Nearly every profession has secrets that the general public is unaware of. Many businesses claim that their goods are fairtrade, hand-made and eco-friendly when, nine times out of ten, it’s not. However, humans are curious by nature and are always trying to find out what’s going on behind the curtains.

So when the popular Twitter account UberFacts asked its 13.6M followers, “What company secrets can you reveal, now that you don’t work for the company anymore?” the thread quickly went viral. From bankers to hospitality workers, people started opening up and sharing some insider knowledge about their former jobs.

Take a look at the best tweets we have collected from the thread and upvote the ones you may not have known about! And if you’re hungry for more posts where people spill their industry secrets in plain sight, be sure to check them out here, here and here.

Image credits: UberFacts

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TitanLyarrah Report

Oopsydaisy
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Why are they allowed to return them? This is a disgusting policy, and impacts badly on small business, which can't afford returns of unwanted goods. I think Americans get a bit of a shock when they try this s**t on in other countries.

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Ian Smith
Community Member
5 months ago

Some of these types of practices are to abide by government food safety regulations or to protect against lawsuits

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It’s no news that every company has its own skeletons in the closet that remain virtually invisible to the general public. Chances are that you will probably never look at the companies mentioned in this post the same way ever again. But the more we know, the better—that’s why shedding a light on these dark secrets is the first step of dealing with them.

Bored Panda has contacted one of the Twitter users who replied to this thread. They preferred to stay anonymous but were kind enough to discuss the bad practices that some businesses carry out and why we are so eager to learn about them.

They told us that they were previously employed in the hospitality industry: “I worked on and off at a few bars for some extra cash when I first moved out at 23.” Finding out what was happening in the background was quite shocking, so they tried talking about this with some of the other servers. 

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
5 months ago

Only in the for profit health care scam in the USA.

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adiiantryx
Community Member
5 months ago

a diamond obtains its monetary value not from any intrinsic property or usefulness, rather from the value we give it in society, which itself was manipulated by marketing campaigns from mining conglomerates advising people to gift diamonds to their partners for weddings, it's like a successful scam like the whole apple a day thing

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Apparently, “they said they’d experienced the same at every bar they’d worked in. We worked out between us that most of the bars in the area did the same thing—some were really established places.” 

“After I worked there, I had table service a handful of times at other bars, each time the bottle came out already opened with a pourer in place and a sparkler. When I looked closer at the bottle (as I knew what to look for), the foil seal looked really old, the bottle was chipped and scratched,” they explained that it looked like it had been around the block a few times.  

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Pbabinose Report

Hiker Chick
Community Member
5 months ago

My frames just broke for the third time and the eyeglass place told me "oh, well, you bought the cheap ones, nothing we can do unless you spend $100 to replace them." My dollar store readers have lasted longer than my prescription frames!

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
5 months ago

The last hospital bill I got was itemized. Parking: €2.50.

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Looking at how many Twitter users contributed to this viral discussion, it seems like people not only like spilling the tea about their jobs but also think it’s relevant to get a little sneak peek into the profession. The former bar worker believes that people are mostly interested because there’s a suspicion that “companies are not always run above board.”

“I did notice a lot of people replied to my tweet in denial of the goings-on and I think, socially, people hate having to accept they’ve been conned,” they mentioned. “I think my tweet was particularly interesting because people are usually drunk and, therefore, vulnerable in a bar/club environment.”

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Tosfoy Report

Hiker Chick
Community Member
5 months ago

Depends on the store. Two of my regular stores keep stock in the back (different sizes of clothes, additional products that ran out on the shelf).

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Jessica Bertram
Community Member
5 months ago

or....here's a thought, maybe not be stealing?

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Many people replied to the user saying they could tell the difference between alcoholic beverages which, for very few people, could be true. “However, after a few drinks, most people will happily drink whatever you give them without question.” 

The user hopes that people who read this thread would actually take this new information into account and “maybe make better decisions” in the future. “Just buy a drink at the bar and have fun with your friends, there’s no need to look flashy,” they advised. 

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Nathan Pogorzala
Community Member
5 months ago

Profits have removed all ethics from American business.

