Big Industries don't tell you everything about how they operate. But after reading this you'll know their secrets they don't want you to know.
"Grocery store bakeries do not bake the cakes they decorate. That stuff comes in frozen. I couldn't bake you a carrot cake if you asked me.
On top of that, most of the baking in grocery store bakeries is just pulling frozen pastries or muffins or whatever out of a box and panning it up, then putting it in the proofer/oven.
We don't really make things anymore."
"Merlin Entertainments, the company that runs a wide variety of midway attractions like Legoland Discovery Centers as well as Legoland itself, pays most of their American employees less than Walmart.
Oftentimes, employees love the job, but can't afford to keep it. This causes a near 90-percent turnover rate."
"Hospitals and doctors bills in the U.S. can be negotiated, and many will offer huge cash discounts if you pay at the time of service. But once the insurance gets billed, there is much less room for negotiation. If your bill gets applied to the insurance deductible, then the facility, by law, is supposed to collect the full amount that was applied to the deductible from you.
If there is a co-pay, the facility, by law, is supposed to collect that as well.
For the average person on a high deductible plan ($1,000+), you'd have to get cancer or be in a huge trauma for the insurance to kick in any meaningful payment.
Insider advice: when you make an appointment at a doctor's office, ask if they have a 'point of service' discount.
Also, if you go to a hospital, don't let them know you have insurance until after they give you the bill. Do the negotiation first, then do the math and see if it's cheaper to pay out of pocket. If not, the facility has six months to bill your insurance after the date of service."
"I work for a web design and development agency in Canada. Clients think they pay us to do the work.
The reality: We charge anywhere from $5,000 to $200,000 for web projects. We take most of those projects and outsource them to India for $200. The projects come back built so poorly, we spend months fixing them.
The CEO laughs all the way to the bank. I don't agree with the process, but that's why I quit and start a new job next week."
"The fresh chocolate chip cookie scent that can be smelled outside of the Magic Kingdom bakery is artificial. It's piped out to draw you into the bakery.
The real cookie smells never escape the ovens' immediate vicinity. There's no pipe going from the ovens to the outside. That's why you smell hot cookies, but you typically wind up with a cold cookie that's been sitting awhile once inside.
They are baked in a standard baking oven in the back. They taught us that in Traditions - the weeklong training course for new hires at Disney University."
"In the healthcare industry, physician/nurse assisted suicide is much more common than you would think and is usually performed with morphine to simply lower respirations to the point of death.
It won't be charted, it won't be ordered, and it won't be admitted but everyone from the doctor to the nurse knew when they gave that dose of MS sublingual to your loved one with respirations sub six that it would be their last. It was all by design too, that is why we have been giving you morphine even though you have been unconscious and shedding respirations per minute for the past two days. Of course, this isn't something that happens to everyone, but it happens to terminal people all the time.
We act like it doesn't happen in America, like its illegal. Nah, we even have a cute name for it. Snowballing or Snowing. Some people in the field will deny it, some will not know about it but talk to people that work with terminal patients, talk to hospice nurses and doctors. It is a very well kept secret."
"All companies have quarterly targets. Including shops. So if you're buying - for example - a fancy watch, go in at the very end of the quarter and lowball them.
If they haven't hit the target for that quarter then they're often likely to cut you a deal. Something they probably won't do at the start of the quarter."
"McGraw Hill makes practically every textbook allowed in America's school systems.
At the end of every year, they throw away the tens of thousands of books for the tax write off because it's going to a recycling plant. I am talking about textbooks for kindergarten through 12th grade, college books of every type, teacher editions, and class sets of short stories and books for kids in process of learning to read.
A normal textbook costs a school $60 to $80 a pop, but they throw enough away to educate every child in Africa. When I worked at the recycling plant, I wasn't allowed to take them because it was considered illegal to distribute them. I lost all hope for the future of humanity after that, and quit my job. The place they're sent to is called Medina Recycling in Ohio.
I seriously want to find a way to make this big news and trash McGraw Hill over it."
"In Britain, anyone that watches TV has to buy a TV license. It's how the BBC remains commercial free.
Well, for decades the government has pushed the notion that technology exists (in the form of TV Detector Vans) that can tell if a non-license payer is watching live TV in some way. A 'public information film,' said they have more powerful detection vans. It would appear that this is total and utter bollocks. What actually happens is the TV License is a form of census, and houses that don't have one are sent letters.
The two vans they have to maintain the ruse may be 'more powerful' just because they have engines with more horsepower than the previous two Transit vans with theatrical antennas sticking from the roof. This has been a facet of British life for decades, the notion that there's a government department with technicians and drivers and managers that do TV detection.
Yet the jobs never get advertised at the Job Centre. Nobody in decades has ever been on a TV game show and given their occupation as TV Detector Van Driver. We have people that served in the most secret parts of the military and government and company boardrooms that have written tell-all books, but never one from TV Detection staff. That's because it's hard to have job vacancies for, and interviews from, and exposés of people that don't exist."
"I work in the trucking industry, and it's frightening how much food product is sold and resold after being rejected. I had a customer order a load of cheese because it was too warm, but took it back to another warehouse, cooled it down, and resold it to another customer.
I have seen it done with cheese, juice, meat, and seafood. I've only seen it done about five times out of 10,000 loads, but that is still too high."
"If you find yourself waiting forever to be seen in the emergency room, that's probably a very good thing. It feels like it shouldn't be a secret, but a lot of people just don't get it.
A broken arm or something hurts, but we're going to take the guy who's sweating and says his chest feels a little tight before you. Because he might be dying and you definitely aren't.
We get the serious stuff back there pretty quick."
"When a movie trailer has shots that turn out to be 'missing' from the actual movie, that's not because scenes were cut. Those shots never existed in the movie.
Some trailers don't test as well as the studio wants, so they will insert scenes specifically made for the trailer during 'additional photography.'
Also, we hate making sequels and franchises as much as you like to complain about them, if not more. But those things make money.
Most movies lose money, so vote with your pocketbook; see an original-concept movie in the theater."
"High-end leather bags are mostly made in China for about $15-$20 each and sell for between $500 and $1,500. The top of the line suitcases are made for about $150 and sell for about $3,500. I am a quality control inspector for a high-end leather company, so I've seen a thing or two."