Thursday, April 9, 2009

I am not making this up

As some of you probably know, I have been working part-time at a travel agency that specializes in student travel. About 6 weeks ago our general manager called me into the office and explained that a group was coming in April and they wanted an escort for the fifty 7th grade boys who would be in Orlando. He clarified that I would not be chaperoning, just escorting the group of 13 year olds and their chaperones around to the theme parks and other typical tourist spots. Not one to turn down paid time in a theme park, I agreed.

Later, I learned that this group has been dealing with our agency for about 30 years, and every year it's the 7th grade class. One of my co-workers said "Oh, so you're the pretty girl this year!" and I sort of laughed it off. I then learned, it is written into their contract that a "young pretty girl" will tour the parks with them every year. They are actually paying me to ride their chartered bus and enter the theme parks with them. I stay in their hotel and all meals are paid for. If they have problems with anything, I am on-hand to assist them.

Have you ever heard of such a thing? I find it to be a bit sexist, but since I am getting paid to go to Universal Studios and Disney World, and essentially eat ice cream and ride Space Mountain, I am not complaining.

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