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Surprise me with secrets about your jobs or past companies

post #1 of 67
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I know most guys here were born into trust funds, given bentleys on their 12th birthday and had sex with hot women at age 3.... but for you normal guys that had jobs, what are some dirty little secrets of the company / profession / position you want to share?


1. I worked at a full service carwash vacuuming out cars in high school. I would purposely suck up coins if they were in tough to reach spots (never trays or cup holders) and at the end of the day when I emptied the dirty ass vacuum i skimmed for every non-copper coin I could.

2. Also, I once saw a lady with a pint of vodka below her seat. I politely threw it out. That night my friends and I came back and dumpster dove for that pint.

3. lifeguard for numerous years. The rules were really strict when I started. Turd in the pool = 24 hour shut down. We were like the crew in that movie "Waiting" - always hanging out and hooking up. So if there was a huge party the night before, one of us would sneak into the pool and poop in it before our shift. 97 degree days in the naptown hood be damned.



Thats all I got for now. If you can tell specifics about well known companies, all the better!
post #2 of 67
My summer jobs during high school/college were at a canoe, kayak, rafting rental place. We only allowed a maximum of 3 drinks per person of legal age on the trips (it really is for people's safety, drowning happens more often than you'd think and alcohol doesn't help things). We confiscated any extra and told them to come back for them at the end of the trip. 75% of the time the people would never come back to pick up their booze; we never had to buy beer or alcohol during those summers.

Even more boring...I also worked at a Wendy's during the school year in high school (mom thought it would be good to get an appreciation for work and money, as the work could be kinda tough and the pay was shit). Surprisingly, we ran a very tight ship there. It was always spotless, messes were cleaned up right away, food never hit the floor and made its way to a customer, no spitting in drinks or any of that crap you see in the movies or read about in papers. It was actually a pretty good work experience. The managers told me that if I wasn't 17, I could run the place haha.
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post
Even more boring...I also worked at a Wendy's during the school year in high school (mom thought it would be good to get an appreciation for work and money, as the work could be kinda tough and the pay was shit). Surprisingly, we ran a very tight ship there. It was always spotless, messes were cleaned up right away, food never hit the floor and made its way to a customer, no spitting in drinks or any of that crap you see in the movies or read about in papers. It was actually a pretty good work experience. The managers told me that if I wasn't 17, I could run the place haha.

Me too, exactly. I was offered assistant manager but decided to go to college (duh).
post #5 of 67
^^ Well played.

Sorry, was on phone and did not get the gist of the OP. Edited post:

When I was a kid, the US dollar was worth about $1.40 CAD. 95% of the businesses would give change in CAD. When I was bartending, you wait until it gets a little later and people have been drinking. Stop giving the exchange rate and pocket a few hundred dollars a night.
post #6 of 67
Large retailers throw away a large amount of merchandise.

Employees are more likely to steal from you than 'customers' (on a percentage basis).

There are elaborate rings of low-level organized crime that involve stealing from major retailers, laundering the products through shell companies with fake papers, and then reselling the merchandise to mom-n-pop stores and convenience stores. Not only do you not know that you're buying something stolen from BigBoxMart, the store selling it to you didn't know it was hot either.
post #7 of 67
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Me too, exactly. I was offered assistant manager but decided to go to college (duh).

Yeah, whenever I'd go there visiting home from college they'd ask if I could come back haha.

Most of the old timers I worked with are gone now...is sad.

I still love Wendy's food though; had a large chili and 5-piece for lunch yesterday.
post #8 of 67
i used to work front desk at hotels in san francisco. i'd wait for a walk in (random guy who wants to check in without a reservation) and offer a suite for a regular room price if he paid me $50 under the table. If you do it with a smile you end up getting it every time. The sales manager is usually too busy with group sales to notice, as long as the room is being paid for and occupied they are content.
post #9 of 67
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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post
i used to work front desk at hotels in san francisco. i'd wait for a walk in (random guy who wants to check in without a reservation) and offer a suite for a regular room price if he paid me $50 under the table. If you do it with a smile you end up getting it every time. The sales manager is usually too busy with group sales to notice, as long as the room is being paid for and occupied they are content.

Dastardly! I like it.

Also lol at gdl's poast.
post #10 of 67
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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post
i used to work front desk at hotels in san francisco. i'd wait for a walk in (random guy who wants to check in without a reservation) and offer a suite for a regular room price if he paid me $50 under the table. If you do it with a smile you end up getting it every time. The sales manager is usually too busy with group sales to notice, as long as the room is being paid for and occupied they are content.

If I was the guy without a reservation I would think it was my lucky day!
post #11 of 67
When I worked at Barneys I would spit in the BoO.
post #12 of 67
I worked for United Airlines in the Liquor Control Dept. I loaded and unloaded all the booze onto the larger planes coming and going from SFO one summer while in college. There were really tight on inventory controls tracking every damn little mini of booze between the plane and the kitchens where we restocked. If inventory was off even one or two minis, they looked at us as if we took something. In reality, there were a few alcoholics on the transport teams that would try and grab a few whenever we turned our backs.

On the other hand, every now and then, we would drop and break bottles, but as long as they were accounted for it was cool. But no drink'n or steal'n.
post #13 of 67
I can tell you some things, but I would hurt the restaurant industry. I will mention one thing though. I worked in retirement homes, and when residents died the administrator would raid the room, and take most of the valuables. They got away with this shit, because for the most part the resident's family rarely visited them, and they didn't know the amount of jewelry they had in the room. And retirement homes are like High Schools for seniors, they have clicks and for the most part they all hate each other. If you have family members in retirement homes please visit them.
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I can tell you some things, but I would hurt the restaurant industry.

I will mention one thing though. I worked in retirement homes, and when residents died the administrator would raid the room, and take most of the valuables. They got away with this shit, because for the most part the resident's family rarely visited them, and they didn't know the amount of jewelry they had in the room. And retirement homes are like High Schools for seniors, they have clicks and for the most part they all hate each other.

If you have family members in retirement homes please visit them.

Damn...that's pretty sickening. I guess I'm naive, I would have never thought of that.
post #15 of 67
dine in restaurants are WAY dirtier than big fast food joints. If i had of chopped a finger off in the tomato dicing machine at mcdonalds in highschool, they could have done emergency surgery on the floor without concern for infection no problem
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