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People Who Usually Only Clean Before Company Comes Over Explain How Messy They've Gotten In Lockdown

People Who Usually Only Clean Before Company Comes Over Explain How Messy They've Gotten In Lockdown
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I like to think I'm a pretty clean person. I grew up in a clean home. We'd occasionally have some clutter, but it was usually very quickly dealt with. My mother insisted on a clean kitchen and bathroom; my brother and I abided by a regular schedule of chores that kept our house spick and span. I've kept up those habits in all the time I've lived on my own, but let me tell you... living through a global pandemic has really affected my motivation for cleaning. While things in my apartment aren't exactly messy, they're not as clean as I would like!

After Redditor RobRogers asked the online community, "People who only clean their house right before they have company over, how clean/dirty is your house 9 months into the pandemic?" people shared their stories.


"I'm not living in filth..."

It...could be better.

I'm not living in filth, but it's cluttery in my bedroom and the floors aren't as clean as I like them to be.

imnotacrazyperson​

Relatable, huh?

We really feel for the mother who shares her story below.

"The exhaustion of trying..."

Actually got Covid, so it's currently a nightmare.

Since we're positive, that means one income since I work remotely and my husband does not, and both kids doing home learning.

The exhaustion of trying to juggle all of these sucked when we were well. Now my husband has been laid up for two weeks, I was laid up for one. Fortunately, I bought masses of snacks so the kids can feed themselves, but we're looking at no clean towels or dishes here in a day or so, I'm behind at work, kids grades have dropped... ugh.

Just makes me want to hide under the covers.

NoHearing9270

Ouch.

That's rough. And chances are there are many out there in similar situations. Such are the times.

Let's continue.

"The only mountain..."

Fairly clean since we have nowhere to be. The only mountain that is painstaking to get over is laundry....the bane of my existence. Dishes are a close second but we gotta eat.

MissMildOne

"Our house is messy..."

Our house is messy, but not necessarily dirty.

We still have Christmas trees up and gifts out.

A contractor came inside last week and I almost cleaned but they said they wouldn't need to come in. But they did for a minute and got to step I ever tons of stuff in the living room to get to the fireplace.

redpoppy42

"Since we are a lot more at home..."

Since we are a lot more at home it has become more of a priority to clean, but the dishes are just a lost cause.

okaymaybenoyes

Ouch.

Between you and me, I can't abide dirty dishes. Those always get done, no matter what.

Let's continue.

"To be fair..."

My wife and I have been bending over backward to keep it clean, but with the kids at home instead of school, our house can go from clean and tidy to utter chaos in the blink of an eye. We've got two teenage boys who just leave a trail of destruction wherever they go, and their little sister isn't much better. To be fair, it's really grinding me down and I am starting to look at boarding schools as an option, or giving them up for adoption.

Gooserider_3000

"Because I live alone..."

I'm normally pretty good with everything except vacuuming.

I hoovered the living room for the first time in too long last week, and the exertion just made my vacuum cleaner give up the ghost entirely. Because I live alone and I don't really use my living room except when I've got company over, the vacuum cleaner is still there, dead as a doornail, in the middle of a half-vacuumed rug until I can pull together enough of a desire to deal with its BS.

Portarossa

"My dad got so fed up..."

My dad got so fed up with the fact that my room was so messy that he took away my phone, laptop, and other electronics that I use except for my school laptop just so that I would clean it. I managed to get it clean in 4 days and the part that was the worst to clean was probably underneath my bed. There was sh!t that hasn't seen the light of day since 2018. My room has managed to stay clean but the rest of the house hasn't been so fortunate. I think that right now, my room is probably the second cleanest room in the house. The cleanest is probably my parent's bathroom.

onerandommusician

"It's like..."

It's like an episode of Hoarders in here.

SalarianAmerican

Oh, dear.

I'm hoping that's just an exaggeration...

Let's continue.

"I have to turn on a light..."

I have to turn on a light to walk to the bathroom without tripping.

slowlowcruise

"But on the other hand..."

