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Posted: 6/3/2013 3:13:40 AM EST
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As an off shoot of the most dangerous job thread.

What's the most boring job you've held. Mine was the same as my answer to the dangerous thread. 6 hours in a dive chamber for a table 6, and the owner only allowed ABBA music to be played.
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Combat zones are the most exciting and boring places to work. Hours of boredom followed by minutes of pure adrenalin.


And I will also add In Correctional Officer. It was the same exact way boring, boring, boring, rush of excitement, boring, etc......

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Fresh outa HS , running a stamping press , stamping logos on plumb bobs .

I was ready to slash my wrists after the third hour


Just think there is some poor bastard that worked there for 30 years running that stamping machine.
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I was an assistant Manager at a shoe store in a strio mall that got no visitors. I would be lucky to have 10 people walk through the door during a weekday.
Of course it closed down a few months after I started working there.


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I worked as an unarmed security guard for Bell South years ago in one of their office buildings after closing. Absolutely nothing to do. There for a year while going to school. Walked around said hey to the cleaning people and let people in that showed any kinda badge ( I was never given any kind of instructions on who to let in the building, they could've been Russian agents for all I knew ). Napped a lot. The only time I wish I were armed (and the only thing that ever happened) was when I approached a crazy guy in the parking lot (only realized it when I started talking to him). He started yelling at the top of his lungs "I just ***ked my dog!" (Florida). I walked back in the building and locked the door . Oh yeah... I ran off some skate boarders one night. Company wanted me to enforce newly enacted no-smoking rules for the building but I never really had to. There was always one employee there who would fire up a cig in front of my desk on his way out. I never said anything to him about it and I just smiled and waved (remember I was unarmed and making minimum).

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During study breaks I would have to find ways to amuse myself. One post was a bus terminal and my job was to keep all the hobos out, but without fail there would always be random drunken hobo infestations to deal with. Having compassion I would opt to use the extremely loud speaker PA system to gently awaken then from their park bench stupors with such phrases like, "THIS IS GOD, HAVE YOU HAD YOUR GRAVY THIS MORNING?" It was pretty funny watching the wacked out dudes bolt up and stare at the terminal ceilings and shake their fists. Other times I would download boring manifests like the famous Nixon / Kennedy TV debate transcrips and read them out over the PA system in makeshift Kennedy / Nixion accents to the chagrin of the sleeping hobos. One time I had a young cracked out "brotha" that rode his bike into the terminal and when I approached him to leave he pulled out a knife and asked for my wallet....which I found hilarious because it was an armed post and he quickly changed his mind while staring down the business end of my .38.

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I used to drag my entire desktop computer to the post....yes my entire HEAVY ASS desktop with 90lb CRT monitor lol (This was before laptops were viable or affordable 2002). You see most of the posts that had internet free and clear as long as you didn't use their computers. Their computers generally were password protected and sucked balls in terms of hardware. But my desktop had a radeon 9700 pro with a heavily OCd CPU and I used to play BF1942 ALL NIGHT LONG....all night long on that BIG FAT highspeed internet connecton which made 64 man maps run like butter!

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Combat zones are the most exciting and boring places to work. Hours of boredom followed by minutes of pure adrenalin.


And I will also add In Correctional Officer. It was the same exact way boring, boring, boring, rush of excitement, boring, etc......


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As an off shoot of the most dangerous job thread.

What's the most boring job you've held. Mine was the same as my answer to the dangerous thread. 6 hours in a dive chamber for a table 6, and the owner only allowed ABBA music to be played.


Sitting on a folding chair, watching a door that never opens. For ten hours per shift.

Sitting in a broom closet with no lights on, for 12 hours, with a shotgun, an M4 and a pistol. Guarding three 55 gallon drums of medical grade cocaine.

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Most of them haven't been boring enough, too much to do, to few people to do it, and too little time to do it in. And that can get boring as well. What has to get done before six in the morning this time?
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In one of my internships, I did nothing for several weeks but scan large drawings with an architectual scanner. All day. I used it so much that I wore out the bearings in the feeding mechanism. errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr­rrrrrrrrr vrrt eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee­eeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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All of the appliances were cardboard or non-functional, so I had no TV, radio, microwave, fridge, etc. I would take cat naps at the kitchen table or read all day.


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Fresh outa HS , running a stamping press , stamping logos on plumb bobs .

I was ready to slash my wrists after the third hour


Just think there is some poor bastard that worked there for 30 years running that stamping machine.

Reminds me of a private tour of a brewery I took. There was a union guy whose job entailed taking flat 12-pack boxes from one gravity feeder and putting them on a platform that fed the packaging machine. If the packaging machine went down he moved the boxes to a backfeeder that fed them back into the gravity feeder.

Basically, his job was to stand on a platform and move boxes back and forth all day. If anything hit the floor, he was not allowed to pick it up.

I asked him how long he'd been doing that job, and he replied, "14 years."

I would have hung myself from the platform long before that. Let the union guy whose only job was to pick bodies up off the floor handle it.
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