of work, you'd never know what they did for a living. A lot of them pulled in 6 figures a year also.


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Sep 17, 2008 12:58 |  #38

^^ The jokes just flow to mind -- cool gig.


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Sep 17, 2008 13:20 |  #39

It was a good job. Needless to say, a lot of my friends were always asking for free passwords to get into the live feeds. After about a month of working there, it was just another job for me if you can believe that. My kids were still very young so when dad worked from home, I didn't worry about them asking questions but I also made sure to close the laptop when they wanted Dad's attention.

3 of the owners are now listed in the top 10 spammers in the world, They've asked me to come work for them every year and to just name my price and they would pay it, I do have morals and continue to turn them down. The other 2 went into legit business's and I talk to them about 2-3 times a year for drinks. I still keep in touch with a few of the big names in the industry since I helped them start off their websites when I was with the company. My wife doesn't mind that part because we've had a couple fully paid trips to Vegas for the AVN Awards from that.


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Sep 17, 2008 13:27 |  #40

I would have to say that i felt most out of place when i worked at a store locally called "Adult's Only Video"

Keep in mind the rental of Adult entertainment is not the only thing done there. They had a peep show area where you pay your $1 for a 5 min quickie and they sold Adult toys.

One thing i can say is I met alot of VERY interesting people!


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Sep 17, 2008 13:38 |  #41

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One thing i can say is I met alot of VERY interesting people!

I know the feeling, there were a LOT of famous people that we had in the customer database also. I found that out when I was helping the database admin clean it up and saw some of the names and deposits in it. Needless to say I have a different view on some of the people now since we not had women on camera but also separate studios for the guys.:rolleyes:


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Sep 17, 2008 13:41 |  #42

All i can say is while working there i decided i will never date someone who shops where i work. Unless i get to kick them between the legs first :(


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Sep 17, 2008 13:55 |  #43

After graduating as a mech eng, I ended up working culling llamas, sheep, pigs, goats, cows, you name it during the Foot & Mouth crisis in Ye olde England, whilst hunting for a real job as to what I had studied...

Burning carcasses has a very nasty, putrid smell...oh that and having farmers with shotguns not letting you on a farm wasn't much fun either.


Although as part of being a graduate engineer with this job (a few years back now), standing on top of a power station, and testing the temp/ash content of the exhaust flume from a coal power station isn't that much fun either. The coal stinks, and night-shift doing bugger all did your head in.


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Sep 17, 2008 14:13 as a reply to  @ Harm's post |  #44

Working as an electrician, I've built a few of the cities new sewer pump stations, did some work at a water reclaimation plant (where they squeeze the solids out and treat the water for irrigation use) and also worked at the main pump station where it gets sent out to sea. Seen (and smelled) some nasty stuff, but luckily never got any on me. The stories of those less fortunate though are absolutely horrific. I'm glad to say that I work in the office now!


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Sep 17, 2008 17:09 as a reply to  @ justincase724's post |  #45

XM satellite radio bill collector aka telemarketer.

i just sat in a chair with a headset, a box with a button to mute the headset, and a computer screen that was black and green, and a keyboard also.

just sit and awit for the computer to call someone and read the script, i get the people to pay their bills and then xm collects it themselves.

the part that makes it strange, is out of a 5 hour day, id have atleast 2-3 people pay their bill with a credit card.

i worked there for 3 weeks before quiting.

the people normally didnt ask any questions about who you are, as you said, im john doe with blah blah about your unpaid bills of xm satellite blah blah blah.

the place had cameras, pens and pencils and paper were forbidden and watched over, calls monitered and recorded.

it was boring, but some of the people on the other end made it interesting


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