It comes and goes. It's definitely easier to let things get out of hand since we were always having people over prior to the pandemic and now we're not. It's a source of sadness in a way like "Well it's not like I can see my friends so why bother cleaning it up." But on the other hand, we're not having people coming and going like we used to so a lot of the mess is more manageable.

missluluh

I felt that.

Motivation is hard, man.

"I actually took a week off..."

I actually took a week off of work to clean up my apartment. Sink full of dishes, computer desk covered in crumbs, most of my clothes needed washed, you get the idea. I can spread the workload out so I can still enjoy the fact I took work off.

Nymatic

"Our house isn't filthy..."

NOT. GOOD.

I have depression, anxiety, PTSD, and OCD. I work full time as my son's carer and am also in cosmetology school full-time. My husband has depression and anxiety (probably more, but these are the only two confirmed diagnosis). He works from home full time in tech support. We have a nine-year-old with Down syndrome that has been distance learning all year long, and a six-year-old whose optimism is never ending despite us homeschooling her this year on top of everything (she's behind a bit but she has gotten so good at writing her name!!). My son and I are extremely high risk.

We've been in lockdown since March.

Our house isn't filthy but it's cluttered, laundry hasn't been fully done in ages, and only the main areas of the floors have been cleaned in months. The Christmas tree is staring at me as I write this. At the very best, it is functional.

My husband and I's bedroom on the other hand is a sea of stuffed animals, confiscated toys, laundry, doll heads, and my half-assed quarantine hobbies. This is fine.

zomktn

"I have a rule..."

Relatively clean. I have a rule to do the bare minimum example make the bed, clean after myself after eating, take the garbage out, clean small messes. A deep clean of my house is long overdue though.

Plz

"It's funny."

It's funny. We moved during COVID, and our house may be more organized. We are always clean, but definitely not organized. My parents and sister are always not organized while I sort or organize my stuff. I'm consistent in where I put things like if I throw my clothes on one specific chair, I always throw my clothes on that specific chair.

Meanavdv

If you're feeling a bit guilty...

...don't worry. You are not alone.

I finally forced myself to do the dishes that had been sitting in the sink for half the day, by the way. At least they're drying, soon to return to their place in the cupboard. But if you're having a hard time, be kinder to yourself. We're all going through a collective traumatic experience. While it might behoove you to tidy up even a little bit to bring some semblance of order to your surroundings, don't be so hard on yourself if things aren't perfect. If they're not, that's perfectly okay.

Have your own experiences with a messy home? Sound off in the comments below!

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People Break Down The Most Bizarre Beauty Standards

Reddit user Quintowne asked: 'what is a beauty standard you cant believe people actually like?'

Woman in herbal bath
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We've all been held to some unexpected beauty standard at some point, like how to properly and less comfortably wear that shirt, or how we should cut our hair, or that our teeth should be whiter.

In addition to being inundated with these messages that we are not good enough or beautiful enough naturally, we're also confronted by advertisement after advertisement of the latest tool, makeup, primer, machine, or supplement that will make us that much more attractive.

And some of the beauty hacks that are suggested to us are, quite frankly, really weird.

Wondering what others had heard of, Redditor Quintowne asked:

"What is a beauty standard you can't believe people actually like?"

One Word: Photoshop

"Clearly photoshopped pictures and weird posing angles."

- chemistryofacarcrash

Suspicious Teeth

"Overly perfect veneers."

- doublexxchrome

"One of my Facebook friends already has good teeth but then she went and got veneers. Now her teeth are just...too big and too BRIGHT."

- HeathenHumanist

The Nose You've Seen Somewhere Before

"Every nose looking exactly the same."

- Blitzkriek

"Thank you from all the non-standard nose people."

- hyperfat

"And ski slope or button nose. They are cute but not everyone’s face is meant to have that type of nose and it doesn’t look good on everyone. It sucks seeing so many young girls on TikTok get nose jobs and all have the exact same nose."

