They Get Worse and Worse: Careless Employees Make Ridiculous Mistakes

By Jake Schroeder

The pictures in this article will make you wonder how on Earth these people could make such blatant slips, as they only had one job to do – and could not even do that.

Abnormal Anatomy

This could be a marketing technique to make potential shoppers see the entire ensemble on the model as two separate pieces, but we believe this was the job of a confused billboard hanger who clearly failed his 6th-grade biology quiz on the topic of the human anatomy. Marketing-wise, a lot could be learned from the way the ad is split into two separate pieces that do not connect – it does force the viewer to focus on each item separately.

Abnormal Anatomy
Abnormal Anatomy

BBQ Mixup

The one thing that is hard to imagine others confused about is the concept of which bun shape is intended for what type of BBQ meat. After all, hot dogs are longer and narrower when compared to the flat, circular patty that makes a hamburger. How could anyone get these two confused?

BBQ Mixup
BBQ Mixup

Uninspired by Asanas?

Do you lack the motivation needed to get into shape, but an apple a day won’t keep the doctor away? Tried yoga as an easy activity, only to discover your yogi wants your body to bend in ways it won’t? Then this yoga mat is perfect for you! Just kidding — clearly, the mind behind this had an epic fail when figuring out the color scheme. At least if it doesn’t motivate you, the hilarity can brighten up your day!

Uninspired by Asanas
Uninspired by Asanas

Workaholics

We are not sure how employees of this store count their weeks, but as far as the rest of the world goes, a week consists of only 7 days. Perhaps whoever was meant to paint that sign on the wall did not have a stencil for the number 7, so they thought they might as well make do with the template they do have and let buying customers deal with the confusion caused. If anything, this questionable sign could bring in all sort of business from those who are amused by it.

Workaholics
Workaholics

Hansel and Gretel Park

Some places have peculiar rules, but this park is just like any other in many respects. It’s not uncommon for people to come and enjoy nature, bringing with them beloved family members and pets. But this park is where a cannibalistic witch lives, catching children in her free time to plump them up and eat them. Sounds like she managed to hit two birds with one stone (not that you should ever throw stones at a bird — that’s animal cruelty!) Likewise, don’t forget to leash the dog!

Hansel and Gretel Park
Hansel and Gretel Park

Compare Foods

The name of this grocery store is called Compare Foods, but we highly doubt that by that the store owner wanted its employees to actually compare the different types of foods that are available for purchase. Even if this was the entire concept of the place, it is hard to imagine why anyone would ever compare between corn and watermelon – if anything, it makes more sense to defy the well-known phrase and compare apples and oranges.

Compare Foods
Compare Foods

Way to Give Way

Now here is a sight you do not come across often – a sign defying its very own instructions! Reading “give cyclists space”, it is pretty hilarious that whoever positioned the sign here had absolutely no regard as to what was written on it and the fact they were contradicting what was asked in this clearly lit sign. It is a good thing this cart has wheels on it, since it means it was much easier to move, thus making the mistake easier to fix.

Way to Give Way
Way to Give Way

Too Hard a Job to Handle

Installing doors is one of the most important jobs society has, as this ancient technology has a profound power to either connect or isolate, whether it’s your room with the rest of the house or your house with the rest of the world. But a door would be nothing without a door handle — could you imagine? You might as well not have a door at all. In this case, what’s funny is that easy thing to fixed hasn’t been yet.

Too Hard a Job to Handle
Too Hard a Job to Handle

The Sign Is Clear

Walking up the stairs to the gym, one cannot help but wonder if they would not rather be at home at that exact moment, being a couch potato and binge-watching their favorite show on Netflix. And can we blame them? We are exactly the same. That is why this door’s sign, that definitely was a mistake due to its contradicting message, also acts as a screening process passageway for those who have yet to decide whether they intend on working out or not.

The Sign Is Clear
The Sign Is Clear

Going Bananas

Whoever came up with this sign is probably the best team member to have during a game of Taboo, but they probably should not have been trusted with printing out signs for merchandise in a grocery store. Although ‘long yellow things’ is the most accurate description we can think of, ‘bananas’ would have sufficed.

