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Psssssst. Hey. Hey you. Yeah - YOU. You wanna know the TERRIBLE TRUTH about things? Well, you've come to the right place. See, the thing is - companies are looking to screw you over, be lazy, and generally do as little as possible in order to keep their profit margins up. And that means cutting corners, turning a blind eye, and trying to keep you in the dark about everything. But every now and then - like with this r/AskReddit thread - the insiders come out to tell us the hard truths we've been ignoring. So - now you can't feign ignorance any longer, cuz here's the REAL RAW TRUTH.

1. Genuinely solid tip for people who own homes, aka no one I know or will ever know from the way things are going (from Deepsouth2020)

If you're getting blown insulation installed in your attic, ask for the spec sheet on the material they plan to install. It will tell you the number of bags your job will require. Ask the installer to confirm how many bags will be installed. Count the empty bags.

Unethical folks can turn their blowers way up and close the material gate. We're installing extra fluffy insulation in your attic (mostly air). It'll settle a lot over time. You got ripped off.

Get a quote by the bag...not by the inch.

2. Trucking companies mostly care about their trucks, less about human life. (from TheDigileet)

Trucker here, how little your safety matters to some companies. I don't mean you as in a trucker, I mean you as in anyone on the highway anywhere near their trucks. I won't mention the company name, but my last job was really bad about this.

A brake pad on one of my steer wheels cracked while I was going 65 on the interstate, so I was barely able to keep the truck in my lane even with very light brake pressure. By some amazing miracle, there was a full service truck stop at the next exit. I went in, reported the problem, then checked into the shop. When they estimated a 4 hour wait to get it fixed, my dispatcher told me to keep driving and get it fixed after I deliver 300 miles away.

The rule I always go by is that if I'm not safe, neither is anyone else near me. When I refused to leave the truck stop until it was fixed, they threatened to fire me. I had to threaten an FMCSA (federal motor carrier safety administration) complaint to get them to back down and fix it.

They were willing to lay down not only the lives of me, but also anyone unlucky enough to be anywhere near me, just to make sure my load wouldn't be delivered late.

Before you ask why I didn't file that complaint, I didn't want to get fired while all of my stuff was still in the truck. I put in my 2 weeks notice the next day, went home to clear my shit out, turned the truck in, then filed that complaint while waiting for my flight home.

Now I'm doing the same job for a smaller company with a strict "no load is worth a life" policy. I'm not afraid to stand up for myself in that situation, but there are a lot of drivers who don't know the law is on their side, and will just bend over and take it.

To clarify - to a certain extent, I have final say in whether or not its safe to drive because the conditions my boss sees from his cubicle in Texas mean nothing to me when I'm in Connecticut. If I have reasonable belief that it isn't safe to drive, I have every right to refuse to move until the problem is fixed or goes away, and no one in the company can do shit about it. I can't invoke this law in a light drizzle because I don't like rain, but I can in a monsoon if I can barely see my hood mirrors and there are 5 trucks crashed in the ditch. The minimum penalty for coercing a driver to do something illegal or dangerous (such as driving on a damaged brake pad) is something like $10,000.

3. Also get out a blacklight, just for funsies. (from ACOE_PWKE)

Hotel manager. Most of the time the comforter is only changed when visibly dirty. Always take off the comforter and use the blanket in the closet, or ask them to bring you one.

4. Teachers know which teachers suck too. (from PicklePucker)

Teacher - it's that time of year to make class placements for next year. Every year there are two or three teachers in the school (elementary) who are so awful, we cry over which students we have to 'sacrifice' to them and hope they are strong enough to survive a year with Mr. or Mrs. So-and-So.

5. Well this is good to hear for anyone about to get on a flight. (from chrisell)

Flight simulation engineer here: until Sully landed his Airbus in the Hudson, the average chances of surviving a commercial jet water "landing" were less than 5%. Highest recorded survival was the Ethiopian 767 with 29% survival. The seat back safety card and life vests were simply placebos for nervous passengers. Follow-on: Sullenberger's technique is now part of pilot simulator training so chances have increased. However if it happens in the ocean you might survive the crash but will almost certainly die of hypothermia, drowning or exposure.

6. Kids, please remember: none of you are special at all. (from soy_el_aventurero)

High school teacher here: after a month of summer, I've already forgotten 90% of students' names.

7. You mean my mozzarella sticks weren't freshly prepared?! (from MathewMurdock)

The larger the menu at a restaurant the greater the chance your food was frozen and just reheated.

8. People with teeth, please note this one. (from qpgmr)

You don't have to be an Orthodontist to do orthodontics, just a dentist. Don't subject your kids or yourself to braces/treatment unless the provider actually is certified in Orthodontics. It can make the difference between 7 years of treatment that reverses itself immediately and 11 months that lasts a lifetime.

9. But - but...ORION'S BELT! (from Deadmeat553)

Planetarium operator:

Nobody in the space sciences cares about constellations. They're used to help define the location of astronomical objects, but I bet most astronomers don't know the names of more than 5 or 6 constellations. I only talk about them because the general public finds them interesting for some reason - I would skip them if my boss would let me.


Not my main profession, but did some technical writing as a freelancer. Many companies actually pay people to post on social media and review sites and write positive fake feedback. So, when you're on amazon and find someone writing a review about a skillet for example and they say "This is a great product, I really enjoyed it and the instructions were clear", you know it's a real person profile but with fake review.

11. To be fair, actual double toppings messes with the cheese's ability to melt properly. (from only_male_flutist)

I work at a pizza place, the more toppings you order the fewer of each you actually get while still being charged the same price per topping.

12. BEER DRINKERS BEWARE (from vgmc22)

The tops of your beer cans are gross. You should always wipe a beer can clean before drinking out of it, and preferably just poor it in a glass. They get shit all over them during storage/transportation. They get walked on if someone needs to climb over the pallet they are loaded on. And don't get me started on some of the shit I've seen inside beer coolers. Disgusting. Cans also don't transport well on pallets. Cans pop/puncture and then that beer attracts flies which in turn create maggots.

-former beer delivery guy