20 Soul-Crushing Summer Jobs From Pop Culture

Tough day at the cracker factory? Hey, it could be worse. You could be holding down one of these ghastly gigs.

1. Falafel Barn Cashier

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You could be wearing a falafel hat and supersizing older men’s balls.
She’s All That

2. Banana Stand Mascot

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You could be working with a cousin you’re in love with while wearing a banana suit.
Arrested Development

3. Convenience Store Clerk

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You could be selling Chewlies gum and cigarettes to little kids.
Clerks

4. Games Area Guy

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You could be working the games section at Adventureland.
Adventureland

5. Lanyard Sales Rep in Preston, Idaho

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You could sell beads to the same people over and over again.
Napoleon Dynamite

6. Over-Adventurous Babysitter

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You might be babysitting, but you’re not adventurous babysitting..are you?
Adventures In Babysitting

7. Pizza Delivery Guy / Gigolo

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Delivering the sausage to wealthy divorcees (with EXTRA anchovies).
Loverboy

8. Swenson’s Ice Cream Girl

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You could be working at a food joint inside a mall.
Fast Times At Ridgemont High

9. Keeping Baby Out of the Corner

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You could be teaching older people how to dance for very low pay.
Dirty Dancing

10. Bodyguard For The New Kid

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You could be saving nerds from nuggies.
My Bodyguard

11. Bag & Check at Piggly Wiggly

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If this is your job, I hope the “Tad Hamilton” of your life stops by soon.
Win A Date With Tad Hamilton

12. Working At The Record Store On Rex Manning Day

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Record store? What’s a record store?
Empire Records

13. Assistant Groundskeeper at Bushwood

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You could be cleaning pools and killing gophers.
Caddyshack

14. Lawn Mower

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You could mow lawns to pay for a telescope.
Can’t Buy Me Love

15. Getting Oggled by 10-Year-Olds at Valley Vista Community Pool

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You could perform mouth to mouth on Squints Palledorous.
The Sandlot

16. Counselor at Camp Crystal Lake

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You could pay the ultimate price for doing it all sneaky in a cabin.
Friday The 13th

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