Don't lie - you love the feeling of being right. We all do. Even when we kind of wish we weren't right, there's that satisfying little twinge when we get to tell someone "I told you so!"
Of course, there are times when it's entirely inappropriate to actually tell someone you told them so - but that's why we have Reddit!
Reddit user The-Most-Sour-Lemon asked:
Boyfriend's best friend, let's call him John, started asking me for favors and texting me at odd hours of the night. I felt uneasy about John's actions and informed my boyfriend every time I was contacted as soon as it happened. I explained to boyfriend that John was acting suspiciously and making me uncomfortable but I couldn't pinpoint why. Cut to a month or so later, John claims I cheated on my boyfriend WITH JOHN.
I f*ckin' knew it. I didnt do sh*t with John and because boyfriend knew about everything from the beginning he knew the truth.
John has been demoted from "best friend" to "no-longer-acknowledged-person-on-earth." I don't know why John did what he did and I likely will never know. However, his actions were a reflection of who he is as a person and have very little to do with me. Boyfriend and I are still going strong. Its an honor and privilege to spend my days with my boyfriend, I hit the jackpot by getting to be in a relationship with him and I wouldn't risk it for anything.
Red Lobster BabyGiphy
My wife and I went to Red Lobster one day.
My wife likes the shrimp and lobster pasta with Parmesan cheese.
They sat her plate down, she got a weird look on her face.
She told me it smelled weird, but it smelled normal to me so I straight up asked her if she could be pregnant.
Her eyes got wide as she starts doing some math in her head. We went afterwords and got a pregnancy test.
Sure enough, she didn't even know yet. All because I remember some random tidbit about some foods smelling off to pregnant women.
When I was in sixth grade, I became friends with a couple other girls in my neighborhood. We each had completely different backgrounds, but we just clicked. For years, we three did all the things good friends do. The only thing I, personally, didn't like was to stay over at the house of one of these girls, I'll call her Brianna. I'd sleep over at the other girl's house, they could sleep at mine, but I always came up with an excuse not to stay at Brianna's. She started to get her feelings hurt but I ignored it.
Then when we were all about 16, somebody got a hold of liquor, and we all sat around drinking. Being drunk, we got into a little debate about who is better friends with who, and I was somehow accused of not "liking" Brianna as much as the other friend because I wouldn't spend much time at her house. Since I had zero filter at that moment, I blurted out:
"Brianna. It isn't you. It's your dad. I can tell he's weird just by looking at him."
As soon as I said it, everything changed. I apologized, that didn't work of course. Both of my best girlfriends dumped me that day. I still had a solid best friend, but I had to get myself a new group for sure. Also, they started bullying me a bit, but I just took it because of the horrible thing I said about Brianna's dad. I felt super guilty.
Three years later, I was out of high school, living with my best friend who was still friends with Brianna. I got home from class and there was Brianna sitting on the living room couch. It was SO uncomfortable. I decided to try to apologize again.
"Hey, I know you are probably sick of hearing this, but I am so very sorry for what I said about your dad, Brianna. Please forgive me, I still don't know why I'd say such a thing."
She sort of chuckled and said, "It's no big deal, he assaulted all of us."
I never questioned my intuition again, because I f*cking called it the second I saw that perv. I felt horrible for her and her sisters, but vindicated because I knew I was right.
The Future Wife
Caught up with a high school friend on a university campus. Pretty quiet guy, subtle good looks but never showed any interest in relationships. We were waiting for separate buses when he runs into one of his classmates, and she joins us in the bus line.
We were having pretty good conversation, but I saw her eyes repeatedly flickering over to his face. Soon after, my bus pulled up, so I smiled and waved goodbye to my friend, and said to the girl "It was great meeting you! I'm sure I'll see you a lot more in the future." She looked puzzled, but smiled and waved back.
I totally called it. They're in a common law marriage now, and getting officially married next year. They've been valuable friends to my fiance and I for the last 6 years.
