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'You're doing thousands of pounds worth of damage': School caretaker leaves hundreds of visitors waiting after being told he's not allowed to open the gate manually

'You're doing thousands of pounds worth of damage': School caretaker leaves hundreds of visitors waiting after being told he's not allowed to open the gate manually

This caretaker had to wield that phrase that should be a warning to any boss: “Can I have that in writing, please?” As an employer, that should immediately make you do a double take. It should make you think, “Hmm, why does my employee want to document this order?” Perhaps they've already had some reservations about it, or they see something you've missed. No matter, though, because that type of boss dislikes listening to employees. They think that they're superior in their role, and that their…
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'Call me on my days off? Guess you're paying me': Energy employee gets even with boss who won't stop bugging them on their days off

'Call me on my days off? Guess you're paying me': Energy employee gets even with boss who won't stop bugging them on their days off

One worker was accustomed to working 8 days on, then having 6 days off. That sounds like a pretty sweet gig if you can get it! By the 8th day of work, you must be very ready for a break, but you could plan all sorts of fun activities during those 6 days off in a row. This person, u/WyoPeeps, was actually trying to go “off grid” during one of their 6-day breaks. But their boss was continually interrupting them. When that happens, it makes you feel like you've sold your soul to the company. How c…
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'I was tired of the unfairness of it all': Call center worker decreases their output by 80% after workplace changes pay incentives

'I was tired of the unfairness of it all': Call center worker decreases their output by 80% after workplace changes pay incentives

At this person's job, they were expected to make at least 120 calls per day. They're used to making more phone calls in a single day than I've made in my whole life. Despite all that hard work, their boss doesn't seem to appreciate how difficult it is to generate revenue off of them. At this person's job, they were expected to contact people who had debts , and try to get that person to pay them off. As you might imagine, the people who will answer a debt collector's call are usually the people…
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'I see the tow truck arrive and leave with the CFO's very, very precious Corvette': Secretary decides to follow conflicting instructions between their two bosses

'I see the tow truck arrive and leave with the CFO's very, very precious Corvette': Secretary decides to follow conflicting instructions between their two bosses

A couple of corporate bigwigs have gotten into the habit of only speaking to each other through their secretary. Their secretary isn't even supposed to have that job… they've just gotten themselves intertwined in the workplace drama between their different bosses. Up next, these HOAs have some really ridiculous rules that have tenants rolling their eyes, like one person who was informed, “ Your mailbox isn't shiny enough ."
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'He brought down the wrath of the fire inspector': Tenant gets back at landlord for insisting they get a pro to install a smoke detector

'He brought down the wrath of the fire inspector': Tenant gets back at landlord for insisting they get a pro to install a smoke detector

In case no one's reminded you recently, go ahead and test the batteries in your smoke alarms ! Don't roll your eyes: it seems minor, but it could save your life. You might not need to check your smoke detector if it goes off every single time you cook. Then you know it's working! But heaven forbid there was ever a fire in the middle of the night, that detector would be loud enough to wake you so you could get outside to safety. It's not the kind of thing you should neglect, as u/tdlm40 knows af…
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'Answer each and every email with "got it"': Boss insists that employee change the "upsetting" tone of their emails

'Answer each and every email with "got it"': Boss insists that employee change the "upsetting" tone of their emails

Email etiquette changes everywhere you go. Politeness is key, of course. But at some workplaces, emails have to be answered in a highly specific way, even if the employees think it's ridiculous. Up next, these goofy goobers are some real dummies according to their friends, like one person whose coworker wouldn't drink water, ever, because “ water makes you rust .”
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New homeowners find loophole in strict HOA policy forbidding them from renovating 'historic' home: 'No variance was required if we tore [it] down'

New homeowners find loophole in strict HOA policy forbidding them from renovating 'historic' home: 'No variance was required if we tore [it] down'

It's hard to take an HOA policy seriously when there are glaring loopholes within the so-called “strict policy.” Here, we have a pair of new homeowners
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'[She] brought in three large boxes of files, each one containing evidence': Scorned employee gives the exit interview of a lifetime

'[She] brought in three large boxes of files, each one containing evidence': Scorned employee gives the exit interview of a lifetime

Making a difference in the world isn't always easy, but it's possible. U/EpicWinterWolf has a family member who knows that all too well, after she gave an unforgettable exit interview at one of her previous jobs. Exit interviews can be tricky. You probably want to tell your boss 101 things they did wrong or could improve on. You may want to disclose everything you think is wrong with the workplace, from the biggest issues to tiny personal gripes. At the same time, you may need a reference from…
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'Completing a night's work... was arrogant? Ok, fine': Railroad boss demands employee "play nice" by agreeing to nonsensical plan, employee decides to underperform

