20 Times People Of Different Professions Explained ‘It Doesn’t Work Like That’ About Their Jobs

Published 2 years ago

There are various things people assume about certain professions that may or may not be true. This happens due to a lack of awareness or due to some misconceptions spread about them.

Therefore, to bust those myths, someone on Reddit asked “What’s your profession’s myth that you regularly need to explain “It doesn’t work like that” to people?”. Many folks from different professions shed light upon things that people usually misunderstand about their professions. Scroll below to read some of their answers.

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#1 Alleged Cruelty Of Pet Euthanasia

Image source: Graceishh, christopher cornelius

Pet euthanasia. There is a wildly popular post that goes around about how pets dropped off for euthanasia “look around for their owners” and know they’ve been “abandoned”. It’s nonsense, and I will defend clients dropping off until I myself die.

I’ve seen what happens when owners can’t say goodbye so they don’t. The animal suffers for days to weeks until their bodies finally give out. I have literally seen a dog rotting from the inside out, SOMEHOW still alive, but the owner couldn’t commit to euthanasia so she didn’t and that dog suffered tremendously for it.

Everyone has boundaries to what they can handle. Requiring an otherwise loving, doting, and responsible owner to be present when it was all they could do to make the appointment doesn’t help pets the way you think it does.

Furthermore, in the nine years I’ve worked in this industry, I have *never* experienced what is described in that post. Ever. And my colleagues overwhelmingly agree. We love on them and hug them, and tell them they’re a good boy until they pass. **By the logic in that post, you should also never drop off for sedated or anesthetic procedures either because the process begins the same way (with sedation). How is that pet to know that death is imminent? They don’t.**

You’re projecting your emotions onto people who are already suffering, and you’re not helping pets by shaming owners, and my local, professional cohort overwhelmingly agrees.

#2 Something About Weight Loss Surgeries

Image source: insertcaffeine, Andres Ayrton

Weight loss surgery is NOT the easy way out. There is nothing easy about getting your stomach resized to hold a cup or less of food, it f***s up your metabolism, eating the wrong things can cause serious pain, and guess what you’re on for the rest of your life? A restrictive diet. Because your stomach’s tiny but you still need all the nutrients.

Weight loss medications are not the easy way out either. They don’t work unless the patient does, and even then, sometimes it takes months to find the right combo of meds. And there’s still nutrition and exercise requirements.

Basically, being obese is really hard, and getting to a point where one is no longer obese is also really hard, so when you see someone obese, assume that they’re doing their best and could use some kindness.

#3 About “Skeleton Keys”

Image source: PapaOoMaoMao, plenty.r.

There are no skeleton keys. There is no “one key that fits all locks”. There are master keys that have been painstakingly installed into a buildings locks, some of which might fit all the locks depending on that particular keys chosen mastering levels, but no. There is no skeleton key. I, a locksmith, use special tools to open locks. I have a big bag of them. Tools like picks, jiggle keys, bump keys 2in1 Lishi keys, and many more. Yes, I got into your house fast. That’s because I know how your lock works and know how to defeat it. No I did not turn up with a working key (disclaimer: sometimes I do as I have codes recorded for places I’ve worked on and I can get codes from car dealers so I can make a key before I turn up.)

#4 Journalists And That ‘Off The Record’ Phrase

Image source: Yossarian__, CoWomen

Something being ‘off the record’.

If you’re speaking to a journalist, you can’t just say ‘off the record’ and then spill your guts. You need to have agreed with the journalist beforehand that you will not be quoted.

#5 What University Professors Do In Summer

Image source: bigbrowbeater, eren {sea+prairie}

University prof. I do not get summers off.

Teaching in front of classes is only about 30% of my job. The rest is one-on-one supervision of graduate students. Doing research, writing grant applications, writing research papers. Summer is the time of year when I finally have the time to do all that other stuff.

#6 Defibrillators And Heart Restart

Image source: OTTB_Mama, Iain Cameron

No Ma’am, we aren’t going to ‘shock’ (defibrillate) your family member because their heart isn’t actually beating.

Defibrillators do not restart a heart, they reset a malfunctioning cardiac rhythm. If the heart isn’t at least doing something then our options are CPR and meds until we get some kind of rhythm.

Tired Medic

#7 Something That Isn’t Stocked On The Shelf Isn’t In The Back

Image source: m_g2468, David Stewart

If something isn’t stocked on the shelf and I tell you it isn’t in the back then it isn’t in the back and I can’t magically make it appear out of thin air… that being said if you are a d**k I also might just tell you it ain’t in the back

#8 About Your Laptop Being In “Good Condition”

Image source: wildfire98, Alan Levine

Just because your old technical device (laptop, tablet, phone) is in good condition, doesn’t actually mean that it’s any “good” today.

