Park Rangers Describe The Oddest Thing They've Ever Seen On The Job
Working at parks seems like an idyllic sort of job, doesn't it?
You get to be out in nature, enjoying the scenery, relaxing, and absolutely not dealing with aggressive naked people.
Spoken like someone who has absolutely never worked in parks because, evidently, aggressive naked people are pretty standard.
Reddit was asked:
"Park rangers, what’s the oddest thing you’ve seen on the job?"
We absolutely went into this expecting stories about shape-shifters, pagan altars, or creepy loners.
Instead we got nudity. So much nudity.
Why is there so much naked at our national parks, y'all? Can we get it together? Haven't you heard of mosquitos? Leeches?? Botflies????
Parking Lot Detail
"I worked nights as a ranger for a fairly urban city that had a variety of small to medium sized parks I was tasked with patrolling."
"The largest being around 80 acres, but being in an urban area, mostly consisted of removing people sleeping in their cars after sunset, as all the parks were fenced and had to be locked at night."
"I’d say about 90% of the time, I came across a car belonging to someone down on their luck just looking for a safe place to sleep in their car."
"Had a lot of sympathy for those people, but unfortunately, my job was centered around keeping the surrounding parks empty at night and had to be the asshole telling them to leave / sleep somewhere else."
"The other 10% of cars I’d come across had a distinct fog to their windows that meant 1 of 2 things, either they were smoking weed or getting it on."
"I had a very loud intercom inside my patrol car that brought me great joy when rolling up on unsuspecting lovers engaging in a little car fun and watching them scramble to get decent."
"I know, d*ck move, but it was one of the few bits of excitement I had of the otherwise long and monotonous nights."
"The oddest and most memorable thing happened, however, when I had traded the night for a day shift, which weirdly enough had its fair share of foggy windows as well."
"I went to check a parking lot behind a rec center that often had people trying to stay out of sight for good reason and noticed one lone car with the classic window fog."Giphy
"As I approached their vehicle, I noticed an older man having his own fun watching from the bushes within arms length of the car window."
"Older dude outside the car takes off at the sight of my car and I say on my intercom, 'put your clothes on, can’t do that here'."
"To my surprise, the young couple came up to my car after dressing to apologize, and I tell them to grab their friend that ran away and to leave the park."
"Their eyes widen and didn’t understand what I meant by friend. I had to explain to this couple no older than 25 that there was an older male masturbating while peeping into their window and I was not kidding."
"They were both mortified! I went to look for the older guy but at this point he had fled the park."
"I reported the incident, but nothing much to go off other than a rough description of what he looked like and the two lovers didn’t want to stick around for a police report."
"I never saw the couple or the guy in the park again."
To Suck Poop
"I was a park ranger in the 90s in Oregon. One of the oddest things I witnessed was the guy we contracted with to pump the poop out of the latrines."
"He would eat his sandwich for lunch in one hand with no glove, while holding the poop pumping tube in the other hand also with no glove."
"The smell, of course, was horrible. I saw him do this a few times."
"We have a poop pumping guy we use at work a lot, and he does the same thing."
"I asked him how he can stand it, and his response was 'I’ve been doing this long enough that it just smells like money to me' "
"I looked up how much we pay him when he comes out; dude makes a killing to suck poop."
"Recently started working with a park ranger on a roadway project outside a beach front park in FL."
"When we asked him about the wildlife that he had encountered or that we would need to look out for he said 'rabid nudists' "
"No this was not a nudist beach."
"He said they get very aggressive when trying to sneak into the park at night."
"We ended up working at night and the rabid nudists in FL are, in fact, are very aggressive."
"When I was a ranger in Yosemite a few years ago, a tourist urgently flagged me down in a parking lot."
"I asked, 'How can I help you, sir?' he said: "
" 'MISS RANGER, MISS RANGER! My daughter forgot her birth control pills on our camping trip. Do you have any?' "
"I responded that I absolutely did not, but I could give him directions to the nearest medical clinic."
"After a short pause he said, 'I'll give you $20 for 6 pills.' "
"I worked in a 148 acre sports park. Pretty large area."
