Adventurous People Reveal Which Experiences You Have To Try In Your Lifetime
Did you know that most people have never left their own country, let alone their own state? That aside, there are a host of different life experiences that people miss out on with the potential to shift their perceptions about their lives––and even their place in the universe.
Redditor decisivevinyl asked the online community "What life-altering things should every human ideally get to experience at least once in their lives?" the answers were both rich and invaluable.
"Go somewhere isolated..."
Go somewhere isolated enough at night that you can see the full skyscape, including the band of the Milky Way.
"The feeling of having mastered something."
The feeling of having mastered something. Piano, poetry, writing, some videogame, coding, anything really. There is a special self knowledge that comes from having mastered something that everyone really needs to know.
"Spending a day alone..."
Spending a day alone with no plans, completely at liberty, in a foreign city you've never been to before.
"Because of heavy rainfall the week prior..."
Fighting for one's life in some form.
3 years ago I was in a river for the swim portion of a triathlon. Because of heavy rainfall the week prior, the current was moving incredibly quickly. The race organizers eventually cancelled the swim portion of the event but not until myself and about half the other competitors were already in the water.
About halfway through the swim, The current became too much and I was being carried downstream despite my strongest attempts to swim against it. It was at that moment that I was literally swimming for my life. It was terrifying at the moment, but an experience I'm really glad I had.
"I promise you, it's a completely different world down there..."
Scuba diving. I promise you, it's a completely different world down there and it's not ours. You'll be amazed and maybe even get an understanding and a greater connection to our earth and all the living things on this chunk of rock floating through space.
"It's such an amazingly interesting state to be in..."Giphy
I wish everyone got to experience Lucid dreaming at least once.
It's such an amazingly interesting state to be in just for the fact that you're inside of a dream. You're fully conscious that you're now someone else and in a "body" that isn't your physical body yet you can touch and feel the dream world as if it was the real world.
You'd be surprised how many people constantly have their life "fixed" for them and never have to fail at anything. Failure allows us to learn coping skills, resilience, problem solving, determination ... so many skills that many people today just don't have.
"I know, I know...this sounds weird..."
Being with a family member while they pass away. I know, I know....this sounds weird but I have experienced both and had so much more closure when I was able to be there when my grandmother passed away.
When my mom was in hospice and started declining and eventually passed away, the facility couldn't even be bothered to call me UNTIL THE NEXT DAY. I lived 10 minutes away, was the POC for all medical decisions and worked my entire life at the time around doing my best to be by her side when she passed. I still feel so cheated and pissed off about it.
"Being utterly lost..."
Being utterly lost or similarly in a hopeless situation, and getting yourself out of it with persistence and endurance.
"Go into a nursing home..."
Go into a nursing home and volunteer to sit with some of the loneliest residents. Let them talk. Just listen. You'll learn so much and experience every emotion you know... and some you never felt before.
"It is very valuable to feel comfortable..."
Travel alone, doesn't need to be long. But I think it requires a skill to be alone and feel comfortable about it. Not many people take the leap to go and/or don't have the skill. It is very valuable to feel comfortable being alone being in a crowd for example.
"...in another person's hands."Giphy
Complete vulnerability in the company of the person that you love. Letting that person really know you and taking the risky leap of putting yourself, with all of your insecurities, quirks, and naive hopes, in another person's hands.
"Once you go back to it..."
Eating healthy food for like two months straight. You never realize how shitty you feel if you've been feeling that way literally your entire life.
Also helps you realize how insanely addictive sugar/fast food is. Once you go back to it the cravings kick in immediately (at least in my experience).
"I can do whatever I want..."
Living single and alone. It's a very specific kind of freedom but a touch of fear. I can do whatever I want...at the same time if something bad happened it might be a bit before anyone even noticed.
"It's such a raw and rewarding feeling."
Create something that someone else genuinely enjoys or is entertained by. A story, a painting, anything that harnesses your creativity. It's such a raw and rewarding feeling. It's easy to look at authors and artists and filmmakers and see them as these super humans with unique gifts that you could never access, but the truth is that you're just as capable as any of them.
A sudden bang in the boiler room. A hospital patient gone wild. A run-in with a wanted fugitive. Sometimes, the craziest things happen at work. Whether the following people love their jobs or not, they can at least say there was never a dull moment. Here are some of the worst moments that have happened on the job.
1. A Pianist's Panic
I’m a jazz and classical pianist. One time, while playing at a pretty high-end cocktail bar, I noticed an older man collapse at his table out of the corner of my eye. He was sitting alone, and either very few people noticed, or no one cared. Either way, nobody made a scene. I ended up speaking into the mic: “Do we have a doctor on the floor?”
One woman came up thinking something was wrong with me, so I promptly pointed her to the other section where the man was sitting. At that point, the staff was gathering around. Later on, we found out the scary truth about his predicament—he had a heart attack, but he was okay. It's crazy to me that he was in a crowded venue and no other patrons cared enough or paid enough attention to get him some help.
2. An Honest Review
My brother and I owned a restaurant together for seven years. One night, a lady came up to pay her bill and my brother was helping her while I was standing next to him making small talk as we did with all our regulars. Out of the blue, she told us she was so sorry—then, before we could even ask her what was wrong, she caught us off-guard with a truly disgusting display...
She fully projectile-vomited through her fingers into my brother's face. I let out a scream and ran to the hills while my brother was screaming, "Oh no, oh no" repeatedly. He ran into the kitchen and started pouring soap into his mouth. He still gags when I bring up that story.
3. Triple Tragedyperson wearing black gas maskPhoto by Michael Förtsch on Unsplash
We had three people lose their lives on one job site. One fall and two trapped in confined spaces. This happened in 2008 in Idaho, while we were working hazmat at an acid plant turn-around. The confined space deaths were from asphyxiation—one guy went in a tank to see how dirty it was and he collapsed. But what happened to the other guy was more devastating.
He bravely went in to rescue the first guy, but he didn't make it back out. Turns out, they were not permitted to enter the tank yet, but they went anyway. The third guy fell from the top of a platform where the safety rails had been removed. He took a 70-foot header and the sound on impact is the type you never forget.
4. Dangerous Obsession
I work at a high school. One time, a student pulled a revolver on one of the teachers in the parking lot after school. Initially, we thought his motives were rooted in revenge, but the truth was much more shocking—he made her give him the undergarments she had on. When local authorities caught him later that day, he told them he did it simply because she was hot.
5. It's Raining Planes
I used to work in air traffic control. This didn’t happen to me, but I was working that day and I heard the replay. Some planes took off in bad weather and got more ice on their wings than they could handle. By the time they got in the air, it was too late—they dropped like rocks, but that's not even the worst part...
You could hear the passengers screaming for their lives on the frequency the whole way down.
6. Temper Tantrumham and lettuce burgersPhoto by Pietro De Grandi on Unsplash
I worked at a very popular sandwich shop that is known for its "fresh" eating. The owner of the store hired me and within a month, I was made the store's main closer. I ended up getting all the responsibility of a manager without any of the authority or recognition. One day, a guy walked in and asked to speak to a manager.
Being the only one there with anything close to that responsibility, I asked him what I could help him with. He told me that the sandwich that he ordered online was messed up and that he needed a refund. I informed him we couldn't do refunds, but I could give him credit for next time, or make him a new sandwich right away.
His reaction was absolutely deranged. He proceeded to start screaming, saying that if I didn't give him his money back, I'd regret it. I warned him that I'd call 9-1-1 if he didn't calm down, and that just made everything worse. He attempted to climb over the makeline to grab me, but luckily I was able to back away and stay out of his grasp.
He ended up throwing his phone, which hit me in the face and cut my eyebrow open. Luckily, another customer had called the authorities a while before and they walked in just then. I think it goes without saying that he got apprehended and I pressed charges. The worst part? My owner berated me, saying I needed to work on my people skills.
7. Lost Appetite
I was a waitress a few years ago and someone placed a metal bottle cooler on top of a cupboard. When I opened the cupboard, the cooler fell on my forehead and split open between my eyes. I didn’t realize it was bleeding until I went out to serve someone. He was like, “Are you OK? Your head is bleeding.” I simply said, “What do you want to eat?” and his reply made me burst out laughing. He said: “I’m not hungry anymore.”
8. Office Drama
One of my co-workers shanked another employee with a letter opener. The guy didn't make it. The attacker fled the building, but was caught by officers later that day. No one understood why he would do such a thing...until we heard the shocking full story later that day—apparently, his wife cheated on him with that co-worker. It was in my first week on the job, so I didn't really know either of them.
The company offered trauma counseling, but it was not needed for me.
9. Giving Upa view of a large open pit in the middle of nowherePhoto by Matthew de Livera on Unsplash
I spent three months doing an internship at a mining company. A guy fell from a 30-meter ridge and lost his life on the spot. They ruled it an accident, but a lot of us aren't convinced. Rumor has it that he actually jumped because he fell headfirst—if you're not looking to end it all, you always try to fall feet first, or at least instinctively use your arms to break the fall (for all the good it will do you).
But nope, eye-witnesses said that they saw him crashing down with his head. I never saw the scene or the aftermath, but apparently, it wasn't pretty. The company gave two weeks of paid leave to those who witnessed it.
10. Behind The Door
My colleague was absent from work for a couple of days and she wasn’t answering their phone, so my boss and I went to her home. The building manager gave us a key to her apartment (which was totally against the law, I know), and we opened her unit. What we saw shook us to our cores—there she was, on the floor, completely lifeless.
Even before we entered, I had already smelled something sickly sweet and I just knew it wasn't good. We had to wait for the ambulance service to come to declare her dead…Turns out, she was sick for days and she didn’t contact a doctor or anyone else. She just slowly wasted away at home. I will never forget that first look into the apartment.
11. Creepy And Crawly
I used to work in low-volt integration, wiring smart homes. Being the lead pre-wire technician, I was in charge of all pre-wire installations unless a more experienced tech was on the scene. Being just 24 at the time of my employment, I was usually the one to go into crawlspaces and attics since most of the older guys didn't want to do it.
On more than one occasion, I've met my worst fear up close and personal. I've been bitten by two brown recluse spiders and one black widow spider. I still have a scar of one of the brown recluse spiders that bit me on my side. The scary part? The brown recluse spider has NO anti-venom in the entire United States.
12. Hospital Chaoswoman in white button up shirt and blue stethoscopePhoto by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash
I work as a nurse in an ICU. Two of my coworkers found out while on their shifts that they were “with” the same guy. They proceeded to physically fight each other in the hallway. That was chaotic enough, but then, out of nowhere, a patient started coding down the hallway and a family in another room set the trash can on fire. It was a wild, wild night shift.
13. A Big Impact
A few weeks back, I was filming a football match where a young lad collided with the other team's goalkeeper. He got winded and was lying on the floor, freaking out. I figured he just needed to catch his breath and that he'd be just fine. After a few minutes, he was helped off the pitch and he got substituted. I saw him a while later and he was gingerly walking around.
It turned out, he was not okay; far from it, actually. He was taken to hospital that evening and the doctor dropped a bombshell diagnosis on him—an exploded liver! The poor lad spent hours in surgery and nearly lost his life. He lost 30% of his body weight and was held together by an obscene amount of staples.
He eventually got released. I have slow-motion footage of the entire thing. I hope he makes it back to where he was.
14. Burnt To A Crisp
Real estate appraiser here. I've seen all kinds of screwed-up stuff. The worst one for me though was when I found a guy in the basement of a vacant, foreclosed house, flat on his back and a little charred. Apparently, he tried to take the electrical wiring (to add to his copper plumbing stash) and the electricity was still on. I'll never forget the smell.
15. That's...Weirdperson holding pizza in boxPhoto by Arantxa Aniorte on Unsplash
I worked as a pizza delivery driver. You see everything in my line of work. Our store is right on the edge of the city, so we deliver to the country towns a lot. The weirdest delivery I made involved a guy who paid me $150 to feed him a slice while he was in black leather from head to toe, tied to a door. I regret nothing.
My dad is an electrician. A while back, he had a job testing the wiring in council properties. One time, he walked into a flat where the tenants kept way too many pets...cats, dogs, and birds were absolutely everywhere. Whilst he was testing a socket in the living room, he was caught off-guard with the most surprising sight—a freaking tortoise emerged from under the sofa and casually made its way past him. The tenants later told him that they had "forgotten" that they even owned the thing.
17. Dark Ritual
As a paramedic, I am required to go into the filthiest places imaginable to drag people out. One time, I showed up at a scene and there was an officer waiting in front of a trailer. As I walked up, he just smiled and said, "Be prepared." I anxiously walked in and my jaw dropped. There was blood, guts, and chicken feathers EVERYWHERE.
Inside was a dude with pure crazy in his eyes waiting for me. I asked him what was going on and he explained that he was demonstrating to his children how to make a proper sacrifice. The dude had taken his kids' pet chickens and beheaded them. Needless to say, that was one nerve-wracking ride to the hospital.
18. A Messy Situationwoman holding magnifying glassPhoto by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash
Barista here. There was this one old woman who would come in several times per week. She'd stay for hours at a time and never buy anything. She'd just ask for a glass of water and a place to sit. She was at least 90 and was clearly losing her memory, so I felt bad for her and let her stay. Little did I know that she would end up being a nightmare.
The first few times, she'd just drink her water and leave, but then she started using the restroom. Now, I can only assume this woman used diapers, and perhaps she didn't quite remember when it was time for a fresh one. Because every time she'd use our bathroom, there'd be poop. Not in the toilet. On the walls, floor, door, trash can...any combination of these.
She'd obviously tried at least a little to clean it up, but her poop persisted. We started calling her Poop Granny in secret. I have spent hours of my actual life cleaning this woman's poop off various surfaces; so many hours that my manager eventually had to ban her.
19. Pool Bandit
I was a lifeguard. One evening, during a closing shift with my manager, I headed inside to the pool house to clean up when I heard shouting. I briskly walked out to the pool deck to find my manager yelling at a single guy to get out of the pool. The man refused, so I thought he was on something...but when he replied, he revealed the disturbing truth.
He started yelling back that he couldn’t get out…because it felt too good. The individual had been getting frisky with the pool jets. My manager yelled at me, a 17-year-old female at the time, to go back to the office and call 9-1-1. When we told him that officers were on the way, he jumped out, hopped the fence, and ran away.
This happened at a nice, family neighborhood pool. He was immediately banned.
20. Blood On My Hands
I got notified that someone was cut in half on a system that I designed several years prior. I felt sick to my stomach. I kept thinking, "How could this happen?" Well, when I found out what happened, I couldn't help but just shake my head in disappointment. The guy willfully bypassed several safety devices and super-manned the system while it was running.
Since I had all of the risk assessments in order and all risks properly mitigated according to ISO 13849, it was determined to be a willful circumvention of an otherwise safe system. However, knowing that something I worked on essentially ended somebody's life was not a great feeling.
21. Scum Of The Earthman driving a car wearing wrist watchPhoto by why kei on Unsplash
I travelled with my boss a lot. He wasn't the greatest guy, but he was really good at his job. One time, we got to the hotel and a woman walked across the road without looking. It was annoying but not too dangerous as we were only doing 5 mph. My boss, ever easy to anger, started raging. I was usually unaffected by his tantrums, but this one was different.
He started saying really disturbing things: "Man, I'm going to find her room and end that witch. She's asking for it, you know what I mean?" That was bad enough, but then he took it to the next level. He asked the clerk at the desk: "Who was that woman who just signed in?" The clerk obviously was like, "Err. No." I was horrified by his comments and actions.
He said all of those things in a company car that had dash cams and mics. When I checked in, I got room service for the night, trying to forget about what I'd heard. Later that week, I went to the big boss to talk the incident through. She said she'd get to the bottom of it. Recordings subsequently disappeared and I was told to drop the issue.
I resigned fairly soon after and got a new role. I couldn't stand by a company that would protect someone who made statements like that. The guy got the boot a few years later, but not before he'd earned his stack of cash. I'm still mad about this.
22. He Let His Guard Down
I used to work at this cabinetry place that had this big industrial saw know as a "beam saw." To use it, you lay material—in this case, sheets of particleboard or MDF—onto some rollers and the machine clamps the ends while drawing the piece inside the machine. A guard then comes down and a large blade makes cuts that have been entered into a program.
Well, one time, an operator put a piece down, hit start, and the machine started pulling the board in. At the last moment, he noticed that the piece wasn't "square" and tried to push it in quickly. Big mistake. The metal guard came down and trapped his hand. The program then started and the blade ran through the middle of his knuckles, completely cutting off four fingers.
23. Warning! Danger Ahead
I was working in a production lab that had very strict cleaning protocols. Shower in, shower out, respirator required at times; that kind of stuff. One time, I was in the lab by myself, just doing my work when all of a sudden, the most intense fire alarm I had ever heard in my life went off. Like, there were sirens blaring, lights flashing, and a robotic voice saying, "Evacuate the building immediately, this is not a drill."
I panicked because if I went out the fire door in the lab, I was going to contaminate the entire production wing, but also, I didn't want to lose my life, and the alarm seemed to make it pretty clear that was imminent. Luckily, my coworker busted into the room to get me and we evacuated through another airlock that was made for that kind of thing.
Turns out, the situation was incredibly dire—someone had dropped a 50-gallon drum of some nasty chemical in the wing and they had to shut down the entire production floor for a day.
24. Totally Helplessyellow school bus on roadPhoto by Maximilian Simson on Unsplash
I drive a school bus for a school district. A co-worker I used to work with every day had a severe heart attack one time. She wasn't on the bus; she had gotten in her personal car. Because she was one of the last to make it back to the base lot, nobody realized she was suffering. Her car was in park and she had her foot on the gas while she was literally dying.
They got her to the hospital, but she was too far gone. School bus drivers are at high risk for heart attacks, given that we are often sleep-deprived and overweight. I'm one of the youngest in my company and I'm still terrified.
25. Karma Comes Back Around
This woman named Cheryl thought she was hot stuff because she was married to a retired football player. One day, she came in and started beating on one of our plant vendors. When we told her we were calling 9-1-1, she tried to angrily drive her SUV away. Thankfully, karma was on our side that day—she accidentally backed into a pallet of ceramic pots and then hit the front end of an officer's car when she pulled forward.
The best part? The officers immediately did a search of her car and they found a flask of Jack in her purse. She was subsequently apprehended and charged.
26. Thrashed Around
In another job, a roofer was carrying a sheet of plywood on top of a four-story beach house. It was windy, so it was dumb for him to be up there in the first place. All of a sudden, a big gust of wind got underneath the plywood, and, for some reason, he held on. The events that followed made me wince. He ended up falling off the roof and hitting his head on the concrete.
The corner of the sheet of plywood also went through his chest. It was gory; so much so that the owners were traumatized and ended up selling the unfinished house.
27. Corporate Wolvesshallow photography of man hugging woman outdoorsPhoto by freestocks on Unsplash
One of my managers was having an affair with one of her subordinates. They got caught making out while at work by another associate, who then reported them to HR. The manager convinced HR that she caught the associate stealing and that she made the story up to cover for herself. HR sided with the manager and they fired the reporting associate on the spot, despite having no proof.
Two months later, she got caught again with a different subordinate, but HR refused to take action because it would mean they would have to admit that they fired the first employee wrongfully. That was bad enough, but it gets even worse—they ended up promoting the manager to an unfilled position in a different department. I left shortly after all that.
28. The Takeover
I worked a job a few years ago for a company that was sold to new ownership unexpectedly. One day, a bunch of guys in suits walked in and announced that everyone in upper management was fired. Everyone else was required to do job interviews and substance tests to see if they would get to keep their jobs. It was absolute chaos.
Upper management started packing their offices and calling their significant others, crying. Middle management was running around trying to keep things functioning while preparing for their job interviews. Meanwhile, about four employees were very focused on the substance tests—one of them even went to hide in a shed on the property with a five-gallon jug of water from the water machine.
He drank the entire thing too fast and ended up going into a seizure during his interview from desalinating his body. Another guy went home for lunch and came back with his infant's urine in a bag taped to his thigh. But the worst part was when they told me that I failed my test. I have never done substances in my life, so I was naturally angry.
I made them test me again and the results came back clean; however, it took two weeks before I was allowed to return to work. I stayed for like three more months after that, then I bounced. The new management was terrible and lazy. They blamed everything on the original employees and would say stuff like, "If you all were so good at your jobs, why did we have to buy the company?"
This was in 2008 when the market was in shambles from the housing collapse. Our original owner was a wealthy guy who had a dream of making it big, but he couldn't sustain the losses forever and eventually sold the company.
29. A Near Miss
One night, I was doing night time delivery of bread all around Melbourne, to both stores and markets. I took my usual shortcut through the back of Brighton which involved going up a driveway and then turning through a grass park that led into the next main street. As I was driving towards the end of the road, I saw heaps of blue and red flashing lights.
I assumed it was a booze bus, but it was 3 am on a Tuesday morning, which was kind of unusual. As I got closer, I was confronted by a ton of officers pointing their weapons in my direction. I came to a stop and held my hands up out of just instinct. I approached one officer who told me to pull over on the left and not move until I was told to.
When they finally told me what all the fuss was about, my face turned white. Turns out, I subverted a complete lockdown of the street during an active shooter incident. I straight-up told them that I had simply cut through the park to make my deliveries. At that very moment, I heard a huge bang back down the road from where I came from.
I was told to get the heck out of there immediately. I found out when I got home at 6 am that I had driven right through a terrorist attack. The suspect managed to end a homeowner’s life during his rampage.
30. What A Shockerman in orange and black helmet riding on brown tree branch under blue sky during daytimePhoto by benjamin lehman on Unsplash
My co-worker was removing the top of a tree. He was using a rigging system, but the guy on the ground let it run too far down. The tip of the tree ended up on top of a primary power line, and the bottom got wedged into the crotch of another tree, creating a nonstop current of electricity. It wasn't too scary at first...but then the worst-case scenario happened. After the first few initial blue explosions, the tree started catching fire.
The poor climber had to stay at the very tippy-top of a spar and hang out there for two hours, breathing in smoke because he did not want to move and risk being electrocuted. The fire department eventually came, and the whole neighborhood went pitch black, but luckily no one got hurt.
31. An Unbearable Pain
A dad was co-sleeping with his new baby in a comfy chair in their room on postpartum. I was told that dad stumbled out to the nurses' station cradling his cold dead child. We coded for an hour and we were able to get ROSC before shipping out via helicopter, but that baby was mostly brain dead by that point. The most heartbreaking thing is how it actually happened.
The baby got malpositioned and suffocated with its face pressed up against the dad. They ended up donating the organs a few days later. I've seen way worse things happen to babies, but this will always stick in my memory because of that dad. He was broken in a way that I'm not sure can ever be healed. Utterly, inescapably, indescribably, and permanently devastated.
I hope dad is okay. I hope that the postpartum nurse is okay. Practice safe sleep.
32. Maintenance Mishap
I used to work in retail at a big box store. We had a maintenance guy who was an immigrant from eastern Europe. He was always nice to everyone and was able to fix practically anything. One day, I came into work and saw the whole office and locker area was wet and they had these carpet drying fans everywhere. I asked what happened and my manager told me a pipe broke in the sprinkler room and flooded the front.
I was buddies with one of the security guys there and I asked him what caused the pipe to break. His revelation shook me to my core. He told me that the maintenance guy had hung himself in the sprinkler room by the pipe and it broke under his weight. It was really disturbing to find that out. The place was never the same after that.
33. Code Yellowwoman in black crew neck shirt wearing blue earbudsPhoto by TopSphere Media on Unsplash
I'm a psych nurse in a psych unit. There was this one female patient who hated female nurses. When one of them brought the patient her medication, the patient screamed at the nurse and refused to take her meds. As the nurse left, the patient did the unexpected—she jumped on the nurse and tried to pull her eyes out. Luckily, one of the staff saw this and screamed out, "Code Yellow!"
The entire staff grabbed the patient and medicated her before she could do any real harm.
34. The Dressing Room Vandal
In the '90s, I worked at a JC Penney Catalog Outlet. The catalog sold wedding dresses, so the ones that didn't sell would be sent to the outlet. Typically, the fitting rooms were staffed by women, as you could only go into the fitting room of the opposite gender when it was empty. Since men tried on fewer clothes than women, it made pretty sense to have female staff there.
Please remember this was the '90s, so people were not aware of gender identity and LGBTQ issues. A gentleman came in, informed the staff that he and his partner were having a ceremony, and that he wanted to wear a wedding dress. He reported to the staff that he identified as a female and he asked to use the women's dressing room.
Due to the time period, and store regulations we were unable to comply. We did offer him the male fitting rooms though. The customer took the six dresses to try on in the men's fitting rooms and we were unable to check on him. After three hours, we called security. They checked in on him and he said he was almost done.
When he finally came out, comes out, he said none of the dresses was his type. He left them in the dressing room for a staff member to collect. When she went inside, she was absolutely mortified. Every. Single. One. Was. Soiled.
35. Cast Iron Catastrophe
I used to work at this restaurant where we had seafood platters that were served on cast iron skillets on top of wooden planks. They were heavy to carry, needless to say. I was an experienced server and would carry those huge trays on my shoulder no problem. Well, one day, my table ordered six seafood platters, so I put them on a tray and hoisted it onto my shoulder.
At the time, I was 5’5" and 100 lbs, so it was a lot for me. But I still got to the table without issues, with the tray over my shoulder and a tray stand in my hand. I put the tray stand down, but when I went to set the tray on top of it, I lost my balance. It was bad enough that I dropped six cast iron skillets, but then I realized where I had dropped them—right on top of this three-year-old kid, knocking him out of his seat.
Luckily he wasn’t injured; just covered in pounds of greasy fried seafood, fries, and sauce. He screamed, I screamed, and the parents screamed. It was pure chaos. Obviously, they got a free meal and a gift card. No tip for me, but I wasn’t even mad about it. I'm just glad I didn’t end the poor toddler.
36. Let It Burnblack and orange metal machine on green grass field during daytimePhoto by David Thielen on Unsplash
About 13 years ago, I worked at a Saskatchewan oil patch. I was on the last day of my seven-day hitch, and about 13 hours in. I hadn't been sleeping much as I had lots of personal stuff going on. At some point, I got complacent—I'd been doing the same run for over two years and I knew each location and tank by heart, from which ones were finicky to which ones were likely to sand off, etc.
