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I was asked recently what I’d like to do if I could have any job I wanted. That answer usually centers somewhere around wanting to be the person who finds music for movies; a music supervisor if you will. I’ve always thought that would be a grand job for myself as it puts two things I love – movies and music – together and allows me to search and find new musics daily. That sounds exciting. I’d also like to teach. If teaching paid more I might take that leap. I’ve always said that if I were to win the lottery, I’m gonna go straight Dangerous Minds on that ass, minus the white savior angle. Or maybe I’d go back to graduate school and get a Black man’s Ph.D. in sociology so I could wax philosophical on various documentaries about the plight of the Black man and write books about everything and nothing at the same damn time that would somehow be considered a scholarly work more because it exists than because it sheds any light on anything. Oh, I’d use big words too. A lot. Big words and Black struggle would be gangbusters.

Maybe I’d do a combo of all three: get aPh.D. in everything and nothing and still make appearances on documentaries that will be skewered on Twitter, leave it up to me while I be living proof to kick the truth to the young Black youth, AND find new musics for movies on the side. Somebody get me a lottery ticket stat…and Jerome…WHERE MY MIRROR AT?

Right now, however, I’m a worker bee. I work in one of those places doing one of those jobs where even people I’ve known for years often remind me that they can’t believe I work here or do this for a living. What is it that I do? It’s not in my nature to be mysterious, but I can’t say who and I can’t say why. I remember running into a guy I went to college with a few months back. I told him I’d just gotten off of work and he said, “you have a real job? I thought you were one of those folks who gets paid purely for living this fabulous life you display on IG.” Something along those lines. I’m definitely paraphrasing. Point is, he was surprised I had a “regular” job. Sometimes it surprises me too.

This short convo I had that ended up with a roundabout reference to Morris Day and The Time, did get me to thinking about all of the jobs that I’ve had. To me it feels like a lot. To you it may feel like a little. But we all we got. CMB. I will list my jobs in order, excluding my current employment situation. It’s more like a lituation.

1. Sonic

My first job ever in life was at Sonic. You know, the American drive-in. Let me tell you something. I was not cut out to work at a fast food establishment. Hell, I’m possibly the only person in America who applied for a job at McDonald’s and didn’t get a call back (or a job). Do you know how demoralizing it is to NOT be able to get a job at McDonald’s. People have often said that if you don’t get your grades up you’ll be stuck working at McDonald’s. That was supposed to be a sure thing. Nope. Luckily I was, like 16, and had my whole future ahead of me. I worked at Sonic for 3 weeks and literally did not go back one day. No notice. No call. No nothing.

2. Papa John’s

I worked at Papa John’s for the last three months of my senior year of high school. I LOVED this job. I was working with friends. I learned how to make special sauce. I took orders, threw dough in the air for like $4.75 an hour and never had to deliver anything. I worked for like 3 hours a day, 4 or 5 days a week. When I graduated from high school, I wasn’t sad that I was leaving my friends behind, I was sad that I had to leave Papa John’s. I kept the shit out of that work shirt.

(Break – Got paid to be in a summer program. Not a job per se, but a brotha got pizzaid.)

3. MCI Worldcom

Much like many college students of the day before you could find out how to get screwed by companies online, I worked in a call-center trying to get you to switch your long distance carrier to MCI so that you could pay 10 cents a minute for domestic and 25 cents a minute for international calls to Canada and Mexico. I offered to cut people’s yards, got told that I sounded like I had a strong back and was propositioned more than I care to admit. I SUCKED at selling people shitty long distance. This was obviously before cell phones ruined the long distance carrier business. The good thing about this job was that the women were on FLEEK out that joint. It was like the day job for all of Atlanta’s strippers, bartenders, and random other assortment of hot women. I caught a girlfriend while working there. That situation ended up in a total scandal. Maybe I’ll tell that story one day though methinks some stories are best left for the memories.

