High school job uniform
What I Wore to Work Today: April 16, 2015
Pants: Banana Republic
When I turned 16 I got a job at the rinky-dink movie theater + video rental store in my hometown. I worked there throughout high school starting in 10th grade and a couple summers after graduation. An assistant manager, “Lee”, was a middle-aged man who usually worked weekday shifts and always had a coffee mug on desk in the little office in back. Sometimes he would head upstairs to wind the film through the projectors before showtime and then stay up there for awhile. I left him to do his thing and he let me do mine. We got along well.
When I got to college I realized “This party smells like Lee’s coffee. …Oh my god he puts liquor in the coffee he’s always drinking at work! So much makes sense now.” Eventually he was fired when he passed out among the projectors. I saw him once a year or two later at the grocery store, we made eye contact and didn’t say anything.
The uniform at the theater was a white button-down shirt and black pants. I remember my excitement about buying my first pants and shirt at Gap for my first job. I think my mom went with me and she lent (gave?) me money before I got my first paycheck. Which wasn’t a check at all but a tiny little manila envelope of cash with the tax deductions handwritten out on the front.
The business finally went under several years after I left and eventually the building was torn down. GoogleMaps tells me there’s a Culver’s built on the site now.