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"Not My Job" Moments of Unimpressive Professionalism

People want work done fast, cheap and well. Unfortunately, all three of those are never going to happen at the same time. There are some impressively unprofessional "not my job" moments that slip through when no one's looking. But hey, it's better to get the job done-ish than not done at all, right?

funny "not my job" failure moments | grey shorts with long sleeves sewn in instead of pockets | street light drilled through a bridge built overhead
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Times People Said "Screw This" And Noped On Out

There are moments in our lives when, despite everyone's best efforts to keep us around, the benefits clearly don't outweigh the risks, and we have that freeing moment when we realize we can just leave. It can be a bad job or sketchy situation. Sometimes it just take a "screw this, I'm out" moment for us to notice that it's probably a better idea to set out for greener pastures.

unfair jobs and moments that made people go "screw this, I'm out." | CONFETA 1 day ago S E 2 at yearly review former boss hyped up giving 0.10 raise and praised good team leader asked about management position had opened up at store sent fix, she told she couldn't stand lose permanently another store turned my two week notice and moved on.
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Embarrassed Employee Caught By Boss Singing "Candy Shop" By 50 Cent In The Bathroom

This mortified employee thought they had the restroom to themselves, so they figured it'd be a solid time to belt out some "Candy Shop" by 50 Cent. Unfortunately, as it turned out their boss was in there too, and queue up the heart beating outside the chest in a flurry of panic moment. 

An employee gets caught by their boss singing "Candy Shop" by 50 Cent in the bathroom.
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Jerk Boss Bumps Vacation, Employee Changes Passwords and Leaves

If there's ever a time to show your worth at a company, it's when you're not around to put out all the fires. This boss just had to have his vacation exactly when he wanted, even if that meant screwing over his employee. His poorly timed request for new passwords ensured things wouldn't run smoothly when the employee ended up taking a break. For another boss that did it to themselves, here's an employee who derailed their incompetent boss by working their scheduled hours.

Employee changes passwords and then goes on vacation story | Posted by u Morgoth 9 hours ago 2 3 2 35 3 Force take my vacation time dont want and tell secure my station by freshening up my passwords before go? Okay boss. oc s start with, my boss had his moments. Sometimes he dick who would push off on my raises or screw with my system, sometimes he would hook up and make my life pleasant. This not one latter.
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Karen Says She Knows CEO, Tech Support Calls Her Bluff

Karen thought she could get through on a lie, but had another thing coming when tech support got wise to her BS. For a more direct approach, here's a boss who used an eye gag to remove some problem customers. And sometimes, fellow customers join in, like this customer who weaponized the tip jar to defeat a Karen.

Story of Karen Customer who claims to know CEO, tech support calls her bluff
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Boss Uses Eye Gag to Remove Problem Customers

Gotta love a manager with a sense of humor to match their intolerance for idiotic customers. Employees have dealt with some ridiculous customer demands, having to debase themselves for the flawed and almighty " customer is always right" mentality. Here's another one where a customer weaponized a tip jar to defeat a Karen.

funny boss pops out glass eye to deal with annoying customer | Posted by u/Winiri 10 hours ago 2 O 6 20 3 20 9 E 12 My Boss Scared Off Rude Customers by Literally Taking Closer Look oc M used work at store, run by woman named Irene. She would buy vintage and high end items, repair them, and then sell them store didn't have multiple sizes things and only bulk items bought were little trinkets and soaps, sometimes jewelry.
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"Not My Job" Moments of Quality Unprofessionalism

Professional life leaves a lot of opportunity for impressive "not my job" moments of unprofessionalism. Sure, we'd all like to do our jobs well, but sometimes there's not enough time in the day. Of course there are other times when people aren't paid nearly enough to care. Whatever the reason, we have some nice "not my job" moments.

funny unprofessional not my job moments | truck dragging towing an upside down car behind it | swirly white markings on a road
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Employee Derails Incompetent Boss By Working Scheduled Hours

When you're already going above and beyond to cover someone else's loose ends, it's a breath of fresh air to be ordered to just do your job. This boss didn't know what they were getting into when they tried to tell this employee to simply work their scheduled hours. For another dumb boss story, here's a boss who orchestrated their own downfall.

incompetent boss orders employee to work scheduled hours and messes everything up | Posted by u/dorky_dad77 told had an 8 1/2 hour shift and not leave early, so started working only 8 1/2 hours. oc M work as supervisor at manufacturing plant, and hired an 8 hour shift as night time supervisor. As soon as started, they changed, and said they really considered shift be 11 pm 730, so they would need be 8 1/2 hours salaried, there wasn't much could do, and wasn't
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Horrible Boss Loses Profits From Selling Company

And that's why it pays off in the long run to document everything. This is a genuine professional revenge. You love to see it. If you enjoyed this tale of pro revenge, check out another glorious tale of revenge involving some incompetent managers who made the grave mistake of firing their all star employee.

A terrible boss ends up losing their profits after selling company | r/ProRevenge u/eliechallita 3y Join Cost horrible boss all profits selling his company met an amazing mentor while doing my masters US who hired work company where he COO after graduated an immigrant US, so my visa is conditioned upon being employed: get red, and would quickly get deported back Middle East CEO company planning on selling company much larger British firm, so he wanted maximize revenue short term so he could get
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In an e-mail obtained by Government Executive, employees at the EPA were told to shape up after reported incident of feces being placed outside an office bathroom. Administrator Howard Cantor said "Management is taking this situation very seriously and will take whatever actions are necessary to identify and prosecute these individuals." Poop shenanigan-doers, beware!

This comes after numerous other EPA misconduct incidents, including one employee pretending to be a CIA agent to get unlimited vacation time and another fessing up to spending as many as 6 hours a day watching naughty internet bits. Hats off to the Environmental Protection Agency though, it takes guts to be this blatantly incompetent and wasteful.

Here's Huffington Post's piece on the poopy situation with some more detail: