People Reveal Which Jobs Are Too Dangerous For What They Pay
We like to think we're paid what we're worth when it comes to our careers. When that's not the case, we can sense it like a dog before a tornado touches down. It's especially a travesty when he job might put your life in danger. Then again, you can take to online and share it with the world.
Reddit user, u/bizlizzilzib, wanted to hear your story if your life's in danger when they asked:
And They Just Keep On Coming
EMTs. Criminally low pay and they have to respond to emergencies in all manner of dangerous locations.
Endless supply of aspiring do-gooders who can be burned out and turned over inside of 5 years.
Local hospital pays people like sh-t, treats them like sh-t, schedules them like sh-t, and the local community college still turns out new EMTs for them every year. No incentive to change when kids keep doing it.
Never Enough Support
Carers that do their backs/health in due to massive workloads and being understaffed.
Educators In The Thick Of It
Public school teachers. Especially in bad neighborhoods.
Agreed. I hate that if we protect ourselves from violent kids we are punished. I worked at a law firm years ago. I'm fully aware that kids can seriously hurt or kill people. F that noise.
Part Of The Crisis
I'm a researcher who works with fentanyl and its metabolites. 9/hr
Constantly In The Line Of Fire
I was a range safety officer for a couple of years and got paid $12/hr to make sure the general population tourists didn't shoot a finger off. I never went more than two weeks without a loaded firearm being negligently pointed at me.
I miss a lot of things about it, but I'm so happy to be out of there.
The 7 Dwarves Make It Look Lots Of Fun
Nope. Not even for all the $ in the world. Just the thought of getting trapped under ground terrifies me.
Wait, What Happens To The Pigs?
I do occasional work on a pig farm for 10 bucks an hour. It's awful.
I'm a ranch hand too and it's a lot of manual labor but the pay is great
Line clearance tree trimming and hazardous removal
I do both for a living and I can confirm, dangerous as hell. And most companies want to pay their workers as little as they can get away with. They also tend to employ ground crew and new climbers with little to no experience. So if you are doing some dangerous removals, you gotta hope that your ground guy is paying attention and not doing stuff that can get them hurt/killed, or you hurt/killed for that matter. Drop and catching tops and chunks with an inexperienced ground person is the worst.
You Are The Bullet Shield
Armored Car Drivers and Guards.
Those guys are armed security who are at a high danger for robbery and they are making like $12 to $15 an hour.
I used to work at a mental health hospital and mainly worked with teenagers.
They were violent, rude, and didn't behave. We occasionally got hit, shoved, cussed out, and threatened. I got $10 an hour.
The Chick Fil A here pays $14 an hour.
"Refreshments and Narcotics"
If the top answer isn't "nursing", it should be. Nothing like dealing with too little resources, ungrateful people who don't want to get better and think RN stands for "refreshments and narcotics", being thought of as doctors' servants, all for $25/hour
Install/ repair of garage door springs, typically a 10-15 dollar an hour job which the torsen springs are incredibly dangerous if not dealt with correctly
Not Quite Enough
My step father works in a coke (the byproduct of coal) processing plant. 90% of the employees there get arterial cancer and have had limbs amputated as a result. The place has great health insurance. I don't think he should work there, but it's the only job he could find after being laid off from his last job.
surprised no one said journalist.
seems like something where you are always stressed and there are dangers with thing such as losing your job if you write something that doesnt make people happy or even losing your life. and also theres the deal of actually getting to a point where you make any money at all.
maybe no one said it bc journalists are so busy that they dont even have any time for reddit lmao
Always On Call
Pay is sh-t and your caseload is super high and stressful. Can't do overtime but you gotta meet your contact standards and get everything done in under 40 hours which is impossible.
Not to mention you're dealing with people who just got released from jail/prison, have committed numerous dangerous terrible crimes and you have to visit them at their residence late hours of the night to see where they sleep.
You deal with offenders, victims, families of offenders, neighbors, roommates, state attorneys, public defenders, the works.
Oh Yeah. Moose.
Treeplanting in logging clear cuts, a popular summer job in Canada.
Load up with 60-80 lbs of trees on your back and then try to climb through unstable log piles, navigate mazes of sharp pointy sticks on sometimes extremely steep/cliffy terrain with loose/duffy soil, for 10-15 cents per tree.
Also watch out for horny moose, hungry bears, wolves and very large cats.
Again. Meat Shields.
