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People Break Down The Worst Jobs To Have In 2020

i need a career change.

Well 2020 is definitely going to be quite a year for the history books... if not THE year. The job market took a catastrophic hit. Thanks to the Rona we've lost stores, restaurants, entertainment jobs and the list continues. Then of course there are the jobs that continue through crisis but then that means you took your life in your hands and prayed for the best. There was no perfect job solution for the first half of this year. Let's hope whatever 2020 has left to throw at us is softer on landing.

Redditor u/Donger69 wanted everyone to compare notes about some unfortunate career ideas in this current year of turmoil.... 2020 has been a handful... by asking... What is the worst job to have in 2020?



Anything medicine.

  1. Lack of PPE
  2. Crazy long hours OR:
  3. Getting furloughed because elective stuff is all cancelled.
  4. getting sick from COVID and possibly dying
  5. Not being able to live with your own family due to your constant exposure to COVID. Damn_Dog_Inappropes


I'd say small business owner, between the lockdown and the riots too many are gonna have to close permanently, for everyone else you may be out of a job but you have gov't assistance and can just find a new job, but small business owner is on the hook for whatever debts they might have and have expenses that are piling up.

imagine seeing your dream crash and burn because of this? Forikorder

Soups Not On...

I manage restaurants for a living and I've been out of a job since it all started here and still don't know when ill be able to reopen, take out and delivery often doesn't even cover the cost of operations for what required to do it.

The most successful place doing it are usually because the owner is in the kitchen himself not paying himself a salary and just slaving at it hopping to save his business. WormsMurdoc

paper? plastic?


Grocery worker. It's pretty crappy right now not gonna lie. The conspiracy theory fueled Karens are only fun to deal with the the first few times. Mutombo_says_NO


Medical waste disposal. DannyDagger1025

Christ, way way back when, when I was desperate enough for money for college, I worked at a hospital laundromat.

If you think about it for just one second, it was seriously one of the worse jobs you can pick; literal blood, literal guts, literal crap. Fortunately I worked in shipping so I didn't have to personally dunk anything, but holy hell the smell. Had to quit early. YourDailyDevil

"Where's the Onion?" 

Satirist. The real news is so ridiculous you can't make it up. TinusTussengas

I've started playing "Where's the Onion" on my Instagram story, where I'll post a bunch of news article names and you have to guess which is the satire.

People get it wrong frequently. vault114

It's Real Work.


Sex workers. gdym96

Just saw an article about Amsterdam sex workers, and yeah, it's difficult - they have a hard time getting unemployment insurance, they're not allowed to go back to work even as salons and bars reopen, etc. It's a difficult time for anyone doing in person work, doubly so for anything stigmatized. dtmfadvice

to sanitize....

Janitorial work must be a nightmare, trying to "sanitize" every surface while also touching every surface. Then add to that the mess left by rioters and looters that might hit your place of responsibility.

But to be fair ANY JOB is better than NO JOB right now.

So your job may be the worst, but be happy you are still earning a paycheck. ClownfishSoup

Fly Low.


Airline pilot checking in, so, airline pilot. asdx144

Yep. Years of training, hundred odd thousand in debt, kicking on low salaries and finally made the big time. Enter COVID. turbo-steppa

Towers Down. 

5G Tower Engineer in the UK.

Piece of crap human being scum bags are leaving razor blade and dirty needle 'booby traps' for engineers to hurt themselves on while working on towers.

Because the fools think the 5G towers are linked to the coronavirus and it's some government conspiracy.

If you do this, forget you and I hope you die in a fire. OnionyDoomage

The Year Gone.


Freelance corporate event AV production manager here. All of my work for the entire YEAR is gone. Right as I got the biggest raise in my entire life, 2020 was about to be the year I climbed out of this hole of medical debt. Now I'm making the least I've made since I left high school. This is also the first career I've ever had that I absolutely love. Lady-Morgaine

What else do you want me to say. 

