Everyone has a first shitty office job. You just need to survive it.
It was some of the easiest money I'd ever made—all I had to do was dodge the hands of my drunken, amorous clients.
Every week, I'd dress up as a Mad Scientist and entertain children with lab experiments like melting a Styrofoam cup with nail polish remover. As embarrassing as it was, it made me feel important.
It isn't an easy gig, but those who do the work usually don't have a whole lot of other options.
The face of poverty in the UK is changing. Fast.
In my experience, the majority of people who pick up the phone during the day are conversation-starved elderly people. Trying to bully money out of them makes you feel like a sociopath.
Being locked underground all day with the same people led to an uneasy sense of proximity between colleagues. This, coupled with the stress, boredom, and constant drinking, meant that it took little time for members of staff to start fucking each other.
Shipbreaking Platform, an NGO which advocates for laborers' rights, has called the work
Bangladesh's shipbreaking industry poses threats to the environment and its workers' lives, but it makes a lot of money. Workers dream of escaping, but it's almost impossible to get out.