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[–]RN4237 424 points425 points  (6 children)

When you choose a medical power of attorney, choose someone who can be very rational and can make very unselfish decisions. Often a friend or someone outside the family. Discuss everything with them, and fill out a specific advanced directive (mayo clinic has a good one). No one wants to talk about death, but it is soooo important. Discuss living if you had to be on a ventilator, or never being able to eat again, or living the rest of your life in a nursing home.

[–]Artarious 370 points371 points  (24 children)

Buying the expensive vanilla.

Worked in vanilla manufacturing while the recipes had a slight difference between each label we did they were all pretty much the same thing. That trader Joe's vanilla you spend $15 for 8oz of? You can buy 16oz of the same exact thing from Costco under a different label for the same price. Oh and great value(walmart brand) guess what? Same as the others. We probably made the exact same vanilla for roughly 30ish companies all selling it at different prices.

[–]HipityHopityHotSauce 3535 points3536 points  (64 children)

I work in accessibility.

Do not hesitate or wait to put grab bars, a tub cut out etc in your house when you grow old or if you have mobility issues.

Put grab bars in your bathroom before you fall in the shower, not because you already had a fall in the shower.

[–]SelocAvrap 576 points577 points  (13 children)

I just want to reaffirm that it doesn't matter how old you are or how much you think you're ok with coping; you should get accessibility devices as soon as you think they would benefit you

I'm in my 20s and have a condition that affects my joints, so finally committing and getting a shower stool made my life so much easier & I wish I had gotten one sooner. They have some nice looking accessibility devices out there now that don't look excessively medical, and they can make a world of difference even if you think you can put it off for a while (like I thought I did until I kept hurting myself falling)

You can even get one if you don't think of yourself as elderly/disabled, since the more demand there is for nice ones on the market, the more likely they are to make quality ones that aren't ugly. If it would benefit you, go for it

[–]Thraell 48 points49 points  (1 child)

I second that you don't even really need a medical reason to have them in your house; I bought my house because the former owner passed on, it had all the mobility aids like grab bars left in and we never removed them.

Them things have saved me when I slipped in the shower as a perfectly mobile (but clumsy) 30-odd year old. When I had a leg injury they were fantastic to help lower myself more careful onto the loo. When I'm cleaning the bathroom they're great to hold onto for stability while scrubbing the awkward to reach places.

[–]Tank3613 11.6k points11.6k points 2 (118 children)

Bad friends. ER doc. The amount of people that hang out with the wrong people and end up paying the price is astounding. I teach my kids - whatever your friends do to other people, they will eventually do to you.

[–]HilariousSpill 1339 points1340 points  (0 children)

This is a hard lesson, but an excellent one.

[–]bplatinumm 1993 points1994 points  (47 children)

Not getting a DNR or having and End of Life plan when I become elderly/if I become incredibly ill.

I'm a carer in elderly care and the idea of having my life extended just to live in pain and losing all my independence is horrific. I don't want to leave it to family members who might not be willing to let me go or be in denial about how unwell I am to decide those types of things for me.

Humans are emotional and it's totally understandable to go into shock/denial when you find out your loved one is dying, but forcing them to be resuscitated or to go to hospital to prolong their life regardless of the quality is painful to see.

[–]Anokant 52 points53 points  (2 children)

The living will or advanced care directive is probably the most important. That one will set up who will make decisions for you if you're incapacitated, what your wishes are, and what treatments you agree to. DNR/DNI is nice to have if you die or are actively dying, but an advanced care directive is very important for all the other stuff. My wife and I both are nurses and that was one of the first things we did once we got married.

[–]TrainwreckMooncake 3173 points3174 points  (187 children)

After working as a paralegal at an insurance defense firm, DO NOT TAKE ANY HELICOPTER TOURS. At least in Hawaii, a lot of the helicopters aren't well maintained and there are a surprising amount of crashes they manage to keep quiet. One of the evidence exhibits I helped put together for one case was a picture the family had taken in front of the helicopter before they boarded it and were all killed when it crashed. That was almost 20 years ago and that one sticks with me.

[–]Best_Potential_9390 246 points247 points  (6 children)

I live on Oahu and a helicopter tour literally crashed two blocks away from my house. Everyone on board died. Hard pass on all Hawaii helicopter tours.

[–]knockoutn336 671 points672 points  (33 children)

I had a helicopter tour booked to fly over Volcano National Park in Hawaii. Three days before the tour, it got canceled because they crashed the helicopter we were supposed to fly on.

[–]oroscor1 16.9k points16.9k points  (251 children)

Verbal confirmations. Always get it in writing via an email ,a text, carrier pigeon ,a letter I don't care get it in writing,!

[–]max_trax 3300 points3301 points  (72 children)

Yep. As a project manager if we're discussing anything to do with contractual obligations or deliverables, if it's not in writing it doesn't exist.

[–]SmashLanding 11.8k points11.8k points  (346 children)

Always always always argue a claim denied by health insurance. They will arbitrarily reject claims with no justification.

EDIT: ALSO, insurance companies will always send you an Explanation of Benefits (EOB), which is not a bill, but has the amount that should appear on the bill. If there is any question in your mind about a bill, always compare the bill from the provider with the EOB.

[–]jetpack324 2884 points2885 points  (62 children)

This! My wife is an RBK amputee from an accident 10 years ago. She got an expensive procedure called osseointegration a couple years after but insurance denied it. We used her settlement money to pay for it out of pocket because it made a huge difference in her life. She fought the insurance company every week for a year and disputed every denial with medical facts and statements from her doctors and a year later got reimbursed for the majority of costs. I’ll bet she logged in a couple hundred hours of gathering information and doctors’ opinion but it was a sweet victory when she got the insurance check for $76k.

[–]UCgirl 341 points342 points  (13 children)

I’m so glad you got the money you deserved.

But it’s so wrong that you had to fight for it. What about people who don’t have the literal time (say they work two jobs and are single parents) or the mental capacity to duke it out with insurance companies. And I wonder how much the insurance company spent actively fighting with your wife (on the phone, reading and archiving her letters/emails/messages…). Just think of how much money is wasted in the entire system on you’re wife’s end, the doc’s end, and insurance’s end.

[–]Chiggins907 221 points222 points  (3 children)

You explained exactly why this shady shit works. People don’t have hundreds of hours to spend fighting these things. So probably 80% of the time they see no backlash, and don’t have to pay out.

I’d turn around and sue the insurance company if they strung me out for a year and 100’s of hours of doing their job. Plus how mentally draining would it be not-knowing if you’re out 76k or not.

[–]plaidconfessions 2097 points2098 points  (66 children)

“The company has built a system that allows its doctors to instantly reject a claim on medical grounds without opening the patient file, leaving people with unexpected bills, according to corporate documents and interviews with former Cigna officials. Over a period of two months last year, Cigna doctors denied over 300,000 requests for payments using this method, spending an average of 1.2 seconds on each case, the documents show.”


[–]jamieleben 192 points193 points  (10 children)

Wow, thanks! I literally have a 'not medically necessary' rejection letter from Cigna for exactly the vitamin d test described in the article sitting in my inbox. Them: 'reason for your appeal? ' Me: 'well see, here's a news article describing literally this garbage you're trying to pull on me'

[–]Constant_Target 4796 points4797 points  (258 children)

I am a professional caregiver in an assisted living facility. I will definitely drive off a cliff before being locked in a memory care unit for dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

[–]irving47 2901 points2902 points  (140 children)

I sometimes think about putting a hitman in my will. Every five years he is to pop up, hand me a combination lock and the code for it, and say, you've got three tries and two minutes.

