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Old 05-18-2012, 03:27 PM
 
Location: in the miseries
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What was your very first job?
My father had a farm back in the 50's. He planted strawberries, gladiolas, tomatoes,etc. He would hire all the neighbor kids to pick berries at $.05 per quart and sell them at the stand. They could also eat all they wanted.

I picked strawberries at 8 years old. Weeded the garden, too but that was slave labor. I suppose I could have branched out and dug up nightcrawlers (yuk)! for a penny apiece.
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Bend Or.
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Sold newspapers on the street once per week. Paper sold for a dime, I got to keep a nickle.
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:40 PM
 
Location: The Triad (nc)
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Had the largest paper route in the district when I was 12.
(Seven days a week with 90 every M-S Evening and 120 on Sunday morning)
Then there was the lawn mowing in summer and snow shoveling in winter too.
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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What was your very first job?
My father had a farm back in the 50's. He planted strawberries, gladiolas, tomatoes,etc. He would hire all the neighbor kids to pick berries at $.05 per quart and sell them at the stand. They could also eat all they wanted.

I picked strawberries at 8 years old. Weeded the garden, too but that was slave labor. I suppose I could have branched out and dug up nightcrawlers (yuk)! for a penny apiece.
At age 16 I got a job at a small mom 'n pop restaurant. They also sold necessities like milk, eggs, bread, etc. and beer and wine. That job taught me a lot about running a restaurant and by age 17 I was managing it alone one day a week. I worked there till I turned 18 and left home. I stayed in restaurants most of my working life and made it my 'career'.

I lived in Oregon when my kids were young and their aunt was a 'boss' in some strawberry fields. The kids loved earning their own money and eating the berries didn't last long. lol I helped them pick what I wanted to buy and take home to make frozen strawberry jam. Yum!
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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First paycheck job, working for Teradyne, Chatsworth California (now Agoura Hills, CA) summer job 1977 assembling printed circuit boards, wire wrapping, soldering for $3.30 an hour.
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:30 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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First under the table one - mowing lawns (Age 9). First legit one - paper route (Age 14). First legit one with work permit - what else but Mickey Ds! (Age 16).
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:32 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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First paycheck job, working for Teradyne, Chatsworth California (now Agoura Hills, CA) summer job 1977 assembling printed circuit boards, wire wrapping, soldering for $3.30 an hour.
Great gig for a high school kid! I didn't get my first high tech job until I was 17 (going on 18) and a week past graduation.
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:07 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Babysitting at 13 or 14
At 50 cents an hour, I believe
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:11 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I would do odd jobs for my parents at 50 cents a pop.

When I was 11, I sent out for that Captain O catalogue in the back of my comic books - sold stuff door to door. That is how I got my first phone.

Would ask family, friends, neighbors if they needed cars washed, etc, when I was a kid.

15, worked one summer at Subway with a friend.
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Old 05-19-2012, 07:01 AM
 
Location: in the miseries
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How many of the kids today would get a job like these? I did not get an allowance; too many of us (8). We had to pay for all our clothes and college, too. We were happy, too!
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