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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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.

ƒιѕн
Community Member
1 month ago

Yolanda Be Cool

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Patrick McKemie
Community Member
1 month ago

I speak United States, England and Canada. I'm trilingual!

Patrick McKemie
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm currently learning Australia but it's really hard.

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David K
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, I have multiple years of zero experience, but I fail to speak American. Can I still apply?

Ladislav Pollo
Community Member
1 month ago

I only speak canadian :/

Bee Jairrels
Community Member
1 month ago

I can speak Mexico!

Stannous Flouride
Community Member
1 month ago

No United Kingdoms need apply.

boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 month ago

oh, the years of my life with 0 experience...

OrangeChicken
Community Member
1 month ago

yes, I am also fluent in Canada and Mexico

AzKhaleesi
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm over qualified, I have 15 years of 0 experience.

Laura Mortensen
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm stuck on the first question. What do they mean by 0 experience?

sour berlioz
Community Member
1 month ago

I have SO many years of 0 experience

Sawdust
Community Member
1 month ago

They clearly need someone who speaks United States as soon as possible!

Louloubelle
Community Member
1 month ago

My daughter can speak pretty good Ooper. You know, native to Wisconsin, Minnesota, etc.

La La Lynch
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh wow.

Nevaeh Milton
Community Member
1 week ago

no but i speak Americanish

AnxidYazi
Community Member
1 month ago

I is fluent in USAish. It easy!

Marie Collins
Community Member
1 month ago

Perfect

May Day
Community Member
1 month ago

I speak Sweden.

Lisa Tetlow
Community Member
1 month ago

Hey, I speak United States too!

Hugh Crawford
Community Member
1 month ago

yes, no

MissyTheUniverse
Community Member
1 month ago

Is this an application form to work for trump?

JJM
Community Member
1 month ago

What is United States language? I thought it was English.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
1 month ago

Is trhis a police application?

Eric Forster
Community Member
1 month ago

No, but I speak a little Canada.

Marsha Sturgill
Community Member
1 month ago

Someone was stuck on stupid.

Quazmodic
Community Member
1 month ago

Another clueless employer I'd refuse to work for.

Not PC
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeahs, I doez speekit

Stuart Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

Let's be fair here..... the US does have its own language.... :)

Girl_In_Red
Community Member
1 month ago

Lesbian? I thought you were american?!

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
1 month ago

Depends on the region.

BusLady
Community Member
1 month ago

What, we have our own language? And all this time I thought I was speaking corrupted English.

Lara Verne
Community Member
1 month ago

Sadly I don't speak United States.

PEYTON SCHOONOVER
Community Member
1 month ago

I am confunded

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 month ago

I speak México! :D

Anna Repp
Community Member
1 month ago

I speak Mother Russia!

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A Random Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

Wot.

Flannery Krischke
Community Member
1 month ago

my brother gets science tests with silly multi-choice answers example: 1 elk eats aspen, aspen eats wolf 2 elk eats wolf, the wolf eats aspen. ??????

Artur Niedzielski
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes I habla!

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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.

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
1 month ago

paper won

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#39

15 Straws. Thanks

15 Straws. Thanks

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chaitu cherry
Community Member
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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