- DepressionBarbie_

The Over-Inflation... Of Lips

"What people do to their lips is wild to me."

- Purples_A_Fruit

"I came here to say the over-inflated lips with the ostrich lashes combo. It’s so much."

- GamerMomm

Gaunt Chic

"Buccal fat removal."

- Groundbreaking-Duck

"Yes! The buccal fat is there for a reason. It instantly ages them. They look gaunt."

- Icy_Attempt_300

"Yes. There's a difference between a chiseled face and a gaunt face."

"Peak Angelina Jolie, Taylor Hill, Monica Bellucci, etc. have chiseled faces."

"Anya Taylor-Joy, Bella Hadid, and others who underwent unnecessary buccal fat removal surgeries just look gaunt."

- RainyDayReader_999

Questionable Eyebrows

"Stupid eyebrows that look like perfectly angled stencils are a shade way too dark for their complexion. Like blonde girls with two black geometric boomerangs on her forehead."

- montanagrizfan

Dislike Big Butts

"Butt implants. Just looks nasty as h**l."

- PureDeidBrilliant

"I just saw one in the wild without all the filters that normally accompany it. It was so weird. Like a flesh diaper that should have been changed hours ago."

- yellowmew

Too Dramatic Eyelashes

"Giant eyelashes that will make you take flight if you flutter them fast enough."

- T*tsMcGhee99

"My husband hates the long fake eyelash look, and he asked me why women wear them when men don't particularly like them."

"I thought it would be funny, so I told him it's not about impressing men but about asserting one's dominance on another woman."

"He believed me and now tells all his friends that it's an 'alpha-female' thing, hahaha."

- Striving_Hermit

A Little Too Perfect

"The overly sculpted beard trend. You know when the beard is trimmed and looks like it was outlined in concealer? Neatening up is nice but a sudden pale line as a border around your stubble... looks like it was airbrushed on and not touched up."

- hecatemoonshadow

"Thank you for putting into words what I could never put my finger on. It's that weird barbershop ad look. Too weirdly 'perfect' looking to be attractive."

- dzzi

Dozens of Miss Piggys

"I’m from Stockholm. A lot of girls, particularly from rich areas, like to use so much fake tan that they are orange, and bleach their hair from what was usually dark blonde to platinum blonde."

"Then they style it to make it voluminous (which is easy to do because their hair is dead from all the dyeing) and apply lots of make-up, which typically includes black mascara or fake lashes."

"So, a lot of girls here bear a striking resemblance to Miss Piggy. There’s nothing wrong with looking like this, I just don’t understand it."

- WhereMyEelAt

"No One's Neck's as Incredibly Thick as Gaston!"

"Those grossly buff guys on all dating shows. They all look like Gaston from 'Beauty and the Beast,' and I hate it so much. I don’t even watch those shows, but the lack of variety is appalling."

- toedplatypus

Flat... Teeth?

"Grinding canine teeth flat. A dentist once took me aside and told me that he could grind mine down, flat, and make it a really good smile."

"I said, 'No, thanks,' but was thinking, 'Why in the f**k would I do that?!'"

- Bardez

Laminated Eyebrows

"Laminated, combed-up, thick a** eyebrows. Why."

- comoshnyee

"Yes! This is the one I was going to say. It is such a strange beauty trend to me that I've noticed in the past couple of years. Granted, I do come from a time when eyebrows were plucked into a high arch."

"I think people should just leave their eyebrows be for the most part. I can understand plucking, waxing, or trimming very bushy eyebrows or a uni-brow, but combing the hairs straight up and plastering them to your forehead just doesn't look good."

- KrustyKohn

Follow the Leader

"The fact that a huge portion of the world's population has successfully brainwashed itself into thinking that the Kardashians/Jenners are the epitome of beauty to the point that many are willing to imitate whatever moronic thing they do to their bodies is just wild to me."

- Tough_Stretch

Standing Out from the Crowd

"Any plastic surgery that makes random women look like they're all related. At one point, we'll all start to think thin lips and big noses are hot solely because they'll stand out in a sea of copy/paste people."