I'm currently an unarmed private security officer and I make $11 an hour.
Unarmed guards are supposed to make $15 an hour at the most but some clients like to underpay us because they don't want to pay real security money. I dont mind doing the work that I do but don't expect me to be Superman if serious shit goes down for just $11 an hour since it's too much of a hassle to pay a more respectable wage.
The Next Asbestos, You Say?
Working with carbon fiber, the stuff is the next asbestos. Ive only been there since the end of October and ive already developed a chronic cough.
This Has To Be It, Right? The Worst?
Bio-Trauma Cleanup. I made $10/hr cleaning up brain steaks from gunshot wounds, intestines from a disembowlement, liquified remains that sat for weeks, once cleaned up after a guy laid his head on a table saw in his bathroom WHILE his parents were visiting.
You don't know what walking on eggshells shells feels like til you're pulling an eyeball out of a drain pipe. That's when I realized death doesn't bother me all that much; it's the reactions of those they left behind that got me every time. It's an expensive lesson to learn for $10/hr.
...Nope. This Is It.
Basically, when police illegal imagery, *somebody* has to watch every moment of it. Usually it's a specialist in the forensics department, someone who can catalog what, specifically, is going on in the imagery. This is necessary for a couple reasons - thoroughness in building a case against the suspect, or to determine the identities of the victims in the images, or to determine what specific kinds of abuse occurred. They cannot go into court and say "your honor, we watched like half the video and it was super f-cked up". The court needs a guarantee that each video has been watched, from start to finish, by a pair of human eyes belonging to someone working with the police.
This is complicated for a few reasons, chief among them being the fact that watching sh-t like that WILL leave psychological damage, it provokes all kinds of depression, suicidal thoughts, or PTSD.
It's a literal Catch-22: you need to be sane enough to be traumatized by the imagery, and then you need to watch it to tell the rest of us how traumatic it is. I can't imagine being paid enough to watch sh-t creepier than the worst stuff.
What's the most dangerous job you can think of with the lowest pay? Tell us all about it!
Accomplishments prove we tried to do something and did something.
A little flex every now and again doesn't hurt.
I did this.
I tried this.
It proves we lived.
Just don't be arrogant about your success, but sometimes you want to show off just a little.
Redditor vjts87 wanted to hear about what everyone feels they deserve to brag about, so they asked:
"What’s the weirdest flex you have?"
I brag about nothing.
Except that I can sing word for word every Whitney song.
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"I work the overnight shift and still get eight hours of uninterrupted quality sleep every day."
"I have dextrocardia. As in, my heart is on the right-hand side of my chest. My heart defects all fall under an even rarer condition called CHARGE Syndrome (CHARGE is an acronym for different health complications). CHARGE is so rare that I was like the third-known case of its kind on the whole island when I was born. I'm a popular 'you'll never see this again in your career' examination subject with student doctors and that."
"I’ve been booed by 10,000 people at once. I know athletes and celebrities have been booed by more people, but I’m neither. I was randomly picked out of the crowd at an NBA game to attempt a 3-point shot, to win everyone a free pizza. I bricked it."
"At least you had a task that only lasted like maybe 10 seconds."
"I was at a radio concert in a venue that size with 6 big acts on the bill. In between acts, they had fans do karaoke. A mother-daughter team got tasked with 'Love Shack' and sh*t the bed hard. One of the DJs told the crowd to give them a round of applause and they got hit by a massive wave of boos."
"I got picked up in a white van as a child by a stranger to get a lift to somewhere 5 mins away, I was in the back off the van for half an hour, then they opened the door at the place I was trying to go. To this day I'm not sure but I think he changed his mind. The guy seemed nice enough at the time but, it was just such a strange experience to think back on, I was about 12ish I think at the time too so definitely old enough to have known better."
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"I can always pick the exact right size container to put leftovers in."
Knowing how to portion leftovers is a MIRACLE gift.
"I can get rid of hiccups on demand. Like without fail if I have hiccups I can just think about it and they go."
"A tree fell on me in 2021 and broke all my ribs, my spine, and popped both my lungs. I dragged myself out and survived long enough slowly drowning in my own blood (and internally bleeding out) to be found and get airlifted to a trauma ward. So I got almost as much metal grafted to my bones as wolverine though I don't flex much because I got so much metal making me rather stiff and rigid."
Kevin! Come back!
