Many individuals’ favorite time of the year is the summer because there's no school, no homework, and best of all, warm weather. Some teenagers are getting to the point where they're applying for jobs and making their resumes, but throughout the summer fun memories and events are still occurring, and many of them even happen at these jobs. Here are some of your fellow Rowland Hall students’ funny stories that took place at their summer jobs.
In the summer of 2021, Zach Schwab worked at the Rose Park Golf Course as a “cart boy.” One day, he was with the grounds crew that cuts the grass on the golf course when all of the sudden a raccoon appeared on the course. As the grounds crew was driving in a golf cart, they accidentally ran over the raccoon’s back leg, and at the time, a police officer was watching, so he immediately “called into dispatch” and said, “These guys are practically begging for me to put this racoon out on the golf course” (meaning kill the racoon). Seconds later, the police officer pulls out his gun and shoots the racoon on the golf course while everyone is watching. After realizing what had just occurred, Zach was the one that had to clean up the raccoon and put it in a bag. Zach was “surprised” but will never forget this dramatic day at work.
Eli Borgenicht worked at Harmon's grocery store from June to August in the summer of 2021 as a bagger and the guy you see bringing grocery carts back into the store. He noticed a “regular” customer who would always come to Harmon’s for one thing in particular, yogurt. She’d come in twice a week to buy three of the same fruit-flavored yogurts, and after she checked out, she’d go out to her car and sit in the parking lot for around three hours until the yogurt was finished. But what shocked Eli the most was her car: papers and artwork filled her car from top to bottom, so “there was only enough room for her to sit.” He was “genuinely concerned because it's a safety hazard” of not being able to see what was around her while driving. Eli never ended up talking to her or figuring out why she always ate three yogurts in her work paper–filled car.
When Mr. Geoxavier was a “young teen” right about our age, he lived in Southern California where he worked at his local pier as a junior lifeguard during the summer. One of the fun things you get to do as a lifeguard is jump off the side of the pier and swim to shore, so that’s what Geoxavier did—he describes it as “one of the most scary things I've ever done in the moment” because he wasn't exactly sure that he would survive the swim back to shore let alone the jump off the pier. He says it was “the most adventurous part of my young teenage summer job.” And a side note that you might want to keep in mind while thinking about applying to be a lifeguard: “as cool as it looks in the movies… No—not at all. It's boring; no one hangs out with you, and you don't get any cool boyfriends or girlfriends.” He further explains that “working as a lifeguard is not like Baywatch, and there are nowhere near as cool and good-looking people.”
Hasan Rahim babysits his cousin Ryyan during the summer when his parents are going out for dinner or any sudden events. Two years ago, Ryyan’s parents asked Hasan to babysit him while they went out for dinner, and of course he said yes. The two were together in a Las Vegas apartment and were playing with Legos. All of a sudden, Ryyan stood up and walked to the bathroom with Legos in hand, and when Hasan asked what he was doing, he responded, “I'm gonna give them a bath,” and he flushed more than a handful of Legos down the toilet. The toilet ended up clogging—which Hasan had to take care of—but luckily it didn't overflow. Hasan always remembers this experience when he's with his cousin and thinks of it as “unexpected but yet, really funny”.
Summer jobs are a great way for teens to keep themselves busy during the summer and make some money on the side. From working at a golf course to babysitting when necessary, Rowland Hall students always find ways to enjoy their summer no matter where they are, and funny stories come along with those experiences. Although, hopefully your future job doesn’t include cleaning up a dead racoon or fishing Legos out of a toilet.