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People Are Anonymously Sharing Secrets From Their Jobs That They Aren't Supposed To Share, Here's 30 Of The Most Surprising Ones
It’s not just detectives, wizards, and FBI agents who keep secrets at work—lots of professions have open secrets that regular folks like you and I don’t generally know about.
People Are Anonymously Sharing Secrets From Their Jobs That They Aren't Supposed To Share, Here's 30 Of The Most Surprising Ones

It’s not just detectives, wizards, and FBI agents who keep secrets at work—lots of professions have open secrets that regular folks like you and I don’t generally know about. Reddit user HannibalGoddamnit was interested to find these secrets out, so they asked the online community to share some of these mysteries with the internet.

We’ve collected the very best trade secrets, so scroll down and upvote your faves, dear Pandas. Be sure to share the open secrets from your own professions in the comments below! HannibalGoddamnit’s thread on Reddit got a lot of attention: they got 3 awards, over 11.5k upvotes, and more than 9.3k redditors left a comment.

Bored Panda reached out to HannibalGoddamnit and spoke to them about their viral thread. “As an engineering student who’s about to graduate, I have always been concerned that I may not be ‘fully’ aware of the day-to-day job details of my future position. Especially when it comes to how comfortable I will be dealing with the real professional secrets that no one would ever teach you at school and you will figure out once you start working,” the redditor told us about what inspired them to start the thread. Scroll down for the full interview.

“So that made me wonder, out of mere curiosity, why can’t people just share some of whatever they have been holding back as ‘open secrets’ related to their professions? Secrets that can be interesting to know and fun to speak about, with no harm at all!” HannibalGoddamnit said.

The redditor admitted that they never expected their thread to go viral. “I was expecting perhaps to get some funny jokes about how big named professions are actually so boring, but not thousands of ‘Oh God, have mercy’ secrets!” they explained.

“I have received messages from fellow redditors saying they have spent a lot of time reading the thread, and how it was ‘a good read,’” HannibalGoddamnit shared how happy Reddit’s reaction to their thread made them. They told us that the most shocking comment for them personally was the freelance ghostwriter’s tale about how Russian and Middle Eastern men publish ghostwritten romance or erotica books under female pen names and flood the market.

Bored Panda asked HannibalGoddamnit what would happen if everybody found out everyone else’s professional open secrets. They said that this would have a “considerable” impact on society. “I really hope that no one will take advantage of it in a bad way.”

They added: “It was really brave of all of the people to share what has always been untold. The thread needs to [be shared] as widespread as [possible], for it is a national treasure. I thank everyone who contributed to the thread. I was just the conversation starter.”

Some of these secrets blew our minds. As it turns out, things like dummy thermostats actually exist to stop people from fiddling about with the temperature. Not all IT specialists know (or even care) why the fixes they attempt really work. While most regular broadcast radio shows play prerecorded music and song requests from callers and the DJs have no control over what songs play: if you call in to request something, you’ll find that the lines are busy.

Some professions can be chock full of things that ordinary people know nothing about. For instance, The Guardian talked to a whole bunch of people to learn more about the mysterious things that go on behind the scenes.

A priest told The Guardian that a lot of people “don’t really know if you’re a real human or not.” People look at you weird if you’re dating someone or when you go to the gym with your collar on. While getting professionals to listen to you is incredibly difficult during meetings because you believe in God.

Meanwhile, an undertaker told The Guardian that it’s a cut-throat business that’s very competitive. However, the job itself isn’t depressing, according to that one undertaker: they feel happy to learn so much about humanity doing the job that they do.

A judge revealed that behind closed doors, most judges (even the most experienced ones) are way more anxious about their jobs than we realize. The decisions they have to make weigh heavily on their shoulders because they’re supposed to make sure that everyone receives justice. We have a sneaking suspicion that it’s not just these ‘exotic’ professions that are full of secrets—everyone, from janitors to call-center employees is bound to have something to share.