Being a paramedic kinda sucks right now. I'm caught between protests and people dying of the rona. My partner at work just got sick and my company didn't even pay for the testing. He's still gone. People scream at me in the streets because I'm in uniform, but I'm just tryna keep everyone alive.

I feel guilty when someone gets real REAL hurt and I have to take them to a trauma hospital or heart hospital knowing they're going to be in massive debt or dead because of my decision. I've got patients with real Karen energy just out for blood. I drive a 15 year old car, I have no savings, and I haven't taken a day off in 3 years.

My stress levels are at a all time high, I've developed a stress rash around my nose, eyes, chest and scalp. Plus a fire truck ran over my favorite watch and I can't get it glued back together quite right. I have no family, and few friends. I work 24 hour shifts. What else do you want me to say. Reddit

Hazard Pay Needed. 

I think Manual Sewer cleaner is still the worst job ever. Specially in developing countries with no hazmat suits. runfcrun

Specifically in underfunded communities with no hazmat suits.

My grandfather is the maintenance man for my home town of 100 people in South Dakota. In the summers as a teen, I worked as his assistant. And twice a summer we would have to clean the sewers with rubber boots, a shovel, a ladder, and a bucket on a rope. mybunsarestale

No wonder all my senior CNAs are alcoholics.


CNA here. Literally half my unit died of Covid in the past 2 months and we couldn't stop the spread because it's a dementia floor and there's no (legal) way to force a confused older person to stay in isolation. We had people coughing up their lungs walk around the unit and cough on all the other residents and nothing could be done about it.

Oh, and because my unit had so few living residents left, they had started leaving just one aide. Just one.

For the whole floor. Where most of the residents left required 2 caregivers due to weight/aggression/etc. So now you're on a floor full of very confused, often panicking, very sick people who will sometimes randomly attack you for no real reason that you're physically unable to care for but if something goes wrong at all you're still completely to blame.

No wonder all my senior CNAs are alcoholics. Confusion_Aide


Suicide hotline operator.

You: "Things will get better."


EDIT: Wow. Did mot expect so much genuine agreement with this one. And just to be clear, I have nothing but respect for the hotline operators, now more than ever. Hang tough together, people! ApexInTheRough

Forget the Gills....

Working in a fish factory in Norway sucking the caviar out of them with a hoover spoon for 8 hours a day on a production line in a freezing cold factory where I couldn't talk to anyone because of the noise/language barrier. Some of the caviar sprayed in my mouth and I thought "well, at least I can say I've tried caviar." It turned out to be poo the whole time... Then I got demoted to the section where they kill the fish and slice their gils so they bleed out, had to slice a few thousand fishes gils a day.

Then when the fish were in season and they would shoot out semen all over the place. One time I somehow managed to stab myself in my right hand even though Im right handed. And got covered head to toe in blood and had to start work at 2am every day. march2020march

you left your $11/hour job?

Customer Service, no matter what year it is, that will be the answer. wish3understand

I left my Customer service job yesterday. I was employed to an unnamed, large scale "Christian" decor, arts, crafts, and hobby store. It was a lobby of multiple departments.

I told my mom about it this morning, giving as much detail as I could about how crappy it was to work for a company that'd did not care about me, only about results. Her answer "you left your $11/hour job? That's stupid, you can't find $11/hour anywhere, you're unskilled labor." Zyvii

Needing to sell Merch....

Musician would be tough. Hard to make money when you can't tour. Costner_Facts

Definitely. There are smaller bands that I listen to who were either out on tour or about to go on tour dumping their merch at discount prices online to try and make ends meet. A lot of them go $1000's of dollars in debt before their tours start buying all their merch assuming they'll sell it on tour. eternalrefuge86

Mask On!!! 

Retail cashier at a liquor store. My mask isn't going to protect me, according to the anti-mask drunks coughing and sneezing while I ring up their purchases. Sexybroth

Damn you Comcast!!!


Customer service for an internet and cable company.

