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    My first job was working for my dad at his service station in the late 60s early 70s. I always had to stay with my dad when my mom was busy so I learned from the age of 9 to do chores around the station. I then started pumping gas for a job when I was 14. I did it for no pay but it kept me busy I guess! LOL My dad would give me money whenever so it was all good. I remember Dad having me sit in the car he was working on so when it was up on the hoist I could work the brake while he bled the lines or whatever he needed me to do. I learned to take a book with me. He would sometimes forget I was up ther and leave me! I had to learn to shimmy down from the car door to the bay floor! LOL I had to pump gas in all weather and check the oil and the battery with every fill up. That was the days of full service. There was no self service then.I When I learned to drive he sent me on parts runs to the parts houses or the junkyard. He would sometimes loan out my car for someone he was working on their car. I worked after school and on Sats til I was 17 when he closed the station. Lots of memories of my dad are all wrapped up in the sights and smells of a gas station.


    So what was your first job and what do you remember about the experience? We would love to hear!!

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    My first job was teaching swimming lessons in the summer. I worked on our ranch, but I don't think that counts (O: I also worked after school at my uncle's gas station for gas money when we moved to town.

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    I'm fairly young (33) but my first job was waitressing (ok, not counting babysitting). I got married during college & was a SAHM for 12 yrs, had a few sewing hobby biz's then. So I consider my first real paid job as an adult the 3rd one, I was a seamstress for an internationally known American company sewing athletic clothing, some for Olympic athletes. Neat idea, boring as heck, lol...I'm still sewing for a living, it doesn't pay much but it's what I do & I can get by.

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    My mom was a phone operator and she got me a job with AT&T as a long distance operator. I was 18 at the time. Did it while I was in college. That was back in the days when you had a big board in front of you and you had these cords to pick up calls when the lights appeared. One cord to answer and one to dial out. Totally cool!!

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    Rhonda, my first job was babysitting...they had 4 kids..they paid me $20 a week and the lady worked at the plant where they made lifesavers candy..so she would sometimes give me a case of lifesavers..we always got to try out the newest flavors before they went to the public..then I went to work for a couple who owned a Dairy Belle burger stand. The lady then took me with her when she opened a pie company..we made turn over pies and her DD & I would deliver them to different resturants early in the morning before school started...good old days *L*
    Linda B.

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    I worked part time at our local bank in my senior year of high school. Enjoyed it most of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by np3
    My mom was a phone operator and she got me a job with AT&T as a long distance operator. I was 18 at the time. Did it while I was in college. That was back in the days when you had a big board in front of you and you had these cords to pick up calls when the lights appeared. One cord to answer and one to dial out. Totally cool!!
    OMG~~~I remember those days !!

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    My 1st job was babysitting. My 1st "real" job was working as a Physical Therapy Assistant. Starting pay in 1968 $0.50 per hour. A few months later I got a raise to $1.00 per hour. Sure wish people could get a 50% raise these days! LOL....

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    My first job was babysitting. I was 13 when neighbors had the first baby and sat for them till after I graduated from high school. There were 3 kids by then. I got paid 35cents an hour. And during the summer when she worked full time I watched all 3 kids all day, canned peaches for her, was allowed to use her sewing machine during naptime. When they went on vacation I took care of their animals, coon dogs, mink, goats, pigeons, and chickens.

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    My first job was at Ricky's Dog House; a fast food hotdog place. It was 1971. I remember learning the cash register and giving change - something kids can't do today. I remember an elderly couple - he ordered coffee and a small french fry. They came every Saturday. He drank the coffee and she ate the fries. I also remember the boy who cleaned the fryer was severely burned when the oil splashed all over his chest. I was only 15, but I didn't panic. Got him cold towels and ice and cleaned up the mess while he sat with the ice. Boy, those are old memories.

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    My first job besides babysitting was as a tap dance teacher. Great memories.

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    My first job was working in an ice cream shop. I learned to make all the yummies with soft serve. I made $1.00 an hour. I thought I was rich. Minimum wage was $1.80 I think but I was only fifteen.

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    My first job was at a dry cleaners.

    I still can't walk into a dry cleaners without the smell bringing back memories.

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    Department store sales, which i hate!

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    My first job was when I was 12.....I washed windows for my fathers photography studio, and then picked up a couple other businesses downtown. I made about $10 every Saturday and thought I was rich! And I did bablysitting and then was a Red Cross water safety aide, earning admission to the pool for every morning I helped with swimming lessons.

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    My first job (other than babysitting) was at the library shelving books for 50cents an hour. I loved it! I got first dibs on all the new Gothics!

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    At Arthur Murray Dance Studios in the evenings after high school.
    We worked in a room that had a dozen phones, opened a phone book, ripped out a page, and started calling all the names on that page.
    We'd offer them a free dance lesson.
    I got paid 50cents an hour and received a 25cent bonus for anyone who actually came in for the lesson.
    We had to use a fake name (mine was Ginger....too obvious I think now but back then I thought I was so clever.....you know from dancers Ginger Rogers and Fred Astair) and there was a script we HAD to follow tacked on the wall in front of us.
    It was horrible. I could repeat that script in my sleep.
    I don't think I ever had anyone show up for a lesson but I got 3 proposals because of my "sexy" voice.....lol.

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    Great memories! Love to hear the stories!

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    My first job was as a cashier in a grocery store when I was 16 in 1970. Minimum wage was $1.60, and I was making $2.22 an hour. Were my friends jealous. I ended up staying there until they closed in 1976, the year I got married. I was making $7.50 an hour, back then that was GOOD money.

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    I worked three summers as a waitress in the Harbor Springs (MI) Country Club Golf Shop during lunch. My mom and grandmom were the chefs, my aunt baked all the bread, my brother caddied....a family affair! I was paid only in tips, but they were usually pretty good as the golfers were wealthy resorters and they thought I was so cute, LOL! I was 13.

    I remember the first time I dropped a tray, I was SO embarrassed, but I was rich that day. :P :lol: 8-)

    Jan in VA

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    My first job was in 1965. It was selling popcorn and candy at our local movie theatre. I made $.75 cents an hour then I got promoted to ticket taker and got a raise to $1.00 an hour. LOL!Oh those were the days!

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    My first regular job was half a day my senior year in high school. I worked as a secretary at the Methodist Church. 75 cents an hour = good pay for high school jobs in those days. Typed the bulletins on mimeograph stencils and ran them off. Oh, the typewriter was an Underwood manual. I didn't like being in the large buildings alone most of the time though (the buildings creaked). Changed to Firestone. Tv had just come in and lots were buying a tv at Firestone on credit so I worked in the credit department. I can't imagine Firestone selling Tv's but in those days they had appliances and tv's as well as tires. Tvs and appliances were much more expensive in those days compared to salaries.

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    McDonald's! yuck...haven't eaten there since!

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    My first summer job was sitting for FOUR mind you kids.I was going into Junior High that Fall. I made a whopping $20.00 a week and saved it for when school started and bought some clothes for school! That was very exciting for me.... if only the baby sitting had been as exciting! Yikes! They were a handful! :)

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    A waitress at a Mexican restaurant. Just me and the boss worked there.

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