4. SERTEC

After MCI, I was over calling people for anything. So I found a job that was still customer service, but folks were calling me. I ain’t have to sell nothing? I just had to answer the phone? Bet. For over a year and a half while in college, I worked at this company called SERTEC. I started there in, I think, the beginning of my junior year of college. They were paying $10/hour, which at the time was a lot (hell my rent my senior year was only $270/month – shouts to Gates Park Crossing aka Kosovo on the West Side of Atlanta).  Who was calling me? I’m glad you asked. You know how you go to a fast food restaurant drive thru and get shitty service and you see a phone number to call to tell about your service? That was us. For nearly ALL fast food restaurants. They have different numbers to call, but you’re calling the same place every time. I could talk to folks from Burger King, KFC, McDonald’s, Arby’s, etc. You ain’t calling corporate, you’re calling SERTEC. Similarly, have you ever been behind a semi and saw a sticker that says, “How’s My Driving? Call 800-xxx-xxxx”. Yep, that’s us too. I also loved this job because I worked with some up-and-coming rappers, current strippers, and lots of college students. My boss was a rapper (he’s not really doing much now) with a row of gold fronts. I had this job until I graduated from college. I also won employee of the month once while there!

5. Intern at my current place of employ

But I ain’t one to gossip so you aint heard that from me.

6. RA/TA/Teacher at the University of Maryland – College Park

So this job overlaps for quite a few years. While I was in graduate school, I worked in a summer program geared towards getting minorities into public policy and international affairs funded by the UNCF Special Programs and State Department. For two years I was an RA living in a dorm during the summer program. For 6 years though, I either taught or was a Teaching Assistant for the following classes: Public Policy Writing, Intermediate or Advanced Statistics, Intermediate or Advanced Economics. They were equivalent to 300 or 400 level college stats or economics courses. I LOVED teaching. Still do. There’s nothing like explaining Pareto Optimality using drug references and realizing you need to lock your door so nobody walks in while you’re explaining to your class how to cook crack. I’m not proud of that, but that did happen one day. Who knew so many colored kids didn’t know anything about selling drugs. Color me surprised. Also, I made some lifelong friendships out of this program. Becasue of this job in the most serendipitous fashion ever, I ended up with a girlfriend three years after the first year I did the program.

7. Reasearch Assistant and Analyst

I worked for a research center while in grad school focused on data and statistics relating to young civic learning and engagement. I cleaned a lot of data, ran a lot of regressions, and found out that Diddy actually was effective in getting people out to vote. That last part isn’t true. Well I didn’t determine that through my work, anyway.

8. Current job

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

9. Club Manager

At some point, I started my first blog. That led to me meeting this fellow in DC who felt like I might be a good host for his open mic. That turned out to be a match made in ghetto heaven. Well that hosting gig ended up with me meeting the club owner who needed some help running the night club upstairs. My boy who had me host host open mic told the owner how responsible I was and how he didn’t even have to show up and the night would run smoothly and lo and behold I became a club manager. Which was fortuitous and tragic because I had JUST finished bartending school in hopes of getting a bartending gig. I wasted $600 bucks only to walk into a job leapfrogging bartending. But, managing a club required me to bartend a lot anyway. I made A LOT of tips on…certain nights. I also loved this job until I didn’t. It got SUPER mundane after a point. People think club life is glamorous. And it can be, but you know how folks all eventually tire of going to the club. Imagine if your whole job is be there…even when you’re over the club scene. Lots of perks #doe. LOTS.

10. Freelance writing

We don’t even need to get into this one.

This has gotten long – which, ya know, TWSS – and interestingly I’ve had the same “regular” job for over a decade, whereas I know people have who have changed jobs multiple times. So talk about yourself, how many jobs have you had?

Panama Jackson

Panama Jackson is pretty fly (and gorgeous) for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. He refuses to eat cocaine chicken. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future. You can hit him on his hitter at panamadjackson@gmail.com.

  • LisaQ

    I wrote an entire blog series on this EXACT subject, because I’ve had OVER 30 jobs. I one time, I thought I was Jamaican because I would hold down 3 jobs at a time. What can I say, I love money!!

    • nillalatte

      I can feel it. I held down 3 for about a year in my younger days. My bf was not amused because when I’d get to his house and sit on the sofa I’d nod straight to sleep. I heard him complain to his brother once, “All she does is sleep now.” Cash money, honey. lol

  • Charlisia Nwachukwu

    FIRST! .. Jobs I have had Jezzzz!
    1. At 16 I was a drive through girl at Wendys – Loved it, my bestie worked with me and we gave away a TON of food to cute boys
    2. Famous Footwear … HATED IT!
    3. Worked at BK until high school ended – it was ok
    4. I was a RA in college – Loved it, those girls loved me too
    5. I was the lemon girl at Chick Fil A – That lemonade is legit!
    6. Waitress at a cafe on campus – Blah
    7. Jcpenny – I loved retail
    8. Restaurant Manager – My passion was born here… LOVED IT.
    9. Spent a month at a sham company doing “Outside sales” SUCKED but I had fun because I camped out at a local bar snacking and befriending the staff
    10. Random Office Admin Job
    11. Marketing — My current job and passion
    12. current job – Another company in Marketing.. still loving it!