Going Bananas
Going Bananas

The Land Down Under

Topsy-turvy Australia has always had other regions of the world perplexed with its way of living. Whether it is their inexplicable tastebuds that developed a love of marmite, exotic wildlife that is extremely rare, or seasons that are opposite than the ones we are accustomed to, Aussies do everything their way – or no way at all. As can be seen in the picture, Aussies’ Winter footwear is one that is very different than ours – unless this was the job of a rebellious worker from the other side of the world.

The Land Down Under
The Land Down Under

True Advertising

Speedo decided that instead of lying with false advertising, they are much better off painting a different picture, of a reliable store here to present things the way they are. Sure, the Kick Junior swimming goggles advertisement could have read that the original price was much higher than the discount one offered now, but for a reason that is beyond our comprehension, the advertisers in charge of this promotion saw things very differently, giving out a conflicting and contradicting message.

True Advertising
True Advertising

Not Colorblind Friendly

Instead of using their concept of printing out a label reading the color of the crayon for good, these crayons essentially confused colorblind people all over the world with these misprints. We are big fans of the color yellow, but it is evident that the person who printed out these labels is even more invested in the color than we are. Perhaps the person behind this was sick of racial prejudice and wanted to prove a point by assessing that love is colorblind.

Not Colorblind Friendly
Not Colorblind Friendly

As Long As The Pizza Is Hot

Being dedicated to your job is one thing, but this girl is showing so much commitment, she should get employee of the year! Since the pizza place she works at as a delivery girl has a strict ’30 minutes and it’s at your doorstep’ rule, if she was going to be as much as a minute late, the pizza would have been deducted from her salary (which was not as high as one would hope, anyway). Still, there are probably better ways of parking the car than this sideways hazard.

As Long As The Pizza Is Hot
As Long As The Pizza Is Hot

You Do the Math

If the kid who received this calculator as a gift is brought up fearing having to deal with numbers and despising anything that remotely constitutes as math, it is probably because whoever positioned the numbers in this calculator caused him to stay clear of anything digit-related for the rest of his life. The numeral trauma could probably be treated after several therapy sessions, but this could have been avoided if the person in charge paid closer attention to what they were doing.

You Do the Math
You Do the Math

Escape the Landscape

Either the landscape artist who designed this park should be banned from any other urban projects, or the mayor of the city should be canned for not making sure the person hired for the job had a basic grasp of how sewers work. We just hope the sewer was leveled down before it got to pouring even harder since a mistake like this could end up drowning all the trees and plants in the park, in addition to the unbearable mud.

Escape the Landscape
Escape the Landscape

Confidence Is Key

As far as passersby are concerned, this could be an ad that is meant to emphasize the importance of self-confidence and feeling comfortable in your own skin. The one dress “you need in your closet, now” could very much be one’s birthday suit, as it is the one you cannot change – so you need to appreciate what you’ve got! On the other hand, this could just be an error made by a lazy employee, who hung up that bold sign and decided to put up the dress the next day.

Confidence Is Key
Confidence Is Key

Geography Lesson

Remember that geography teacher that scolded the classroom for not being more familiar with the map of the world? Well, it turns out she was right after all. Never would have this fashion designer thought to check twice the T-shirts that were sent out to the stores, but that just goes to show the importance of double checking. On a more positive note, at least both continents start with the letter A, so we guess it could be relatively easily fixed with a fabric dye.

Geography Lesson
Geography Lesson

A Little Privacy Please?

It seems someone should have left clearer instructions for whoever installed the bathroom door, since it is customary that a toilet stall will have a door for more privacy. Since a man using a urinal will stand with their front towards the wall, a door is not always required, as the private areas are mostly hidden as it is. As for toilet seats, even the most open individual probably would not want to excuse themselves without a door attached to the stall.

A Little Privacy Please
A Little Privacy Please

Construction Flop

Whichever employee thought this was going to work out probably no longer has a job… Whether it is an optical illusion or real, this certainly looks like it won’t pass the health and safety checks.

Construction Flop
Construction Flop

Sweet, Twisted Dreams

It might have been a while since the last time we watched The Lion King, or any other Disney movie for that matter, but we seriously doubt Nala had her eyes positioned this way. This is obviously a sewing job gone horribly wrong, and one that could wind up some poor kid with nightmares whenever bringing up any word associated with the film, so if we were working at this store we would definitely put the stuffed animal aside so that no one picks it up.

Sweet, Twisted Dreams
Sweet, Twisted Dreams

Snazzy Ride

To be fair, a sign was most likely put up the previous night, asking those who parked in the street to move their vehicles so that this paint job could be done the next morning. The fact that this car’s owner simply missed the sign or decided to ignore it all together is completely on him. It was probably unnecessary to paint the car across since someone would have to return to the area and finish the job, but our guess is that this was an intentional act of revenge.

Snazzy Ride
Snazzy Ride

Little Plastic Horror

It does not take a biology major to tell the difference between the terrifying tarantula, nor do you need to be an insect expert to know that a cockroach is not the same thing as a spider. Whoever printed this toy wrapper even went as far as to add a picture of the real insect that should be put in the case, just so a mistake like this does not happen. That is not to say, however, that throwing a plastic cockroach on someone would not terrify them.

Little Plastic Horror
Little Plastic Horror

Bad Patch Job

From this picture, it’s clear that this column wasn’t built well in the first place, but whoever was sent in to patch it up definitely didn’t try all that hard to make it work. If even bricks have started to crumble and tumble, then a tight covering of plastic is certainly not strong enough to help. This whole thing probably weighs a ton, meaning it could seriously injure someone should it fall entirely. They should probably invest in someone more professional ASAP.

Bad Patch Job
Bad Patch Job

Resort of the Rebellious

The hotel staff at this resort has had enough of being mistreated by the upper management, so they decided to get even in the best way. Instead of setting up a strike or making waves with a loud demonstration, the workers employed on site decided to disobey the rules that were put up to keep order in the establishment. An example of this can be seen in the picture below, where pool chairs were stacked up next to a sign clearly forbidding from doing so.

Resort of the Rebellious
Resort of the Rebellious

Wine Not?

Perhaps whoever positioned this sign reading ‘water’ above the wine bottles was deeply affected by the last Sunday Mass they attended, since turning water into wine was a miracle done by Jesus, not a Walmart employee. Another possible reason for this confusion is that someone with a drinking problem wanted to suggest there is nothing wrong with having a glass or two of wine in the middle of the day – it is just like having a drink of water!

Wine Not
Wine Not

Spot the Rebel

If this was an employee of the month test, whoever stacked these cardboard boxes was sure to flunk miserably. There is a clear instruction on the boxes that forbids anyone from stacking them for whatever reason, so we find it hard to think of a reason anyone would ignore the distinct warning. This could be the job of a person who was desperate to lose their job and was unable to do the mature thing, which is step into their employer’s office and hand in their resignation.

Spot the Rebel
Spot the Rebel

Game On

Listen guys, don’t get in between a woman and her Solitaire game, okay? Honestly, forget about the crowded room full of clients who are waiting ever so patiently. They can wait a little longer! This game is clearly more important — she’s trying to beat the level, after all! Judging by the long line and facial expressions of the customers right in front, though, this employee must be quite a slow player. Maybe you should phone a friend, lady…

Game On
Game On

Co-Ed Bathroom

Something’s a little off here. We’re not saying men shouldn’t wear skirts or dresses — wear whatever your heart desires — but this symbol isn’t usually used to indicate the men’s restroom. Whoever hung the sign just might not have been paying attention or maybe the joke’s on us. This employee probably wanted to see people struggle while deciphering whether this is the men’s or women’s bathroom. Let’s just consider it a co-ed restroom and call it a day!

Co-Ed Bathroom
Co-Ed Bathroom

Too Much Information

Subway — where you can ‘Eat Fresh’ and learn a little too much information about the employee’s life. While this sign is somewhat comical, don’t think you think it would be a little strange driving past a message like this? It just doesn’t feel totally right. After all, we should all strive to make our best efforts and give one-hundred percent at work, especially if this sign is going to be seen by everyone who passes the fast-food chain. Time to step up your game, man!

Too Much Information
Too Much Information

Brick Mistake

Whoever was in charge of this job either made a silly mistake or is just a purely evil person who likes to see people suffer. While this brick mishap may not have any real consequences, this will torture any and all perfectionists to death. This design error isn’t the end of the world, but this whole thing certainly could have been avoided. Maybe next time this job should be left up to someone who’s a little more responsible rather than some colorblind practical jokester!