Kept finding small cut up straws in my Grandma's bathroom. So many straws. I let my Grandmother know that someone is using her bathroom to use drugs. She freaks out saying I'm accusing her of using drugs and that it's impossible.
A year later my uncle divorces his wife, K, due to her cocaine addiction. Grandma says:
"Well K always stopped by in the afternoon to use the restroom and then she would clean my whole house and I just didn't think anything of it!"
My favorite story at Thanksgiving.
Not Worth My Time
My husband once got a thing in the mail regarding unclaimed funds. I told him to fill it out, he said:
"It's probably for like $200. Not worth my time."
I reminded him that it takes me forever to earn that much, so I did the work- filled it out, notarized, sent it in.
Forgot about it until one night, he was home before me. Something was on the coffee table. He pointed to it and said, "THAT came in the mail today."
It was a check for around $20k.
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It was New Year's Eve, we were about to do the fireworks and me and my friend wanted to set up the box for them. Nothing major, just putting 4 bricks around it to keep it safe. Then this girl came and said she was going to set them off because she bought them.
We told her how to do set up the box and she said "Nah ill just start it up."
We warned her again and eventually gave up. I told her "Dont blame me when it tips over and starts shooting at us."
She said it would't happen.
That's exactly what happened. The fireworks just tipped over and started shooting at cars and people, I just calmly walked up to her and said "I told you so."
You Can't Be Right!
That my sister is gay. Growing up she'd develop what was very obviously (to me) a crush on different girls. In high school I finally said, "Girl, have you considered that these feelings you have for so-and-so might be romantic?"
She flipped the f*ck out on me, we didn't talk for weeks. She'd date any guy that asked her out because she was supposed to like guys but never really felt anything for them. Finally in college she called me and went, "Yeah, so anyway, you're right. I'm totally gay."
We joke that it took her so long to come to out not because she was in denial - she just didn't want me to be right.
How 'Bout That Duggar Family?
I still relish that I was right about this.
That show "19 kids and counting"
Over Thanksgiving one year two of my aunts got talking about it and were just raving about how amazing they thought it was and what a great family they had. I pretty much said something to the degree of "Nope, that's not normal, those kids are essentially raising each other and I guarantee you that something is not right."
They completely dismissed me, said I didn't know what I was talking about because I don't watch the show, etc. When the news eventually broke that one was molesting some of the others I felt so vindicated.
But my absolute favorite moment was the next Thanksgiving where at the dinner table I got to say "So how about that Duggar family huh?"
Dead silence from my aunts. But I had a sh!t eating grin on my face from ear to ear.
The last few months of my wife's pregnancy with my daughter, the little baby would regular as clockwork, around 1030pm, put her feet against my wife's ribs and try to straighten her legs so she could head butt her way out of my wife.
BAM - headbutt to the inside of your ... whatever. My wife would f*cking jump up cursing like a sailor every time.
It was painful, but also hilarious, reliable, and I guess we knew she'd be an active little kid well before she was born.
Cut to the evening of her birth - the doctor is telling us around 9pm that things are going well, but he's going to go get dinner because he has't eaten and there's no way this kid is coming out before midnight.
I look at my wife, look at the doc, and say "Don't go far, the kid is going to deliver herself around 1030pm, I promise you. You're just going to have to catch her."
He laughed, told us he's been doing this a long time, and he wasn't worried.
1025 he's rushing in and barely gets his gloves and scrubs on before my daughter shoots herself out of mommy like a greased bullet.
Direct quote from the doctor looking at me as he holds my little darling, "Well, I guess even I can learn things still."
I don't blame him at all - who would believe parents about something like that? But that kid had done so many test runs, on such a regular schedule, I knew there was no stopping her. And fair game, getting headbutted daily for a month or whatever as a trade off to having a very short and easy labor? There are worse deals!
Game Of Thrones
2 years ago when I said to myself "There is no f*cking way Game of Thrones can come to a proper conclusion in only 6 episodes."