"One hot summer morning , around 6:30 AM, a lady was walking and complained about a really bad smell out in the back of the complex behind the 4 baseball fields."
"I went to check it out. As I approach the brush , I noticed flies. A lot."
"Someone took old burlap potato sacks and had stuffed them full of dead rotting chickens.... like 12 bags. 2 chicken corpses per bag."
"I was the lucky one who had to get a shovel and scoop them up into the tractor bucket. The smell was gut wrenching. Maggots dripping from every bag as I lifted them."
"Whoever dumped them must have driven their truck back there because this area was undeveloped. It was mainly brush and trees."
"I guess it was a farmer who had about 24 chickens just up and die ??? Who knows. They must have been diseased."
"It was one of the grossest things I've had to do. Whatever made them think that a sports park was the right place to dispose of dead fowl, I'll never know."
They Seemed Surprised
"The one experience that sticks in my mind the most was when we were burning prescribed fires for forest management."
"We had a chopper flying around lighting fires by dropping jellied petroleum. I'm patrolling the boundary."
"The chopper abruptly stops lighting up mid run, and then turns away. The bombardier gets on the radio and tells us there's people in the burn area."
"We drive in thinking people must be hurt or trapped, but no - a couple have spread a blanket out and are going for it surrounded by burning heaps."
"Told them to get out of there because they're in the middle of an active burn zone, as indicated by the massive walls of flames surrounding them."
"They seemed surprised..."
"In the late seventies, I worked as a park ranger for a summer job while going to university in the Fall and Winter semesters."
"As long as there was no forest fire ban, we allowed campers to have camp fires on their camp sites. One wet Sunday morning, after a very rainy night, I was coming off the midnight to 0800 shift."
"I was alone on duty in a park with over 200 campsites, something that wouldn't happen now... but the 70s were different."
"Around 0700, I heard this godawful screeching coming from the tenting side of the park."
"I ran over, to find a guy rolling around in the dirt, with his friend trying to douse the fire on his pants."
"They had not made kindling for their fire before the rain had started the night before. Instead, they had gotten drunk."
"Now, in the wet cold morning, they wanted to start a fire to warm up and probably to cook over. They were probably still drunk."
"Drunk or sober, they were also stupid."
"It was so wet that it would have been a challenge to get the fire going with split kindling, but it was impossible to set fire to their round junks of firewood."
"So, one of these guys was spraying barbecue lighter fluid on the wet firewood when the other guy struck a match. Some of the lighter fluid had spilled down his nylon rain suit."
"When it caught fire, the plastic melted into the guy's legs; which were burned pretty badly."
"The park is 50 km from the city, where the hospital is."
"I got the guy in the cab of the only vehicle we really had - an old 4x4 truck that we used to haul picnic tables and outhouses around. Then I beat it for the city, doing everything that truck could do on the highway."
"The old truck was so badly out of alignment that sometimes it felt like it wanted to go crab-like across the road."
"I had the window down, there was no air conditioning in the truck, and the thing was rattling like a bucket of nails."
"Keep in mind that there were no cell phones then, and we only had spotty vhf radio coverage in the park. There was no way and no time to call for an ambulance."
"It was down to me and the old truck. Even though it was a park truck, there were no overhead lights to flash, and no siren either."
"When I finally got to the city, I was going about 130 km/hr. I hasten to add that this was a summer Sunday morning, and there was zero traffic. Except for the cop."
"I met him, blew past him and did not slow."
"He turned around and chased me, lights flashing and siren screaming. He chased me right to the emergency entrance of the hospital like that."
"He was at my door as I was getting out, and he was yelling at me, losing his mind... Until the smell hit him."
"The camper guy had gone into shock, and was pretty well unresponsive at this point, but the smell of the burnt skin and melted plastic told the story. Its not something I want to smell again."
"I told the cop to hold on, I would be out to talk to him in a few minutes. Then I put the camper on my shoulder and carried him into the hospital emergency unit like he was a side of beef."
"Hey, it was over 40 years ago, and I was in great shape back then."
