Before they were fist-pumping their summers away on the Seaside boardwalk, the housemates of "Jersey Shore" were working regular jobs just trying to earn enough money so they can spend their weekends at Karma.
In honor of MTV's new series "Underemployed," which follows the story of five close friends who attempt to find successful job in a struggling economy, MTV News recently asked the "Jersey Shore" roommates to share memories of their worst jobs.
"I have to say I worked at Six Flags Great Adventure for a week," Deena Cortese said. "And you would think it was a great job. I absolutely couldn't stand it, I cried all the time. I couldn't stand it."
For Ronnie-Ortiz Magro, his terrible working experience had him serving tables day and night — even during holidays. "My worst job ever, I was a bus boy at a catering hall because I had to work holidays, so I had to work Thanksgiving and Christmas and they didn't get it. I'm like, 'I want to go home to my family.' They were like, 'That's nice, pick up the tray and go serve other people's families.' "
His girlfriend, Sammi "Sweatheart" Giancola, also "hated" her stint in the food industry. "I worked as a grocery bagger for my first job and let me tell you all those old people out there... if you put their meat with their eggs, they get nasty," Sammi said. "I hated it, everyone was yelling at me for putting foods in the wrongs bags so I hated it."
Before Jenni "JWoww" Farley met her best friend Snooki and got engaged to fiancé Roger Mathews, she, like Sammi, was also tending to the elders.
"I worked at a nursing home, that sucked," JWoww said. "Bitter old people, I felt bad, some are just God-awful, the others are just loveable and I want to take home and hang out with, some are just mean."
As for Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, before he started voluntarily showing off his abs on the boardwalk, he was reluctantly showing off his abs at the strip club.
"I did stripping for a little bit, but I didn't have that many jobs at all," he admitted. "You had to give lap dances to people you didn't want to give lap dances to."
Catch the series premiere of "Underemployed" kicks off on tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV!