People's tastes are anything but universal, but there are some things that are distinctly more popular than others.
It can get pretty lonely when you're the only person you know who can't stand the current popular thing.
Reddit user u/Lil Crackerjack asked:
Bright sunny days.
Pardon me for not wanting my retinas seared by the nuclear hatred furnace you chipper jerks. "But without the sun we wouldn't be alive" yeah well without water you'd be dead but I don't hear you singing its praises when it rains so how about you clamp your face flaps together and go galivant merrily in the UV rays?
Boxed Mac n Cheese. I can't stand it. The smell alone is enough to make me gag. But home cooked, baked Mac n Cheese? Yum me up.
The rock/Kevin Hart movies. I just don't know why their movies get success, they are alright actors and the plot of the movies aren't that great.
Probably great human beings (aside from Kevin's cheating on SO). But they have mediocre movies.
And Kevin Hart is so overrated as a comedian. I'm sorry.
The show Friends. Those people are so awful to one another and to people around them, how could anyone stand them?
When I was in a high school film class, I finally saw Napoleon Dynamite. It had been hyped up for me for years by many people.
I was shocked. It was terrible! Virtually nothing in it was funny and the whole thing just felt really stupid.
Superhero movies. The Marvel movies are all the same, there's no charm anymore. The Warner Bros movies are a dumpster fire, consistently course correcting to adhere to whatever the latest fad is.
I liked the first two Raimi Spider-Mans, Dark Night, and Guardians of the Galaxy, but that's about it.
Maryjane. And herb culture. You're not cool because you're dependant on a drug to get you through the day. And it is a drug of dependence. It has caused death, not by overdose, but by people thinking they can do normal stuff on it and now have a slow reaction time.
"It's a plant, it's natural because it grows out if the ground!"
So do poppy seeds and they're used to make opioids. Just because it's natural doesn't mean it's good.
First you have to clean and set up everything. After the party is over you're stuck cleaning the aftermath ( if you're lucky you get volunteers). God forbid someone gets sick that's a whole other mess, and lastly if you go to someone's party I don't know I feel guilty at the end if I don't help clean.
Hot pockets. Frozen dude bro food in general really. I'm from Canada and our main equivalent to hot pockets are called pizza pops and the smell alone has made me throw up before (when I was a kid mind you)
I'm not sure if it's loved but more like something considered good social manners....
I moved to the US in 6th grade and for a long time I didn't know that when someone is eating food and offers you some, it is only a polite gesture and you are supposed to politely decline it unless it's like a family member or a good friend. I was in my late 20s when I found out that wasn't always the case. I was raised in a culture where meals were the center of a lot of important things and events, and when we offered food, it was always 100% sincere. It's wrong, fake, and I hate it even more.
Acting superior to others on the Internet. It seems like everyone I know spends their time being rude either to their friends, or generalised groups of strangers. I see people on social media do the same. It really is a lowly way to act, and I'm way too modest for that type of behaviour, so it's really irritating to see.
Geico commercials. They're so busy trying desperately to be "clever" that they don't tell me a damn thing about what their insurance covers, doesn't cover, etc.
If I'm going to buy insurance, I don't want to know how clever they think they are. I want to know what I can expect if I had an accident of some kind or suddenly had to deal with a bunch of medical bills for some reason.
Any form of reality TV show involving people dealing with first world problems. Kardashians, 16 and pregnant, catfish, Ru Paul Drag race, bachelor/bachelorette, etc.
Too much drama. Every problem has simple solutions, but apparently no one can find them (mainly because they don't even try to find them). Sometimes the drama is started because that's what the producers wanted in order to get people to tune into the gossip.
Other people have problems way worse than yours, so stop complaining over spilled milk.
Pico de gallo.
I get it, not everyone thinks that raw tomato tastes like gutter water. But please make that an optional filling so I don't have to tear apart my burrito in vain just so I can have a few tomato-free bites.
Don't Stop Believin
People play it at weddings. It's about a one night stand! It's really not romantic imo and it's an objectively fine song but subjectively I hate it and shut down when it plays.
Automobiles. Yes, I know it sounds crazy but I don't like cars, I never were and probably never will. And people who has it are making things even worse. When you meet them they constantly talks about it: "oh, I need to fill up gas, oh, I have to take it to the shop, oh, it's so dirty I gotta wash her out, did you see my new salon, oh, gotta tell ya what baby I saw the other day (of course car, not a real baby or human at all). It's like they're talking bout their kids.
And the expenses are pretty much the same. I totally get the ones who use it to deliver things and have a garage and use it for specific important purpose but they're rare. Most of the drivers sleep in their car, they eat in their car, they do make up, dress up, probably other personal stuff that I don't wanna know. I never gonna get it. I love trains, walking and even buses, don't mind bicycles but cars never impressed me and they even annoys me. Retro cars are pretty but that's it.
Pop music. Most all of it is vulgar, oversexualized, crap appealing to the lowest common denominator that relies on strong beats to engage emotions rather than actual musical quality and skill in composition to appeal to the intellect.
Game of Thrones.
I tried at first but it didn't really work for me. Ended up hating it because everyone around just keep on going and going whenever it's showing. I'm glad it's over.
Black pepper. If it's used sparingly as an ingredient, that's cool. But putting it directly on food ruins the taste for me completely.
Nutella and McDonald's. Nutella is too sweet for my taste and tastes more like a dessert. I can't stand McDonald's because I worked there for 7 years, the smell is off putting to me.
Sweet tea. I hate it. My go-to drink is unsweetened tea and imo that's what it should be. A little squeeze of lemon is fine if that's your taste. But sweet tea just tastes like sugarwater. Might as well go for a soda if you want something tastier.
Cats. Like the actual animal. I absolutely cannot stand them and will go out of my way to avoid them if it's possible. I won't harm one or do anything to endanger them, I just want nothing to do with them. They're lazy and selfish and their owners always seem to just let them do whatever the heck they want with very little discipline.
I also hate Wooloo.
I deeply hate the Mediterranean Coast and weather. I don't like at all the architecture as well. And I know it's well done, I just don't like it.
I also hate reggaeton, but i bet i'm not the only one, lol
I hate how happy most of their songs sound. That's in spite of them writing in Mixolydian scales and singing about devil. Just don't like major-sounding music.
The Dark Knight.
Batman goes to Hong Kong for some reason. Also Christian Bale talks with the most hilariously silly Batman voice ever. It's so stupidly deep I was almost convinced he was taking the piss or trying to sabotage the film. I just can't take him seriously and I'm semi convinced it's actually a comedy.
Apple products. I have used them extensively and have had very little positive experiences including a Genius Bar employee telling teenaged me to just buy the new iTouch because an iTunes update bricked my year-old iPod. Also, my ex had a 2013 MacBook and that thing couldn't even get halfway through a 2.5hr movie without almost dying.
Soft corn tortillas.
If you want a soft shell you should choose flour - soft corn shells cling to the palate and insulate away the rest of the flavors. Corn shells are for frying into crunchy shells.
And don't give me lip about the shell shattering because you don't know how to construct a crunchy shell taco. Melt the cheese in the bottom and then even the most severe longitudinal crack won't disassemble your delicious crunchtastic creation.
I've tried just about every kind that my friends thought would change my mind about it.
Nope. I still find it disgusting.
Minecraft. I don't know i never got into it and once i did play it I'm like "What now?" It's so mind numbingly boring i can't understand what the hype was all about.
Japanese culture (as a Westerner). So many people love anime and manga and I'm totally baffled.
When that horrible arson attack happened recently, somebody shared some of the animators' "best work". I watched a few minutes of it, and it was a morose kid at a school where all the girls were highly sexualized--absurdly tall and skinny with tiny skirts.
I don't get how this is viewed credibly as anything but juvenile comic book shlock.
Loud cars and motorcycles. Everybody seems to like them. Even non-enthusiasts but I absolutely despise them.
Sweet tea is very popular where I live, I think it's foul. Also IPA style beer.
Ever since I can remember I have always hated gum. I hate everything about it especially when people chew with their mouths open and you can see it swirling around i am instantly repulsed.