    Basically … I have never NOT worked.

    • Amber

      My first job was at famous footwear. Well actually Factory Outlet because it was at the outlet mall and for some reason the name was different.

  • 1. Camp Counselor- it was cool because when you don’t have any bills summer jobs are everything
    2. Target- lowkey my favorite job, i worked electronics/entertainment and it was the closest thing to my old dream of owning a record store, and i gave everyone discounts I’m surprised i never got fired
    3. Security Monitor- you know what isn’t fun, working nights and weekends in college
    4. Fulfillment- you know whats interesting, picking and fulfilling orders for a secks website.
    5. Home Depot- my first supervising gig, it was harder than i expected because i wanted to be the “cool boss”
    6. Akamai- i left my old job for this one for much higher pay, only to get laid off 4 month later. Burn.
    7. Current Job- i started as a temp, for someone taking a med leave, i was hired when they passed away. I requested a new desk, cuz awkward.

    • Let’s talk about #4. I think we could trade stories. :)

    • MeridianBurst

      #TeamCampCounselor!

      • Lea Thrace

        One of the most fun and depressing jobs I have ever had.

        • MeridianBurst

          Why depressing?

          I loved it! I got to run around and be a big kid. Thankfully I was allowed some leeway to do things my own way so I could do all these fun, interesting things with the kids. It was great.

          • Lea Thrace

            The camp served kids from all works of life. It was depressing watching the kids who had nothing (no lunch, no swim/play gear etc., they were there on free tuition admittance) come in on a daily basis and try to hide their poverty. 6-8 year olds just should never have to deal with that. I always had to pack tons of extra food, and I convinced my mom to buy some extra play gear to have for them so they wouldnt be left out of certain activities. There was always about 15-20 kids in the camp couldnt afford to go on the away trips (amusement park type stuff was not subsidized) so I always volunteered to stay behind with them. Those days were the best cause we made the best of our fun.

            • MeridianBurst

              Yeah, it is kind of rough and especially when you see that moment the kids realize they don’t have the same things as the other kids. I don’t think I had to deal much with children who didn’t have much even though there were a few. My method was to center activities around them so that they would feel supported by the other kids and it would still be a good time for them. Dealing with the 10-13 crowd was a doozy because they brought their struggles at home to camp. It was kind of disheartening, but it was really fulfilling to find ways to brighten their lives and give them little nuggets to take back home to help them cope.

        • HeyBooHey

          Kinda true. Having done it at camps for both extremely rich kids and low/middle class kids, it’s so much fun letting kids be kids. But seeing some of those home lives was depressing. Some of the richest kids were so miserable and seeing some of the lower income kids literally wearing the same thing everyday for a week was eye-opening. You just wanna make them play til life gets easier

    • KMN

      #TeamTarjay!!!

  • OK, here are various jobs I’ve had.

    1. Funeral home go-fer

    Somehow, I got this through my dad’s computer consulting business, as the funeral home was one of his clients. That was a weird a$$ job. And nothing will warp you like having to mop the floors or run errands while a dead old person is just chilling on the table.

    2. Professional note-taker

    I was one of those cats that actually sold my notes. Heck, it allowed me to pay for halfway decent dates and travel on Greyhound.

    3. IT staff for NY Public Library

    The ironic part of this was this happened in the heart of my hacker glory. When you’re getting paid chump change, and you can son IT managers on their own ish, it’s ironic. And possibly the birth of Hot Todding.

    4. Research Intern On The Banks

    Where I learned about science and ish for real. Seriously, it’s one thing to rock a lab, but when you get tossed the keys to your very own project, and you have to figure that ish out is when you find out if you’re Bout That Life. 15+ years later, I assume I am.

    5. Manufacturing Associate at (Big Name Drug Company In The Hood out of a Bizarre Sense of History)

    Most real ninjas I’ve ever worked with in my career. Most bitter Black chicks I’ve seen in one spot before or since. Scariest commute ever. Like I nearly got shot a couple of times and have to deal with fiends smoking crack next to me on the subway. Oh, and a crazy cold a$$ winter to boot. At least I was able to hustle this into the lab.

