Monday, May 12, 2008

S!#T Job (for this I went to college?????)

Several weeks ago the Boss announced he had a "Shit Job" for us.
We were assigned 2 walls of the greenhouse and were instructed to scrub the greenstuff off the floor, pull any weeds and wipe down the plastic wall with soapy water.
You guessed it :Hands and Knees Style!
(as you can tell there was only one way to get under those benches anyway )
Naturally we had to heft out the 50 ft hoses first in order to get to where we needed to clean!( and then try to neatly coil them back up!)
Of course I was indignant. Didn't he have a crew of "laborers" to do this?????
We are the "Customer Service" crew!!! The "Annual Experts!" "Plant Professionals!"
(Ok ,so we weren't "Officially" open yet)....but people were still coming in and poking around, asking questions and buying stuff@!!@
Can you tell I've got a bad attitude towards this kind of task? I'ts bad enough doing your own down and dirty cleaning (from what I can remember) but cleaning someone elses place, business, etc always makes me feel like some sort of subservient lackey. I know !I know! Some people own cleaning services and are paid
quite well by loyal clients for a job done with, enthusiasm, speed and finesse( Hi Lauri!)
It ain't me kids. (Not to mention I wasn't getting paid a "housecleaning wage")
Anyway we plowed through the rest of the day nearly getting the entire area done, knees raw, cold wet and lunch could be served from any spot on the floor of your choosing.

Tools of the Trade

Phyllis and Edna sucking it up and working with a smile.

Note the "Good Housekeeping" T-shirt !I didn't get that memo!!. Edna shows us her "best side!"

This is what we were scrubbing and weeding under.

Good times.


Anna Banana said...

And there you have's third certainty. After death and taxes you have "the (fruitless) quest for the perfect job".
Having once again embarked on this adventure myself, I am finding the quest for ANY job to be fruitless, let alone finding the perfect job. I only want great pay, reasonable hours (please don't make me work before 10am), appreciation for my efforts, and did I mention great pay? And one more thing, PLEASE DON'T EXPECT ME TO PERFORM HOUSE KEEPING DUTIES!
Is this all too much to ask???

bingo~bonnie said...

I hope your boss treats you all to lunch soon! That is the least he can do to repay you.

Back when I use to sell furniture each summer we had to report to work before the store opened every day for a week each year to count inventory. In the summer with no AC! and we were not paid a single cent for this as we were not paid by the hour, but only in commission of sales.... they didn't even as much as bring in doughnuts for us! I still think that the sales associates should have ban together and refused to show up... and left it to the warehouse employees... the ones who were getting paid!

Sorry for the long rant... Glad to have found your blog! Love from Texas! ~bonnie

schnoobie said...

Thanks ladies!!!
I have to report the bosses wife bought us lunch a few weeks ago only because she wanted to be fair cause her husband was buying the downtown planting crew lunch when they were working.Of course we had to eat it standing up while helping customers at the register......THAT JOB ENDS SUNDAY! yeay