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Some jobs really don't serve a purpose to society, or they are a relic of times past that society has yet to say goodbye to.


We don't mean artists, of course: artists are essential to the growth and comfort of society. No, we are talking about those little jobs inserted here and there that don't seem to have a purpose to serve any longer.

Redditor u/thisisappealing asked:

What's the most unnecessary job to exist?

Here were some of those answers.


Spam Spam

The person whose job it is to send physical spam mail. Nobody even reads it anymore.

Random_Fangirl888

My wife went to med school and her student loans are all federal and are at 0% interest and are in forbearance right now. At least once a week she gets a letter from SoFi to refinance her loans which would make her ineligible for any sort of loan forgiveness or federal assistance. So much wasted paper and postage sending those letters.

schu2470

Stuck In The Middle W You

In my experience: A large percentage of middle management. Usually they just wind up inventing fake work reports so they can appear to be adding value.

PasteTank

My company is trying to cut costs, and thankfully some of the layoffs and unfilled vacancies have been middle management. It makes me wonder what their purpose was in the first place? I swear management makes new management positions to give their work to.

C0PPER13

Grumble Grumble

My MIL tells me that during the days of the USSR there were people who sat at desks at the entrances of subway stations. They didn't actually do anything, but that was their job since by law for a while in the Soviet Union everyone needed to have a job.

heybrother45

Their job is to be unhelpful and surly. Those jobs still exist in some post-Soviet countries.

jtbc

To be clear, we aren't disparaging employees, but rather the people that created these jobs and made everyone's lives harder.

Jogging Doggos

Driving around Las Vegas I passed a mobile dog treadmill service. They come to your house and let your dog walk on a treadmill inside a Sprinter van.

jesset60819

idk i can see the value in this. las vegas can easily get over 100 degrees F outside, not guaranteed safe to walk a dog in that, could overheat or burn their paws. and not everyone wants a treadmill in their house

PizzaQuest420

Yeah, Why?

Bathroom attendant. Elevator operator.

openletter8

Imma dispute Bathroom attendants by saying, their actual job is to keep drunks form trashing the stalls, the whole towels and mints shebang is to give them something to do on the meantime

Maycrofy

I Am The Captain Now

Casino Barge Captain.

Many places in the US have riverboat casino laws that are used to justify large casino barges that are tethered in position and never move, not even having any engines or other means of conveyance.

Since they are technically barges despite being immobile they are legally required to have a Captain certified to operate vessels of that tonnage and crew on board at all times of operation.

I can't imagine a more gravy position than "exist on the premises with your piece of paper"

Umbrella_merc

You May NOT Touch Your Gas

For the states that require it, the gas station employees that fill up your tank. I ended up in New Jersey and it was super awkward.

DaveyJonas

Saw this woman standing next to her SUV for ten minutes at the gas station. Finally she asks me why no one is pumping her gas for her. So I says to her "We hate you cause you're from New Jersey."

She looks at me amazed and asks how we can tell. Eventually I let her in on the joke and helped her pump her gas. She was in her 40s, had she never driven out of NJ before?

damasu950

And we know people need jobs, so it's great that they're employed.

Up And Down

Elevator Operator. It's a union job. A dude sits in a chair next to the buttons. He asks you what floor you want to go to and he pushes the button.

Real_Time_Delay

SF hired elevator operators for the subway stations. They're only there to ensure people don't piss on the elevators... which they would otherwise do.

tyinsf

Sell Sell Sell!

Car sales people. Because you end up dealing with the sales manager when you actually purchase the vehicle. Car sales people can't even give you a price without checking with sales manager. They are literally there to babysit you.

Aroon164


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