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Update: 'I have every lead and manager begging me to... continue to help': Employee agrees to only do work that's in their job description

Update: 'I have every lead and manager begging me to... continue to help': Employee agrees to only do work that's in their job description

This person found themself living every worker's dream: being instructed to work less. Speaking of following your boss's directions to a T… this person cost their company millions by allowing frozen food to turn to “boiled mush.”
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'If you don't do this, you'll fail my class': Asthmatic student gets PE teacher fired after maliciously complying with bogus school policy

'If you don't do this, you'll fail my class': Asthmatic student gets PE teacher fired after maliciously complying with bogus school policy

Many gym teachers are likely accustomed to hearing silly excuses to get out of physical activities, but when it comes to valid medical reasons, those teachers better listen. Otherwise, they are putting the student at risk health-wise, and they are putting their jobs on the line as well. Let this post be a cathartic space for you to reflect and let out any lingering frustration with regard to how you feel about that PE teacher. For me, it's the one who made us do 10 push-ups every time we couldn…
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'The store is in violation': Store employee protects themself from new bosses who tried to make them quit

'The store is in violation': Store employee protects themself from new bosses who tried to make them quit

This person realized their job wanted them gone, and they decided not to go out without a fight. That's partially thanks to their union, which had their back through the entire debacle. One worker found themselves at an uncomfortable crossroads. They really enjoyed the work they did, and found that they were learning so much from the varied types of work. But then a new company bought them out, and the OP realized, “They didn't have a ready-made place for me to fit into.” The company tried to b…
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'If you had to leave to go to the bathroom, you couldn't get back in': 20+ pointless school rules that do not age well

'If you had to leave to go to the bathroom, you couldn't get back in': 20+ pointless school rules that do not age well

Every school has a niche, strange rule that makes absolutely no sense to the outside eye. There is something simultaneously hilarious and horrifying about reflecting on your school experience and why certain regulations were implemented. For instance, when I was in middle school, I went to an all-boys institution that somehow did not scar me for life (thankfully, I was properly socialized at an all-gender high school in subsequent years). However, my school had this extremely antiquated idea of…
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'Every single ticket was dismissed': Serial speeder discovers legal loophole, saves thousands of dollars in speeding tickets

'Every single ticket was dismissed': Serial speeder discovers legal loophole, saves thousands of dollars in speeding tickets

This dude discovered the ultimate driving loophole and has never looked back. He's like the definition of a person who's too smart for their own good. U/treize_k had a great story to share about their father's excellent malicious compliance . Dad found a way to speed without a care in the world. We've all pushed the speed limit at some point. There are places to be, and there's no one on the road, so you decide to drive a bit faster. And on highways, people routinely go 20 or 30 miles above the…
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'Hope you don't need all of these supplies': Photographer gets fired over three-strike policy

'Hope you don't need all of these supplies': Photographer gets fired over petty three-strike policy, spends final two weeks sabotaging business

This photographer was doing the work of several people, and their company punished them for it instead. It all happened when this person was working in a photography studio. Photography studios seem to be having a renaissance lately---lots of people began following the “awkward family photo” trend for their holiday pictures. They realized you can go and get pictures taken professionally with your friends or family, and the photographers will help you pose in the silliest positions you can dream…
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'Don't know, don't care. This is my last day': General manager tells employee to start searching for jobs, no one realizes employee gave one week notice

'Don't know, don't care. This is my last day': General manager tells employee to start searching for jobs, no one realizes employee gave one week notice

Working your life away for a company that doesn't value you is enough to make any employee walk away. And good for them! There are so many jobs in the world. At some of them, you might be valued for what you bring to the table. This employee was working their “most challenging job” ever as an assistant general manager. While working at an event venue, they took on a role with long hours, and often worked 50-60 hours every week. But since the OP, u/tokyoflex, enjoyed the work and liked their bos…
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'This... is going to cost the company millions': Factory employee lets frozen products turn to "boiled mush" per their boss's orders

'This... is going to cost the company millions': Factory employee lets frozen products turn to "boiled mush" per their boss's orders

This employee is just following directions. If their boss's directions happen to be flawed, well, that's not their problem. You've got to act your wage sometimes. Quality Assurance is one of those processes that separates great products from those that are okay or poor. If you've ever bought a frozen dinner and found a hair in it, and then vowed to never buy from that brand again, you know how important this step is. There are some brands that you know you'll have a positive experience with eve…
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'Client pretends to hire me to get around the rules': Group of lawyers outsmart security guard

