What’s an Industry Secret in the Field You Work In? Here’s What People Said.

Every industry has secrets.

Whether you work in tech, in a restaurant, in law enforcement, or any other field, there are things that outsiders just don’t know about.

What’s a secret about the industry you work in?

Here’s what AskReddit users had to say about this.

1. That’s a lie.

“I’m a server.

No matter how much we insist it’s “okay” that you are keeping the entire restaurant open after we’ve closed, please know we are 100% lying.

We will get fired if we deviate from anything other than pure delight that you are keeping us from going home. We dread it. Please don’t believe us.”

2. Uncut gems.

“I used to work in jewelry.

Most of the prettiest gemstones are also very affordable. Tanzanite is a beautiful purple and looks nicer than amethyst.

Topaz comes in lots of colors, including a pretty blue color which can be as nice as aquamarine. Opals aren’t as brightly rainbow hued as they look in pictures.”

3. No eye contact, please.

“Almost every hairstylist gets the heebie jeebies when we shampoo your hair and you just stare up at us.

CLOSE. YOUR. EYES at the shampoo bowl!”

4. Good to know!

“Used to screen resumes for small companies. Job “requirements” are more of a wish-list situation.

Never let some unchecked boxes deter you from applying – you have no idea what the applicant pool is like.

The biggest boon, especially at small companies, is someone who legitimately cares.”

5. Butter me up!

“There is way more butter than you think in almost every dish you eat at fancy restaurants, and that is usually the reason you won’t see the amount of calories in each dish.

I worked 5 years as a chef in Italian cuisine head chef, 8 years in an Italian kitchen.”

6. Good to know.

“I managed boarding and grooming kennels for 8 years.

The secret is that the employees actually do love your pets, too. Even the difficult ones, most of us realize they just miss their owners.

The number of times I’ve weeped when a pet d**d, or spent way too many hours comforting a dog with separation anxiety, or spent hours off the clock with a boarder who needed to be rushed to a vet office…wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

7. I recognize that smell…

“Former bath and body works associate here.

The scents they “discontinue” will come back with a different name and new marketing.

They’re just recycling the scents.”

8. Kind of scary to think about.

“Some therapists/counselors are on the wrong side of the couch, so to speak.

If you feel your mental health provider is unhinged, they may very well be.”

9. An easy fix.

“Change your dirty furnace filters and clean your ac coils outside.. these make up an easy 30% of my calls for no heat/cooling. You have two coils, inside and outside.

Your furnace filter keeps the inside one clean so make sure that filter is clean!! Outside coil- k**l power to the unit, removed the coil guard and top (usually 5/16 or 1/4 nut driver and like 20 screws).

Don’t use high pressure water simply on a shower setting and hold it a few inches away from the coil. Do from both ways. Button that beauty up and wait for it to dry before turning power back on. Your head pressures are gonna love you.

Oh don’t forget to blow your condensate line! (prevents water flowing back into the unit from a block).”

10. FYI.

“Former aircraft fueler.

Don’t check your pets in kennels. Especially in summer or winter. They are submitted to some very harsh environments, left on belt loaders in the sweltering heat right next to a running APU that’s loud enough to deafen human ears, let alone a dog’s. It’s terrible. I always feel so sorry for them.

American Airlines will destroy your luggage. They get overloaded on carts, fall off on the way to the plane, and are left there to get run over by tankers and yes, fuelers, and rained on, then dragged to the edge of the ramp to sit all night while you arrive at your destination and wonder where the hell your bags are.

If your departure is delayed, 90% of the time it’s us (the fueler). Look out the window to the right side if it’s a small plane, left side if it’s a really big plane. If there’s a truck sitting under the wing, we’re the reason you’re late.


11. Gross.

“If you’re someone who purchases bulk nuts, grains, etc., just know that those bins are probably rarely cleaned, and even when they are “cleaned”, odds are they were just rinsed out/wiped down to look clean.

I used to be a bulk buyer at Whole Foods Market and when I took over our bulk department had no cleaning logs or sanitizing procedure. The bins had moths/insect colonies and mold in them.

Our store was opened nearly 5 years prior.”

12. Solid info!

“Construction worker here.

If your windows or sliding doors are tough to open and close. 9 times out of 10, we put your own dish soap on tracks and the thing works perfectly.

It take 5 minutes and we charge $150. Dish soap people, its better than WD40 sometimes”

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