Egregious acts and unethical practices have happened in schools since they first began.
Not too long ago, the news was filled with stories and commentary on Paris Hilton's YouTube documentary where she opened up about her time in the troubled teen industry.
Though we may not be seeing these extreme examples of unethical actions in public schools today, there are still grievances among our youth. We went to AskReddit to hear about the things we force our students to bear.
Redditor hugscar asked:
"What are unethical practices schools do?"
Some of these will shock you.
Zero tolerance policies.
"Bullied and harassed students having the same repercussions as their bully for defending themselves."
"Yup. All it does is enforce the idea of 'I'm gonna get suspended anyway. May as well make it worth it.'"
"It does the exact opposite of what it's intended."
"No, it does what it intends: Shields the school from any liability. They don't have to judge anyone's precious."
"I remember when the zero tolerance policy started being applied to both/all parties, a behaviorist predicted an upswing of violence, plus an increase in violent intensity (from slaps to punches; from punches to stabbings; from stabbings to shootings)."
"If I am remembering right, that prediction is being found accurate."
"I remember reading a story here on Reddit about a guy whose laid-back classmate was getting bullied."
"One of his bullies threw punches. The kid threw the bully through a window and broke the bully's wrist. They got the same punishment. The kid wasn't bullied after that."
"Apparently 'I'm getting punished anyway, might as well go rabid bear so this doesn't happen again' is a thing, if the story is to be believed."
A lack of consequences.
"I had a bully in middle school grab and twist my thumb hard enough to snap tendon (or whatever is in your thumb. It's been a while) and nothing happened to him since he would have to sit out football if he was punished."
"He would have to sit out middle school football? Wow."
"Small (but very rich) farming town that didn't have much else going on. Sports were a very big deal and we were just the poor family that moved in and weren't part of their circles."
Chained fire escapes.
"Our assembly room/gymnasium had the fire escape doors chained shut, and the police department was aware of it."
"Call the fire department next time. They'll burn that sh*t down themselves! Figuratively, of course."
"One of the few people you don't want to f*ck with is the Fire Marshal."
"Requiring you to purchase textbooks brand new from the college's bookstore because that's the only way to get the access code to complete the required assignments on the publishers website."
"Even better: Let the professor write the book for the course. They change one stupid thing each year so they know if you get an older edition. Plus they're getting paid to teach the course and 'write' the book each year."
Limiting access to water.
"Less severe but limiting kids access to water, I.e. you can’t have your drink bottle at the table. Which sucks when you live in Australia and at summer the temperature gets up to 36c and school is during all the hottest hours of the day."
"When I was in elementary school you could only have water at lunch if you had a lactose allergy. Other then that you where forced to only drink milk."
"The dairy lobby."
A "told you so" moment.
"I was a decently misbehaved third grader. Told my teacher I had a stomach ache and I needed to go to the nurse. I asked a number of times. She thought I was just trying to get out of individual reading time. My appendix burst on the bus ride home."
"I was never one to ask to go to the nurse. Just a hyperactive kid my teacher apparently had enough of. Denying medical attention to an 8 year old seems unethical. This is not a 'boy who cried wolf' story for all those saying 'I told ya so.'"
"Something similar happened when I was in second grade! The kid sitting next to me on the rug kept interrupting reading time to ask to go to the nurse because his stomach hurt. The teacher kept getting more and more irritated and kept telling him no. Then he leaned over and puked on me. Thanks, teacher."
"Not allowing kids to use the restroom. As someone who was diagnosed with multiple reproductive issues at an early age, I had some pretty intense periods. And this rule made school even worse. Got the nickname “Paint Bottle” because my school was infamous for denying the bathroom (they were closed to all students during a set time because of 'misuse') and I literally had no help from anyone at all. Never realized it was as bad for other people too."
"I'm a teacher. This rule drives me mental. I get it, you don't want kids wandering the halls. How about you get out of your office and patrol the halls once a day then? Or a week. Or even a year."
Invasion of privacy.
"This is probably very specific to my home country but period checks."
"I'm from Malaysia and yes sadly this is a thing and I've witnessed it firsthand. Mostly to make sure girls aren't lying about their periods just to get out of prayer activities."
"I feel your pain! One of my P. E teachers used to record our periods in her register so she could give detentions when we said we couldn't take a shower after the session with that as a reason (note: we wanted to avoid the showers as they were open plan and we were made to shower together in front of each other. For a growing girl, it was horrible)"
We're failing our students by passing them.
"Passing students that aren't ready for the next grade because they need to pad their passing rates to keep funding. It's setting the kids up for failure down the road."
"Some schools focus really hard on certain metrics. One school in my area has a ridiculously high rate of graduates that go to college. They do this in part by strongly encouraging students not intending to go to college to drop out or test out in their senior year."
Children are often given little autonomy or rights when it comes to taking control of a situation.
During the pandemic, some parents are practicing giving their kids more "choices with limits" to bring about well-being for their kids.
Ultimately, the lesson here might be to believe our youth when they feel something isn't right.
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A boss can make or break a job.
Worse still, is when a bad boss asks you to get in on their badness, forcing you to choose between the moral high-ground and a paycheck.
Kind of like what happened with these people.
Reddit user, SethmAR15, wanted to know what your employer tried to get away with when they asked:
"What’s the most unethical thing a boss has ever asked you to do?"
Sometimes it's small, but inexcusable. Nothing like a boss asking you to do more work than what's required of you, is there?
Always A Good Thing When The Boss Says, "Don't Ask Questions."
"I had a boss ask to me take a bunch of stock from the warehouse to his personal storage unit, and not to ask any questions …"
"You did it huh"
"Turns out he’s been taking ‘damaged’ goods and keeping them in a storage unit and selling them online. I let the owner of the company know (his head office happens to be at my branch) my boss didn’t last too much longer after that, I got a decent raise 6 months later… if he’d cut me in then maybe it would have been a different story."
In-Person Tutoring Is A Separate Charge
"First job after I graduated college, boss called me into his office and had me sit next to his daughter while she took an online exam, told me to make sure she passed it."
"She definitely wouldn’t have passed if I wasn’t in the room."
People's Lives Ruined
"I worked for the largest property management in San Francisco and frequently the Manager would ask us to shred checks that came to us so they could file for eviction on tenants. I quit immediately."
Sounds Like A Harassment Suit Waiting To Happen
"Branch Manager (Banking) asked me to pose in a picture, showing a lot of cleavage, to use on his construction loan website for his builders. He wanted them to ‘see’ who they would be working with in a daily basis so he could get more business."
Murder shouldn't really be a thing involved on job applications, but someone probably should have told employers like these.
I Guess Murder Is Asking For A Lot
"My old boss at dollar tree would make me drive her to the bank in my car every night. And she would have me park like 10 feet back from the ATM while she walked up to it. She told me that if someone ever tried to run up on her while she was depositing the money I had to run them over. She said if they were too close to her to just hit her as well. She was incredibly adamant that I absolutely HAD to do this and very serious."
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Chemicals Or No Chemicals, You Keep Working
"Keep people at work when there was a chemical leak from the car painting shop next door, and people were getting sick."
"The boss wasn't on site (almost never was), I tried calling him and got no answer, and I was the most senior worker on site so I sent everyone home."
"When I was almost home (1h+ commute) he called me back. He had gotten my voicemail where I explained the situation and he was not happy. Apparently we should have waited it out or I should have arranged for everyone to work from home (not possible)."
"The guy was a d-ckhead but this one still makes me angry when I think about it."
Keep It Under 40 Hours
"Also at Dollar Tree, most of my cashiers were teenagers or dipsh-ts that never showed up for work so this older Korean woman kept getting called in to work the register. She was pretty much getting 40+ hours every week and open season for benefits was getting ready to start. My district manager called me and told me I had to convince her to not get any benefits or else. I told him that else better be him doing that sh-t himself because I'm not about to do his dirty work."
And then there's these stories. Bosses who make you wonder, "Is that what it takes to be in charge?" Because, wow, talk about flat out terrible people.
Lives Are Never Worth Profit
"Many, many years ago I was working as a part-time mechanic for a guy selling "restored cars". He called me in for an emergency brake repair on a TR-4. One of the rear wheel cylinders had failed and he needed it fixed ASAP. He had a buyer lined up with cash."