Although it's a huge part of my generation I really hate U2. Always have and always will. Something about their music, Bono, and The Edge just drive me crazy.
Do you like Chris though?
Grease. I hate the story, I hate the characters, I hate the music, and I absolutely hate the message. I never saw the big deal as a kid, and the older I get, the more I hate it.
Probably too late for a UK entry: Love Island.
Why, just why would anyone care?
"Unity candles at weddings. The thing you are symbolizing is literally the thing you are doing.
Asmr. The tingles are really uncomfortable for me and I just cant deal with it. I also cant deal with my neck being touched so that might have something to do with it I dunno.
Posing for pictures by myself
What do i do with my hands?
How big should I smile?
Should I wear a leotard? What even is a leotard?
It's all Too much.
Every single show is the same. All of them.
The Leader who knows it all
The quirky lab tech
The tough cop who the leader forms a romantic connection with.
The goes against the rules renegade tech
The Bachelor/Bachelorette. What is the appeal of watching a bunch of the opposite sex basically lying, cheating, and stealing for a random stranger? I don't get it.
Gender reveal parties.
They're getting way too out of hand.
Next they're literally going to blow up buildings just to uncover the coloured wall coinciding with the gender of the baby or something like that.
Celebrity obsession and worship. It bothers me.
Children, I guess. I don't hate them but my disinterest in my extended family member's kids borders on apathy. There are kids in my family I've never met and I'm ok with it.
I met one of the newest ones this weekend while I was a little tipsy and my aunt got mad when I said, "there's another one?"
Tea even though I'm British (English).
Hate iced tea, coffee, mocha, lattes, cappuccinos, Frappuccino's, anything like that.
I know everyone loves guacamole, but I just hate it.
Summer and it being sunny and hot
Soda. Any carbonation tastes like it's burning my tongue. I'd rather go thirsty for hours than drink one soda. My kids are the same way.
Wine. I am apparently the only suburban mom who doesn't drink wine, and it makes other suburban moms incredibly uncomfortable.
Being woken up suddenly is not very good for our health.
Especially for the elderly, it's not something to make a habit of. Sleep interruption can increase blood pressure, cause a worsened self image, and cause a day filled with irritation and confusion.
No one wants to be woken up, but there are definitely some reasons for being woken up that are worse than your alarm clock.
We went to Ask Reddit to find out some of the worst reasons people have been woken up.
Redditor Toothpiicxxk asked:
"What's the worst reason you woke up?"
These truly are the worst.
We love our pets, but sometimes not so much.
"My cat was throwing up right next to me."
"She brought you breakfast how cute."
"I was just about to answer that my cat threw up right on me, specifically my hair, which I had just washed..."
Some horrible news hits you.
"Being woken up to be told someone you know died certainly qualifies."
"Or when you already know, but you wake up in that ignorant bliss that lasts for about a second and then it hits you. And this goes on for a long time."
"It's been about 15 years and I still will wake up on occasion thinking I have to tell my older brother something cool that I know he'd love to hear about. Or have a vivid a** dream about how it was all an mistake and he's still here. Happens less often then it used to but oof does it ever still hurt."
"Woke up at about 3am to a cop repeatedly ringing my bell. my mom had accidentally drowned in the tub. she was really weak from chemo."
"Woke up to a phone call telling me my incredible brother-in-law had been hit and killed by a drunk & high driver, his wife was also expected to pass as her neck had been broken, and their kids were both in surgery. My husband and I were in the will to get the kids, so we needed to fly to Chicago right away. As I sat there in shock, I hung up the phone, turned to see my sleeping husband snoring away, and knowing I would now have to wake him up to tell him the worst news he would ever hear."
2018 false missile alert.
"I live in Hawaii, that time we got the missile scare."
"Oof at least it wasn't real but I would have definitely panicked if that was me."
"Damn, I slept straight through it. My mom literally woke me up, told me; and I still went back to sleep."
"What were you supposed to do? Go outside and witness your annihilation?"
"I think it's the right thing to do to inform people even if there isn't necessarily anything that can be done about it."
"Some people would appreciate being able to conduct prayers, get one last hug with their loved ones, etc."
