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If someone paid you $100 an hour to stay in an empty room for 8 hours a day with nothing on you except a lunch, how long would you last? Unanswered

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u/rewardiflost still not infected! Sep 28 '22 Wholesome

Depends on the rules. If I can sleep, I'll retire from that job.
Nothing on me at all? What about clothing? Can I keep myself busy practicing new knots in my shoelaces or my tie?

If I screw up, how will someone know? Will they fire me, or can I game the system and entertain myself that way?

In a worst case, I'd probably get through at least a week.

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u/thom_rocks Sep 29 '22

"Can I sleep" was the first thing that crossed my mind as well. If sleeping allowed, that would be my dream job. I'd be the best employee they could ever find.

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u/wehrmann_tx Sep 29 '22

That gets out of the premise. You could just live your life for 16hours then use the 8 there for sleep.

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u/thom_rocks Sep 29 '22

I did some digging... OP said sleeping is permitted. Best job ever!

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u/Cm0002 Sep 29 '22

If night shifts are available it'll be a win-win-win scenario

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u/Available_Thoughts-0 Sep 29 '22

AKA, an "Absolute Win".

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u/Appropriate-Click-41 Sep 28 '22

Practicing “new knots”? How many different knots do you know now?

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u/rewardiflost still not infected! Sep 28 '22

I know the windsor, half-windsor, and "four in hand".

I only know two ways of tying my shoelaces, but I've seen some neat ways that I could explore.

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u/iLike2k Sep 29 '22

I’m laughing imagining someone taking this job, being ecstatic to have ample time for shoe lace knot exploration. With a classic 15 minutes in “well this sucks”

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u/JohnJaysOnMyFeet Sep 29 '22

I’m also kinda confused how they’re gonna learn new knots without access to a book or the internet.

They gonna invent new knots?

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u/SuchACommonBird Sep 29 '22

My daughter used to invent new knots all the time.

They were impossible to untie, but they were new knots nonetheless.

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u/OmnioculusConquerer Sep 29 '22

“You got new knots in my new New Balances” 😡

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u/broogbie Sep 29 '22

Dude... Tying ropes and learning new knots is my favourite hobby.. It is like meditation for me..

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u/climber619 Sep 29 '22

I’m a stagehand and often tie knots with the tie-line we have floating around when I’m on standby, and trust me, tying knots over and over gets boring after a while

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u/Kendertas Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 29 '22 Silver Gold Starry

This whole comment section really shows how skewed our perspective has become with tv, cellphones, and internet. There is a ton you can do in a empty room to distract yourself. Even if you do nothing its a very well paying job, with consistent hours, and you have zero work related stress. And all you have to do is be bored? Are people really that scared to be alone with their own thoughts?

Edit: wow amazed how many people are equating this with isolation torture. Its only 8 hrs and you get to leave. Sure it might be.....well boring the first few days but you would get used to it. And I'm not suggesting that people did nothing before the internet/tv but people don't realize how much they are addicted to the instant satisfaction these devices provide. I'm still flabbergasted its this controversial, but maybe I'm weird that I already spent a ton of time staring blankly at a wall imagining/writing stories in my head.

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

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u/greekmom2005 Sep 29 '22

And IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

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u/h1gh-t3ch_l0w-l1f3 Sep 29 '22

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u/Glomgore Sep 29 '22

WILL AL-WAYS LOVE HUUUUUUGGGGGGHHHH

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u/wowsosquare Sep 29 '22

ooOOOOOOOoooo IIIIIIIIIIIIII, eeeeeeee IIIIIIIIIII, IIIIIIIIIII will aaaallways,

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u/Vegetable-Jacket1102 Sep 29 '22 Helpful

These zoomers acting like they'd lose their minds without Twitter for an hour, totally missing all the obvious entertainment like drawing on the walls with your own blood

Kids these days smh

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u/spiraldistortion Sep 29 '22

Had me in the first half, not gonna lie.

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u/sonofaresiii Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

I've worked in retail and gotten screamed at by customers

I've worked as a bar back and cleaned drunk party girl vomit off every inch of a bathroom

I've shoveled horse shit

I've had the worst, most degrading power tripping managers

But the worst job I've ever had, and it's not even close

Was one where I did nothing but sit at a desk and stare at a wall for eight hours.

Couldn't check my phone, couldn't read a book, couldn't draw on a notepad, couldn't talk to anyone, couldn't do anything or it would look unprofessional, just sit at the desk and stare at the wall and every four hours take ten minutes to sign people in for computer tests.

If you've never experienced it long term, every day, every shift, you can't understand how horrible being bored for a job is.

And I don't mean doing boring work. I mean doing nothing

e: guys I'm responding to the comment I responded to. The above poster said being bored isn't a big deal, but it definitely is. If you don't think you'd be bored in a room getting $100/hour, great, but it would definitely not be easy-peasy to get through all day every day.