"Instead of having me hone and rebuild the cylinder properly (I had the tools and the kit to do so) he wanted me to cut the pipe to the rear brakes and just crimp it over onto itself, enough to stop the leak. He was in a hurry and wanted it fixed before the customer saw anything."
"I fixed it properly anyway, so that no one would die, and then rolled my toolbox out of there that very night."
Crossing A Serious Personal Line
"When I was 16 I worked at Spencer's in the mall. The store manager was a middle aged female who found out she was being demoted. She made the decision to instead quit. Her last day I happened to be closing the store with her. Nothing wierd, we had done it many times before. After everything was closed and locked up we were punching out in the back room. I went to open the door that led back into the store and she physically put her hand over it and closed it like a scene from a movie."
"Then she said "you know I make schedules right" I said "yea I understand that". She said "Do you think it's a coincidence that you and I are closing my last day? This is your opportunity to do anything that you want with me." I was so uncomfortable and I didn't know what to do, so I gave her a hug and she said really that's it.. All the while her husband and 2 kids were waiting in the car outside the mall to pick her up to pick her up."
Lesson Learned: Never Let A Boss Push You Around
"I had a manager that tried to get me to falsify reports to the feds (financial stuff). I flat out refused. Soon after I had to leave the company for I would have been fired for made up bullsh-t on his part. To this day I will never regret standing my ground."
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There's a reason why they say a person makes an honest living.
Many of us tend to forget there are shady operations by which wage-earners make their money, and if they have a conscience, it's not telling them what they are doing to survive is most definitely an honest way to survive.
With people willing to do anything for money, there are plenty of jobs that can potentially make one lose sleep at night.
Curious to explore this notion, Redditor MoronByTrade asked:
"What is the most unethical profession?"
"Professions" exploiting the elderly and other vulnerable people continue to be rampant.
"Any profession where the source of your income is scamming the old and/or the gullible."
Financial Help At A Cost
"Pay day loans. Want a loan with 600% interest?"
"My job just partnered with a company to advance your check if needed. The company has all of our info such as hourly rate and time clock punches. If you make $10 an hour and have 80 hours of punches, they will give you an $800 advance. No interest, but they don't take out taxes. Girl I work with had been taking an advance every 2 weeks because 'you make more money this way.' I told her she's getting f'ked in April but she doesn't believe me."
The Struggling Friend
"I have a friend who works her ass off, has had a difficult life and had been struggling a bit, and needed $250 to make rent. I had just set up her computer and had stopped by to drop something off and she was filling in the financial info part of a payday loan form, and had already clicked 'next' after she entered her contact information. I stopped her and helped her out with the money in exchange for one of her amazing dinners if I bought the groceries."
"About a week later she called me crying, saying there was an officer coming to her house to arrest her for non-payment of the payday loan that she didn't get. These ruthless f'ks took her info and tried to scare her into giving them twice the amount she was going to take out. I calmed her down, assured her, then reassured her later that night when she called me again, that it was a scam and she wasn't getting arrested."
"This woman is one of the nicest people I've ever met in my life. She's older, doesn't have much of an education, but has raised some amazing children and would give you the shirt off of her back if you needed it. F'k those douchebag scammers."
Edit: If I didn't make it clear, the police were not actually being sent to arrest her, they can't do that, and when she called me, I explained this to her. Saying that someone will be served or arrested is a common, shady way for debt collectors to scare people into paying a debt (in this case a debt she didn't owe). The whole thing was a scam to scare her into paying them using the info she entered to attempt to get a payday loan.
Teaching By Example
"I teach highschool economics, and occasionally when I get a scam call during class, I'll plug my phone into my projector speakers and answer it in front of my students."
"I play along and ask the scammer questions to make it seem like I'm a good Mark. My students have prior instructions on types of scams, and their job is to figure out which scam this is and how it works as I go through the call. Afterwards we'll discuss what happened."
"When I decide to end the call, we usually either just hang up or we mess with them a bit. One time a student jumped in and asked the scammer if his mother was proud of him, and the guy cussed us out and hung up. That story is legend among my students."
It's confounding how people in these positions get away with everything, under the guise of work.
Shady Media Outlets
"Media outlets that take money from interest groups (or owned by specific people) and espouses their talking points instead of reporting the factual truth."
"Politician shouldn't be, but the system makes it really easy for people to forget they are public servants and not out for themselves."
