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People Break Down The Absolute Worst Professions To Go Into

Reddit user NocturnalMemeLord asked: 'What are the worst companies to work for or the worst professions to have?'

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When picking a career, it's a good idea to talk to people who have been in the professions you're considering for quite some time.

My parents wanted me to become a doctor, but I was ambivalent to the idea.

My discussions with veteran doctors convinced me there was no way I wanted to go into medicine.

So what are some other not so great jobs?


Reddit user NocturnalMemeLord asked:

"What are the ...worst professions to have?"

Thanks, Ron

"The worst job to have is being a teacher and the worst company to work for is the Florida Department of Education."

~ Phycopathic

"My poor wife trying to battle school admin for an ounce of support. Such a stressful place to live."

~ Firebird117

Ring, Ring

"Call center employee."

"I only did the job for a couple places and for a mercifully short time, but oh my holy God that gig is soul-crushing."

~ gogojack

"I worked in a call center for Cox Communications. All the upselling, pressure from supervisors, demand on stats, it made me depressed."

"I worked there 2 and half years and it was not until I left I realized majority of my time there I was depressed. I just did not care hardly about life."

"I'm much better now, much happier. I kept journals from that time, and I've reread them. I would not recognize myself from that person then."

~ UnusualLight0

Com On

"I won’t name the company I worked for (it rhymes with Bomcast), but call center was the most draining experience ever."

"Limited tools to help very (and justifiably) angry customers, coworkers that mess up then pass the problem to you, and AI tools testing job performance that feel BEYOND rigged against you."

~ Antiumbra

"I worked for Comcast in their retention call center. Most depressing job I've ever had."

"Getting cursed at every single day and they expected us to hit sales. My friend from there has a call recorded of a dude telling her to kill herself."

"Every change they made to the TV packages was sh*tty for the customer and I knew it'd just be months of getting yelled at for the same thing."

"Nothing like the God awful phone tree to really prime people up getting pissed before they finally manage to talk to a live person."

~ DomoInMySoup

Beaten By the Beat

"I am a journalist. My son just got his first job at the convenience store around the corner."

"He makes more than I do. I love my work but don't go into journalism for the money."

"Yeah, I definitely don't make enough for the therapy all those courtroom photos have put me in, for sure."

"My publication (print) is a small one, in a small town."

"That means when tragedy strikes and I have to cover it, it is, very often, someone I know."

~ LizardPossum

Live at Five

"Came to say local TV News Producer/Reporter. Low pay, high stress and toxic work environments."

~ zhitsngigglez

"Which is a real shame since local news was always so important but is now disappearing in many places, and that tends to have many negative consequences at the city/municipal/community level."

"Local news acts as something of a public service at the community level, educating and shining lights on important issues facing communities while seeking to provide the information necessary for citizens to solve those problems (or making informed votes for people who can/will solve them)."

"Unfortunately, local news rarely has the audience or reach to pay for itself, then they get gobbled up by larger regional/national chains, start focusing less on local issues and more on pushing provincial/state or national narratives of the big chain, then dismantled and shuttered as cost-saving measures by the struggling national chain."

~ Infamous-Mixture-605

*cough*

"Shisha/ hookah lounge worker."

"Late hours, usually minimum wage and you might as well smoke 20 packs of cigarettes a day because you have to start up the hookah for your customers and constantly be around fumes."

"You're basically burning up your lungs for barely a living."

~ homehermitaliv

Helping Those Who Don't Want Help

"Therapist in a skilled nursing facility."

"Pressure to give therapy to residents who don’t want it or need it; pressure to bill 90% of your day with NO excuses; no paid holidays; no over time, no raises unless you change jobs starting over with 1 week vacation/year."

"And of course giving customer service to people who are sick/not feeling their best."

~ Help_I_am_a_bug

"My wife is a therapist. She has done therapy in treatment centers a lot and dealt with a lot of people who didn't want to be there but were court ordered."

"Given therapy to people who are there sometimes because it is that or prison."

"Talk about people who don't want to do therapy. And it was for a non profit, so wages were low."

"Also she was on a team that worked only with chronically homeless people at a different time."

"It was hard but very important work. She would often go to places most people are afraid of."

"But now she runs her own private practice. She still has a tendency to take on too many clients that take a large toll on her, she refuses to take 'boring' clients, but she is much happier."