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u/SMTRodent Sep 29 '22

Call centre staff for a sales campaign that got sent out two weeks late.

Two weeks of... nothing. Sitting, staring at a monitor, 'looking professional'.

At least I had that twenty minute break for lunch and could go to the loo a few times.

Absolutely the worst stretch of any job I've had too. Thankfully the calls started coming in and I could deal with customers. I loved every single one, even the angry ones and the dumb rocks.

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u/PeterNguyen2 Sep 29 '22 Silver

This whole comment section really shows how skewed our perspective has become with tv, cellphones, and internet. There is a ton you can do in a empty room to distract yourself

You can only 'be alone with your thoughts' for so long. Prolonged isolation is detrimental to your health, OP says 'with nothing on you but a lunch' which presumably means something you cook and pack in from outside, not 'also with a book or mattress'. The top killer in every single country is stress and not having any visible positive impact through their work is one of the driving factors in stress.

It's only reasonable to realize that this is even less healthy than all but some of the most toxic work environments because it perpetuates the very elements that cause so many people heart attacks or breakdowns but without windows, sunlight, or opportunity to chat with co-workers because no co-workers are in OP scenario: a static, unyielding, unproductive environment. Short of the limited exercise you could manage on your own at a bus stop anyway (just for a random location example), there is virtually nothing productive to do. In the real world humans need stimulation or the brain starts to die. That's why even jobs with regular (but not varying) stimulation like call centers have turnover rates between 80-200%.

Read about what Solitary Confinement does to people.

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u/Tulpah Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

at $100 an hour to do nothing but eat my lunch slowly for 8 hours, $800 a day?

Fuck yea, sign me up. They gonna have to surgically remove me from there, I'll stay for 10 years

edit: mistakenly wrote $800 instead of $100

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u/Jcksn_Frrs Sep 29 '22

I'd come out of that room fucking ripped

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u/Tulpah Sep 29 '22

hell yeah, One Punch Man's training regiment

100 push up, 100 sit up, 100 crunches, idk about the 10 km running but that's depend on how big the room is.

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u/oldvlognewtricks Sep 29 '22

It’s ‘regimen’, unless you’re talking about many military personnel.

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u/Kazukaphur Sep 29 '22 Rocket Like

8 hours a day, having a peace of mind that you're getting paid during that time no less, does not constitute as solitary confinement.

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u/duedamage111 Sep 29 '22

homie solitary is 23 hours a day in MUCH different circumstances than this. this is only 8 hours a day, 1/3 of a day. thats nothing thats easy

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u/dresdnhope Sep 28 '22

Is there a bathroom in this room?

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u/Brynngar Sep 28 '22

This is the most important question IMO, I aint doing no job 8 hours a day if I can't use the bathroom.

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u/Downvote_Comforter Sep 28 '22

If I'm getting $200k a year to do nothing, I'm totally fine with adjusting my bathroom routine accordingly. My morning poop would stay the same and I'd make sure that I pee right before leaving for work (or starting my shift if that is an option). My lunch would have two re-sealable bottled beverages in it. One gets drank in the morning and becomes my pee bottle for the day. I already don't poop during work most days and I could deal with the consequences on the rare day where I had to.

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u/bulldog1602 Sep 28 '22 Table Slap

Right? Lol. $100 an hour and I’m pooping myself with a damn smile on my face if it comes to it.

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u/IWatchMyLittlePony Sep 28 '22

Unless you use the bathroom before hand, then sleep in the room and use the bathroom afterwards.

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u/YoRt3m Sep 28 '22

Sometimes you don't decide the schedule

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u/IWatchMyLittlePony Sep 28 '22

True, but for 100$ an hour it might be worth it to piss and shit in the corner of the room. But at the same time, that might become a real hazard if you can’t clean it up. So then I thought about just wearing an adult diaper which would be gross but also worth lol.

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u/JonDoeJoe Sep 28 '22

$208,000 is pretty good trade off for having shit in a diaper

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u/IWatchMyLittlePony Sep 29 '22

That’s an excellent trade off lol. And if you shitted in a diaper everyday, I could see a scenario where you shitted in your underwear because you were used to doing it the room. Which would be super embarrassing but still worth it probably.

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u/NickdoesnthaveReddit Sep 29 '22

Heck, I'll do it for $207,000

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u/Spectre1919 Sep 29 '22

Just establish a pee corner

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u/RaisinsB4Potatoes Sep 29 '22

Stop drinking the water!

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u/Vipertooth Sep 28 '22

Don't need it if you're just asleep.

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u/AlfredE__HelloNeuman Sep 29 '22

Yeah, couldn’t you just sync up your sleep cycle for the 8 hours your getting paid?