The Palm Message
"One of my coworkers used to be a repo man. One time he was telling me about his tattoo. Often while hooking up the car to tow it, the person would come up to him and say 'isn't there some way I can get you to not take it'" On his left palm in all caps was tattooed PAY HERE."
"He'd drop the car for $100 and tell his boss he didn't find it. I opined that that sounded kind of f'ked up. He said it was actually way cheaper for them to pay him and maybe have time to fix the situation than it would be to try and get the car un-repoed from the yard with the bank involved. He's not wrong, sadly."
Based on the input from these Redditors, there is corruption in faith.
"Televangelists. Easy, they're confidence men, and true pieces of sh*t. Looking at you Joel 'I'm a garbage f'king person' Osteen."
"Mediums and psychics who capitalize on the pain and grief their clients feel from losing someone they love. 'I will help you communicate with your dead loved one for $200 an hour' the Gabby Petito (sp?) Case was so f'ked up with all the Tik Tok psychos, oh I'm sorry, psychics posting videos saying she was speaking to them from beyond the grave."
"The tech support scammers are usually poor and desperate and sometimes dumb enough that they think they are doing a legitimate job (some of the frontline ones are just there to make initial calls and get a mark on the line--they pass it off to the next level of scammer once they find someone who 'needs technical support')."
"But the prosperity preachers are pure scum. They could be normal preachers. They could take other jobs. They could quit now and still be fabulously wealthy...but they don't do any of those things because they are terrible people."
Like many Redditors here mentioned, scammers are the lowest of the low.
The lengths at which they go to prey on people by coming up with elaborate schemes and backup plans to ensure their ploy will work is baffling.
It's become our job to watch our backs. Remember the following points to prevent you from being a sucker when you respond to suspicious calls.
Never send money in order to receive a prize.
Never send personal or financial information when prompted.
And remember it's a big red flag if someone puts pressure on your to act quickly or there would be consequences involving the FBI or law enforcement.
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It's no secret that businesses will cut corners to increase profitability however, there is a line-a big red line that should not be crossed. When it comes to safety or ethics cutting costs should not come first. Almost everyone has had on-the-job experiences where bosses have asked them to do something that didn't sit right with them.
One job I left after being pressured to break my own morals was *surprise* working retail. It was a mall jeweler and we were closely tracked on how many credit card apps we sell in a day and they wanted us to sell a minimum of several hundred dollars to customers per visit. We were given guidance on how to sign people up for the credit cards without actually telling them it was a credit card. It went beyond sales tactics into straight-up dishonesty, we were also encouraged to take advantage of people who may not understand what we were doing and to put pressure on the vulnerable.
Grandma comes in looking around? Tell her you just want to help her save by making her a "member" and need some info, get her into a credit card and then max it out by guilting her into buying hundreds in things she doesn't need because her family will love her so much more for the gifts. It just felt gross.
Right before I left there was a region-wide legal issue that was being investigated. Turns out employees-encouraged by their managers-had been opening credit accounts under customers' names and charging expensive jewelry to them without their knowledge just to reach sales goals and the commission. We weren't supposed to talk about it but it was a company-wide issue not a unique experience.
Bad as it was it was still minor compared to some of the stories below that are outright dangerous.
Redditor Inner-Housing1927 asked:
“What's that one blatantly illegal or unethical thing management forced you to do at work??"
The responses confirmed what we already expected...bare bottom morals.
"The building itself was also a literal death trap.”
“Worked at a little drive through coffee stand. Boss was incredibly cheap. Wanted me to use about half the grounds necessary to pull a good shot. If a cup fell on the floor I was supposed to rinse it and use it anyway (I did not). That kinda thing.”
“The building itself was also a literal death trap. The fire marshal came out for an inspection one day and straight up said they hoped I wasn't inside when it caught fire.”
“The electrical system was overloaded, and the appliances were all situated between the main workspace and the door, thankfully the drive up window wasn't too high so I probably could have jumped if need be. The nail in the coffin though was that they wanted to bring by stock at the very end of my shift and expected me to clock out before putting it away if they were late.”