I mean it isn't horrible, but people sure are. Some people really don't care about anything other than themselves. Our company stopped going into homes to install DVRs but continued to service them just not install new ones. The amount of people who asked "when will the virus be over" was astonishing. Like we are an internet company not the damn cdc. luckypuffun


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People Reveal The Weirdest Thing About Themselves

Reddit user Isitjustmedownhere asked: 'Give an example; how weird are you really?'

Let's get one thing straight: no one is normal. We're all weird in our own ways, and that is actually normal.

Of course, that doesn't mean we don't all have that one strange trait or quirk that outweighs all the other weirdness we possess.

For me, it's the fact that I'm almost 30 years old, and I still have an imaginary friend. Her name is Sarah, she has red hair and green eyes, and I strongly believe that, since I lived in India when I created her and there were no actual people with red hair around, she was based on Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo.

I also didn't know the name Sarah when I created her, so that came later. I know she's not really there, hence the term 'imaginary friend,' but she's kind of always been around. We all have conversations in our heads; mine are with Sarah. She keeps me on task and efficient.

My mom thinks I'm crazy that I still have an imaginary friend, and writing about her like this makes me think I may actually be crazy, but I don't mind. As I said, we're all weird, and we all have that one trait that outweighs all the other weirdness.

Redditors know this all too well and are eager to share their weird traits.

It all started when Redditor Isitjustmedownhere asked:

"Give an example; how weird are you really?"

Monsters Under My Bed

"My bed doesn't touch any wall."

"Edit: I guess i should clarify im not rich."

– Practical_Eye_3600

"Gosh the monsters can get you from any angle then."

– bikergirlr7

"At first I thought this was a flex on how big your bedroom is, but then I realized you're just a psycho 😁"

– zenOFiniquity8

Can You See Why?

"I bought one of those super-powerful fans to dry a basement carpet. Afterwards, I realized that it can point straight up and that it would be amazing to use on myself post-shower. Now I squeegee my body with my hands, step out of the shower and get blasted by a wide jet of room-temp air. I barely use my towel at all. Wife thinks I'm weird."

– KingBooRadley


"In 1990 when I was 8 years old and bored on a field trip, I saw a black Oldsmobile Cutlass driving down the street on a hot day to where you could see that mirage like distortion from the heat on the road. I took a “snapshot” by blinking my eyes and told myself “I wonder how long I can remember this image” ….well."

– AquamarineCheetah

"Even before smartphones, I always take "snapshots" by blinking my eyes hoping I'll remember every detail so I can draw it when I get home. Unfortunately, I may have taken so much snapshots that I can no longer remember every detail I want to draw."

"Makes me think my "memory is full.""

– Reasonable-Pirate902

Same, Same

"I have eaten the same lunch every day for the past 4 years and I'm not bored yet."

– OhhGoood

"How f**king big was this lunch when you started?"

– notmyrealnam3

Not Sure Who Was Weirder

"Had a line cook that worked for us for 6 months never said much. My sous chef once told him with no context, "Baw wit da baw daw bang daw bang diggy diggy." The guy smiled, left, and never came back."

– Frostygrunt


"I pace around my house for hours listening to music imagining that I have done all the things I simply lack the brain capacity to do, or in some really bizarre scenarios, I can really get immersed in these imaginations sometimes I don't know if this is some form of schizophrenia or what."

– RandomSharinganUser

"I do the same exact thing, sometimes for hours. When I was young it would be a ridiculous amount of time and many years later it’s sort of trickled off into almost nothing (almost). It’s weird but I just thought it’s how my brain processes sh*t."

– Kolkeia

If Only

"Even as an adult I still think that if you are in a car that goes over a cliff; and right as you are about to hit the ground if you jump up you can avoid the damage and will land safely. I know I'm wrong. You shut up. I'm not crying."

– ShotCompetition2593

Pet Food

"As a kid I would snack on my dog's Milkbones."

– drummerskillit

"Haha, I have a clear memory of myself doing this as well. I was around 3 y/o. Needless to say no one was supervising me."

