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Red Flags Hiring Managers Missed During The Interview Process

Hiring managers are really on the frontlines when it comes to catching any risky candidates that might otherwise fool a company into hiring them with a well practiced, entirely fake nice demeanor. The last thing anyone wants to end up dealing with is an employee who is only there because they have some kind of family connection. It's those family connections that can end up inviting the laziest and most entitled of folks into a company. 

Hiring managers describe the biggest red flags that they missed during the hiring process.
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Twitter Thread: People's Work Horror Stories

Some jobs are more unforgettably terrible than others. You can start up with a new gig that showed all appearances of being nothing short of your dream situation, only to learn that it's actually a waking nightmare, and that the boss is a completely maniacal lunatic. Or, maybe you'll end up dealing with a coworker who has impossibly obnoxious boundary issues. That's why it's key to keep a wary eye out for the red flags before you ever take on a new job. With all that being covered, let's take a look at what people had to say when it came time to share their most notable work horror stories on an emotional rollercoaster of a Twitter thread. 

Twitter users describe their most nightmarish work experiences.
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Company Takes Employee For Granted, Malicious Compliance Ensues

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time that we've encountered a tale involving a company failing to recognize one of their employees for what they're worth, and we highly doubt it'll be the last time. Fortunately though, this little emotional rollercoaster has a happy ending. Those cheap payroll departments can get to be quite spendy. 

Company takes their employee for granted, so the employee shows their worth.
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Man's Coworker Calls Herself His Work Wife, Gets Booted From Baby Shower

It sounds like this guy's coworker was on some kind of wildly inappropriate mission to stir things up in his marriage, in a way that would create conflict between him and his wife. Especially considering the fact that his coworker had the audacity to continue cracking the "work wife" jokes along with other even more inappropriate jokes. It seems like the only viable option was to kick her out of the baby shower. 

Man's coworker calls herself his work wife, and then proceeds to get booted from the baby shower.
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Red Flags Recruiters Find On Resumes That Ruin Candidates' Chances

Recruiters are in the positions that they are because they've been professionally trained to sift through the patches of candidates that are doing whatever they can to separate themselves from the rest of the pack through vivid descriptions of their professional exploits, and occasional fabrications to make their lives seem that much grander. So, if you find yourself realizing that you've been employing some of the deceptive resume tactics present in this AskReddit thread, it might be time to rethink the strategy. 

A collection of red flags that recruiters and HR find on resumes that show candidates are being dishonest.
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Delusional Manager Won't Accept Resignation

This person asked if they were right to walk out after their boss tried some weird manipulative BS by "not accepting" their two wees notice. It seems like they were well within their right, and are better off to have that garbage behind them. For another interesting quitting story, here's an employee who walked out and got a promotion out of it.

Ridiculous Manager won't accept that employee is resigning | Posted by u/Iquitscrewyou 20 hours ago AITA walking out after boss tried refuse accept my resignation? Not hole had boss who real turd. He labored under delusion he an excellent boss and couldn't put together his behavior and crappy pay why he had such hard time keeping employees. He also thought acceptable call his female employees hun, sweetie, and sugar. He condescending asswipe who consistently passed over more qualified women
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IT Guy Misunderstands Bad Mouse Reference, Fail Ensues

You've got to love the terribly vindictive nature of the company involved in this rather absurd unfolding of events. After they clearly lose a case that they never needed to start up in the first place, they just have to throw out some more unnecessary animosity before it's all said and done. As for the IT guy misunderstanding the bad mouse report, it can happen to the best of us. Sounds like he was merely caught up in all of his company's nonsense. For another tech support tale, check out the time that an owner fired the whole IT department, and the sabotage that ensued

A company's IT guy misunderstands a bad mouse reference, and then a hilarious fail ensues.
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Classist Roommate Gets Called Out After Insulting Plumber

People that assume other people aren't carrying on with meaningful and incredibly helpful professions just because they didn't go get that college education are something else, man. This particular roommate got a swift reality check after making some disrespectful remarks pointed toward the fee that the plumber charged to come through and clean up their literal sh*t. The moral judges of Reddit's AITA in this thread are in agreement that the classist roommate was the one who was out of bounds in this scenario. 