"The nurses got the doctor, and they started to work on the guy. After I got their particulars for the inevitable report, I went outside to the old park pickup."
"The police car was gone. But someone, I presume the cop, had thrown his guts up by the end of the park truck."
"About a week later, we were notified by the camper's family that he was stable, and on the way to recovery. And life in the park went on, as if it had never happened."
"Was a park facility officer in a backcountry park. This park is super isolated, so much so that it's only accessible by boat and we worked alone for 8 day shifts."
"I would go days without seeing anyone during my 8 days at the start of the season."
"From the ranger cabin I had binoculars that allowed me to scan the beach in case campers arrived. I’d go down to check their camping tags and make sure they're good to go."
"One evening I was scanning the beach and I had to do a double take."
"It wasn’t the normal wolves/sea lions/elk/deer. Nope. It was a large group of nudists. 😂 "
"I felt like a weird voyeur looking at them from the cabin, so I put down the binoculars and hoped if I gave them an hour or two they’d want to put on clothes due to the ridiculous swarms of mosquitos."
"That was fun checking their tags 😂 "
"I'm not a park ranger, but I scared one once."
"While camping, I had my laptop and a live version of Google Earth. I decided to see if it would pull our position up."
"In complete blackness, at 2 am, when we hit 'find' this big huge light came down out of the sky, hit the ground where we were and it went back up."
"The Park Ranger saw it, came over with the most puzzled look on his face, and was like 'What the actual extraterrestrial hell was that???' in the most professional tone of voice possible."
"It freaked us all out actually."
"Someone came into the visitor center wearing one of those realistic wolf head masks instead of a covid mask."
"Like the kind where the jaw moves when they talk. It offered absolutely no protection, but the sign said masks required and this WAS a mask."
"I looked up and saw this wolf dude coming in and legit wondered if I was about to get robbed."
"But he just got a map, asked about birds and then left and took the mask off."
Honestly ... please keep your genitals in your pants the next time you decide to be one with nature.
It's just safer that way.
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CW: Domestic violence.
Sometimes family are the ones to avoid most.
That whole blood and water thing is true.
Evil is everywhere.
Even in our blood, our DNA.
It can be daunting to learn that someone you share something so intimate with can be darkness incarnate.
But really, that's probably a statistical truth for all of us.
So how do we cope?
Redditor onlyusemefeets wanted to hear about the worst of everyone's family, so they asked:
"When did you find out that someone in your family is evil?"
The Reddit community rose to the occasion to shed some light on their family skeletons.
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"When they ripped apart 3 generations of my family almost immediately after my dad died for a measly $37,000. He's a millionaire. That kinda money is pocket change to him."
"When my 11 year old cousin got cancer."
"Her mom and boyfriend were shooting up her pain medicine. My cousin was in so much pain, she told her Doctors. Thats when the doctors stopped giving her mom a prescription and the nurses dispensed her pain meds at the hospital. Unfortunately they could not keep track of medication while at home so they reported it."
"CPS removed her. She died shortly after in foster care. Parents were never charged."
"When my dad died of covid my Aunt tried to say she was entitled to some stuff of his since it belonged in the family. She even called a lawyer on us and it was big deal and my mom didn't need to deal with that trying to raise 3 kids on her own so f**k her. She still bothers us about stuff and all it is like plates and some pictures and some other things."
"Sunken Cost Fallacy"
"My brother's addiction has led to him spinning some ridiculous stories. I'm not sure if he is very convincing or if my father chooses to believe him because of some 'sunken cost fallacy,' or he genuinely refuses to give up. But my brother has told lies and stories about me and my siblings to the point that he's the only child who talks to my father anymore. He convinced my father that I forced him to do drugs."
"But I knew my brother was evil when scared away my sister with physical violence. Last month, he went missing for a weeks only to turn up after flipping his car high on pills. My father doesn't know it yet, but my mother is planning on leaving him because my father chooses my brother over her. No one can convince my father that he's enabling. No one can convince my brother to stop. Hard drugs really destroy entire families."