I told my brother than Hans from Frozen was shady af and when he revealed his true colours I nearly screamed in the theatre.
Never Want To Be Right Again
In high school. My senior year, I was standing by my locker hanging out before home room. One of the girls in my class ran by crying. I immediately said to myself "Did something happen to JW?"
JW was one of the more popular guys in the school, this girl and him were friends. About 2 minutes later a friend of mine came up to me and said "Did you hear what happened to JW?"
"Dude... He was in a car accident last night. Got T-boned by a semi trailer."
"Sh*t... Is he ok?"
"He died on impact."
I never wanted to be right about a feeling again.
I once went to the mall with my dad as he was looking for a walnut cracker. He said he was going try a particular store. I said (without knowing the price) "It's too expensive even though it's on special."
He asked how I could possibly know. I confidently said "I don't know, but it's $33.50"
He just laughed. He went to the store while I browsed a video game shop and later he came back with a shocked expression saying the only nutcracker they had was $33.50 on sale for 20% off.
I shrugged and said I told you so.
Not at all satisfying, but a student at my high school suddenly vanished from the face of the Earth. Nobody had any idea what happened or where she could be.
I was watching Forensic Files and when I returned from the bathroom unbeknownst to me my grandmother switched it to the news just as a man was asking for help finding his stepdaughter. I took one look at him, thinking it was still Forensic Files, and said:
"He killed her and probably buried her in concrete."
His clothes looked like he worked in construction.
Fast forward a few months later not only did I learn that man was my classmate's stepdad, but he was arrested for her murder. The only reason he got caught was because he sold his house and the new owners dug up the new concrete in the backyard (they wanted grass) and found her naked body.
I Call Bonkers When I See It
It was the summer leading into my freshman year of high school, and I had a crush on this guy who was in my friend group. It was kind of obvious, we had been fooling around over the summer, but nothing really relationship-y was being requested on his end. I, on the other hand, was head over heels for this dude.
Anyways, at our school we had the option of getting our physical education credit done over the summer. Our entire friend group enrolled, and we met a bunch of other kids funneling in from other schools at the program. One girl in particular, let's call her Julia, had REALLY caught my guy friends eye.
They had begun to hang out more and more and the attraction was obviously mutual, but the energy I caught off of her was just. f*ckin. crazy.
For example: After a close play in kick ball, she just loses it on this other guy. They disagreed with the play, she started poking fingers in his chest, yelling, all that stuff. He eventually backed off because she was so unwilling to let herself get tagged out. Chill broski, just a game of kickball.
There were several incidents of over-reaction and explosive anger like that.
Anyways, I pull my guy friend aside at one point and tell him: "Look, I'm glad you've found someone who you really like but I think that her personality can be kind of... intense."
Yeah, it was kind of ouch because I was definitely crushing, but I knew I needed to warn him. I didn't say anything bad, just a subtle warning. I kept kind of asking around and seeing if other people were noticing the same things I did, but the ones who knew I liked him just told me "Oh, you're just jealous because Julia is with him."
I was brushed off, and Julia dated him for quite a few months. Me and the guy friend went cold turkey on contact for a long while, too, because he knew I was interested and thought I was being weird.
Well, they broke up. Why? Because she was crazy, exactly like I said.
I tend to think of myself as a pretty relaxed person and I don't want to cause tensions between me and my homies if I don't have to. But dude, I can call bonkers when I see it.
"Frothy" Is Not Good.
Had this guy friend, total man-whore. SUPER attractive, too. I liked him a lot but never pursued anything with him because I knew he probably had an STD.
One of my new college girlfriends met him and I could tell she really wanted to get with him. I warned her every time she mentioned it, that he's not clean, and you'll probably get something.
"You're just jealous he doesn't want to sleep with you, he's a great guy!"
Two weeks later I hear from a mutual friend she got really bad gonorrhea from him and was having frothy vagina issues. We haven't spoke since. Told you so.
Mom Called It
Not my my moment, but this happened to me back in October.
