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Old 09-15-2017, 04:28 AM
 
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What was the first job you received a paycheck for ( not including babysitting) ?


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I worked at an orphanage for about a month. Amazing that they would hire a 16 year old, right? I helped feed, dress and bathe the children. I remember thinking they were treated with great love. It was run by a group of Catholic nuns.
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I was a waitress at a Coney Island in Southfield, MI. Hard, hard work for a couple of dollars an hour plus tips. And we were required to wear a white uniform and white shoes...I think those cost more than all the money I made.
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When we turned 14 we could work in the tobacco fields in Connecticut. A bus would pick us up and take us to the fields and barns each morning. It was hard, hot dirty work but I got a paycheck each week.
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I got a work permit when I was 15 to can sardines at a factory on the dock in Portland, Maine for the summer with my best friend. It was such fun and the folks who worked there on a regular basis were great. A very memorable summer and one of my favorite ever jobs.


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Old 09-15-2017, 05:11 AM
 
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...always had to work hard if I wanted anything. My very first non-babysitter job was as a waitress at the Elks bingo. Why they hired two 14 year olds is a mystery. We had so many laughs. And we were awful wait staff. I remember spilling iced coffee all over a woman. Good times!
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I love reading these!!!
My first job was waitress in a steak house. I thought I was all that because I learned how to serve lobster. Like it's hard. But I hadn't even seen a lobster before alive or on a plate.

I still remember my first paycheck!
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After babysitting and being a mother's helper, I worked as a maid in a motel. This is why I most always tip when I travel. I remember how dirty and tedious the work was. I was paid $1.65 an hour.

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First paycheck
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Back in the Jurassic era, I "installed" TVs for patients at Kaiser Hospital. You had to place an order and I had to collect money then drag a tiny portable TV off a huge cart and stick into a mounting on the bed. And handle complaints. I hated that job.
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Worked at Boeing
Old 09-15-2017, 06:33 AM
 
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The summer I graduated from high school I worked at Boeing in a paint shop. I made $2.61 an hour which was great for saving for college. Of course college in 1967 was WAY cheaper than it is now. My tuition was $88 a quarter at a state college. My first year for everything cost $1265.


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I worked one summer at a Head Start program. I can't remember if it was a paid job or just volunteer. I enjoyed it though

The first job I know I got paid for was in a factory UGH! They made Christmas tags. I was on the assembly line. Our job was to tear out a stack of perferated tags and put them into one section of a bubble tray as it went by on a conveyer belt. Our fingers were cut and sore by the end of the summer!

Talk about boring, yikes the summer line of gals didn't talk. We couldn't work fast enough to fill our bubble before it went by and visit. Once in a while if someone on the full time line was missing you might work over there. That was kind of fun and a REAL eye opener. Boy did you hear stories over there.

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Love this thread!

The day I was 16 my mom said, "Get a job." I worked in a big drugstore through HS and college summers. I started at minimum wage, $1.10 an hour. I worked about 20 hours a week on weekends and evenings, wearing a white nurse dress and shoes. I loved that job, but it sure taught me to stay in school because I looked at the full-timers and knew that wasn't what I wanted forever.

My parents made me save half my salary and that worked out so well that my own kids started working at 16 and saved half.
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Clothing retailer
Old 09-15-2017, 07:51 AM
 
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My first job was in downtown austin working for a clothing retailer that wa Austin based. I worked in their warehouse Monday through Friday 8 to 5. I unpacked merchandise from the factory and got it ready to go on the store floor including putting the price tag in place. It was boring but steady work until I started college in the fall. I loved having my nights and weekends free!
I was paid minimum wage. It was the summer of 1974 and I had just graduated from HS. In the break room I could buy a bottled Coke for a dime!
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Old 09-15-2017, 08:07 AM
 
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At 14 I worked in a movie theater, selling tickets for $.65 an hour... one hour for the matinee, two shows in the evenings, so I worked for three hours. Four hours a day... $2.60 a day! Great coworkers...great fun!
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Old 09-15-2017, 08:10 AM
 
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I was a sale clerk at a womens store. I had to sort/ hang merchandise, run the register, & look out for shoplifters. Sometimes my boss let me wear an outfit to show customers what was new. I also got a small discount.
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Old 09-15-2017, 08:58 AM
 