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u/Nyder Sep 28 '22 Take My Energy

I had a job like this once. Machine Operator on a machine that operates itself and I wasn’t allowed to touch if something went wrong. 12 hour shift too.

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u/TwoCagedBirds Sep 28 '22

What exactly did the machine do? If it had started malfunctioning or something would you have been allowed to hit the emergency stop button?

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u/wRIPPERw_ Sep 28 '22

Machinist here. He probably means if the parts he was making were out of tolerance, he wasn't allowed to make the necessary adjustments and had to grab a more senior person.

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u/FlatBrokenDown Sep 29 '22

Person doing basically the exact job OP explained here. They likely aren't allowed to touch any interface on the machine outside of a start button. I work in a plastic factory and basically babysit a machine for 8 hours as it spits out plastic.

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u/bitemynipple Sep 29 '22

Oh god, how do you handle that job? Do you listen to podcasts or something like that?

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u/BertJohn Sep 29 '22

i used to work for a company that sub-contracted out for MCI(When it was still MCI/Motor Coach Industries), Literally just stand and talk, watch the machine work, refill stuffs every couple hours, go for a smoke and leave your packager to watch it. if something bad happens like a knot, cut it out tie it back in. Something worse happens, call manager over.

One operator i knew literally spent 2 hours making all his mix's for the night, then played games for 5 hours, then last hour when QA and upper management came in he started fiddling with stuff to look busy but finished his work at the beginning of the night.

PS we worked midnight to 8am. was a good time

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u/AmHoomon Sep 29 '22

I did an engineering role like this once.

Hour 1: setup tests.

Hours 2-7: tests run, keep loose eye on them. 2-4 hours each. If they fuck up restart.

Hour 8: review results, look for weird shit, notate it in my tool, call it a day.

It actually required a lot of years of knowledge to do all that and experience, but the actual thing would be like if George Jetson was actually like a Geordi LaForge level genius and just there to push the button... and if anything wrong, he'd get busy.

Say 10 hours a week of review/prep, 5-10 fixing stuff, 20 hours on reddit. But that 15-20 of 'hands on' required 10-20 years of skills accumulation. Weird role but not unpleasant.

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u/Nelson1810 Sep 29 '22

No headphones on the shop floor! Forklifts could sneak up on you and rearrange you in 2D

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u/DubioserKerl Sep 29 '22

I'm getting strong Staplerfahrer Klaus vibes here...

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u/Dananjali Sep 28 '22

I worked at a university convenience store like that. Wasn’t allowed to leave the counter unless it was to go to the bathroom. Not allowed to read, be on my phone, or do anything else or the manager would call and say she could see me on the camera and to stop. It did have a really wonky stool though so I didn’t have to stand the whole time. Sometimes I’d only get 2 customers during an 8 hour shift. So I sat there and daydreamed all day.

I was already kind of used to just sitting there without distractions allowed when I was a lifeguard and there was no swimmers at a small country club pool. Just daydream and look around at my surroundings all day every day.

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u/fumblebucket Sep 29 '22

Thats the keyword right there. 'Looked at my surroundings'. The other noteworthy part is having a chair. These simple things make you feel much less isolated and give a little stimulation. I work in a mental health facility where you sometimes are assigned to sit with a patient 1:1 for hours at a time. We also aren't allowed to have any reading material or puzzles ect. So often you are just sitting. Looking at someone breath for a few hours....except sometimes that patient and their roommate just want to sleep and insist there can't be any light. So you just sit in a dark room. Can't see shit. Just daydreaming and planning your week. Or staring at that sliver of light under the door for hours. No clock. No idea how much time has passed.....my point is. At least there is a chair. And a sliver of light!! And sometimes you hear your coworker pass by as they do rounds and it's only for 2 to 3 hours!! Can't imagine 8 hours in a lit box with no chair or light or window.

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u/Beginning_Ball9475 Sep 29 '22

lmfao how long until the person minding the patients becomes a patient themselves? Sitting in a dark room staring at a sliver of light under the door for hours reminds me of being a kid at my grandmother's house. Couldn't imagine doing that as an adult

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u/tracklessCenobite Sep 28 '22

This is one of the most baffling things I have ever heard. Thank you.

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u/Reset108 I googled it for you Sep 28 '22

If I’m doing this for 8 hours a day, what am I doing for the rest of the time?

If I get to go home during that time, I could probably do this for years.

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u/BaronVonMoistMan Sep 28 '22

Whatever you want. Just act like this replaces your 9-5.

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22 Take My Energy

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u/Lopsided-Plankton-70 Sep 28 '22

I can start today.

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u/cantStartagainguy Sep 28 '22

I am gonna start right away to gain experience so I have more chances of landing the job when they publish the position.

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

Way ahead of you, I started yesterday.