I was going out with this one guy and we were very close. Always talking, hanging out, etc. My mom thought he was nice, but one day she told me:
"You guys are probably not gonna even be friends in two weeks."
She said this completely randomly as I came home one evening. I shrugged it off and ignored her, but fast forward exactly two weeks and I was ghosted on Halloweekend🤩(ironic).
So she's the one who f*cking called it. Quite an L for me but I'm over it. Saw this post and it reminded me of that situation lol
Friend is a first time dog owner. All her other dog having friends warn her about the puppy blues and that owning a super young puppy is exactly like having an infant because routine care for a young pup is super intense and they have to be in eyesight at all times. We recommended maybe an older 6mo- 1year old pup for a beginner.
Cue to three months later, she loves this pup to death, but she's still got the puppy blues. She was adamant about a certain high energy breed. Dog is super smart and active, so she needs the physical outlet plus SO MUCH mental stimulation. Or she acts like a demon.
We say it lovingly, but, it's a big "told you so" moment. She's a great mom though, and this dog is shaping up to be a really great companion. It's all worth it in the end.
I'm about to get another puppy. Turnabout is fair play, so I'm waiting for them all to say this about me lol.
Being woken up suddenly is not very good for our health.
Especially for the elderly, it's not something to make a habit of. Sleep interruption can increase blood pressure, cause a worsened self image, and cause a day filled with irritation and confusion.
No one wants to be woken up, but there are definitely some reasons for being woken up that are worse than your alarm clock.
We went to Ask Reddit to find out some of the worst reasons people have been woken up.
Redditor Toothpiicxxk asked:
"What's the worst reason you woke up?"
These truly are the worst.
We love our pets, but sometimes not so much.
"My cat was throwing up right next to me."
"She brought you breakfast how cute."
"I was just about to answer that my cat threw up right on me, specifically my hair, which I had just washed..."
Some horrible news hits you.
"Being woken up to be told someone you know died certainly qualifies."
"Or when you already know, but you wake up in that ignorant bliss that lasts for about a second and then it hits you. And this goes on for a long time."
"It's been about 15 years and I still will wake up on occasion thinking I have to tell my older brother something cool that I know he'd love to hear about. Or have a vivid a** dream about how it was all an mistake and he's still here. Happens less often then it used to but oof does it ever still hurt."
"Woke up at about 3am to a cop repeatedly ringing my bell. my mom had accidentally drowned in the tub. she was really weak from chemo."
"Woke up to a phone call telling me my incredible brother-in-law had been hit and killed by a drunk & high driver, his wife was also expected to pass as her neck had been broken, and their kids were both in surgery. My husband and I were in the will to get the kids, so we needed to fly to Chicago right away. As I sat there in shock, I hung up the phone, turned to see my sleeping husband snoring away, and knowing I would now have to wake him up to tell him the worst news he would ever hear."
2018 false missile alert.
"I live in Hawaii, that time we got the missile scare."
"Oof at least it wasn't real but I would have definitely panicked if that was me."
"Damn, I slept straight through it. My mom literally woke me up, told me; and I still went back to sleep."
"What were you supposed to do? Go outside and witness your annihilation?"
"I think it's the right thing to do to inform people even if there isn't necessarily anything that can be done about it."
"Some people would appreciate being able to conduct prayers, get one last hug with their loved ones, etc."
"Cockroach walking on my lips with no shame. I brutally murdered it as soon as I yeeted it halfway across the room."
"I had a weird dream about a cockroach somehow paralyzing a friend then walking towards me in that same room. Then I awoke to find this a**hole cockroach slowly creeping on my lips."
"When I threw it away, what startled me was it did not panic AT ALL. It even slowly headed towards me!"
"I also mouth washed and brushed my teeth and even disinfected my lips with alcohol. It was a surreal experience."
"I seriously loathe roaches and there's no other way to ensure its death than a brutal one."
Screams in the night.
