Ok..whats the queerest job you ever had?

  1. mine was when i did spot welding for a company that made guide wires for heart catheters.
    talk about boring.
    wire in...step...zap...wire out
    wire in...step...zap...wire out
    wire in...step...zap...wire out
    wire in...step...zap...wire out
    wire in...step...zap...wire out
    wire in...step...zap...wire out

    fifteen minute break

    wire in...step...zap...wire out
    wire in...step...zap...wire out
    wire in...step...zap...wire out
    wire in...step...zap...wire out
    wire in...step...zap...wire out
    wire in...step...zap...wire out


    fifteen minute break

    we had welding quotas...lol
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  2. 48 Comments

  3. by   donmurray
    Wow! Not strictly another job, but as a student, I was asked to obtain a fresh stool specimen from a patient with suspected appendicitis. This was routine at that time, but what made this one unusual was that his wife went to lunch just as I arrived at the end of his bed. I gathered there might be a problem as she called "Au revoir!" over her shoulder, and so it proved. I spoke no French, and he spoke no English! I drew the screens, and commenced the longest mime performance of my life, but he was still laughing helplessly and no wiser as to what I wanted from him, when, mercifully, she returned!
  4. by   Q.
    Mine was working in an environmental lab taking waste water samples, putting them into small test tubes, adding some chemicals, labeling them, autoclaving them, and them pouring them into flasks for distillation later. Over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.
  5. by   Jenny P
    I was secretary in an elevator when I was 14-15. A grain elevator! I hated sitting still and writing, writing, writing!!! I wrote out checks for truck loads of oats, corn, and wheat. Dusty and boring!
  6. by   canoehead
    Counted turns in the road, and documented them, and measured bridges. It was a government job.
  7. by   TooterIA
    I worked at a customer service company where people would call in from Bissell ( the vaccuum company), Acura, Zyban, all sorts of stuff. For Bissell I would look up their nearest repairment shop, let me tell you I will never buy a Bissell from all the nasty things these people would say about them. People would say they caught on fire, turned their carpet black, etc. For Zyban we enrolled people in a program to help them stop smoking, I had to ask how much they smoked, etc. It was an interesting job but very hard to stay nice when people are blaming companies failures on me I would do it again just to get a few laughs, many people had trouble saying Bissell...weird, I know
  8. by   Enright
    I worked in a Fotomat booth for a while in the late 70's. For the uninitiated, a Fotomat was a small photo developing booth usually right in the middle of a mall parking lot. The inside was about 10 square feet and there was a micro closet with a broom to sweep it out every shift. There was no bathroom so you had to lock up and go to a store at the mall.

    The worst part was you had to answer the phone, "Hi, I am -----, your Fotomate!". I quit after 2 weeks. The area high school kids used to play chicken by racing their cars towards the booth and cutting away at the last minute.
  9. by   PhantomRN
    I was a corn picker. [those from the midwest will know this one]

    We would be placed on this big truck like thing that had baskets. he truck would drive thru the corn fields fairly slow and my job was to lean over the side of my cage and pull the corn cob off of the stalk and put in another basket.

    IT WAS HORRIBLE..........incredibly hot, legs and arms cut up from the leaves of the corn, sunburned beyond belief...........I quit after 2 days.
  10. by   misti_z
    ....Hot Dogs......!

    Sold them at baseball games!
  11. by   ClariceS
    I was a janitor at a church. I got to experience great Christian attitude if the toilet paper ever ran out!! The board members were nice though and paid me well. I had to do a great job, my dad was on that board!!!
  12. by   kids
    Dancer (and yes, I do mean *that kind*).

    Supported 3 little kids and paid for Nursing school. I think I made more money then. Oh to be young and skinny again...

    -nancy
  13. by   thisnurse
    wow i dont know who had the worst. seems like that corn pickin and the grain elevator made my welding job look great...lol

    and i gotta tell you, i did lol for real when i read about playing chicken with the fotomat person.

    we surely have had some interesting jobs...lol
  14. by   Jenny P
    Phantom RN, I did corn de-tasselling for about 1.5 weeks when I was 14, then they found out I was too young and I was "fired"! We had to walk down these terribly long rows of corn and tie these little bags over the heads of the corn stocks; got very thirsty and sunburnt in the short time I did that.
    Jenny

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