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Nik Krasno | 12905 comments Don't know whether it's a truth or a myth, but while in Monaco (South France, not elsewhere-:)), I was told a valet job at its famous casinos was hereditary and they really made fortunes of tips.
So maybe not only CEOs? -:)

Being born in the 'right place' or to the 'right parents' can save a great deal of survival stress. What do you think?


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Jen Pattison | 409 comments That's interesting, I haven't heard of that before. Quite a few years ago I saw a documentary about theft at Heathrow, aka Thiefrow, where the only thing that hasn't been stolen - yet - is a plane. It alleged that most of the senior baggage and freight handlers lived in the same village near the airport, many were related and were as crooked as a $9 note, and they were effectively running a closed shop. Hopefully that's no longer the case.

In Italy it was always said that you could never get into an administrative job unless you knew someone who could get you in.

I would hope that nepotism is on the decrease these days, though I have never rubbed shoulders with the high and mighty I really wouldn't know if it still goes on in high places.


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Amit Siovitz | 11 comments I suppose many people wish to have a sort of dream job fall into their laps. Nepotism is one way to get one such job, but I suppose one would have to also be somewhat competent at doing those things to actually stay there.
As for a valet job, it seems like they could make lots of money if they were given tips by people for whom money has no real meaning, but they'd have to get that tip first, and that means doing it right. The whole hereditary aspect sounds of old age Europe to me, a sort of family tradition in which a person is told that that is his "place in the world" and then he's stuck there. Another thing about Monaco is that the average person drives a Porsche, so what we might consider a "fortune" is considered minimal existence there...


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Ian Miller | 9017 comments Inheriting money is certainly easier than earning it - if there is any there to inherit. Also, I have been through Heathrow many times and never had anything stolen so maybe it isn't as bad as Jen indicates. Of course more than once my luggage did not turn up - at least not at Heathrow - but that had nothing to do with the staff there.

The more interesting question for all this getting huge tips - do they declare them to the tax man? (Rhetorical question!)


message 5: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 12905 comments On top of huge tips, there are (almost) no taxes in Monaco, Ian -:)


Tara Woods Turner | 2063 comments At Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut dealers make an average $40/hour.


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Mehreen Ahmed (mehreen2) | 1911 comments Nik wrote: "Don't know whether it's a truth or a myth, but while in Monaco (South France, not elsewhere-:)), I was told a valet job at its famous casinos was hereditary and they really made fortunes of tips.
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Of course. Hence the saying "born with a silver spoon in mouth."


message 8: by Jen Pattison (new)

Jen Pattison | 409 comments Ian wrote: "I have been through Heathrow many times and never had anything stolen so maybe it isn't as bad as Jen indicates. Of course more than once my luggage did not turn up - at least not at Heathrow - but that had nothing to do with the staff there."

It is that bad, Ian. I have seen various reports about it over the years in the media and in a couple of books, and also the documentary that I mentioned above was aired on British television and the airport did not refute the allegations.

I have also travelled through Heathrow many times and my luggage has always arrived without incident. I have read, however, that the crooks know what to look for; I guess that my luggage looks 'poor' and it is indeed the case that I never have anything of value in it. In any case passenger baggage isn't where the rich pickings are, it's in freight.


message 9: by Ian (new)

Ian Miller | 9017 comments I must admit that stealing my baggage would not yield much - just clothes fora specific size, and they tend to be tolerably well-used clothes. I don't travel with valuables.


message 10: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 12905 comments Wow, that seems to be quite well spread among airports, for I heard exactly same things about other airports too. There were times when my luggage regularly came out 'thinner' after Borispol -Kiev airport.. Hope not anymore.


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Nik Krasno | 12905 comments Any other exotic professions?
Would you want to be a wine taster, for example? Some sites claim it to be kinda rewarding: https://work.chron.com/much-money-win...
Painter's model, cosmonaut, anyone? -:)


message 12: by Ian (new)

Ian Miller | 9017 comments Indie author???


message 13: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 12905 comments Ian wrote: "Indie author???"

Probably the exoticest -:)


message 14: by Ian (new)

Ian Miller | 9017 comments Probably the least financially sensible :-)


message 15: by Scout (new)

Scout (goodreadscomscout) | 5086 comments Zoo keeper. My son's former girlfriend is very happy working at the zoo. Wish I had thought of that before I became a teacher (at times, similar to a zoo keeper, but more stressful :-)


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Nik Krasno | 12905 comments Scout wrote: "Zoo keeper. My son's former girlfriend is very happy working at the zoo. Wish I had thought of that before I became a teacher (at times, similar to a zoo keeper, but more stressful :-)"

Yeah, I do hear how similar schools and zoos sometimes are and the noble animals don't even riot against such derogatory comparisons -:)


message 17: by Scout (new)

Scout (goodreadscomscout) | 5086 comments :-) Sadly, they have no voice, but that's a topic for another thread


message 18: by Scout (new)

Scout (goodreadscomscout) | 5086 comments A couple in a nearby community gathers what some consider junk and finds buyers. Pretty unorthodox way to make a living around here, but it's working for them. I bought a 55 gallon drum from them recently to use as a burning barrel. It previously contained corn syrup.


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"Chicken sexer." Someone who can tell male from female baby chicks and separate them for the poultry industry. That's an exotic talent.


message 20: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 12905 comments -:) Rare talents and specializations indeed


message 21: by Holly (new)

Holly (goldikova) A bloodstock agent wasn't on my high school career counselor's list of 'approved' careers. I'm so glad I discovered it on my own instead of following his advice.


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