Casual Friday is a gift, a blessing in a dull experience of droning meetings and angry clients. It's something to look forward to all week long, even when the rest of the 9-5 days try their best to bring you down. This make it upsetting when people abuse that privilege, seemingly ruining it for everybody.
In the stellar word of The Office's Kelly Kapoor, "Damn it, Meredith, where are your panties?!"
Reddit user, u/Logistics515, wanted to observe the worst outfits when they asked:
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Had a client coming in and the office Manager told everyone to please dress very nice. A girl came in dressed in her prom dress.
Showing His Patriotism...Question Mark?
A guy showed up to his sales job at a public event wearing a tank top that said F-CK ISIS.
Boss asked him to leave lol
Setting A Precedent Early On
I worked as receptionist for a government office. They were holding interviews for an important position which required lots of interaction with the public and a high degree of professionalism.
One candidate arrived wearing a low cut tank top and a short denim skirt, with frizzy 80s style hair. It was like she was trying to look 20 again (she was nowhere near 20).
They still gave her the benefit of the doubt and went ahead with the interview. I spoke to one of the interviewers later in the day and he told me she bombed it.
Seeing Too Much Of You, Jerry.
A male coworker who strolled through the atrium and through reception every morning in his red lycra bike shorts.
He might as well have been nude.
*cue "I Ripped My Pants" song
Guy at work split his pants and rather than go home for the day, took them off and duct taped them on the inside. Then split them again, gave up and went home. He was pretty good natured about it and nobody gave him any flack after they blew out each time.
Keep Them Up
I once went to a language tutor center with my wife. We were met with a young 20ish brunette wearing a see-through top. You could quite clearly see she wasn't wearing a bra underneath either.
She went through a 15 discussion about who they are and why we should pick them and considering my wife on my left, I had the longest and toughest 15 minutes of "my eyes are up here" that I've had in my life. I have no idea if she knew or just went with some random top braless and it just so happened to be see-through that day.
Comfy Is As Comfy Does
My dad works at a large company where they have trouble keeping employees. Girl shows up wearing PJ pants, slippers, tank top and, because it's cold outside, she "wears" a freakin' BLANKET. It was a big fluffy blanket that she kept wrapped around just shoulders all day. Worked her whole shift.
Don't Google It
Ahegao t shirt on casual clothes day at school (know school isn't work but we do work at school so I guess it counts.)
Woof...Just Bad Choices All Around, "Margaret."
Hopefully I'm not too late.
I used to work at a non profit part time through high school and college, sort of like the YMCA. I was super close to all the other recreation staff / counselors because we had all been in the program together too.
Anyways, Halloween comes around and I propose the idea to have a communal fall festival with the other local non profits, we all get together, play games, have a costume contest, the whole shabang. I show up the Saturday of the event about an hour and a half before anyone else to start setting up. Upon entering the office, let's call her Margaret (office admin lady), greets me in head to toe black face. Every inch of her body painted black with big pink lips smeared on. Mind you it was 6:30 AM, I wince to think about how early she must have gotten up to apply it all. She is also accompanying this with a bone necklace and straw skirt, bare feet, and black stockings hung from her chest with the nipples cut off baby bottles on the ends, hanging to her knees. She starts doing a dance and exclaims, "I'm a cannibal! Or a savage, however you want to interpret it."
I've never been so shocked in my life. It was way too damn early and I immediately panicked because a few dozen families were going to be arriving soon. A quick call to boss man more in shock than in anger and he dials her. I hear a few pleas: "oh no it's okay, my husband and I have worn this to all of our costume contests at temple and win every year, he dresses as an explorer too, then we kiss as part of the joke!"
She left for the day crying, and that is when I decided to leave that carnival of a job. Still close with all the guys I worked with though, chaos isn't too bad when you have a group of people to go through it with you and you can all laugh about it later.
Not Work, But, You Know, C'Mon Parents. Get It Together.
It wasn't technically their job, but once when I was in kindergarten somebody's mom showed up wearing a shirt that said 0-horny in 2.5 beers.
She was actually the reason the school had to release a dress code for parents and guardians when visiting the school.
