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I'm Asking: What's the Most Eccentric Job You've Ever Had?

I'm Asking: What's the Most Eccentric Job You've Ever Had?

Most of my closest friends have pretty traditional nine to five jobs in the finance, education and media worlds. While each of those industries is interesting in its own way, I can't say any of them qualify as particularly unique or shocking. Of course, not everyone earns her or his paycheck from a common profession or industry. Sure, it's glamorized for TV and completely illegal, but Nancy Botwin's new role as a maternity store manager hiding a pot ring on Weeds is the definition of unorthodox. Have you ever had an unusual job? You know like a racecar driver, private investigator or bowling alley manager? Photo courtesy of Showtime

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Symphonee Symphonee 6 years
I have worked as fudgemaker/entertainer at the Fudgery. I was a candymaker, basically meaning I had to make fudge from scratch and entertain people while I did it. I had a lot of fun because we all used to cut up and act like fools.I have also worked as store help in a botanica type store. I had to learn about just about every religion, different types of spells, numerology, astrology, and anything else dealing with the spiritual world. I met A LOT of different people at that job and learned a lot about the human condition.
Symphonee Symphonee 6 years
I have worked as fudgemaker/entertainer at the Fudgery. I was a candymaker, basically meaning I had to make fudge from scratch and entertain people while I did it. I had a lot of fun because we all used to cut up and act like fools. I have also worked as store help in a botanica type store. I had to learn about just about every religion, different types of spells, numerology, astrology, and anything else dealing with the spiritual world. I met A LOT of different people at that job and learned a lot about the human condition.
merie33 merie33 7 years
I answered the phone for a Chinese take out place for a few months when I was a senior in high school. I couldn't communicate with my boss though, because he spoke such horrible english. That job ended when I showed up for work one day, and the doors were locked and there was a sign on the door that said "vacation 2 weeks" The guy never came back, and it's now open as a different place, with new owners.
merie33 merie33 7 years
I answered the phone for a Chinese take out place for a few months when I was a senior in high school. I couldn't communicate with my boss though, because he spoke such horrible english. That job ended when I showed up for work one day, and the doors were locked and there was a sign on the door that said "vacation 2 weeks"The guy never came back, and it's now open as a different place, with new owners.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 7 years
I worked as a receptionist for a place that did job placement for mentally ill and disabled people. I had to sign all these disclaimers saying I wouldn't sue if mentally ill people accosted me and there were always people running up and down the halls screaming. My supervisor told me we all had days where we felt like running up and down the halls screaming,but these people just felt free to actually do it. She had a point, but I still quit asap.
chocolatine chocolatine 7 years
I worked a secretary/receptionist for a urologist in the summer between high school and university. When patients called to make appointments, I had to ask what the problem was. The problems included permanent erection, enlarged testicles, crooked penis, and needing a quick vasectomy before a trip to Africa (!). At that age, I had a hard time not giggling into the phone, and keeping a straight face when the "crooked penises" came in for their appointments.
SugarKim4203 SugarKim4203 7 years
I worked at a van driver/promotional person for a radio station in my younger years. I've done it all. Worn a bunny suit to give out tickets, tossed t-shirts to large crowd, hung out at a 3 million dollar home with the listeners, pretended I was a DJ on the beach for 8 hours, hung out at the fair in a hot small booth while playing music WAY too loud, hung out on freeway on ramps wearing a Statue of Liberty costume, oh the list could go on forever.
SugarKim4203 SugarKim4203 7 years
I worked at a van driver/promotional person for a radio station in my younger years. I've done it all. Worn a bunny suit to give out tickets, tossed t-shirts to large crowd, hung out at a 3 million dollar home with the listeners, pretended I was a DJ on the beach for 8 hours, hung out at the fair in a hot small booth while playing music WAY too loud, hung out on freeway on ramps wearing a Statue of Liberty costume, oh the list could go on forever.
ladybirda ladybirda 7 years
I worked as a fairy at the local Renaissance Fair. It was my job to teach the kids how to do the Maypole dance, and inevitably one of them would run straight for the pole and get tied up by the other kids' ribbons.
melizzle melizzle 7 years
I've had a host of odd jobs, but my faves:-Chocolate dipping demonstrator (think chocolate-covered strawberries)-Bra fitter-High school teacher (I just find that personally hilarious :))
melizzle melizzle 7 years
I've had a host of odd jobs, but my faves: -Chocolate dipping demonstrator (think chocolate-covered strawberries) -Bra fitter -High school teacher (I just find that personally hilarious :))
356UIK 356UIK 7 years
Beverage cart driver for a golf course is probably as eccentric as I got, but if you think about it the combination of a bartender in a motor vehicle is pretty rare!
pattilup pattilup 7 years
i worked as an office manager for an old school matchmaker in boston. she was about 75 years old and tiny as can be and the absolute craziest person i ever met. it quickly became apparent that her days as a legit matchamaker were way in the past and she was now pretty much running a scam. her charges started at $3,500 for three introductions and went up to $25,000 for unlimited introductions until you got married. whenever she hooked a new client, that person's fee went to pay back due rent and salaries. she was up to her ears in debt and lawsuits from unhappy clients. all the ladies who worked for her were unmarried 40-somethings, so not sure what their expertise in finding a mate was! somehow i lasted there for almost a year, and i saw some crazy stuff. people will admit to some pretty specific and pretty weird desires for their dream spouse when they're paying to find him or her.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 7 years
Ok, this isn't an unconventional job, but when I was in high school, I used to be a sub violinist for a nearby college's string quartet and we did a lot of gigs - anything from art gallery openings to fundraisers, weddings, funerals, etc. One wedding was in a field in the middle of NOWHERE and the bride came down the aisle on a motorcycle. They wanted us to play Aerosmith arranged for string quartet and they had a huge dog that wandered around freely during the ceremony, barking and licking us while we played. That was really really weird.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 7 years
I worked a liquor store in my senior year of high school. No worries folks, I lived in a small town so most of the ppl I knew already but there were some stranges ones that I met along the way as well.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
CaterpillerGirl,ROFLMAO! It fits!
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
CaterpillerGirl, ROFLMAO! It fits!
Cocoangel Cocoangel 7 years
I was a Mad Scientist. Really! Worked for a local franchise of Mad Science and we went to schools to put on assemblies or workshops with science experiments. Only lasted about 8 months at that. We also did birthday parties & corporate events and the hours sucked.
sophia_HL sophia_HL 7 years
I worked for a woman that was a makeup artist. She was teaching others her techniques. She basically did my makeup on one side of my face. And then the student did the other side. I actually learned a lot.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
Wow, you guys have had some fun jobs. I am jealous.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Fuzzles, we call those people "perfume snipers"
inertia inertia 7 years
One of my part-time jobs was doing homework. My family was acquainted with an extremely wealthy woman who'd somehow gotten her learning-disabled child into an elite private school. This child should have been in a specialized school with teachers trained to work with her needs, and the family certainly had the money for that, but they wanted the prestige and networking potential of the elite school. They asked me to do her history notes since she couldn't keep up with it. I learned a lot and was paid well, but I felt very sorry for that poor girl who'd been pushed into the wrong school.
prettywarrior prettywarrior 7 years
I worked in a jewelry store soldering charms onto bracelets and cleaning jewelry when I was in high school and college.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 7 years
i used to be a ballet teacher at a reputable school, for girls 7-13. it was wonderful and rewarding, but exhausting... girls at that age can be terrors.
ann418 ann418 7 years
Ryot - That. Is. Awesome!
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