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Part-Time Job
Greg talks about part-time jobs he had as a kid.
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What was your first job?

Todd: Hey, so, Greg, growing up in the states, did you have any part-time jobs like in high school and stuff?

Greg: Oh, I've had part-time jobs ever since I was a child.

Todd: Right, me too.

Greg: My first actually, I used to work for the American Seed Company. Do you know that?

Todd: I can imagine. No. I mean it's just a seed company, right.

Greg: Yeah. Yeah. Well, I actually wasn't paid in money. They would send me flower seeds, and vegetable seeds and then I would go door-to-door, I would knock on people's doors, "Excuse me, I'm with the American Seed Company, would you like to buy some seeds?", and people would see this, I was probably ten or nine at the time, this young kid trying to sell seeds, and you know they would buy a couple packs, and if I sold, say twenty packs of seeds, then I could choose from a list of toys or things (Whoa) soccer ball, or a dart board, and so I sold a lot of seeds. I liked it.

Todd: How old were you?

Greg: I was maybe nine or ten then. (Really) and another thing I would do, around Christmas time, you know America is the tradition of putting mistletoe up on the roof for Christmas, well I would climb trees, cut the mistletoe and then again I would walk door-to-door and say,"Would you like to buy some mistletoe?"

Todd: You were quite the entrepreneur. The young businessman. (Yes) Did you make a lot of money with that job?

Greg: For me it felt like a lot of money at that time.

Todd: Right, well, I got to ask, did you ever work at a fast-food company, like McDonalds or Wendy's?

Greg: I've never worked at a fast-food company.

Todd: Oh, I did. It's the worst job ever. It's terrible.

Greg: Did you get to eat free food though?

Todd: Ah, I did, actually, that was the big allure of the job, like I won't say the name of the company, but I worked for a major, major fast food chain around the world, and I thought, oh, I can eat all the hamburgers I want.

Greg: You probably got sick of eating hamburgers.

Todd: No, are you kidding, I was 15, I didn't care like the more hamburgers the better, and uh, then actually I lost the job because I lied about my age and they fired me, but yeah, I wanted a job, I was like 13 or 14 or something like that. So how about, did you ever do the paperboy job?

Greg: Yes. Yes. For a couple of years I delivered newspapers in the morning.

Todd: Right. How early did you have to get up to deliver the papers?

Greg: I don't remember, maybe around 6 o'clock. (Right) It's amazing I did that cause I hate waking up early now.

Todd: Right, yeah, yeah. That job's the worst just cause of the weather, like you have to do it in the rain. I was the paperboy too, and in the rain, it's just awful. You have the big plastic bags and, and you're out there throwing the papers, and yeah, it's not a fun job.

Greg: Yeah, and sometimes dogs chase you.

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