A classist roommate gets called out after making inappropriate remarks about plumber. | AITA snapping at my classist roommate? Not hole live house with 3 other people (all students Last week one our toilets got really clogged up point could not fix by ourselves and had call plumber plumber came and working on an hour which he charged us 50€.
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Server Reports Coworker For Contaminating Customer's Food

Man oh man, proceed with caution, because this little AITA thread has an innate ability to stir up some fiery emotions. It sounds like it was a rather inconsiderate, senseless day at the workplace for the folks involved in this story. Hopefully everyone learned their lesson, and that restaurant cleans up its act ASAP. 

Server reports their coworker for contaminating a customer's food.
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Big Shot Manager Tries To Straighten Out Office, Backfires Terribly, Gets Canned

This isn't the first time that we've read a story about an egotistical manager coming into a scene, trying to make improvements around the company, and then ending up having the whole thing backfire terribly. The moral of the story here is to never mess with Sandra. Also, apparently sometimes group projects actually end up working out. 

Big shot manager tries to straighten out office, everyone ends up hating him, and he gets canned.
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Obnoxiously Entitled Employee Makes Mistake, Refuses To Own Up To It

Few things are quite as frustrating as dealing with an individual who clearly failed at something, and then stubbornly refuses to own up to it. It's like, we see you. You messed up. Now we can all move on from the mistake together if you but take the precious, magical moment to acknowledge that you messed up. That's all it takes. 

A terribly entitled employee makes a mistake and then won't own up to it.
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Negligent Employee Gives Pokémon League Duties to Random Kid, Kid Gets Back Pay

The world of retail work is full of mistaken customers, like this Karen who thought an employee was a line cutter, but it's pretty clear that at many institutions, the people running them also have very little clue of what exactly is going on. In this case, one employee who couldn't care less foisted the Pokémon duties onto some random kids, and when management found out they just thought "oh crap we better pay 'em."

employee lets kids run Pokémon league, kids get paid eventually
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Client Demands Unblocked Spam Filter, Regrets His Decision

There's nothing quite like that sweet "I told you so feeling" you get when a customer gets exactly what they wanted and learns that they screwed up. It feels good to drink in the visceral feeling of an outsmarted horrible customer. Customers are often wrong, but too few of us don't give a rip, so this kind of interaction is as rare as it is sweet.

Client demands to have all spam sent to his email | r/MaliciousCompliance Posted by TheNerdyMupton want every email addressed arrive at inbox got pal. Just happened, my bosses and are still laughing are small company manage quite few clients
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Manager Gets Nailed By His Own Unfair Policy

When confronted with the issue of people locking themselves out of their apartments on the weekends, this manager wanted to avoid paying overtime by passing the burden onto their own tenants. The policy was unpopular. As it so often happens with incompetent managers, their plan backfired.

Reddit story of boss who gets locked out based on their own policy | r/MaliciousCompliance Posted by darlin_squishy Maliciously complied and locked my boss out his own home EDIT: Thank so much gold award used work as property manager semi large company small city. Among usual duties PM
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Karen The Coworker Lies About Back Injury, Gets Outed

Karen should've just told the truth from the start, and also not put so much effort into making her coworker's life on the job, miserable. But no, Karen insisted on maintaining a personal vendetta against her coworker, and also lying about a back injury. Well karma came around to collect in the form of perfect timing. The very coworker she dragged down ended up spotting her at the pool hall that an injured person most certainly wouldn't be frequenting. 

Karen coworker claims she's injured, gets spotted at pool hall, coworker outs her | r/ProRevenge u/AerwynFlynn 334d Join Make my life hell at multiple jobs get fired! On mobile! Backstory early 2000's worked Overpriced CD Store really liked my job aside one coworker, Karen just didn't get along made best but she borderline bully course she gets promoted keyholder and proceeds turn into full- blown power trip bully. She made my life hell, and job previously loved couldn't stand anymore made forma
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Boss Denies Employee's Necessary PC Upgrade, Malicious Compliance Ensues

It's funny how that works out. Sometimes the people who truly aren't the tech savvy ones assume that they know everything about how the technology is supposed to work. In this case though, it's nice to see that the boss didn't end up being a total monster, and if anything, by the ending it was nothing but nice wholesome vibes. 

Boss rejects employee's PC upgrade request, so the employee maliciously complies | r/MaliciousCompliance Join u/Rhelyk 11h Won't get much needed PC upgrade properly do my job? OK make watch work XL run parts room at an independently owned auto body collision repair shop call owners Mr and Mrs Bossman do mostly insurance repairs and always have between 20 and 50 vehicles on-property various states repair, depending on busy are. Once estimate specific vehicle is approved my job is primarily order
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