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.
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.
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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.