๐ŸŒฆ 40+ Worst Summer Jobs People Like You Have Had

Everyone's had a worst summer job, but some are definitely worse than others.

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Growing up, I had almost a dozen summer jobs.

Most of them were pretty standard: working in a factory shipping department, taking shifts in a restaurant, conducting phone surveys, and so on. Nothing too memorable, they just happened to take place during the summer.

But there was one summer job that was justโ€ฆ out there.

By far, the worst summer job I had was as a frozen seafood door-to-door salesman.

I hadn't even known that seafood was something people sold door to door, and truth be told, I haven't come across it since.

The adventure began when a friend and I responded to a classified ad in a local newspaper.

We were invited to an โ€œinterviewโ€, which turned out to be an ultra-slick sales presentation for us and 20 other people on how to sell shrimp and lobster to unsuspecting homeowners.

I started getting skeptical when told that we needed to buy our seafood sales quota from the company before we actually sold any, and I straight up quit after shadowing an โ€œexperiencedโ€ salesman make only 2 sales in a full day's work.

Thankfully, that was also the shortest job I've ever had.

Not everyone is so lucky.

Here are some of the hilariously bad summer jobs people have had.

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From the Chive

  1. Porta Potty reservoir cleaner
  2. Recreational Vehicule (RV) reservoir cleaner at a campground: โ€œa shitty jobโ€
  3. Cow pen cleaner
  4. Crime scene clean up crew
  5. Carnival booth operator running โ€œrip offโ€ games that are impossible to win at
  6. Package delivery driver with a truck that doesn't have air conditioning
  7. Tying knots in fiberglass strands at a factory
  8. Hotdog cart guy
  9. Scraps collecting at a meat packing plant
  10. Painting oil tanks, by hand, outside in the Texas heat
  11. Sanding department worker at a chair factory
  12. Selling organic, free range meat door to door (so this does still happen!)
  13. Lobsterman deckhand
  14. Summer camp athletic trainer for 6-10 year old kids
  15. Rickshaw runner


From Uproxx

  1. Golf caddy: โ€œThe money was fineโ€ฆ but it didnโ€™t make up for the (multiple) golf clubs thrown at meโ€
  2. Restaurant stove duct cleaner
  3. Telemarketer
  4. Customer support for a money transfer service for people in prison
  5. Highway department worker: โ€œSome of my tasks included discarding dead roadkillโ€ฆ spraying weeds with poison, and re-paving roads in 100-degree heatโ€

From The Motley Fool

  1. Diaper changer
  2. Camp counselor
  3. Truck Loader

From Business Insider

  1. Sales associate in a kids clothing store
  2. Gas station attendant
  3. Flour mill worker
  4. Ice cream scooper at a state fair, with overtime for helping melt a giant butter cow
  5. Kitchen duty at a summer camp
  6. Credit card debt collections agent: โ€œI was horrible because I could never collect and spent a lot of time life coaching or just listening to people's problemsโ€
  7. Selling yard weedkiller door to door

Jimmy Fallon summer job stories with Hashtags: #MyWorstSummerJob

From Slate

  1. Pounding steaks with 128-ounce cans of diced tomatoes
  2. Outdoor concert usher
  3. Data entry at a temp agency run by a criminal: โ€œIt turned out that Billโ€™s carpeting business wasnโ€™t a business. It was a front within a front.โ€

From Vice Canada

  1. Working in a garbage truck that services parks: โ€œYou know what's in park garbage cans? โ€ฆ Diapers and dog shit.โ€
  2. Stock car racing bouncer
  3. Chicken slaughterhouse โ€œkill roomโ€ cleaner
  4. Lawn aerator
  5. Front desk manager at a seedy motel with a racist, scumbag owner


From The Morning Call

  1. Parking lot attendant at a golf course
  2. Collecting broken landscaping and riding mowers for a repair business
  3. Elementary school janitor

READ NEXT: ๐ŸŒž How To Quickly Find Student Summer Jobs You'll Actually Enjoy

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What was the worst summer job you ever had? Tell us in the comments.

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