Really? You REALLY Can't Tell Why We Brought You In Here?
One of the agents I was teaching in a call centre wore a dress so low cut and so short that when she moved the wrong way I saw /everything/.
Another girl liked wearing corsets to make her boobs spill out of her shirt and hoodies that said inappropriate things like "Blow me." She couldn't understand why HR kept pulling her in for meetings.
Well, I Already Got The Job, So...
The receptionist at a profesional office I worked at thought it was OK to wear an oversized Tupac t-[shirt] with no pants and slippers to the office for her first official day. Overall very confusing because she wore a beautiful outfit for her interview,
That's A New Kind Of Distraction
On Valentine's Day, a new hire dressed like "Cupid."
He wore a white shirt decorated with red hearts and a white tie with a large heart on the center of it.
Then, his pants were also white, but with angels going up and down the legs. Everyone loved it, especially the female employees. But his supervisor told him to go home and change because it was a "distraction."
London. France. Underpants.
I used to work in a call centre and there were way too many people dressed like it was Saturday night.
One girl in particular was wearing a short skirt one day. Her colleagues next to her kept insisting that it's too short and she kept insisting that it wasn't. One woman who's a little person (is that the right word?) walks by when that conversation is happening and says "It is too short. I can see your underwear, it's pink."
I May Not Play By Your Precious Rules, But I Get Results!
I used to work with a surgeon who once burst into an operating theatre in his pajamas and flip flops. He had gloves on but that's about it. No mask, no hat, no scrub.
To be fair, the patient was bleeding to death and he answered the call for help. Saved her life. Gave her loads of antibiotics though.
Doesn't Matter How Much You Walk
No t-ts and a-- here but many moons ago i worked for Royal mail as a postman. Had a new hire that came into work wearing high heel platform boots. She didnt come back the next day because she didn't seem to understand that those items of footwear are not conducive to the amount of walking posties do, and managed to knacker her ankle. Also complained that carrying bags and putting mail through letter boxes was damaging her nails.
Never saw her again.
Dead Set On Nabbing One
Hospice central office. Secretary is looking to catch some doctor.
Fish net stockings. Skirt that shows the bottom of her a--. No underwear, maybe a g-string.
MD comes in and states "What, is this a strip club now?"
I about fell outta my chair.
It Would've Made Heff ProudGiphy
Playboy bunny outfit.
I was a server at a semi-nice casual restaurant that was frequented by business people. It was Halloween and we were encouraged to wear costumes. One of our hostesses wore this and our manager didn't flinch until a customer complained.
Wow, Everyone Really Misses Him...
I worked for an instrument supplier and was installing equipment at a customer site (pharmaceutical company.) It was around Halloween and Hugh Hefner had just died.
Lots of employees were going around (including in the lab space) dressed like playboy bunnies. Not that their outfits were that skimpy (especially those who were in labs) but it was still weird seeing a bunch of scientists at work in bunny ears, bowties, and cotton tails paying tribute to playboy
Not quite up to the standards here but the funniest one I have seen in the last few years was the day we had to sit through Ethics and Compliance training to be told about not accepting bribes and gifts and one of my team turned up wearing all branded gear that he been gifted from one of his suppliers.
A girl in my masters biology degree course, brought a water bottle into the first lab and picked a lab coat that was too small, so it only buttoned at the top, kind of like a Cape with sleeves. The lab PhD student got her a new one when she noticed the next day, but she still intermittently buttons only the top, meaning most of her front is not covered by a lab coat. We've been working with E. coli for most of the last 2 weeks. She has to be reminded every couple of days to tuck her headscarf into her lab coat, to the point where she was at risk of it falling over a lit bunsen burner. She isn't the only person who wears a headscarf in my lab, and everyone else has had no issues.
Again, we are masters students. Her poor choices in lab coats are far from the worst thing she's done.
Danger Foollab scientist GIF by Hronotop Graphic Giphy
Girl came into the lab with open toed shoes. Freaking psycho.
I See U!
A girl I knew wore a see through mesh top to work without a bra in a call center I once worked at... oddly enough she wore it about 3 times before she was eventually pulled up about it (can't think why).