[–]Constant_Target 2055 points2056 points  (98 children)

A lot of them tell me they wish they were dead in moments of lucidity. And then they shit all over themselves and choke on their cold food and beg to please go home. I do my best to comfort care and distract them but it’s exhausting emotionally, 12 hour shifts, and I get numb and neglectful like everyone else that works in this industry.

And then they fall, break something, and the pain and the fear of falling again make them completely impossible to get out of bed and they’re stuck like that for years until they get a skin infection or a UTI or aspirate too much food and get a lung infection… and they can’t even tell me what’s wrong anymore. They just get belligerent and weak and die. Slowly.

[–]AndImSuperKing 528 points529 points  (3 children)

You are a wonderful person for taking care of these vulnerable people

[–]fudgebacker 69 points70 points  (9 children)

People tell me I'm nuts for saying that I'll off myself before going to assisted living. If that's what I need, I'm already dead.

[–]santacruzbiker50 326 points327 points  (11 children)

Sitting with my father right now, who's on hospice in a memory care facility. He wanted no part of this, but he stuck around for my mother. By the time she passed, his decision making capacity was long gone. I mean this in the best possible way, but I'm thankful that he only has days to live at most.

[–]adamfmiller 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Hang in there. He sounds like a wonderful man. May he find peace.

[–]juniperroach 46 points47 points  (0 children)

Getting these diseases are my worst fear and most likely will happen. It’s funny we as a society talk about and fear things like being murdered (we should doesn’t sound fun) but most likely you will grow old and loose your mind. Equally scary outcome.

[–]koolewong 38 points39 points  (2 children)

I did some contract work over a week in one of these units a few years back. At the end of the week, I was having dinner with my kids, and we were chatting about it. I said to them, "If I ever end up like that, take me out fishing without a life jacket."

About 9 months later, I was turning fifty, and someone asked my kids if they were doing anything special for my birthday, and my daughter just looked at them without missing a beat and said, "taking him fishing."

[–]DeusXMathematica 163 points164 points  (2 children)

Thing to avoid, second mortgage. I've had two clients whose banks didn't want to renew the second mortgage and said "pay us out or we force a sale on your home."

Thing to do, get a will. Some people are fucking vultures and if you don't have a will that is clear on who gets what or how things are to be divided they will gleefully pick you carcass clean trying to get every penny they can.

[–]kellogg888 2075 points2076 points  (68 children)

I do not swim in pools that make my eyes burn or smell like chlorine. Was a pool operator for 10 years.

[–]tunczyko 49 points50 points  (3 children)

literally every swimming pool I've been in ever smelled of chlorine

[–]theunfinishedletter 1311 points1312 points  (45 children)

To those wondering, it indicates a high quantity of pee (and other contaminants, like body lotion, sweat etc) in the pool.

[–]mt-beefcake 41 points42 points  (3 children)

To add, I spent time cleaning hot tubs for a property maintenance company. Do not get in a hot tub that you don't own and regularly clean.

[–]antraxsuicide 150 points151 points  (2 children)

I work in Ed tech.

Not personally in the market for more degrees lol, but I tell people all the time who ask for tips: look into the faculty and curriculum of any program you're considering. If you're doing CS for example, you should avoid any CS program with outdated curriculum or faculty who have been teaching for decades without engaging with industry.

In a previous life, I almost went into research in a math subfield that my university was pretty great at. But thankfully some faculty steered me elsewhere because that subfield is so niche, there are only a handful of universities who actually do that work. I'd have had a really awful time finding a job.

[–]tehlaurent97 7229 points7230 points  (131 children)

Opening any links or attachment of an email without verifying the sender mail address

[–]TJtherock 3616 points3617 points  (58 children)

Historian here. Not labeling anything.

Meta data is your friend. Always better to add too much information rather than have too little. Label the backs of your photographs. Write clearly. For the love of all that is holy WRITE CLEARLY!

[–]GingerIsTheBestSpice 714 points715 points  (13 children)

Date and name everyone! Not a historian, but i do my family's genealogy & the family photo collections. It's hard to identify everyone in a 1940s phot when the only person still alive was 6 years old at the time. I'll never know who the two men are in the 1910 photo with my grandpa.

[–]Vegetable_Control810 82 points83 points  (3 children)

I have tons of pictures from the 30s and 40s and everyone is dead, and anyone who could tell me anything is also dead.

So I have hundreds of family photos and no fucking clue who anyone is.

[–]Iamdickburns 658 points659 points  (30 children)

I'm a firefighter, if you get stuck in an elevator call 911 immediately. Casinos, hotels, apartments, etc will fumble fuck their way trying to get you out or await the elevator company for HOURS! I avoid elevators if I can and if I got stuck, I'd avoid their maintenance people trying to get me out.

[–]Tanttaka 129 points130 points  (6 children)

Getting a french bulldog, or any other flat-face dog. You will spend a fortune on veterinary bills. Same with white dogs with pink skin, which are more prone to allergies.

[–]annajoo1 3429 points3430 points  (65 children)

Texting/emailing anything negative to anyone I work with about anything.

I work in HR.

[–]-Velvet-Bat- 774 points775 points  (20 children)

My dad always told me anything you write down becomes evidence.

[–]trying2moveon 664 points665 points  (10 children)

Write it regret it, say it forget it.

[–]heylooknewpillows 45 points46 points  (1 child)

It’s not common but I have 100% been involved in evaluating a technology solution that, while it didn’t exactly do so without telling people, really glossed over the fact that it’s sole purpose was to record sales calls to analyze keywords.

So I’m not sure i’d even say it, especially in any online work meeting. You have no reasonable expectation of privacy on company equipment.

[–]Sharp-Pop335 4208 points4209 points  (114 children)

Used to work at FedEx ground.

Pack your shit like it's gonna get dropped off a cliff. Package handlers do not care if your box says fragile or has orientation arrows. Stuff it with whatever, packing peanuts, expanding foam, bubble wrap. Pack. Your. Shit. Or even better pack that box and put a bigger box around it. They will toss your shit, put heavy stuff on top of it. Use it as a step stool to reach higher boxes.

Pack. Your. Shit.

[–]secksyd3thcast 908 points909 points  (27 children)

I could not agree with you more as I worked there for about 2-3 weeks before I quit due to the terrible working conditions. Day one: I get shown how to load the trucks (In TN btw). "We stack boxes as high as we can. See this box labeled FRAGILE? We put those on the bottom." THIS MAN PROCEEDED TO PUT - AND I KID YOU NOT - A SET OF FOUR TIRES WITH RIMS ON TOP OF IT. THE BOX WENT ENTIRELY FLAT.

[–]KaBri29 1839 points1840 points  (42 children)

Not getting agreements in writing when it comes to loaning substantial amounts of money. Family, friends, doesn't matter. A loan without an agreement is a gift.

[–]derivative_of_life 144 points145 points  (24 children)

Alternatively: Just don't loan friends money if you actually expect or need to get it back. I've "loaned" my friend a couple hundred bucks so she could make rent before, I knew damn well I wasn't seeing a penny of it again.

[–]Devilpig13 4847 points4848 points  (92 children)

Don’t volunteer info to anyone that you haven’t solicited to assist you.

Not the cops.

Not your employer.

Not your vacation plans on FB.

Information will be used against you, limit your exposure.

[–]Opening_Cellist_1093 107 points108 points  (2 children)

Corollary: if you do need help SEEK SOMEONE OUT don't wait to be approached! You're unlikely to randomly pick a raper to help carry your groceries upstairs, but he's quite likely to approach you.

[–]MisterJellyfis 2090 points2091 points  (57 children)

Good rule of thumb - tell the cops nothing, and the ER everything

[–]buyFCOJ 877 points878 points  (14 children)

You don’t have to lie here friend. Save that for court!

