Before they went on to run their own courtrooms, companies, school districts and space shuttle missions, today’s panel of 10 slogged through crummy temp jobs they dreaded just like the rest of us did. We asked them to share their worst workplace nightmare.”My third day at work, I got stuck in a freight elevator for several hours, and once I got out, I was scolded for not completing my duties in a timely manner.
“Many of the nuns literally raced one another in the hall to be the first in line to the cafeteria, and then became angry with me for keeping the doors secured until I was directed to allow them entry.
“Finally, I repeatedly ran into the butcher soiled apron and all in the network of very dimly lit underground tunnels that interconnected facilities. I was scared to death and I lasted there for a whopping month before I convinced my folks that I had to find another job.”
HON. ARNOLD BLOCKMAN
Judge, Champaign County Circuit Court
Employer: A restaurant chain in Memphis.
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Employer: A Champaign family that shall remain nameless.
“I’ve been super fortunate, even during high school and early in my working career, and haven’t had any nightmare jobs. But I did have a funny babysitting experience in about eighth grade.
“I sat regularly for one family, and on this particular instance, the father must have not had any bills in his wallet or wanted to use up a bunch of loose change. So, he paid me for a couple of weeks in mostly nickels and dimes. As he was counting it all out, I just stood there not knowing what to say or do I didn’t want to be disrespectful.
“I didn’t have a purse or anything to put it all in and could hardly hold it all. I remember trying to balance it all cupped in my hands, and finally dropping a bunch of the change as I tried to maneuver getting out of his car when he dropped me off at home.
“Now that I’m on the parent side of the equation, I always make sure to have cash on hand for the sitter.”
Owner, Soccer Planet
Employer: A newspaper in his native London.
“In high school, I had a job selling the Evening Standard newspaper at a busy traffic light stop in the city.
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“Of course, I had the last laugh, because I got to pick up the pennies.”Owner, Art Mart
Employer: An Italian restaurant/store in Chicago.
“I had a job after college at Convito Italiano, right off of Michigan Avenue. Every day when we took the garbage out, we had to heave the bags into a dumpster in the alley, then run and jump on the loading dock because about 30 rats would race out from underneath the dumpster.