NSFW in a different way - I worked in a law firm with a fairly casual dress code - jeans and t-shirt were acceptable, but just barely. The legal assistants regularly took documents to the local county courthouse for filing. One legal assistant came in wearing a "F**k the Police" t-shirt. I wasn't his boss but I couldn't resist telling him he couldn't wear that shirt to the courthouse. He borrowed a sweater from someone.
I worked a call center years ago. No dress code. People would literally roll out of bed and come into work in what they had on. It wasn't until one of the employees decided to hold a joint in his ear the whole day that they decided to implement some rules/dress code. But slippers and pajamas were still ok.
Black & White
When I did retail we would often have meetings after hours to discuss new merch, changes in the company, renovations, etc. and since it was after hours dress code was never enforced. Well, one day we have a meeting and the manager decides everyone has to come in dress code (for men it's a suit and tie) so I decided to go dressed in full white tie: tuxedo with tails, waistcoat, wingtip shirt, white bow tie, tophat, the whole nine yards. It was actually a lot of fun pretending that was my everyday outfit.
Oh Stanleyvalentines day flirting GIF Giphy
It wasn't so much the outfit but the bow and arrows. One person in accounting dies from a heart tipped arrow and suddenly it's "Maybe you should go home and change Stanley!" "We have a no Cupid policy around here."
A female co-worker wore saucy outfits when she and I worked in a hospital. She was already sleeping with a surgeon and was using that outfit to lure more doctors. Another surgeon saw me shake my head to myself when I saw her outfit that day, and he was unable to contain his laughter.
Accidents with crazy....
Secondhand story from my husband, but a guy on another crew wore a two piece safety suit instead of the one piece like he was supposed to for the job. He slipped and fell on his butt in some caustic waste. Since it was a two piece suit, it was able to leak into his suit and he had to basically run out of the job, strip down naked, and have coworkers pour vinegar all over his lower half, including down his butt crack and on his junk.
So remember, if you work a safety job, don't ignore the required gear. Sometimes the required gear seems silly, but they require it for a reason. Accidents happen and in a worst case scenario, proper get should save you.
Even from a DistanceBinoculars Watching GIF by Originals Giphy
One girl wore a pair of black leggings that were so thin you could see the color and pattern of her underwear from 50 feet back.
The position has been filled.....
Wasn't a job but a job interview. I was doing a remote interview via Skype and the woman being interviewed was driving a car.
She propped her phone up against the speedometer so she could use both hands to drive. When she set up the phone it was clear that she was wearing a very large and loose tank top with no bra and big sunglasses.
At one point she asked me to wait and I said sure, until i realized she was ordering food in the Wendy's drive thru. when i called her out on it she tried to pic up her phone and dropped it between her legs. This is the moment my team lead and i saw her bare lady bits. I just hung up and threw her resume away.
Iron Man for the Save
When I was a medical student when this happened during a cat 1 C section I was watching. Was about 3am (in the UK consultants don't usually stay overnight when they're on call for most specialties), consultant was a ~40 year old guy that came in wearing Iron Man pajama bottoms and flip flops. no time to get changed. he saved the baby tho so fair enough.
Cover your bits....
Call centers on the weekends. There was one Saturday it was like all the girls on the team came straight from a lingerie party. One girl was wearing a lace teddy with lace boy shorts. I mean there was just enough pattern to keep the bits mostly covered. On the other end of the spectrum someone wore a bathrobe to work one day. We weren't sure if there was any thing under it.
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When I was doing my teaching internship, the 2nd grade teacher next door wore a leather miniskirt with black fishnet stockings. It was... questionable, to say the least.
"why not both?"
I worked in a very stuffy, old, and famous law firm. Last year on Halloween a very attractive young female attorney came in wearing a skin-tight black cat suit with cat ears on. It didn't show any skin. But it didn't need to. She was clearly not wearing a bra and her nipples were VERY visible, so was the fact that she was wearing a lace thong underneath.