-Dr. Nick

[–]Cormano_Wild_219 11.8k points11.8k points 3 (722 children)

I used to work for a ver large casket manufacturer. The deathcare industry (funeral homes) are some of the most predatory businesses I have ever dealt with. They pressure people who are usually an emotional wreck into making quick decisions about products that are ridiculously marked up by telling them “your mom is literally on ice and we need a decision”.

Funeral home reps hang out near hospitals and end of life care facilities like vultures that swoop in the minute someone passes OR they have agreements with these places to push their services. I’ve seen the sheets of paper these funeral homes gives to hospitals to pass on to literally anyone who just passed aways family. They aren’t snatching the bodies they are pushing their services as soon as someone passes. It’s usually just a “menu” of what they offer but I know for a fact some places do this. The markup on caskets is near 1000% in some cases. They promote a “white glove” service and I can tell you that is complete BS. We threw those caskets around as quick as we could and repairs were made in house with whatever we could use. We fixed scratches and dents in wood caskets with meted crayons and painted imperfections in metal caskets with nail polish. The rule of thumb was “if you can’t see it in dim light through watery eyes it’s fine” because most people stop paying attention to the details of the $3000 casket once it’s been “bodied” and the service starts.

When I die, cremate me and spread my ashes somewhere cool or just throw me away. If you put me in a Batesville casket I will haunt you.

Edit: Anyone who tells you a casket is protected from the elements is full of shit. The gaskets on the hardware are cheap as hell and we NEVER replaced them when we were supposed to. Most of the caskets underground are full of groundwater and most of the caskets above ground will eventually leak remains. You don’t see the underground damage unless you exhume the casket and the ones above ground are placed in a way that the liquid collect and drips in a place you’ll never see. One more reason I want to be cremated is because I don’t wanna turn into a puddle of people goo and rainwater. Sorry to break it to anyone visiting loved ones gravesites but whatever is in there is disgusting.

Edit 2: I didn’t work at the production plant, I delivered finished caskets to funeral homes and had daily interaction with these people and when they get friendly they get talkative. Every single one was in it for the money and wouldn’t hesitate to brag about how much they could sell a casket for. We had one guy who was very proud of his ability to sell casket accessories that never went into the ground. “Oh your dad was a marine? For an extra $65 we can put a really nice metal and enamel EGA on each corner instead of those basic plastic ones bay are currently on there. And guess what, they are magnetic so you could even get it one for yourself to keep on your fridge that way you can always have something to remember him”.

[–]Sublime_Dino 3478 points3479 points 2 (99 children)

When my dad died from Covid. The swooped in. It was killing my mom that dad was sitting in a freezer. Told her they’d move other funerals aside if mom paid 10k to get dad buried in 2 weeks.

They signed a contract. Mom paid.

3 weeks later they refuse to put the headstone on because mom didn’t pay the “digging fee”.

I called and asked why the hell they didn’t put it in the contract.

I won’t even get into it. It was the absolute worst days of my life and F that industry.

I also think I should add, when dad was dying in the ICU, the bill was $899,756.34 . I just looked over the texts I exchanged with my brother.

My mom was approached by social work at the hospital and told that if she divorced my dad WHILE HES ON HIS DEATH BED, he could switch over to Medical and she would not be responsible for the bill.

My poor mom. Found a paralegal who started the paperwork. Dad died april 1. Next week will be 2 years. She never went through with the divorce. They were married 45 years. Some Covid relief measure kicked in and helped us out.

I cannot believe this is what our country has come to. Watching my dad die, as my poor mom attempts to do legal work so we dont owe a million.

Anyway. Then the funeral BS.

Man such awful times.

[–]errantwit 1047 points1048 points  (112 children)

As a crematory operator, I'm glad this is the top comment. Job security.

I learned the other day Costco sells caskets, much less expensive.

I want to be tossed in the woods. I may try to donate my cadaver to the body farm.

I was gonna say, stay away from street drugs because fentanyl will.kill.you.

[–]holiday650 911 points912 points  (24 children)

My grandmother specifically said to get her casket from Costco. A couple months later she passed away, the funeral home was visually upset when I walked in and said “I’m not interested in any of your caskets. It’s on its way from Costco”. They tried to talk us out of it with some stupid guilt trip that we’ll regret not having “quality” caskets 🙄🙄. Our good old Gran giving us one last lesson before we put her in the ground! Lol.

[–]Duh-2020 181 points182 points  (10 children)

Amazon also has some with free same day delivery.... Make the most of your Prime Membership

[–]Ouisch 3186 points3187 points  (169 children)

Interesting you mention this...years ago I saw a special on HBO or some channel late at night that was "behind the scenes at a funeral home". At the end the various funeral directors were asked what their final wishes were...to a person, they all said "cremation". When each of my in-laws passed away, while my husband and I were making the "arrangements" (as they're called) I made casual conversation with the funeral director as he tapped away at that adding machine and asked what deluxe casket he'd choose for his own burial. Again, the response was "I'm getting cremated."

[–]DigNitty 1194 points1195 points  (147 children)

I respect that it’s important to some people. But I honestly don’t care what happens to my body. I want it to be as little hassle for everyone. Throw me in the ocean, in a dumpster, off the highway 200 yards where the vultures can use me.

[–]Dirtsk8r 629 points630 points  (52 children)

Exactly. I'm dead at that point dude. Even if you believe in some sort of life after death you gotta agree that the body isn't being used anymore. Just let it go back to the earth. Though I will say it would be pretty cool to be buried without a casket and have a tree planted on top. Instead of a tombstone you'd get a tree that grows with the help of your decaying body. In some sense part of your body would become the tree which I find cool. But ultimately it's like you said, I just don't want there to be much hassle or expense over what's done with my body when I'm gone. I'm happy for people to go for the cheapest possible option, or whatever option makes the people who care happiest.

[–]theanedditor 242 points243 points  (9 children)

[–]fisticuffs32 100 points101 points  (1 child)

This is gonna be the new grift funeral homes used on millennials and zoomers. Prices will shoot up and they'll advertise it as sustainable and eco friendly.

[–]Realworld 39 points40 points  (4 children)

My wife's ashes are in a reused Costco cashew jug, sitting on my kitchen credenza, waiting for next time I go to the family ranch.

I'll sprinkle on the ranch's promontory, same as our family has done for more than a century, and the original natives before us.

[–]CaffeineVixen 795 points796 points  (33 children)

This is the reason I wish to be cremated almost immediately after death. No preservation, no casket (cardboard box is fine), no ceremony. Two weeks after my death, take my urn and put me in the corner of a nice restaurant and open the kitchen and open the bar. Say goodbye to me with good food, good drink and good conversation. My family do not need the funeral arrangement stress, sitting through stale songs that supposedly represent me or the trauma of 'seeing me to say goodbye'; it's been 10 years and I still cannot listen to Chris Ledoux or unsee my Mother's hand floating unnaturally above the other in her casket and my Stepfather had 7 years of debt to pay for the simplest of farewells. EDIT: Changed created to cremated

[–]Cormano_Wild_219 362 points363 points  (13 children)

The cardboard box casket (we called it a doeskin because they were usually reserved for John/Jane Does) still cost several hundred dollars. It was literally thick cardboard and cheap fabric. The first time I saw the markup from us (the manufacturer) to the funeral home was a real eye opener. The first time I saw the markup from funeral home to customer was disgusting.

Here’s another little nugget most people don’t know until you’re in the funeral home but you can RENT a casket. A rental casket has a hinged side (where the feet go) that you can just open up/slide the body out/ and put in storage for the next person who wants it. A funeral home would buy a rental casket from us for $2k and then rent it for $200 to as many people as they could until the casket was no longer useable. So, if you’re being cremated but still want a viewing beforehand you have two choices - buy a $2000 wood casket or $300 box that slightly resembles a casket that’s probably going to get cremated with the body or rent a casket for several hundred dollars that other bodies have been in. Disgusting.