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william mcgloin
Community Member
5 months ago

I fail to understand what's so entertaining about listening to bad singing.

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When it comes to bad practices, sometimes businesses purposefully ignore or even enforce them. From the user’s experience, the companies (especially the clubbing and drinks industry) practice a “take what you can get” attitude.

“I’m not speaking for all bars and clubs at all but just a few that I’m aware of,” they specified. “There’s not many checks or inspections, maybe once a year, and—let’s face it—people can look above board for one day of the year.”

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Tacocassoart Report

Karis Ravenhill
Community Member
5 months ago

Nope, not in all. Many times call center workers are grateful to put you on hold because we don't have to listen to the customer's whining, it gives us a sanity break.

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Bad Mole
Community Member
5 months ago

Same with hospitals.

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The former server also wanted to discuss things they saw from a client’s point of view: “There have been many times, as a customer, that I have witnessed sexual assault, drug-taking and men being aggressive and highlighted to security and [the establishment] completely ignored it—paying customers are the main priority it seems.” 

They added, summarizing their thoughts about the thread: “I’m sure there are plenty of companies, in all industries, still practicing a zero-hours contract, not adhering to the minimum wage for cash in hand jobs, no contracts, dodgy tax dealings, etc.” So if you don’t want to be exploited and serve corporate interests, it’s important to call out such behavior whenever possible.

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KissMyPassport Report

Redemption Happens
Community Member
5 months ago

Joining a union is one of the very best things to ever happen to me. I’ll be a teamster at my new job. Union busters are untrustworthy despicable selfish people.

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Ace Girl
Community Member
5 months ago

I heard a great analogy for this. It's like putting butter on bread. Buttered bread left overnight is still soft in morning, whereas plain bread left overnight will be stale in the morning. Just having something on your face will do the trick!

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Hiker Chick
Community Member
5 months ago

Also, why are they charging me $10 for a single generic tablet that probably costs them 15 cents to manufacture?

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Shane S
Community Member
5 months ago

This is true in a lot of cases. Sometimes it takes more energy to recycle than it does to create new product so it’s technically worse for the environment. Try to create less trash in the first place

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Gunner
Community Member
5 months ago

Pet stores do this with damaged food. We're supposed to open up the bag and dump it loose in the dumpsters. I never did though, I put them on the side of the dumpster and contacted a local shelter to tell them it was there. Most the time it would be gone by the next day.

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Chris D
Community Member
5 months ago

Apple was sued and proven that they did in fact make an update slow older phones to user would buy a new one. Never buy Apple crap.

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Gaby Almodovar
Community Member
5 months ago

Gross! At my place, the housekeeping is bringing down the glasses from the rooms for the dish-washer every single day.

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Ace Girl
Community Member
5 months ago

fax!!

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#21

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Rijkærd
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Its funny that people are selective over garbage bags...i reuse my shopping bags for that...

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#22

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Nazz HW
Community Member
5 months ago

This is common practice

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#23

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John Smith
Community Member
5 months ago

I always assumed it was just an animated gif. I would be amazed if it was actually connected to your pizzas progress.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

I'm pretty sure that in my country they'd wake you up to avoid bad publicity. "Woman dies in Ikea show room bed. Goes unnoticed till closing time."

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Nathan Pogorzala
Community Member
5 months ago

Airlines are stealing your s**t too. Dumb s**t also, like 1 shoe just to f**k with you.

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Zedrapazia
Community Member
5 months ago

Sounds like a lot of people should just be fired immediately. They should rather be working at a trash facility where they can throw stuff all day without ruining people's stuff. I had packaged that contained several hundred dollars that were destroyed because of these lazy bastards.

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LH25
Community Member
5 months ago

A friend of my mom's works for a local store chain, and they are told never to confront shoplifters. It's supposed to be for the employee's safety. People know this and walk out with all kinds of stuff.

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AtomKat
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5 months ago

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LivingTheDream
Community Member
5 months ago

Ah yes... Fraud because you don't like someone. That makes it okay.

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Cadena Norton
Community Member
5 months ago

I have actually won a few radio contests

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