– Isitjustmedownhere

"When I was younger, one of my responsibilities was to feed the pet fish every day. Instead, I would hide under the futon in the spare bedroom and eat the fish food."

– -GateKeep-

My Favorite Subject

"I'm autistic and have always had a thing for insects. My neurotypical best friend and I used to hang out at this local bar to talk to girls, back in the late 90s. One time he claimed that my tendency to circle conversations back to insects was hurting my game. The next time we went to that bar (with a few other friends), he turned and said sternly "No talking about bugs. Or space, or statistics or other bullsh*t but mainly no bugs." I felt like he was losing his mind over nothing."

"It was summer, the bar had its windows open. Our group hit it off with a group of young ladies, We were all chatting and having a good time. I was talking to one of these girls, my buddy was behind her facing away from me talking to a few other people."

"A cloudless sulphur flies in and lands on little thing that holds coasters."

"Cue Jordan Peele sweating gif."

"The girl notices my tension, and asks if I am looking at the leaf. "Actually, that's a lepidoptera called..." I looked at the back of my friend's head, he wasn't looking, "I mean a butterfly..." I poked it and it spread its wings the girl says "oh that's a BUG?!" and I still remember my friend turning around slowly to look at me with chastisement. The ONE thing he told me not to do."

"I was 21, and was completely not aware that I already had a rep for being an oddball. It got worse from there."

– Phormicidae

*Teeth Chatter*

"I bite ice cream sometimes."


"That's how I am with popsicles. My wife shudders every single time."


Never Speak Of This

"I put ice in my milk."


"You should keep that kind of thing to yourself. Even when asked."

– We-R-Doomed

"There's some disturbing sh*t in this thread, but this one takes the cake."

– RatonaMuffin

More Than Super Hearing

"I can hear the television while it's on mute."

– Tira13e

"What does it say to you, child?"

– Mama_Skip


"I put mustard on my omelettes."

– Deleted User


– NotCrustOr-filling

Evened Up

"Whenever I say a word and feel like I used a half of my mouth more than the other half, I have to even it out by saying the word again using the other half of my mouth more. If I don't do it correctly, that can go on forever until I feel it's ok."

"I do it silently so I don't creep people out."

– LesPaltaX

"That sounds like a symptom of OCD (I have it myself). Some people with OCD feel like certain actions have to be balanced (like counting or making sure physical movements are even). You should find a therapist who specializes in OCD, because they can help you."

– MoonlightKayla

I totally have the same need for things to be balanced! Guess I'm weird and a little OCD!

Close up face of a woman in bed, staring into the camera
Photo by Jen Theodore

Experiencing death is a fascinating and frightening idea.

Who doesn't want to know what is waiting for us on the other side?

But so many of us want to know and then come back and live a little longer.

It would be so great to be sure there is something else.

But the whole dying part is not that great, so we'll have to rely on other people's accounts.

Redditor AlaskaStiletto wanted to hear from everyone who has returned to life, so they asked:

"Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?"


Happy Good Vibes GIF by Major League SoccerGiphy

"My dad's heart stopped when he had a heart attack and he had to be brought back to life. He kept the paper copy of the heart monitor which shows he flatlined. He said he felt an overwhelming sensation of peace, like nothing he had felt before."



"I had surgical complications in 2010 that caused a great deal of blood loss. As a result, I had extremely low blood pressure and could barely stay awake. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by loved ones who had passed. They were in a circle around me and I knew they were there to guide me onwards. I told them I was not ready to go because my kids needed me and I came back."

"My nurse later said she was afraid she’d find me dead every time she came into the room."

"It took months, and blood transfusions, but I recovered."


Take Me Back

"Overwhelming peace and happiness. A bright airy and floating feeling. I live a very stressful life. Imagine finding out the person you have had a crush on reveals they have the same feelings for you and then you win the lotto later that day - that was the feeling I had."