[–]bthks 210 points211 points  (1 child)

My grandfather passed away in December, but my family held the memorial service over a weekend in February. We got a hotel block because most of the extended family was traveling and rented a room at a restaurant for the day of the actual service and a dinner. My grandfather had picked out three readings and asked my brother (a not particularly verbose person) to give the eulogy. When people asked me how the service was I was like "Oh, it was a three-day party with twenty minutes of crying, it was great! My family does the best funerals!"

[–]PersonalDefinition7 344 points345 points  (15 children)

My company does ash scattering (among other things) We take people out in a boat and let them scatter. It's a small mom and pop business. We try to take good care of people and give discounts when someone doesn't have the money, and offer cheap options.

Always go small business. Some really care about people.

[–]EverChosen1 342 points343 points  (34 children)

Don’t build or buy a house in a floodplain or near a stream.

[–]ProbablyInfamous 41 points42 points  (4 children)

Don't build or buy a house on a mountain or near a cliff.
src: currently land-sliding; just lost my septic two months ago.

[–]Glittering-Athlete81 4812 points4813 points  (188 children)

Not all confidential/anonymous surveys are as confidential/anonymous as you think

[–]THETennesseeD 1292 points1293 points  (47 children)

This is what I think every time I get an "anonymous" survey or feedback from corporate. Last time we had one, we were then put into meetings as teams of just a handful of people where he results and feedback were broken down into those teams. We then had to discuss in that team with our manager, so it was pretty easy to know who gave bad feedback on what...

To be honest, I have been in my industry for a while now already speak my mind to my manager, so it wasn't a big deal, but I could imagine if you were on a team with a toxic manager, that meeting it could have been very bad.

[–]SneeKeeFahk 1074 points1075 points  (42 children)

As a software developer of almost 20yrs, if it's online look at the end of the URL. If there is any gibberish or anything like that after the ? it is 100% not anonymous.

I once worked for a survey company that wanted to do an anonymous employee satisfaction survey and wanted us to be brutally honest. They used our survey engine and emailed us the links. Let's just say not a single developer completed the survey. I laughed when the rest of the office was surprised when the company said shit like 40% of the account management team responded with 57% being women. Odd how you can get those detailed metrics from an anonymous survey, right?

[–]mickeyknoxnbk 568 points569 points  (21 children)

Also a software dev. The company I work at sent out an "anonymous survey" with a gibberish string in the url. It was clearly base64 so I decoded it, and it was the email address of the person who it was sent to. With this info....someone could fill out the survey as anyone...

[–]StarChaser_Tyger 642 points643 points  (16 children)

Had this BS 'chicken soup for the stupid' "training" at work, and they sent an 'anonymous' survey after. I didn't answer it and they asked why. "I thought it was anonymous. How do you know I haven't?"

[–]gloggs 3621 points3622 points  (114 children)

The first production run of any product. I build and maintain automation. It's never perfect on the first try. Employees need time to learn how to assemble the product properly and trades need time to work out the kinks.

[–]PersonalDefinition7 530 points531 points  (23 children)

Especially cars. I used to work at some dealers. We all knew it takes a while to work out the bugs of a new line of cars

[–]diagas 3652 points3653 points  (122 children)

From a US lens: ALWAYS confirm salary in a first round interview. I make it a point to always confirm when I am the recruiter, but I can't tell you how many times other recruiters don't. If you really want to work somewhere and the recruiter doesn't ask, you are totally justified to ask what the salary range is. Time is invaluable and waiting until a 2nd/3rd round only to find out your expectations vs. their budget is misaligned is huge a waste of time for everyone involved.

[–]djsizematters 696 points697 points  (25 children)

Ha, I ask the recruiter on the first phone call. Saved me from so many bs interviews

[–]sironicon 78 points79 points  (7 children)

This. I don’t waste my time doing an interview if the pay is garbage, and if they won’t even give me a range then I feel like I don’t trust them anyway. If it was in any way attractive pay they would tell me SOMETHING.

[–]Phteven_j 40 points41 points  (4 children)

I ask before scheduling the call. If they won't tell you, then it's not worth your time IMO. I get several of these guys a week trying to waste time with interviews that either 1) aren't even a remotely good fit or 2) pay significantly less than what I would want. They love to say "well what are you looking for pay wise"? And you have to shut that shit down. What does the position pay? My current and expected salary have no bearing on that amount.

This week I had a recruiter from Sony try to lowball me for around 75k under what I make, but contracted hourly. My position is highly specialized and there are only a handful of us in the US. I said I wouldn't talk to them for under 200k (a lot for my area) salary plus benefits and suddenly the position paid 200k!

Recruiters are terrible. I can't stand them.

[–]PennyMarie27 5740 points5741 points  (286 children)

Meth-I’m a clinical social worker

[–]greysnowcone 97 points98 points  (0 children)

Where you get your healthcare is very important. Just because someone is a doctor does not mean they know what is best for your health. There are a lot of bad physicians.

It’s like the old joke, “what do they call the person with the worst grades in med school? Doctor.”

[–]unbelievablefidelity 1623 points1624 points  (57 children)

Michael’s art framing services. Just don’t. ESPECIALLY photographs. Go to a reputable custom framer if you care at all about what you are getting framed. A bit more expensive but your art/photos/memorabilia will be kept safe for years to come.

[–]RedEyesAndChiliFries 361 points362 points  (15 children)

I worked at a Michaels, as a framer, for 9 months in the 90's when I was in college. I will agree - you don't want college kids (not like me, because I actually tried to do a good job) or their ilk, handling your artwork, or collectables. We'd have people dry mount edition prints, because they were told to by some employee (ruined the prints), over sold hideous mouldings at an insane cost, matte the hell out of things (triple mats?!) and just overall not care about what they were doing. We were on a numbers system where we had to just crank out as much as we could so our manager would look good. Apparently back then, the framing dept was a major source of income for the stores.

One night a woman came in with Picasso pencil sketches for me to frame, and I literally put my hands up and backed away from the counter. "Yeah, I am not touching these. You need to consult a museum or something. We don't have anything here for you."

Don't buy frames from Hobby Lobby (they're usually warped or low quality), or have them frame anything. They're just as bad. We have a mix of Framebridge and stuff that I've framed here (so many things) and we go to Blick or the local art supply store to get mattes cut and I assemble them.

[–]Xsiah 39 points40 points  (5 children)

I can't imagine someone walking into Michaels with genuine Picasso sketches - are you sure they weren't just copies?

[–]pollywantapocket 1460 points1461 points  (52 children)

Avoid representing yourself in any court proceedings. If it involves the US legal system, yes, you really do need a lawyer. There are very few exceptions to this but even the exceptions (like a self help divorce where there are no assets, no kids, no contest), you are better off at least consulting with an attorney first.

[–]Varthredalgo 3895 points3896 points  (256 children)

Wearing contacts in the shower/pool/any body of water. Worked as an ophthalmic photographer in Pittsburgh for seven years. College students were coming in with ulcers and amoeba in their corneas from swimming in their contacts and then sleeping in them for days.

[–]Crazy-Adhesiveness71 801 points802 points  (38 children)

Oh god that is gross. I don’t sleep in my contacts but good to know that I’m better off not showering with them in.

[–]vonnegutfan2 738 points739 points  (35 children)

Being the first car out to an intersection after a red light.... traffic engineer.

[–]DGAFADRC 388 points389 points  (13 children)

Or, if you are the first car, pause and look both ways to make sure everyone is slowing down before pulling out into the intersection.

[–]Electrical-Pie-8192 46 points47 points  (2 children)

I know of 2 intersections I go through regularly where the light turns green before the cross traffic light turns red. Yes I've reported them.