This was the kind of office where men wore ties every day and women wore skirt suits or pant suits at all times. Nobody said anything to her as far as I know, but it was whispered about for a while.
I try very hard not to sexualize my coworkers, who are all brilliant and accomplished lawyers and not objects of fantasy. But that costume made me ask "why not both?"
We had a human resources manager that would wear shear white dress shirts to work. Her nipples were dark as heck and you could see them across the room through the shirt. In the sun, you could almost see through the shirts. This started a few months after the sale of the company to another firm. They moved their own people in to top management positions.
A month or two into the wardrobe change, the General Manager made an inappropriate pass at her. She sued and was awarded close to 10 years worth of her salary.
Recently at work one of our vans decided it didn't want to start. It being a brand new Dodge ProMaster we decided it would be best for the dealership to figure it out. We called and a big flatbed tow truck was dispatched. The tow truck arrived and the driver hopped out wearing slip style sandals.
I would assume a job were you deal with heavy machinery all day would require boots but who knows.
Fast forward a month and I am getting gas at the gas station down the street from my office. I look over to the next pump and who do I see? That same tow truck driver filling up the tank on his tow truck. He was still wearing that same pair of sandals. I left in a hurry after watching him light a cigarette as he pumped his gas.
Military O-5 (Army LTC) wearing thin spandex with no underwear and skin tight tankers top while on the job in a deployed location.
She didn't last the rotation.
Bless YouBilly Crystal Crying GIF by MOODMAN Giphy
Girl where I worked came with a cut t-shirt, showing her side breasts and wearing no bra. Manager came and told her to go home and get change so she wouldn't catch a cold.
One of the older men, getting near 60, wore short shorts, some women complained about his varicose veins being unsightly. He was asked to go home and change as knee-length shorts were ok, but not short shorts as stated in the terms of dress down day. His response was to comment about someone's Turban not being mentioned in the terms either. He was a team leader.
The very attractive intern showed up on casual day wearing a sheer top. Wasn't too bad, but you could clearly see both nipple piercings.
Intern was a guy. A whole new group of people were suddenly interested in working with said intern.
We had a temp working at our donation bay (thrift store). The first week she was dressed appropriately- sneakers, jeans, t shirt- but was vocally concerned that the work was going to ruin her good clothes, and she was waiting on her paycheck to purchase work clothes. The day her cheque came, she was over the moon shopping for clothes, but as I was ringing her out, I noted they were all work inappropriate- filmy, low cut, rude slogans, etc.
Whatever, I thought, maybe these are her new good clothes and the jeans were now her work clothes. NOPE. Came in the next day in spangly short shorts, bejeweled flip flops, a gauzy shirt that was way WAY too tight, and a half shirt over it that said "I don't f@@@@@g care."
Topless. I'll explain: I walked in on the very attractive 19 year-old receptionist while she was examining her big breasts. They were completely out there as she had pulled her top to her waist. I told her to put those away and she giggled and apologized.
Was she in a private room, break area, or all-gender bathroom? Nope. This was at the front desk and a client could have walked in at any moment.
Before that job she was a stripper at a full nude strip club.
Tame the Leather
I used to work as an intern in a classic corporate office and one of the manager who used to wear tops with HUGE cleavages showed up with leather pants which front side and back side were pierced with 1 inch holes and tied together with ribbons.
I worked a fence building job and my moss hurt his toe so was supervising with one steel toe boot and one sandal.
Since he could barely walk he wasn't really doing much so he wasn't like in danger of anything but it's still weird to see a guy with sandal on at a job site with thousands of pounds of wood and concrete.
Bye NowSee U GIF Giphy
One time this temp wore leggings that were damn near see through, like idk if she knew but her stuff was all out there for people to see lol she was sent home that day and never came back.
Hi, Miss Kemp...
Newly qualified teacher (24 y/o, hot as hell) wore a Halloween-style 'stripper schoolgirl' outfit to my all-boys secondary school on 'Non-Uniform day' once.
It was utter chaos. 500 hormonal as hell teenagers literally howling and running out of classes to come and see. The head of department basically ended up locking her in an empty classroom and closing the blinds, leaving her on her own for the rest of the day as he couldn't get her safely to the carpark for her to drive home. She didn't come in for the rest of the week and left the following term.
