The Least Trusted Profession?

Least Trusted Profession

  • Mechanic

    Votes: 22 16.1%
  • Car Salesman

    Votes: 41 29.9%
  • Lawyer

    Votes: 25 18.2%
  • Doctor

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • Politician

    Votes: 80 58.4%
  • Police Officer

    Votes: 11 8.0%
  • Home Contractor

    Votes: 6 4.4%
  • Other: Please Specify

    Votes: 13 9.5%

  • Total voters
    137

Xfujinon

macrumors 6502
Jul 27, 2007
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Iowa City, Iowa
politicians?

I am not sure how this would work. Insofar as trust, the ones requiring the greatest investment of trust on the part of their clientele are doctors, lawyers, and clergy. So violation of that trust would be more severe. Car mechanics, for instance, don't have the same burden to keep their client's information secret or sacrosanct, so trust isn't as big a factor in the job they do.

Interesting survey, but not sure what to make of it.
 

Frisco

macrumors 68020
Original poster
Sep 24, 2002
2,475
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Utopia
Unfortunately I listed "Politicians" twice and can't change it. Believe it or not this was not a Freudian slip. The other profession I intended to list was "Home Contractor." Can a Moderator please make this change--pretty please :apple:
 

renewed

macrumors 68040
Mar 24, 2009
3,064
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Bemalte Blumen duften nicht.
Insofar as trust, the ones requiring the greatest investment of trust on the part of their clientele are doctors, lawyers, and clergy. So violation of that trust would be more severe. Car mechanics, for instance, don't have the same burden to keep their client's information secret or sacrosanct, so trust isn't as big a factor in the job they do.
Doctors: A lot of people believe that they are out to make a buck. That they want to push patients through to make money and hardly listen to needs. This is unfortunately partially true since many have a set limit of time to spend with each patient per day ratio.

Lawyers: As stated in the link I provided above one reason is:

They are a group of people, trained in winning cases over proving the truth. You need to have extremely flexible morals to take on certain specialties as a lawyer.
Car Mechanics: There are obviously some places that will try to take you for one over. They will lie about parts that you need (when you really don't) and will charge overpriced labor rates etc... I will testify that since I have someone in the auto-service industry in my family that there are plenty (people under him as well as himself) that are honest and hard-workers, working to provide the best service for the customer.

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It seems your idea of trust is someone keeping a secret.

the same burden to keep their client's information secret or sacrosanct
In reality there are many other factors included in trust (cost of service, job well-done, guarantee on work or service, ability to take the time to understand and fix the problem...).
 

Surely

Guest
Oct 27, 2007
15,043
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Los Angeles, CA
Politicians, car salesmen, and anyone in the insurance industry are right up at the top for me.

Also, let's not forget those sketchy gym membership salespeople.....
 

Nermal

Moderator
Staff member
Dec 7, 2002
18,678
1,183
New Zealand
Unfortunately I listed "Politicians" twice and can't change it. Believe it or not this was not a Freudian slip. The other profession I intended to list was "Home Contractor." Can a Moderator please make this change--pretty please :apple:
I've added Home Contractor and merged the other two :)
 

Knowlege Bomb

macrumors 604
Feb 14, 2008
6,522
2,252
Madison, WI
Had to say car salesman.

I've been lied to on so many occasions that I find them hard to believe anymore.

One example: I had a burning smell at random times while driving at low speeds. I took it to one shop that couldn't find anything and then to a second that told me my rotors were warped and my brakes were so low that they wouldn't last the month. I change my own brakes so I took the car home, removed two of my tires, the brake pads and the rotors and all was well. They lasted me almost a full year (the pads, rotors are still good).

Another instance was when I took my car in for new tires. I paid for the tires, mounting and balancing, and the alignment. The mechanic came out toward the end and told me he couldn't fix my alignment because a bolt was locked up and he broke his socket wrench trying to force it. They wanted to charge me another $800 or so dollars to replace the part (don't remember what it was) because they were going to have to drill through it to finish. I told them to leave it and the next time I went in for an oil change I asked for another alignment (bought the guarantee package just for this reason) and they had no issue whatsoever. Is it possible driving loosened that bolt up? I don't think so.
 

OzExige

macrumors 6502
Mar 9, 2008
438
1
Omnipresence
Had to say car salesman.

I've been lied to on so many occasions that I find them hard to believe anymore.

One example: I had a burning smell at random times while driving at low speeds. I took it to one shop that couldn't find anything and then to a second that told me my rotors were warped and my brakes were so low that they wouldn't last the month. I change my own brakes so I took the car home, removed two of my tires, the brake pads and the rotors and all was well. They lasted me almost a full year (the pads, rotors are still good).

Another instance was when I took my car in for new tires. I paid for the tires, mounting and balancing, and the alignment. The mechanic came out toward the end and told me he couldn't fix my alignment because a bolt was locked up and he broke his socket wrench trying to force it. They wanted to charge me another $800 or so dollars to replace the part (don't remember what it was) because they were going to have to drill through it to finish. I told them to leave it and the next time I went in for an oil change I asked for another alignment (bought the guarantee package just for this reason) and they had no issue whatsoever. Is it possible driving loosened that bolt up? I don't think so.
As a car (and Apple - not the eating kind) collector,
I got as far as Car Salesman and clicked. :eek:

ggggggrrrrrrraaaaahhhhhhh - stamps his foot repeatedly (expletive deleted)
 

63dot

macrumors 603
Jun 12, 2006
5,271
339
norcal
politicians:

Nixon

former Senator Cranston

soon to be former Senator Bunning (so he can sign baseballs legally) ;)
 

nick9191

macrumors 68040
Feb 17, 2008
3,270
1
Britain
Politicians, car salesmen, and anyone in the insurance industry are right up at the top for me.

Also, let's not forget those sketchy gym membership salespeople.....
Hey, don't you want a washboard stomach and rock hard pecks?
No, I want a flabby gut and saggy man breasts.