- Intelligent-Guide-48

"It’s called the 'Instagram face' and it’s a legit phenomenon that is being studied by psychologists. It’s doing so much harm to people’s self-esteem and self-concept. We aren’t all supposed to look the same."

- InsomniacYogi

These certainly were some surprising trends, and some of them seem to refuse to go away, as much as many people dislike them.

But beauty standards have a way of coming and going, so by the end of next year, who knows what will be considered beautiful and trending then?

The norther Bavarian town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber
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Those who have traveled to Europe or interacted with Europeans may very well know they do things very differently and vice versa.

The differences between our different cultures can include idiosyncratic behavior, preferences, or attitudes.

And while we can very much appreciate these differences, there are certain customs that can be major head-scratchers.

Curious to hear examples of what those can be, Redditor a_m42_ asked:

"Americans, what is something that Europeans have/do that makes no sense to you?"

Getting from point A to B can vastly different.

It's A Driving Thing

"I'm Canadian, but it's always baffled me that some Europeans consider a half hour's worth of driving a long time. That wouldn't even get me out of the area I'd consider local."

– TwoFingersWhiskey

The Size Of A Country Matters

"Lol, I moved from Germany to the Netherlands. The Netherlads are so small that the longest you could actually drive from one point to another is 4 hours, otherwise you would cross a border."

"When I was a child I used to go to my grandparents' house every weekend. They only lived an hour away so the way was short to me."

"My boyfriend is Dutch and he told me be barely ever saw his grandma growing up because she lived so far away and they never visited her because of the long way. She lived 1 1/2 hours away."

– finilain

Concerned Swiss

"My coworkers from Switzerland came out to Denver and I took them over to Glenwood Springs, which is about a 3.5 hour drive and after about half an hour they’re like 'are you okay to drive? Do you want one of us to drive for a bit so you can rest?' I drive two to ten hours to go camping with my husband and two dogs at least two or three weeks a month, so this was just a normal weekend to me, but they were acting like I was some kind of crazy person lol."

– Beautiful_Jacket6358

Things at home aren't always what they seem as they are in the US.

Magic Windows

"It's not that it doesn't 'make sense,' but the first time I saw those windows that can be moved a bunch of different ways, you would have thought I was seeing a rabbit being pulled out of a hat, that's how amazed I looked."

"Tilt and Turn Windows."

https://youtu.be/LT8eBjlcT8s?si=AiDUT2KXLvkD3l8L

– Weird-Traditional

Temperature Control

"I don't know if you know this, but many European windows also have a winter mode. When the handle is 45 degrees up, they open up just a tiny bit (1-2mm), to provide some small amount of air circulation, but not too much to not lose warm air inside."

– Plukh1

Breathing Space

"us Germans are obsessed with ventilation. even in the middle of winter, we'll periodically slam our fancy tilt windows open. problem with the tilting or slight opening is it can lead to condensation with low temps and thus lead to mold. and we are obsessed with preventing mold."

"anyways, make sure the air in your room stays good, it makes all the difference."

– dispo030

Just A Place To Sleep

"In Germany, apartments don't normally come with a kitchen. It's purchased/installed by the Tennant. Sometimes you luck out but not usually."

"Edit.. Because this comment blew up, here is an article talking about it."

https://alisajordanwrites.com/2018/08/06/apartments-dont-come-with-kitchens-in-germany/

– Widegina

The Kitchen Stays

"When we sold our house recently, a german woman viewed it and said "this is lovely kitchen. Will be shame to see it go" i was like go where?"

"She was so excited when i said we werent taking the kitchen anywhere. Me and my husband were so confused.. she thought the house was a real catch because of it and was really shocked when the estate agent said that nobody takes their kitchens with them! Odd."

– Big_Strength7344

We all act a certain way, but these types of behavior can be jarring to Americans.

