Paying your dues is a justified and realistic component in any industry once you venture out into the working world, but getting naked and simulating sexual acts isn’t and shouldn’t be one of those things on your climb up the ladder of success.

Imagine your job description was as follows: “This documents serves to inform you that this project will require you to be fully nude and/or witness others fully nude and participate in graphic sexual situations.”

That is what 50 extras were told to do and sign as part of an casting assignment for HBO’s series Westworld, a remake of the 1970s sci-fi film. The consent form also required extras to have their “genitals painted; simulate oral sex with hand-to-genital touching; contort to form a table-like shape while being fully nude; pose on all fours while others who are fully nude ride on your back” and the list goes on and on. The Screen Actors Guild has reprimanded HBO for their appalling requirements, to which HBO responded by saying they had nothing to do with that consent form and “are rectifying immediately the discrepancies in this vendor’s document with our actual on-set practices, which provide a professional and comfortable working environment for all performers.”

This insane bit of news got us to thinking of all the crazy sh*t we have been told to do. . . and it’s just as humiliating because these are all REAL stories: 


Coin drop-off

"I had to deposit $100 worth of COINS in my boss' bank account."


The shoe lady

"I made a couple of runs to a shoe repair shop for one of my bosses when I interned at a magazine, I also had to help organize her shoes under her desk when she was overwhelmed." 


"I opened packages for HOURS as an intern."


"I used to help clean out an editors office when she wanted to spring clean."


Perv of the year

"An editor-in-chief told me we had sit next to each other and go through hundreds of photographs that showed practically nude women from the carnival parade to categorize them for no apparent reason."


Thrifty accomplice

"I used to go to the post office and get packing supplies for an editor once who was obsessed with E-Bay-ing her swag . . . and she's RICH AF!"


Who's the pet here?

"I had to walk my boss' dog in England and also drop off packages at the post office on my way home for her."


"During my last internship, I had to drive to a random address to let an editor know if the person's lawn was real grass or turf."


"I had to abandon a client vehicle in a far away parking lot and purchase her a phone." 

Wax on/wax off

"I had to clean the offices wall, and I was only allowed to do it with a magic eraser sponge."

Water, please

"I had to help refill the Brita pitcher every time it was running out. It was so annoying."


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"I had to set up a landline in this cubicle space she was renting out. And help activate cell phones."