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We've got a work experience kid in for a couple of weeks and he'll do anything you tell him to... He's was in the server room most of yesterday monitoring the network activity lights - he almost missed his lunch till we took pity on him.

We are bastards.

How bad was your first experience of work?

(, Thu 10 May 2007, 9:45)
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Locker Grunt
My first job was for a division of a large construction company in Birmingham, Alabama. Our section fixed time clocks and lockers. Since I was right out of high school I was put on the locker crew with a bunch of other guys I knew.

It turned out to be a completely insane job... beating sheet metal back into shape... rebuilding locks... etc. (found out master locks really aren't bullet proof)

The pay was pretty good... we got paid hourly and if you traveled around the southeast to high schools you got $200 in cash to take care of hotels and food.

When fixing locks and overhauling lockers you can find most anything... I found a brand new pair of Doc Martins in my size, a sega game system, some stereo speakers, a good deal of cash, all sorts of things!

A few quick stories...

I once worked in a upscale HS in Tennessee late into the evening and once the sun went down.. holy god... roaches literally poured out of the walls. It was like some Hitchcock movie! The lights in the school were motion activated and there was enough roaches that the lights would randomly blink on and off up and down the dark hallways... it freaked us out!

Then one time in a tiny poor ass school in north Alabama one of our crew guys was chased by a pissed off peacock that had apparently taken up residence in a boys bathroom.

This was also around the time of the Olympics in Atlanta, GA... we happened to be working in a very swanky HS that was all computerized and motion activated. Everything moved on its own... the doors opened and closed... the water fountains... the lights... toilets... sinks... etc. The school was huge and cavernous and we happened to be in it working while a class 1 hurricane screamed overhead. We thought we were going to die... the power was blinking on and off and all the motion activated stuff was going insane... doors slamming by themselves.. toilets flushing... water fountains squirting... all the while Tornado sirens blasting. So we go to the lowest point of the school to take cover to find... THE WOMENS OLYMPIC SWEDISH HANDBALL TEAM taking cover there as well! As three 18/19 year old guys we assumed we had died in the hurricane and went to heaven! They were there practicing with their giant blond man-apes of trainers and were all freaked out by the storm. Naturally we had to console the girls ;-)
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