"One time I got woken up by a blood curdling scream in the middle of the night. I live alone and it also woke up my dog who was freaked out the rest of the night. Searched everywhere including outside and didn't find anything."
"Well that was lucky. Imagine what would have happened if you had found it..."
"Hopefully a fox, coyote, cat, or cougar."
"Being clearly asleep, and then someone wakes you to ask, 'Are you asleep?'"
"Bruh my mom be like [this]."
"The only correct answer to this question is 'yes.'"
"I woke up to my mom calling me sobbing because she thought I had died, I was 10 hours away and my blood sugar was severely low and wasn't answering any calls, that was horrifying."
"We've learned what does and doesn't work for waking me up in a medical emergency."
"Blood sugar can be a b*tch, found my mum having a really bad hypo while sleeping when I was a toddler and for years and years after would wake her up to check she was okay without realizing I was doing it for that reason. Glad you're okay!"
Something so relatable.
"My alarm rung. It's a daily struggle."
We've all been there.
If you're not a morning person, waking up in the morning can already be a challenge, but no one wants to get woken up to horrible news or an emergency.
In fact, we should be waking up naturally with our own personal sleeping patterns.
We all know that's easier said than done.
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People have a habit of excusing crap behavior - honestly because it's often easier in the short term. Long term = flaming dumpster fire.
The excuses people use to dismiss behavior range from mundane and meaningless to the sort of leaps normally reserved for kangaroos and Olympians. It's sometimes amazing that these excuses work - but they do.
Some of them work so well that they're just sort of "accepted." That, obviously, kind of sucks and is something we should avoid - so let's talk about 'em.
Can't swerve around what you don't see, ya know?
Reddit user TMTtasmachine asked:
... and away we go.
" 'That's just how they are.' "
"One of the biggest enablers for tantrum throwing, bullying, etc. is that they get treated with kid gloves to avoid dealing with them." - alexrt87
"Oh my God you hit the nail on the head. Whenever someone says 'that's just the way they are' I say:"
" 'Yes, that's the point! Glad you noticed too! Now is it okey-doke for them to be jerks they have special jerk privileges? Or maybe they are just people and should treat everyone else as such?' " - notatrumpchump
"It depends on how it's said."
"People are the way that they are, and you shouldn't be surprised when they continue to be that way."
"This, obviously, doesn't excuse it - but people also shouldn't be surprised when a bad person continues to make bad decisions. Neither should we waste space in our minds being bothered by it." - unlawfulfoxy
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" 'It's just a joke, bro.' Harassing people isn't humor." - loading__99
"A guy who says/does offensive things and decides whether he was joking based on the reaction of people around him." - Eatsleeptren
"Dude, legit had someone come up to me and start shouting in my face, calling me Madison, pretending I was cheating on him. Literally the most crowded location outside a theater, everyone staring at us, looking at me like I was some horrible cheater while I was out with my then fiancé."
"I started hyperventilating, my fiancé nearly decked the dude, and then someone shouts 'CUT' like this is some big 'YOU'RE ON CANDID CAMERA' moment and everything's supposed to be okay."
"I burst into tears."
"It was the most humiliating moment of my life, and thank god my then fiancé, now husband is not the type to overreact or jump to conclusions, or be abusive. Imagine how bad that could have been for someone with an angry or abusive partner."
"Prank videos are a plague on the internet and there is a REASON so many of them are fake, or involve actors." - Darkovika
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" 'I was drunk / high / etc.' "
"Then don't drink?! Stay sober if you can't NOT be an a**hole!" - BasedBenjamin
"Alternately, I hear a lot of 'I'm a happy drunk!' "
"Yeah, according to your drunk a$s. That doesn't mean you're not an ahole. Not remembering is not an excuse either." - PepeBabinski
"I was also loud, obnoxious, and I wouldn't remember sh*t the next day."