    6. UPS Package Handler

    In between jobs one year, I worked for UPS during the holidays to help deliver packages. I had to smoothly hide my job history, though the one time it came out, the guy looked at me like I had just landed from Mars. He probably thought I was lying through my teeth.

    7. Newspaper delivery

    Interesting job with zero days off. At one point, I worked 14 weeks straight. At least they paid a bonus for that. Among my clients? Mario Cuomo and the Chinese Embassy in New York. The recently deceased governor was a nice guy too.

    8. US Tennis Open VIP staff

    A fun trip to the 1%. The bad side was having to be on my feet for 8 hours. The good side was getting to ogle Serena Williams…and her family…and her entourage. I should have divorced my wife sooner so I would have gotten the heart to get her trainer’s number and f*ck her brains out, because she was cool as hell.

    9. Scientist.

    I may have mentioned this before. :) Though if I have to choose between working in academia again and working the block, I might be setting up a trap house. Industry is where it’s at. Though it’s not the most stable way to make a living.

    10. Medical Technologist

    Boring intellectually, but a bit more stable. Plus working in all-female environments is its own entertainment.

  • I honestly don’t know what my dream job would be. As for my real jobs.

    1. Sears- My first job, I looooved helping customers and was promoted to the jewelry counter. I know NOTHING about diamonds besides the fact that they sparkle.
    2. Campus mentor- mentored incoming students at my university
    3. RA-I had a love/hate relationship with this job
    4. Camp Counselor Academic camp for several years:LOVED IT
    5. Current Job: All anyone needs it to know is I ABSOLUTELY love it.

    Sidenote this video is for other people who may have been RA’s in the recent past: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5XA7_8_FvA

  • TeeChantel

    1. JcPenneys – as a sales cashier in the lingerie department
    2. PHH Mortgage – as a public relations assistant
    3. The Trentonian – as a sports writer
    4. Special Olympics NJ – as a comms manager/graphic design guru
    5. Johnson & Johnson – in Brussels, Belgium as a comms fellow
    6. Johnson & Johnson NJ – as a strategic comms specialist
    7. My current position and company …shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. However, I would like to thank God for his continued blessings. My cup runneth over.

    #Progressionbytch

    • Ah, small New Jersey newspapers…where it seemed like they’d ask the world of you for minimum wage. I knew someone who did that in college. Rough way to make a living.

      • TeeChantel

        Ehh. It was a part-time job. It was pretty fun though.

        • I’m not sure how people actually came out ahead with that job though. You’d have to criss cross half the state, write and take photos for minimum wage. At least you made a come-up out of it, but what a price.

          • TeeChantel

            It was definitely a price; however, towards the end of my time there my grandfather died and I took it really hard. So I ended up quitting the paper because they weren’t trying to give me the time off.

    • LeeLee

      How did you like Brussels? Seems like a fun place! My passport is so lonely right now :(

      • TeeChantel

        Sigh. I loved Brussels! Good food, good people. Brussels is definitely an expat country so lots of Americans and lots of other nationals coming and going on the daily. I made it a point to connect with the locals, but overall, it was an amazing experience.

    • haute_coutoy

      *waves hi* to both you and @todd cause.. Jersey! and team RU!

      • #UpstreamRedteam

        But yeah..going to Rutgers needs to be a career in and of itself. If you can deal with the RU Screw, you can deal with ANYTHING bureaucracywise. Anything!

        • TeeChantel

          The RU Screw is horrible. At first, I did not know what everyone was talking about until they sent me off to Europa. The business office messed up my stipend at the time. I cried a few nights all because of it. Money issues is not something to play with when you’re being sent out the country solo dolo.

          • I have two RU Screw stories. The first involved the fact that I started off as an engineering major, then transferred to Cook (now SEBS). One of my liberal arts core req classes didn’t count at Cook for some bizarre reason, and I ended up fighting it for years. Eventually, they turned it down because…who knows? Interestingly enough, the class was Old Testament. I kid you not.

            The second was for some strange reason, we needed a special permission number to sign up for a class that was a requirement for my major. I went to Martin Hall (SEBS administration) to sign up in person, and they told me that I needed a special permission number, and that they were only given out at ASB on Busch. I go, take the bus over there, only to find out that I was told wrong the first time and the place I needed the numbers from was…across the street from the first stop.

            Oh, and there’s that research I never got credit for because someone forgot to tell me that I needed to formally register for credits…and of course, that course was “filled up”. I kid you not.