Hi, Miss Kemp.
I recently organized a conference with industry vendors. One of the vendors sales reps showed up, 7 months pregnant in a dress that would have already been too short had she not been pregnant. It looked like she forgot to put on pants. The look was completed with a weird shawl bolero and heels that were on the high side at the best of times, but must have been torture for her in the 3rd trimester. The woman was old enough to know better (i.e. mid 30s).
Not quite NSFW but I had a guy come in for his interview for a position that would require him to operate heavy machinery in a t-shirt that said "Caution : I do dumb things."
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Raise your hands--who had an emo phase in the 2000s? I know I did, as did a lot of people around me. All of us heard “It's just a phase" from our parents at some point, but when you're a kid, life as we know it seems so permanent.
Of course, most of the time, it was “just a phase". And looking back, those phases are regrettable, to say the least. Here are some prime examples of that.
What was your biggest/most regrettable "It's not a phase, mom. It's my life." that, in fact, turned out to be just a phase and not your life?
The enthusiasm of a young person can lead to some unexpected changes that parents are just not ready for.
I was VERY into The Transformers when I was a wee lad in the 1980s. One day, I decided to change my name to the name of my favorite Autobot. My name was lame, and I wanted an awesome Transformer name. And I was VERY insistent that my parents only call me by my new name. Calling me by my 'old' name would cause a big fat tantrum on my part.
So for the better part of a week, my poor parents had to call me Wheeljack.
Very 2008.Ariana Grande Shrug GIFGiphy
My cat-ear phase. I wore cat ears every single day. Everywhere. I had like 20 pairs of them. Now everyone thinks I'm a furry.
I find that very cute and wouldn't have thought you'd be furry. Even if you'd had cat mittens. I think my suspicions would have started if you moved a bit like a cat, displayed catlike grooming habits or got a cat mask.
Not gonna lie, that car sounds cool.
I went to a car show once as a teen, and the only newer car there was some chick's PT cruiser. It was hot glittery pink, and at the time I was obsessed. I insisted that one day I would have a hot pink car, with pink seats, pink dash, pink carpets, etc. I was pretty heavily goth at the time, so my parents just rolled their eyes.
These phases can often lead to some very strange fashion choices.
When I was a teenager (early 00s), I was waiting for my mother to pick me up and was wearing one of those sh!tty sports wristwatches. It was itching me so I took it off for a second, but then she arrived and because I was struggling to get it back on my wrist, I looped it around the equally sh!tty chain I had around my neck in a rush to get out the door.
My mom asked me about it in the car, and I told her this was my new style and I planned to wear it like that every day. She rolled her eyes.
I wore that watch on a chain around my neck every single day for 3 years or so. There are even professional family photos where I'm wearing it because I refused to take it off.
One day, the chain broke and I lost the watch. I was in high school at that point anyway and it was a major lady repellent, so... phase over.
Not everyone can be Eminem.slim shady eminem GIFGiphy
Baggy pants, being a rapper someday and being a professional skater.
When I was about 14 and Eminem was starting to blow up I bought myself a keyboard with a synthesizer. It cost like $200 which was all the money I had saved up. It finally came (this was way before amazon prime and such) and I tried rapping.
My sister told me "you're effing horrible" and I gave up right then and there.
This should be a sin.
I used to button the top buttons of polo shirts.
I must say, this is probably the worst one I've read.
Looking back at our regrettable choices, all we can do is cringe.
An optimistic look at bad tattoos.check me out season 3 GIF by PortlandiaGiphy
Being a tattooer. Regrettable because of those poor people who have my awful doodles on their bodies.
Take heart! My favorite tattoo is the one I drunkenly got my buddy to do in his living room one year during March Madness! It's dumb and frankly mediocre? But such a good story and has such good associations I smile every time I see it.
My friend and I decided we were going to open a bar in Jamaica with exotic snakes in glass cages in the walls at each booth. We convinced ourselves it would be amazing for at least two years in college. It was going to be called Fredro's.
