What is the most disgusting job that you've had do?
I'll start. This summer I'm working at a landfill ...so today,it was my job (lucky me!) to remove wood and metal that could damage the liner from the fountain of putrid smelling mush made of everything anyone tossed in the garbage in new York, Pennsylvania, and new jersey. On top of all this, the wind picked up today to about 20 mph so I was getting hit in the face with dirty bags and papers (which I was supposed to catch) ... Which was probably quite the funny sight actually.
Years ago when I worked at a K-Mart we had a problem with people in the surrounding neighborhood leaving their trash by our store's Dumpster. Every week there'd be random crap strewn all around it - household garbage, old appliances, etc. because they were too lazy to haul their crap to the dump themselves.
Anyway, one Monday morning the manager tells me that someone had left a couple of trash barrels by the dumpster (yet again!) and told me to go out there, empty them and get rid of them. It was a beastly hot summer day and the trash barrels in question were filled to the rim with what looked like the remnants of somebody's summer Barbecue - maggoty meat, filthy paper plates and cups, rotten fruit, etc. As the barrels had been cookin' in the summer heat for some time, the STENCH coming off this stuff was unbelievable. As soon as I got a whiff of it I lost my breakfast. Haha.
Somehow I managed to get the stuff into the dumpster (barrels and all), though it took me a while, and I was nauseous for the rest of the day. When I was done I asked the manager "Please don't ever make me do that again..."
You had me at "I worked at Kmart" ... I know a few people who previously worked there, and apparently it was not the greatest experience.
I agree, it's definitely no fun. If you're going to work at a restaurant at least work somewhere with good food.
One summer I worked in a rubber factory during a shutdown, and had to clean out the machinery used on the production line.
Under the machine was a huge drip tray which caught all of the oil and rubber offcuts falling from the motors.
The only way to get the oil out was to lie under the machine in the tray, and mop it up with a rag. The oil would drip in my eyes and ears, and the stench of burned rubber was unbelievable. One bright spark turned on a machine while I was under it, spraying hot oil in my mouth.
It took weeks to get the oil out of my hair and off my skin, and to this day I cant stand the smell of rubber.
But I needed the cash!
I used to bus tables at a seafood restaurant and it was awful. Primarily, because I am a very clean and picky eater, who generally doesn't like condiments or seafood. So picking up people's disgusting, messy plates filled with half-eaten fish and trash was terrible for me.
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