            Yet somehow I graduated on time. LOL

            • HeyBooHey

              This sounds like tales from an HBCU registrar’s office

              • They may have straightened things out since I’ve graduated (Cook Class of 2001) and did centralization. Still, when I went there, the requirements were…bizarre. Like you could have the same major and have different core requirements…because Rutgers. At least they didn’t f*ck up my financial aid. They used to mess up ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS. Like athletes on free rides would mess around and get bills for tuition because they screwed up the paperwork.

                • HeyBooHey

                  Screwed up paperwork was part of going to Hampton U. You’d go to the registrar for something they SHOULD HAVE. And get hit with a straight-faced “we don’t have that on file” when you asked for what they should’ve had. I was on scholarship but the woes I’ve heard from people on financial aid had me thanking God for not kirking out in their honor. They messed up my tuition money ONE TIME my sophomore year, told me it wasn’t paid. My momma got in their asses from Queens, New York and I never had a problem after.

      • TeeChantel

        Heyyy! Jersey and RU in the house. I’m also RU alumni.

  • miss t-lee

    I see you with the Big Daddy Kane quote, PJack.
    Golden Corral–senior year of HS chopped up that salad bar work, and occasional waitress. Couldn’t tell me ish, especially since i was making 50 cents more an hour than my bestie over at Mickey D’s…lol Best part of that job was I had a fine a** co-worker who was in college, and he made working there that much more interesting. we’d get fat gratuities whenever we had tour buses stop through town (we were right off a major highway).

    Bed Bath & Beyond–pretty decent retail job, worked customer service and bridal registry– was making more money that the last job. Met a guy who would go on to be a pretty awesome boyfriend

    Harris Connect-call center job, where we sold a now obsolete product. Stayed there way longer than I should have, but who can turn down easy, legal money? Also where I started to learn valuable skills that I parlayed into what I do now.

    Foley’s/Lane Bryant/ Avenue–all 2nd jobs I took to hustle when I needed. Hats off to all retail workers, forever and always.

    Major financial institution, law firm, IT start-up, forensic laboratory–admin/exec assistant

    major gaming company–office manager

    • MeridianBurst

      I wanted to work at BedBath so that I could get a discount on all the home goods and stuff but I got hired at Bath and Body Works instead. Still awesome. It smells GREAT in there, I always felt so lovely.

      • miss t-lee

        I could have never worked at Bath and Body…they would have had all my check.

        • MeridianBurst

          Pretty much. All I had was student activity fees and stuff to pay for so a fair amount of my paycheck went to bubble baths, body creams, lubricating socks, and fragrant candles.

  • MeridianBurst

    My dream job is to work for a really big travel magazine, like the Marie Claire of travel magazines. I’d have to go all over the world and get to know different cultures and cuisines and write about it. I’d have a show to go along with it but not on the Travel Channel or Food Network, it’d be on a black station. It’d be that or either I’d own my own interior design company in Toronto.

    Apparently, I’ve never worked for anything a day in my life, but I’ve had some pretty cool jobs and I have a pretty cool one now.

  • Since my story was a bit too real for Disqus, let’s try the radio edit.

    OK, here are various jobs I’ve had.

    1. Funeral home go-fer

    Somehow,
    I got this through my dad’s computer consulting business, as the
    funeral home was one of his clients. That was a weird a$$ job. And
    nothing will warp you like having to mop the floors or run errands while
    a dead old person is just chilling on the table.

    2. Professional note-taker

    I
    was one of those cats that actually sold my notes. Heck, it allows me
    to pay for halfway decent dates and travel on Greyhound.

    3. IT staff for NY Public Library

    The
    ironic part of this was this happened in the heart of my h@cker glory.
    When you’re getting paid chump change, and you can son IT managers on
    their own ish, it’s ironic. And possibly the birth of Hot Todding.

    4. Research Intern On The Banks

    Where
    I learned about science and ish for real. Seriously, it’s one thing to
    rock a lab, but when you get tossed the keys to your very own project,
    and you have to figure that ish out is when you find out if you’re Bout
    That Life. 15+ years later, I assume I am.

    5. Manufacturing Associate at (Big Name Drug Company In The Hood out of a Bizarre Sense of History)

    Most
    real ninjas I’ve ever worked with in my career. Most bitter Black
    chicks I’ve seen in one spot before or since. Scariest commute ever.
    Like I nearly got shot a couple of times and have to deal with fiends
    smoking cr@ck next to me on the subway. Oh, and a crazy cold a$$ winter
    to boot. At least I was able to hustle this into the lab.

