Not everyone was blessed with the job they love, not even with the job they truly care for. For many, it’s all just a 9-hour long daily bender that vindicates the holy time known as days off. But some people are taking this logic to the extreme, which becomes a cause for many hilarious occupational mishaps.

And there’s an online group known as the Not My Job subreddit that documents the most hilarious fails spotted on duty. And if it doesn’t seem like being asked to paint a wall or install a street light is that big of a deal, they are about to prove you wrong. Created in 2013, the community has 717k members sharing smile-cracking content, or, as their laconic description says, examples of “[Placeholder - Jim, put a good description].”

Keep in mind that nobody really knows whether the mishaps were deliberate, since they may have been caused by the mind wandering elsewhere, but it’s still absolutely comical to see the job done so that it barely passes the minimum threshold.

#1

Not My Job To Add The Subtitles

Not My Job To Add The Subtitles

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ML
Community Member
4 months ago

Made me laugh. I wouldn't even mind reading that when watching this cartoon. Would just laugh and miss all the rest.

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#2

The Sign's Up, Boss!

The Sign's Up, Boss!

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Aleksandra Elias
Community Member
4 months ago

Can't argue with that

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#3

Fixed The Broken Clock, Boss

Fixed The Broken Clock, Boss

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Viz
Community Member
4 months ago

The age-old riddle of How many Americans do you need to replace a broken clock?

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Bored Panda reached out to the creator and moderator of the r/NotMyJob subreddit, who goes by the handle u/ani625, to find out more about this online community. u/ani625 explained that the saying “not my job” in the title of the subreddit refers to someone doing just their bare minimum of their job, and nothing more. 

“This results in the 'product' being far from neat/complete/usable, depending on what it is,” the moderator explained. This extreme lack of care and attention makes it a perfect combo for absurd situations, which fuels r/NotMyJob.

#4

Whoever Named These Streets

Whoever Named These Streets

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Adam C
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

This must be a very small town.

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#5

Workin For The Big Man

Workin For The Big Man

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Sonya Jersey
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4 months ago

Thanks for buying my book, hope you enjoy it! - God PS: please leave a review

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#6

Painted Wales’ Flag For Ya, Boss

Painted Wales’ Flag For Ya, Boss

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Dynein
Community Member
4 months ago

Fair enough.

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The community was launched 7 years ago when “an image of a dead animal painted over on a road became popular on another subreddit.” u/ani625 said that this particular case depicted the road painters being too lazy to do a better job.

“Someone said the phrase 'not my job!' in the comments, and people seem to be interested in such an idea. I created /r/NotMyJob and linked the subreddit then and there, which got its first few subscribers.”

From there, it picked up steam “as users kept on mentioning the sub all over Reddit whenever they saw such content, and the subreddit grew.” Today, it has about 25-30 daily posts shared by 717k members.

#7

Answered All The Questions, Boss!

Answered All The Questions, Boss!

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Falcon
Community Member
4 months ago

Ah, just like all the EA Sport games the past 3 years 🤣

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#8

Installed The Street Lights Boss

Installed The Street Lights Boss

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Evelína Zlá
Community Member
4 months ago

I think the lamp is trying to call Batman...

Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
Community Member
4 months ago

XD, that's a good one

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rabbitsrabbit
Community Member
4 months ago

a beautiful metaphor of mankind constantly trying to free itself of its earthly bonds to seek higher purpose and meaning in the beyond

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
4 months ago

They are also smack dab in the middle of the sidewalk.

Sawdust
Community Member
4 months ago

But one of the streetlights always dreamed of the stars...

Vikash Kumar
Community Member
4 months ago

Signal to autobots..

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Brilliant!

Sargundeep Singh
Community Member
4 months ago

Hey, Aliens! 2020 gonna be over quick, come quickly..😂😂

Jeremy Porter
Community Member
4 months ago

Bat signal

Richard McArthur
Community Member
4 months ago

That's not "not my job", it's a job badly done.

DIANA REYES
Community Member
4 months ago

Is the lamp trying to call god?

Samir Sultan
Community Member
4 months ago

its not a fail... its a umm a street light for airplanes!

Pamela24
Community Member
4 months ago

Sorry to get all dark but there's a lamp in Prague made like this as a monument to people who have lost their lives to suicide under a bridge that used to be used for this for a long time (not any more thanks to the barriers). It's really a fascinating piece of art called "Out of their own decision". https://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z_vlastn%C3%ADho_rozhodnut%C3%AD_%E2%80%93_Memento_mori (You'll have to google translate, sorry.)

