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'We are a family': 30+ Red flags in the workplace that should prompt every employee make a run for it

When you're young, spry, and fresh out of college, the first thing on your mind is probably trying to get a job. With all these student loans piling up and your parents breathing down your neck about “finding a stable job”, it's easy to overlook some obvious red flags in the workplace. Oh, sweet summer child, be careful what you wish for...
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'She was finally caught on camera': 20+ Employees who got stuck with the worst coworkers ever

'She was finally caught on camera': 20+ Employees who got stuck with the worst coworkers ever

What's the opposite of a work wife or work husband? It's a work nemesis, as these poor professionals can attest to. If you have friends you're starting to not get along with, you can stop texting them or inviting them over. But with your colleagues , even if they're really annoying or irresponsible, there's not a whole lot you can do to avoid them. Maybe you and Dave from finance don't see eye to eye on politics, but you'll still find yourself working on a spreadsheet with him while rolling you…
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'I don't have to answer your calls, but you have to answer mine': Employee gets punished for missing a non-urgent phone call from his boss, points out the hypocrisy of the boss's policy

Bosses tend to think that the rest of the workforce is contractually obliged to bow down at their feet. Whether it's the fancy suits or the overly dressy shoes, anyone in a position of power over their subjugates feels entitled to a certain level of respect in the workplace– even if they haven't earned it.
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'I nearly choked trying to eat it so quickly': Disgruntled employee devours his boss's cake as revenge for enduring years in a toxic work environment

They say you can't have your cake and eat it too– and when you're working in a corporate wasteland of business casual dress codes, a haughty sales team, and pushy supervisors, it's tough to secure your own slice. Sometimes employees will crumble under the pressure of toxic positivity, but others will go to great lengths to get their revenge against C-level management.
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'Go back upstairs to [your] ivory tower': Janitor gets badgered for his coworker's mistakes, then stands up for his department with malicious compliance

We've all dealt with that one coworker who's a total slacker. Although they proudly wear the same job title as you and rake in the same amount of money every month, it seems like you (a hard worker) are the one working double shifts. And for some reason, since you're the one pulling their slack, nobody else bats an eye. However, no matter how slacker-y our coworkers are, we've got to look out for our own department when the folks from the ivory tower come down.
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'Remember, I don't work for free': Farm driver refuses to work unpaid overtime, informs boss he will leave his truck on the side of the highway

'Remember, I don't work for free': Farm driver refuses to work unpaid overtime, informs boss he will leave his truck on the side of the highway

This company decided they weren't going to pay overtime to their employees anymore. Maybe they should've thought about their very perishable product before implementing that rule! Being a truck driver is a crucial job in America. It's how we receive all sorts of items---every time you buy food from the grocery store or buy a new sweater at a clothing store, you can be sure a truck drove it to that location first. Even though truck drivers are so critical, they don't always get the best treatmen…
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'The auditor shows up for their surprise inspection, right in the middle of the lunch rush': Food service employee labels restaurant food to pass an audit

'The auditor shows up for their surprise inspection, right in the middle of the lunch rush': Food service employee maliciously complies with labelling restaurant food to pass an audit

Who said complying with the rules can't be a little fun? One employee told their story of their coworker's malicious compliance when their bosses started demanding they label every little thing. Food service workers have a lot to juggle. This person, u/Dra5iel, shared that they and their coworker both worked at a restaurant chain. Along with prepping food, cooking it, plating it for customers, and cleaning up, back of house staffers have enough on their plates already (pun intended!). When the…
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'Employees are working 60 to 80 hours a week': Company shocks their staff after record-breaking revenue spike, rewarding their hardworking employees with a pathetic potluck instead of bonuses

... and the food wasn't even provided.
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'He's contradicted himself... his face went bright red': Retail employee begins clocking in four minutes late every day to protest boss's time-clock policy

'He's contradicted himself... his face went bright red': Retail employee begins clocking in four minutes late every day to protest boss's time-clock policy

How bold of this company to take a few minutes of every employee's day for free! U/afazihdob had a great workplace tale to share from their time working in retail. The OP laments that although they worked at numerous retail chains in their career, their bosses at one store were notoriously strict about latenesses. If I were ever a manager at a retail or food place, I wouldn't be able to take clocking in seriously at all. I just don't think it's the end of the world if an employee is two minutes…
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'I was called into my bosses office... there was a printout of my post': 25+ Oversharing employees whose social media posts got them fired

'I was called into my bosses office... there was a printout of my post': 25+ Oversharing employees whose social media posts got them fired

Your boss might be more internet-savvy than you know. While going through the hiring process, it's crucial to ensure your social media presence is squeaky clean. Maybe you remember a few tasteless tweets from ages ago, or you have a few hot takes that shouldn't have been shared to Facebook. Even if those posts are old, they aren't harmless. Anyone who knows how to do control+F, allowing you to search a webpage by phrases, can find any salacious information on your profile. Even a quick Google s…
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'She called 8 times in the run of 24 hours:' Restaurant employee no-call/no-shows for her shifts, refuses to believe the manager when he tells her she's fired

Oh no, if it isn't the consequences of your actions! What a surprise… NOT. Yeah, I brought back that joke. Because it truly should not be a surprise. When you do something, like flake on committed plans, then you're going to have to suffer the consequences of your actions. Funny enough, this employee was aghast when she was faced with the outcome of her actions. She no-called/no-showed for her restaurant shift. If you don't t know what that is, it's basically self-explanatory. It's when you don…
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'I sent her $10 back... But I also sent her the proof she asked for': Woman is accused of swindling her workplace for hospital bill donations; she gets payback by giving a coworker the 'proof' she asked for

There are plenty of workplace scams out there. Coworkers that are selling Tupperware, vitamin supplements, or overpriced chocolate bars to support their kid's baseball team should be avoided at all costs. Although most people learn the difference between a swindling colleague and a desperate one...
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'Everyone who came to my register [got] 20% off': 20 Employees who quit on their first day of work

'Everyone who came to my register [got] 20% off': 20 Employees who quit on their very first day of work

These people had a sneaking suspicion they weren't going to like their new job . So they quit ASAP---many of them quit right after their first shift. There are a lot of clues that can tell you if a company is a good place to work or not. For example, if you go through the interview process and the steps are clear and the company is communicative, that's a good sign. But imagine you show up to an interview , and there are dozens of other people there. Hmm, that's the first sign. Then, you and al…
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'I think I'll give my notice early': Employee sabotages her insufferable coworker's PTO, quitting just 2 weeks before she leaves for vacation

Working for a small company means that there are very few employees to cover the basics of operations. You lean on each other when your fellow workers take PTO and it's common courtesy to make yourself overly available, pulling your coworker's slack when they're unable to do their work. For some, this business model works fantastically, fulfilling every CEO's “family” fantasy, but more often than not, small companies can harbor hostile cubicle conditions, making colleagues turn on each other.
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'Colleague makes me wait, I get even': Woman gets revenge on coworker by not telling him that their flight was delayed, making him wait 2 hours

For context, the entitled coworker who had to wait because of a delayed flight was, in fact, the pilot. Our hero, the OP who tricked him into waiting for two hours, was part of the crew. You think the pilot would know when his flight is delayed, right? Wrong. That just shows you the VIP entitlement complex this man has. But for real, he deserved it for doing this...
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'I was stunned [it was only] a 1% raise': Outstanding employee gets a offered a pathetic raise after years of dedication, finds a new job with a 32% salary increase

When we're in preschool, kids are taught that hard work and dedication gets rewarded. If you take your nap, eat your snack, and listen to the teacher, you get to go to recess. As adults, our equivalent of 'recess' is a stiff paycheck at the end of the month, ideally with as many digits as possible. Unfortunately as we get older it becomes more painfully clear that real life isn't so simple.
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