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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Writer's Workshop: where did you work in high school?

This week Mama Kat asked us to share a memorable job we had in high school.

Oh high school...how I hate thee.

Regular readers will recall that I met my husband while working at Burger King when we were both 17. I worked in a lot of fast food joints throughout high school and for a short period after high school. But I would have to say my most memorable job was as a housekeeper at the Comfort Inn.

Here are just a few things that happened to me while working as a housekeeper. WARNING: reading anything further will make you consider never staying in a hotel again.

SKIN One time I stumbled upon what I thought was a room covered in baby powder. Nope. SKIN. Tons and tons of nasty dry skin. We needed to call for backup.

FERRETS. The hotel I worked at allowed pets and if the room was occupied by a pet it was indicated on our room chart. Unless they were there illegally. These ferrets were illegal and I opened the door and let them all loose on the 4th floor. We needed to call for backup.

DEEP SLEEPERS. Some people can sleep through anything including to maids cleaning their bathroom and laughing loudly when they go to strip the bed and find someone still in it. We did not call for backup...we just ran.

BIBLE TROUBLE. In my lifetime I have throw away more than one Bible. The things people will do to them is beyond disgusting. I found gum smashed in them, writting all through them and more than once I found a used condom smashed in the middle of Psalms.

Being a housekeeper/maid is labor intensive. It is back breaking work, often disgusting and thankless.

When you stay at a hotel....TIP THE MAID!

6 random thoughts:

David Allen Waters said...

I wasnt allowed to work while in school, my parents thought it would make me have better grades, yeah right,lol.

But one of my first jobs once in university was actually cleaning boats at a yacht club, so I understand a bit of what you talked about, these peeps would take the boat out all weekend and party, bring it back on Monday morn for me to clean inside and out...I found underwear , dope, booze....and tons and tons of dried up puke...not a fun job :(

I never had back up to call :(

JDaniel4's Mom said...

You were so careful in your cleaning. I don't think I would have thought to check the Bibles.

Amanda said...

Oh yes, the skin tops the list. Ewwww.

Kristie Maynard said...

Guess the gals that clean our rooms are pretty lucky. My hubby usually straightens everything up before we leave the room for the day. All our stuff is neat and orderly, our pillows, if we bring them are with our suitcase and our toiletries are neat or put away in the suitcase. Can't believe what pigs some people are.

Jenners said...

I was a maid in high school too. You are so right...people are gross and dirty freaks. Once I found a child that had seemingly been abandoned. It was a horrible job.

septembermom said...

I feel bad for what maids have to deal with. That's terrible what some did to the Bible.

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