Reddit user u/juaninamillion recently asked the good people of the internet, "What is a dirty little (or big) secret about an industry that you have worked in that people outside the industry really ought to know?" And, boy, people delivered with some crazy, scary, shocking comments.
1."I work with kids at a daycare and we see babies take their first steps sometimes, but we never tell the parents because we don't want them to feel bad about missing it."
2."Funeral homes are businesses, and funeral directors will absolutely take advantage of grieving people. The most offensive to me are the cremation boxes. They're literally just big cardboard boxes and should cost less than a hundred dollars."
3."Almost every registered nurse has a blacklist of doctors they would not want even remotely near them should they need emergency services. People need to take better care and precaution of who they choose to accept as their doctor."
5."When renting a storage unit, you do not need to get the insurance they offer. Even if they say it's 'mandatory,' it's illegal to force you to get insurance. Also, the rent will increase yearly forever."
7."Most 'subscription services' will raise their prices over time because they expect you to just suck it up. Call up and politely complain about the price. Either you are speaking to someone who can reduce the price or they can put you through to a person authorized to reduce the price."
8."Car dealerships have reward systems based on numbers for the salesmen, the dealer, and management. So, if you're there at the end of the month, you can sometimes get a screaming good deal because, even at 0% profit, the sale bumps them up to a big bonus."
9."Mobile homes are cheaply made and mass produced by people making $9/hour who don't give a shit if it's up to code or safe. Hundreds of people are in a factory with little supervision, and the main goal is to get as many made as possible with little care to protocol, codes, or fire stopping."
10."I make super expensive stuff that is bought by several governments and some high-end consumer product manufacturers. One of the machines that every bit of product has to go through only works right if you stand there and poke at it with a stick."
12."At a hospital, the cash price discount for many outpatient tests (MRI, CT, X-Ray, etc.) can often be cheaper than using insurance and dealing with deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance, and so on. I’ve seen tests billed to insurance for thousands of dollars but cost a cash-paying patient less than $400."
15."Keeping hermit crabs as pets is actually incredibly cruel because they rarely breed in captivity. They have to be taken from the wild, then they get their natural shells broken away from them so that they're forced to adopt colorful man-made shells in hopes kids find them more attractive."
18."The clothes you find at an outlet (more often than not) are not 'cast-offs' or overages from the regular store. There's a whole separate entity that designs and produces clothes at a lesser quality for outlet prices."
20."In a call center, there are lines where management can listen to the customer while they're navigating the phone tree or waiting on hold. We hear every line of profanity, racist/sexist remark, and muttered expletive. Also, many 'live chat' sessions allow the associate to see you typing in live time. A lot of horrible things get typed out, before pressing 'send.'"
21."Wearing gloves in kitchens is a goddamn lie. They don't offer any sort of protection. They're actually more prone to spreading germs and filth because people don't wash them between touching different kinds of food."
22."A lot of auction houses will copy the original art and sell you the copy. It's best to never buy from online auctioneers and have an art evaluator/expert with you when you go to physical auctions."