"Quitting drinking has been one of my best choices of my life." - TTungsteNN
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" 'I'm just trying to help you' " - Miserable-Air1234
"Every time I've heard this, they're manipulating me while helping only themselves." - mykittenfarts
"My Mom to a T. Everything she does is better than anyone else's and she always gets pissed that people don't praise her for 'helping.' "
"She's now a certified (by herself) psychic and I have come to the conclusion that she's not a covert narcissist but an obvious one. I really wish I was joking." - Silent_Discussion657
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"Any variation of 'I'm a Mother/parent.' "
"Had some lady cut me in line at a coffee shop and she hit me with 'I'm a single Mom of 3!' as her excuse."
"Ok? And? I was still here first." - maid-for-hire
"I'm a single mom and I f*cking haaaate when other single moms/parents pull that sh*t to get special treatment."
"Last week, I was having a rough morning, my kid was being difficult, and I was running late. I was rude to a cashier over a minor inconvenience."
"Not only did I apologize for my shitty behavior, I wrote corporate to let them know how professional and patient she was while I acted like a f*cking toddler."
"Was being a parent part of the reason I was frustrated? Absolutely. Was it an excuse for that behavior? HELL no."
"I acted like a b*tch, and I called myself out, and I apologized. I still feel bad about that - I rarely let things get to me to the point I snap at others." - ClusterfckyShtshow
"Wow. I'm a Mom as well and tired but it doesn't give anyone a right to use it as some sort of ploy to get away with stuff."
"Like, mice become Moms about 12 times a year. You're not special 🤣" - SpoonLoops
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"I had a boss say some really racist sh*t around me one day and the next day, out of nowhere, he says:"
" 'Don't believe half the things that come out of my mouth!' "
"It was not really an excuse, more like trying to cover for himself after the fact, but still stuck with me." - sirlongbottom441
"Report them to HR. Seriously." - kokichi--ouma
"Looking past the racist stuff for a bit, that's not a very encouraging thing to hear from a boss…" - WonderfulBlackberry9
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" 'I'm having a bad day/week' "
"Okay, so you decide everybody that you interact with deserves the same fate? Get out of here, dude." - myordinaryexistence
"We all got stress, don't take it out on me. I get some people have stress bad enough for it to be passable every once and a while (family member passing, etc) but general, stress should not lead to you being a jerk to me." - willsimpforfree
"Damn, I'm definitely guilty of this. Usually I remember to apologize after but at this point I've learned to just avoid the situation in the first place by minimizing my interaction with people if I'm in a shitty mood." - nozzzrul
"Reminds me of when that White boy went on a murder rampage and killed a bunch of Asian women & that a-hole sheriff gave a press conference telling the media that the 'poor boy had a bad day.' "
"My idea of a bad day involves going home after a rough day at work and just staying in the house."
"Apparently, I should change my ethnicity from Asian to White and go on a murder rampage, see if my @ss gets a sympathetic sheriff to say on my behalf that I had 'a bad day.' " - kingkazul400
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"This won't go down well, but using depression as an excuse. As someone who suffers from it, it's still not ok to treat others like sh*t" - Rainbowwallstickers
"Could not agree enough. My partner has a 'friend' who treats everyone like sh*t all the time, has no consideration for others and openly mocks people in public."
"She gets so much grace from those around her under the guise of her 'mental health.' It's so infuriating watching an adult woman never have to take responsibility for her actions." - 34boor
"I get there are some things you can't control, but you are still responsible for keeping that sh*t in check and if you're aware of your mental illness, you should be aware of how you approach people and situations."
"I'll admit I used to be guilty of using my mental illness to be an @ss, but now I'm trying to better myself" - VeeSquibbles
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"People are letting Florida off the hook way too damn much. And I live in Florida."
"Just because it's hilarious doesn't mean it isn't still completely f*cked up." - AlphaWhiskeyOscar
"The phrase 'Florida Man' is almost always followed some heinous way a Floridian is being an a$$hole." - PepeBabinski
"I'm also originally from Florida, and that state has serious problems. We need to pay attention to it." - [Reddit]
Moment of honesty ... as a Floridian ... yeaaaah, I'm gonna have to agree with that last one.