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
4 months ago

Good to know they're thinking of the birds.

Aleksandra Elias
Community Member
4 months ago

E.T. calls home

Chris Maddock
Community Member
4 months ago

One of the thinks I've always wondered - why do they make streetlights that shine horizontally and even up into the sky ? Is that so the planes can see to fly ? (LOL) Why doesn't the light shine Down where you want it ?

M Kate McCulloch
Community Member
4 months ago

reaching for the stars,

Lee Selkirk
Community Member
4 months ago

Affirmative Action has its down side.

Patricia Kasprowski
Community Member
4 months ago

Must be for low flying planes so they know which way is up.

Loraine MacGinness
Community Member
4 months ago

Where to pedestrians walk ??

23AClark
Community Member
4 months ago

😁😁😁

Panda Mona
Community Member
4 months ago

It´s a searchlight. We just do not know what it is searching for ...

Panda with Heart
Community Member
4 months ago

The lamp is Star gazing

Sheena Ferr
Community Member
4 months ago

What's light pollution?

Best.in.the.west
Community Member
4 months ago

Im going into the light..

ERIN W.
Community Member
4 months ago

OK?!

Black Panther
Community Member
4 months ago

Welcome to India

wandile dludlu
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4 months ago

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#9

Amblivious

Amblivious

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Nerdlife
Community Member
4 months ago

The right word is ambidextrous right?

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#10

Finished Putting Up The Sign Boss

Finished Putting Up The Sign Boss

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Melissa C
Community Member
4 months ago

Ok but could you use that as a legal defense?

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#11

Got Those Smoke Detectors Marked Up, Boss

Got Those Smoke Detectors Marked Up, Boss

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Nerdlife
Community Member
4 months ago

That's funny ngl... but what were they thinking?

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#12

"I Decided It Was Faster To Draw The Qr Codes, Boss"

"I Decided It Was Faster To Draw The Qr Codes, Boss"

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Evelína Zlá
Community Member
4 months ago

Bwahahahaha.....!

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#13

Thanks, Associate's Name

Thanks, Associate's Name

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El muerto
Community Member
4 months ago

what a coincidence...two people with names

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#14

How I Bang Your Mother

How I Bang Your Mother

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Dynein
Community Member
4 months ago

I think that was intentional. Not authorized, but intentional.

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#15

I Wrote Warnings, Boss

I Wrote Warnings, Boss

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Hans
Community Member
4 months ago

Priorities.

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#16

Took The Driver’s License Photo Boss

Took The Driver’s License Photo Boss

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Evelína Zlá
Community Member
4 months ago

Well actually it´s the chair´s license...

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#17

I Hung That Sign In The Parking Garage, Boss

I Hung That Sign In The Parking Garage, Boss

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JK Rowling
Community Member
4 months ago

Finally, a way to put an end to my existence

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#18

Just Put Monday

Just Put Monday

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Adam C
Community Member
4 months ago

It's sallad. Do you really need to know which monday?

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#19

Made The Name Tag, Boss

Made The Name Tag, Boss

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ML
Community Member
4 months ago

That fingernail bothers me more

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#20

Made The Engraving, Boss

Made The Engraving, Boss

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Soap
Community Member
4 months ago

....well, technically...

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#21

I Painted The Fence Boss

I Painted The Fence Boss

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Momma Dubb
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

No words...

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#22

Added Subtitles, Boss

Added Subtitles, Boss

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Kitten claws
Community Member
4 months ago

lmao

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#23

Godamnit Roy

Godamnit Roy

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Julia Daxenbichler
Community Member
4 months ago

Parkour!

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#24

Packed The Violin Bow, Boss

Packed The Violin Bow, Boss

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ML
Community Member
4 months ago

Now you can play around the corner

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#25

The Brids

The Brids

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Sonya Jersey
Community Member
4 months ago

Maybe that's the bird's name :) Brid the bird

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#26

“Hey, You Put Those Shirts On The Correct Models, Right?”

“Hey, You Put Those Shirts On The Correct Models, Right?”

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Falcon
Community Member
4 months ago

🤦‍♂️

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#27

This ATM In Egypt Is Not Grounded And Can Electrocute People, Paper Says "Use Wooden Stick"

This ATM In Egypt Is Not Grounded And Can Electrocute People, Paper Says "Use Wooden Stick"

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Francis
Community Member
4 months ago

just WTF?!