Would you go to great lengths to get a bagel? Because this group of lawyers would. Store-bought bagels are nothing compared to freshly baked ones. If you have to pass a bagel shop on your way to work every day, that makes the temptation even stronger. Suddenly, you find you've become a bagel connoisseur as you sample all the different varieties the shop has to offer. The only breakfast better than that is a free breakfast provided by your workplace! This dude works as a chef. That means they ha…
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‘I should get a bump in pay too’: Worker asks for 20% raise, boss says to get another offer he can match, worker maliciously complies

‘I should get a bump in pay too’: Worker asks for 20% raise, boss says to get another offer he can match, worker maliciously complies

This manager has no business arguing with his employee; he asked for it. After the employee discovered that the new hire would be getting paid 20% more than their current salary for doing the same job, the employee sat their manager down for a talk. This thread was posted to Reddit’s r/MaliciousCompliance subreddit by u/inertzero . Let’s just say that the initial conversation about getting the same raise did not necessarily go as planned. OP figured things would go in their favor given the fact…
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'Everybody is joining in, and it’s hilarious': Neighborhood joins together to combat traffic light issue

'Everybody is joining in, and it’s hilarious': Neighborhood joins together to combat traffic light issue

An entire neighborhood was stuck waiting in traffic , until a hero showed up. As if commutes weren't annoying enough, this person, u/sturtze, kept getting stuck in traffic every single day. That's bound to happen when everyone is trying to get to work by 8 or 9 in the morning. The roads clog up with cars, which can create bottlenecks and long waits. But this person had a uniquely bad scenario, as they shared in their malicious compliance story below. This is a great story of neighbors working t…
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'I am counting EVERYTHING': Retail worker maliciously complies with supervisor's contradictory instructions

'I am counting EVERYTHING': Retail worker maliciously complies with supervisor's contradictory instructions

If you give unclear, contradictory instructions to your employees, you're just asking for problems. It makes you wonder how these supervisors got promoted in the first place. Clarity is pretty much the most important part of the job, and if you can't do that, you have no business expecting your team to follow you blindly. This thread was posted to Reddit's r/MaliciousCompliance subreddit by u/Correct_Campaign3707 , who worked on the Member Service team at a retail company and was tasked with ch…
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'I went to the bank and withdrew $50 in 2 dollar bills': Online seller needs to reach 100 sales, maliciously complies to earn top rated seller status

'I went to the bank and withdrew $50 in 2 dollar bills': Online seller needs to reach 100 sales, maliciously complies to earn top rated seller status

There is nothing quite like the satisfying feeling that comes with finding a loophole that actually works. Here, we have an online seller who was hoping to achieve a top rated seller status and had already earned over $6000 for his sales. However, he achieved this with just 75 sales, and according to eBay, he needed to earn at least $1,000 but with 100 sales. You would think what this online seller achieved would be more than enough to earn that status. In fact, it's much more impressive, but I…
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'The school had to call my parents and explain': High school senior gets back at teachers for his strict attendance policy

'The school had to call my parents and explain': High school senior gets back at teachers for his strict attendance policy

One high schooler was upset by their teacher's policies, so they decided to follow his rules to the letter. Every teacher is different when it comes to keeping order in their classrooms. Some teachers have a million rules and stick to them strictly. Others have more relaxed policies, and only become strict when it's absolutely necessary. This high school teacher was very strict, and he wouldn't leave any room for error with his young pupils. That can be frustrating for kids, especially since th…
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'It was time to protest the overreaching HOA': Teacher hires lawyer to save his pecan tree

'It was time to protest the overreaching HOA': Teacher hires lawyer to save his pecan tree

When you find your dream home, you may have to put up with an HOA. Home Owners Associations are a “necessary and unavoidable evil” when buying a home, as the homeowner in this story knew all too well. It's all well and good to say, “Just avoid buying a home in an HOA area, how hard could it be?” Well, pretty difficult, actually. Depending on the town you want to live in, your U/JMP817 shared their favorite malicious compliance story ever, which happened to be enacted by their high school teache…
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'Work tried to punish me. It backfired': Tax associate blamed for not coming in on day off, maliciously complies and ruins boss's reputation

'Work tried to punish me. It backfired': Tax associate blamed for not coming in on day off, maliciously complies and ruins boss's reputation

If your boss fails to find someone to cover for you on your day off, do not take the blame. No matter how much your employer tries to make it seem like this is all your fault, you are entitled to that day off, especially if you gave them as much notice as this employee did. This thread was posted to Reddit's r/MaliciousCompliance subreddit by u/TheVaneja , who worked as a tax associate and wound up practically running the show at a small office in a Walmart despite not technically being promote…
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