Unless you're something cool, like a weaponized airborne shark test pilot or perhaps a weaponized airborne shark, people generally don't want to hear about what you do for a living. Most jobs are boring. But what if we told you that places of business you visit every day, like movie theaters and department stores, have secret areas most people never get to see unless they're wildly (un)lucky? For instance ...
Your Average Movie Projectionist Is One Dude Hurrying Along A Huge Hallway
Being a projectionist doesn't seem like it should be a physically demanding task. What's the worst that could happen? Popcorn sweats? But it turns out that film projection is one of the few jobs that technology has actually made more difficult. Automated projecting technology now means that entire multiplexes are often operated by one poor sap running up and down a hallway.
There probably is still some popcorn sweat, though.
As smaller theaters have been muscled out of business by big chains, it's now standard procedure for a solitary lackey to zip up and down mile-long hallways to make sure everything's in order and that we're all getting the necessary dosage of cellphone, soda, and truck commercials. Indeed, unless you're watching a sad high school AV club production or in some sort of Fight Club cosplay situation, the romance of the old-timey projection room has been replaced by a cardio-intensive ordeal that's more akin to working in a narrow rectangular laundromat.
A Large Amount Of Department Stores Have Tiny Jails
When someone gets busted for shoplifting, mannequin groping, or defiling the display toilets in a department store, it can sometimes take a while for the police to show up. So what does store security do with perps in the meantime? Throw them into their own onsite mini jail, of course! These holding cells or detention units are no joke, and little different from the setup you'd find after getting hauled off to the genuine article.
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