Now, See Here

"Idk if its all Europeans but Germans have a real big problem with staring like I owe them money. Also paying to use the bathroom in public spaces."

– Neat_Serve730

You Got That Look

"Lol we do stare a lot. When I went to study in the uk one of my professors asked me during a tutorial whether he was saying wrong things because apparently I kept staring at him, I didn’t even notice it haha"

"Edit since apparently it’s causing a bit of confusion: a tutorial is not the same as a lecture, in a tutorial you’re around 15 people in a small room, it’s much more intimate and easier to notice if somebody’s staring at you (which evidently was not just looking at him to show you’re paying attention but much more unnerving)"

– BatmanButDepressed

We Can't Handle The Truth

"I’m from the Midwest and my family is from the Netherlands. So the society that wouldn’t dare offend you in any way and the society that has no problem dropping truth bombs on you. It’s rough."

– philophilo

"The (in)famous Dutch straightforwardness or directness. We have been taught to tell it like it is. We will be polite and civil about it, but we have no time for beating around the bush when a problem has to be resolved. That being said, some of my countrymen use it as an excuse to be rude a**hats."

"Just say 'Ken jij het beter dan, pannekoek?' and be done with it."

– SmilingDutchman

I'm not sure if this is a thing but the first time I went to Paris, I found it very odd that my soft drink was served without ice.

This happened at three different establishments where I asked for a Coke and was presented with the soda can and an empty drinking glass.

When I asked for ice from the server, he scoffed, returned with one ice cube on a spoon and proceeded to pour the drink from the can onto the ice and into the glass.

Are you kidding me??

And he left with the spoon and the partially-melted ice cube. I didn't even get to keep that, so I was talking about leaving a lousy tip, to which my friend who was with me said the French don't tip.

It was definitely a culture shock day for me as a very young traveler.

We've all experienced poor customer service, even at some of our favorite places.

Though we might think certain places are completely reliable, every now and again we might find our food taking an unexpectedly long time, or be treated less than cordially by a new employee.

In most cases, these unfortunate situations were something of a fluke and won't stop us from going back in the future.

Of course, there are more extreme cases, which see the end of our ever using or frequenting certain businesses ever again.

Redditor OpposedToBears was curious to hear cases of businesses permanently losing customers through their practices, leading them to ask:

"How did a business permanently lose you as a customer?"

Bank Robbery... Done By The Bank!

"I had been a Wells Fargo account holder for 13 years."

"I started with a joint account with my parents as a teenager and later opened my own accounts and closed the joint account."

"My brother also had a joint account with my parents that he later closed when he opened his own account."

"He didn't really use his account with them and it was sitting empty."

"Fast forward to me being in law school and broke as a joke and my brothers account overdrawn because of some fees they were hitting it with."

"Wells Fargo decided to pull money from my almost empty account to cover my brother's overdrawn account."

"The only link between my account and his that we both, at some point in our lives, had joint accounts with my parents even though they were both now closed."

"Wells Fargo was wholly uninterested in listening to any sort of reason and repeatedly stated that this was their 'policy' despite the absurdity."

"My brother reimbursed me but I closed my account and have refused to do business with Wells Fargo on any level since."- kikithemonkey

Their Service Is Ironically Anything But "Direct"...

"Directv."

"They let you buy any movie or channel package online or with a remote, but if you want to cancel something you have to call into their 1-800 number."

"After sitting on hold forever and then having to sit through a bunch of offers on other channels and packages I just cut the cord."- ClassicPatsGamesYT

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Corrupt Car Salesmen Is a Cliché. That Just Won't Die...

"AutoTrader Online."

"Bought a car out of state and they never transported it."

"They also never handled the paperwork."

"Seller and I had to do it all ourselves."

"Weeks of phone calls with AutoTrader ending in, 'We promise', 'doing that now', 'just shipped', 'you should hear from them within X hours'."

"2 months.. nothing."

"Never again Autotrader."

"I don't believe your lies."

"Thank goodness seller was a decent human."- hyteck9

The Customer Is Always Right...