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"When he purposely excluded his 4 year old son (from a previous relationship) from his wedding to his new spouse, deleted all photos of his son from his social media, and legally signed away all parental rights. He has since had 2 more kids with said new spouse."
How can parents act that way?
"I don't know about evil, but my dad got remarried and has a kid and stepson with his new spouse. All of that would be fine if he didn't pretend that none of us (offspring from first marriage) exist so he can pretend this family is the first family and we never happened."
"Once this realization hit me, I stopped contacting him, and once I stopped putting in the effort, everything else dissipated. We haven't spoken at all. He does not care in the least. I honestly believe that he wishes we never even existed. He is a failure as a father and as a man."
"When my husband's brother (1 of 5 siblings) said he couldn't make it to our house to plan their mother's funeral because he had to work. Meanwhile we found out he wasn't working because we caught him on ring doorbell entering the moms house to rifle through it while the rest of us were planning the funeral at my house."
"When my ex said 'you've been a godsend, I want a divorce.' I had taken time off from work to take care of her parents. She told me this right before her dad died, and she inherited. She found a boyfriend while I was with her parents. She got the house by declaring I had abandoned it. I was with her parents."
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"When my dad tried to throw my 6 month old sister when he was drunk. That man is a monster in disguise"
So many people really need to be screened for their abilities to raise kids.
People Reveal The Major Pros And Cons Of Being 'Friends With Benefits' With Someone
Friends, especially great friends share a lot in life.
We share secrets, memories, joy, sorrow and in some cases... sex.
Is this a good idea or an unmitigated disaster?
The jury is still out.
It works for some and is a disaster for others.
Plus it can muddle the history of the relationship.
So what do people do?
Let's find out...
Redditor thunderchild10 wanted to discuss everyone's thoughts on the friends with benefits scenario, so they asked:
"What's your opinion of friends with benefits?"
I've never done FWB.
I feel robbed.
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"Fun, and fine for a while, but less fulfilling than a relationship. Also, you both need to be good at compartmentalization, otherwise one of you will likely end up catching feelings."
"My FWB caught feelings even though we were always clearly communicated as FWB. We were both in a big but really close friends group. I got a gf (she had recently had a bf as well) and she got mad. I ended up losing all my friends. It’s been 4 years, and she actually successfully managed to get 20+ ppl to forget I exist."
The Rule of Three
"I had 3 throughout college. Two ended in us dating and then breaking up. The only one that worked and lasted two years was me and an ex from high school. We never hung out but were cool after our breakup. Didn’t speak for like three years and then when we were in college we saw each other at the bar, hooked up that night, then like two days later she asked if I wanted to meet up and I said sure."
"Then it just continues for two years. We rarely spoke outside of the bedroom other than like ‘pick me up from the bar’. Overall it was cool but I think it’s very rare. You have to find two people who just don’t have any desire for each other other than when horny, which a lot of times is not the case in one side"
"I honestly don't understand it at all. Having any sexual relation with a person whom I don't love and who doesn't love me seems pointless and even scary to me. I guess I am over-sensitive or something, because the thought of being so close to somebody without actually having a connection, an exclusivity, without knowing if this will ever happen again, is genuinely horrific to me."
"I don't care what others do in the bed and with whom, but this kind of relationship is just not for me."
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"If they can provide Medical, Dental, Unemployment, and Retirement benefits then they’re a friend for life."
Benefits are benefits. I'm in.
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"It didn't work out. We couldn't keep it just friends once we started the benefits. We will celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary in 2 weeks."
"Very messy. You gotta either be f"k buddies only, dating, or friends only. Trying to keep feelings out of FWB is too difficult."
"That's a great point. I agree that it's tough to keep feelings out of the equation. I think it's best to just be honest and open with your friend so that you both know the boundaries of the situation and can stick to them. That way, both parties can be sure that they're getting what they need out of the relationship."
"Seems iffy to me if you want the friendship to lay long term. Doesn't someone usually catch feelings, so after the FWB finds a partner they want to keep, it leaves the other party out. Especially if the new bf/gf doesn't want you to be friends with someone you've had sex with."