My entire family made fun of me for it. Once we got out of college, we realized it was not feasible and joined the office grind. We're also two white guys with no ties to Jamaica.
Talk about cringey.
I wore a top hat with an anime pin on it for around a year. Met one of my current best friends while wearing it, idk how he could bear to speak to me after that.
My weirdest phase was probably when I insisted on wearing knee-high rainbow socks to school every day. But honestly, I don't regret it. I rocked those socks, and I wish I still have a pair.
To all the people out there cringing over their past selves, remember that you were just a kid, and to be easy on yourselves. After all, we've all been there
It should not take much for a consumer to be satisfied with the products they purchase.
Yet, too often, manufacturers who oversell their products fail to deliver what is promised and are inevitably left with angry customers who want their money back.
Whether the merchandise was defective or ridiculously overpriced, strangers online shared some of their worst purchases when Redditor BooksMcGee asked:
"What is the worst product you ever paid money for?"
Short Life Span
"This NERF gun that's supposed to shoot tennis balls for your dog. I bought it cause I thought you could load 3 at a time and shoot them far, but it's just one and it's super loud and the gun broke after like 4 shots (reading reviews later, this was a common issue)."
"There were these toys called squiggles when I was a kid and the commercials made it seem like the toy was alive. It looked like you would get this crazy little fuzzy worms as pets that would follow you around an so sick tricks and listen to your every command. It was really just a piece of fluffy string tied to another piece of string with googly eyes on it. People may say that it was supposed to be a magic trick but they should also explain that to a 5 year old who really wanted a pet."
"Not their fault, but I paid $70 for a Yugioh card hours before it was limited to one copy. Probably dropped to $20 by the end of the day."
These purchases were bad for your bum.
"A bicycle that literally fell apart before I made it out of the parking lot."
Not Worth Sitting On
"Joybird brand couch. Was so terrible, we returned it. Still hard to believe, we returned a freaking couch."
Going Nowhere Fast
"A 2000 VW Beetle (used)."
"Biggest piece of sh*t that literally had to have just about everything replaced before 100k miles and would still break down every time you left the driveway to the point where the tow-truck driver knew us on a first-name basis."
"An Oldsmobile Achieva from one of those buy here pay here places. I should have known better, but I was young and thought I was getting a good deal. I had the thing for about 5 months, I drove it for maybe 3 weeks. The rest of the time it was either in the shop, or in my driveway waiting until pay day so I could afford to fix whatever broke on it this week. Eventually told the dealer just take it, I'm not paying for it any more. He said nope, and I will make sure your credit is ruined. I said well you sold me a lemon, do you really want to go this route? He came and took it. Never reported anything to credit. I heard he got sued by several other people who sold sh**ty cars too and eventually went out of business."
"Always amazes me when I see them driving around still, I can only assume there's enthusiasts who just love repairing horribly designed cars."
These Redditors were not convinced what they ingested was edible.
"A box of plain Cheerios. Thought they were honey nut, poured a bowl, was very disappointed."
"If I wanted to taste cardboard, I'd just eat the box."
"A burnt frozen pizza at the air and space museum cafe in DC. I Don't wish that experience on anyone. There are some amazing restaurants in DC, don't settle."
The following electronics just gave off a bad charge.
"Asus Transformer Pad TF700"
"This was one of those early 'high end' Android tablets that was grossly underpowered, and it showed. Thing was slow as sh!t in no time flat. Rookie mistake investing into shiny new tech while they were still working all the bugs out. Think I paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $350-400 for it..."
"macbook pro 2018 13" touchbar. 2 years old and dead (battery). they're asking $300-$400 to change the battery. malfunctioning keyboard with double presses and missing presses. that's a lot of money for bad design."
"Past winter my old room heater broke down and I had to buy a new one. Went to a store nearby and somehow got convinced to buy a very costly heating device.. It's also my fault, since there were some sligthly cheaper options around, but nope. I wanted the expensive one thinking it will make my small room a volcano with little to no effort/cost (that's also what the seller told me). Long story short the device wasn't doing ANYTHING. No significant temperature changes, too much space, a weird noise, and was doubling my previous device in utility cost. I still gloom over those 80 euros.."
