When you spend a few years working in a certain industry, you discover some dirty secrets that would have horrified you when you were applying (and still horrify the friends you tell to this day).
A recent Reddit thread asked people to name the “dirty little (or big) secret” about their industry they thought people ought to know.
Some of these stories might even help you save some money from businesses that try to trick you.
Since we can’t verify the identify of the Redditors or their employees, some stories should be taken with a grain of salt.
Here are some of the best dirty industry secrets that came out:
Big chain bookstores throw massive amounts of books away. Via Reddit user allosaur:
If you have a strong stomach, it’s worth reading this full (and graphic) comment from Redditor arrghbrians who argues that the mortuary business convinces many people to go through incredibly expensive procedures that aren’t really needed.
From the answer:
“..in most states, the law only requires embalming if you are transporting a body across state lines or are not planning to inter for more than 72 hours and/or having a public viewing. It has not a single thing to do with public health. It’s a cash cow, plain and simple. It is barbaric, costly, and does not keep the body from deteriorating. But we’ll tell you just about anything you need to hear to get you to agree to it.”
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