"Yes? No? I'm not into casual sex for myself, so am I off base?"
"A lot of people are saying 'someone always inevitably develops feelings' and that it ends badly, but that's not been my experience. I'm still friends with a few of my FWB's that I'm no longer sleeping with over the last couple of years and I'm genuinely happy for them that they've found relationships that make them happy. And I know of quite a few others similar to me."
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"A great plan when both participants are on the same page. Whether that is 'stay FWB' or 'hey we caught feelings, let's give a relationship a try'. A mess when only one participant catches feelings."
Don't get hurt...
"Terrible idea, someone always inevitably develops feelings and gets hurt."
"It can work sure, but in general, unless you're both 100% sure (which, how can you ever really be?) beforehand that you won't develop feelings for each other, I generally have seen it not work."
"In my personal experience, someone always had to break it off just as feelings were starting to arise. So yeah, be careful I guess."
What have we learned?
Communication is key.
Do you have any WTF FWB experiences to share? Let us know in the comments below.
Former Disney Park Actors Describe The Weirdest Experiences They Ever Had While In Character
An undeniable part of the magic that guests experience at many of the Disney parks around the world is the interactions with characters.
Those who post photos of their Disney vacations will almost always include a photo with Mickey and/or Donald Duck, Goofy, Minnie, and their human friends like Snow White, Belle, Moana, or villains like Gaston.
It's not that difficult to suspend your disbelief during an encounter with a Disney character.
But spoiler alert, the beloved icons you're putting your arms around and giving hugs are with total strangers who are paid to make you feel special.
Redditors got a chance to discover what it's like for those costumed Disney cast members giving hugs and signing autographs to kids of all ages that they've never met before.
Redditor nvoltage1017 asked:
"Former actors at Disney parks, what’s the weirdest thing that happened to you while you were in character?"
Fluffy Disney characters are appealing to a niche interest in the kink community.
"I was one of the performers for Nick Wilde from Zootopia a few years ago, And if you’re not aware; a large number of people in the furry community find him highly attractive."
"You can just imagine the number of people in that community who flirted with me and/or Judy and whispered some pretty sexual things to us. I think I also had a guy grab Nick’s tie like in that flirty way, we had to get him escorted out of the park."
"The moral of the story is: don’t be inappropriate with the characters, we are real people underneath, and there are legitimate consequences for that kind of behaviour."
Just Plain Goofy
"I was playing Goofy inside a restaurant and I got swarmed Aliens-style by a hoard of <10 kids. Unfortunately while I was playing around with them the inner hood below the mask slipped over my eyes and I was completely blinded. We had assistants around whom we could signal for help by flapping our arms, but the kids had made it a game of attaching themselves Tarzan-like to both my arms and to raise them I would have had to lift 3-4 kids per arm (dangerous even if I'd been strong enough to do that)."
"I found myself blind and completely rooted to the spot, unable to ask for help and with nobody realizing that I was in trouble. I spent like a solid 10-15 minutes in that sort of limbo reflecting on the life decisions that had taken me there until the assistant came over and whispered 'set is over dude' and I finally managed to signal something was wrong."
Things get out of control.
Why They Do It
"I was a 'mouse height' performer at Disney World around 2013. Can unfortunately confirm groping happened from time to time and it was incredibly uncomfortable. We were trained to move away if we could and signal to the character attendants to escort the guest away if it happened. One time some guy thought it appropriate to pick me up completely off the ground in a bear hug. The head pushed back and, because the inside is connected to us with head gear and a chin strap, my neck bent back with it and it hurt like hell."
"Not a weird story, but one of my most memorable guest experiences was meeting a little blind boy as Mickey in Epcot. I gently guided his hands to the soft ears, then the nose, and bow tie and he was laughing and his smile lit up the whole room. I still get emotional thinking about it! Interactions like that made it all worth it to me at the time."