[–]streptozotocin 2609 points2610 points  (177 children)

Going outside without sunscreen on my face if nowhere else. I’m a Pathology resident and the amount of ears, noses, lips and other chunks of face I see that surgeons have chopped off due to skin cancers caused by sun damage is sobering. Please in the name of all that’s good an holy find a daily sunscreen that works for you and wear it.

[–]applepyatx 499 points500 points  (6 children)

Thank for the reminder to put sunscreen on my ears!

[–]jyzenbok 6007 points6008 points  (289 children)

Don’t get back surgery unless it’s absolutely last resort. You need to fix the root cause of the injury - usually it’s core strength weakness or Glut weakness. Go to PT first and really do the exercises. Most people who get spine surgeries have multiple ones over their lives because the level just above or below their surgery becomes injured for the same reason your first one occurred.

[–]raspberryscum 240 points241 points  (5 children)

I work in bridal alterations. Bridal stores and boutiques will mark up things based on the most random attributes. Gowns claim to be hand beaded a lot of the time aren’t. If it looks too uniform and the ends of the threads aren’t tied off, then it was probably machine beaded. Most people will not be able to tell if your dress is $5000 or $1000. Don’t overspend if you don’t have to

[–]AK12thMan 2542 points2543 points  (77 children)

1 - I wouldn’t drink water from the tap without letting it run a few seconds first. Especially first thing in the morning.

I used to work for my state’s drinking water compliance program and would collect and analyze drinking water samples from all sorts of public drinking water sources, including people’s homes. All the contaminants, minerals, etc. from the water source to the pipes and even the solder (especially if old) leach and accumulate the longer the water sits in the lines. Letting the tap run for a few seconds flushes out that “stagnant” water and draws fresher water from the mainlines.

2 - Don’t be an asshole to anyone in customer service - from retail to sales and food service - I worked in retail for many, many years. These folks are just trying to get by and aren’t responsible for whatever is that got you all upset in the first place. In fact, simply being nice to them in a difficult situation can more times than not actually work out in your favor as they may sympathize/empathize with you.

[–]my_7th_acct_sux 1197 points1198 points  (69 children)

Doctors and physicians are regular people, which means some of them really suck at their jobs (treating your health). Don’t ignore that feeling if you think you might have a bad doctor. There’s nothing wrong with consulting multiple professionals.

[–]KidDarkness 40 points41 points  (5 children)

Also, it's okay to change medical providers if you don't click with them. If others are available, by all means try and find someone that you like better as a person and he won't make you miserable when you have to visit them.

[–]CreepyBlackDude 1528 points1529 points  (39 children)

If you're a creative--actor, musician, painter, etc--avoid self-proclaimed coaches that charge you an arm and a leg telling you they'll get you into the industry quick.

I'm coming from the world of voice over. There are a thousand and one "I'll teach you everything you need to know!" type of coaches who charge hundreds of dollars for a single hour or two. They'll promise to train you, do your demo, etc. Truth is, their business isn't voice over, it's education. You are their job. And you will overspend and burn out for very little return.

If you want a coach or class, look for people who are known by everyone in your industry and who have verifiable results from their own work. And for goodness sake, don't wait for formal coaching to start doing what you want to do! A book or YouTube video is enough to get you started in almost every case; the best thing you can do is work on it every day.

[–]Willow-girl 78 points79 points  (8 children)

Organic milk. There are no antibiotics in regular milk. This is something farmers are VERY careful about because every tanker load is tested as soon as it reaches the processor, and if it tests positive the entire load is dumped and the farmer who screwed up has to pay the cost (which can run to $15,000).

Cows sometimes need to be treated with antibiotics to alleviate painful infections. Organic farming practices dictates the cow either has to suffer without medication or she has to be sold, usually for slaughter. It is a travesty to kill an otherwise healthy cow over a minor infection!

Organic milk is just a marketing ploy that allows farmers and processors to charge a higher price for a product that really isn't any different than the standard one. Meanwhile, it's much worse for the cows, and as someone who loves cows and has devoted her life to taking care of them, this bothers me.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and become informed!

[–]JMO_12345 481 points482 points  (8 children)

You should sign your apartment leases in November and December. This is the slow season and apartment owners get desperate for occupancy. Often offering lower rates and higher concessions.

[–]Collard-Greens 1246 points1247 points  (51 children)

That certain plastics that we use regularly really shouldn’t be exposed to high heat and a lot of the disposable products we use aren’t as safe as we truly think. A lot of plastics break down when hot and a lot of our coffee cups and things are lined with plastic that also isn’t superb at high temps. Also, a lot of our “recyclable” goods can only be recycled in a handful of facilities in the U.S. which means most of this still ends up in the trash

[–]PwnedByBadger 355 points356 points  (83 children)

Liquor and spirits industry. Big name allocated bourbons (Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Blanton's, etc). If you can find them for MSR they're fine but it's almost become cultish. 5 years ago Buffalo was a pretty good $25 mixing bourbon. Now people travels STATES just to drop $100 on a bottle and they think they're getting a steal. They're decent whiskeys but nothing special. And Jose cuervo. There are MANY tequila under $15 I would happily pick. If Jose was 8 bucks it would still be over priced.

[–]thePHTucker 83 points84 points  (26 children)

Worked in ABC before covid. Can confirm. Trace is good Don't get me wrong. It's a good $25 to $30 Bourbon. That's all I'd ever pay for it. We'd have Bourbon Bros stop by the store every delivery day just to see if we had any of those 3 you stated. I've had all of them, and they're good but not travel to another town/state good. It's a status symbol for these guys, though, and that's why the price is jacked. We had this one guy that would come in and just show off pictures of all the full, unopened bottles he had. Full collection of Blantons with all the letters blah blah. I'd always ask him if he was going to open and pour any with his friends, and he always looked at me with such disgust. Like how dare I? I like a good BIB Bourbon. Evan Williams White Label is solid for the money and great on the rocks/mixed with soda or water. Also big fan of Old Grand-Dad BIB. Smooth with a bit of kick. Still under $30. As far as tequilas, Cuervo definitely is low-end. Sauza makes a better quality for price point. Their Blanco is better than Cuervo Silver, and the Reposado is much more tasty than the more expensive 1800. It's the difference between made with Agave and 100% pure Agave. It's all a marketing scam anyway.

[–]bigdaddyjw 2642 points2643 points  (83 children)

Consultants. We get paid to interview your staff to document the issues and solutions they’ve already identified but can’t get approval to do. Then we put some cool slides and bogus ROI numbers around it so your executives will fund the work.

It’s super rare for a company to not have someone on staff who knows what needs to be done and has it 3/4ths documented already. Execs either don’t trust their own team enough or need an outside group’s recommendation to get through the political BS to implement change.

[–]IndecentMonk 845 points846 points  (26 children)

Yep. We are usually brought in for a very short list of reasons:

1) the company needs something done on a short timeframe but doesn't have the people time/resources to investigate and execute on plans

2) management needs a bad guy to point to as the reason why they're making the cuts and changes they know need to be made

3) management wants someone to go through the ideas that their staff has and find the ones with real merit and prioritize them while sending the rest to the trash

Or far more infrequently

4) management wants to do something new they have no idea how to do, nobody at the company knows how to do it, and they can't afford to fuck it up

[–]jealousrock 408 points409 points  (7 children)

  1. management are hopelessly divided and don't trust each other's subordinates because they can't imagine people simply want to do their work without any games and politics.

[–]Ramtakwitha2 3765 points3766 points  (158 children)

If you get a name brand sunscreen, and generic sunscreen, and there seems to be nothing different except the label on the bottle. The generic is probably the exact same thing and from the same factory, and may even be the same batch as the name brand. Avoid the name brand and get the generic.

Literally all it took was flipping one switch on the machine I operated to switch from making [name brand here] to [store's own brand here], all it did was switch what label it applied.


