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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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...

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#9

Amblivious

Amblivious

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Nerdlife
Community Member
4 months ago

The right word is ambidextrous right?

Tracy
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes. They were able to get it right in the actual article.

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Jill
Community Member
4 months ago

It would be fun if they could play in the water as well. Can you imagine a baseball type of waterpolo!

glowworm2
Community Member
4 months ago

I didn't know Aquaman played baseball.

Falcon
Community Member
4 months ago

Damn, I need to start watching MLB if they hire mythical creatures like Mermen into their teams.

Clearly sunny
Community Member
4 months ago

I wonder if amphibians use both arms??

Zophra
Community Member
4 months ago

Better not be throwing frogs...

Batman is coming
Community Member
4 months ago

He's cold blooded

cheezydinosaur
Community Member
3 months ago

Oooo frog pitchers 🐸

Jeremy Porter
Community Member
4 months ago

He has to sit in a tank of water in between innings.

Clearly sunny
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow, they're bullies on bored panda!.

Nicole Tomme
Community Member
4 months ago

Amphidextrous

Anouk
Community Member
4 months ago

Made my day :)

Paula Hobbs
Community Member
4 months ago

It's correct in the article though....

Wendillon
Community Member
4 months ago

Those mid-action shots make his arms look...wonky

Leesa DeAndrea
Community Member
4 months ago

Maybe he is amphibious too?

Roberto Durante
Community Member
4 months ago

is this spainglish?

Patricia Kasprowski
Community Member
4 months ago

LOL

23AClark
Community Member
4 months ago

I thought that it was ambidextrous! 😆😆

Victoria Duncan
Community Member
4 months ago

Wtf???? Who wrote this heading??? Someone needs to be fired!! Total fail..

Phil Seiden
Community Member
4 months ago

Perhaps in a previous life he was a Navy Seal?

Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
4 months ago

Who do you think you are to assume he can't live in water? Did you ask him? I don't think so! You are so presumptuous...

buffy
Community Member
4 months ago

We can call him the lizard king:)

Clever Dog
Community Member
4 months ago

OK so the writer (who should know better) got the word wrong but what about the editor?

Peppy Mozzani
Community Member
4 months ago

Can't stop laughing at this malaprop.

Claire Armstrong
Community Member
4 months ago

Lol, I had to study the picture to see what was amphibious about it lol!

Anthony Henry
Community Member
4 months ago

His arms do look like a frog *shrugs*

That_comment
Community Member
4 months ago

If he amphibious where are the flippers

Ocelotty1
Community Member
4 months ago

Well, that went swimmingly

Thalia Lovering
Community Member
4 months ago

If he were amphibious, it would be more fun to watch him play though.

Khavrinen
Community Member
4 months ago

Well, in that second picture he does kind of look like he's about to "ribbit".

Lemonclouds20
Community Member
4 months ago

He does look a bit amphibious to be fair.

Tami
Community Member
4 months ago

Ready for those rising sea levels!

Michelle C.
Community Member
4 months ago

He DOES look kinda amphibious in the picture on the right.

Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
4 months ago

To be fair, just going by the pictures, the guy might be able to hold his breath and swing it under the deep blue sea.

Tenley Samson
Community Member
4 months ago

i like how the photes just look like they are reversed

shemeowsalot
Community Member
4 months ago

Frog Prince? Is that you?

papa bear
Community Member
4 months ago

Ambitious pitcher

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
4 months ago

Well if they're swapping out the first word, what word would you swap the second for?

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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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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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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
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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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