"I dated a girl that played one of the fairies for the Tinkerbell place. Beyond the pretty much daily occurrence of old dads hitting on her (she was 19 at the time) the weirdest thing to happen to her was a woman with a 4yr old little girl was all excited to get a picture with Tinkerbell, who was busy, so my ex volunteered to do pictures and entertain the little girl while they waited."
"The woman was a b*tch about that idea, rudely saying she was here to see Tinkerbell and not 'off-brand' fairies. So just shrugging it off, my ex moved on. A bit later, she hears a commotion and Tinkerbell is obviously upset, and security shows up. Apparently, this woman was Tinkerbell's bio mom and had taken her granddaughter to Disney, just to violate the restraining order against her."
"Disney Jail is a real place."
Trapped In Sick
"I used to work at a different amusement park that featured similar costumed characters. The worst thing I ever heard was the time one of the characters was overcome by heat in 95 degree weather, and vomited inside the suit, splattering the inside of the suit's head with their half-digested lunch."
"They had to walk a long distance back to the dressing rooms breathing the super-heated vomit air the entire way."
Things get violent
That's Just Nuts
"Never was an actor, but when I was a kid at Disney World in the 70s, I watched Chip get into a fist fight with a young 20 something guy. The guys girlfriend wanted him to do a picture with Chip & Dale, but he didn't want to. Chip grabbed him in a head lock and his girlfriend snapped the photo. When Chip let go, the guy came up swinging. Dale had to jump in and break them up, as Chip started swinging back. For a kid of 12, it was awesome!"
Shifts To Avoid
"My ex wife was in the character department at Disney World years ago. She was always getting injured by guests. From macho men wanting to see how strong of a grip Mickey had, to grabbing hold of Donald's bill and yanking really hard. Pulling noses, beaks, ears, etc., can really hurt people."
"Another person was dressed as Daisy duck and got tackled by a guest and knocked out cold. When she recovered, she pressed charges."
"The worst nights for the characters were high school senior nights and the religious group nights. Bunch of unruly teens with little to no supervision. No one wanted to work those shifts. Ever."
Some situations were a bit on the laughable side.
"I was part of the Disney college program and I have my own stories but not as a character. My mom on the other hand, she was a character actor back in the day (60’s or 70’s). They were testing a new headpiece for the seven dwarf costumes in Disneyland and my mom wore one of them out on a march with Snow White. As a Dwarf, your head is inside their hat, their face on their stomach, etc. Being Anaheim, it was really hot that summer day and as they were going around following Snow White a little kid saw my mom “Doc” he ran up to give him/her a hug. As he was hugging Doc, the plastic that made up the face started melting inwards and the child started screaming 'I killed Doc! I killed Doc!' In hysterics. Character handlers rushed my mom/Doc off through one of the secret passages by Pirates and got her out of the costume before the plastic could melt onto her."
"Always thought it was a fun story and curious how much it screwed up that kid."
The Gas Leak
"Not a cast member but either Mickey or Minnie cut a very audible fart while posing with my wife and me. It must've been awful inside that dutch oven of a costume."
"I knew a friend(a guy) who wore Minnie Mouse costume. He told me almost all guys would put their hands around his waist. He wouldn’t dare to talk or else they will hear his manly voice and that might pisses them off."
"Edit: this blows up quickly. I feel I need to let people know that it’s not okay to grope the Disney characters. My friend had introduced me to the people who play them and they are just normal people. All I can tell you is that they will make a disgusting face under the mask and talk sh*t about you later after work."
Disney cast members must've been relieved to some extent when the parks reopened with pandemic measures.
Not only did the Disney park institute mask mandates, but any character also interactions–if there were any at all–were at a safe distance from guests, preventing physical contact.
With normal character interactive procedures now back in place at most Disney parks, always remember to be on your best behavior.
People Break Down Which Practices The United States Needs To Adopt From Other Countries
We can all agree that there is something to appreciate about every country in the world, but there are arguably some countries that appear to have their ducks more consistently and happily in a row than others.
While it would be easy to let pride get in the way and continue to do things the same way, the more productive thing would be to learn from the countries who have figured out a better way to do certain things, whether it's healthcare, food banks, or other services.