I was looking forward to my days off as my parents were on their way to visit me for their anniversary. My brain fell out of my head for two seconds, but that's all it took for disaster to strike. I ended up pulling my hose off the valve without closing it first. Keep in mind, in Saskatchewan, they heat their tanks to help with the water and oil separation...
So I got doused in 160-degree water through a four-inch hole in the side of the tank. They had also just chemically treated the tank with defoamer, so the burns were partially chemical as well. I went to the local hospital where I was given a prescription for Tylenol 3 and a sick note for four days off work. When I went to another hospital nearer to where I lived (about an hour away), they told me I'd be off for at least two months.
It was too late for skin grafts, but I got lucky. I came away with one barely visible scar and, well, my life.
37. Caught Red-Handed
I work at a bar. One night, after closing and finishing up my cleaning, the supervisor made a round to check the premises. There was a locked stall in the washroom, so he got the master key thinking he'd need to wake someone up who had passed out inside. Upon opening the door, the supervisor was confronted with a startling sight.
It was a guy, with his pants down, making out with a woman. But here's the kicker—the supervisor knew who the woman was. She was married to one of his friends...and the guy she was within the stall was NOT her husband!
38. All The Rewards
At my work, we have a rewards program where we need to ask for people’s addresses to sign them up. Some customers don’t want to give their address, so my manager told me to just enter a fake address she uses: 123 Tree Rd or something like that. Well, the other day, we got a call from a very confused man, and as he was explaining his situation, my eyes widened.
He said he got hundreds of coupons from us, all addressed to different people. Turns out, 123 Tree Rd is a real address, and the poor man was signed up for hundreds of rewards programs. Luckily, he was a good sport about it. When my manager got off the phone with him, we laughed about it for the rest of the day.
39. A Dark Realizationgroup of police in the middle of the roadPhoto by AJ Colores on Unsplash
I used to be an officer back in the day. I did collision reconstruction and substance enforcement. I responded to a fatal accident once—the victim was 12 years old and it was her birthday. A lady made an unsafe left into the parking lot at Amazing Jakes. The worst part was having to inform that lady the stone-cold truth—that she was responsible for her own daughter's demise.
Turns out, when she turned into the parking lot, she fatally hit her daughter. I can literally still hear this woman and her husband screaming in my head.
40. Instant Regret
I was working in a kitchen at a local restaurant. The staff usually cut corners to get more work done. I was working with this one dude and we were flipping the fryers at the end of the night, doing it hot. This dude was letting it drain into a pot while texting with one hand and, at some point, the phone slipped into the pot. That's when things went immediately downhill.
His instant reaction was to reach in and grab it…He screamed, then pulled his arm out. I rushed over to take a look and I almost fainted at the sight. His skin was instantly peeling from intense third-degree burns. We hurried him to the hospital and the rest was history (and by history, I mean months of agonizing pain and skin grafts).
41. Stage Fright
I used to be a stagehand. In the theatre, the lights and scenery are set up by lowering a bar on a pulley system to the floor. Panels are hung on the bar while people on a catwalk in the rafters load metal bricks on a counterweight. One night, we were preparing for a show and the bar came down, but it was brought down too low to hang the lights.
We told the operator and he pulled the break off. It seemed fine until we realized that the counterweight had already been loaded. When he cut the break off, it was too late—the bar went flying. The stage manager grabbed the rope, trying to slow the fall. Big mistake. The rope quickly ripped through his glove and took off the top few layers of his skin.
A guy on the loading bridge did the same thing and got his hand sucked into the pulley. He lost a few fingers.
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My colleague went to the toilet. When she didn't come back, we checked on her. She clearly needed an ambulance. Everyone downstairs was told to stay inside as she was taken down from our floor. The blinds were shut, so no one from the main floor had a clue about what happened. The paramedics continued working on her in the middle of the car park, but it was too late. Less than an hour later, she passed.
When the hospital told us what had happened to her, we were all shocked. They said it was a blood clot, which was surprising because she was still so young and healthy. It was the worst day I've ever had at work.
43. A Beautiful Mind
I worked at this place for years and it was a great family-run manufacturing company. We had a brilliant engineer who was smart, funny, good-looking, and personable, but something just wasn't right with him. I was usually the last to leave the office, but on this one Friday night at 7 pm, he was still feverishly working away in his cube. I said good night to him and left.
The following week, on Monday morning, the whole office was in turmoil. I went around the office and what I saw sent chills up my spine. The guy basically went all Beautiful Mind on us. He spent the entire weekend in the office hiding files, hacking into emails, and doing all kinds of weird stuff. To top it all off, he turned it all into a game, leaving clues all over the place.
For example, on the president's desk, he left a note with a riddle that led to the next clue. Overall, he had set up like 50 sequential clues. It was brilliant. I mean I love puzzles and I enjoyed the challenge, but the bosses were livid. Many of us spent the entire day trying to solve the clues and puzzles to get our stuff back. Every clue was impressive, but nothing beats the last clue.
It led us to his resignation letter. Because some of the clues had threatening statements directed to his boss and the head of engineering, the local authorities were called. It turned out that he suffered from a mental illness, but he had managed it for a long time with medication. His new girlfriend was Muslim or something she and was fasting for some religious holiday, so he had joined her.
Not eating had messed up his medication. He ended up hospitalized for a couple of weeks and tried to get his job back when he was released from the hospital. They did hire him back, but he didn't last long after that. I think the stigma was too hard for him to deal with and he left for a fresh start.
44. Pre-Grave Digger
The body of my co-worker was discovered in one of our warehouses by our supervisor. Instead of calling 9-1-1, he took the wallet off the corpse. We know this because the deceased’s wife came up asking for the wallet as it was nowhere to be found. They had already cleared his locker out but the supervisor showed up and said he found it in the locker during a “second” check.
Needless to say, he doesn’t work here anymore.
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A guy literally had a seizure and fell down the stairs. Instead of getting help or having someone else get help, our dirtbag supervisor made the most appalling accusation: "Oh, we need to test him for substances. He's obviously faking." Honestly, it made me feel not so bad when the dude faked certain situations to get me fired later.
He just honestly was such a horrible piece of garbage.
46. Bates Motel
I started working at a by-the-hour motel when I was 14. It was owned by a woman who didn't bother with hazardous waste procedures. One night, she told me to clean up one of the rooms, and when I opened the door, my blood ran cold. I walked into what looked like a horror scene. There was blood everywhere, and she had only supplied me with bleach and kitchen gloves.
I was absolutely positive that when I pulled the shower curtain open there was going to be a body in the bathtub. Thankfully there wasn't, just blood everywhere. The owner refused to let me report it and I didn't want to get into trouble for bleaching a potential scene at 14, so I never did call the authorities.
