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    What are your favorite or least favorite off duty/part time/extra jobs to work?

    I'm working the information desk at our County Admin Building today. I figure some people might have some good stories to share.
    Last edited by GeorgiaDeputy; 06-03-2009, 09:07 PM.
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    I work an extra job in a rich neigborhood. The kind of place that if you park the car to watch a stop sign the residents come out to offer coffee and cookies. They thank you for your service every chance they get. Of course they also call for everything. From 'I forgot to turn off my sprinklers' to 'I have a racoon in my attic'. But it's a great break from my regular job.
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    • #3
      I was just thinking about this topic the other day, and wondered where it might fit in...wow!

      I used to work off-duty, in Beverly Hills, for special events at Sothebys, one of two really old & famous auction houses (the other being Christies). Fine jewelry, art, and rare coins/medallions. Among the fun stuff was...

      In 1987, I babysat the Van Gogh painting Irises...the one which sold for, what, $54 million? Then there was another painting, a Renoir, I watched and escorted to LAX. It sold for $78 million, back when Japanese industrialists had all the money to throw away on that sort of stuff. Both paintings can be seen in this link: http://www.karemar.com/blog/top-ten-...ll-time-w-pics

      In 1990 I got to provide escort & security for the Nelson Bunker Hunt collection of coins of the ancient world. I struck up a conversation with the guy who had all the pieces under his control. One thing led to another and the next thing I knew, I was holding solid gold medallions struck by order of a Ceaser and then presented to Generals who had won victories for Rome. I expected to be wearing gloves, or handing these 2000 year-old relics by the edge. No, he pressed them, one at a time, into my hand. From Ceasar, to Kieth M. (at least for the moment) in the life of the medallion. I wish I would have saved the catalog from that sale.

      Finally, in 1991, I picked up and babysat the collection of baseball memorobilia which included the 1910 Honus Wagner card which set a record price for baseball cards at auction. The one bought by Bruce McNall & Wayne Gretsky. The lowlight of that event was meeting another Keith.....Keith Olbermann, who was a local sports commentator for the L.A. CBS affiliate.

      Working at Sothebys had me meet Barbi Benton (pregnant but still very cute), Joan Collins (eccccch, minus her makeup and wig), Rod Steiger, and Cary Grant (very cool). There were others, but I can't recall them.

      Now for the absolute worst off-duty job...spending all fricken' night during a very cold winter (at least my L.A. standards) at 7th & Broadway in downtown L.A. directing traffic for a scene from the (very forgettable) movie I want to hold you hand. 12 hours of misery for what turned out to be 30 scends of film. I never worked another movie job for the 29 remaining years of my career.
      Last edited by Kieth M.; 06-02-2009, 09:40 PM.
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      • #4
        I do a courier job 3 days a week for the school district...go around to the schools in my route, pick up their deposit bags of money and drop off empty ones. It takes about 2 hours, pays $75 a day and I can do it on days I work, which is nice 9but, like now, the money dries up in the summertime).

        I also work off-duty security at a local movie theater...a real nice place, so not a lot of thugs and whatnot. Pretty boring and the money is just OK, but since I work Mondays and it's usually pretty slow, I catch a show at the end of the night!

        Least favorite is security at the local crack-head apartment complex...6 hour shifts, sitting in my car and having everyone throw stuff at my car from behind a concrete wall. But somebody's gotta pay the bills around here!!!

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        • #5
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          • #6
            Worst part time job......Mop boy at the peep show.

            Best part time job.......There is nothing good about working extra to make the bills.
            It takes a Wolf.......

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            • #7
              I worked outside security for a bunch a RAVEs in Detroit. I made $500.00 a night and worked from about 2200 - 0100.

              Worked at a fireworks store for $25.00 an hour doing security. Pretty easy money and I hooked three other coppers up as well. You would be amazed at the amount of money people drop on fireworks.
              "Certainly there is no hunting like the hunting of man and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never really care for anything else thereafter. You will meet them doing various things with resolve, but their interest rarely holds because after the other thing ordinary life is as flat as the taste of wine when the taste buds have been burned off your tongue." -Ernest Hemingway

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              • #8
                Best - Car dealership at the very end of town. Movies movies all night long for $25 an hour.

