My first job was as a "soda jerk" on a food counter in a Rexall Drug Store. I worked after school and I closed. The evening wasn't as busy as lunch time but I had my regular customers. A lot of the dinner customers where ambulance drivers since the store was real close to Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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My hourly wage was 0.27¢ and tips. I took home about $2 a night in tips. I saved my tips and used my earnings as spending money. I was saving my money so I would have spending money when I went to nursing school.
I started the job in December of 1964 when I was a senior in high school. I wanted a job because it was too hard to go home and be with my Mom who was failing. She died in early February. The job did provide me with skills that helped me during my nursing career. I learned to how to talk with people and to be comfortable with people from all walks of life.52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History
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