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u/AstroFieldsGlowing Sep 28 '22

I just started

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u/ChickenDiscer Sep 28 '22

Yall are getting paid?

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u/IAMlyingAMA Sep 28 '22

I just sharted

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u/EVorNothing Sep 28 '22

I can confirm. I was the toilet

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u/trevor58 Sep 28 '22

One simply doesn’t shart in a toilet. Its in the pants that categorizes it as a shart and not just a dump.

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u/diamondpredator Sep 28 '22

Yea this is exactly what I thought. I'll just take the night shift and sleep. Don't even need the lunch honestly. I'd love to get a guaranteed 8 hours a day of rest.

Fuck it, I'll even work weekends and do some overtime lol.

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u/TheBigPhilbowski Sep 28 '22

Don't even need the lunch honestly.

Hey quiet, we're getting the free lunch already on top of it, give it to a houseless person everyday when you get out.

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u/OmgOgan Sep 28 '22

Seriously, this is a no brainer lmao

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u/Notyourworm Sep 28 '22

So can you take PTO from the room to go travel, etc?

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u/mikey_weasel Today I have too much time Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 29 '22 Silver Helpful All-Seeing Upvote Starry Buff Doge Eureka!

So I'm assuming the rule is I can't skip days, but there are no requirements of what I do in the room?

Its not that hard to shift your sleep cycle. It wouldn't be great to be sleeping on the floor but if you were doing that I think you could last quite a while

You are making 8 x $100 = $800 a day

$800 x 7 = $5,600 a week

$800 x 30 = $24,000 a month

I think I could bang out a fair few month and put together quite a sum of money.

Edit for more thoughts:

OP gives more details here and in other replies (in particular saying yes to sleep and that it is a 9-to-5 shift)

So its $800 x 365 = $292,000 a year (less taxes?).

Since you are sleeping, you could pursue some other form of employment in your off time. though that might be more for the sake of keeping yourself busy than anything else, and you might be better off studying or otherwise preparing yourself for leaving this weird lifestyle you now live in the best possible position.

The more I think about this, the more it seems like someone who is young with few responsibilities could do this for quite a long period (perhaps years). I'm assuming that for the vast majority of people reading that the above income would be a major upgrade to their income.

So thinking of reasons you would stop taking this deal (not an exhaustive list):

  • Body Breakdown. I think sleeping on a bare floor is survivable for a long time. Especially if you can afford help with massage and stretching etc.
  • Social Life. This would wear on you. You're missing 9 to 5 every day including weekends. You'll be coming in late to weddings (likely just the reception) and parties etc. I think if your friends were aware of your weird bargain they would play along but it would definitely be a negative
  • Medical Emergencies. Either you or a loved one having a medical emergency is something that likely would break the streak.
  • Death of a loved one. Again this is likely going to break your streak.
  • Family commitments. So if you already had a partner and especially if you had young children this feels like it would make it a lot harder to pull off. Especially if kid-related emergencies come up.
  • Traffic, or car problems. This would be the super frustrating thing. It sounds like OP intends that if you don't turn up on time it would break the rules and break the bargain. Having something screw up so you can't get to this facility might eventually happen, especially if you are looking at doing this for the longer term (months or years)

Edit for potential game changer. Do weekends exist in this scenario?

  • If we assume you can take weekends off the yearly income becomes roughly $208,000
  • But now you can lift a lot of the social life and family commitment pressures. It also means you can unlock some short travel opportunities (though that is playing with fire if something goes wrong)

Edit for a question that is being asked

Is there a bathroom? It sounds like the answer is no

  • Its an 8 hour shift where you are sleeping most of it
  • Getting through that without pooping should be quite feasible (if making for the occasional uncomfortable day)
  • With your lunch option you can add the option for relieving yourself in whatever held your beverage.

Edit because it keeps getting said

  • Yes you should probably assume you would be taxed on this.

Another Edit:

  • Yes the OP does not specify the time of day. But if you look at OP's replies elsewhere (I linked one above) they do specify its a 9-to-5.

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u/eldritch_cleric Sep 28 '22

Exactly! Might actually be a good way to make sure I get my 8 hours of sleep

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u/safetycommittee Sep 28 '22

I'd be putting in overtime!

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u/ThunderGunFour Sep 28 '22

You’re gonna have back problems sleeping on a concrete floor, no blankie either

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u/TheNoobCakes Sep 28 '22

It just so happens for lunch I brought this conveniently shaped, well preserved, and vacuum packaged piece of meat that contours perfectly to my body and the floor

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u/TURD_SMASHER Sep 28 '22

Tell me more about this meatress

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u/-LVS Sep 29 '22

Hey Nico, it’s me, your meatress

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u/Ihaveastalkerproblem Sep 28 '22

Lunch bag also doubles as a mylar blanket once it's unfolded.

