You come into contact with them every day: cashiers, doctors, rollercoaster engineers, carnival workers. They're professionals and experts in their fields - in fact, you may be one of them yourself. But outside your own tiny corner of the universe, you don't often know or understand the little behind-the-scenes details that go into any other given professional's daily duties. From male escorts to air traffic controllers, everyone has industry secrets and insider tips that range from juicy stories to real-life consumer hacks.
Luckily, people from a variety of professions have taken to Reddit to spill the real-life secrets of their professions, and these job stories run the gamut from alarming to reassuring. Doctors dish on just how tired they are. Coroners let you know just how little they check out dead bodies. Dildo secrets are also revealed. From male escorts to preschool teachers, these people reveal insane secrets about their professions, all for your nosy pleasure.
Baggage Handlers Just Wanna Have FunPhoto: Robert Couse-Baker / Flickr
From Redditor /u/–aurelius
Baggage handler. If you check a skateboard by just slapping a sticker on it it will get ridden.
Georgia Coroners Might Not Care Who You KillPhoto: Thomas Hawk / Flickr
From Redditor /u/Fender088:
Barely anyone in the state of Georgia gets an autopsy. If you wanted to kill someone over the age of 40, all you would really need to do is make sure that they had some kind of previous medical history and the body was found outside of a metropolitan area. The coroners here are only required to have a high school diploma. Some states are worse, most better.
Not Every Writer Actually WritesPhoto: David Hanwell / Flickr
From Redditor /u/Secretlysidhe:
Many of the books you read - especially romance - aren't written by the person whose name is on the cover.
Most romance books are ghostwritten and bought by someone else (often a man, I've found) and published under a female's name with a fake bio.
How do I know this?
I'm a ghostwriter.
Air Traffic Controllers Are Straight Up OverworkedPhoto: Flickr
From Redditor /u/Ry_ballz:
Air traffic controllers (at least in the US) are almost all clinically fatigued. The FAA knows this and the union knows this, but it's in their interests to keep it quiet.
It's not uncommon for US controllers to have a swing shift (1 pm - 9 pm) and then come back at 6 am - 2pm (nine hours between shifts) and then later go back again that night for an overnight starting at 10 pm. That's 24 hours of work in 41 hours of real time. In a job where you really really want alertness.