Some of my disappointing purchases was clothing, but only because I purchased them online. Unless they are a brand I'm familiar with, I'm usually fine with buying new jeans off of their websites.
But when it comes to graphic tees only available on specialty shops, an M-size shirt is not necessarily the same size as those found in other reputable stores.
I bought a medium sized T-shirt from a boutique store online because I loved the look of the design. But when it arrived, the supposed medium fit me like an XL.
At least I gained a fierce cleaning rag from this impulsive purchase.
We all know the job interview butterflies.
We sit outside the office or wait for the phone call and our foot taps at rapid speed. We run through some rehearsed answers, but worry that they'll ask a slew of things we never even considered. We try not to sweat too much.
Often, it turns out alright. We may not get the job, but we're respectable, give solid answers, and learn a lot about the place we're trying to get hired.
Other times, however, all of our far-fetched worries seem to come to life.
Curious to hear just how bad an interview can go, Redditor UIGrimsen asked:
"What was your worst job interview?"
Plenty of people had some truly bizarre stories to share. Part of these train wrecks were bad luck, and part were the insane antics of the people giving the interview.
But for us, they're simply hilarious.
"I applied for a job in a Planetarium, the interview was conducted in a big dome."
"Problem was, another part of the Planetarium staff was doing fire alarm tests during the interview. The dome amplified the sound so much, it was deafening. The interview staff acted like nothing was going on. We had to shout so we could hear each other."
"My mom raises chickens … and during COVID one of them got sick (not COVID). She had it inside to feed water hourly to try to nurse it back to life. My mom has to run an errand so I'm in charge of this chicken for the afternoon."
"I was on a phone screening with a candidate for a position in my office and this chicken starts having a seizure and dies on the middle of this phone call. I look over and it's laying almost like it was crucified."
"The candidate heard the commotion and asked if everything was ok … Which I relied 'yeah, the chicken just died.' "
"She withdrew her application the next morning."
"1.) I walked in as the HR lady farted"
"2.) it was a small office with no windows"
"3.) I asked her questions about their employee retention rate that she couldn't answer"
"4.) the fart stayed the duration of the interview"
"5.) I hope the fart got the job, because I didn't want it"
A Very Instructive Moment
"Applied to work at a vet clinic. Veterinarian did the interview while spaying a cat, apparently one of the cleanest and quickest surgeries they do. I fainted."
"Was not offered the job (after I woke up)."
Others shared moments when their excitement was deflated instantly. They encountered such closed-minded interviewers that there was almost no need for discussion.
That Bus Perk
"As an interviewee It was when I applied to a job as a Junior programmer and in 5 minutes the guys goes 'look, I'll be honest, there is no job, you can get an internship, no pay, we offer the bus pass' "
Plains, Trains, and Automobiles Later...
"I took vacation days to interview, bought my own plane ticket, and paid for my own hotel. First thing the interviewer said was, 'I have no intention of hiring you. This is just a courtesy because I knew your brother.' I had 8 more hours left in my interview day. It was painful."
"They ended up offering me the position many weeks down the road because they couldn't fill the position. I politely declined and got a very passive aggressively worded survey to fill out explaining why I passed."
There's a Right Answer??
"Wanted to work at H&M, got interviewed by the worst person ever."
"One question was and I am legit not lying, 'What is your favorite color and why?' "
"I answered 'baby blue because it's calming and not too harsh to the eyes.' My interviewer then said Oooh, sorry! Red is what we were looking for. And then proceeded to show me the exit."
Last, some shared the times they arrived for the interview excited and enthusiastic, but quickly learned how out of their league the position was.
These interviews looked more like brutal interrogations from the FBI than job interviews.
All the Principals
"Fresh out of college, I was looking for my first teaching job. I applied at a small district for an elementary school position."
"I walked in, expecting the principal and a few teachers. Instead I had the superintendent of the district, some high-level admin, and every single elementary school principal in the district. Probably 15 people in all. They peppered me with questions for 45 minutes."
