|Part 1 out on 28th September!|
One of my least favourite was handing out leaflets at a furniture design fair. My employee's showroom was far away from the main hub and they were desperate for me to send potential customers their way. Worried I would throw the leaflets away instead of giving them out, they insisted I take photographic evidence that I'd done my job. In other words, I had to ask random strangers if I could take their picture with my leaflet. It was awkward for everyone.
I also dressed up as a huge fluffy bear once. But I'm not sure I'm allowed to talk about that, in case kids read this and realise the character wasn't real.
So I put this question to Twitter:
To celebrate the upcoming launch of #TheTemp I'd love to know what's the worst/best temp job you've ever had?! (For a blog post)— Emily Benet (@EmilyBenet) September 20, 2014
Thanks to everyone who replied, I'm sorry I couldn't include them all. Here are just some of them!
1. The Greasy One
@EmilyBenet Selling revolting burgers in a van in Hyde Park to rich kids staying in Knightsbridge hotels, for an absolute pittance.
— Isabel Costello (@isabelcostello) September 20, 2014
2. The Factory Line One
@EmilyBenet Dire temp job in my youth on a kettle making construction line. The blisters on the palms of my hands were not pleasant. X
— Debra Brown (@debrabrown_) September 20, 2014
3. The No Talking One
@EmilyBenet Bitumen tape factory! You worked in pairs, cutting and packing. If you chatted they split you up.
— Alice Furse (@AliceFurse) September 20, 2014
4. The Smelly One
5. The Old-School One
@EmilyBenet one day secretarial job in a smoke filled office w an elderly man who was amazed at my computer skills i.e printing a word doc
— Karen Lobban (@karen_lobban) September 20, 2014
6. The Rock n' Roll One
@EmilyBenet Worst temp job: for local radio, transcribing recorded interviews (um, er, ah, muttering). Best: 2months singing with pop group!
— Jacqueline Pye (@JacquelinePye) September 20, 2014
7. The Classic Blueberries and Bear Poo One
@EmilyBenet As a uni student I raked blueberries in the blueberry barrens in Maine. Backbreaking. Raked thru bear shit and worse.
— Julie Cohen (@julie_cohen) September 20, 2014
8. The Mind-Numbing Ones
@EmilyBenet Stuffing envelopes. Worst bit was when a woman from office marched into warehouse to find me, incensed that I'd used 'her cup'
— SDSykes (@SD_Sykes) September 20, 2014
@EmilyBenet Copying data from paper to screen at the local college when I was 16. There were approx. 30 of us, 5 days a week. Dull.
— Naomi Frisby (@Frizbot) September 20, 2014
9. The Seasonal, Boozy One
@EmilyBenet Shop worker one Christmas, replenishing the booze aisle. You haven't seen product fly off the shelves so fast. Equal best/worst🍹
— Paul (@dept42) September 20, 2014
10. The One that sounds a bit like a Black Comedy
@EmilyBenet photocopying death certificates and wills
— Ciara Malone (@ciaramal1) September 20, 2014
11. The Physically Challenging One
12. The AbFab One
13. The One with a Happy Ending!
@EmilyBenet Cold calling companies to sell advertising space. Couldn't cope. Walked out. Sold my first radio play about the experience :)
— Felicity Hayes-McCoy (@fhayesmccoy) September 20, 2014
What about you? Go ahead and share your Temp job experience in the comments section!