Not So Exotic

MVWJ was at a place that sold exotic birds. There were hundreds of them, and I had to take care of them AND sell them. I had to feed them and change their water, which involved emptying all of their poop-filled water and food bowls into a huge bucket, which turned into the most nauseating smelling concoction ever. I also had to clean their living spaces, which just meant grabbing the poop-covered wood shavings with my hands and dumping it into the garbage. I also wasn’t allowed to remove the birds from their living spaces when I did this, and most of them were extremely territorial. They would scream and bite my hands and arms while I was covered in their poop.

There was this guy that worked there in his 70s who wore the most awful toupee I’ve ever seen. He was very nice to me when I started working there, but I quickly realized that it was because he was a total perv. He would go into the back room with this other older woman who worked there and have sex, leaving me to take care of the entire store. He also had a wife in the hospital. One time he grabbed my waist and told me I had a flat stomach in front of this older woman (who he was trying to make jealous). I snapped and told him he was creepy. After that he told me he hated me (mature) and that he wished he didn’t have to work with me because I wasn’t “nice.”

I finally had enough and gave my two weeks notice, telling the store’s boss everything about this guy and why I couldn’t work with him anymore. A few months later, I learned that he was fired because he was caught on the security camera stealing thousands of dollars over the many years that he worked there

Comments (9)

RichMay 5th, 2010 at 9:26 am

He was caught on the security camera stealing thousands of dollars over many years? How long was the video tape?

Also, that whole first paragraph, that’s what is meant by “working in an exotic bird shop.” If you don’t want to clean up poop, don’t work with birds. Pooping is what birds do best.

AndrewMay 5th, 2010 at 9:42 am

I love how the boss let you quit instead of firing the perv who is touching you & screwing people in the back. And the toupee! The worst offense yet.

TheRestOfTheStoryMay 5th, 2010 at 10:20 am

Please add tag: hell toupee

MeshellMay 5th, 2010 at 11:49 am

Rich, I think she was trying to set the tone, though I agree working at a petshop comes with such appeals (or so my PetCo Employed sister states).

PandaMay 6th, 2010 at 7:41 am

@Rich- just because the poster outlines everything she does at her job doesn’t mean she’s moaning about having to do them, or saying it was some big surprise; if no one ever mentioned the shitty parts of their job that were part of the job description, this would be a pretty boring site.

Frau BlucherMay 6th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

yes, i am sure if she applied for a job at a pet shop, she knew there would be poop!
BTW, what is it with pervy guys and bad rugs?

NervMay 7th, 2010 at 12:10 am

Please tell me she had gloves for that poop-grabbing? Because doing that bare handed would be worth complaining about, given all the diseases that can be picked up that way.

Also, bad toupees are generally a sign of crazy, dilution, or just plain creep, just saying.

efaneoMay 7th, 2010 at 10:50 am

Again, if you don’t like shoveling shit, DON’T WORK WITH ANIMALS!
Shit shoveling is 99% of working with any animal. Also.. –> SHOVEL!
Seriously, bring in your own dustpan and brush if it was so horrible, it’d cost you a buck at most.

PersMay 9th, 2010 at 10:07 am

Gee Rich, you mean birds poop? Really? Wowee. I wonder if the OP didn’t know that too.
I hope we all can be as brilliantly OBVIOUS as you someday.


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