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You get punishment if you cannot do the work.

You even get punishment if you can do the work.

What is the work and what is the punishment?

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    $\begingroup$ Isn't that every-day work? If you're bad, you're fired, and if you're good, you just get more work to do... $\endgroup$ – Xenocacia Apr 15 '18 at 12:15
  • $\begingroup$ The work is one and only one for the question. And the punishment is also one and only one for the question. $\endgroup$ – IQ WANTER Apr 15 '18 at 12:20
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    $\begingroup$ Somebody's already got the Monday blues, @Xenocacia $\endgroup$ – Phylyp Apr 15 '18 at 12:38
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    $\begingroup$ Sorry don't understand line 2 - do you get punishment for being able to do the work - or for doing the work - it looks like you get punishment for just being able to do the work 'you even get punishment if you can do the work' -- DO you mean instead 'you even get punishment if you do the work'??? $\endgroup$ – tom Apr 15 '18 at 18:25
  • $\begingroup$ Work: Solving a dispute regarding a bet, notably a poker game, while being the organizer/dealer. $\endgroup$ – Luis Masuelli Apr 16 '18 at 2:22
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The work is:

Living

The punishment is:

Death

Because:

If you cannot live, you will die.
If you do live, you will (eventually) die.

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    $\begingroup$ Wow. Dark but true $\endgroup$ – North Apr 15 '18 at 16:06
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    $\begingroup$ @North - yeah, a bit dark to be considering the journey as work. That's why I'm kind of certain this isn't the actual answer. $\endgroup$ – Phylyp Apr 15 '18 at 16:13
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    $\begingroup$ Somebody's getting the birthday blues. $\endgroup$ – Xenocacia Apr 16 '18 at 8:06
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I don't think it's the answer, but worth a shot.

The work:

Political Leader

The punishment:

Blame

Reasoning:

If they do a bad job - they get blamed for everything, if they do a good job - they still get blamed for everything

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    $\begingroup$ So true so true. Though not all country have a president, so maybe write "political leader" $\endgroup$ – North Apr 15 '18 at 16:38
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Well, I find this intriguingly straight forward here, but I'm not sure whether it's what is being looked for.

So I'll have a go at this.

The work is : A killing contract by some mafia leader maybe ! Obviously, if he does accomplish his job, he gets punished by the judicial system and the law, and if he fails to do so, the one who assigned him the task invariably punishes him.

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The work is

Parenting

The punishment is:

Stress

Reasoning:

Well, parenting (from what my mom tells me) is a 24 hour, nonstop, acclimated stress, with absolutely no payment besides white hair and financial deficit. When you are a parent, you are punished with stress from kids. However, you still get stressed even without parenting (bills, studies, overdue IRS taxes, etc.)

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    $\begingroup$ +1. Tough weekend with the kids at home? :-) Edit: LOL at your reply! $\endgroup$ – Phylyp Apr 15 '18 at 16:11
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    $\begingroup$ I am that kid at home :P Edit: I think I've given my mom more white hair than I can count $\endgroup$ – North Apr 15 '18 at 16:13

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