If a convenience store has precooked food items available under heat lamps that you can just buy cold and microwave for a few seconds, don't go for the precooked ones, microwave a new one. It's still microwaved either way, but at least now you know you aren't eating something that was heated 3 hours ago.

[–]Cormano_Wild_219 1216 points1217 points  (91 children)

This is true for a lot more than just sunscreen. I work for a pretty large CPG company in the US and we have store brand stuff that is literally the same stuff as name brand but it’s in a different package. When we negotiate contracts we can see that this product from this supplier is called “X” at Walmart, “Y” at Kroger, and “Z” at our stores. Milk is one of the worst when it comes to price difference for the same stuff. There aren’t that many major milk producers in the US so the same handful of companies supply most stores. 2% Prairie Farms milk is $6/gallon at Walmart and our store brand is $2.50/gallon and guess what, it’s the same milk from the same cows and the only difference is the jug.

[–]tacocattacocat1 651 points652 points  (28 children)

As a nail tech I've learned too much about communicable foot illnesses. Bring cheap flip flops with you when you travel and wear them in every shower. Avoid water parks but if you must, always wear some kind of water shoe. Always wear socks at the airport so you don't have to walk your bare feet through security after like 200 other bare footed people 🤢

Warts and athletes foot suuuuck

[–]matthewkooshad 36 points37 points  (0 children)

Good tip for airport, thanks

[–]negligenceperse 65 points66 points  (3 children)

prison 💕 i am a defense attorney

[–]IrrelevantTopaz 65 points66 points  (12 children)

Actuary. Rental car insurance.

Entirely unnecessary.

Edit: I should say, so long as you have your own personal vehicle policy (which covers everything you need while renting a car).

[–]tejojo 65 points66 points  (1 child)

Booking a hotel through a third party. If you do that, it's not easy to change or cancel a reservation, as you're bound to that third party's terms and conditions.

Also, clicking on a hotel link through a web search. There are many scummy third parties that buy top ad space on Google and make their site look like the official hotel websites. That's why I directly type the hotel chain's url into the browser to book direct.

[–]Captain_Mom42 1050 points1051 points  (66 children)

Former CNA. I will do everything I can to not send any family to a nursing home. And hopefully my kids will someday do the same for me.

Edit: just to add, if someone I know is ever in a nursing home I will visit as often as I can. Especially if they are in a state where they can't advocate for themselves.

Edit 2: don't let some internet stranger make you feel bad if you have family in a nursing facility. I'm sure it is still the right choice for many families.

[–]bestprocrastinator 42 points43 points  (21 children)

What would you suggest instead?

[–]Captain_Mom42 76 points77 points  (7 children)

Home care maybe? That's my plan for my parents in the future. Find someone who works full time with one family/client. They get to stay in the comfort of their own home and hopefully not be rushed through everything.

[–]InnieLicker 60 points61 points  (2 children)

It’s just not possible for someone who needs round the clock care. You can’t have a CNA live in your house 24/7. My aunt tried to keep my uncle out of a home for years but eventually he needed more care than the family could provide. Heavy lifting, falls, bathing. Not everyone can do this even if they really want to.

[–]dark_slayer666 406 points407 points  (23 children)

I’m a gigging musician and I’m officially done with drugs and alcohol

So many musicians I know abuse drugs (including myself in the past)

I think it’s to cope with the weird hours and strange way to make money but damn is life so much easier without all that and also my guitar playing is so much better without

[–]Perfect-Egg-9619 676 points677 points  (30 children)

Health and fitness field- don’t argue with people who speak in “absolute” terms. Example: “___ is bad for you.” You’ll never win and it isn’t worth the time nor energy

[–]hicksreb 491 points492 points  (36 children)

If the railroad crossing gates are down, do not go around them.

If a train is stopped over the railroad crossing? It's probable that they will be there awhile. Turn around and find another way.

If a train passes a railroad crossing and the gates stay down? Do not go around them. Another train may be approaching on the second main.

Do not walk on railroad tracks, especially with earbuds in. There are a million better ways to get somewhere that isn't walking on railroad ballast.

If you insist on walking on the railroad right of way? You are trespassing. If the rail is shiny? It's definitely used. A lot. If it's rusty? It's not used as much, but be aware that a train can come at any time.

Also, railroaders do not stop on crossings because they want to. The train length, lack of communication from the dispatcher, emergency situations, are usually the cause. It's very difficult to try to park a 14,000 ft train somewhere that doesn't block a crossing.

[–]Bhaldavin 389 points390 points  (25 children)

Sitting on random objects that can get stuck in your rectum. It happens to too many people I x-ray.

[–]i_should_be_coding 63 points64 points  (1 child)

Without a base = without a trace

[–]Furius_George 44 points45 points  (1 child)

Anybody ever just come clean? “Yeah I’m into butt stuff and for whatever reason it was erotic to me at the time. Now it’s stuck.”

[–]justletmesignupalre 467 points468 points  (16 children)

Renting your home to a film crew.

- They have a crazy ambitious schedule for the day and being careful around the place is not a part of it.
- The people closer to the producer, who is responsible for returning the place in pristine condition, will be a bit more careful. Most people won't. And if they are having a bad day, they might handle poorly something and break it.
- And, last but not least, they are great at making something look unbroken at first sight. They have a whole department for that.

[–]GymAndGarden 46 points47 points  (3 children)

A friend of mine had a major feature film use their house recently in New Mexico. The mortgage on the place is $13,000 a month so that was the daily fee the producers offered to use the place for several months of filming.

But all the shots were outside the home with no filming done inside, so I guess my friend got lucky with nothing being destroyed.

[–]sixup604 254 points255 points  (0 children)

All this, plus....that furniture they schlep from warehouse to some random's house to warehouse and then your house? Heyo! Welcome to bedbug hell. Especially with D-list television productions. Happened to our upstairs neighbours. They also got cockroaches. Our house got used a lot. We never let them shoot inside in our ground level suite. Only exterior and yard stuff. (crazy cat lady's house exterior in Catwoman)

I mean, it's fun having Tim Burton (Big Eyes) running around in your front yard, but yeah. That shit all gets stored in the same warehouses. Do you think prop house warehouses thoroughly fumigate each and every item each and every time on tight and expensive schedules?

[–]CanadianMcManager 558 points559 points  (27 children)

Full service moving companies. Just read reviews and you'll see a lot of em are scams.

Edit - this is somewhat specific to long distance moves. The scam is typically centered around a quote at a certain weight, "weighing" the load, and declaring a much higher weight.

[–]DeltaHuluBWK 430 points431 points  (10 children)

My wife and I have moved across the country 3 times.

First time - moving from a 2 room apartment to a 2 room apartment. Not too much stuff, so we loaded up a U-Haul and a trailer for an SUV. It sucked HARD. That tiny cab for 2 people and 2 small dogs was a tight fit and those U-Hauls aren't powerful enough to tow a regular sized SUV. We barely made it over the Rockies.

Second time, moving from a house to a house.hired United movers and they were great. Our contract was for the exact weight, they overestimated and we got a decent refund. Driving my truck towing her 2 door coupe was a breeze compared to the previous experience.

Third time, moved from a house to an apartment and storage unit, and we hired Atlas and they were awesome too. But the contract was fixed, based on the estimate and the estimator was off by a LOT (we paid less than we should have). The day the driver came to load up, he took a look around and said, "I'm sorry, he was way off, there's gotta be a thousand pounds more than I was told. I gotta make a call." Called the company, they said it was a fixed contract they had some local third party make, the driver will get paid what he's supposed to, and the company will bill the third party.

Point of the story - DEFINITELY get a mover if you have enough stuff and can afford it, it makes things immeasurably easier when moving. BUT make sure to read the reviews like this comment said and run away from scams.