47. Kids Say The Darndest Things
Teacher here. One day, during lunch duty, a four-year-old raised her hand. She cried that the boy next to her said he was going to go to her house, end her mom's life, and bury her in the yard while the girl watched. I knew I needed to report the incident immediately, but first, I tried to console the girl. I said: "That would upset me too if someone said that, but sometimes people say things they don't mean to hurt us."
At that moment, I was cut off by the boy in question, whose reply sent shivers down my spine. "I did mean it. I'm going to end her mom's life!" Of course, when I reported it, it was brushed off. The kid had a known behavioral problem, one that actually led another teacher to quit, and the school's disciplinary action against him was always, "Don't pay attention to him, but when he's good, reward him."
I couldn't even hug the girl to make her feel better.
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10 years ago, I was in between career paths and I got a job in a hospital as a telemonitor. I was responsible for monitoring heart rhythms all night and looking for signs of heart attacks or problems. During orientation, they told us that if they paged "Dr. Strong" to a specific part of the hospital, that meant a patient was being combative.
Being that it was a small rural hospital, each floor would have to send two employees to attend the call. On my first day, a "Dr. Strong" was called overhead and my new coworkers thought "dive in head first" was the way to go. So they sent me to deal with it. Now, after years at that place, I've attended thousands of those calls.
Sometimes they are nothing, and sometimes it's like Fight Club at work...but the very first one I ever took was so insane, I'll never forget it. Me and my co-worker, a CNA named Shawn, were headed down to the ER when a scrappy woman who was clearly addicted to substances decided to go into one of the trauma rooms and rip the morphine line directly out of what I can only describe as a giant Valkyrie of a woman.
She then shoved the needle into her own arm, hoping to get her "fix." Well, Valkyrie was not pleased to wake up that way. She saw what was happening, stood up, and took all the staff by surprise with her next move—she just started beating the ever-loving heck out of the woman. But the addict was not going to go down without a fight.
She clambered onto her back like a spider monkey and started wailing on the back of her head like it was a speed bag. Both of them had blood all over them, from the ripped-out IVs and punches to the face. Valkyrie had a black eye and cut lip, but the addict's eyes were both swollen shut from the beating by the time we pried them off each other.
We restrained them, called 9-1-1, and gave our statements. Day 1 of my healthcare journey.
49. Breach Of Privacy
I used to be a math tutor for high school kids back when I was in university. I was teaching this one 15-year-old kid, Chris, who had a 20-year-old sister who still lived at home. I was going over a geometry problem with him one day when his father started screaming in the living room, calling for the daughter to come out. They had an epic fight, with the father calling her every name in the book.
Chris and I were cowering in his room trying to figure out what was happening. Later on, we found out what really happened and our jaws dropped. Turns out, his sister had cheated on her ex-boyfriend and he found out a few months after the break-up. Instead of being the bigger man, her ex decided to mail them all the intimate pictures he had amassed of her during their time together.
He also sent a note confirming that he had found out about the cheating. Usually, our lessons last one hour, but I ended up staying three hours that time because the fight lasted so long. I ended up sneaking out because I didn't want to trouble them about paying me that time. I mean, they already had enough issues.
50. Overwhelming Toxicity
I visited this one Brazilian family weekly. The couple had a tumultuous relationship—he ran around on her all the time and was known to give her a smack every now and then. Any time she spoke up, he threatened to kick her out. She was undocumented and he wasn’t, so she and her kids would have been homeless or worse.
The social worker and I had been secretly working with her for a while, trying to get the authorities involved, etc. Then, one day, I was doing therapy with the baby when the husband came out to show me the revolver he just bought. His next words were appalling—he said he got it so that he could “deal with anyone who messed with his family.”
I felt terrible because they pulled me out of the home right away and left the baby there. I don’t know what happened to that family. Worst of all, our Brazilian translator just brushed it off, saying, “Eh, that’s just how Brazilian marriages are. “ It broke my heart.
New York City is great. As someone who has worked there for the last decade, I love it.
And it truly lives up to it's nickname: it is the city that never sleeps. There's always something cool going on or something fun to do.
Of course, in a city as populous as New York, where things are open for all hours of the night, you're bound to see some strange things as well.
If you've lived or worked in the city for a long time, you may be able to brush off certain weird sights or occurrences. However, even New Yorkers have seen some really weird things.
For me, it was six years ago. I had just started my first full-time job (and my third job in NYC) and was waiting for the subway. A guy runs down the stairs looking completely freaked out, crashes into a couple, knocks them down, gets up without waiting to see if they're alright or even apologizing, runs to the other set of stairs, screams bloody murder at what he saw (there was nothing to actually see, of course), and before anyone could realize what was happening and stop him, jumps down onto the subway tracks.
Then he sees two mice that were on the tracks, screams bloody murder again, and runs away.
He was going in the direction the subway was supposed to come from. The subway took five more minutes before it arrived, so it's possible the guy climbed back up at some other station or something, but if honestly, I have no idea what happened to him.
Some of the other people waiting for the subway looked as freaked out as I felt, but most people just went back to scrolling on their phones or talking to their friends, waiting for their train. To this day, that was the weirdest thing I've ever seen in New York City.
Redditors have seen some extremely strange things in New York City as well, and are eager to share their stories.
It all started when Redditor real_beary asked:
"People who say "not the weirdest thing I've seen in New York City", what is THE weirdest thing you've seen in New York City?"
"Not as insane as some but one of the most heroic things I’ve ever seen. New Years I’m on the 6 going back to my place at like 2am. Train is pretty full. This girl across from me looks awful. Completely wasted, and she knows it and feels it. Suddenly she flinched and puffs her cheeks out. She stays that way for the next 10 minutes, with her boyfriend rubbing her back."
"They get out at the same station as me, and I see her walk to a trash can and spit out a TON of vomit. She held it all in her mouth the whole subway ride like a goddamned superhero."
"While on the C train headed uptown one morning, a man stood up, reached into his pockets and pulled out three mice, and started juggling them. But once he missed a catch and the mouse fell to the floor, he totally gave up and dropped the other two. The mice ran around until we reached the next stop and they managed to scurry off the train to the platform. The guy had just sat back down like he wasn't just juggling mice he pulled out of his pocket."
We're The Best
"More a weird but awesome experience."
"Back in the 90s, trip to NYC. Buddy and I wanted to go to the Intrepid museum, no idea what bus to take or anything."
"So, we ask the next bus driver for directions. First - dude looked and sounded just like Jackie Gleason. Nice pair of driving gloves."
"He listens, looks at the 3 other passengers, and says "These boys want to see the Intrepid! Mind if I go off route to get them there?!"
"People are fine with it, and off we go. As he's dropping us at the gate, he says "Can't be having tourists go home and saying New Yorkers suck, boys!""