“I refused so I'd constantly be harassed about how they were poor small business owners and I needed to understand (they weren't poor by any means). I eventually found a better job and quit but they told all my former coworkers they'd fired me for stealing.” caffeineandsarcasm
“Pass a concrete strength test that failed two of the three data points, but the third was high enough that the average was fine. The very small footbridge broke. They got sued, I quit.” sandh035
Good advice: “Take notes of the bad things they do and keep dates.”
“I worked maintenance a plastic molding company. We had a grinder that would destroy plastic chunks turning them into tiny pieces. Well the hopper where the plastic is added has a huge sign on it saying ‘don't lean in’ right on the front near the opening.”
“There was a request from a worker asking for padding because he would hurt his stomach when he leaned in. When I told him I was not going to do it, he glared at me telling me, ‘sometimes you just have to get over yourself and do what you're told.’”
“When I put my two weeks in, the plant manager asked my reasons, I mentioned that as one of them. PM told me he and the safety manager told the maintenance manager that was not to be done. The MM was fired in the middle of my two weeks.”
“On a positive note, I was asked to list off the reasons why I quit in the legal hearing when the MM sued the plastics company for wrongful termination. Advice for everyone. Take notes of the bad things they do and keep dates.” yankstraveler
“notifying them that what they were doing was extortion...”
“Fortunately I wasn't dumb, so I refused. But I had worked for a bakery for five years before receiving a better offer at competing bake shop. I was polite and gave them two weeks notice, they turned around and told me I wouldn't receive my last two paychecks until I signed a NDA.”
“I didn't say a word in return, just calmly walked out and went straight to the department of labor. Sent them an official form notifying them that what they were doing was extortion, it was a class four felony, and they had two weeks to send me my paychecks or I would see them in court. They complied within three days.” Inomsbacon
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Some fishy business practices...
“My first ever job as a teen was at a small fish and chip shop. There was a bit of cod that was getting a bit smelly, so my boss threw it in the bin. A couple of hours later after the evening rush, I was washing up at the sink next to said bin.“
“My boss came out, reached in the bin and dug out the cod. He rinsed it very sparingly under the tap I had running, before going out and dipping it in batter and serving it to a customer.”
“I was a very timid 16 year old at the time and I asked him why he would sell that, he just shrugged and said ‘we didn't have any other medium cod’. The shift after that I was making the pea fritter mix ready to be battered.”
“We used to use an ice cream scoop to get the mushy peas into a ball shape. I accidentally dropped a whole scoop on the sticky floor, and he told me to pick it up and squish it back into a ball. Um, no. I left the next week and went to work in a shop.“ Comfortable_blanket
Heavy equipment with only three wheels...
“I was told to run a remote overhead crane with only 3 wheels. it carried large coils of rolled-up aluminum for Ladle Treatment. The aluminum would swing and cause the missing wheel area to bottom out, causing more swing and making it worse."
“This was moving over my coworker's heads. The foreman told me to keep doing it... i called the safety team and they came up and said 'hell no' another foreman came up and ordered me to run it but have everyone clear the area...ok that's sorta safe I guess but killed production."
“The 2nd foreman later 'reminded' me that I hadn't filled out the daily safety inspection. Well, don't mind if I do. Red section 'if anything is checked in this area do not operate' let's see...missing wheel, check. mechanical problems, check. The first foreman sees what I'm doing and says 'the wheel is on order it's just not here yet.'"
"'OK what's that got to do with this liability checklist I was told to fill out?' Back to the checklist, oh look a write-in section. 'INOP crane ordered to be run by 3rd foreman' signed me 'Smartass Steelworker' the 3rd foreman was the 2nd guy it was 3rd shift."
"What he didn't know was he didn't comeback to my area for the rest of the night and the checklist was picked up by the General Foreman in the morning when I got off. I came in that night to a sh*tstorm."
"he safety team had lost its mind, that paper I filled out went directly to OSHA. That missing wheel showed up in record time and they had been down all day fixing it. I showed up and it had just been certified by the millwrights." BlueFalconPunch
“I was asked to cut off a doctor from getting new clients in an effort to get them to quit, while at the same time lying to them about why they weren't getting new clients. I was asked to do this twice with two different doctors.”
“Before I left I told the doctor in question (the other one had already quit) what I had been told to do. It didn't go well for them. Seriously, just grow up and fire people you don't like. Don't do this.” Gigglekittens
“he said he didn't care, it's how he made his profit...”