"Cockroach walking on my lips with no shame. I brutally murdered it as soon as I yeeted it halfway across the room."
"I had a weird dream about a cockroach somehow paralyzing a friend then walking towards me in that same room. Then I awoke to find this a**hole cockroach slowly creeping on my lips."
"When I threw it away, what startled me was it did not panic AT ALL. It even slowly headed towards me!"
"I also mouth washed and brushed my teeth and even disinfected my lips with alcohol. It was a surreal experience."
"I seriously loathe roaches and there's no other way to ensure its death than a brutal one."
Screams in the night.
"One time I got woken up by a blood curdling scream in the middle of the night. I live alone and it also woke up my dog who was freaked out the rest of the night. Searched everywhere including outside and didn't find anything."
"Well that was lucky. Imagine what would have happened if you had found it..."
"Hopefully a fox, coyote, cat, or cougar."
"Being clearly asleep, and then someone wakes you to ask, 'Are you asleep?'"
"Bruh my mom be like [this]."
"The only correct answer to this question is 'yes.'"
"I woke up to my mom calling me sobbing because she thought I had died, I was 10 hours away and my blood sugar was severely low and wasn't answering any calls, that was horrifying."
"We've learned what does and doesn't work for waking me up in a medical emergency."
"Blood sugar can be a b*tch, found my mum having a really bad hypo while sleeping when I was a toddler and for years and years after would wake her up to check she was okay without realizing I was doing it for that reason. Glad you're okay!"
Something so relatable.
"My alarm rung. It's a daily struggle."
We've all been there.
If you're not a morning person, waking up in the morning can already be a challenge, but no one wants to get woken up to horrible news or an emergency.
In fact, we should be waking up naturally with our own personal sleeping patterns.
We all know that's easier said than done.
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People have a habit of excusing crap behavior - honestly because it's often easier in the short term. Long term = flaming dumpster fire.
The excuses people use to dismiss behavior range from mundane and meaningless to the sort of leaps normally reserved for kangaroos and Olympians. It's sometimes amazing that these excuses work - but they do.
Some of them work so well that they're just sort of "accepted." That, obviously, kind of sucks and is something we should avoid - so let's talk about 'em.
Can't swerve around what you don't see, ya know?
Reddit user TMTtasmachine asked:
... and away we go.
" 'That's just how they are.' "
"One of the biggest enablers for tantrum throwing, bullying, etc. is that they get treated with kid gloves to avoid dealing with them." - alexrt87
"Oh my God you hit the nail on the head. Whenever someone says 'that's just the way they are' I say:"
" 'Yes, that's the point! Glad you noticed too! Now is it okey-doke for them to be jerks they have special jerk privileges? Or maybe they are just people and should treat everyone else as such?' " - notatrumpchump
"It depends on how it's said."
"People are the way that they are, and you shouldn't be surprised when they continue to be that way."
"This, obviously, doesn't excuse it - but people also shouldn't be surprised when a bad person continues to make bad decisions. Neither should we waste space in our minds being bothered by it." - unlawfulfoxy
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" 'It's just a joke, bro.' Harassing people isn't humor." - loading__99
"A guy who says/does offensive things and decides whether he was joking based on the reaction of people around him." - Eatsleeptren
"Dude, legit had someone come up to me and start shouting in my face, calling me Madison, pretending I was cheating on him. Literally the most crowded location outside a theater, everyone staring at us, looking at me like I was some horrible cheater while I was out with my then fiancé."
"I started hyperventilating, my fiancé nearly decked the dude, and then someone shouts 'CUT' like this is some big 'YOU'RE ON CANDID CAMERA' moment and everything's supposed to be okay."
"I burst into tears."
"It was the most humiliating moment of my life, and thank god my then fiancé, now husband is not the type to overreact or jump to conclusions, or be abusive. Imagine how bad that could have been for someone with an angry or abusive partner."