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#28

Made The Front Page Boss

Made The Front Page Boss

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Francis
Community Member
4 months ago

LOL

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#29

Big Bullets

Big Bullets

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J. F.
Community Member
4 months ago

That's an 800mm in the picture ^^ (Schwerer Gustav)

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#30

This Sandbox Was Place Right On Top Of A Manhole

This Sandbox Was Place Right On Top Of A Manhole

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Adam C
Community Member
4 months ago

Ah the sandbox from Springfield in simpsons

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#31

Shipped Those Crickets Boss

Shipped Those Crickets Boss

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Dynein
Community Member
4 months ago

How would anyone come up with this? You'd struggle to keep them from escaping while you're closing the box...

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#32

It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Cheesy

It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Cheesy

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స్టీఫెన్ ఆండ్రూ
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4 months ago

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Nice response.

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#33

Corporate Said We Should Put In A New Fire Alarm, Not Remove Old Ones

Corporate Said We Should Put In A New Fire Alarm, Not Remove Old Ones

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
4 months ago

impressive collection of fire alarms

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#34

Extreme Wheelchairing!

Extreme Wheelchairing!

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Aleksandra Elias
Community Member
4 months ago

They just want to have fun! /s

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#35

I Made It Handicap Accessible Boss

I Made It Handicap Accessible Boss

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
4 months ago

Pretty sure that's Eastern Europe and they are not handicap ramps. They are for delivery dollies, though I do see women with baby carriages use them frequently, which is slightly frightening.

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#36

My Colleague Ordered Some Bowls Online And This One Came Exactly As You See It. Someone Wrapped A Broken Bowl, Without The Parts That Broke Off, Meaning It Didn't Break In Transit

My Colleague Ordered Some Bowls Online And This One Came Exactly As You See It. Someone Wrapped A Broken Bowl, Without The Parts That Broke Off, Meaning It Didn't Break In Transit

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Momma Dubb
Community Member
4 months ago

Speechless.

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#37

Delivered Boss!

Delivered Boss!

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SoulMan80
Community Member
4 months ago

I like it how the couple's surname is Currier-just to add a layer of confusion and humour

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#38

Title Goes Here Fsdjik Ndfij Jkfns

Title Goes Here Fsdjik Ndfij Jkfns

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Momma Dubb
Community Member
4 months ago

They didn't even bother to spell "header" correctly!

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#39

Spotted In Target. Next Level Fashion

Spotted In Target. Next Level Fashion

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Momma Dubb
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Gorgeous 😂

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#40

I've Got A Great Idea Boss

I've Got A Great Idea Boss

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Az
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Strange how there is fruit called Grape and a fruit called Grapefruit, and they aren't the same thing.

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#41

Fan's Installed, Boss

Fan's Installed, Boss

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
4 months ago

I know the column is supposed to come first when building, but I don't want to believe someone was stupid enough to put the fan there later.

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#42

It Says "Emergency Telephone"

It Says "Emergency Telephone"

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JK Rowling
Community Member
4 months ago

"You don't need to contact anyone, just hit the murderer with this plank and you'll be totally fine."

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#43

I Installed The New Elevator Button, Boss

I Installed The New Elevator Button, Boss

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Evelína Zlá
Community Member
4 months ago

Yeah... that would work for blind people... brilliant.

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#44

Clock That Has Hung On Our Wall With 20 Years. Needless To Say It Gets Confusing Sometimes

Clock That Has Hung On Our Wall With 20 Years. Needless To Say It Gets Confusing Sometimes

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BrokenFlame
Community Member
4 months ago

I genuinely didn't see the problem at first and was very confused lmao

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#45

A Soccer Field I Spotted While Flying My Drone Around

A Soccer Field I Spotted While Flying My Drone Around

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Lina S.
Community Member
4 months ago

Just a bit wonky

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#46

Sausage Squad

Sausage Squad

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Nicola Roberts
Community Member
4 months ago

Suicide Sausage anyone?

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#47

I'm Done With The Handicap Ramp Boss!

I'm Done With The Handicap Ramp Boss!

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Sonya Jersey
Community Member
4 months ago

This only works if you're 50% in a wheelchair and 50% walking

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#48

I’m Not A Math Expert But....

I’m Not A Math Expert But....

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Dynein
Community Member
4 months ago

This would have made more sense as a bar chart...

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#49

Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
4 months ago

FYI. Manhole covers are round so that that they don't fall into the hole; square ones would.

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#50

It Just Throws Me Off

It Just Throws Me Off

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Nerdlife
Community Member
4 months ago

The more I see this the more my head hurts

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