"I never feared death afterward and am relieved when I hear of people dying after suffering from an illness."



The Light Minnie GIF by (G)I-DLEGiphy

"I had a heart surgery with near-death experience, for me at least (well the possibility that those effects are caused by morphine is also there) I just saw black and nothing else but it was warm and I had such inner peace, its weird as I sometimes still think about it and wish this feeling of being so light and free again."


This is why I hate surgery.

You just never know.



"More of a near-death experience. I was electrocuted. I felt like I was in a deep hole looking straight up in the sky. My life flashed before me. Felt sad for my family, but I had a deep sense of peace."



"Nursing in the ICU, we’ve had people try to die on us many times during the years, some successfully. One guy stood out to me. His heart stopped. We called a code, are working on him, and suddenly he comes to. We hadn’t vented him yet, so he was able to talk, and he started screaming, 'Don’t let them take me, don’t let them take me, they are coming,' he was scared and yelling."

"Then he yelled a little more, as we tried to calm him down, he screamed, 'No, No,' and gestured towards the end of the bed, and died again. We didn’t get him back. It was seriously creepy. We called his son to tell him the news, and the son said basically, 'Good, he was an SOB.'”



"My sister died and said it was extremely peaceful. She said it was very loud like a train station and lots of talking and she was stuck in this area that was like a curtain with lots of beautiful colors (colors that you don’t see in real life according to her) a man told her 'He was sorry, but she had to go back as it wasn’t her time.'"


"I had a really similar experience except I was in an endless garden with flowers that were colors I had never seen before. It was quiet and peaceful and a woman in a dress looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Not yet.' As I was coming back, it was extremely loud, like everyone in the world was trying to talk all at once. It was all very disorienting but it changed my perspective on life!"


The Fog

"I was in a gray fog with a girl who looked a lot like a young version of my grandmother (who was still alive) but dressed like a pioneer in the 1800s she didn't say anything but kept pulling me towards an opening in the wall. I kept refusing to go because I was so tired."

"I finally got tired of her nagging and went and that's when I came to. I had bled out during a c-section and my heart could not beat without blood. They had to deliver the baby and sew up the bleeders. refill me with blood before they could restart my heart so, like, at least 12 minutes gone."


Through the Walls

"My spouse was dead for a couple of minutes one miserable night. She maintains that she saw nothing, but only heard people talking about her like through a wall. The only thing she remembers for absolute certain was begging an ER nurse that she didn't want to die."

"She's quite alive and well today."


Well let's all be happy to be alive.

It seems to be all we have.

Man's waist line
Santhosh Vaithiyanathan/Unsplash

Trying to lose weight is a struggle understood by many people regardless of size.

The goal of reaching a healthy weight may seem unattainable, but with diet and exercise, it can pay off through persistence and discipline.

Seeing the pounds gradually drop off can also be a great motivator and incentivize people to stay the course.

Those who've achieved their respective weight goals shared their experiences when Redditor apprenti8455 asked:

"People who lost a lot of weight, what surprises you the most now?"

Redditors didn't see these coming.

Shiver Me Timbers

"I’m always cold now!"

– Telrom_1

"I had a coworker lose over 130 pounds five or six years ago. I’ve never seen him without a jacket on since."

– r7ndom

"140 lbs lost here starting just before COVID, I feel like that little old lady that's always cold, damn this top comment was on point lmao."

– mr_remy

Drawing Concern

"I lost 100 pounds over a year and a half but since I’m old(70’s) it seems few people comment on it because (I think) they think I’m wasting away from some terminal illness."

– dee-fondy

"Congrats on the weight loss! It’s honestly a real accomplishment 🙂"

"Working in oncology, I can never comment on someone’s weight loss unless I specifically know it was on purpose, regardless of their age. I think it kind of ruffles feathers at times, but like I don’t want to congratulate someone for having cancer or something. It’s a weird place to be in."

