As I write this, thousands of writers strike for fair pay, AI circulates modern media, and advanced machinery has replaced a hundred jobs that used to exist. Here are ten positions still among us today that society speaking in an online community thinks we could do without. Do you agree that these jobs should no longer exist?
1. Used Car Salespeople
A swath of users expresses contempt for used car salespeople, noting they are only middlemen. “As a former car salesman, I partially agree. I see no reason a person shouldn’t be able to order a vehicle from the manufacturer. Corporations can do it,” one writes.
Another respondent says a used car salesman chased them through the parking lot after they informed him they’d take their business elsewhere.
2. Overpaid CEOs
“Overpaid CEOs that do nothing but schmooze with the board and investors, taking the soul out of their product, and focusing on only profits,” someone says.
Another adds their two cents. “CEOs should only be paid in stock and only get more on a good performance that has been first distributed as stock and bonuses for the workforce. There are companies that do this, although, unfortunately, it’s too rare.”
This response generated a divisive comment thread. Half of the users believe self-checkouts replaced human cashiers long ago, while others believe human cashiers remain necessary since self-checkouts malfunction frequently.
4. Gas Pumpers
This profession is irrelevant to those in the South, but in some states like Oregon and New York, gas station workers come out and pump the gas for you. A nice gesture but a needless one.
5. Valet Parkers
“My wife and I enjoy eating at nice restaurants a few times a year, but not enough to pay valet parking unless it’s ‘free,’ we would otherwise spend more paying to park vs. tipping a valet. We’re not rich, so it’s always a special event, and I hate when we try a new place that makes you feel poor for not wanting to park your own car,” an anti-valeted shares.
6. Restroom Attendants
Restroom attendants are less common than they once were, but some concert venues and bars still hire staff to tend to the bathroom. During their shift, they prepare towels, turn on the sink, and offer you mints or other goodies for purchase. It’s customary to tip.
A passionate user says telemarketers have passed their prime. In this age of ever-present digital technology, we don’t need human peddlers pushing sales. Plus, many people avoid or block telemarketer calls, which doesn’t increase business for any company.
A primary disliked profession in this thread is that of a lobbyist or an individual who influences legislation and government officials. Lobbyists help educate and inform government officials before making law changes.
Aside from lobbyists, commenters want to eradicate political positions. A user voices that one person should not have that much power at any point. At the same time, another respondent utters politicians have overstayed their welcome.
10. Tax Workers
“H&R Block and any other businesses based solely around helping people navigate a needlessly complicated tax system,” a being notes. Others agree, claiming that the government can simplify taxes by purging the hierarchy of the tax break.
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