"I ordered carryout from a French restaurant in Pittsburgh early in the pandemic."

"The order was around $120."

"I gave them my PayPal debit card number."

"When I got to the restaurant, I added a bottle of water, which changed the amount I owed to, say, $127."

"So they processed the two orders, for a total of $247, which I did not realize until sometime the next week."

"It took over a month to get my first $120 returned to me."

"The owner of the shop could not have been any nastier, saying it was my fault."

"Never have I ever gone back there."- EnlargedBit371

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Makes You Wonder How They Ever Turned A Profit...

"SiriusXM called me to get me to renew my subscription."

"Here's how the convo went:"

"Me: I haven't used it in so long I didn't even know I had a subscription."

"You can go ahead and cancel it."

"SiriusXM rep: OK, your credit card on file is expired, so for you to cancel your subscription we need your updated credit card info so we can charge you for the last month of service and the cancellation fee."

"Me: Wait, so you want me to give you my credit card info so you can charge me to cancel your service, which I just told you I'm not using?"

"SiriusXM rep: Yes, that's right."

"Me: And if I don't give you my credit card info you have no way to charge me?"

"SiriusXM rep: Yes, that's right."

"Me: LMAO no. Goodbye."- OuterRimExplorer

People Expecting To Get What They Pay For Shouldn't Come As A Surprise...

"Vivid Seats."

"I purchased a floor ticket for a concert and was sent a mezzanine (2nd floor) ticket and unfortunately didn't notice til I got to the concert."

"Obviously floor tickets were WAY more expensive than the ticket I received."

"Vividseats refused to refund me because 'the seller fulfilled my order' ."

"Apparently doesn't matter if you don't get what you pay for."

"I filed a charge back with my credit card and just found out this morning that I won."

"I won't ever be using them again, customer service was horrible."- evelocityf

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Some Might Call This Karma...

"Twenty-seven years ago there was a little Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village in New York City."

"We had a friend who was on tour with an entertainment act, and whenever he would pass through New York, we would all get together with him for dinner."

"He was coming through the city late one night."

"We couldn't start dinner with him until 10:00 PM."

"This was not good for my wife and me as she was in her first trimester and waiting that late for dinner was not good for her stomach."

"My wife and I had an early dinner in the city, saw a movie, and then met our friends at this Italian restaurant."

"We decided that since we were not hungry, we would buy all the appetizers for the whole table."

"There were about 12 of us."

"We also said we would not be ordering an entree."

"We were told that this was unacceptable and I asked to see the owner."

"The owner came over and informed us it was the policy of the restaurant that we must order an entree regardless of how many appetizers we purchased."

"I protested pointing out that I had ordered over $100 in appetizers and I could get 2 entrees for $15 each."

"This idiot would not budge."

"So I canceled the appetizer order and purchased 2 lasagnas instead."

"I then requested that the entrees be packaged for takeout as neither my wife nor I were hungry in the least."

"I was once again informed that the entree MUST be presented at the table before being boxed to take out."

"Neither we nor any of our friends ever set foot in there again."

"I had a client in the village four months later and I walked past that restaurant."

"It was boarded up."

"Good riddance."- Sprocketholer

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You Can See Right Through Them...

"Glass door."

"They're f*cked."

"Make you leave a review to read reviews."

"On top of that they delete reviews posted by employees."

"I just want to know if the company I'm applying for is a hellhole."

"That's it."- heavenstarcraft

When Communication Is Your Business, You'd Better Communicate...

"AT&T."

"I had the weirdest situation."

"We had to transfer our landline to their new service but still AT&T to AT&T."

"It took over 21 days to get it working and I called them every single day (no joke)."

"They would say the same stuff 'we'll reset the system'."

"I decided to cancel it then said well you need to pay for the cancelation fee."

"I'm like, but you guys lagged so long that it made me cancel."

"Did not budge at all and said well you missed the deadline."

"Cancelled - AT&T internet ,phone, cable."

