Failure’s a part of life. It can hurt. It can teach us valuable lessons. But most importantly, when you have a single job to do and you mess it up, it can give us a hearty laugh when we need it the most. The ‘You Had One Job’ subreddit is a great online community that will make you crack a smile: it’s dedicated to hilarious occupational mishaps that will blow away the Autumn blues.

We’ve collected some of the best posts from the 397k-strong r/onejob community for you to enjoy, dear Readers. So scroll down and we hope that you see the silver lining in life. Oh, don’t forget to upvote your fave posts and let us know which pics made you laugh the hardest and why.

The ‘You Had One Job’ subreddit considers itself to be the “official depository” for classic ‘You Had One Job’ posts. It does exactly what it says on the tin. The community seems very friendly, so if you’ve got any posts to share, give the sub a visit.

#1

Not Trying To Be Political I Just Thought This Was Funny

Not Trying To Be Political I Just Thought This Was Funny

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chaitu cherry
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1 month ago

best spokesman ever

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#2

I Honestly Want To Know How Someone Manged This

I Honestly Want To Know How Someone Manged This

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

"Do you believe in resurrection?"

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#3

Thats A Big One

Thats A Big One

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 month ago

That’s deliberate. Come on!

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If the subreddit were a kid, they’d probably be in the third grade by now: the community was founded back in 2012 and has been going strong ever since.

Obviously, it’s best to go through life with a strong sense of humor, but it doesn’t hide the fact that failing at your job can have a powerful negative impact on your mental (and even physical) wellbeing. We’re social animals, after all, and what others think of us impacts us (even if we sometimes like to pretend that it doesn’t).

#4

I Used To Read

I Used To Read

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 month ago

At least they know they made a mistake.

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#5

Someone Really Hates Kids

Someone Really Hates Kids

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

I shouldn't be laughing, but the caption is hilarious.

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#6

Meth, I'm On It

Meth, I'm On It

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Tammy Capraun Moorhous
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes they are

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One study from 2017 suggests that we shouldn’t fight against what we feel after failing. According to the researchers, if we want to improve as people and get better at our jobs, we should focus on our turbulent feelings after failing badly, not our thoughts.

On the other hand, trying to logically find reasons why you’re not at fault doesn’t seem to help us much to improve. In other words, letting ourselves feel bad about failing is, ironically, a positive and learning experience. While our brains try to come up with excuses for why our failures aren’t necessarily failures. Heart over mind, dear Pandas. Heart over mind.

#7

Best, Or Worst, Editor?

Best, Or Worst, Editor?

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 month ago

There you go: Beethoven can answer the above question ‘have you ever been in an accident that resulted in your death - yes/no’.

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#8

“Shoplifters Will Be Prostituted”

“Shoplifters Will Be Prostituted”

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martin734
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1 month ago

It may be a more effective deterrent than prosecution.

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#9

Didn't Fit In The Mailbox

Didn't Fit In The Mailbox

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 month ago

the secret ingredient is the brainless use of brute force

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#10

I’m Sure He’ll Be Happy With This Gift

I’m Sure He’ll Be Happy With This Gift

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Tara Brooks
Community Member
1 month ago

This is a hilariously terrible irony

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#11

Don't Worry Boss, I Wrote

Don't Worry Boss, I Wrote

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Caffeinated Hedgehog
Community Member
1 month ago

So... Smoking in English is ok?

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#12

How Does This Happen?

How Does This Happen?

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Tara Brooks
Community Member
1 month ago

Everything’s pricier in France 😂

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#13

You Became The Very Thing You Swore To Destroy

You Became The Very Thing You Swore To Destroy

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, the irony...

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#14

Sure, Right After You Write It.

Sure, Right After You Write It.

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.gas.
Community Member
1 month ago

Also, what does this mean? There's no "official" language in the U.S. "Your in Spain, speak Chinese."

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#15

I Know I Don't

I Know I Don't

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Sign provided courtesy of the Suicide Squad.

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#16

Food May Contain Human Flesh

Food May Contain Human Flesh

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 month ago

Soilent Green.