“At all butchers I worked at, they had me re-label almost anything that had a short date. This was to give it a longer date. The worst one was the chicken, which would be frozen, defrosted for selling.”
“If it didn't sell, back in the freezer it went, then back out the next day to thaw and sell. Re-labelled. I confronted the owner about this, and he said he didn't care, it's how he made his profit. Safe to say I quit a month later.” CrysisRegrets
A dangerous combination...
“I was asked to sign off on a plan to immediately start receiving, storing, and using huge quantities of an extremely volatile chemical without any of the necessary infrastructure or procedures to do so even remotely safely. It would have almost literally been a ticking time bomb.”
“It was also all for a new product they wanted to get into the market ASAP which they'd skipped 95% of the design control process for and mostly bypassed both the Quality and Regulatory departments on.”
“When I was pulled into a meeting with upper management about it, I told them that if they were going to actually consider this then I needed to quit effective immediately to avoid implicating myself in what they were doing. Oddly they suddenly started taking my concerns very seriously after I said that.”
“Rather than overtly evil, they ended up simply being a terrifyingly dangerous combination of ignorant, eager, optimistic, and overconfident in their own knowledge.” Stylemys
Working in surgery with no medical experience!?
“I got hired as a secretary for a plastic surgery office. Was told I would be answering phones/scheduling and that's it. I had zero medical experience and told them this. On day 1 I was handed a pair of scrubs and told that I was also going to be a scrub tech as well."
“I was instructed to assist the doctor in surgery (basically I handed in tools, held tools that were attached to the patient, etc). I almost passed out on the first day from shock. I was assured over and over again that it was legal. Whether it was legal or not I'm not sure, but I lasted 3 months and quit as soon as I found another job." JustSuze_393
In the corporate world, one thing seems to trump all ethics and statutes--the dollar. However, when faced with these awful and potentially dangerous situations, it's always best to speak up if you're able.
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The commonality of a practice is not a reliable expression of how moral or justified that practice is. Let's put that in more direct terms: there are a lot of people out here doing all kinds of terrible stuff that we're just "used to."
With life flying forward, through chaos, at an impossible pace, it's easy for us to lull ourselves into acceptance of scathing abuses to humans, animals, or general ethics. It takes deliberate efforts to really notice and internalize the questionable things occurring all the time.
To do that noticing, some help is often required.
A recent Reddit thread offered just that kind of help. The forum offered readers a chance to stop, learn about things happening under the radar, really reflect on those, and, perhaps, vigilantly oppose them in the future.
adventuresmith asked, "What common practice do you find barbaric?"
Grosser than the Sum of its Parts
"Embalming a body by pumping it full of incredibly toxic stuff, then dropping it into a few thousand dollars' worth of casket..."
"...then dropping all that into another couple grand worth of concrete 'burial vault'..."
"...then putting all of that in a big hole in the ground--and charging the emotionally distraught grieving family a fortune to do it."
A Reminder: They are ALIVE
"Keeping exotic pets (reptiles, amphibians, etc.) in horrible conditions because people don't feel the need to do research beyond what they were told by the Petco employee at checkout." -- MissMetalSix
"It's not only exotics. Hamsters, bunnies etc. are kept under horrible conditions (tiny cages, social animals alone, no vet care) in most homes because people just don't care to do any research at all because 'It's just a bunny.' And they suffer in silence." -- WeirdOctopus
Horrible Even if it was Rare
"Child abuse is way too common. I mean in general, abuse is too common, but especially child abuse." -- Aperture_T
"I'm gonna say it, any amount of child abuse that isn't 0 is way too common." -- ihavetwonoses
Living Decorations that Feel Plenty of Pain
"Breeding animals with disabilities for our pleasure. Get a rescue pet people!" -- The-Herbal-Cure
"Pugs can have their eyes pop out of their sockets due to how they're bred." -- AdventureGirl1234567
"I was looking at pictures of bloodhounds recently and I couldn't believe it. The skin around their eyes sags so much beneath the socket that you can see the red flesh inside of the skin that wold normally be hidden behind the lower lid."