Comments (18)
deanna woods
Delivery driver here- the time you are told it will take for delivery is not exact, so please don't leave your house. No matter how long it takes to get to your house the food will never get cold. Your doorbell doesn't always work. Stop sending your small children to the door. Unless you ask for something, we are not going to bring it. We know what the weather feels like because we are already outside. We don't care that your dog is just playing, we still don't want to deal with it. Please wear clothes when you open the door. We remember the people who don't tip. Just because you paid with a credit card doesn't mean we can just leave your food sitting around. So just open the door. Delivery drivers are not allowed in certain places such as jails, mental hospitals, plants, and factories. If you order at these places, you will have to come out to us, no exceptions. Most importantly: I am a female, so please don't say something that will make me afraid or uncomfortable to deliver to you.
Phil Vaive
I think a lot of these were written by people who worked in one crappy place, or who are just crappy employees themselves, and assume that the whole industry is just as crappy as they are.
William Teach
New car dealers sales here: the secret is that we want to sell you a car, and we want you to be happy with the purchases. We are here to help and guide. You, the buyer, have the control at the end. Most are professionals and not here to screw you, we want repeat business and referrals. Work with us. 80% of the problems occur because customers hold on to information needed to help you with a big purchase. They build that "wall".
Tamera Gardner
Retired nurse: 1. In nursing school, we spent a day in each department of the hospital. One day in central supply, no one was around so I began thumbing through some inventory/order books with cost and charge prices. This hospital was charging an average of 800% more on every item the patients were “given” during hospitalization. 2. You will never know everything that goes on in a hospital and how many times nurses have saved you from negligent harm or death.
Leo Domitrix
Medical information and advocacy volunteer with medical training here. MOST PATIENT ADVOCATES WORK FOR THE HOSPITAL NOT THE PATIENTS. That is why I am an unpaid volunteer. If htey don't pay me, they don't own me. (or the others in our group, most of us retired or former MDs/NPs, etc.) A hospital-paid patient advocate will be there to shunt you to social workers and protect the hospital from legal action. No rat's butt given for a patient or their family, no medical knowledge. That's why our group formed. Patients need voices and translation, not another person handing over the number for local social workers...
KombatBunni
I make and print 3D models from home and the number of a-holes I come across in this business is frightening. Can't seem to understand why something takes so long/costs so much when it comes to printing and don't get why the model looks like it does when it comes out of the printer (the print lines etc) and get all shitty when I try to explain there's only so much detail a printer can do. Or ask me why I can't print it as cheaply as X-site online..and I tell them because there's only me doing the work and I only have one printer. Oh and also? Be a prick to me when you're ordering and guaranteed I'll up the price a little. Be a complete condescending twat and you'll get told to shop somewhere else. I have enough work that I can refuse an order at least once a week :)
Micah Pettit
Former technical support rep, the company I worked for had a $30 allowance per customer. What this means is, on any given call/customer, we could provide up to $30 of complimentary service, including free shipping upgrades, shipping refunds for late delivery or miscommunication of shipping estimates, return shipping labels, etc. Most companies should have similar policies, though not all. And yes, if the customer is pleasant to deal with, or if they had a technical problem that required a long, drawn out call (we could often have upwards of 3 hour calls on our team, potentially longer), I would do my best to use that $30 (sometimes more with supervisor approval). I would also go out of my way NOT to use that $30 if the customer was a dick.
Jaybird3939
Doctor's Office. Don't pull the "I'm going to tell the Dr. you won't help me and they'll fire you." If you think you're more important to the Dr than their office staff or have a better relationship, you're going to be sadly disappointed at the inaction you'll receive. I've had Dr's throw patients out of the office because they were harassing the office staff. Regardless of what you may think, most Drs have more patients than they need. Getting rid of one little blowhard who is a pain to their staff is a good thing.
Neill Powell
Corporate IT here. You have no idea the power we truly wield. We'll never tell you. Your nightmares pale in comparison to what we see and can do
James Hunter
Warehouse Storeman here, my Dad also works as essentially a salesperson at the same place, when you order something and it takes longer than it should to arrive and/or is the incorrect stock, it is usually the warehouse staff's fault. Occasionally what you ordered is not what you wanted, unclear descriptions, weirdly modified vehicles, inaccurately made parts and just plain mistakes are the most common culprits there (always check the invoice in those cases to ensure the stuff you have is what you paid for). It is quite rare for the person who spoke to you, to have been the one who stuffed it up. Also, we are able to get certain genuine parts to you cheaper than the dealer could, so a little advice, go to your local mechanic for most work you need to do on your vehicle unless you get free scheduled servicing.
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