#9 Setting Up Machines At The Factory

Image source: fafaxsake, Ekkasit Chaingam

Factory worker here.. Once a machine is set up, it can run all day, perfectly, without adjustment. Nope. Steel can vary in hardness, even within a continuous coil of wire. Humidity, ambient temperature, tooling wear can also spoil parts.

#10 Antibiotics And Viral Diseases

Image source: The_Max_V, Bytemarks

Antibiotics don’t work on viral diseases.

#11 Child Welfare Investigators And The Essence Of Their Work

Image source: KyleB2131, Eren Li

Child welfare investigator here

My job isn’t “hard” for the reasons most people think: constantly being exposed to and interviewing abused children

It’s hard because 90% of the time, it’s just disgruntled exes calling on each other over nothing..and dealing with grown adults’ drama is exhausting af.

#12 Psychologists And Their Own Mental Problems

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Just because I’m a psychologist doesn’t mean I’m immune to psychological disorders or distress.

#13 Pros And Cons Of Owning A Bookstore

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I’m a retired used bookstore owner. People were always saying “Oh, I would love to own a bookstore. You can read all day.”. Um, no. It’s actually a lot of hard, physical work, (boxes of books are heavy), lots of bending and reaching. And then you get to clean the store and do the paperwork. Owning any retail store is not an easy job!

#14 About Sold-Out Items

Image source: RagingHolly, Clean Wal-Mart

Retail. If an employee tells you they’re sold out of that hot sale item. They’re sold out. They’re not hoarding them in the backroom, because f**k you. They know they’re sold out, because you’re the 10th person to ask about it, in the last 20 minutes.

#15 Chefs And Cooking At Home

Image source: Catherineb84, laredawg

Former pastry chef, and still work in a hotel. No I do not make amazing food at home. I barely survive on a diet of cereal, sandwiches and chocolate bars. Pot noodles if I’m feeling fancy.

Also most people in the industry are either junkies or alcoholics to cope with the brutal schedule. My extended family still can’t fathom me working the amount out of hours a week I work.

Also we do not enjoy weddings, they are fun to attend, but nothing but a headache to run.

#16 Shorter Railings And The Minimal Allowed Height

Image source: LetzterMensch11, ntm1909

When I was building decks I remember a lot of people asked for shorter railings because it’d look nicer. I totally agree, but if 42″ is the minimum in this state we’re gonna do 42″

#17 Hospice Work And Treatment

Image source: Aggressivecleaning, Rick Kimpel

Your terminally ill grandmother isn’t “becoming addicted” to her pain medication. She’s dying in as much comfort and with as much dignity as we can provide.

#18 Teachers And Students’ Learning

Image source: MrsMisthios, MART PRODUCTION

Although I’m a skilled teacher the students need to do the learning. I can’t do it for them.

#19 Computer Animation And Who Actually Does It

Image source: CheeseburgerBrown, Vancouver Film School

Computer animation doesn’t mean the computer does the animation…I do.

#20 What Are Tax Professionals Really For

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Tax professional.

Most clients think that the best tax Pros necessarily get them bigger refunds. If you get a smaller refund in a particular year it may be because tax laws change, because you didn’t pay in as much, or because you didn’t have as many deductions. Explaining stuff to people doesn’t work if their eyes are all glazed over because tax law discussions bore them

Going to another tax Pro to get a bigger refund, thinking that that tax Pro is “better” may just get you an audit

But the worst myth about taxes manifest itself when scammers call people on the phone climbing to be IRS agents. They tell folks that they owe money and that authorities are coming to their house to put them in jail if they don’t pay up. The truth is that the real IRS does not call anyone on the phone unless they have contacted IRS first and are expecting them to return the call. IRS does not accuse you of text fraud. Even if they truly believe you have committed tax fraud they will simply send you a letter stating that they think you have underpaid your taxes. They will give you a chance to prove your case. If you don’t do this or pay them what they say you owe, they will simply Levy your paycheck or your personal property. They do not show up at your house to put you in jail. So please if a scammer calls you do not give them your credit card information or give them payments in any form. Call the real IRS and report them.

Saumya Ratan

Saumya is an explorer of all things beautiful, quirky, and heartwarming. With her knack for art, design, photography, fun trivia, and internet humor, she takes you on a journey through the lighter side of pop culture.

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