[–]CoralPilkington 1301 points1302 points  (148 children)

anything that's marketed as "audiophile grade"

[–][deleted] 4035 points4036 points  (175 children)

If a film crew is in your neighborhood or near your business and they didn’t pay you, cut the grass ALL DAY and make as much noise as possible. When a PA comes up to ask you to be quiet, say you’ll stop for money. Producers give them wads of cash to stop noisy neighbors. Start at $1k.

[–]Ok-Disk-2191 862 points863 points  (26 children)

So you're telling me I could make bank, if I follow film crews around all day and offer random residents free lawn mowing?

[–][deleted] 452 points453 points  (21 children)

Yes. But you’ll get caught unless you have some clever disguises. They’re not stupid. They’re just greedy.

[–]Stelly414 213 points214 points  (7 children)

Getting caught for doing something legal and lucrative doesn’t sound too bad.

[–]Punkrock0822 173 points174 points  (18 children)

Not buying any appliance or vehicle made in 2020-2023 if I can help it. I work in HVAC and quality of EVERYTHING has seriously declined. Material shortages and government efficiency regulations cause manufacturers to use a different most of the time cheaper material to assemble appliances causing them to fail sooner, alot sooner.

[–]TopTear5385 369 points370 points  (6 children)

Any hot drinks on an airplane like coffee or tea. I’m an airline pilot and that hot water comes from the “potable water tank.” Never gets cleaned only has cleaning tablets thrown in there every now and again and tested for E. coli. There was more than once I flew an airplane that had the potable water system deferred for E. coli.

[–]NightOwlIvy_93 850 points851 points  (45 children)

Not setting boundaries for your child/ren - daycare worker

[–]TheRealMcDuck 51 points52 points  (4 children)

Never open an account with Wells Fargo. Don't even start filling out an application that causes you to have anything to do with that bank.

[–]BZNATC 352 points353 points  (15 children)

Hot air balloons. I'm an Air Traffic Controller.

[–]cidiusgix 43 points44 points  (1 child)

My balloon ride ended by smashing into the ground then having the basket dragged couple hundred meters. Wife got a concussion, I walked away with some scratches. Pilot was bloody, but didn’t elaborate on his injuries. 4/10.

[–]bendvis 3299 points3300 points  (287 children)

As a software engineer, internet-connected 'smart' home stuff. I don't need some internet random gaining access to my security cameras.

[–]iAmBrandonD 633 points634 points  (40 children)

I remember when I was looking for a fridge and they kept pushing WiFi / smart features on me. I had to lay my foot down and tell them I want just a basic one. I felt like an old man…I’m not ever 30 yet.

[–]misdirected_asshole 1470 points1471 points  (114 children)

Seriously like why tf does my toaster need the internet. Just make toast my guy.

[–]whynotmaybe 747 points748 points  (79 children)

Currently looking for a new dishwasher.

Found a Samsung that has WiFi connectivity.

Dishwasher. WiFi.

For what?

So that I can check on my app when my dishes are clean which is usually during the night because I start it before going to bed and empty it in the morning?

It's in my price range but before buying it I want to be sure it can work without WiFi.

I don't want to spend 10 minutes on some dishwasher buttons to type my WiFi password.

[–]steven-daniels 443 points444 points  (7 children)

It will email you advertisements for dishwasher detergent and Jet Dry.

[–]BiggerPrint 56 points57 points  (0 children)

Definitely crystal meth

[–]UnfilteredTap 50 points51 points  (6 children)

Surgery. Do your best to look at every option available.

[–]precious-basketcase 49 points50 points  (3 children)

Don’t sleep in your contacts. Don’t swim in your contacts. For the love of God, do not substitute saliva for contact lens solution.

[–]Far-Two8659 1848 points1849 points  (208 children)

This is the exact opposite of the post but I see/hear it so much. I've worked in a dozen restaurants and I have never - literally never- seen someone spit in or otherwise mess with someone's food.

Restaurants do a lot of not great stuff but that's not one of them, in my experience.

But don't order steak well done. You're getting expired meat AND it tastes bad.

[–]CFDoW 539 points540 points  (37 children)

I watched a coworker pick food up off the floor to serve ONCE during my restaurant years. And the manager flipped out and made him remake it.

[–]kyohti 353 points354 points  (22 children)

Just chiming in to say that I worked at Subway as a teenager and the franchise owners made such a regular habit of selling extremely expired roast beef that they taught employees to hide the bad pieces on the bottom of the sandwich and put 1-2 good pieces on top to hide them. I watched the owners brother fumble and drop the entire container of meatballs while trying to microwave it. So, what does he do? He scoops them all back up from the floor and into the container and puts it in the microwave correctly this time, like nothing happened. Microwaved them and put them on the line for customers. Don't even get me started on the tuna. Any kind of sauce bottles or utensils NEVER got cleaned or washed. In fact, I don't seem to remember anyone ever doing dishes there. They were INFESTED with roaches of all shapes and sizes. When I opened in the morning, I would unlock the front door, stick my arm through to disarm the security system while shining my phone flashlight through the glass door to make sure I wasn't touching anything nasty, then flip the lights on and shut the door and stand outside for 10 minutes while I waited for the carpet to scatter. I was the "opening manager" as a 19 year old so the pay was really good but I quit and have never eaten at a Subway since.

There's way more but I'm not trying to write a book and I feel like the TLDR; here is probably "avoid family-run franchises" moreso than any crack at restaurants in general. It was genuinely horrific.

[–]rjreeeppp 141 points142 points  (0 children)

Well this was horrifying

[–]Yellowbug2001 1822 points1823 points  (83 children)

Large cruise ships. The number of suits against cruise lines filed in Miami by cruise ship passengers who got infectious diseases or food poisoning at sea is really staggering, only the absolute worst cases make the news but it happens ALL THE TIME, I've heard cruise ships described as "floating petri dishes" and that's putting it mildly.

[–]Mauro_Ranallo 383 points384 points  (35 children)

Allow a pet to fly as checked luggage. I haven't witnessed any mistreatment of animals during loading or unloading, but the whole process is generally stressful for them and most don't look very comfortable.

[–]Amazing_Library_5045 230 points231 points  (13 children)

Never trust raw percentage, averages or "high level" business KPI

I'm a data scientist / statistician. Most of these are not wrong, in fact they are often the result of 'good intentions', but there is always layers and nuances underneath.

[–]toekneeAT 370 points371 points  (46 children)

I’m a athletic trainer. Never letting my kids play football.

[–]wesandf 77 points78 points  (9 children)

My buddy is a athletic trainer and I asked him what sport to join for kids. Said Math league, speech, debate, science thing. Said all High School sports push kids to hard in physical activities. If you don’t plan to go pro take it easy.

[–]as_an_american 138 points139 points  (11 children)

Getting a PhD in political science: I work in a warehouse

[–]ih8pkmn 1018 points1019 points  (65 children)

I'll never work a janitorial job again. Janitors get absolutely zero respect from anyone else in a given facility, despite the fact that businesses would fall apart in a matter of days, if not hours, without regular cleaning. Not to mention that your accomplishments are never noticed, just your mistakes.

[–]Ess2s2 171 points172 points  (8 children)

Used to work in custodial for a big box home store, janitors are systemically under-appreciated, and in many cases are straight up treated like an underclass. All this despite the fact they clean up some horrible messes from some truly irresponsible human beings.

[–]steven-daniels 336 points337 points  (8 children)

I worked IT for a school district, and made it a point to be polite to the custodians. Sometimes I'd need a ladder or some other tool, and they'd let me borrow them because I made it a point to put it back *exactly* where I found it.

Those are the people with the keys. If you need to be in a room and the door is locked, being on good terms with the keyholders is a serious advantage.

[–]Joyous_catley 190 points191 points  (2 children)

That’s a shame. I make sure to be friendly and polite to the custodians and maintenance guys at work. Even if they always seem to close the restroom for cleaning the exact moment I need to use it.

[–]g15elle 287 points288 points  (6 children)

  1. Smoking
  2. Unprotected sex- diagnosed way too many teens with HSV and other STIs after one night stands.

[–]LairdofWingHaven 69 points70 points  (5 children)

Worked in ob/gyn. Will always remember the sweet 15 year old girl who was talked into a one night stand by an older guy. That one night left her with pregnancy, herpes, genital warts, and chlamydia. Oof.

[–]Fred_Whatever 48 points49 points  (5 children)

I work for an energy supplier here in the UK. One of the absolute best things you can do to keep warm and use very little energy is to buy a decent electric blanket. They’re a smidge pricey, but they can save you so much in the long run, especially at the moment when energy prices are so wildly high (which I would like to add, your energy supplier has exactly 0 control over).

Also, get smart meters. The actual meters on the wall, I wouldn’t bother with the little in-home display screens, they’re more bother than they’re worth. Most energy suppliers now anyway you can monitor usage in the app or website much more accurately than on an in-home display.

[–]Jethro_Cull 46 points47 points  (2 children)

I will never buy cakes at a supermarket if they come in those cardboard cake circles.

I have been in probably 50 different corrugated box factories in my work. The biggest factories are highly automated and usually very clean and sanitary. They often have strict inspections for AIB certification for food-safety. The little “family-owned” sheet plants are almost always shitholes. Rodents, spiders, cockroaches, etc. They’re disgusting. Guess which kind of factory typically makes those little cake circles??

Good news for you pizza lovers. Pizza boxes are almost always made in the big, automated, clean factories. They’re also shrink-wrapped in bundles of 25 to keep them clean in transit.

[–]Im_Here_To_Learn_ 412 points413 points  (14 children)

Social media - I’m in marketing

[–]milkywayT_T 195 points196 points  (4 children)

After working in marketing I didn't hesitate to delete most of my social media. It's basically just ads which are more "personalised". And your data is not private at all.

[–]Lying_Hedgehog 42 points43 points  (2 children)

Ocasionally I see stuff like "You'd be surprised at what information you can find if you google your own name".

Nothing pops up for mine, no matter how I google. I really like it this way and refuse to change it.
Although it feels like Linkedin is getting more and more "mandatory" for job searching and I don't like it one bit.

[–]Ghostdog2041 519 points520 points  (84 children)

As a person that works in a hospital, I really, really don’t want to go to the ER if I can help it.

[–]ilikebaseballbetter 632 points633 points  (49 children)

name brand grocery items - dairy specifically. 99% it's the exact same thing from the exact same farm/plant, just different packaging.

[–]Qnofputrescence1213 59 points60 points  (2 children)

Yes. A family member worked at a butter plant. The exact same butter was packed as Land O Lakes and they would stop the machine, switch packaging and start packing generic store brands. The same facility packed close to 30 different brands with all the same butter.

[–][deleted] 325 points326 points  (13 children)

No trach-n-peg for me. Just let me die. (Healthcare)

[–]Synergy_04 42 points43 points  (3 children)

Public Spas/Hot Tubs. I service them and some nice hotels NEVER change the water, just complain that there is too much oil clogging the filters etc.

[–]Bankzzz 39 points40 points  (1 child)

I would not trust any branding, marketing, or advertising and any search results on any platforms and I would assume everything I’m doing on any piece of technology is being tracked with the purpose of selling to me.

The reality here is the companies spend a lot of money to manipulate you by making their brand appear to hold your same values and look appealing to you. For example, a lot of home and body products are being “greenwashed” to make them appear like smaller holistic and health conscious brands when they are still owned by the same big companies like P&G, J&J, etc.

They watch everything you do and they then try to sell to you in extremely effective ways. Some people don’t care but it’s getting bad because you cannot get honest results for even basic searches for “best products to do X” or honest reviews on various items because most of the time they are paid to say those things. Then they hammer you with ads on every platform you visit. A lot of the time these are not even good quality products. They’re just hoping you’ll make the purchase impulsively.

There is a ton of psychology at play. They use a lot of dark techniques to trick you into thinking that the product is running out to give a sense of urgency or maybe make you think so many people are buying it and love it by artificially inflating reviews. I do not trust reviews and ratings at this point anymore. I will read through some 3* to figure out pros and cons but many companies write fake 5* reviews. Ever see those random products show up in your Facebook feed and all of the comments are some variation of “I was skeptical but I tried it and I absolutely love it!!” Those are probably written by someone getting paid to do it.

There’s just a lot of weird manipulative stuff going on. Do your due diligence before making purchases online and support local small businesses whenever you can.

[–]5p00n3r1 41 points42 points  (1 child)

Not wearing a helmet for a motorcycle or bike. Too much tramtic brain injuries that could have been easily avoided. I work with the neuro lab, and lots of patients come in for seizures because of previous or current injuries to the head.

[–]delladoug 44 points45 points  (11 children)

Never put ANYTHING but water, toilet paper, and human waste down the drain.

[–]DrCarabou 372 points373 points  (22 children)

Dog parks. Parasites can live in the soil for years. Lots are a fecal-oral transmission, some can be transmitted just by stepping on them. Hot bed for respiratory disease transmission. And lots of people with unsocialized dogs letting them roam in a pen and then break out in dog fights. Are the dogs being brought vaccinated? Neutered/spayed? Who knows, most of them have no one actually regulating that stuff. -a vet

[–]Angelisaurus 244 points245 points  (24 children)


Worked at a pet store for six years that sold a variety of "specialty" pets, i.e. birds, rodents, reptiles, etc. They all could be nasty on the wrong day, don't get me wrong. Getting chomped by anything sucks. But no single animal bit as much or a fraction as hard* as the goddamn hamsters. Huge rodent teeth that would go right through to the bone of your finger, and then a little more. So many parents would come in looking for a furry little friend for their sweet Jimmy and I'd do everything in my power to steer them towards the guinea pigs, the mice, the rats. No, Jimmy wants a goddamn hamster, and he wants to hold it please. Jimmy gonna learn today. I'm sorry Jimmy.

I'm sure someone reading this will have the inevitable Not All Hamsters response. Yes, there are the odd sweet ones. Yes, hamsters raised by hand in a one-on-one environment with a human, as opposed to the meager chaos of a pet store, are probably fine. Yes, certain breeds were typically less prone to nastiness--typically. It changes nothing. I'd rather let a 5 year old hold a hundred snakes than one of those furry demon turds. It would be safer for both the 5 year old, and the turd.

*We did sell conures, a small type of parrot, which arguably have more crushing power per bite than a rodent. In all my years working there though I can never remember having a conure who was so ornery as to try to use that bite force beyond a stern nip.

[–]Sea_Entrepreneur3719 179 points180 points  (11 children)

Homeowners’ associations. I’m an HOA manager.

[–]chisox100 1018 points1019 points  (54 children)

TikTok and any short form social media video content. As a teacher I saw a rapid and significant drop in student’s attention spans when they got popular. It’s made me more self aware of the fact my own attention span is worse than it used to be when I started using them too. So I cut it all out and my attention span and general anxiety levels have dropped

[–]burymeinpink 346 points347 points  (23 children)

Combined with the pandemic, it was horrendous. I've had teenagers tell me they watch Netflix sped up because they can't pay attention long enough to watch a movie or TV show at normal speed.

[–]phuktup3 235 points236 points  (9 children)

Cleanses and detoxes, your body does this with organs, lol. Specifically lungs, skin, liver and kidneys. Take whatever you want the body still needs those organs to get it out.