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September 03, 2000|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

Since this is Labor Day weekend, we asked some notable Baltimore workers to name the worst job they ever had.

Michael Gaines Sr., president of Maryland Center for Arts and Technology (former vice president and general manager of Harborplace): "When I was going from high school to college, I worked on a construction crew. While I respect all the guys who do that work -- it's very hard work -- it was the worst job for me because I served as a flagman on a highway construction crew. It was hot. It was boring, dirty, thankless work. But I also learned a lot through the process."

Edie Brown, Baltimore Arena director of public and community relations: "Trying to discipline kids in junior high school, when I was a teacher at Garrison Junior High. When I had hall duty, that was the worst."

Camilla Carr, co-anchor of MPT's "News Night Maryland": "It was one story that I did as a rookie reporter for WCCO-TV in Minneapolis. I had to go into the sewers of Minneapolis to look for rats. The sewers were small and very dark. And every so often you'd hear a scrambling. I was so scared. We never saw a rat. Had we seen one, they would've had a new place to put a manhole cover."

Ed Hale, chairman and CEO of First Mariner Bank: "I worked two summers at Beth Steel, Sparrows Point -- at the blast furnace and the open hearth. ... It was truly like preparing to go to hell, it was so hot. It took one week to realize this was not for me. But, Bethlehem Steel was very good about hiring college students."

Brian Billick, head coach of the Baltimore Ravens: "One summer in high school, my job was to clean out the big chicken coops at a huge industrial chicken farm. It was the foulest, filthiest job that ever happened. Now, whenever I have a bad day, I just think of it. And I defy anyone to top that one."

Ed Hale: "Brian wins."

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