An Establishment To Avoid

I thought I’d share My Very Worst Job ever with you, since I haven’t ever met anyone with a worse story than this one. I found myself looking for work last year, after the economy had tanked. Unemployment in my part of the country had jumped, so when I finally got an interview with a local hotel chain, I was pretty excited. I was hired right away, and asked to start the next day.

My first indication that this would not work out occurred at about 10 a.m. on my first day, when a homeless man, reeking of alcohol, stumbled up to the desk and asked for a room. Since he couldn’t afford one we sent him away, but a few minutes later the janitor came in to tell us he’d found him in the bushes outside – with a hooker.  That’s when I realized who the parade of slutty women paying monthly rates in cash were.

Later on I was shown the emergency procedures book, which included policies in case of drug raids, suicide attempts, rapes, assaults, hostage situations, and bomb threats. I was told that I likely wouldn’t need to use most of them, but last week there was that guy who overdosed, and on Thursday there was a major assault in the lobby, and some guy died in his room a few weeks back.

As if this wasn’t bad enough, I then found a note about a spate of car robberies happening in the parking lot.  I basically spent the rest of the shift watching my own car through the front window. I quit over the phone that night and never came back, not even to pick up my paycheck.

Fortunately, I haven’t had anything nearly as bad since.  I moved to Australia a few months later, and wound up in a couple of great jobs. Since I’ve been back in Canada the job market has really picked up again, so I’m hopeful that I will never, ever need to work in the kind of hotel that caters mostly to prostitutes, drug addicts, and one room that was either about illegal labourers or human trafficking – I left before I found out which one.

Comments (6)

AndrewMarch 8th, 2010 at 10:35 am


janeyjaneMarch 8th, 2010 at 11:57 am

Im not sure this is sooo terrible, I’ve heard of some really bad jobs and if you went through the stuff you mentioned above then yes, it would have been terrible and you probably did the right thing by getting out asap but none of it happened to you.

dancedancerevolutionMarch 8th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

marriott at yonge/bloor in toronto?
intercontinental on front in toronto?

or is this just the general happenings of toronto hotels? i swear, i might know you, OP…..

LaylaMarch 8th, 2010 at 9:58 pm


stephMarch 10th, 2010 at 7:46 am

I was thinking more along the lines of Waverly Hotel at Spadina/College in Toronto… :P
..’cept there are no bushes to speak of outside. either way, sketchtastic.

moiMay 23rd, 2010 at 10:54 pm

lol sounds like you were working in a motel, not a hotel. i work in a hotel, and it is the best job ever because you don’t have to do anything and you get paid for it. however i did once work at a motel and it was in a dodgy place in town, complete with bulletproof teller windows like the ones in the bank, and an emergency button to press in cause of a holdup. they did get held up a lot, but the reason why i quit was becasue the manager was so creepy that he would burst in without warning and scare the living daylights out of me and then accuse me of slacking off. it depends on the location, class, and manager.

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