We live in a time where we are critically re-examining how we pay workers. After a two-year-long pandemic where some low-income and "unskilled" jobs were deemed "essential," we now must put our money where our mouth is.
For too long in the world have incredibly important jobs been overlooked or else outright maligned. Teachers in the USA make some of the least money, career-wise, and have some of the hardest jobs. Dancers pay to put their bodies through hell with no guarantee of paid work after training.
So how do we fix this problem? By naming it, of course.
Redditor u/NightReader5 asked:
"What professions are severely underpaid?"
Here were some of those answers.
Our Elderly Deserve Better
"I worked as a CNA in a nursing home and I loved it. It's such hard work for such little pay and that's why I had to leave."
"Not only that but I was a rare person in that I LOVED caring for the residents. Nothing was beneath me such as changing a dirty diaper or spoon feeding."
"Everything helped their quality of life. Sucks they can't keep people that genuinely enjoy it cause I couldn't make over $10 an hour."-Dancer9d9
"Came here to say this: Emergency Medical Technicians. I will never not be just a bit salty about this."
"My husband is one of those people who does this job because it's his passion and he loves helping people."
"It would be nice if he earned more than the kid who just got hired at McDonald's this morning."-ThePotterheadHobbit
High School Bathrooms....
"The janitors at my high school. I walked in the men's bathroom there once and there was a mega-giant steaming pile of crap and diarrhea right in the middle of the floor."-satanic-sex-god
"Anyhow. Are you sure that was a high school? We're talking grades 9-12 here, right?"-VoicedVelarNasal
"Unfortunately yes. Other highlights of my oh so great high school men's bathroom that contains teenagers from 14 to as old as 20 are:"
"A dude bringing a sledgehammer to school and smashing a sink, the toilets being blown up, the toilets being frequently clogged with trash..."
"Smashed beer bottle glass covering the floor, and a centimeter of pee flooding the bathroom whenever you walk in. I hate it here."-satanic-sex-god
You know immediately YOU might not want to do this job--so why is someone else getting paid next to nothing to do it?
The More You Help Others The Less You Get Paid
"Statistically speaking, any job that provides significant social benefit to others, the less you will get paid, something that David Graeber discusses in essays and his work, Bullsh*t Jobs."
"This is so sad. I'm currently in a job that pays very well, I just dont find any meaning or fulfillment with it. I want so badly to do something where I'd be helping others- something with purpose- but I honestly dont think I can afford it."-mko0njo9
"Social workers. Dealing with negligent, abusive parents while trying to help the children while in an underfunded, low-paid system is a travesty."-ZRX1200R
"Can also confirm. I like working with my family's but I don't get paid enough to deal with their crap or most of the bureaucracy."-Altowhovian93
Minimum Wage To Go Against FIRE
"Entry level wildland firefighters. They start them at $15 an hour."-NuclearEyedSquirrel
"I live in a small town in Ohio and I think the lowest starting wage I've seen was 11."
"That's the low side and those places are having trouble hiring because there's so many places paying higher. McDonald's here starts at 13 or 14 an hour."-rjoh4459
One Kid, One Para
"Paraprofessionals. Yea, my town increased the pay rate for paraprofessionals to get more people to apply since they have a shortage but the pay increase was not that good IMO."
"For that job, I think you need to be compensated for the physical and mental demands of the job."
"It's a hard job and they should be paid for the work, the pay rate in my community for the job with 60 credits is $14.50 but I think it should be more than that."-YourQueen2Bee
The question then becomes, why won't the people who HAVE money do something to help the quality of these jobs, and make sure that these people get paid?