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#17

Some One Told Me To Put This Here Soooo

Some One Told Me To Put This Here Soooo

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 month ago

We no speak Americano.

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#18

I Mean.....

I Mean.....

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

“Mistakes are proof you are garbage”. A bit harsh!

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#19

Fighting Crimes With The Power Of Song

Fighting Crimes With The Power Of Song

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

The robot is ever so slightly more effective than a real police agent. :D

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#20

You Had One Jobby Job-Job

You Had One Jobby Job-Job

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 month ago

They’re all going to get to the next game on Boaty McBoatface.

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#21

This Plaque Near My House

This Plaque Near My House

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 month ago

That didn’t happen until the 238th month of 2020.

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#22

You Were Close Here

You Were Close Here

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

That's my kind of crunchy vegetable salad!

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#23

Teachers Making Quizzes

Teachers Making Quizzes

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, they just see us a a number.

Valquerys
Community Member
1 month ago

And push us past our limits just to watch decimals grow

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giku T
Community Member
1 month ago

the teacher must be elon musk

lol Gilli
Community Member
1 month ago

just put your name as corresponding to the numbers of the letters in the alphabet. Ex: Alan = 112114

Banjo Peppers
Community Member
1 month ago

Or in binary! 01000001 01101100 01100001 01101110

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La La Lynch
Community Member
1 month ago

Is this for a prison/jail?

Roger Haywood
Community Member
1 month ago

I am not a number! I am a free man! OK, I'm number 6.

PEYTON SCHOONOVER
Community Member
1 month ago

"I am 11.Nice to meet you." I am 5 nice to meet you"

King Bugs Bunny
Community Member
1 month ago

"My name is Alan3000"

Thorsten M. Weisner
Community Member
1 month ago

01000001 01101100 01100001 01101110

JKBisms
Community Member
1 month ago

XD I CAN'T EVEN.

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Juan Hernandez
Community Member
1 month ago

my name in numbers 10,21,1,14

PattonPawter
Community Member
1 month ago

Mine is 16, 1, 20, 20, 15,14

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LittleMissLotus
Community Member
1 month ago

At least James Bond won't have an issue here

CatWoman312
Community Member
1 month ago

All in all you’re just another brick in the wall

Vorknkx
Community Member
1 month ago

As someone who works at a university, I can say it is much easier to work with student numbers than with names. Especially names that have exotic spellings.

ArhomR
Community Member
1 month ago

Exactly.

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Alison Wells
Community Member
1 month ago

That happened on a quiz I took, so I translated my name into binary.

Kathrine Rux
Community Member
1 month ago

yea my name is 19 2000 hbu?

Bethany Schaefer
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s make more sense if it said “student ID number”.

Wendy C
Community Member
1 month ago

Maybe Elon Musk wrote the questions.

Sophie Whitbread
Community Member
1 month ago

Let’s just say my Mum has 3 kids, 4, 7, and 2. 🥴

May Day
Community Member
1 month ago

THX-1138 then

Mae Mosse
Community Member
1 month ago

Must be a maths quiz! Those teachers are cruel and would give their students by numbers.

Lisa Tetlow
Community Member
1 month ago

Alan the 1st?

HissyFitzz
Community Member
1 month ago

The Promised Neverland kids be like:

Quazmodic
Community Member
1 month ago

7 of 9?

Shawn Hooper
Community Member
1 month ago

OMG it must be Friday at quitting time because this made me laugh too hard! I mean WTH? I’ve actually had this kind of thing happen lately.

Not PC
Community Member
1 month ago

Must be a College admission test you paid $500 to take.

Jørgen Bjerke
Community Member
1 month ago

Quiz for Stranger Things?

Jess K Tom
Community Member
1 month ago

oh its HITMAN

Robert Bailey
Community Member
1 month ago

I know a family of Peanuts characters that can answer that.

Mr_Person
Community Member
1 month ago

Bruh. 🥱

Tzuls
Community Member
1 month ago

4142?