"Prank videos are a plague on the internet and there is a REASON so many of them are fake, or involve actors." - Darkovika
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" 'I was drunk / high / etc.' "
"Then don't drink?! Stay sober if you can't NOT be an a**hole!" - BasedBenjamin
"Alternately, I hear a lot of 'I'm a happy drunk!' "
"Yeah, according to your drunk a$s. That doesn't mean you're not an ahole. Not remembering is not an excuse either." - PepeBabinski
"I was also loud, obnoxious, and I wouldn't remember sh*t the next day."
"Quitting drinking has been one of my best choices of my life." - TTungsteNN
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" 'I'm just trying to help you' " - Miserable-Air1234
"Every time I've heard this, they're manipulating me while helping only themselves." - mykittenfarts
"My Mom to a T. Everything she does is better than anyone else's and she always gets pissed that people don't praise her for 'helping.' "
"She's now a certified (by herself) psychic and I have come to the conclusion that she's not a covert narcissist but an obvious one. I really wish I was joking." - Silent_Discussion657
Parenting ProblemsLeave Me Alone Run GIF by TLC EuropeGiphy
"Any variation of 'I'm a Mother/parent.' "
"Had some lady cut me in line at a coffee shop and she hit me with 'I'm a single Mom of 3!' as her excuse."
"Ok? And? I was still here first." - maid-for-hire
"I'm a single mom and I f*cking haaaate when other single moms/parents pull that sh*t to get special treatment."
"Last week, I was having a rough morning, my kid was being difficult, and I was running late. I was rude to a cashier over a minor inconvenience."
"Not only did I apologize for my shitty behavior, I wrote corporate to let them know how professional and patient she was while I acted like a f*cking toddler."
"Was being a parent part of the reason I was frustrated? Absolutely. Was it an excuse for that behavior? HELL no."
"I acted like a b*tch, and I called myself out, and I apologized. I still feel bad about that - I rarely let things get to me to the point I snap at others." - ClusterfckyShtshow
"Wow. I'm a Mom as well and tired but it doesn't give anyone a right to use it as some sort of ploy to get away with stuff."
"Like, mice become Moms about 12 times a year. You're not special 🤣" - SpoonLoops
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"I had a boss say some really racist sh*t around me one day and the next day, out of nowhere, he says:"
" 'Don't believe half the things that come out of my mouth!' "
"It was not really an excuse, more like trying to cover for himself after the fact, but still stuck with me." - sirlongbottom441
"Report them to HR. Seriously." - kokichi--ouma
"Looking past the racist stuff for a bit, that's not a very encouraging thing to hear from a boss…" - WonderfulBlackberry9
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" 'I'm having a bad day/week' "
"Okay, so you decide everybody that you interact with deserves the same fate? Get out of here, dude." - myordinaryexistence
"We all got stress, don't take it out on me. I get some people have stress bad enough for it to be passable every once and a while (family member passing, etc) but general, stress should not lead to you being a jerk to me." - willsimpforfree
"Damn, I'm definitely guilty of this. Usually I remember to apologize after but at this point I've learned to just avoid the situation in the first place by minimizing my interaction with people if I'm in a shitty mood." - nozzzrul
"Reminds me of when that White boy went on a murder rampage and killed a bunch of Asian women & that a-hole sheriff gave a press conference telling the media that the 'poor boy had a bad day.' "
"My idea of a bad day involves going home after a rough day at work and just staying in the house."
"Apparently, I should change my ethnicity from Asian to White and go on a murder rampage, see if my @ss gets a sympathetic sheriff to say on my behalf that I had 'a bad day.' " - kingkazul400
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"This won't go down well, but using depression as an excuse. As someone who suffers from it, it's still not ok to treat others like sh*t" - Rainbowwallstickers
"Could not agree enough. My partner has a 'friend' who treats everyone like sh*t all the time, has no consideration for others and openly mocks people in public."
"She gets so much grace from those around her under the guise of her 'mental health.' It's so infuriating watching an adult woman never have to take responsibility for her actions." - 34boor
"I get there are some things you can't control, but you are still responsible for keeping that sh*t in check and if you're aware of your mental illness, you should be aware of how you approach people and situations."
"I'll admit I used to be guilty of using my mental illness to be an @ss, but now I'm trying to better myself" - VeeSquibbles
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"People are letting Florida off the hook way too damn much. And I live in Florida."