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I worked the counter in a bakery at 15. $1.85/he. The boss would get frustrated with me because on break, I would leave the fresh doughnuts and buy a Twinkie.
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Love these stories!
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Thank you for starting this thread 1959mm!
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My first job was when I was in college. I worked in food service for the dining halls. I wanted to make money to go to Florida for spring break and I knew my parents wouldn't contribute. When I told them I wanted to go and had the money they actually said yes, one condition, I had to stay with my sister who lived near Ft. Lauderdale. So 4 of us headed south and had a great time. My sister is 3 years older and we never got along. We bonded during my stay and have been super close ever since.
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I worked at a school-sponsored job as a senior in high school. I got to leave school around noon. I had a job at a doctor's office. I was scared to death of the doctor's nurse! By mid-fall, I had had enough and asked my teacher for a different assignment. I moved to a plumbing contractor's office. I like it so much more!
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1st paid job
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Clerking Secret Santa Shop at big department store at Christmas time. Shelves were low and kids came in to shop without adults. They'd have money in envelope and list on front. Helped them shop and then gifts were wrapped in tissue and put in special boxes. Parents waited outside.

Camp counselor/life guard in the summers
Life guarded at college pool
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Old 09-15-2017, 01:41 PM
 
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I found a full-time summer job working in food service for a local hospital. My $1.25 per hour paychecks were saved for college spending money for books and sundry items. I was on my feet all day. Sometimes, I worked double shifts 6:30 am - 7:30 pm. I also walked back and forth to the bus. One benefit - I learned how to make and wrap 85 sandwiches in an hour!
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Mhugs! I did the secret Santa clerking too! After Christmas the store put me into gift wrap. I was too shy to be on the sales floor. I got the job through my high school's DECA program.
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I breaded chicken in a restaurant. Worked from 10 o'clock at night until three in the morning. I was 15.
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I was 15 when I started working in the sock mill. I had to pair socks and put them in boxes to ship to the stores. I went in at 6 am and finished at 3. I remember watching the older workers spending their money in the vending machines in the break room every day. My parents had taught me to save, so I took my own snack and lunch. My mother used to get up every morning and make sweet tea for my thermos! After that job I knew that I wanted to go to college and not work in the factory! I worked there 2 more summers until I finished high school.
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I worked for a temp agency when I was home each summer from college!
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When I was 15 I worked in a factory, processing returns for a department store catalogue. We had to check the clothing for flaws, refold and repackage them. It was hot, boring, mindless work and I made a whole $1.86/hour!
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I believe I was about 13 years old and it was just a two day job selling tickets for carnival rides at our town's yearly celebration. Got to sit on the little ticket booth and everything! They called it a Homecoming and was always the weekend of Father's Day. Everyone looked forward to it. My friend and I thought we were so cool working alongside the "carnies"

As soon as I could get a work permit ( I think that was at 15?) I worked at the local bakery. I would leave school at 2:00 several days a week to work and worked Friday nights and all day Saturday. My boss was notorious for making me ask for my paycheck. I hated having to do that. His wife though, was a sweetie and on special weekends when I had to work would slip me an extra $20 and say, "Don't tell Elmer."
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When I was 17 I got a job delivering parts for auto supply company. I was the envy of all my friends because I had a DRIVING job !

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I got my work permit at 15 and worked at the Dairy Queen. I was there for 4 summers, plus during the year my senior year of high school.
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I worked as a cashier in A&P. I wasn't very fast, and it was way before computers, so you had to do all the math in your head before hitting the buttons on the cash register. The number was never even, so the tall jars of baby food were 6 for 83 cents, so my mind was always moving. I probably couldn't keep up with that now!
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I worked at my Dad's feed store as a cashier when I was in high school.

My very, very first job was dusting the shelves with a feather duster for a quarter when I was 7 years old!
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My first job (not counting babysitting) at 15 was as an employee in a children's shoe store. I worked two days after school and on Saturday mornings. It was a fun job, but I can't believe parents would trust me to fit their children's shoes. I had absolutely no training and learned on the job.
Every summer I had a different summer job. One was as a filing clerk in a patent office, another one was as a typist in an office of a toy store, I worked as a Girl Friday at my dad's accounting firm, and as a nurse's aide in a mental hospital. The job in the mental hospital was the most interesting. I had a key and had to make sure I locked the door coming and going. That meant that I was locked in with the patients. I never encountered any violent patients but heard stories from other aides who had been attacked.
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Old 09-19-2017, 04:14 PM
 
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job was cleaning at my father's office. The first one I went out and got on my own was at a donut shop. After a while, the grease and smell got to me. I couldn't eat a donut for years afterward.

I have apparently gotten over it, and now have no trouble eating them way more than I should.
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Old 09-21-2017, 08:23 AM
 
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My first paid job was working at a restaurant supply store that my parents ended up buying. I dusted, restocked shelves, just general stuff. I was 15 on a work permit.
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Sold hats and wigs in a department store. Not fun on hot, sweaty days.
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I worked as a food packer in a Chinese carry out . It was great fun, but I always stunk when I left. Not good for dating!
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