"I had to take an IQ test when I was being evaluated for ADHD and apparently I am in the 99th percentile in spatial reasoning. I can’t do math or talk good but I can pack the hell out of a suitcase!"
"This is actually an amazing skill to have! One of my old cooks was the same way. Quiet kid, very bright but not cut out for the restaurant industry. He loved being on prep for EXACTLY this reason. The fridge was never as organized, cleaned, labeled, dated, rotated and stocked properly unless it was he or I or one other person. I miss you Kevin! Come back!"subtxtcan
"I survived 9 heart attacks, before I turned 40. Have 4 stints following 3 angiograms and 1 open heart surgery with vein transfer... that failed... been in heart failure status for a year. But honestly I am healthier than I was a year ago. A year ago couldn't walk half a mile. Now can walk 3 miles without issue. Even survived covid this year after 2 years of isolating."
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"I have donated over 15 gallons of blood!"
"As someone whose life has been saved due to a blood donation: THANK YOU! I love you and hope others will take after your example."
Life is always full of flex. Embrace it.
Do you have anything to share? Let us know in the comments below.
Figuring out the mind of a woman is a fascinating topic.
How do women tick?
They are smarter than men, for sure.
But is it innate... or do they learn their special ways?
Redditor hennessyandjack wanted to know how to crack the mystery that is... woman, so they asked:
"Men of Reddit, what is something you’ll never understand about women?"
I know very little about women, so I am ready to learn.
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"How are their feet always so cold?"
"PLEEEEAASSEE help us find a solution to this!!!! I’m sooo over having icicles for toes!!!"
"When I was in High school, for a week just about every single girl at that school wore a head scarf. They were everywhere. Not a single bare head to be seen. The following Monday they were gone like it never happened. I still can not wrap my head around it, 20 years later."
"Shower temperature. Wtf is up with this Mordor water, why must you feel pain to feel cleansed?"
"That’s because we’re cold all the time. It’s not painful, it’s relaxing."
"Hot water relieves all of our problems and stress. Idk lol but it’s so niiiice to shower with hot water! warm water just doesn’t do it anymore. it almost feels like really good sleep but you’re standing and fully awake cx."
"Why my wife always leaves a small amount of tea or coffee in her mug. Just drink the whole thing!"
"Ohhh, I actually do this, so I will tell you why I do it, doesn't mean she has the same reasons for it. Nothing hits you better than that first sip of coffee or tea when it is at the right temperature."
"I don't drink it fast, so sometimes it gets cold or it's not the right temperature anymore before getting to finish the whole mug. I am trying to put less in the mug, but I don't know, it feels different, and I can't explain it. I like the feeling of the whole mug warming my fingers, especially during winter."
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"How they can magically make things appear in front of them that I’ve spent 15 minutes looking for."
Finding things are a gift.
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"The number is how many inches around the ribs are and the letter is how many inches the breast protrudes from the chest. So a 34DD (or E) would be 34 inch ribs and 5 inches of breast protrusion."
"I have a wife and two daughters who will bring up issues and problems they encounter. I still have not quite learned that they do not want a discussion about how to solve these problems."
"I've heard a podcaster (psychologist) say that 'sometimes listening IS the solution,' because what the person may looking for is really just a bond with another person to calm their negative feelings."
Talk to Me
"How you can talk to your mom on the phone for multiple hours every week. My dad calls me when he needs me to order something on Amazon for him and that's about it."
"It’s something that completely depends on what kind of bond you and your parents made while growing up.
For example, while super loving, my parents never seemed to really care about the mundane things of my life so here I am 33 and I almost never talk to them on the phone because we never grew that kind of interaction together."
"Hand bags like why are they so expensive."
"Men's clothing have pants that HAVE POCKETS Unlike the sh*tty women pants that I used to wear you can only fit a tic-tac in there And so bc we don't have pockets we're expected to carry around bags. But I will not. (Joking)."
"Handbags are our cars. If you have a character who wants to show off, men usually take cars, women use handbags. But not all women care about handbags that much. For me, it’s about quality. Expensive brands are a waste of money. Most of them don’t even have good quality."
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"How they always smell SO GOOD ALL OF THE TIME. Like, how!?!?"s
Well, we've learned quite a lot here! Do you have any burning questions for the fairer sex? Let us know in the comments below.
Every day, people are faced with small choices like what clothes to wear or what to make for breakfast.
They make their day-to-day decisions without thinking too hard, and the result isn't something that can drastically alter their lives.
