Listography – Top 5 Worst Jobs I’ve done
This week’s Listography theme from Kate Takes 5 is ‘Top 5 Worst Jobs I’ve Done‘.
So here, in reverse chronological order, are 5 jobs I’m really glad were only temporary:
Sales Assistant at Greggs, Marple
There were some good bits. I could eat lots of half-price cheese and onion pasties and I developed fantastic prowess with the 39 times table (pasties cost 39p each at the time). But I hated scrubbing baking trays with a passion and the uniform was a flowery turquoise printed tabbard with a matching hairnet. When they put me on the 10-2 lunchtime shift with no break I found I got too hungry and quit.
Hamper Clerk at Kendals Department Store, Manchester
In an access cupboard behind one of the ground floor windows sat the lowly
Christmas Elf Hamper Clerk, writing out every order and address label by hand. (It was 1992 and computers were rare.) If I was very lucky I got let out onto the shop floor in the food hall and might catch a glimpse of a Coronation Street actor.
Unfortunately, a couple of ‘terrorist incidents’ in Manchester led to a drop in sales and consequently all temporary staff including me were laid off. But I was not sorry to see the back of that particular job.
Tea Lady at E&E Overalls, Marple
Actually ‘Tea Lady’ was a glamorous way to describe a job that involved cleaning the loos and canteen and sweeping the fluff out from under the sewing machines and fetching lunches from the local chip shops and sandwich shops. Making tea was the fun bit!
Shop Assistant at Toymaster, Marple
Was told I had an ‘attitude problem’! Me! Just because I didn’t like folding wrapping paper and could do sums quickly without using a calculator! The stock room was grim, all damp and dark. Piles of boxes of Subbuteo Teams. Screaming kids going into meltdown because the latest craze yoyo had sold out. It was, as my mum would say, character-building.
Dinner Monitor at Peacefield Primary School, Marple
Why I agreed to do this I don’t know. It was supposed to be an honour to be asked. A sign that you were trusted. But there was no payment or reward and it meant that you had your lunch with the infants instead of your friends. Well I fetched the meals for the younger kids and took their plates back and scraped them off. But I wouldn’t make anyone eat anything they didn’t want to eat. And that was the extent of my rebellion against the system!
‘Greggs Marple’ photo by Andy Buckingham http://www.flickr.com/photos/andybee/33848128