                Worst - Anything in the sun, or where I actually have to take calls (I don't take calls while working... why would I want to take them while I'm working off duty?)

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                • #9
                  worst- anything involving directing traffic!!!!!! and a close second would be the damn basketball games at the middle schools!

                  Best- working a bank job that pays pretty well, boring as hell, but none the less.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 1AssToRisk View Post
                    I worked outside security for a bunch a RAVEs in Detroit. I made $500.00 a night and worked from about 2200 - 0100.
                    I haven't made that kind of scratch since I gave up prostitution.

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                    • #11
                      The best extra job I had was a few years ago when I was single at a large mall in a major metro area. The mall security did all the work, and the only "work" the 3-4 cops on duty did was just handled out of control shoplifters and stuff like that. 99% of the time, we walked around and hooked up with a seemingly endless supply of hot chicks that worked at the hundred or so stores there. We ate free every night at one of several restaurants, including Lubys. We were at the top of the food chain there, we generally lived like kings. Ah, the good ole days.

                      Worst job, probably working a construction job for an entire summer a few years back. Easy work, and good pay, but out of the car most of the time, occasionally stopping traffic. Not difficult, but hotter than hell, and horribly uncomfortable. Drop dead heat, sun, and body armor for hours at a time don't mix too well.

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                      • #12
                        Worst Job: They anounced a "Uniformed Department Approved" over time gig, it was security for what they refferred to as a classics concert at some arena downtown. Well me and my buddy liked the sound of 50 an hour for sitting around at a concert. Turned out it was a bring the rival gangster's together for a "Classic" rap battle night. WORST NIGHT EVER!!!!! Other cops getting jumped guys with guns in the building...we shut it down after just over an hour...then the promoter tried not to pay us....

                        Best:
                        Every christmas season I wander around an upscale mall in plain clothes and just observe the festivities, looking out for problems, and helping out security (which means hanging out in the sub-station drinking starbucks with some other coppers, and getting my christmas shopping done) It pays quite nicely and its always good to get a little extra around the holidays.
                        "For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer." Romans 13:4

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                        • #13
                          Well, police work IS my part-time job, and it's the best PT gig I've done. What do they say?...Front row seat to the greatest show on earth?

                          I've also had the opportunity to work some side gigs too.

                          Best: Two come to mind. 1) Security for movie screenings. $20/hr to stand at the door and look menacing. Have to tell a few people they can't use their cell phones in the theater. 2) Babysitting a 'material witness' in a homicide (who subsequently confessed, was convicted and ended up hanging himself in jail -- none of which I had a hand in). Sat in a hotel suite drinking coffee and playing cards with a partner while the subject snored away in the other room.

                          Worst: Directing traffic for half the day for a marathon. Ended up hitting 90+ and I had little shade and hadn't brought anything to drink. Thankfully some of the residents in the area took pity on me and brought me an umbrella and some water. I felt goofy as he11 standing in the road holding a golf umbrella.

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                          • #14
                            [QUOTE=1AssToRisk;1837593You would be amazed at the amount of money people drop on fireworks.[/QUOTE]

                            I would be if I didn't have so many redneck friends who spend more a year on fireworks then the value of their cars.

                            I don't work much part-time, but when I do its normally sitting in the parking lot of a bar watching movies, occasionally telling people they should really listen to the bouncer because if I have to get out of my car someone's going to jail.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by CruiserClass View Post
                              I would be if I didn't have so many redneck friends who spend more a year on fireworks then the value of their cars.

                              I don't work much part-time, but when I do its normally sitting in the parking lot of a bar watching movies, occasionally telling people they should really listen to the bouncer because if I have to get out of my car someone's going to jail.




                              Oh my, you had my laughing my as$ off with that one........sounds like something I would say

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