"Just because it's hilarious doesn't mean it isn't still completely f*cked up." - AlphaWhiskeyOscar
"The phrase 'Florida Man' is almost always followed some heinous way a Floridian is being an a$$hole." - PepeBabinski
"I'm also originally from Florida, and that state has serious problems. We need to pay attention to it." - [Reddit]
Moment of honesty ... as a Floridian ... yeaaaah, I'm gonna have to agree with that last one.
We live in a time where we are critically re-examining how we pay workers. After a two-year-long pandemic where some low-income and "unskilled" jobs were deemed "essential," we now must put our money where our mouth is.
For too long in the world have incredibly important jobs been overlooked or else outright maligned. Teachers in the USA make some of the least money, career-wise, and have some of the hardest jobs. Dancers pay to put their bodies through hell with no guarantee of paid work after training.
So how do we fix this problem? By naming it, of course.
Redditor u/NightReader5 asked:
"What professions are severely underpaid?"
Here were some of those answers.
Our Elderly Deserve Better
"I worked as a CNA in a nursing home and I loved it. It's such hard work for such little pay and that's why I had to leave."
"Not only that but I was a rare person in that I LOVED caring for the residents. Nothing was beneath me such as changing a dirty diaper or spoon feeding."
"Everything helped their quality of life. Sucks they can't keep people that genuinely enjoy it cause I couldn't make over $10 an hour."-Dancer9d9
"Came here to say this: Emergency Medical Technicians. I will never not be just a bit salty about this."
"My husband is one of those people who does this job because it's his passion and he loves helping people."
"It would be nice if he earned more than the kid who just got hired at McDonald's this morning."-ThePotterheadHobbit
High School Bathrooms....
"The janitors at my high school. I walked in the men's bathroom there once and there was a mega-giant steaming pile of crap and diarrhea right in the middle of the floor."-satanic-sex-god
"Anyhow. Are you sure that was a high school? We're talking grades 9-12 here, right?"-VoicedVelarNasal
"Unfortunately yes. Other highlights of my oh so great high school men's bathroom that contains teenagers from 14 to as old as 20 are:"
"A dude bringing a sledgehammer to school and smashing a sink, the toilets being blown up, the toilets being frequently clogged with trash..."
"Smashed beer bottle glass covering the floor, and a centimeter of pee flooding the bathroom whenever you walk in. I hate it here."-satanic-sex-god
You know immediately YOU might not want to do this job--so why is someone else getting paid next to nothing to do it?
The More You Help Others The Less You Get Paid
"Statistically speaking, any job that provides significant social benefit to others, the less you will get paid, something that David Graeber discusses in essays and his work, Bullsh*t Jobs."
"This is so sad. I'm currently in a job that pays very well, I just dont find any meaning or fulfillment with it. I want so badly to do something where I'd be helping others- something with purpose- but I honestly dont think I can afford it."-mko0njo9
"Social workers. Dealing with negligent, abusive parents while trying to help the children while in an underfunded, low-paid system is a travesty."-ZRX1200R
"Can also confirm. I like working with my family's but I don't get paid enough to deal with their crap or most of the bureaucracy."-Altowhovian93
Minimum Wage To Go Against FIRE
"Entry level wildland firefighters. They start them at $15 an hour."-NuclearEyedSquirrel
"I live in a small town in Ohio and I think the lowest starting wage I've seen was 11."
"That's the low side and those places are having trouble hiring because there's so many places paying higher. McDonald's here starts at 13 or 14 an hour."-rjoh4459
One Kid, One Para
"Paraprofessionals. Yea, my town increased the pay rate for paraprofessionals to get more people to apply since they have a shortage but the pay increase was not that good IMO."
"For that job, I think you need to be compensated for the physical and mental demands of the job."
"It's a hard job and they should be paid for the work, the pay rate in my community for the job with 60 credits is $14.50 but I think it should be more than that."-YourQueen2Bee
The question then becomes, why won't the people who HAVE money do something to help the quality of these jobs, and make sure that these people get paid?