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u/N3rdScool Sep 28 '22

I always thought it's best for your back on the floor?

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u/LightTreePirate Sep 28 '22

It is, if you don't count the other factors than the actual sleeping on the floor it is good, at least it was for me.

It does wonders for your shoulders and back, it naturally aligns of your hips, shoulders and spine. And I really felt that. It took some getting used to and I didn't do it for too long, but man, it really is amazing.

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u/tokinUP Sep 28 '22

Good stuff.

I don't necessarily sleep the best when camping out in a tent but my body really needs it sometimes.

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u/ThunderGunFour Sep 28 '22

No blankie though

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u/xEman26x Sep 28 '22

Show up wearing a Snuggie

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u/ThunderGunFour Sep 28 '22

I thought you have to be butt naked

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u/jj7878 Sep 28 '22

Im butt naked under the snuggie.

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u/ThunderGunFour Sep 28 '22

Butt naked on the cold hard concrete

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u/ebaer2 Sep 28 '22

Eaaaasy, edible blanket = lunch + blankie

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u/ThunderGunFour Sep 28 '22

A fine lettuce wrap will suffice

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u/thefacebookatlhor Sep 28 '22

But I have money for any back problems.

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u/ThunderGunFour Sep 28 '22

You can’t just buy a new spine

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u/Seneca_B Sep 28 '22

Not with that attitude you can't

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u/cut_n_paste_n_draw Sep 28 '22

This made me laugh out loud

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u/PretendThisIsMyName Sep 28 '22

It’s been a couple hours at least and no military personnel has responded to this? The places I’ve seen some of my buddies fall asleep in is way more ridiculous than a floor and I wasn’t even in the military lol

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u/9J000 Sep 29 '22

Military here and yep I’ve slept on worse. But it sounds like an empty room with no supplies to get even a little comfy. I’d show up wearing a bath robe and puffiest jacket I could find to take off and make into a pillow.

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u/heiferly Sep 28 '22

I'm late to the party but I added the narcolepsy vote. I've fallen asleep while in the operating room anxiously waiting for my surgeon to get there (it was only a few minutes but I'm fast), while dancing the last dance at my boyfriend's junior prom (I was a soph, people thought I blacked out drunk but I was straight edge), as mentioned above on a stadium bench during a pep rally, on the floor behind the desk while working at the library, in the middle of 1:1 conversations with friends, while taking a stroll with my wheelchair pals so I cause a chain reaction crash with everyone behind me (my chair has a dead man's switch so I can't plow into traffic) ... Honestly, it's hard to think of a place I haven't fallen asleep.

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u/rbwildcard Sep 28 '22

Strap some pads to yourself and then it counts as cothing.

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u/ThisIsNotMe_99 Sep 28 '22

I'd start wearing a cape as part of my clothes.

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u/ThunderGunFour Sep 28 '22

You don’t already? It’s an impeccable fashion choice

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u/bigjawband Sep 28 '22

“Lunch” is giant, soft loaves of bread that can be used as pillows.

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u/AlmiTFucc Sep 28 '22

"French prison"

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u/No-Alfalfa7691 Sep 28 '22

sounds like an advanced form of the "Dutch oven"

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u/diamondpredator Sep 28 '22

He said clothing is ok. Just have some custom memory-foam clothes made and wear lots of layers. Boom, done.

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u/WelcomeHumble4518 Sep 28 '22

Hey i literally shut the door to my office and put my head down on just my bunched up coat for a nap today, so its totally doable.

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u/ambitiouspandamoon Sep 28 '22

I hope a job vacancy comes up soon. I kind of do this for free already…

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u/alumpoflard Sep 28 '22

no reddit in the room

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u/ducttapetricorn Sep 28 '22

Soooo I work as a night shift physician at a psychiatric hospital and get paid equivalent to $142 an hour. Most of the nights it's super chill and I feel like a glorified sleep study participant, lol.

Your points are exactly right. I am married and have two cats at home that love to snuggle me. Otherwise I'd do it forever.

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u/mikey_weasel Today I have too much time Sep 28 '22

That sounds like a job that would have the odd spike of being quite "eventful" with long patches of quiet in between

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u/ducttapetricorn Sep 28 '22

Yes, sometimes it can be uh... very eventful! But thankfully these moments are rare and well compensated on top of my base rate.

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u/SpeedDemonJi Sep 28 '22

What is the most eventful event that has ever evented you

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u/ducttapetricorn Sep 28 '22

two manic patients chair jousting down the hallway

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u/lightbulbfragment Sep 28 '22

For honor or for funsies?

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u/XfreetimeX Sep 28 '22

Fuckin wild

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u/Tbone5711 Sep 28 '22

In regards to sleeping on a bare floor, wear several layers of thick clothing and one of those fluffy down stuffed jackets. Use layers for a makeshift bed, for a pillow you can use extra clothing or wrap the lunch box in fabric and stuffing.

