What's the worst job you've ever had?
I was a nanny, which comes with handling a number of bodily fluids and solids I would rather not have handled. And once I applied for a job sewing the heads onto dolls in a doll factory that was probably haunted.
But handling haunted dolls actually doesn't seem so bad when compared to some of the stories in this round-up of terrible job stories.
Buckle up, we're goin' in.
The case of the Missing Sandwich: looks like this one is in the bag.
Worked at a fast food place about 13 years ago. This lady in the drive thru claimed she was missing a sandwich. Our policy was to ask for the bags back to verify. I asked to see the bags (3 or 4, decent sized order) and instead of handing them back like a civilized human being she instantly started raging and throwing the food into the window while cussing me out!
Guess what one of the items that she threw at me was? Yep, said missing sandwich. -Im_a_mouse_duh
This sounds not funny at all.I used to sell comedy club tickets in Times Square. Yeah I was one of those guys. On top of being rejected by people thousands of times a day and having your self esteem shattered. It was truly horrible and I started working during the "Polar Vortex" event in 2014 so most days it was below 9 degrees. It would take me hours to get warm again when I got back. Even taking a hot shower didn't help how brutally cold my body way for hours after work. 10/10 do not recommend. -Rahl199
Um, sir? Are you ok?This was back in the late '90s. I was working at Wal-Mart as my first job as a teenager. I was floated to the garden department one day and there was a guy looking at lawn fertilizer. I walked over and asked if he needs help, he said "Not now, just looking at the different kinds you have." Pretty standard reply from the guy, so I said "Okay, let me know."
I walk away, and then swing back about 5 minutes later.Same guy has proceeded to rip open about 10 different kinds of the fertilizer all over the ground and is rolling around in the stuff. He is also taste sampling the stuff. I called my manager because I did not want to deal with it. Security escorted the guy out the store and called an ambulance in case the ingestion of the fertilizer hurt him. -mrsheikh
This is middle school or a job?
My boss insisted that everybody be at their desks at 8:30 sharp. She made me take roll on an attendance sheet and hand it into her everyday. She also made me do it at lunch time (when everybody left and came back) and when they left at night.
Took roll for a bunch of adults three times a day. I don't work there anymore. -irishamerican
This isn't the worst thing someone in this post had to clean up, but it's definitely up there.
Was working the registers at a grocery store. About an hour before closing, a customer comes to my lane with 2 48-ct egg cartons. Stumbles a bit putting them onto the belt, and before I can react the entire thing was on the ground.
Best part? Apparently, the janitor had left already, so I got to spend the next hour cleaning up 96 broken eggs with nothing but paper towels. -sangred0
This person repairs instruments and I would have never expected that to be a gross job, but apparently, I was very wrong.
When a clarinet came across my bench that someone had jizzed in.
When I found a dead mouse in a bari sax. -fifthsonata
This woman seems fun, actually.
I’m a carer, and work for minimum wage. I rolled a bed bound lady with dementia to clean her up after she’d soiled her pad. She then proceeded to fart in my face, and exclaimed “Ahh! I’d been holding that one in for you!" While laughing in the most dirty/evil laugh you’d ever hear. That lady had also thrown fish at me, spanked me on the bottom with a back scratcher saying “ahh you like that you dirty cow?", thrown a tv remote at my head, and thrown various soiled objects at me.
Despite all this, she can be funny as hell. Also can be a really nice lady, just depends what mood she’s in that day. Dementia can do weird things... But a mouth full of granny fart is one thing I’ll never forget. -Millymogwaii
How dare people pee.
Because the department I work in is close to the washrooms, I’ve been asked numerous times to let our direct supervisor know if some of the less productive members of our team take extended bathroom breaks.
But I’m not management, and I’m not going to document bathroom break durations. -originsofindecision
I'd rather see people interacting than just staring into space like creepy robots, but I'm not the boss.
I used to work as a help desk contractor at a nuclear power company in Pennsylvania. We were phone support, and our job tended to have a lot of downtime. One day my boss comes in and tells everybody they can no longer browse the web at work. The "customer is always watching" and we need to always be focused on the job.
Uhh, okay, fair enough.
A few days later: "Hey, we noticed that you guys have started to bring in books because you can't browse the web anymore. Given books are a form of entertainment, we can't have people reading at work while waiting on a call to come in. No more books."
Cut to next week: "Guys, unless you're talking about work tickets, we can't have people chatting with one another. The customer sees this, and it makes it look like we're just sitting around chatting and not doing our job. So please try not to talk to your co-workers unless it's related to the job."
The next day she comes in and tells us we're not allowed to use our phones at work, either.