'Completing a night's work... was arrogant? Ok, fine': Railroad boss demands employee "play nice" by agreeing to nonsensical plan, employee decides to underperform

Imagine being the person who's the first into the office and last out, yet your boss still isn't happy with your work. That's the rather irritating situation that u/Disastrous-Glove4889 found themself in at their railroad job. They were there to work on a project installing new lightbulbs into train signals, updating them from halogen bulbs to LEDs. Unfortunately, they were working with the boss from h-e-double hockey sticks who was apparently “universally hated.”
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'That would require Mr. Micro-Management to do some actual work': New manager spies on employees, employees waste two full days of work to spite him

'That would require Mr. Micro-Management to do some actual work': New manager spies on employees, employees waste two full days of work to spite him

You've got to be careful with your words when you're at the workplace , and that's the kind of wisdom that some workers never take to heart. This manager sounds like the exact opposite of a personality hire. He's the guy that's hired for his efficiency and leadership, but apparently he doesn't value morale or even seem to respect his employees . Instead of being the person who attends meetings to give out advice or suggest good ideas, this manager is in the business of shooting down every singl…
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'So I started dancing': Hotel managers install cameras to micromanage staff, night worker decides to constantly mess with them

'So I started dancing': Hotel managers install cameras to micromanage staff, night worker decides to constantly mess with them

This worker is utterly determined to mess with their bosses. As a night auditor at a hotel , they're used to the usual solitude of their work. Then one day, their bosses let them know that they were being recorded on camera. The work, u/Applejuice42, was not a fan of that, and decided to ask the internet what they should do to mess with their bosses. Bad news for anyone who dislikes being recorded: there's no escaping it anymore. Between security cameras and Ring cams, there's no point in havin…
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'None of the students would ever forget that particular tour': Dean demands college students clean science lab, students give visitors an unforgettable demonstration

The students at this college are going to have an amazing story to tell about the first time they visited campus . College can be such a fun-filled and magical time for a young adult, but picking the right college is important. If you're a serious student who wants to buckle down and focus on school, you shouldn't pick that college that's known to be a party school. And conversely, if you're planning to party a lot and spend time on campus getting to know your new friends, you'd better make sur…
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'Owner of the restaurant wanted me to "spy"': Undercover restaurant staffer boldly informs owners about what they need to change

'Owner of the restaurant wanted me to "spy"': Undercover restaurant staffer boldly informs owners about what they need to change

The owners of this restaurant couldn't handle the truth! At this establishment, management was trying to figure out how to make their store “more professional and turn some things around.” That's an admirable goal: wanting to make a restaurant a better place for both staffers and customers alike is sure to benefit a business. However, some restaurant owners don't want to take the obvious (and free!) option to figure out what should change. They could ask their hardworking employees and managers…
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'If they wanted flavorless, they were going to get flavorless': Waiter works with chef to serve impolite customer the plainest dish imaginable

'If they wanted flavorless, they were going to get flavorless': Waiter works with chef to serve impolite customer the plainest dish imaginable

This customer will rue the day she forgot her manners at a restaurant. She was paired with a waiter who doesn't care for impolite customers ! As a waiter, you come to realize that some customers are just impolite for no reason at all. Maybe they're having a bad day, or they act like that all the time. There's a certain type of customer who just automatically act disdainful towards workers, as the job of serving food makes them less of a person. I've never understood why you'd be anything but po…
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'We weren't ordered to use a ladder, sir': Colonel orders his most literal troops to wash building's windows

'We weren't ordered to use a ladder, sir': Colonel orders his most literal troops to wash building's windows

Some people just take things far too literally for their own good. Being detail-oriented and focused will get you far in life, but there are limits, as u/AQuietBorderline shared in their story of malicious compliance. Next, read about these absolutely awful employees, like one “sugar bandit” employee who kept using his own hands to get sugar for his coffee, then left sugar trails around the office !
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'The look on her face was priceless': Teenage restaurant worker leaves kitchen surprise for clueless manager

No matter where you work, there are going to be some parts of the job that absolutely nobody wants to do. If you work in a restaurant , for example, you have to do some of the same chores every single day. You'll need to sweep and mop the same floors, clean the same dishes , and wipe down the same tables over and over. It becomes a swirl of repeating tasks, one after another. That's why when there's a new person on the job, the current employees and managers might take advantage of their willin…
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