True Value in GuadaLaHabra was my first real job out of high school. Learned a ton there and had a blast busting my ass everyday in the lumber yard for minimum wage. 6 days a week and I thought I was Killing It!My first paycheck came from working at All American Home Center in Downey in the late 70;s, I was a Sophomore at Warren High and would walk to work after school. Great place to work and I would have never guessed after all these years I would still be working at a Hardware Store.
KFC as well in Cerritos yep 335 a hour and you are correct about that heatFirst job was KFC in Chino at 16. If it was 100 outside it was hotter in back. I’m pretty sure it was $3.35 an hour. I still remember getting that stub and thinking WTF. When I registered Republican at 18 my grandpa and mom freaked.
It is funny to see the look on your kids faces when they get their first stub. I’ve never told the kids how to vote. Guess they figured it out.
My buddies first job was a bus boy then a waiter at Fox fire. Poor guy was a lamb for slaughter. Fun parties at his house lol.Bobby McGees, Burbank, $3.35 ph. Dam I spent most of is going back for prime rib! Lol! Never forget those porcelain drink cups! Or the (^) & ( • ) ( • ) you could pull outta there! !
Great story and that's awesome that you still have that.When I was 16 I had fixed/built a computer for a friend. His family owned a Steve's Burgers and he was talking to his cook about what I did for him, etc. The guy at the counter ordering overheard their conversation and he needed a tech for a business he was opening. So he got my info and I had my first real job. I worked every day after school. Bill and Linda were nice people, but they were Jesus freaks. Holy roller type people. They blasted the music every day, etc. I built new computers, fixed old, and went through piles that Bill would acquire from swap meets, etc and put them together as cheap units for sale. One day I was in the back and Bill started rolling on the ground, spitting all over, and mumbling. I was freaked out because I thought he was dying. He gets up and hes like "I just spoke with god..." The next day he had an all hands on deck meeting and our whole company shifted to making "PC-TV." This was in 1996. He bascially wanted to make the modern day DVR. Keep in mind Tivo and Replay didnt exist until 1999, 3 years later. Unfortunately the software and the hardware to encode video just wasnt there at the time and their business ultimately failed. They told me one day they couldnt afford to give me my last paycheck, they were closing. I ended up just taking a bunch of inventory home and that was it. Im not really sure what happened on the floor but it always blows my mind when I think about it.
minimum wage was $4.75 in 1996, so at 16 years old I think I was doing pretty good for a first job.