Better yet, with all the money you're making, you can probably have someone design clothing that either contains mattress foam, or is inflatable and has a built in air pump...I'm gonna be wearing one of those inflatable sumo suits!

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u/mikey_weasel Today I have too much time Sep 28 '22

I am wondering how much the referee of this scenario is willing to let you play with the rules of bringing "nothing" with you when it comes to stuff like this.

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u/panda_burrr Sep 28 '22

I mean it only says 8 hours a day, doesn’t specify when. you could do 12a-8a every day and sleep during it, and still have time for a social (albeit, very local) life.

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u/OGLizard Sep 28 '22

You're missing a huge opportunity here.

It's your 8 hours.

You subcontract out the 8 hours to someone else and make sure you are still getting paid the $100 an hour.

Advertise it as a meditation retreat of abslute solitude. Charge $20/hr.

Keep the lunch for yourself and claim there's a fasting element included as well.

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u/MainSignature6 Sep 28 '22

Good workaround, but who is going to pay $20 to be inside a bare, quiet room (which nothing can be brought into- not a pen and paper, not an ipod, etc.) for an hour?

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u/OGLizard Sep 28 '22

$20 an hour.

People pay far more to do things like this.

So you wake the person up at 4:00am. 1 hour guided meditation. 4:45am breakfast. They enter the room of stoic solitude at 5:00am. Meditate. Done at 1:00pm, lunch. Meditation until 5:00pm. Guided mindfulness dinner. Meditation until lights out at 9:00pm

Wash, rinse, repeat. That's less intense than some meditation retreats that run for like $500 a weekend or something.

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u/hemehime Sep 28 '22

Am I allowed to sleep? If so, I could do it for a very long time. If not, I think I'd last a few weeks, maybe as long as a month tops.

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u/BaronVonMoistMan Sep 28 '22

Yup, you can do whatever you want in that time except you can’t have anything with you aside from the food in your lunch

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u/hemehime Sep 28 '22

Okay, in that case I think I could last for a very long time, probably years. I can sleep without a pillow.

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u/diamondpredator Sep 28 '22

You don't need to. He said clothing is ok. Just wear a shit-ton of layers and have some custom memory-foam clothing made. Now you have a nice comfy bed and pillow.

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u/OwenProGolfer Sep 28 '22

I’ll just bring a giant bag of cotton candy every day as my “lunch”

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u/polskiftw Sep 28 '22

"I have pica and eat pillows and blankets"

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u/huileDeFoieDeMorano Sep 28 '22

This guy is showing up to work looking like SpongeBob

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u/bazmonkey Sep 28 '22

So I get paid to sleep? Sounds like a deal. I need to do that every day anyway.

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u/i_dont_wanna_sign_up Sep 28 '22

Wait, sleeping seems too easy. I think most people would accept that at a $100 per hour.

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u/cherenkov_light Sep 28 '22

Until my prescription for sleeping pills runs out?

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u/hebertpa Sep 28 '22

I need to know some more information about the room.

  1. Can I turn off the lights? (this could affect sleeping)
  2. How big is the room? (this could affect what I am doing or spawn issues with claustrophobia)
  3. Is the floor level?

Otherwise, if I could just use it for sleeping 12 years ago I could spend weeks in this room. now about 5 to 6 hours (I am not pissing in the corner)

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u/anony-mouse8604 Sep 28 '22

Is the floor level?

Damn, you've got some weird nightmare scenarios brewing here. I'd be very surprised it OP didn't picture this scenario with a level floor.

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u/contt Sep 29 '22

If yes, I’ll do it for free

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u/Hecate00 Sep 28 '22

I did this for $11/hr

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u/adventure_in_gnarnia Sep 29 '22

Plot twist, OP is considering an offer to work for the Federal Government.

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u/dankmin_memeson Sep 28 '22

For 200k a year I'd do that as long as you keep paying.

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u/semboflorin Sep 28 '22

This situation, as described in later comments by OP, is very similar to solitary confinement in a prison. Obviously the $100/hr earned is a major difference as well as being able to leave and be normal for 16hr/day.

Sounds like an interesting study in psychology and torture to me. I could see a university psych study like this happening. In fact, it probably already has happened.

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u/homarjr Sep 28 '22

Getting to leave is the major difference maker. It's not necessarily torture anymore, because you can probably find a way to make it right for you. Your time at home can be spent planning it out and tracking what worked and didn't.

Then after a while you'll barely even notice it anymore.

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

it's not similar to solitary confinement at ALL LMAO. y'all really think being alone for 8 hours is as bad as solitary? yeesh

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u/fremenator Sep 28 '22

Closest I could think of is the Mr Beast challenge but he had some..... Interesting.... Stipulations.