Elin Stenqvist
Community Member
1 month ago

Elon Musk and Grimes' child taking this test: "Finally a good use for my name!!"

Flower Boy
Community Member
1 month ago

when u realize ur parent didnt name u a number like everyone else

Louloubelle
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm the youngest of five, my (hilarious) mother sometimes would refer to me as 5.

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 month ago

So we really are a number?

Alex T
Community Member
1 month ago

put 24601 if u know what i mean

Hannah Spivey
Community Member
1 month ago

yes my name is definitely a number

glowworm2
Community Member
1 month ago

They've given you a number and taken away your name.

El muerto
Community Member
1 month ago

007

Truth Monster
Community Member
1 month ago

They could use LEET speak to get a piece of their name, and if it accepted slashes, 414/\/ would do it, I think. I'm not proficient in 1337, though.

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#24

I Haven't Words For This... Really

I Haven't Words For This... Really

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That Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

Whenever people use photoshop, THEY ALWAYS FORGET THE MIRROR

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#25

Honoring Rosa Parks On The Back Of A Bus...

Honoring Rosa Parks On The Back Of A Bus...

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Scagsy
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh! The irony! She'll be spinning in her grave

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#26

Excuse Me Ma'am...that's Not How That Works...

Excuse Me Ma'am...that's Not How That Works...

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

"But, it's so much handier this way."

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#27

Helmet Saves Lives

Helmet Saves Lives

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chaitu cherry
Community Member
1 month ago

better he should not wear that shirt

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#28

Facepalm

Facepalm

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Linus Nilsson
Community Member
1 month ago

This is freaking hilarious! "I'll put him out of his misery"

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#29

Turn Rliegfht

Turn Rliegfht

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Deson
Community Member
1 month ago

There's two signs pointing for a left turn but at the very end there's a sign that says no left turn as well.

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#30

How Hard Is It?

How Hard Is It?

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 month ago

Sounds like a threat. All it’s missing is an “or else”.

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#31

Come One Camera Man

Come One Camera Man

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 month ago

South Africa vs New Zealand. Cricket. I remember that match, the commentators spent ages laughing at those two blokes.

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#32

This Finding Dory Night Light Is Perfect For Kids!

This Finding Dory Night Light Is Perfect For Kids!

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Vorknkx
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

"Finding Dory night light - powered by AAA batteries... or your child's SOUL."

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#33

N-No. It Really Isn't

N-No. It Really Isn't

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JiminKimLip7
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, the irony!

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#34

I Guess They Decided To Include The Cutter As A Premium Topping

I Guess They Decided To Include The Cutter As A Premium Topping

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Russell Ellwardt
Community Member
1 month ago

Doesn't look melted to me, actually. Since pizza is usually cut after baking not before, I assume the item in question is perfectly intact. Receiving a good pizza cutter for free with your pizza, not bad.

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#35

All They Had To Do Was Line Up The Label Properly. Now I Have This

All They Had To Do Was Line Up The Label Properly. Now I Have This

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Truth Monster
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1 month ago

oh. oh no

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#36

How Is This So Common?

How Is This So Common?

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Evil Queen
Community Member
1 month ago

Climb through the window then

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#37

Asked My Boyfriend To Bake The Croissants For Our Dinner...

Asked My Boyfriend To Bake The Croissants For Our Dinner...

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Tabitha L
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1 month ago

For anyone who is confused by this image....Pillsbury makes a tube dough of "crescent rolls" which some people call croissants. (As if.) The dough is perforated into triangles that need to be rolled into the correct shape.

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#38

A Recycling Bin Isn’t Supposed To Be A Logic Puzzle

A Recycling Bin Isn’t Supposed To Be A Logic Puzzle

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chaitu cherry
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1 month ago

paper won

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#39

15 Straws. Thanks

15 Straws. Thanks

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chaitu cherry
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1 month ago

insisting to buy 14 another

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#40

I Was Expecting The Picture To Be A Bit More Colorful

I Was Expecting The Picture To Be A Bit More Colorful

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Victor van Schagen
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1 month ago

It is in colour. The world was just black and white in those days.

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