"Was a manager at a McDonald's and I got screamed at by our district supervisor, mid shift, for putting 2 too many ketchup packets on a bag through the drive thru.
"The end of my two weeks notice landed on a day that the district supervisor came through the drive thru on a weekly visit; he pulled up, ordered his food and I got it ready. But when he came to the window it wasn't his bag of food I passed out the window to him- I gave him a bag full of nothing but ketchup packets. He came in asking "What the f**k" fuming and stomping around all angry and I just said "I'm outta here." and walked out."
You wouldn't think that scooping ice cream would be a hazardous job, but Reddit user Kcismfof told an eye-opening story.
"I worked at a well known chain ice cream place. Minimum wage. The drains that consume all of the dairy and fruit from the ice cream scoopers had been clogged for a WEEK before my manager decided to do something about it. There was grey smelly water all over the floor behind the counter. She calls the plumber who shows up like 4 hours late to fix this drain. Well let me tell you friends, he opened up that grate and scraped off the first layer of muck and it was like hell itself had opened up from this drain and had viciously lashed about searching for souls to claim. The plumber immediately sat up, trotted out to the front of our building and vomited profusely for a few minutes while my coworker and I ran to the back room. We called the manager and asked if we could go ahead and close the store for the night so that no unsuspecting customers had to be subjected to this foul decay as they walked in. She refused and also told us it couldn't be that bad and that we needed to stay and serve. We were also not allowed to leave the store to buy medical masks across the street. I sat there. Constantly nauseous. Waiting for time to pass. FOUR. FUCKING. HOURS. Pass and we can finally close down. We get another call, informing us that we are to stay another 2 hours until the manager could get to our store to ensure the plumber did not harm any store property. I left that night with the knowledge that I just subjected myself to a serious health hazard, without safety equipment, for $7.50/hr."
"I worked in a deli at a grocery store. We did cheese and meat slices and sandwiches, other food, etc. One day in the busy lunch rush while making people sandwiches someone asked for a type of meat on their sandwich that we usually don't use, it isn't in our precut selections we make right before the lunch rush. Ok I say I'll go slice some.
I let my teammate I'm working with know I'll be right back, they continue making sandwiches for other people. I slice the meat and of course they ask for cheese off the usual list too. I slice that up, get back over to the sandwich making area, put on their toppings, and start to ring them up. They stop me and say, no no I didn't order order off your menu there, just ring me up for the meat and cheese.
Of course that's about $2 compared to $6 or $7 for a sandwich. We argue for a moment, loudly enough for all the other people in line, and my teammate to hear. I glance at my teammate, who had been there longer than me, for help and they give the tiniest of head shakes. So I looked right at the customer and said "you want a sandwich, you pay for a sandwich! " and threw the nice neatly wrapped sandwich in the trash can behind me, and shouted "'Next!'"
"I was a nurse in an ICU, and a guy came in in alcohol withdrawal. Now, I'm not a delicate little flower, and had taken care of patients like this many times before, but this was the worst ever. He peed in a urinal and threw it at me. Then he tried to punch me, which bought him a visit from security and leather restraints. Then he kicked me in the abdomen while I was trying to draw some blood. Then I unrestrained him, with 2 other co-workers to help him get on the bed pan to have a bowel movement, and when he went to wipe himself, he grabbed some shit and threw it at us. And he spit at us. Not to mention the names that we were called, but I don't care if someone calls me a bitch. After he came out of DTs, he was actually a really funny guy and was so so so completely embarrassed about what happened. But I realized during that shift, that getting paid ~$23/hr as an RN was not enough pay for having human excretions thrown at me or physical assault."
"I recently had to climb into a 7ft deep pit that was covered by a grate to remove lead paint from a window. The pit was obviously breeding ground for spiders. There were thousands of them... Thousands..."
I was paid $50 a day (and allowed a room in a shitty, shitty run down house that I shared with 6 other people and also doubled as the guest reception area) to run the stables attached to a very popular resort. I started at 7am and didn't come in until after 10pm. I spent 4 hours in the morning feeding 18 horses, and then calves, pigs, chickens, 40 sled dogs, goats, llamas, emus, you name it. After completing this dirty and physically taxing work I then had to put on a smiley face and deal with idiotic, rude, unsafe tourists trying to ride horses and taking whiny kids on pony rides. I lasted 8 long months. It is the only time I have ever not given notice and just left. I stopped getting regular pay checks and just collected what I was owed and left without a word. No regrets."
"I used to work at a pet store that sold puppies. There were ones that had been there for a while who never got sold because they weren't as cute, too hyper, or too old. I got very attached to one of the unwanted. This puppy loved me so much it got to the point where he would go into a play room with a potential family and beg and whine until I came back. I loved my little Cesar, I was going to buy him when his price dropped. We had a freezer where we kept all the dead animals for disposal (puppies, reptiles, rodents, birds, etc.); I was off for two days so when I came in and looked in the freezer and there was my little Cesar in a plastic bag. He had died of Parvo the night before, in the isolation room, which is a cage in a dark sterile closet. I quit the week after. F**k that place."
"Used to climb cell phone towers to install things so you ppl can use Reddit on the go, well anyway, it was after climbing to the top and coming upon an eagles nest. It wasn't abandoned and lets just say they are very protective amd [sic] territorial.
When you work in the vehicle rental industry, you really don't expect to encounter any dead llamas. Unless you're Reddit user bunnysuitman.
"Used to work at uhaul...someone returned a truck with a dead llama in the back.
Edit: okay because this has a couple upvotes I will add some detail. The truck wasn't 'returned' as much as it was dumped on my lot after having been stolen about a month before in a different state. We had no clue where the truck came from and when we threw the rear door open we were immediately hit by both the smell which was indescribable and the fact that we were staring face to face with a god damn llama. We called animal control to pick it up, the police to fingerprint it, then cleaned the s**t out of it and rented it the next day back to where it came from."