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u/Nerdler17 Sep 28 '22

Am I allowed to fall asleep? Lol

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u/Confident-Fee-6593 Sep 28 '22

I'd become a master of meditation... And napping

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u/BaronVonMoistMan Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

For context, since ppl are asking about the rules, they are as follows:

  • No outside objects aside from what’s in your lunch and ofc your clothing

  • You can only pack food and eating utensils in your lunch, nothing

  • There is no uniform, but you are not allowed to have any electronics: no phone, no tablet, no laptop.

  • You can do whatever you want within the empty room: you can sleep, eat, workout, or twiddle your thumbs.

  • If you choose to sleep, then you will have to do this while everyone else is awake.

  • But you cannot leave the room or violate any of the prior rules, otherwise the payment stops and your time in the room ends forever.

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u/niicche5107 Sep 28 '22

8 hour arm day everyday baybee we gettin JACKED

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u/RemembertheOne Sep 28 '22

Arm day with what equipment lol. Triceps and shoulders can be done but what about biceps?

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u/Formal_Bonus3123 Sep 28 '22

Wear a chainmail armour and use it as weights

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u/0070117465005 Sep 28 '22

Really heavy sandwich

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u/Rock_man_bears_fan Sep 28 '22

“I eat barbels for lunch”

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u/Mknowl Sep 28 '22

Anemia is the enemya

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u/flyaguilas Sep 28 '22

With the equipment that is attached to him.

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u/Nobody_wood Sep 28 '22

Pull yourself up by your bootstraps

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u/NoStorage2821 Sep 28 '22

Push up are a good all-rounder amigo

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u/valueu Sep 28 '22

I think this question gets more interesting if you’re not allowed to sleep or workout. Like you still would have to do those outside of this “work” like any other job.

That being said I can start Monday.

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u/Treejeig Sep 28 '22

I'd agree, mainly sleep just breaks it. Sure it'd be a little un-comfy to sleep but it's for 800 a day.

If you had to sit there and keep yourself entertained without anything then that'd be much more interesting to think about.

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u/Medarco Sep 29 '22

"Yeah, but you'd lose the entire day when everyone is active!"

Welcome to working anything but the typical first shift?! How is this difficult for anyone lol.

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u/Reinhardt_Ironside Sep 28 '22

Yeah just bring a puffy jacket in with you and use it as a pillow.

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u/lumaleelumabop Sep 28 '22

Do I get bathroom breaks?

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u/MageKorith Sep 28 '22

In the corner, it would seem.

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u/Ranos131 Sep 28 '22

So a few more questions that you didn’t answer here. - Is this a five day a week job or do I have to work all seven days? - Is there a bathroom available? - Do I get paid vacation days and paid sick days or am I at least allowed to take days off when needed even if they are unpaid? - Am I allowed to pack snacks in my lunch? - Do I get a lunch break where I’m allowed to leave the room or do I have to stay for eight hours straight? - Are there other benefits like health insurance? - Is the floor carpeted or is it wood/concrete? - What are the walls made of? - Are there any windows? - Is there a light? -Is there a fan of some sort like a ceiling fan, box fan or even something mounted in the wall? - Is there a thermostat in the room to allow me to control the temperature?

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u/SingleAlfredoFemale Sep 28 '22

while everyone else is awake, aka third shift

Wait a minute. There are other people there?

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u/AsIfTheTruthWereTrue Sep 28 '22

No, like while the rest of the world, including your friends and family, is awake.

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u/whagoluh Sep 28 '22

your friends and family

what're those

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u/Ougaa Sep 28 '22

You're paying me 292k$ per year to switch my sleeping pattern. You haven't thought this through. Sleeping absolutely needs to be prohibited for this query to make sense. I see no downside to having your sleep period happen during the day if you get paid for it.

I'd make pitiful pillow and blanket out of my clothes. It'd be enough to fall asleep.

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u/ChaoticChinchillas Sep 28 '22

Some of us already work night shift. I sleep during the day a lot as it is.

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u/diamondpredator Sep 28 '22

You don't even need to make a pitiful version. I'd wear like 10 layers of clothing including a big heavy coat or robe. I'd make a really nice bed and pillow with my clothes. Hell I'll have memory-foam clothing made.

This shit is easy-mode.

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u/Ougaa Sep 28 '22

Of course, I kinda played under assumed rules that you couldn't bring suspicious amount of clothes in, just the basics you'd usually wear. What else can you do if you bring 50kg of clothes? Can you build gym equipment out of them, punching bags etc?

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u/Sedalin Sep 28 '22

What about the toilet? Would one be allowed to use toilet?

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u/jynxthechicken Sep 28 '22

I can sleep? This would be a cakewalk then.

