50 Bulls**t Jobs: Relay Operator

April 30, 2007, 9:09 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 Memphis writes:

Relay is supposed to be a service for the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech disabled where a person using the internet, cell phone, or text telephone reaches an operator, I dial a number for them and relay conversation between a text and voice user. 90% of the calls we get are from people who are not deaf, most of them are scam calls or prank calls, so for 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week I relay bogus conversations. The benefits are good though. The turnover rate is extraordinary. A few weeks of Nigerian scam calls and teenagers with nothing else to do can take a toll on some people.

Pay: 10.00-10.50 starting with the availability of a promotion after 6 months.

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