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Parking cars & pumping gas

Posted by ESC on April 02, 2004

In Reply to: Nametag and a hairnet posted by Henry on April 02, 2004

: : : : anyone cares to teach me the origins and the meanings of the two phrases above?thanks

: : : Your phrases describe menial minimum wage type jobs.
: : : I just happened to hear these phrases today on a public service announcement here in the US imploring that young people should stay in school and get a good education lest they occupy a career that includes "flipping burgers &emptying wastebaskets".

: : Well, it's not a bad place to start. But it's a bad place to wind up. Here's a similar phrase:

: : NAMETAG AND A HAIRNET - Refers to a low-level job. "...drummers and bass players aren't supposed to mess around with any task that doesn't require a nametag and a hairnet." From Vox Talks, an online discussion group. Accessed Sept. 18, 2002.

: : And while we're on the subject. Have you all heard of the hoax that is making the rounds in the U.S.? A guy calls restaurants (most recently a Bob Evans) and tells the managers that a customer or an employee is guilty of stealing something or other. The managers strip-search the supposed criminal. For real.

: Do you know the way to San Jose? by Bacharach and David
: "And all the stars that never were
: Are parking cars and pumping gas"