"Cancelled - AT&T business internet/phone."

"Cancelled - AT&T Mobile."

"I understand I'm just a number and won't bring down their business but you ain't getting another dime."- shocktopper1

Internet Web GIF by Sam OmoGiphy

No matter our profession, we've all had an "off" day at least once in our lives, so it's always a good idea to give people the benefit of the doubt.

But when people don't treat others with respect or compassion, or frankly don't do their job, don't expect any kindness or understanding in return.


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When I was in college, I worked at a restaurant as a hostess. Since I previously only babysat and tutored, a restaurant was a whole knew world to me.

Two of the girls who worked the same days as me were the ones to train me. They were a couple of years older than I was and had been working there for a year already, so they had a lot of experience. They not only taught me how to do the job, but gave me a lot of tips to make some of the more tedious tasks easier.

They both seemed like responsible girls, so when I came in the week after my training was over, I was shocked to hear they were both fired. According to a server I'd become friends with, the girls had snuck in some alcohol on what was supposed to be a slow day (it was a Tuesday, which was always our slowest day) and decided to have a "party at the host stand."

They got completely wasted and basically kept tripping as they led guests to their seats, even as they told the guests to watch their step. When one of the girls accidentally poured a milkshake over one guest and had to call a manager to smooth things over, they were caught and fired on the spot. I was cringing at their stupidity!

Apparently, I'm not the only one who has had to deal with co-workers doing something utterly stupid while they were on the job. Redditors have borne witness to this and are eager to share their stories.

It all started when Redditor Adrian0091 asked:

"What‘s the dumbest thing you‘ve seen a coworker do on the job?"

Such A Pretty Display

"I asked one of the new kids to stack the shoe department."

"Easy if but a bit boring. I showed her, stack by brand then size, big at the bottom, small top yeah?"

"She decided to organise it by the color of the boxes instead because it looked prettier."

"Took me hours to fix that mess."

– Lizzy_Of_Galtar

Oooh, Burn! (Quite Literally)

"In high school, working at a Chinese restaurant, was there basically to take orders and bus tables. Another dude I vaguely knew from high school got hired there. Nice, popular dude, but not much common sense. Within his first two weeks, he went to make himself some food (we were allowed to do that to a certain extent), and he dropped some wontons into the deep fryer. When he decided they were done, and as we were having a conversation, he just REACHED HIS HAND into the oil to retrieve it. I don’t think I even reacted for a moment or two, and then rushed forward. He somehow ALSO didn’t react for a moment or two before pulling his hand out and yelling out a cartoon-style “YEEOUCH!”"

"He went to the hospital, and quit the job."

– CwAbandon

Umm...Huh?

"One dude once photocopied a slice of pizza. We found cheese and stuff inside the machine for weeks. Was pretty funny though."

– LinusMeindl

"Inside? Did the idiot put the pizza into the document feeder or something?"

– MechanicalHorse

"How else would you feed the machine pizza."

– andtheIToldYouSos

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"I saw a tattooist I worked with tattoo "Laugh now cry Ladder" across a guy's chest..."

"He was let go, and a few years later, a guy came in with "Warior" across his upper back in bold letters, wanting it fixed. Same tattooist lol."

– hurrythisup

"Cry me a ladder."

– Deleted User

"Cry me a liver."

– iqtrm

"Crimea river."

– MagicSPA

Yikes!

"Telling the manager on duty, “I’m not the one eating it, so why should I care?” when the manager was trying to explain to her how to correctly prepare a customer’s food."

– 2gecko1983

"Watched a coworker of mine at a Pizza Hut (1976) clean off the food prep counter with a gross floor broom. The kitchen was open, so people at the tables could see the food being made, and someone saw him and yelled out to the other customers, and people started walking out."

"Cleared it out."

"Once the manager figured out what happened, he fired the guy on the spot."

– big_d_usernametaken

Misstep After Misstep

"Admitted to not having spoken to any of the business stakeholders, but instead "made up their own story.""

