50 Bulls**t Jobs: Automobile detailer

April 30, 2007, 9:00 PM UTC
Fortune

Just a few ways to be profitably and pleasantly (if uselessly) employed, from Stanley Bing’s book, “100 Bulls**t Jobs and How to Get Them” (Harper Collins).

A reader in New Hampshire writes:

Work for a car dealership that specializes in fast turn around of auction cars they have next to nothing into. Make $12k to $20k a year tops and get ridden like a wet pony for every little thing wrong with a car that someone else did to it like you did it yourself. If they have $3k in a car they will sell it for $9k on the front line and be mad that they had to pay you $50 to make it happen, while everyone else easily makes over $500 for saying “sign here”.

Average detail time is 6 to 12 hours depending on the cars age, mileage, and the reason they traded it in. Most are severely wrecked rental cars with 4 different shades of the original color on it and has so many imperfections in the paint you can cut yourself on it by rubbing your hand over it, let alone the 30 pounds of beach sand in the carpets and seats from the accident that put it there.

Readers, what do you think? Is this a bulls**t job?