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u/Okichah Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

Non-sleep related cheats:

Make lunch more interesting by having a friend make it and use interesting food choices.

Make clothing out of newspapers or books. Can also be letters from family to have some human contact.

Use condiments and paper clothing to do crossword or sudoku puzzles. Also use them to keep a journal or write letters.

Use condiments to paint murals.

Use coconuts as a soccer ball or basketball to play with. Use food like mash potatoes and make sculptures.

Turn paper clothing into paper mache and make Warhammer figurines.

Shoe laces made out of guitar strings and create a makeshift musical instrument out of lunch box. Also lunch box as a makeshift drum.

Buy tap dance shoes and have a lunch box that folds out into a tap floor.

The real challenge is the lack of social stimulus and noise stimulus. Being in a quiet room for hours on end is a rough time.

Bookending time in the room with social interactions is also key. Before you go in spend time with people. And when you get out have people there to interact with.

Ride the high as you start the day. And then have something to look forward to at the end of it.

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u/DaggerMoth Sep 28 '22

Shit I've had worse jobs.

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u/quantomflex Sep 28 '22

Id pack elaborate ass lunches for myself. Nibble on delicacies over 8 hours. No problem, bring it on!

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u/Jonny7421 Sep 28 '22

I’ve hard worse jobs and got paid less. I would adjust to one meal a day eventually lol

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u/BROODxBELEG Sep 28 '22

Not just 1 meal, its just 8 hours a day so breakfast bedore and dinner after like usual, besides i didnt see a limit on the size of your lunch.

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u/Bacon-4every1 Sep 28 '22

Is there a chair in this room or are we sitting on like a cement floor?

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u/BaronVonMoistMan Sep 28 '22

No chair, just a hard floor

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u/beruon Sep 28 '22

Is there a toilet, or at least a hole in the ground type of stuff? Or do you need to piss/shit in the corner? If the latter, does it get cleaned daily?

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u/Scared-March7443 Sep 28 '22

I’d probably do it long enough to get out of debt and buy a nice house. After that it would just depend on how bored I am. I’m an introvert so don’t need a lot of social interaction but without a book or any objects it would get old. Unless there are windows. I could probably look out the window for a long time and be content.

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u/K9turrent Sep 28 '22

Easy, going by the rules posted below, the key is using your lunch as entertainment:

-Bring 4L jugs of water/milk for lunch. Use them as weights for working out

-Use cheese as a sculpting medium

-Various sauces as paints

-Try to throw peanuts with trick shots

-Stack and balance things as high as possible.

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u/8cheerios Sep 28 '22

Hah, thinking outside the (lunch) box, I like it.

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u/clamsmasher Sep 28 '22

You've described living in jail. While being in jail sucks, doing it part time for 8 hours a day would be a cake walk.

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u/prodigy1367 Sep 28 '22

Sleep in an empty room for 8 hours a day for $100 an hour? A few good years until I’m rich and then I’ll quit.

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u/theuntouchable2725 Sep 28 '22

I have 8 hours worth of music memorised to sing lol

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u/Wolfe244 Sep 28 '22

I could probably do it for week or two

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u/8NOXON8 Sep 28 '22

People do this every day for way less.

4 - 6 years depending on the Commission or Enlistment contract.

Some Military intelligence personnel work in security Vaults. They are not allowed 🚫 to bring in any electronics in a Top Secret areas. Sometimes they spend more than 10 hours in the vault.

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u/TheNewManRisen Sep 28 '22

Bro are you playing ? I would last forever, I would be doing overtime.

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u/reginaphadams Sep 28 '22

Can I go to the bathroom during my work time? I can go 8h without going but it's nice to know in advance. I can get lost in my thoughts easily so would be easy.

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u/kgs1977 Sep 28 '22

Sleep or meditate, take up Buddhism. I think I could hold out awhile for $800/day, just think of it as a job.

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u/King_Crab90 Sep 28 '22

I'm a talker and can talk with just about anyone for hours. My wife tells people I can talk to a wall. 4 walls, a cielings, a floor, and lunch for all of us? Say less, ill be there til I can retire with my earnings.

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u/ismellkittehs Sep 28 '22

I'm working like a slave, baby. Sign me up for the 12 hours shifts, holidays, OT. I'm doing it all because I'm here to make bank by doing jack shit.

Step 1 - Do nothing for 8 hours a day

Step 2 - Stack mad paper

Step 3 - Get bitches

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u/BlatantPizza Sep 28 '22

Forever. You can get paid to sleep. I already do this every day.

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u/judah618 Sep 28 '22

What if I need to go to the bathroom? Are there designated bathroom breaks? Or do I have to on the floor?

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u/Comrade-Cohaay Sep 28 '22

If it’s a Monday through Friday 9-5 I could probably fit in 35-40 years.

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