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So recently, i got myself my first job. I now work part time at a cinema. The one issue i have with the job is that it's all shift-dependent - in the last week alone, i've had a 1200-2200 shift, an 1800-0000 shift and a 0900-1600 shift. Needless to say i'm tired out, but i feel like i'm at the unlucky end of the spectrum, so i wanted to post a question

What's the worst hours you've ever worked?

I mean, i know i'll get worse hours over christmas, especially with some releases like Rogue One. I have a feeling i'm gonna be in for some 0300 finishes. But this is all just something i've been pondering

I'm really interested to hear the results of this. Maybe
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Posted 9/28/16 , edited 9/28/16
In a single day, the most I've worked was sixteen hours, during a tie-in at a FedEx. We had a tie-in with complications, and more issues arose afterwards. Myself and two more people stuck around with our Foreman to get things done. I started work at six am, and didn't leave until ten that night. I've averaged around fifty-three hours a week, including overtime.
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Worst hours? ...damn, it's been so long since I worked part time...
Oh. You mean for shifts.
Um... couple times I had to work 16 hours and then come in for a meeting or something the next day less than 8 hours after the end of the shift, then start my next work day after that. That's about as bad as it gets, I guess.

...did work like 58 hours a week for a couple months, with only one day off. That was some good, good stuff. All that delicious overtime.
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I do twelve hour overnight shifts (7p to 7:30a if I get out on time) which is awesome to me. I picked doing 12's over the traditional 8 because then I get more days off (and when I work 45 minutes away from where I live, it works out great).

I used to work an afternoon shift (2p to 10:30) and hated it.. I would always get stuck sleeping in until 1p and staying up all night after work leaving me unproductive since there's not much to do at 2am in a town that closes up most shops by 11p... At least I can still schedule appointments and shop after work by doing overnights So I don't blame you for hating your hours... but I suppose those would be typical hours at a cinema! (-works in healthcare-)
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Currently I work like this:

Monday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm
Friday: 10:30 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 10:30 am

I dread Monday, Friday, and Saturday mornings now. I know people who have worse hours so I really shouldn't complain, but damn if I ain't tired!
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Posted 9/28/16 , edited 9/28/16
@Ben,
If you are switching shifts so often, that's just horrible. Your body (and brain) can't adjust to that. Most places around here with shifts at least try to keep everyone on the same shift for at least a week or two, then switch.
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There was one time, when I had to lifeguard. I took a shift for someone who fell ill, then my shift, then I took the ill persons party shift.

This was in South Texas, 97 degrees, 57% humidity, and I got there at 8am and left at 10pm. It was only 14 hours... But 14 hours in the sun with a heat index of feels like 116 degrees... I went through 4 gallons of water. All I can say is thank god we had 5 minute safety breaks every hour. I would jump into that pool and relax.
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When I was on the Road touring with my Rock band doing the College Frat Party circuits back in the 80s.

We usually got together to load the truck on Thursday afternoon about 2 PM, and didn't finish up til all the gear was back in its storage on Monday morning about 4-6 AM on average. that included all drive time. to and from gigs.
Sleep was a Luxury to be caught only during either drive time or between "setup" and show time.

BRUTAL!.. But FUN!
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23 / M / SoFlo
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I've worked retail and have had shifts sporadically like that, though I now work mon-fri 6am-3pm. But, it is you're first job and you're new. Put in some time and you'll eventually move up to better shifts(but I don't recommend since its a cinema)
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I can't complain at all right now. Having an established career, I generally work 8am-5pm with an hour lunch, and maybe a bit of overtime here and there depending on the situation.

The worst I ever worked was a 2nd shift 3pm-11pm position, but we often worked overtime. I usually didn't get out until 1am. I'm a terrible night driver, and not at all a night person. Needless to say, I didn't last long in the position.

Wish you the best of luck, and hopefully a more steady hourly position in the future! It can be pretty damn rough, but I hope something comes your way while you stick this one out.
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29 / M / São Paulo
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I am a teacher so this may solve the question in one line. lol Usually I work eighth hours per Saturday from 8:00 a.m o'clock until 4 p.m.

Usually my schedule during the week is:

7:00 a.m to 12 p.m (morning) and then more 4 hours daily.

Needless to say that in third world countries these conditions usually are dreadful on public institutions. But I am not in a position I can complain since I have been working for around 2 years as a public servant. Also when I started 4 years ago to teach effectively I could be called at any given time to give only one hour lesson and then have nothing to do until 3 or 4 hours later. Abusive contracts made me go for my masters and go for researching area and regular schools instead of language schools. So I really cannot complain now that I am away from work just doing my reserach in order to get better paid in the public school system.
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60 / M / Earth
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Hopefully without giving anything away, I can definitely say that having a job being on-call is the worst. You still put in all your normal hours, plus any time day or night there's an "emergency" to take care of, it doesn't matter whether you've slept or not, or even if you are somewhere in the middle of it, your phone goes off and you have to wake up/stay awake and deal with it no matter how long it takes.
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Remember that first job isn't meant to be a major money maker or even be nice. It's a reference and proof of your work ethic. Do a good job, show up to work, get a good reference, move on to a better job with more stable hours.

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51 / M / Inside the Anime...
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36 hours straight designing a laboratory. No sleep for 2 days, 2 meals. I've had 20 to 24 hour days before, but that was my first straight 36 hour shift. Got into the office at 6:00 AM left the next day at 6:00 PM. 180 drawings.
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21 / F / USA
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Posted 9/28/16
I have worked several 13 hour shifts, effectively all day shifts as my place of employment is open for 13 hours a day.

And yeah, you are kind of at the unlucky end of the spectrum being The New Guy in a retail position. It gets better once you get used to it. As as someone said it builds a reference for better jobs.
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