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They've already put up with Randy Moss coming and going, Brett Favre's sext-gate, Percy Harvin's migraines, the firing of Brad Childress and, worst of all, a losing record. Now Minnesota Vikings fans are being asked to do manual labor -- snow shoveling, to be exact.
Vikings fans can help keep Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears in the North Star State by digging out the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium. The Metrodome won't be ready in time for "Monday Night Football," so workers are scrambling to get the Gophers' new outdoor stadium into playable condition so the Vikings won't have to host a second straight "home" game in another city.
So if you're a true blue (purple?) Vikings fan, head to Minneapolis where you can help shovel five-foot snow drifts from the field, the bleachers -- even the concourses! Earlier today the Vikings offered to compensate any loyal, able-bodied fans, promising them $10 per hour for day shifts, $13 for night shifts and a whopping $15 an hour to work from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. shoveling snow ... in the dark ... in the bitter cold. That post has since been removed, and all later posts specifically state that volunteers, not workers, are requested. (There is free parking, though. Huzzah!)
If you saw the original offer and now you're bummed you can't spend hours shoveling the white stuff in below-zero temps to make some extra Christmas money, don't give up hope. Here are a few more ways to make about $10 an hour, found on the Minneapolis/St. Paul Craigslist site:
Lab Assistant: "Individual will be responsible for preparing and distributing samples to the appropriate department for testing, media prep, dishwashing, and autoclaving."
Waste Treatment Tech: "Perform maintenance of equipment and quality checks and ensure timely and safe handling of chemical disposals."
Chinese Language Tutor: "I am a student at the U of M and I am in an advanced Chinese language course. I just need help with editing a paper and questions with some literature readings."
Delivery Driver: "Growing business has an immediate part-time opening for a delivery driver. Must possess a Class D drivers license and able to lift 50 pounds."
Crocheting: "Seeking Individuals who are talented in the art of crocheting. To work from their own home. All materials supplied."
UPDATE: Due to liability issues, the Vikings organization has announced that it will indeed be paying workers to help dig out the stadium. (They say liability, we say it's impossible to find people willing to do manual labor in the freezing cold in support of a 5-8 team that just signed free-agent quarterback Patrick Ramsey, who hasn't played in a game since 2008 or started one since 2005. Potato, pot-ahto.)