"I had zero experience, just my student teaching. I did not get the job."
Shove Your Masters
"Finished up a masters degree in physics. Got a phone interview and was was told it would be an introductory chat. Was confronted with a technical interview panel (over the phone) of 6 PhDs, 4 of which had graduated from the research group I had just left. We walked through my research project in about 10 minutes."
"Then the pain began... felt like I'd only learned kindergarten physics."
An Extremely Intimidating Position
"Got an interview for a job as a floor manager at a gigantic steel foundry. I have some background in metallurgy so I thought it'd fit. It paid $90k and I was qualified resume-wise. I got there, turned out it was a group interview with three other applicants, to hear the pitch."
"If something messes up, the company loses $100,000 (some shockingly high amount, I don't remember if it was exactly 100k) per hour and it's your sole responsibility to fix it. They said you'd have to be on call 24/7 to handle anything that comes up."
"I got to the solo part out of curiosity and the interviewer they put me with said something to the effect of 'I know this job sounds bad, but actually it's even worse.' I was desperate for a job because I didn't land one straight out of college, but I was glad not to hear back from them after the interview..."
Here's hoping you don't have a job interview scheduled and this just amplified your anxiety 1000%. The nice thing to remember is that these horror stories are few and far between.
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Believe it or not, Canadians don't live in igloos or freeze to death all year round. If you go to Germany, it's highly unlikely that every German you meet will be cold and uninviting. Hop over to the United Kingdom and you're not going to run into tons of people with terrible teeth and bad hygeine.
These are called stereotypes, my friends, and it's best you leave them at the door. People were more than willing to strike down some stereotypes about the countries they know and love after Redditor HelloThere577 asked the online community,
"What are some false stereotypes about your country?"
"When most folks envision Scotland, they think of kilts, whisky, bagpipes, and red hair.
All of those things exist (and are common) here.
People might also imagine verdant hillsides, rocky bluffs, and skies that randomly switch between clear and cloudy.
Once again, that's completely accurate.
However, one stereotype which has absolutely no foundation, in reality, is the assumption that Scotsmen are constantly hunting haggis. In fact, haggis-hunting only takes place in February (which is the season for deosil haggis) and May (which is the season for widdershins haggis). For the rest of the year, the haggis is more or less left alone."
"I am originally from Portugal and moved to the United States. Around 80% of the people that I have met thought Portugal was either in South America, owned by Brazil, or a part of Spain. When I first came here it made me really sad."
"If the wildlife hurts or kills you in Australia, it's generally because you are f***** stupid. You are 10000 times more likely to be injured or killed in a car accident in Australia than by anything in nature."
This is likely very true, but knowing me, I'd probably be easy pickings for one of those huntsman spiders.
"That we end every sentence with "eh" and drink maple syrup by the gallon and have moose and igloos in our backyards."
You mean... you don't?
Just kidding. Canada is lovely––visit sometime. It's a lovely place.
The United States
"That we always have a shotgun at the ready. A shotgun is a home gun where a pistol is your everyday gun. Your revolver is your dress gun, for special occasions. Then of course your assault rifle is for when you're kicking back and cracking open a cold one with the boys."
"Anything related to The Sound of Music."
Probably gets annoying afer a short while. Great movie, though. Still dreaming about a trip to Salzburg.
"A lot of Americans seem to think we're inbred because we're an island. This is dumb, because it's a very big island (10th biggest in the world), and it's not isolated, we've been invaded, invading, and trading with the mainland for thousands of years."
"That we are car thieves. Crime was widespread in Poland in the 90s but today crime (including theft) rate in Poland is low."
"We do gesticulate a lot, but we definitely don't yell like crazy."
It seems Italian Americans are the ones who could learn a thing or two about being more reserved.
"Iceland. We're not some utopian Disneyland filled with quirky superstitious people that all believe in elves."
Remember: The world is an enormous place filled with people from all walks of life, and they don't take too kindly too stereotypes. Expand your horizons by having conversations with as many people as possible. You'd be surprised how quickly your preconceived notions will vanish.
Have some stories of your own? Feel free to tell us about them in the comments below!
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