"This reminds me of being in Times Square for new years back in high school. The cops didn't want to let us in because there were so many people there already, and then one asks, "where ya from?" I said california, and we were on a school trip. He opened the gate and said "here's proof new york is better.""
"I was walking over the bridge from Long Island City to Greenpoint and I looked down at the tunnels that lead into Manhattan and suddenly saw an animal come out of the tunnel and it realized it was a zebra. Then another one came out. Then a whole bunch of horses, then an elephant... it turns out when the circus performs in Manhattan all the animal transport vehicles are kept in Queens and they walk through the tunnel to get there an back. So Surreal."
Only With My Parents
"Lived there for 15 years. Almost never saw wild sh*t unless my parents came to visit. One night my dad and I were walking home and we got bumped into by a HUGE bodybuilder looking dude decked out in women's lingerie with his family jewels flopping about. My Dad couldn't stop laughing, like a heard him laughing that night in the other room when I was trying to sleep."
"Then my mom and I were in a pizza joint on the upper west side, and there were 2 little old Jewish ladies (like 90s) having a terrible argument. One of them had what I assume to be her son (60s?) With her and he yelled at the top of his lungs "you should have died in the holocaust!!!" It took a while to convince my mom this was not an everyday occurrence."
"My friend's mom swears she saw a well-dressed business woman throw a jacket over a street pigeon and stuff it in her purse, then just walk away like nothing happened."
"I choose to believe."
"She was probably going to sell it. It's called "flippin' the bird", I think."
Burger To Go
"I have was on the subway in Brooklyn. Guy gets on and starts walking back and forth through the car giving a speech about how he's hungry and would really like some food. After a while, the general ask for food becomes him talking specifically about how nice it would be to have a cheeseburger. After a couple minutes, a woman sitting across from me, digs into the bottom of her giant purse, pulls out a wrapped McDonald's CHEESEBURGER and hands it to the guy. He thanks her without missing a bit or any noticable suprise. Still not sure wtf I witnessed that day."
"What, you don’t carry your emergency cheeseburger on you at all times? I thought this was like, NYC 101 dude."
"In a cab on 9th ave stuck in traffic and at a red light. Hear some commotion and a guy jumps in the back of the cab with me and yells "Go! Go! They're chasing me!" The driver is unfazed and just gestures to the traffic in front of us and says "Go where?""
"3 deli workers come running up to the cab holding various makeshift weapons that they grabbed from their kitchen. I open my door and hop out while they dive in to the backseat and pull this guy out. They throw him onto the hood of the car behind us. I dove back into the backseat and yanked the door closed. The light turned green, and we got the hell out of there. Cab driver and I had a good laugh about the whole thing."
Talking To Myself
"When I was like 13 I was in McDonalds having lunch with my friends and this lady walks in and gets napkins and ketchup and sits at the table across from us. She lays the stuff out in front and across the table from her, we assume she is waiting on a friend. She starts talking and gets up and walks to the other side of the table and sits down and answers herself. She went back and forth in this conversation for at least 10 minutes when we finished and left."
Not All Heroes Wear Capes
"The weirdest thing I've ever experienced in NYC was not the typical "people sh*tting in the middle of the street" you may expect to hear (which I have also seen lol)."
"The ACTUAL weirdest experience I had was the time some random guy chased me for about 12 blocks as I dodged between traffic and groups of tourists. I was walking to work and at first I didn't notice him, since I obviously was wearing headphones and actively avoiding making eye contact with strangers. Once I realized he was yelling at me and trying to catch up with me, I naturally began walking faster and trying to ignore him."
"When I was finally forced to stop at a busy intersection, he taps me on the shoulder and starts yelling at me. Turns out he was trying desperately to return my (untouched!) wallet that had fallen out of my pocket! And as he's doing this hugely kind gesture, he's simultaneously berating me for being so careless with my possessions (which, I mean is fair)."
"I also once had someone find me on LinkedIn of all places to tell me I had left a credit card behind at a bar and offer to return it."
"People love to sh*t on New Yorkers, and sure we can be massive a**holes. But New Yorkers can also be some of the kindest a**holes out there. So suck on that, California."
Spare Some Cash?
"I was at a McDonald's at like 2am with a friend, and no more than maybe 2 or 3 minutes after walking in, this dude barges into the restaurant tweaking real hard. Spots us and walks right over, spends like 5 minutes telling us something like it's his birthday but he's short on cash and needed $20 to go buy shawarma for his annual birthday celebration. It's so long winded and rapid fire that other people in line with us have stopped their own conversations to look."
"When he is finally done, my friend just says something like "sorry bro but I need this cash to buy a big mac" and this guy immediately loses it. Screams for a few seconds, goes into a squat and slaps the floor a couple times. He runs a lap around the restaurant, jumping up and onto some of the tables, and runs out the door into the night. Couple seconds pass with nobody saying anything. Someone quietly says out loud "Damn, must be some pretty good shawarma""
Pants On Fire
"Guy got on the subway with his pants smoldering. Smoke drifting around him and he's slapping at his thigh area. Naturally everyone turned to look at him. He was like, what you all lookin at?"
"Lol, happened to my brother once running to catch the train. Two books of open matches rubbing against each other in his pocket. Flames coming out the pocket as he's slapping that sh*t down!"
"When things started opening back up in 2021, my friends and I were chilling in Washington Square Park and we saw a man dressed as a rat climb on top of a garbage can."
"Are you positive that wasn’t just a New York rat?"
Get the image of a human sized rat out of my mind, please!
Do you have any "only in NYC" stories? Let us know in the comments below.
How is it possible that certain people keep their jobs?
That is a question I have long been dying to answer.
Sometimes it feels like some folks get a pass just because they have a good smile.
Or because they know how to have a few wild nights with the higher-ups.
And then the higher-ups wonder why things are a mess!
Granted, employees need protection.
Too many people have been fired for petty, ridiculous reasons.
But some people have literally burned down the building and only walked away with a slap on the wrist.
Redditor Virtual-Bunch-9131 wanted to hear about the times we all thought someone would get fired but then didn't, so they asked:
"What is the most fireable thing you have seen someone do at work that didn’t get them fired?"
I've been left gobsmacked by the things I've seen co-workers get away with.
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"He hit the OSHA inspector with a forklift."
"I'm sorry I laughed out loud at this."
"Work drunk. This was in car sales. The dude showed up drunk or heavy hangover constantly. But he sold a lot of cars, somehow, so they didn’t care."
"I did this for six months. Couldn’t even remember half the people I sold to but my numbers were great. Eventually, I got sent home for two weeks and told that they’d have to fire me if I drank on the job because the liability was too high. Sadly my sales dropped by about 25% selling sober."
"Accidentally send out the entire company's (3,000+ employees) headcount to the company distro. The file contained everyone's salary, birthday, government numbers, etc."