"Basically, if you pinched your lower lids and dragged them downward as far as possible." -- onepigeon
"I've worked at Panera bread... Some people don't eat any of the bowl! What a waste of good bread! In the trash!" -- Parkerthekitty4
"As a (former) baker, the best way to ruin a perfectly good loaf of bread is to carve out the middle and throw it away all to make a bowl out of it." -- SuiXi3D
Systemically Screwed Up
"In several states, a woman can marry at 16 if her parents consent, then her spouse becomes her guardian, meaning, if she wants a divorce, she needs his approval" -- FestesTestes
"I've recently been enlightened as to just how many states still have really old-fashioned laws like this. My wife recently told me that a lot of places still require a husband's consent for a woman to get her tubes tied."
"I can see how that sort of thing makes sense in some way, but the fact that men don't need the same consent for vasectomies kind of ruins any kind of argument for it."
"This is the kind of sh!t I just assumed had been phased out decades ago." -- FullTorsoApparition
Hopefully a Dwindling is at Hand
"Declawing cats-- even though I'm pleased to see that's in decline nowadays. Most shelters won't let someone adopt a cat if the person plans on declawing it-- or will blacklist them if they find out. Some vets will even refuse to do the procedure."
"However, where I live it's still a common practice. In order to declaw a cat the procedure removes the first finger where each claw grows out of. Imagine if someone chopped off your fingertips! Just to keep your furniture nice?"
"Cats are living breathing creatures and are not meant to be used as decoration. If you wanted a decorative pet you should have gotten a fish."
"Leaving shopping carts scattered all over the parking lot. In the United States we definitely live in a 'someone else will take care of it' kind of culture." -- weatherloft
"I worked at a grocery store as a teenager, the worst was the people that left them in the handicapped space." -- adventuresmith
Busy Shifts Do Not Justify Attacking People
"Have worked in a lot of cafes, restaurants and bars. Every single venue had chefs that acted in barbaric ways toward other staff members. Bullying by chefs has been normalised if not glorified by people like Gordon Ramsay."
"Bullying literally destroys peoples lives, why is it okay as long as somebody claims the title of chef?"
"Circumcision. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with a circumcised d***, but the fact that people are carving up other people's genitals without their consent is barbaric."
"Even worse than circumcision is the practice of "fixing" intersex babies genitals. This practice especially should be illegal."
Just Hold Onto it For Like One More Minute
"In nearly every major city around the world we have bins in the streets. Far far to often you walk down the street and less than 5 feet from a hanging bin there is a bottle, wrapper or worst of all Cigarette ends."
"It is simple common curiosity to walk over stub, crumble or crush you're rubbish and toss it into the bin."
"Another problem is how we are dealing with our littler. Land fills! Let's dig up a big whole and out it under the ground run land that could be used to grow life and nurture new habits for animals - instead our governments allow it to continue and do not take it serious enough."
"It really is a matter of Out of sight out of mind applied to far to many of us in this day and age."
"Walking out of a washroom without washing your hands. If you don't wash them, many people are basically indirectly touching your genitals."
"And you're indirectly touching the genitals of everyone else who didn't wash their hands."
Ugly Behind the Scenes
"Ballet, as a former ballet dancer, I loved it, but I would never let any daughter of mine do it, the pressure, the eating disorders, the bloody, blistered, calloused feet from hours of practice"
"I still can't feel parts of my foot & eventually, all that time in turn out & en point comes back to bite you with knee/ hip joint problems."
"Parents, please put your girls in a safer sport."
What's the Rush?
"Piercing baby girls' ears. Ear piercing hurts. Why would you do something that hurts your child, just for aesthetics? It's different if it's something for their own good, like a vaccine, but parents get their baby girls' ears pierced, why? So everyone knows she's a girl?"
"I used to pierce ears at the mall and I refused to pierce any child who wasn't old enough to ask for it."
Stop Enabling Injuries
"I'm going to say it, and I'm going to be ignored or get a ton of crap for it. Football, especially in high school and middle school."
"Kids can get really messed up and for some reason everyone is like yeah it's okay, it's tradition or some other lame excuse."
Cash is King
"The concept of posting bail is so absurd it feels like something from last century."
"It's literally saying 'rich people get an easy way out, poor people can go f*** themselves.' Allowing a non-dangerous inmate to buy their way out of jail is one of the most elitist sh** still embedded in our legal system."
"If they're being allowed a bail out, they shouldn't be there in the first place."
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