I worked on a yard maintenance crew last spring and there were like ten students they hired during the spring because I guess demand is high or something and they need extra workers idk but there were ten of us and then the rest were a bunch of dudes in like their fifties and they gave us the weed whacking and bark mulching and basically the jobs they didn’t want to do or didn’t have time to do.
They also had a scoreboard up in the break room on our first day, with all our names written nicely in a column and wouldn’t tell us what it was for.
We found out like two weeks later when one girl hit a snake with her weed whacker and got snake guts on her face. It was mildly disgusting. She cried. The two of us and the other girl who was on site with us had a funeral for it and our supervisor came over on his lawn mower cause we’re all just standing there and then laughed at us and told us to take a coffee break.
Anyway, we get back to the truck yard and head into the break room to get our stuff together to leave and our supervisor comes in after us and is like “Jennifer killed a snake!” And one of the other guys writes “snakes” at the top of the column net to our names and puts a tally mark by her name.
Apparently they like to keep score of how many things the students kill and whoever has the most kills by the time we’re finished working for them gets a prize? They also all took bets after we left on the first day on who would have the most kills, so they were like super into this thing. Idk. It was kinda morbid.
Before you think we just went around killing animals, we did not. Weed whackers go fast, and the grass we were whacking was really tall and if something doesn’t move out of the way, by the time you see it it’s too late.
Jennifer ended up the snake killing queen. She killed like twelve of them over the two months or so we worked there. Nobody talks about the time Andrew killed a baby rabbit. It was horrific. He was covered in rabbit pieces and blood and all of us who were on that job definitely puked and our supervisor sent us all home early without docking our hours. I will spare you all the gory details, but it was definitely the most horrific thing I have ever witnessed. It was on the scoreboard the next morning, but no one ever brought it up.
Me? Somehow I managed to never actually kill anything. I don’t know how, and I got jibes from the workers who had bet on me occasionally like “come on Kee you’re making me look bad.” I did, however, kill a gate with a truck once, and that got me a pity point even though one of the guys who’d bet on me thought I deserved extra points since I’d somehow done absolutely no damage to the truck itself.
Anyway, the winner was Amy, who had been tasked with exterminating a wasp nest and her tally in the wasp category was off the chart. Oh, and she won a Tim Horton’s gift card, if you were wondering what the prize was. Idk what the guys who bet on her won.