At this point everybody has had enough, and people start to rebel. We end up turning off our monitors and staring at blank screens while waiting for calls to come. The customer can clearly see this. When a call comes in, we'd turn the monitors back on, do the job, hang up... and then shut 'em down again.
We'd been instructed to sit and wait for calls like a good boy... and nothing else. -DragoneerFA
How does this boss not know how to do a transaction?Working retail at a smaller hardware store. My boss called me on my first weekend off in ~3 months to ask me how to process a transaction because he had no idea. Wanted me to walk him through it over the phone while the customer was waiting. -universalturkey
This just gave me nightmares.I was just newly working as a bartender at a local restaurant in my city. They asked me to clean under the pop machine behind the bar since the old bartender never did it. There was a build up of old pop that had dripped onto the floor. It had turned almost into a thick molasses/tar like substance. Upon scraping it off of the floor, I had found a rat that had died because it got stuck to the pop/tar. Quit working at that place soon after. -DaiHarT
This is a horror movie.Standing on a 6ft ladder 2ft from an exposed elevator shaft that lead 6 stories down. No harness, no spotter. Nearly pitch black room. -GrandDaSarge
This cannot be real. Right? You can't mail a foot! Can you?
I work for a large cargo airline. One night I had a box come to me, I picked it up to inspect it and process it and the bottom drops out.
Inside was a male foot that was going to a medical school in South America. The sender had used the wrong ice and it melted way to quickly, so the box got wet and the shipment ended up on the ground at my feet.
It did not smell good, and while I was trying to figure out what to do, two others vomited. -dapple_apple
Ok, a pallette cleanser: This is just plain embarrassing.Before every shift we had to put our hands together and scream the name of the restaurant on the count of 3...I still cringe thinking about it. -gilly8885
You should get paid more to be a legit spy.When asked to set up a sting in concert with the Secret Service to get a laptop from a disgruntled employee. I'm an office manager. Seriously. You don't pay me enough for that. Two weeks notice was quickly given. -pfhickman
It doesn't seem that difficult of a concept that people should get paid to do work, but here we are.
When I worked at McDonald's, I found out we didn't get paid for closing. We got paid until the store closed, so if it took us an extra hour or two to close, that was unpaid. I wish I knew what I know now, because that is an open and shut case, but at the time, I was young and dumb.
My first paycheck, I noticed I had a ton of missing hours.So when I asked my boss about it, she told me we only get paid until the store closed.... So that night, I walked out when the store closed. They tried to guilt me into staying, because "the other team members need me"...I don't work for free, sorry. Especially when I'm already making minimum wage. No thanks, not gonna happen. -kadno
Well, this is horrifying.Hotel housekeeping. If it comes out of the human body, I've cleaned it up. I started in a by-the-hour motel when I was 14, owned by a woman who didn't bother with hazardous waste procedure and cleaned up what looked like a murder scene with nothing but bleach and kitchen gloves. I walked into that room, and was absolutely positive that when I pulled the shower curtain open there was going to be a body in the bathtub. Thankfully there wasn't, just blood everywhere. Owner refused to let me report it, made me clean it, and I didn't want to get in shit for bleaching a murder scene at 14 so I never did call the cops. -teaordie
Wait...this is a thing?!I sprinkled mud onto potatoes that had already been washed so that they would look freshly dug when they hit the supermarket. Most depressing holiday job I've had. -Nessiethenoo
Don't you hate it when this happens?I was a furnace helper in steel factory. We made bumper mounts and hinges for trucks hoods and other heavy steel parts. I unloaded red hot parts from the furnace with a pair of tongs, I used to catch fire two or three times a day. I hated that. -Leatherneck55
I've been in this exact same situation and let me just say, this is a job for parents and medical professionals only.As a teenage babysitter, being left to do a headlice treatment for a 3 yr old girl with a huge head of super tight curly hair. And comb it all out with the super fine comb. Gross. -GracelessInDefeat
But did you get free cheese, or...?
I was a temp at a cheese factory. One day I spent 9 hours scraping mold off of 100lb blocks of swiss and repackaging it. We had collect up and save to the scrapings too for animal feed or something.
I spent an hour in the shower afterward and I still smelled like rotten cheese. Gross. -inflammable
You slept on fish?
Worked on a commercial fishing boat for a couple months. We were a 90' tendering vessel tendering for chum salmon AkA dog salmon.
It was basically 48 hours of straight work, maybe 3 hours of sleep and then repeat for weeks on end. They hired smaller guys like me to fit into tiny fish holds on gill netter boats and toss salmon into big tubs to be craned onto our boat to go in our big fish holds.
I can't begin to tell you how many times I slept in a fish hold on top of a bunch of dead fish. Sleep deprivation is pure torture. -Paffmassa