"Ohh this reminds me of when the registrar for my graduate program accidentally sent out an Excel doc with ALL info about the students in the program. They’re GPAs, GRE scores, recruitment priority, disability status, affirmative action status, various notes about them, and a bunch of other stuff."
"My boss did this once, on purpose to about 15 folks. He emailed different versions of an unlocked Excel file that had everyone else's information hidden. Right click, unhide, boom, had everyone's salary. Lol. The sad thing is that I was probably the only one that noticed."
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"The supervisor freaked the f**k out on the sales guy and just clocked out. It was a super busy shipping day and he was just done. He got to the end of the driveway and turned around and clocked back in and they just acted like he didn't tell them to f**k off lol."
I love when supervisor's freak out.
They reap what they sow.
When I worked retail, I once challenged a customer to step outside and fight. The customer - I'll never forget this - said, 'Dude, you're at work,' and walked out, shaking his head. Sometimes the customer is right!"
"My brother did this to a customer who was verbally berating him. The moment the customer realize this staff member didn’t value their minimum wage job nor was gonna let some idiot insult him, made the decision to calm down and apologize."
Just a Joke
"It was me, but I faked a coworker's death by putting a makeshift memorial up in his assigned parking spot on April 1st. It had his picture, flowers, a handful of candles, the whole deal. The head of HR was not amused. Everyone else loved it, though. To make matters worse, this was during peak covid. I had just returned from a small vacation and had no idea my friend I did this to had been out for 3 days due to suspected Covid."
It's a Boy
"In a hospital, the person went out to get a patient and called out in the waiting room, 'Where's my little (insert name of disease the infant had) baby?' Basically just told all the people in the room what disease the baby had and the mother's jaw dropped and was furious. Nothing happened. She ended up quitting on her own 3-4 years later."
"They’re incredibly lucky. My roommate in college was nearly kicked out of nursing school because after a birth she told the grandparents sitting in the lobby, 'It’s a boy' for others around to hear. She was a stand-up, grade-A student with no issues in school aside from this. HIPPA violations are some serious stuff."
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"Watched a coworker rent an entire big box retail store parking lot to a BMW dealership for cash on the side so they could park excess inventory. Corporate didn't know. He pocketed all the money."
People can really be brazen.
How do you NOT get fired for theft? LOL.
Every country has its own cultures, beliefs, and practices. We know this, and yet, when we hear how a country does something differently than our own, we remain surprised.
Americans, in particular, seem to be endlessly surprised about European practices.
Redditor TREE__FROG asked:
"What is something that is normalized in Europe yet is a completely unknown concept in the US?"
"No, we don't all walk around naked all day."
"Yes, we have nude beaches. Yes, on most regular lakes where people go swimming, you most likely see their little kids running around nekkid. Yes, most saunas are "nude only". Yes, you see boobs, a**, and p**is on TV (like, if there's a movie and the situation 'demands' it). Yes, we have sex education where they use books with images of naked humans in school."
"It's just a body. And no, nude doesn't mean 'sex!'"
French Fries Without Ketchup
"Mayo with french fries."
"I’m in the US but have cousins in Holland. They introduced me to to this years ago and it’s pretty awesome."
"The irony of Americans putting mayo on everything EXCEPT french fries.
"Maternity and paternity leave."
"I think California has the most progressive parental leave policies in the nation. But it’s not as good as what my friends in Europe have."
"Providing healthcare to sick people without bankrupting them."
"More specifically - not just cities but basically every single town having walkable areas."
"I knew coming to Europe that the cities would be like that, but living here has shown me that it’s everywhere where people live."
"We’re pretty aware of terrible diets leading to obesity in America, but not having the ability to walk anywhere doesn’t get talked about nearly enough as a contributing factor."
"Not putting eggs in the refrigerator."
"It depends on which country you're talking about. Here in Denmark, all eggs are refrigerated, simply because they'll last longer that way."
Vacation Days vs. Sick Days
"I’m a project manager in the US, and it baffles me that my European team gets an entire month off in the summer."
"I’m over here saving my vacation days in case I get sick."
"Using the metric system."
"Nah, that's EVERYWHERE except the US."
The Presence of Wildlife
"Not worrying about wild animals when you're going out hiking. In most of Western Europe, at least, needing to carry bear spray or whatever is just not a thing. Our 'wildlife' such as it is is pretty tame and sadly, any wilderness we have isn't really... wilderness on the scale of North America."
Rights to Online Privacy
"Legally enshrined right to online privacy."
"Not just privacy but the constitutional right to informational self-determination. This means you have the right to decide what happens to your information including your likeness and who is allowed to have it. Even if you've given it before, you have the right to demand to have the information about you be erased."
"That's why Facebook has huge issues in Germany because German judges don't f**k around when it comes to the right to informational self-determination."
Access to Alcohol
"More people are day drinking in Europe than I have ever seen in America."
"I mean it’s a whole different culture around alcohol you guys even have a separate verb of 'day drinking' because apparently that’s different than just drinking."
"This was going to be my answer. Completely different cultures and outlooks on alcohol. I believe in The States it's viewed as an addiction to alcohol rather than a regular daylight hours thing to see. In addition, the drinking ages we have are lower or far more relaxed depending on the country."
"Same situation with nudity and sex. Not all nudity is sexual inherently. In my country, we are not ashamed of nudity nor immediately correlate it with sex. It's not unusual to see nudity in public parks, in newspapers, on TV, shared public showering nude after swimming nude, advertising. There are too many examples, I can't even think of them all, as it's normal to us... and highly shocking to Americans to the point of outrage."
"Here in Europe, you don't have to tip people for doing their job."
"Yes, because we pay them a living wage by law. Including health care!"
Reusable Shopping Bags
"Taking your own shopping bag(s) to the supermarket."
"Totally normalized in all European countries as far as I know. Or buy a (firm) shopping bag at the store if you don't have one with you."
"All those plastic bags in US stores, so small that it can only hold two cans of milk so you see customers with a dozen plastic bags for their groceries... unthinkable in Europe."
No Gaps Needed
"Bathroom doors with no gaps."
"Those are gaining a little bit of traction here in the States and I’m so glad."
"Prices already include taxes."
"I’ve lived in Australia most of my life, but I spent a few years living in the US when I was young."
"I vividly remember having saved up for a Wii game I wanted, going down to the electronics store with my 50 dollar note, and trying to buy the game with a '$50' sticker on it, only to get to the counter and find out that it actually secretly cost more than that (and the guy at the checkout was pretty rude about it, too)."
"I had to go home empty-handed because I didn’t know enough about US taxes when I was 12."
Every country is bound to be different, but instead of looking at the ways we're different as bad things, we could instead look at these differences as a source of inspiration. There's always room for improvement!