Which professions do you secretly despise while realizing they are incredibly important to your welfare? A recent online discussion shares people's stories of feeling unloved until needed. Here are some insights.
1. The I.T. Crowd
“I.T.,” offers the first contributor, “except people hate me when they need me, too.” I do feel for this poor soul. Imagine living in a world where most people you work with are clueless about what you consider simple tasks.
2. Tradesmen and Tradeswomen
Those who plumb, fix electrics, attach roofs, pour concrete, or work wood can receive antipathy due to a minority of cowboy operators and sloppy workers. “Until that plumber shows up at two a.m. to prevent the sewage backup,” says someone I sense may be a trade guy. “Or the electrician that fixes an overloaded breaker panel, preventing a fire.”
A frank commenter pulls no punches with his description of lawyers. “I'll be honest, I hated lawyers even when I needed one,” he declares. “I just looked at my lawyer and thought, ‘If your profession had never been invented, everyone would be happier.” Ironically, with such a scathing way with words, he may need a libel lawyer sooner than he thinks.
4. Police Officers
“Joke about calling them names,” warns a police supporter, “but until you feel in fear and actually need them, do you appreciate the police's existence.” I think anyone who puts hate on public servants needs to spend a day working in their jobs. I have seen firsthand bad policing before, though it doesn't compare to the majority of good deeds I have also seen performed by police officers.
I am bewildered as to why people might disrespect locksmiths, though having read some dark accounts of being scammed, I now see things differently. Curiously, a hobbyist locksmith shares his thoughts. “Always got a lot of shade for the hobby till people locked themselves out,” he concedes.
6. Child Protection Services
These three words have few positive connotations other than the hope that they are rescuing poor youngsters from mistreatment. Sadly, some people's views are entirely negative. “Most people genuinely do not understand the work that we do,” asserts one such professional. “I have been chased out of houses with weapons, punched, and had abuse hurled at us.”
7. Scientific Researchers
A scientist speaks up for their community in the next thread, claiming they never get a fair shake. “During downtime, we routinely get made fun of for doing ‘pointless' things,” they lament. “But then, a catastrophe happens, and suddenly everyone looks to us to churn out answers at 300% speed.” I have no opinion on this; I am not sure I have once heard someone call out scientists for being useless — for being a little corrupt sometimes, yes, but never useless.
8. Funeral Workers
“People literally say ‘ugh' when I tell them my profession,” admits the next contributor. “One unexpected death later, and they're thanking me for my service.” While I agree we must give more credit to any professional willing to take on this kind of service, I must also concede I may give an internal “ugh” when considering that job. Whoever works with the deceased should be paid as much as possible.
9. Fast Food Workers
Let's hear it for the fast-food worker industry for the sheer amount of unnecessary drama they have to deal with. From outlandishly deluded Karens flipping out over no condiments to youth meltdowns on the service counter, fast-food workers should be paid more for their proximity to a war zone. One such worker claims everyone loves to mistreat them “until they have a 20-minute lunch break and don't know how to cook their own food.”
10. Veterinary Professionals
“I wouldn't be able to do it; it would be the animals I couldn't save that would break me,” admits the next observer. “And not being able to afford to save everybody's pets for free.” I have read that vets have an abnormally high self-assisted departure rate due to their emotional pressures — loving animals and seeing them in their worst moments can't be easy.
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