7 Crappy Jobs We’ve Had That Ended Up Not Being Worth the Money

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From left, TPH employees Dana Sitar and Angelica Wagner attend a morning meeting. Sitar said one of the worst jobs she had was working at a label factory. "I'll never look at an L.L. Bean sticker the same way again," she said.

Back in the day, I decided to work as a door girl for a night club downtown.

I was promised an hourly wage plus tips — and I figured I could make a decent amount of money while only working a few nights a week. So I went for it.

I quickly realized the job was horrible.

I had to stand outside of the nightclub at the door in high heels for more than six hours each shift.

Even worse, I live in Florida and had to have full hair and makeup every single shift. I usually sweated my makeup off by the end of the night, and my hair would end up so frizzy that it looked like I had stepped straight out of an ‘80s music video.

To top it off, I had to deal with drunk people gawking over me and yelling at me — not to mention the underage kids trying to sneak in.

I lasted a measly three weeks before I quit.

Penny Hoarders Share The Worst Jobs They’ve Ever Had

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TPH employee Jordan Piper, center, attends a meeting with other employees in St. Petersburg, Fla., Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Piper said one of the worst jobs he ever had was working at a golf course where he mowed the grass. “We had some members that couldn’t wait any longer to play so they would tee off before the course would open,”he said. “I’d get cussed out and/or hit at on a pretty normal basis for being in the way with my mower.”

After taking a poll here at The Penny Hoarder HQ, I realized I’m not alone when it comes to having had a horrible job experience. It seems like having one is almost like a right of passage in the working world.

My coworkers shared some cringe-worthy stories.

If any of them sound familiar, stick around — we’ll have tips on how to escape them at the end.

Heather Comparetto, Staff Photographer

I quit my first job at Chick-fil-A because they told me to walk guests to their car under an umbrella when it was raining. Me: I didn’t sign up for this sh*t.

Dana Sitar, Staff Writer

I worked in a label factory for three weeks. My job was to splice rolls of labels together. Mostly it was just reading while I watched rolls of labels spin on this machine. Mandatory overtime + Saturdays, and I was like, “I think I was made to be broke, instead.”

Justin Cupler, Assistant Editor

I literally worked in human excrement (and other nastiness people flush down toilets) for a whopping $9 an hour. I had to go into the tanks and use a big vacuum to suck all the (ahem) “crap” from the drained water-treatment buildings. I also cleaned the skimmer tanks, which is where all the non-poo that people flushed went. You can only imagine what was in this tank…

Alexa Vincent, Photo Coordinator

I was a seasonal stocker and had to carry 50-pound Christmas trees up a 10-foot ladder for 10 hours a day. I only lasted a month because I found myself constantly thinking, “I wonder what I could do to injure myself today that would allow me to go home early?”

Desiree Stennett, Staff Writer

I sold reference books door to door. It was a part of a program that took college students to different states to do it. I was with a group of students from FSU and FAMU, and we sold books in Akron, Ohio. Our pay was 100% commission. I lasted about two weeks before I spent the commission I had made so far on a Greyhound ticket back to Florida.

Kristy Gaunt, Illustrative Designer

I’ve been a nanny for years. One summer I decided to take a nannying gig early in the mornings and late at night that worked perfectly with my work schedule at the [Division of Student Affairs] Marketing office. The gig paid me really well, the best I’d ever been paid for a nannying gig, but the kids were monsters. (I’m not one likely to say that either since I really love kids.) On the day that I finally decided to quit, it was because one of the kids had thrown a hammer at me. I decided I didn’t need the job anymore after that, especially since the mom didn’t care when I told her what had happened.

Jordan Piper, Quality Assurance Analyst

I used to work at a golf course and had to drive the range cart that people love to hit at. I left everyday with a headache, and, if I was lucky, I had a bruise from a ball coming through a hole in the cage and hitting me. All for under eight bucks an hour.

Do You Have a Horrible Job? Tips for Getting Out of One

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Kristy Gaunt, an illustrative designer at The Penny Hoarder, creates hand lettering designs on her lunch break. Gaunt said one of her worst jobs was a nanny job. Gaunt remembers an instance when one of the girls screamed while lying on the floor for an hour and then proceeded to slam doors because the carrots she requested for dinner where chopped up.

Although having a not-so-desirable job at least once in your life is inevitable, it doesn’t mean you have to be stuck at a dead end forever.

If you’re ready to go from snoozin’ on the job to cruisin’ on one, you have plenty of options to choose from.

If you’re not ready to make a move, consider making your terrible job a little bit better by asking for a raise — here are our tips on how to snag one.

You might also want to consider negotiating better hours. Sometimes a change of pace can go a long way.

Maybe you’re feeling like your job doesn’t fit who you are as a person. If you’re looking for something a little more low key that requires minimal human contact, check out our top picks of businesses and jobs for introverts.

While you’re searching for a new job, be sure to check out our favorite online sources for job seekers. They’ll help your hunt go smoothly!

Want to be your own boss? Check out these tips on starting your own business.

Or, you want to work from the comfort of your couch. If so, check out these tips on how to work from home.

Making money is a part of life. Let’s at least not be bored to death while doing it!

Kelly Smith is a junior writer and engagement specialist at The Penny Hoarder. Catch her on Twitter at @keywordkelly.

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