"This was at the end of what was supposed to have been a four-week information-gathering phase of the project."

"That afternoon, when one of the managers went to escort her from the premises, they found her by the printer with a stack of confidential documents."

– WitShortage

No Cell Phones At Work

"Worked with a lot of hazardous chemicals. Had a coworker who was notorious for being on his phone. We had to use a pump to put a hazardous chemical into a tank. Problem was you couldn’t look at the destination and pump the pump at the same time. Someone had to pump and someone had to watch. So I specifically asked said coworker to not look at his phone this one time. Tank overflowed and spilt the chemical everywhere because he was staring at his phone. Took hours to clean up."

– BigTiddyOstrogothGF

"A coworker of mine was fired for using his cellphone in an electrically classified area, cell phone wasn't explosion proof, not to mention the fact no cell phones on the floor, they gave him a warning, second time they walked him out."

"Bad part for him was that his wife found out he was talking to his girlfriend."

"Twenty years down the tubes."

"As we liked to say, "He fired himself.""

– big_d_usernametaken

Ewww!

"A guy I worked with sent a spreadsheet round with all the women in the office ranked in a spreadsheet and graded overall based on 1-5."

"He was somehow shocked he didn’t pass his probation."

– downfallndirtydeeds

Thank God He Was Fired

"My best friend, he took his mop bucket and poured it down a water fountain instead of using the closet with a sink that was literally right next to the water fountain. He got fired the next day."

"He told me he was in “f**k it” mode with the job and he didn’t care. We worked at a hospital."

– MrFavorable

""Who cares if sick people get exposed to a little bit of antibiotic-resistant flesh-eating bacteria.""

– Brett42

Get Right Back Up

"There were 2 of us installing an air conditioner. He had a bit of work outside that required him going up a ladder about 3 or 4 feet, not high. I was inside doing wiring."

"I heard a loud thud and scream, so I ran out to see what happened. He fell off the ladder. I've seen gruesome injuries from stupid thing like this before, so I ran outside to help him out. No injuries, he picked himself up and got back at it, I went back inside."

"Five minutes later, same thing. I walked out to check on him again after a small fall. He was ok again, but I told him to chill out and watch what he's doing. I went back inside."

"Heard another thud from outside. He fell again. I just looked out the window the third time and went about my business."

– DrVanNostrand6

*Cringing*

"He opened a Skype window (yes, this was ~10 years ago) and started messaging me to sh*t-talk a person who was in the same call as us."

"Except, he forgot he was sharing his screen."

– zyygh

R.I.P. Press

"After checking the correct lock-out tag-out procedure was followed, I assured an employee that it was safe to change dies on a horizontal press. But he was skeptical so unbeknownst to anyone he put a piece of tooling steel about the size of a coffee can under the die base. Some of you know where this is going. He made the tooling change, forgot his “safety measure”, and cycled the press. We all heard a $400k press eat itself in a fantastic swan-song of a noise that would take Stephen King four pages to describe."

– Idontfeelold-much

The Stupidity Of The Human Race

"Late 90’s, I was a custodian in a NYC public school to pay for college. One of my coworkers accidentally spilled about 15 gallons of gasoline in the school parking lot. He didn’t want to get in trouble for spilling that much gas so he thought the best course of action was to burn off the gasoline. Of course gasoline burns with huge billows of black smoke so he panics and tries to put out the fire BY DRIVING HIS CAR OVER THE GIANT PUDDLE OF BURNING GASOLINE. Fire department shows up within minutes and sees him doing donuts in the giant fire and they spend a whole hour screaming at my coworker about how f**king stupid he was."

"Edit: and in 1997 when this happened, gas was 97¢ a gallon. He could have replaced all the gas for less than $15."

– -Words-Words-Words-

"I'm a veteran of the Internet, and enjoy reading accounts like this. I must have read thousands."

"This is, hats off, quite literally one of the most stupid decisions I ever heard anyone make."

– MagicSPA

I really don't want to believe that last one really happened!

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