~ VulfSki

Have You Tried Turning It Off

"Never do general tech support, 100% of the clientele are old people who don't know how to use computers and basically get scammed into signing up for your tech support services."

"Legally it's not a scam because they make the customer sign all these waivers to protect the company from getting in trouble for scamming them."

~ Redditor

Now We're Cooking

"Chef."

"Life is unfortunately as bad as the rumors says."

"Nothing lives long in that world."

~ ThePinkyArmy

"And it seems to suck on every level from frying burgers in a bar to three Michelin stars, there is no cushy position at all."

~ OldMork

Like a Puzzle

"Working for my self installing tile. The worst career. Glad I am retired from that profession."

~ Lucky4you21

"My father installed floors for a living and would occasionally install ceramic tile. The pay, as well as the standards, varied widely throughout the country."

"Arizona was probably the worst, he made less than half what he made in the northeast (New York and Pennsylvania)."

"I worked with him a lot during my childhood and as young adult, but I never wanted to do it as a career."

"The work is just too physically demanding and every day was a new adventure in stress as you encountered inevitable problems and challenges on the job."

~ HeartyDogStew

At Risk

"Any kind of residential facility for 'at risk kids'."

"It's like being a teacher, but 3/4 of your group is that kid and you don't have a lesson plan, and you're with them all day, and you get paid less."

"Only upside is my facility was quasi-military, and the first few weeks is like a boot camp, and if you establish yourself right away as someone not to be messed with and maintain it, your days are a bit easier."

~ endless-reproachment

Fresh Air Doesn't Pay the Bills

"Forestry technician is an awful career path."

"You are required a post secondary education, and you get paid about as much as a McDonalds worker often to risk your life and safety in deep bush.

"However, you do get to drive quads and shoot guns on the clock."

~ osamabeenpoopin

"Hiking around the forest is damn fun though."

"Running into cougars and moose, taking your lunch on a mountaintop...

"I miss it. I made way more sitting at a desk but I was bored to oblivion."

"I have permanent scars and about a dozen pairs of trashed jeans from those damned jackstraw piles."

"Still, I'd rather be ripped up by downed trees and stalked by cougars all day than sit at a computer for the rest of my life."

~ Competitive-Air-6531

Not a Rx for Happiness

"Pharmacy tech. Lunch breaks were just approved due to a mass exodus during Covid. We didn’t use to get them in retail. We still don’t on my night shift."

"Every single second of my 12 hr shift was on my feet, never sitting down, never looking at my phone, never taking a break, never getting a lunch. Doctors yelling, nurses yelling, patients dieing and having to carefully use a needle and drugs to spike a bag."

"We couldn’t wear any makeup or have nails done (IV pharmacy). Constant turnover. For $20/hr."

"I got denied asking for a vacation I put in for 3 months prior because they couldn’t find anyone to cover me and told me to find it myself."

"Pharmacy techs and pharmacists are severely underpaid nowadays for the stress that they endure. And many are quitting."

"It was hard as heck to get a job as a pharmacy tech in the 2000s—you had to network! That’s why so many retail pharmacies are cutting hours and closing."

"Getting berated by customers because their insurance companies suck (not the customers fault though!), worrying about being held at gun point because that has happened to me in retail, and not trying to accidentally kill someone with the wrong dose."

"There are many people who have zero college experience or an associates/bachelors degree that make more than pharmacists!"

"Meanwhile pharmacists have $100k student loan debt for a doctorate degree barely making $100k in some places for a DOCTORATE degree. Insane to me!"

~ vanillaroseeee

Well, Actually...

"The guy that pumped my septic. That looked like a sh*tty job."

~ Ok_Accountant1529

"That's what I thought about septic installers too but then I had mine redone and I actually think that installing (not pumping) systems would be a good gig."

~ H34thcliff

"I live in an area where most people are on septic and have dealt with a lot of these guys."

"I can tell you to a man, they own the vac truck, make you see the before and after, and then fix your sh*t. Always good honest guys."

"Also, I think they make a pretty decent living."

~ Badfish1060

Well, you read it here.

Septic installation and pumping is the profession of choice.

What do you think?

People Break Down The Most Bizarre Beauty Standards

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

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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?

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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

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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

Spelling

"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!

Do you have any great stories? Let us know in the comments below.