    6. UPS Package Handler

    In
    between jobs one year, I worked for UPS during the holidays to help
    deliver packages. I had to smoothly hide my job history, though the one
    time it came out, the guy looked at me like I had just landed from
    Mars. He probably thought I was lying through my teeth.

    7. Newspaper delivery

    Interesting
    job with zero days off. At one point, I worked 14 weeks straight. At
    least they paid a bonus for that. Among my clients? Mario Cuomo and
    the Chinese Embassy in New York. The recently deceased governor was a
    nice guy too.

    8. US Tennis Open VIP staff

    A fun trip to the
    1%. The bad side was having to be on my feet for 8 hours. The good
    side was getting to ogle Serena Williams…and her family…and her
    entourage. I should have divorced my wife sooner so I would have gotten
    the heart to get her trainer’s number and f*ck her brains out, because
    she was cool as hell.

    9. Scientist.

    I may have mentioned
    this before. :) Though if I have to choose between working in academia
    again and working the block, I might be setting up a trap house.
    Industry is where it’s at. Though it’s not the most stable way to make a
    living.

    10. Medical Technologist

    Boring intellectually, but a bit more stable. Plus working in all-female environments is its own entertainment.

  • OSHH

    My first job was doing a voice over for a deaf tv show/program @ Gallaudet University. I may have a been about 10.
    I had a fake ID at 14 and worked at Roy Rogers for a very short period of time, managers were pervs, straight pervs.
    I did some unpaid modeling, hairstyles in magazines YSB etc
    Burger King maybe I was like 15ish, again managers and customers pervs, short lived.
    Metro/WMATA- Mayor Marion Barry (RIP) Summer job program, bout 18 at the time, again pervy dudes and male slores galore.
    CVS, real short minute
    Christmas store in Union Station.
    Limo driving one summer, bout 21 or so for a cop in DC who owned limo business.
    Footlocker round the same age 21.
    Vie De France Bakery, *coolest supervisor ever* Frank told me I belonged on the cover of Vogue, should not have to work, he meant that too not in a nasty pervy way either, I still goes there, best french bakery in the city. Early twenties.
    Waxie Maxies a few months
    Temped for NAMI and National Osteoporosis foundation.
    Feds at 25 to present… party bartending, selling jewelry, volunteering, current Condo board pres etc

    • Charlisia Nwachukwu

      You are right about the food industry and PERVS! I was 16 and my manger (late 20 something guy) was always hitting on me. He kissed me once.. on the mouth at work and was later fired (unrelated) ..

      • miss t-lee

        Yup…definitely perv central.
        I had older guys trying to get me to go with them in the walk-in cooler.
        Like…WTF I look like mayne?

        • Charlisia Nwachukwu

          yeah I am really happy nothing more ever happened to me. I was SUPER sheltered (and just turned 16) and I worked with a lot of men at times. But my mama would pop up and visit all the time so other than the one incident.. nothing happened but it really could have been bad in hindsight (THANKS MAMA)

          • miss t-lee

            Yes…my Dad used to do pop-ups too from time to time.
            Caring parents, FTW.

          • LeeLee

            Shout out to all the Moms who “pop up!” Mine was the same way :) And I was so naive, I just thought she happened to be in the mall while I was working, lol.

            • Charlisia Nwachukwu

              me too LOL. I didn’t know what she was doing at the time.

        • OSHH

          I just quit them joints. Back then it was nothing for me throw up the deuces. Sickening how many fully grown dudes go at young underage girls, even if they thought I was 16, that is still a minor.

          • miss t-lee

            Sickening…indeed. Considering I had a few co-workers who got caught up in that foolishness.

      • The food industry is notorious for not really screening workers. As a result, you get a lot of ex-cons and dope fiends working there because it’s the only place they can pass a background check and/or drug screen. The problem is that, particularly in high-end restaurants, it’s not strange to work 70 hour weeks turning-and-burning for mediocre money. The drugs are what’s needed to survive those shifts, so the high end people just look the other way, and the mindset trickles down.

      • Believe it or not, one of the members of the credit union slid me a note thru the drive-thru window asking for a date #CheckYesOrNoSteez. I looked on his account and this joker was 4-d@mn-5 years old….I was 17. I told him this…he was unfazed. I finally had to tell him, that my father would remove him from the earth and that I suggest he take his envelope and move on.

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