It used to be a job to drive around the country, constantly, driving and measuring every road, grade, elevation, and distance, in order to keep road maps updating accurately every two weeks. “Road scouts” would drive enough miles in a year to make multiple trips to the moon.
There is a job called ‘Shampooers’ These shampooers do what you think they do; put shampoo in peoples hair at hair salons. They are the least paid full time workers in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Paul Chulhie Kim filed lawsuit against the IRS for $20 million in damages, alleging that he had been waiting 24 years for them to get back to him about his job application. On account of this long wait, he said, he had suffered various health problems including “starvation, heart attacks, heart failure, kidney failure, liver failure, pneumonia, seizures, cancer [and] mental illness.” It seems that he never bothered to try to get a different job. He wanted the $20 million to “restore [his] trust in the American people and restore confidence in [his] natural United States citizenship.”
The judge noted that Kim appeared to be hinting that some kind of employment discrimination had occurred, without stating this explicitly. But even so, because Kim had waited so long to file his case, the statute of limitations had long since expired. So the judge dismissed the case.
Kim appealed the decision, but the appeals court affirmed the District Court’s decision.
From 1881-1890, a baboon named Jack was the assistant of a disabled railway signalman in South Africa. The signalman trained Jack to push his wheelchair and to operate the railways signals. After Jack’s job competency was verified, he was paid 20¢ a day, and half a bottle of beer each week.
A California man hunts for 100 year old Levi jeans in abandoned mines, in order to sell them to collectors for $30,000 – $100,000 a pair.
Greyston Bakeries in Yonkers, NY hires without any interviews, resumes, or background checks via their ‘Open Hiring’. This has dramatically opened up opportunities for low income workers and ex-offenders. The approach has since been taken up by companies such as The Body Shop.
Upstate New York resident Anthony Mancinelli worked as a barber for 96 years, from the age of 12 until 6 weeks before his death at the age of 108. When he began cutting hair in 1923, he charged 25 cents for his services. Leading up to his death in 2019, he charged $19 for a haircut.
After four months of rejections Kim O’Grady added ‘Mr.’ to his name on resume/CV and almost immediately landed a job.
From 1897 until 1996 the federal government had a board of tea testers whose job was to make sure that imported tea was good enough to be sold in the US.
In the 1800’s, sewer-hunters scavenged the London sewers for bones, fragments of rope, miscellaneous bits of metal, silver cutlery, and coins. Paradoxically, the men were strong, robust and even florid in complexion, often surprisingly long-lived–thanks to their strengthened immune systems.