"Everything in veterinary medicine. Kennel technicians, Veterinary assistants, Veterinary technicians, Veterinary receptionists, and Veterinarians."-aIsiduous
"Veterinary interns/residents, too. I work 70-120hrs+ per week, am on call about half the days per month, have to pay for my own board exams and accreditation fees out of pocket, and all for ~$33,000 per year."-WyrdHarper
"It's bullsh*t. There's nothing on this planet I want to do more than be a veterinarian, but I simply cannot afford the debt. Hopefully one day we'll get the recognition deserved. Stick in there, I know you got this!"--aIsiduous
In The Classroom
"I work in a special school, I love it but I really don't think we get paid enough for all the times we get yelled at, punched, kicked, bit, spat on, cursed at, have our classrooms trashed, have things thrown at us..."
"And then we also have parents making demands and admin telling us their 'simple' solutions to all of it that we have to carry out while they have zero clue on what it's actually like to spend a day in the classroom."-Sajiri
A Morbid State Of Affairs
"Funeral directors/embalmers/funeral professionals. We didn't get days or holidays off to begin with. Now the pandemic has stretched us to working double overtime, which we are exempt from getting paid for under Florida statutes."
"And forget hazard pay for being exposed to COVID multiple times a day every day via the deceased, the deceased's family members, the general public attending funerals, and the hospital/nursing facilities we remove decedents from."-Lesscute
So why are we holding off on giving these people a raise? Their jobs involve dangerous, mentally and emotionally taxing situations, and yet, we treat them as if society could function without them. The truth is it couldn't.
And society had best learn that as soon as possible.
What causes a small town to die?
Honestly, there can be quite a few factors, but perhaps the biggest one is that small towns often lack the upward mobility opportunities that are more available in urban areas.
As a result, many towns around the United States for instance have lost tens of millions of people as their populations seek jobs and opportunities elsewhere.
And what remains of these places can be pretty sketchy.
People told us more after Redditor RadicalizedSnackWrap asked the online community,
"What's a super sketchy US city that we never hear about?"
"Daytona Beach, FL. Imagine a bunch of alcoholic high school kids who came for spring break in 1984, and never left, and never grew up."
Oh, I don't have to imagine it.
I've seen it!
I lived in a neighboring town for a while and bodies would always turn up in farmer's fields that the cartel in Yakima had dropped off there."
Sounds like Netflix needs to get its hands on Yakima, a new show to go against Ozark.
"I remember a story..."
"Guntersville, Alabama. If I were to ballpark it, over 80% of the population are meth addicts and traffickers.
I remember a story where a man walked into the Walmart, took all the supplies and equipment required to cook, and proceeded to cook meth in the bathroom."
"A run-down town..."
"Reading, PA. A run-down town that is mostly used as a central point to run drugs between New York and Philly."
I am writing this from right nearby actually, and I can smell it from here.
"Small town almost entirely..."
"Butte, Montana. Small town almost entirely comprised of violent meth heads."
"More of a town than a city..."
More of a town than a city, but it's such a weird place, bordering on Twilight Zone. You'll see a meth house right next to a youth theatre."
According to a friend I have who spent a lot of time in Arizona, this sounds about right.
"Used to have..."
"Gary, Indiana. Used to have a prosperous steel economy, but now it's just home to abandoned buildings, failing infrastructure, and lots and lots of crime. Just look up pictures."
"I always said..."
"Amityville. Yes, that Amityville.
I always said the "Amityville Horror" house is for amateurs. You want something scary, put on a nice watch or a gold chain and wander around downtown Amityville after dark."
I went there once.
I have not been back.
"It looks harmless..."
"Harrisburg PA. It looks harmless and maybe a little boring but holy hell that place is a giant puddle of corruption just waiting for someone to step in it. Not just state government, there's a bunch of layers you can use to crawl up the corruption ladder."
"Used to be..."
"Natchez, Mississippi. Use to be the headquarters for the KKK. Not much there besides crackheads, plantation homes, and European tourists. Don't own a nice place if you're black, you'll be stopped by the police and questioned."
It doesn't look any of these are changing anytime soon, and that's sad.
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