Work in an adult store and wondering if this part of my job is out of the ordinary?

Contributor: ShadowedSeductress ShadowedSeductress
I work at an adult shop and we sell toys, porn, lingerie, etc. This week for Halloween I'm supposed to be holding a sign to advertise. I just got my schedule yesterday and thought the shifts seemed kind of long.

I'm scheduled to start at 11:30am and work for 7 hours holding the sign outside. There isn't any shade at all, I'm not allowed to bring my phone or iPod, and I'm making my regular 7.75 an hour.

7 hours outside at the hottest parts of the day for such little pay just seemed a little crazy to me. Am I wrong?
10/15/2012
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Originally posted by ShadowedSeductress
I work at an adult shop and we sell toys, porn, lingerie, etc. This week for Halloween I'm supposed to be holding a sign to advertise. I just got my schedule yesterday and thought the shifts seemed kind of long.

I'm scheduled to start ... more
That does seem out of the ordinary of your regular job responsibilities :/ I would personally say no to holding the sign, even if it is only for Halloween.
10/15/2012
Contributor: Ansley Ansley
Human directionals are quite common and I see them all of the time. Usually, they are independent new hires that work for the day or for as long as they can stand it and are paid at a ridiculously high wage, depending on the company.

When I worked for a large retailer, I would have to do things like this all the time . We had sidewalk sales and once when working for an apartment complex leasing office, I was asked to dress up as a slutty leprechaun and that was way, way over the line for me. Thankfully it was a temp position and I was able to go to the company I worked for and complain about it.

The thing is, that unless it poses a great risk to your health it's not out of the ordinary and there are ways to keep yourself cool.
10/15/2012
Contributor: CollegeFun2014 CollegeFun2014
That seems a little ridiculous considering you can't listen to music. I understand not being able to bring your phone since it would most likely distract you but I'd want some sort of entertainment such as an iPod. Like Stormy mentioned, I always thought they got paid a high wage. So the fact you're only going to be making your regular wage doesn't seem fair.
10/15/2012
Contributor: Chilipepper Chilipepper
Since you live in Florida, too, I know exactly what type of weather you're dealing with - and your boss is a cheapass fuckwit for making you do that. The independent-contract sign-holders here are getting twice that rate, allowed to take lots of breaks, and they get to listen to their music.

I repeat - a cheapass fuckwit.
10/15/2012
Contributor: travelnurse travelnurse
Hey we could come by and bring you water and such. I am so interested to know what store. I am in Florida also. Honestly with the way thing have been going around here, the employers are all pushing it because they can!
10/15/2012
Contributor: ShadowedSeductress ShadowedSeductress
@Stormy, that's what I thought in terms of pay. I figured my pay would have been higher for these days. Since I do live in Florida though, the humidity tends to feel suffocating at times. For some reason I don't handle heat well when just standing around in it (the gym is totally different, I can handle sweating) but I tend to get dizzy when standing around in this Florida heat.

Then I found out they had scheduled me for 50 hours next week doing this crap.
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