Reflecting on the United States, Redditor Blinds**thead asked:
"What is one thing the USA should adopt from some other country?"
Introductions to Alcohol
"Swedish drinking laws. If I remember correctly, you can purchase alcohol below 5% at age 18, and be served liquor in bars (so the bartender can control the amount being served)."
"Seems like a smarter way to introduce kids to alcohol rather than opening the floodgates at 21."
Taxes to Approve
"I've never done them but they seem complicated and stress my parents out, so I just know I'll f**k mine up and end up in stupid jail, lol (laughing out loud)."
"Just send me something to sign, please!"
"A prison system that focuses on rehabilitation instead of punishment. Many countries have been successful with this saving literally billions of dollars and cutting down on crime."
Universal School Lunches
"Universal school lunches. It is embarrassing that we do not have folks cooking lunches for students from scratch and that it is not provided for free to all students."
"Do you want to bring your own lunch? Great, but you can also have the free hot lunch that looks homemade, not pizza squares, canned veggies, a slice of fruit, and 3 oz of milk."
"Kids shouldn't be going into debt for lunch. We're probably wealthy enough that our food waste alone would be sufficient, if captured magically, to feed every kid in the United States three proper meals per day."
"Also walkable cities and above-ground monorail systems."
"Finland has recently ended homelessness by just allowing people to live in small apartments without any preconditions, and four out of five of them make their way back to a stable life."
"It's also cheaper than allowing people to be homeless."
Foster Care Assistance
"It would be nice to also eliminate the fees foster parents pay for general registration, classes, and social services related to fostering or adoption."
"And also eliminate trying to recoup costs by billing parents whose children have been placed in foster care."
Longer Paid Family Leave
"I was SUPER blessed to get 12 weeks fully pay. But that’s not enough time. Putting the emotional aspect aside, I’ve returned to work functioning on four to five hours of sleep a night, and my productivity and cognitive abilities are greatly handicapped."
"My three-month-old son can’t even hold his head up or sit, let alone talk to tell me if anything’s wrong, and he’s placed in the care of someone else from 7:15 am to 5:15 pm. Doesn’t seem healthy for mother or child."
"The fact that our toilets don't have bidets and that at public restrooms the gap between the doors is massive, are both disgusting. Our whole bathroom situation is messed up."
Having a Siesta
"According to Dr. Andrew Huberman, whether you eat lunch or not, everyone requires a rest midday."
Tax Included in the Price
"Man, I had such a hard time with this when I visited America. Maths in my head is not my forte and I’m so used to looking at prices and expecting that to just be the price."
"I don’t get why you wouldn’t just add in the tax to the price. No one wants to do math unnecessarily. I mean, we don’t even tip in Australia so I don’t even need to work that out."
Raising Multilingual Children
"Teaching a foreign language to young students in public schools (ie 5yrs, k-5) when the propensity to learn the language quickly is maximum."
Clean Public Restrooms
"The clean restrooms in Japan were amazing. I never had to clean a toilet seat to put my young kids on it. In the states? Near every time. People here just don’t care about the ‘we’ when it comes to restrooms."
Separate Work and Healthcare
"Decent healthcare that isn't tied to your job. Other countries all over the world have figured out different ways to do this, so why can't we? (I know, corporations own politicians.)"
"I'm not an expert, but I'm guessing it would destabilize a bunch of industries in the near term. But I wonder if long-term, it would create so much new innovation since people would be unafraid to lose their health benefits to leave their stable but s**tty corporate jobs to start new ventures."
Designated Drivers on the Go
"In Japan, there is a service that you can call 24 hours per day that will come with two drivers and one car. One driver drives you and your car home, and the other follows in their car to pick up the driver that took you home with your car. No DUI, etc."
"It's actually really affordable there. No need to get an uber home that night and then an uber back the next day when you are hungover only to find out you have a million parking tickets or your car got towed."
Though there are positives to every country, it would be so cool to see each country be more open-minded about adopting the positives of other countries.
If a country is doing something better than another, the best thing for the citizens would be to take some notes, rather than let their pride do the talking.