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Updated 12 minutes ago. Posted on Jul 30, 2020

People Are Revealing The Dark Secrets Of Their Job That Nobody Knows About, And It's A Lot To Process

"Never drink straight from a can or bottle."

Let's face it: Your job probably has a few dark secrets that the rest of the world would be shocked to find out about.

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So Reddit user u/CircleBox2 recently posed a question to the internet: "What's a dark secret/questionable practice in your profession which we regular folks would know nothing about?"

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The post quickly went viral, as thousands of people started spilling their workplace's biggest secrets. Here are some of the most eye-opening responses:

1. A grocery store employee:

You do not want to know how long food sits on the loading dock before it gets into the cooler.

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2. A warehouse worker:

Never drink straight from the can/bottle. Workers climb on the stacks, rats run over them in the warehouse, they sit in stagnant water under leaking roofs, etc.

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A hand opening a can of soda
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3. A college professor:

We don’t actually read your entire answer. Most of us don’t.

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4. A nurse:

As a nurse, I’ve had to google and watch teaching videos on not-so-common procedures five minutes before going in and performing the procedure on the patient.

Doctors will google your symptoms if they’re stumped on what to give or diagnose.

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Nurse holding cellphone
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5. Someone who works in fundraising for charities:

Those "Donate now and your donation will be double/triple/quadruple matched" or "We only need 10 more donors/$5,000 more from your zip code" emails are all lies. But they work, so we keep sending them.

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6. Someone who writes instruction manuals:

You know the people who write instruction manuals or user guides for things you buy?

Half the time, they've never even seen or touched the product. Some dude just sends us pictures, a rough description of how it's supposed to work, and that's it.

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Woman assembling a piece of furniture reading the instruction manual
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7. Someone who works in tech:

Have you ever started filling out a form on a website and then changed your mind and said, "Nah, I don't want to give them my personal information," and then abandoned the form before pressing "submit"?

If you think that stopped them from getting your personal information, it didn't. Most companies looking to capture leads will capture your info in real time as you enter it into a form. The "submit" button is just there to move you to the next step, not to actually send your information to the company.

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8. An ex-employee at a "very large pizza chain":

We had these perforated pans for thin crust and stuffed crust pizzas. They'd get washed in the dishwasher by the hundreds per day and at least half would still have burnt cheese and shit on them. They were just stacked to dry. When making new pizzas in those pans, sometimes the pans that were left to "dry" overnight grew bits of mold around the burnt cheese. We were told just to put the dough on top because otherwise we'd never keep up with the orders if we rewashed everything. The manager said, "Don't worry, it gets cooked."

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9. Someone who used to work in publishing:

Not currently my profession, but ghost writers in fiction...All those big-name authors with a New York Times bestseller every year use ghostwriters who are are never credited or mentioned. It's barely even a secret.

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10. An archaeologist:

Sometimes we lick artifacts to quickly determine if they are bone or pottery (bone sticks, pottery doesn’t). And then we tap them on our teeth to determine if they are pottery or a rock (rock will hurt, pottery won’t).

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Archaeologist brushing off a bone in the dirt
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11. An air traffic controller:

A diagnosis of virtually any mental illness, or a diagnosis of many physical conditions, is disqualifying and will end your career. For that reason, air traffic controllers avoid doctors like the plague.

ShittyMcFuckFace

12. Someone who works with children:

Young kids talk to their teachers/coaches/counselors/principals about their parents. A lot. And kids pick up on all the dirty little secrets.

MineralWaterMike

Kids in classroom with a teacher
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13. A professional musician:

Lots of performing musicians don't ever really get over stage fright. Many of them take beta blockers to help with nerves. Although it's less about the mental side of it and more the fact that you physically can't perform if you get so nervous that your hands are shaking. That's what beta blockers help with; you'll probably still feel anxious mentally, but any physical effects like shaking or sweating will be gone.

MeanderingMinstrel

14. A hotel employee:

Hotels often overbook their rooms on purpose, knowing that chances are some guests won’t arrive due to missed or delayed flights. You have guests checking out at 2–3 a.m. due to early flights, so even though the room is technically still theirs, you quickly and sometimes poorly clean the room and tell the arriving guest that there’s a random computer issue and to wait 20 minutes and then check them into the departed guest's room, praying. Multiple times I’ve had to run a kettle under a cold tap to hide the fact that the previous guest used it 15 minutes before the new guest arrived.

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Hotel employee making a bed
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15. A political lobbyist:

Many bills are literally written by lobbyists or special interest organizations. I have seen my boss give bill language to a state legislator and then found the same language in print a few days later several times. The bill may change in committee, but usually not drastically against the original intent.

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16. An X-ray technician:

When we take X-rays of your pelvis, we can see your penis. And we can see your labial folds.

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17. A video game store employee:

Some stores that sell used merchandise like video games and movies will pay you money for stolen stuff even when they know it's stolen. It doesn't hurt them to get brand-new games that were only released hours ago for a fraction of the cost. They are getting brand-new, never-opened $60 games for a few bucks and making a huge profit.

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18. A fast food employee:

I’ve worked in fast food, and it is a sad reality that many workers will come to work sick, because they can’t afford to lose wages. One year, the flu was going around town, and I think our restaurant was ground zero.

TiredOldRoutine

Person holding hamburger
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19. A teacher:

Teachers shit talk students as much as students do. Don’t get me wrong, we love you and want to see you succeed. But y’all are some assholes.

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20. And another teacher:

Sometimes we learn something the day before we teach it to you.

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Teacher writing on whiteboard
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21. A construction worker:

There is at least one water bottle/soda can/energy drink/spray paint can sitting on a piece of blocking behind your drywall somewhere in your house.

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22. A scuba instructor:

We preach how important safety is to our students.

When we dive for fun and without paying customers in tow, we get up to some very questionable shit.

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Scuba diver on beach
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23. A funeral director:

You can buy a casket from Costco for 20% of the price that I'm going to sell you one for.

About 70% of the cost of the funeral is overcharging options and leading you on to feel guilty if you don't take them.

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24. And finally, a librarian:

Sometimes librarians read the new books before registering them in the catalogue for the public. *Evil laughter.*

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Alright, now it's your turn. What dark secrets do people outside of YOUR industry not know about? Sound off in the comments...

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Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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