"Everything in veterinary medicine. Kennel technicians, Veterinary assistants, Veterinary technicians, Veterinary receptionists, and Veterinarians."-aIsiduous
"Veterinary interns/residents, too. I work 70-120hrs+ per week, am on call about half the days per month, have to pay for my own board exams and accreditation fees out of pocket, and all for ~$33,000 per year."-WyrdHarper
"It's bullsh*t. There's nothing on this planet I want to do more than be a veterinarian, but I simply cannot afford the debt. Hopefully one day we'll get the recognition deserved. Stick in there, I know you got this!"--aIsiduous
In The Classroom
"I work in a special school, I love it but I really don't think we get paid enough for all the times we get yelled at, punched, kicked, bit, spat on, cursed at, have our classrooms trashed, have things thrown at us..."
"And then we also have parents making demands and admin telling us their 'simple' solutions to all of it that we have to carry out while they have zero clue on what it's actually like to spend a day in the classroom."-Sajiri
A Morbid State Of Affairs
"Funeral directors/embalmers/funeral professionals. We didn't get days or holidays off to begin with. Now the pandemic has stretched us to working double overtime, which we are exempt from getting paid for under Florida statutes."
"And forget hazard pay for being exposed to COVID multiple times a day every day via the deceased, the deceased's family members, the general public attending funerals, and the hospital/nursing facilities we remove decedents from."-Lesscute
So why are we holding off on giving these people a raise? Their jobs involve dangerous, mentally and emotionally taxing situations, and yet, we treat them as if society could function without them. The truth is it couldn't.
And society had best learn that as soon as possible.
What causes a small town to die?
Honestly, there can be quite a few factors, but perhaps the biggest one is that small towns often lack the upward mobility opportunities that are more available in urban areas.
As a result, many towns around the United States for instance have lost tens of millions of people as their populations seek jobs and opportunities elsewhere.
And what remains of these places can be pretty sketchy.
People told us more after Redditor RadicalizedSnackWrap asked the online community,
"What's a super sketchy US city that we never hear about?"
"Daytona Beach, FL. Imagine a bunch of alcoholic high school kids who came for spring break in 1984, and never left, and never grew up."
Oh, I don't have to imagine it.
I've seen it!
I lived in a neighboring town for a while and bodies would always turn up in farmer's fields that the cartel in Yakima had dropped off there."
Sounds like Netflix needs to get its hands on Yakima, a new show to go against Ozark.
"I remember a story..."
"Guntersville, Alabama. If I were to ballpark it, over 80% of the population are meth addicts and traffickers.
I remember a story where a man walked into the Walmart, took all the supplies and equipment required to cook, and proceeded to cook meth in the bathroom."
"A run-down town..."
"Reading, PA. A run-down town that is mostly used as a central point to run drugs between New York and Philly."
I am writing this from right nearby actually, and I can smell it from here.
"Small town almost entirely..."
"Butte, Montana. Small town almost entirely comprised of violent meth heads."
"More of a town than a city..."
More of a town than a city, but it's such a weird place, bordering on Twilight Zone. You'll see a meth house right next to a youth theatre."
According to a friend I have who spent a lot of time in Arizona, this sounds about right.
"Used to have..."
"Gary, Indiana. Used to have a prosperous steel economy, but now it's just home to abandoned buildings, failing infrastructure, and lots and lots of crime. Just look up pictures."
"I always said..."
"Amityville. Yes, that Amityville.
I always said the "Amityville Horror" house is for amateurs. You want something scary, put on a nice watch or a gold chain and wander around downtown Amityville after dark."
I went there once.
I have not been back.
"It looks harmless..."
"Harrisburg PA. It looks harmless and maybe a little boring but holy hell that place is a giant puddle of corruption just waiting for someone to step in it. Not just state government, there's a bunch of layers you can use to crawl up the corruption ladder."
"Used to be..."
"Natchez, Mississippi. Use to be the headquarters for the KKK. Not much there besides crackheads, plantation homes, and European tourists. Don't own a nice place if you're black, you'll be stopped by the police and questioned."
It doesn't look any of these are changing anytime soon, and that's sad.
Have some small towns to tell us about? Feel free to tell us more in the comments below!
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