But there are some decisions that can take a devastating turn that wind up being self-sabotaging.
Maybe they should've considered their decision more carefully.
Curious to hear from those who've witnessed people take a major misstep, Redditor hairyhedge asked:
"What Was The Worst Way You Saw Someone Ruin Their Life?"
It took an instant of carelessness to cause permanent consequences.
"A fellow barfly I knew was an MMA fighter. Had won some regional matches as an amatuer, his gym was promoting him, he was in talks with a MMA promotion."
"A guy mouths off to him. He replies. The guy takes a swing. He punches him and the guy hits his head on the pavement. Dies. 5 years for manslaughter."
"A friend of mine decided to not use protection with a girl he’d just met… for a whole weekend… without asking if she was using any contraception at all. I often feel really bad for this poor baby dragged into this world out of sheer stupidity."
"Drunk buddy climbed into bed with his Mother in Law because she thought she was into him…she wasn’t. Ended…poorly."
You always have a choice between a good and bad decision. These people chose the latter.
That's A Turnoff
"A girl I crushed on super hard in high school started doing meth, and began sleeping with her dealer, who was a Juggalo with a rapidly diminishing amount of teeth."
The Price Of Addiction
"I watched a mate lose 2 houses and $500,000 to cocaine in one year."
"19 yr old cousin. Started hanging with gangs, introduced to Meth and gained a gambling habit also, faked pregnancy and stole from family and made it look like others were involved which irreparable trust was broken between innocent parties that some have never recovered from."
Point Of No Return
"One of my friends turned to alcohol and all but gave up on life after his mom passed. It eventually caught up with him and he passed away at the age of 32. The sad part is that there were signs that he wanted to get better and wanted to get life together again. It was just too little too late and he went about it the wrong way."
"My brother. Heroin addiction. He was always an odd kid, but a very talented guitar player, and one of the most thoughtful, caring, funny, and unique people I've ever known. He passed away four years ago from a fentanyl overdose. I miss him everyday, but he brought so much joy to the lives of those around him that the memory of him isn't a sad one. I laugh way more than I cry when I think about him."
Poor management of finances led to impoverished lives.
Sure Path To Bankruptcy
"A guy I used to work with got himself into crazy levels of debt."
"A local guy won the lottery. Nothing major, but still life changing. Something like $30,000. We were all on our lunch break, talking about what we would do if we won that much. I would pay off these credit cards, or I would trade in my car for a newer model. This guy says that it wouldn’t make a difference. At 23 he was already over $200,000 in debt between credit cards and personal loans."
"He would just get another loan to pay something off, and keep borrowing. A few months later he was complaining about how he was now an additional $50,000 in debt on top of it. This guy was only making around $40,000 a year."
"He got the bright idea to file bankruptcy. Lost his car, his house, his job. Last I knew he was staying at friends houses couch surfing, working for a pittance just trying to survive."
"Sell their condo that was rented out, and invest all the profit in crypto in December 2021."
"I had a coworker that was supposed to move in england to work at his sister's bar. He gave it up for a pyramid scheme and tried to get me in."
Depending on the situation, we're not often given second chances in life.
So whenever something in your gut informs you not to do something–and you know what those actions are–you might want to pay attention.
Because once you cross the threshold of no return, there's no going back.
While we have not all witnessed something that will forever keep us up at night, we've all seen or heard something that was terrifying.
And it seems the scarier it was, the harder it becomes to forget.
Redditor AncientTranslator405 asked:
"What's the scariest sound you've ever heard?"
"A fox in the middle of the night. It sounds like a legitimate screaming ghost. I was in bed and chilled from the sound until I learned what it was."
"My dog ran out the front door one night and didn't see the opossum on the porch until she turned around to come back in."
"That growl scream thing they do is horrifying, especially when it's a large opossum standing between you and your dog."
An Accident's Aftermath
"Two years ago, I witnessed a near-fatal accident. A truck t-boned a small sedan with kids in it."
"I'll never forget that sound of the crunch, the mom crying hysterically because she thought her kids were dead, and the sight of it all."
"The worst part is I knew the kids. They were students of mine. Everyone survived but not without permanent injuries."
Living with Dementia
"One thing my grandmother did when she was near the end of her dementia was to call out, 'Mama, Mama' in a long and drawn out 'Maaaaaaammaaaa.'"
"She passed in 2007, and now my mom lives with us and is also suffering from dementia. I was awakened one night by the same long drawn out 'Maaaaaammaaaaa...'"
"My grandmother passed last month. She was 96 and the absolute best."
"She was suffering from vascular dementia. Luckily she was peaceful with it and not violent or agitated. She remembered everyone but kept thinking people who died 50+ years earlier were still alive."
"The day before she passed, she sat up all of a sudden after being asleep basically for the entire previous week."
"She looked at me, a tear rolled down her face, and she said, 'Take care.'"
"I told her I loved her. She then said, 'I love you' back."
"I am so glad I was able to be there for that and to be there for her at the end."
"I woke up in the middle of the night with my elderly neighbor crying and asking for help because she had just found her husband's body in their house."
"It made me horrifically sad, and when I finally went back to bed, I couldn't let go of my wife, fearing the day this might happen to one of us."
"I was at work and a mom got a call that her 19-year-old had just died in an accident."
"That sort of misery is a sound I hope to never hear again."
"When I worked in retail more than a decade ago, a woman came into the store crying for something in another language."
"Her cries were blood-curdling and it was her daughter's name."
"She lost her child somehow in the parking lot and hoped she wandered into the store (she didn't)."
"I can still hear her cries echoing in my head."
"Thankfully, they found the little girl wandering between parked cars. Happy ending."
Waiting for the Inevitable
"Sudden screeching car tires behind you."
"A few years ago, we were sitting at a stop sign and got rear-ended by a girl texting on her phone (going 60 miles per hour) and it was the scariest three seconds of my life. My two-year-old son was in the back seat too."
"We had been at the lake and had bags piled up, so we couldn’t really see out the back window, and all of a sudden, there was the sound of LOUD screeching tires erupting behind us."
"I just knew I was about to die while I waited a couple of seconds for it to hit us. Thank god it wasn’t a semi-truck or something."
A Mechanical Error
"A CNC machine I was operating made a horrifying screeching noise as it dropped a 10-inch saw blade and fired it at me. Nearly lost my leg that day, it missed the main artery in my leg by two millimeters."
"I still get PTSD dreams where I hear it screech, bang, and it whistling toward/through me."
Storm of the Century
"My husband and I were awakened by a thunderstorm so loud and physical that we thought it was an earthquake, and a strong one. It was extremely loud and shook the house and everything in it, and the rumble that woke us up lasted for probably 10 seconds."
"It was such a violent shake, I was thinking, 'This will be the earthquake that kills us.' I swore that the ground was going to open. It took several seconds to realize what it was."
"I only have experienced thunder like that a few other times in my life, and I grew up in a high-altitude part of the Pacific Northwest."
"Where I live now, we have a fault line, and they always go on about 'the big one' and how devastating it will be. So in my disorientation, I thought it was the beginning of the big one that had woken us."
"I was standing in the middle of Death Valley at midnight several months ago, with no light or anything else around me, as I was taking pictures of the Milky Way."
"I suddenly heard footsteps approaching. I grabbed my camera and turned to run."
"It ended up being another photographer who had been sleeping near me and then woke up and came to talk with me. It took a good two hours for my heart to calm down."
"Someone breaking into my home is genuinely my worst nightmare. It doesn't help when you have a cat that likes to do zoomies in the middle of the night, either."
A Child in Need
"Hearing my seven-year-old scream/wailing from their room at 2:00 AM. That eerie sound of fear and despair and hopelessness calling for someone to stop whatever is going on. Hearing it come closer and closer before you can even get out of the covers to check on them."
"Fortunately, it turned out their hand had fallen asleep and they thought it was a dead hand stuck in the pajamas. They stopped screaming as we were yelling 'What?! What?!'"
"'Oh. It's just my hand.'"
"Still the scariest sound I have ever heard. I have nightmares about it sometimes..."
"When I was 13, I was lying in bed, trying to fall asleep."
"I went to grab a drink of water from the bottle next to my bed, and my elbow bumped the wall next to it by accident."
"Almost immediately, a singular bump ‘responded’ from the other side of the wall."
"I froze, stared at the wall, and then knocked twice in the same spot."
"Two knocks responded a moment later."
"The other side of the wall was our lounge room. There was no one in there, and I know because I didn’t get another wink of sleep until the sun rose."
"Still freaks me out, and I occasionally knock the walls of my bedroom now, hoping I don’t hear anything knock back."
While almost all of these sounds are explainable, if tragic or terrifying, they undoubtedly would keep someone thinking about them for a long time.