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Old 08-03-2017, 10:03 PM
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Six years old: at a time when girls weren't allowed to do it, I delivered newspapers by bicycle in snow/rain/sleet/dark - didn't matter. All before school (and breakfast). Then collecting weekly. I got the job when my two older brother's routes became too big for them and they needed help.

It was very clandestine.

Can anyone imagine today sending a 6 year old girl out to collect money from strangers, and that she would keep good records of it? I can still see that crinkled, green account book in my mind's eye, with all the customer's names and what they owed. And I still remember the family who never paid.
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Old 08-03-2017, 10:44 PM
Location: Tucson Arizona
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12 years old, babysitting for 50 cents an hour. Musta bin 1968ish.
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Old 08-03-2017, 10:45 PM
Location: Los Angeles
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I started with a paper route too, when I was around 4th grade or so. My first "real" job was at 14 as a stock boy at a Pic Way Shoe Mart. I had to lie about my age.
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Old 08-03-2017, 11:19 PM
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McDonalds at 17 yrs old. Quit and walked out after 1 week because the manager told me to "hurry up" one day while on the fryer. I was a spoiled little punk way back then.
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Old 08-04-2017, 12:27 AM
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Originally Posted by mathjak107 View Post
First job was a newspaper route at 13 .
I completely forgot that I, too, had a newspaper route when I was younger. It was a "free" community newspaper that I delivered to every house on my route (whether they wanted it or not, lol). And then once a month I would have to go around knocking on doors and ask if they'd like to pay for the paper. I don't remember exactly how or how much I was paid, but I believe that it was based on the number of "subscriptions" I managed to get.

I'm surprised that I forgot about this job especially given what happened: The newspaper had a contest for the carriers to see who could get the most subscribers/collect the most money, and I won. My prize was two tickets to that year's Super Bowl, which turned out to be the unforgettable (and unfathomable at the time) NY Jets upset of the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. BTW, the face value of the tickets was $12.50 each. Not quite what it costs to go to a Super Bowl these days, lol.
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Old 08-04-2017, 04:47 AM
Location: equator
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McDonald's here too, age fifteen or sixteen. Buck sixty five an hour. Gas was a quarter. Five burgers for a dollar.

Fun to see all the paper routes here.
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Old 08-04-2017, 04:53 AM
Location: San Diego
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Not including random jobs for friends/family, my first official, taxable job was working at Starbucks at age 16. I stayed for 5 years. It was a great job with great benefits!
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Old 08-04-2017, 05:30 AM
Location: Middletown, DE
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I had a paper route in junior high school, During high school I played drums in a "garage band" on weekends. We played at county youth center and CYO dances.

My first real job, one with a weekly paycheck and tax deductions, was at the lunch counter of a drug store in a big shopping center. What a sh*t job! Minimum wage, 95 cents an hour, and no tipping because the corporation that owned the store didn't want to process the tip reports. Most of the customers confused a lunch counter with a Michelin rated fine dining restaurant. I learned to really hate that place. Can't believe I lasted for a little over a year. I never did formally quit. I just never showed up for my next shift after picking up my paycheck one week. It taught me valuable lesson though. I learned I didn't want to pursue a career that involved customer service and return patronage.
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Old 08-04-2017, 05:43 AM
Location: Colorado Springs
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I was 9 years old and I asked my dad for an allowance.

He said, "I don't believe in giving allowances. If you want money, get a job!"

So I discovered that I could get a paper route. I got up every morning at 4:30 AM, drove my bike to the paper station, and delivered about 75 newspapers per day before going to school. I learned to be responsible and I was able to make about $5 per week.

My dad also made me put most of that money in the bank. He said, "You need to save for college. You must go but I can't pay for it." That began a habit of saving. In each subsequent job as dishwasher, lawn mower, mechanic, TV Antenna installer, and furniture mover, I saved most of my money.

It's a good thing I did. When he dropped dead at 49, left me just $10 in his will, and I was 17 and about to start college 1 month later, I had saved $2300. That was a fortune in 1967. It paid for my first 2 years of college.

I'd say the old man was wise.
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Old 08-04-2017, 06:04 AM
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Age 15, frosting cupcakes in a bakery for $1/hr. I got fired. Ha!
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