WHETHER IT WAS DURING high school or college, whether the goal was to have spending money or to pay rent, most of us know the struggles and the joys of working a summer job. Because we are feeling nostalgic as summer draws to a close, we’ve collected summer job stories from members of our team!
Worst Summer Job Ever
Sometimes we find ourselves in summer jobs where the only good thing about them is that they only lasted a summer. Do any of our team’s stories sound familiar?
We bet you didn’t know that Dr. Ern was once a Good Humor Man!! However, business was fairly slow because Dr. Ern did not have a dedicated route, so to make ends meet he also filled in for others when they were out sick or on vacation. One day, he finally scored one of the most coveted routes – and it was a prime day – SATURDAY! Unfortunately for Dr. Ern, the route was in an Orthodox Jewish section of New York and because of the strict observances, the handling of money is prohibited on Saturdays. While he had many children who desperately wanted ice cream, they couldn’t purchase any!
When Marie was 14, she was a camp counselor. While all of her friends were given older kids, Marie’s responsibility was to manage a large group of 5 year old girls. According to Marie, “the girls cried all day, had accidents in their pants and pulled at their bathing suits all the time”. While Marie’s friends were able to hang out together at the adult pool, and ride the adult rides on trips to the amusement park, Marie was stuck in the kiddie pool and when at the amusement park, was forced to ride all the kiddie rides.
I worked in a front desk job one summer, and in my third week all our computers were stolen.
I worked at a drive-in shake place, and I made shake after shake after shake until I was a splattered mess of Oreo, raspberry, chocolate, and banana from head to toe every day by close. This job cured me of any cravings for ice cream for a while. In the three weeks I worked there, it was enough for me to decide the fast food industry was not for me.
Check out this video from Jimmy Fallon to hear about some more bad summer jobs!
The Good Times
Just as there are bad summer jobs, there are also good ones. Maybe nothing particularly dramatic happened, but they still hold a fond place in our memories.
Sandy (Marketing Director)
I worked as a Mother’s Helper for many years. Not only did it enable me to have fun performing my job, I got to travel and save money for college. I worked for one particular family for most of this time and when I finally left for college, the mother wrote me the most beautiful letter telling me how blessed she felt that her children were able to be impacted by someone who was able to teach them valuable lessons and emulate how a person should act by setting such a good example. She thanked me from the bottom of her heart for being a part of their family. I still have that letter.
I worked at a music store. One of my best friends worked with me and I remember us sitting on the counters, having deep life discussions, and not getting much work done.
I worked at a booth that sold Dave’s Killer Bread at various Costco locations, and even though it was just a couple of weekends that summer and we didn’t have much time to get to know each other, everyone on that team worked so well together. We were the supervisor’s only team to get the booth completely sold out, which was pretty cool.
Whether the summer job itself is good or bad, it’s the funny stories and the crazy moments that stand out the most.
At one point, Dr. Cafarelli worked in the restaurant business as a waiter, busboy and bartender. When he worked on City Island, customers were able to dine al fresco to enjoy the fresh air. One evening when Dr. Cafarelli was working a giant raccoon jumped on one of the tables and started eating the food and stuck his snout directly into the customer’s glass of wine and drank the entire glass!
I graded AP exams two summers in a row, and the first year, a crazy drunk guy chased me and two of my friends outside the convention center. The second year was better because we got to see an outdoor Twelfth Night production.
I spent a summer as a cook at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory when I was 16. Standing over a boiling cauldron of fudge and caramel all day wasn’t the best way to escape the summer heat, but at least I got free chocolate!
Now, It’s YOUR Turn!
What was YOUR most memorable summer job? Share your own experiences in the comments section below or send us a message on our Facebook page!
Thanks for being a part of our practice’s story!
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