– LizardofDeath

Unleashing Insults

"I remember when I lost the first big chunk of weight (around 50 lbs) it was like it gave some people license to talk sh*t about the 'old' me. Old coworkers, friends, made a lot of not just negative, but harsh comments about what I used to look like. One person I met after the big loss saw a picture of me prior and said, 'Wow, we wouldn’t even be friends!'”

"It wasn’t extremely common, but I was a little alarmed by some of the attention. My weight has been up and down since then, but every time I gain a little it gets me a little down thinking about those things people said."

– alanamablamaspama

Not Everything Goes After Losing Weight

"The loose skin is a bit unexpected."

– KeltarCentauri

"I haven’t experienced it myself, but surgery to remove skin takes a long time to recover. Longer than bariatric surgery and usually isn’t covered by insurance unless you have both."

– KatMagic1977

"It definitely does take a long time to recover. My Dad dropped a little over 200 pounds a few years back and decided to go through with skin removal surgery to deal with the excess. His procedure was extensive, as in he had skin taken from just about every part of his body excluding his head, and he went through hell for weeks in recovery, and he was bedridden for a lot of it."

– Jaew96

These Redditors shared their pleasantly surprising experiences.


"I can buy clothes in any store I want."

– WaySavvyD

"When I lost weight I was dying to go find cute, smaller clothes and I really struggled. As someone who had always been restricted to one or two stores that catered to plus-sized clothing, a full mall of shops with items in my size was daunting. Too many options and not enough knowledge of brands that were good vs cheap. I usually went home pretty frustrated."

– ganache98012

No More Symptoms

"Lost about 80 pounds in the past year and a half, biggest thing that I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen mentioned on here yet is my acid reflux and heartburn are basically gone. I used to be popping tums every couple hours and now they just sit in the medicine cabinet collecting dust."

– colleennicole93

Expanding Capabilities

"I'm all for not judging people by their appearance and I recognise that there are unhealthy, unachievable beauty standards, but one thing that is undeniable is that I can just do stuff now. Just stamina and flexibility alone are worth it, appearance is tertiary at best."

– Ramblonius

People Change Their Tune

"How much nicer people are to you."

"My feet weren't 'wide' they were 'fat.'"

– LiZZygsu

"Have to agree. Lost 220 lbs, people make eye contact and hold open doors and stuff"

"And on the foot thing, I also lost a full shoe size numerically and also wear regular width now 😅"

– awholedamngarden

It's gonna take some getting used to.

Bones Everywhere

"Having bones. Collarbones, wrist bones, knee bones, hip bones, ribs. I have so many bones sticking out everywhere and it’s weird as hell."

– Princess-Pancake-97

"I noticed the shadow of my ribs the other day and it threw me, there’s a whole skeleton in here."

– bekastrange

Knee Pillow

"Right?! And they’re so … pointy! Now I get why people sleep with pillows between their legs - the knee bones laying on top of each other (side sleeper here) is weird and jarring."

– snic2030

"I lost only 40 pounds within the last year or so. I’m struggling to relate to most of these comments as I feel like I just 'slimmed down' rather than dropped a ton. But wow, the pillow between the knees at night. YES! I can relate to this. I think a lot of my weight was in my thighs. I never needed to do this up until recently."

– Strongbad23

More Mobility

"I’ve lost 100 lbs since 2020. It’s a collection of little things that surprise me. For at least 10 years I couldn’t put on socks, or tie my shoes. I couldn’t bend over and pick something up. I couldn’t climb a ladder to fix something. Simple things like that I can do now that fascinate me."

"Edit: Some additional little things are sitting in a chair with arms, sitting in a booth in a restaurant, being able to shop in a normal store AND not needing to buy the biggest size there, being able to easily wipe my butt, and looking down and being able to see my penis."

– dma1965

People making significant changes, whether for mental or physical health, can surely find a newfound perspective on life.

But they can also discover different issues they never saw coming.

That being said, overcoming any challenge in life is laudable, especially if it leads to gaining confidence and ditching insecurities.