Brick Mistake
Brick Mistake

Bad Paint Job

Okay, this looks like any other ordinary parking lot. Wait, no…something’s a little funky. What’s going on there? If you’re confused just by looking at this photo, imagine how confusing it would be to actually park your car here. Whoever started this paint job didn’t really follow through and things went very awry, to say the least. This space is bound to experience its fair share of accidents and insurance claims in the near future unless these guys fix this mess!

Bad Paint Job
Bad Paint Job

‘Name Here’

Okay, so maybe this broadcast designer isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. While we’d like to blame this mistake on the time — since it’s pretty early in the morning — the designer had one job and they totally failed. It’s unlikely that this guy goes by ‘Name Here.’ That would be totally weird. Maybe we should give the designer the benefit of the doubt, though. They could have just been having one of those days, as we all do…

‘Name Here’
‘Name Here’

Sweet Dreams!

Looks like we have the modern-day Sleeping Beauty snoozing on the job. Let’s be real here, guys — all of us have dozed off at our desk for a few seconds at some point in our lives. But this? This girl has taken ‘nap time’ to a whole new level, although she’s missing a blanket and pillow. Still, this employee is fully passed out on her desk. Perhaps she had a really long night but let’s hope for her sake that her boss doesn’t catch her in the act.

Sweet Dreams!
Sweet Dreams!

Disaster Waiting to Happen

This welder looks like he’s hard at work. Let’s just hope for his sake that whoever snapped the photo reminded him about the tanks sitting to his left. No matter what’s inside those tanks, this whole scenario isn’t all that safe. It’s really a disaster waiting to happen if we’re being honest. After all, there’s a reason why we’re not permitted to bring aerosol cans on a plane — one loose spark could cause a massive explosion and hurt this guy within seconds.

Disaster Waiting to Happen
Disaster Waiting to Happen

You’ve Got Mail

Haven’t gotten your mail in a few days and you’re wondering where it is? Maybe it’s with this guy — the one catching up on some z’s. Yet another employee sleeping on the job. We have to admit, though, that this mailman found a pretty fitting spot to plant himself. Anyway, we’re sure that you’ll get your mail…eventually. You might just have to wait until he wakes up from his nap. At least there’s a good excuse as to why your rent check is going to be late (again).

You’ve Got Mail
You’ve Got Mail

The Student Becomes the Master

They say teachers change the world one child at a time, but the underpaid educators of the future also have a different role – one they cannot be properly taught themselves, but are only able to acquire over time, through earned experience – the role of knowing how to handle the children. Teaching the required material is one thing, but dealing with adolescent kids who have anything but learning on their minds is quite another, as can be seen in the picture below.

The Student Becomes the Master
The Student Becomes the Master

In the Name of Love

We are going to go out on a limb here and take a wild guess that whoever spray painted the road to say ‘stop’ did not pay close attention to what they were doing, otherwise the job probably would have been done correctly and the road would not have read ‘sotp.’ This is especially funny considering there is clearly a stop sign right above the stop markings on the road, meaning there was no room for confusion as to how the word should be spelled.

In the Name of Love
In the Name of Love

Finally, Something to Celebrate!

If you work at a greeting card store like Hallmark, the managers really should have given you sensitivity training. There’s really no excuse for this sort of failure, but to be fair there is at least one good use for it. Greeting cards are among the best ways to express what you want to someone for any given event, and this one is perfect to give someone inheriting the fortune of a hated family member after their passing.

Finally, Something to Celebrate!
Finally, Something to Celebrate!

Step In – If You Dare

The weekly limbo club meetings were held in an underground studio that reeked of the sewage system below. After raising their concerns towards the local municipality and demanding a suitable space would be found for the group, their prayers have been answered and the perfect spot was named the club’s official domain. To make them all feel much more welcome and at home, a bar was placed outside the club’s door, forcing any attendant to earn their way in.

Step In – If You Dare
Step In – If You Dare

‘Back to School’

Hmmm, we don’t remember knives ever being on the list of ‘required materials’ to get for school. Notebooks, pens, binders…sure! But to call these knives ‘Back to School’ items is a bit far-fetched if you ask us. Now we’re wondering whether or not this Target employee made an innocent mistake. Perhaps they were just bored and wanted to have some fun of their own, so they put these knives on the ‘Back to School’ display as a joke. In any event, no kid should be going to school with anything but awesome office supplies!

‘Back to School’
‘Back to School’