#11 The Expert Jewelry Negotiator
Most of all jewelry items for sale (the exception would be promotional pieces or special collections) has a “minimum” and a “maximum” price. Don’t believe that the retail price is what you have to pay. Ask the salesperson what is the minimum price on an item. Say it like you know what you are talking about because sometimes the minimum price can be hundreds lower than the displayed price.
#9 Not Made From Scratch
I used to work in the bakery department at a major supermarket. Almost nothing, aside from the bread, is made from scratch there. This shouldn't be too shocking, considering they're a multi-national chain, but really it'd be more correct to say that our cakes are "assembled" in-house.
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#8 Paid Private School Education
I worked for a private school where grades were definitely bought. We were discouraged to give anything lower than a B. I had one principal that told a teacher to take the final for a student that went on summer vacation early. She called it a shadow final and said nonchalantly that it's no big deal; just answer how you think the student would answer.
This school was expensive and these kids go on to fancy colleges because of these grades.
#7 Fried Chicken
When I worked at a fast-food chicken place 10 years ago, there were teenage kids cooking with industrial pressure cookers that could blow their heads through the exhaust canopy if they messed up. I literally have seen cooks bread their own hands up in flour and dunk them in 175 degree Celsius oil for fun. I have seen kids use boiling hot urn water to clean the caked on-flour and oil off their work boot and that water ran into their boot giving them serious burns.
I have seen kids pick up huge pots of boiling oil and tip them to refill a cooker as a shortcut to the slow melt method. The minimum working age at the time was 14 and 9 months, but they’d hire them at 14 years old with the parents' permission. They could become a supervisor at 17 or 18 years old.
Stuff may have changed in the last ten years, but teenagers watching teenagers with that type of equipment was nerve-racking. I'm not saying teenagers are stupid... just the ones I had to work with.
#6 The Bad Quality Assurance
I used to work for a large smartphone company. During development, we used to go through phases. Each stage had checkpoints in order to ensure that the final product was built with good quality and any known bugs would be able to be ironed out before the product launch. Any bug that was not resolved would potentially have the ability to delay the launch.
Except that there was a thing called Waivers. So the project manager could request that certain bugs be granted a waiver delaying the fix of the problem to a later date. No big deal, every project has a few minor bugs, right? For each stage, there would be hundreds of waivers. Some would be minor, but sometimes they were definitely not minor.
I will never buy an electronic device in the first three months of mass production. I wait for the second wave of production since the quality of the product increases tenfold.
#5 Tech Workers
Most of the people that are tech workers at a big box electronics retailer aren't really technical at all. We usually just walk it over to a bench, hook it up to a corporate virtual LAN, and run some software. If there are real issues then people remotely connect from India or somewhere else and figure out the problem. We are basically just salesmen with a clip-on tie.
#4 Keeping You Busy For Public Relations
Cleaning up animals after an oil spill is feel-good propaganda to make the public think they are helping. Ninety percent of those animals will be dead within a few days or weeks. They've ingested enough of the oil that they are moving corpses, they just don't know it yet.
Real oil-spill work is done by trained professional crews, not volunteers. If you ever tried to help, you were given busy work to keep you out of the way.
#3 The Ticket Scam
The ticket agency I used to work for is corrupt. It's not a little thing here and there, they are just a criminal company.
They will take your money for tickets even if they have none of those tickets, assuming they will eventually have tickets to sell you. If they don't get them, you get the ticket money back. An example of this was when a guy in the United Kingdom bought tickets to the Super Bowl in 2013, booked his air travel, flew to the states, booked his accommodation, was staying in a hotel he paid for and was calling us every 15 minutes to ask where his tickets were.
We were told to lie to him and say someone will meet him at the stadium. We let him know 30 minutes before the game started that he wouldn't be receiving any tickets. The agency refunded the ticket cost, but the travel, accommodation and time wasted? Nothing at all. And they never had the tickets.
It's the same for festivals: I took loads of calls from people who were told to get to the middle of the wilderness in Eastern Europe for a dance festival, having booked time off work and prepared for a five-day festival. When they got there they were told there were never any tickets.
They were told just go home, write off the time off, write off the ticket costs, write off the transport, write off the preparation and deal with feeling bad for five days because they were ripped off by a company. And it isn't that simple because now they are in the middle of a field in Eastern Europe for five days, the bus that took them there has gone and they have no admittance to the festival. Essentially, this agency was responsible for just dumping around 100 people in a field in Eastern Europe with no provisions and no way of getting back.
If you buy a ticket from them, I would honestly say you have a 40 - 45% chance of getting it.