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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4 months 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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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
4 months ago

I think I’m going to tick ‘no’ but it’s a close one...

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#3

Thats A Big One

Thats A Big One

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Tara Brooks
Community Member
4 months ago

Couldn’t have planned it better...?

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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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4 months 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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EA
Community Member
4 months ago

That will teach kids to get outta ma dang yarrrd!

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#6

Meth, I'm On It

Meth, I'm On It

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Tammy Capraun Moorhous
Community Member
4 months 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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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
4 months ago

dead, deaf...what's the difference... :-)

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#8

“Shoplifters Will Be Prostituted”

“Shoplifters Will Be Prostituted”

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martin734
Community Member
4 months 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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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

I want to know too!

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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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Never mind the fact that we wouldn’t even be speaking English today without foreign influences on it. We still borrow heavily from other cultures.

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#15

I Know I Don't

I Know I Don't

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months ago

We no speak Americano.

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#18

I Mean.....

I Mean.....

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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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EA
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Technically correct cos soya is a plant right? Isn’t that what Oreos are made of?

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#23

Teachers Making Quizzes

Teachers Making Quizzes

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Yeah, they just see us a a number.

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#24

I Haven't Words For This... Really

I Haven't Words For This... Really

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LOGAN HUNTER
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4 months ago

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That reflection isn't much unless you know said person well.

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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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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
4 months ago

🤦‍♀️

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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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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
4 months ago

Yeah but she could have a back problem and either can’t carry the basket or can’t bend down properly to put things in a single one.

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#27

Helmet Saves Lives

Helmet Saves Lives

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chaitu cherry
Community Member
4 months ago

better he should not wear that shirt

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#28

Facepalm

Facepalm

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Linus Nilsson
Community Member
4 months 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
4 months 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.

Miecio Kowalski
Community Member
4 months ago

There were three guys. One of them walked right. The other one walked left. The third one says: wait for me! I'm coming with you!

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
4 months ago

turn... around and go home

Hafida
Community Member
4 months ago

I think that’s the only solution for this problem

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Stannous Flouride
Community Member
4 months ago

I can't read Cyrillic writing so I'll just go straight.

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
4 months ago

Turn... oh wherever you want!

Alex Selchow
Community Member
4 months ago

'Dear God, please give me a sign' God:

PEYTON SCHOONOVER
Community Member
4 months ago

Turn iehiupeuhfprygfp

Bee Jairrels
Community Member
4 months ago

No you turn Rueat.

Ethan Brooks
Community Member
4 months ago

turn RULEAT??

Madison Feehan
Community Member
4 months ago

Okyeriosnfuewlay!

Banjo Peppers
Community Member
4 months ago

RUEAT

Douglas Turner
Community Member
4 months ago

Just stop driving. Walking is better.

Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
4 months ago

Captain Chaos did it again

Flower Boy
Community Member
4 months ago

....which way... WHICH WAY MANN!!

CORLEONE
Community Member
4 months ago

Please, turn rieft LOL

glowworm2
Community Member
4 months ago

Damn it, no wonder the 10th Doctor died that one time!

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
Community Member
4 months ago

Great episode!

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Paul Harris
Community Member
4 months ago

Get it left!

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
4 months ago

"So I go left?" "Right!" "Errr..."

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

The painted arrow on the ground is wrong too.

Olive Stirk
Community Member
3 days ago

uh

Ansu Seesay
Community Member
3 months ago

Turn Rueat

Wendy C
Community Member
4 months ago

Which way did he go, which way did he go?

Mumof1
Community Member
4 months ago

A road for the confused driver.

Rikke Hackner
Community Member
4 months ago

how to fail your drivers test!

Paw Paw
Community Member
4 months ago

Damned if you do ...

May Day
Community Member
4 months ago

I've seen this before and it's still the most hilarious traffic photo ever! XD

Bella Turland
Community Member
4 months ago

Glad I never have to go down this road...

Michelle Albert
Community Member
4 months ago

What do I do, what do I do, what do I DO, WHAT DO I **SMACK**

MissyTheUniverse
Community Member
4 months ago

I am confusion.

Clever Dog
Community Member
4 months ago

Unmistakably British , a complete an utter shambles like all our road.

Nuri
Community Member
4 months ago

Umm, ok how about you break your car in two and you go in two different directions??

sour berlioz
Community Member
4 months ago

Forward it is

Snuggle_Duck🦆
Community Member
4 months ago

My life in a sign!

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
4 months ago

Well which is it?

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
4 months ago

just backup, go away

Steven Meyer
Community Member
4 months ago

What the hell?

Le Box of Shame
Community Member
4 months ago

is this supposed to be read in a nervous surfer accent?

IKL200
Community Member
4 months ago

'Turn reft'

Go Hawks
Community Member
4 months ago

Shrodinger's cat is AdLeIaVdE

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#30

How Hard Is It?

How Hard Is It?

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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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Bathsheba
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4 months ago

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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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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
4 months ago

Hmmmm melted plastic. Nommy.

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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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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
4 months ago

Ewww.

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#36

How Is This So Common?

How Is This So Common?

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Tara Brooks
Community Member
4 months ago

I have to admit, this took me a hot second

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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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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

You got toast points instead.

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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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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

1 out of 3 isn't bad, is it?

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#39

15 Straws. Thanks

15 Straws. Thanks

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
4 months ago

No this is good because sometimes on the multipacks the straws are missing.

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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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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
4 months ago

They probably forgot to flatten the layers in photoshop and only saved the base image.

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