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'My boss told me to write down everything, so I did': Employee spends three days writing technical document for micromanager boss

Micromanaging the wrong person turned this boss's day into a giant headache. Some people are born leaders. Others are pushed into leadership positions with no idea what they're doing. They need to make it look like they know what they're doing, though, so they figure the best course of action is to start bossing their workers around. What they don't realize is that many workers are already performing at the top of their game, and they're self-motivated, too. So when a manager steps in and start…
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'Yes ma'am, I will destroy your lawn': Woman flips out over tire tracks left on her lawn by volunteer workers

'Yes ma'am, I will destroy your lawn': Woman flips out over tire tracks left on her lawn by volunteer workers

This woman was very upset at the state of her lawn . She did not hold back while scolding the people who caused it… but they were a little confused about why she was so upset in the first place. The OP of this story, u/Emergency_Reason_242, has an important job as a disaster relief volunteer . These are the people who show up after a town has been demolished by a hurricane, a devastating flood, or a tornado. For residents of these towns, life transforms overnight. Instead of living their lives…
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'It was a nightmare living situation': College student averts $500 fine by sparring with roommate, malicious compliance ensues

'It was a nightmare living situation': College student averts $500 fine by sparring with roommate, malicious compliance ensues

Surviving the experience of living with an awful roommate is not the character-building experience people say it is. Some experiences are just awful ones, and sometimes, there is not much to learn from a roommate's ridiculous, uncalled-for behavior. Sometimes, the goal is just to get out in one piece and the takeaway is, “well that was a bad chapter in my life.” This college student sparred with their roommate from the very beginning. They would leave passive-aggressive notes to one another abo…
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'I turned on my camera and allowed the entire call to see': Student maliciously complies with club rules

It might help if this school club was just a tad bit more accomodating. Maybe they'll change their policies after a chat with one student. Since the beginning of the 2020s, people have adapted video calling into their everyday lives. For a while, people used it for work and school when we all had to be isolated from each other. But even after the fact, people still love video calls. Facetiming your family is a great way to have a face-to-face conversation that's a little more personal than a ph…
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'He was the type to always blame us': Store greeter caught on camera giving his coworkers orders

'He was the type to always blame us': Store greeter caught on camera giving his coworkers orders

These coworkers just couldn't get along with their store's greeter. You'd think that as a greeter, you'd have to have a sparkling personality, or at least be pretty easy-going. Greeters are placed at the front of big chain retail stores to say hello to each shopper who enters. They can point shoppers toward the right sections of the store, and many of them check receipts as customers are exiting the store. A lot of times, these positions are given to older workers. That way they can sit down an…
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'Whatever you want, boss': RV dealership owner tells employee snow removal 'isn't a priority,' customers get hit with snow

These bosses decided to let their employees work harder, not smarter. Too bad their customers paid the price for their negligence! It's a snowy day, and you're driving to work. You, as a good citizen, took the time to grab your snow brush/scraper and spent like 20 minutes clearing all the snow off the roof of your car. Then, as you're on your way to the office, the car in front of you has a foot of snow on its roof. You have to swerve to avoid them as little chunks of snow fly off behind them!…
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'Fine, I won't save you money': Company denies traveling worker's per diem after he checks out of the hotel early, cue malicious compliance

'Fine, I won't save you money': Company denies traveling worker's per diem after he checks out of hotel early, cue malicious compliance

Let this story serve as a friendly reminder to never try to save your company extra money. That will almost always backfire in some way, and in this case, a worker ended up getting denied payment proper payment. It's the kind of lesson that applies to friendships and relationships as well. If you're going out on a limb trying to impress or extend acts of kindness to someone, you better get that kind of treatment in return. Otherwise, you'll end up feeling used. This thread was posted to Reddit'…
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'Everyone's faces shifted... to laughter': Call center boss tells employees to hang up on customers

'Everyone's faces shifted... to laughter': Call center boss tells employees to hang up on customers

This call center boss is really tired of metrics. At many companies, it's clear that leadership values the numbers over their customers and employees. The numbers don't lie, after all, but just looking at the numbers in a vacuum isn't always enough. This place is a great example of that. Some higher-ups who have probably never even talked to their employees looked at their call times. They decided that the calls were taking too long. Why that would be an issue at a call center is beyond me. I m…
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'Stay in my lane? Okay, but it’ll cost you': College loses $25K after ignoring advisor's request to fix the system

'Stay in my lane? Okay, but it’ll cost you': College loses $25K after rejecting advisor's request to fix the system

