Earlier today, Reddit user u/MR_COOL_ICE_asked the AskReddit community: "What do you consider to be the biggest scam that is completely normalized by society?"
The thread quickly went viral as people began to share the everyday things that actually feel more like scams. Here are some of the top-voted and best comments:
1."Companies not disclosing salaries on job listings and encouraging staff not to discuss pay. It only benefits the employer, but everyone goes along with it."
2."Printer ink. Every single company that sells printers sells them at a loss. They then make up their profits by making their ink cost an arm and a leg. They even put special chips on each cartridge that will tell the printer not to work if it has been refilled."
3."Ticket sites. Fuck concert ticket sites."
4."The idea that employees are obliged to have some kind of loyalty to an employer. The employer has paid for your services, but they will drop you like a hot cake if they find someone cheaper. You cannot question that. Yet, if an employee shows the slightest bit of disloyalty, then: bang!"
5."Working for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year for 50 years, if you're lucky, and it's the only way to even get by for most people. I sell my life and get the bare minimum in return...fun."
6."Funerals. Paying for things like caskets for your loved ones when you're at possibly the most emotionally vulnerable that you could be."
7."Insulin prices in the US."
8."All this tracking happening with everything on the internet. Social networks, ads, our banks, our phones with all those sensors. Everything is tracking us and collects information about us and they use it in some spooky ways."
9."Job listings where it’s written 'no experience required,' but then you keep reading and they go like, 'Two years-plus experience required to get this job.'"
10."Diamond engagement and wedding rings."
11."Weddings. Holy shit, weddings are a rip-off. It's such a huge amount of money for one fucking day."
12."The majority of plastic 'recycling' in the US. Not only did corporations pass off the burden of dealing with it to the consumer — while they just produce more and more every year — but the majority of plastic beyond pop bottles isn't even actually recyclable and will end up being shipped to small South Asian countries where it will be burned."
13."Having to calculate our own taxes as US citizens."
14."Tipping, if you’re in North America. Hey, let’s pay servers shit wages and get the public to pay the rest."
15."Being trendy and fast fashion. People buy unnecessary clothes just to keep up with the trend. It's totally fine if you wear old clothes for years."