It's remarkable how many times problems could have been solved in most workplace environments were it not for the egos of those in charge. Ideally, any functioning team should thrive on ideas and foresight from anyone involved. There is a difference between overstepping one's boundaries and providing helpful ideas for the whole team's benefit. The latter is called collaboration. It's having a team-building mentality. It should not be interpreted as aggressive or threatening behavior; yet, for t…
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'I led that project': Guy puts random coworker down as a reference, she exposes the lies on his resume

'I led that project': Guy puts random coworker down as a reference, she exposes the lies on his resume

It's probably not a good idea to take credit for a former coworker's work on your resume and then list that person as a reference. It was only a matter of time before the lies on this dude's resume would be uncovered and proven false. Now, I am sympathetic to someone feeling backed into a corner during an interview process and having to cough up a name as a reference out of nowhere. However, surely this guy could have considered literally anyone else. Perhaps the people who did work closely wit…
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Movers double customers' cost to move just three items: 'They told me to call the owner'

Movers double customers' cost to move just three items: 'They told me to call the owner'

These workers have to follow all of their employers' rules , whether they agree with them or not. For many people, moving is a stressful process from start to finish. As you pack up all your belongings in the space of a few weeks, you start going crazy looking for things you've already packed. At the same time, you're worried you won't be able to pack everything in time for the move! Once everything is safely secured in layers of bubble wrap, it's time for movers to take your belongings. In wha…
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'I got every house... except for his': Guy gets stuck with 17 inch 'ice wall' after rebuffing neighbor

'I got every house... except for his': Guy gets stuck with 17-inch 'ice wall' after rebuffing neighbor

You've got to respect your neighbor's wishes . Many a neighborhood would be more peaceful if everyone could do that! Seems like every neighborhood has at least one person who's the designated weather warrior. In the winter, this person is awake at 5 AM, armed with a bag of salt and a snowblower . During the fall, they'll help you rake and bag your leaves. During the warmer seasons, you'll usually find them outside spreading soil for their plants, or watering their neighbor's vegetable garden wh…
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'Won't let me work from home? Okay, I'll [stink] up the office': Guy requests to go remote due to smelly side effects of medication, boss refuses, cue malicious compliance

'Won't let me work from home? Okay, I'll [stink] up the office': Guy requests to go remote due to smelly side effects of medication, boss refuses, cue malicious compliance

Not every employee looking to work remotely is grasping at straws with their reasoning; sometimes, the reasons are valid. Even worse, if those valid reasons are ignored, sometimes everyone at the office is going to have to suffer the consequences. In this case, we have an employee with a bit of a gas issue due to some side effects of a new medication. This issue was not controllable, and therefore not the fault of the employee. But of course, out of embarrassment, the employee did not want to s…
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'Your wish is my command': Bookkeeper ends up costing their company a fortune after demanding employees take 'cost effective' routes to work

'Your wish is my command': Bookkeeper ends up costing their company a fortune after demanding employees take 'cost effective' routes to work

An excellent example of the saying 'Don't judge a book by its cover' is the business world. Even while everything appears ideal from the outside, things aren't always bright and sunny on the inside. The story that follows is from a resentful employee who has to commute every single day between the main office and his secondary office. Everything was going great, and OP was doing rather well despite spending long hours on the road; however, when a new bookkeeper joined the company, everything to…
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'Her story was the stuff of legends': Absentee employee requests job reference from former boss

'Her story was the stuff of legends': Absentee employee requests job reference from former boss

This worker just couldn't stop fabricating tales. Of all the places to start lying, the workplace is one of the most risky. If you choose to spill a few little white lies to your coworkers, you probably won't get caught. Lying to your boss is a whole different game, though. Maybe your friends invite you to the beach on a gorgeous summer day, so you tell your boss that your grandma has passed on. Is it bad form? Yes. But you get to have a fun day in the sun, and your boss is none the wiser. The…
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'Revenge is a dish best served burnt': Chef gets back at customer who complains about her fancy meal

'Revenge is a dish best served burnt': Chef gets back at customer who complains about her fancy meal

The feeling of ordering a meal and then disliking it is so awkward. It happens to the best of us. Maybe you decide to try a new soup, only to realize it tastes like seawater and sadness. Or maybe you confidently order a dish you've had numerous times, only to realize this establishment makes the meal with ingredients you don't care for. Or maybe your friends force you to try sushi, and you don't like a single one of those ingredients. But you have to save face in front of your dinner guests. Do…
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