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‘Take it, I'm leaving’: Coworker demands the receptionist's office after she spends her free time fixing it up, she complies by leaving the company altogether

‘Take it, I'm leaving’: Coworker demands the receptionist's office after she spends her free time fixing it up, she complies by leaving the company altogether

For some reason in modern offices, an employee rarely gets to have their own office. The concept of ‘open work space’ in which everyone, even high-up employees, has to work in one big space with no separation from each other. This concept might have been cute for a little while, but now it seems like the only reason why it's still around is because it saves the company a lot of money, since they can rent much smaller offices. Which is what I thought about while reading this story of this employ…
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'The company collapsed without me': Overworked employee quits after being put on probation, company fires entire management team shortly after that

'The company collapsed without me': Overworked employee quits after being put on probation, company fires entire management team shortly after that

This might be petty, but it is extremely satisfying to hear that the toxic company you worked for and carried on your back is crumbling without you. Even though you might actually care about the work or the clients, if you left (or even asked to leave) without being appreciated, it feels good to know that at least karma had your back. Which is what happened to this employee in this Reddit story. After OP (original poster) threw their back out at the job, they were put on a performance improveme…
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‘Good luck, you're going to need it’: Overworked employee deletes company data from software he created after CEO fires him without an explanation

‘Good luck, you're going to need it’: Overworked employee deletes company data from software he created after CEO fires him without an explanation

Being an employee or being self-employed, there is a constant feud about which one is better. Some would prefer being independent because you get to control the hours in which you work, you don't have anyone to answer to, and you are free to make your own decisions. Others would say that being an employee is actually a lot easier, working the 9 to 5 and then enjoying carefree evenings, without having to carry the burden of being your own boss. Another huge disadvantage of being an employee is t…
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‘She should have seen it coming’: Employee gets back at micromanager by canceling all of her mailing subscriptions

‘She should have seen it coming’: Employee gets back at micromanager by canceling all of her mailing subscriptions

It is bad enough that most people have to deal with their own unwanted mailing list they somehow subscribed to, but to get someone else's emails? That is beyond annoying. And having to deal with that in the workplace? Even worse. In this Reddit story, an employee was venting about an incredibly self-centered manager who was simply mean to everyone in the office. She would be unhelpful and rude towards other employees, and no one really knew why. But the one thing that made OP (original poster)…
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'You can't be serious...': Employee quits after PTO for wedding and honeymoon is denied by micromanager, leaving company high and dry

'You can't be serious...': Employee quits after PTO for wedding and honeymoon is denied by micromanager, leaving company high and dry

There are brutal individuals in the corporate world. They would stop at nothing to make sure they succeed, and they are willing to pay whatever price to do so—even if it means compromising their morals, closest friends, and most reliable colleagues. Having stated that how would you respond if the latest hire sought to seize control by instilling fear? Regardless of how absurd her demands were, would you submit to them in silence or would you resist and hold your ground? The story that follows,…
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'You should have paid us on time': Boss sends IT employees to recover all their tech equipment from a company that failed to pay their dues

'You should have paid us on time': Boss sends IT employees to recover all their tech equipment from a company that failed to pay their dues

Handling payment between two companies is never easy business. Each company has its own regulations and policies regarding their money, it is often hard to manage even the most simple payment. Much like the companies in this Reddit story. The person who wrote this story (OP) is an employee in a tech company that supplies and installs tech equipment to other small companies. Their policy states that until the payment for the equipment is fully paid, the ownership of it remains in the hands of th…
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‘She laughed as she wrote me up': Manager sends employee home for dress code violation, they use the day off to look for a different job

‘She laughed as she wrote me up': Manager sends employee home for dress code violation, they use the day off to look for a different job

If a place of work requires a dress code, they should provide with the clothes, simple as that. An employee should no go out of their way to find something to wear for a shift, and they definitely should not be reprimanded for not having the right clothes on the odd occasion. The need for uniform is truly understandable, but surely a customer would care more about getting a good service from an employee, than about the color of their shoes. In this Reddit story, an employee had to deal with the…
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Manager refuses to let new hire leave early to pick up his kid, he quits the job without notice: ‘I made it clear this was a deal breaker’

Manager refuses to let new hire leave early to pick up his kid, he quits the job without notice: ‘I made it clear this was a deal breaker’

One piece of advice anyone should follow when starting a new job is – get absolutely everything in writing. When you go in to interview for a role, both you and the interviewer might bring up important details on the job and its conditions. If you want to make sure you are actually going to get everything that is talked about, you have to get it all in writing. The employee in this Reddit story should have followed this piece of advice. In this Reddit post, he describes a situation in which he…
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‘That is a complete violation of my privacy’: Boss spies on employee on sick leave to make sure he is actually sick and not on vacation

‘That is a complete violation of my privacy’: Boss spies on employee on sick leave to make sure he is actually sick and not on vacation

It might be hard to come to terms with the concept, but there should be total and complete trust between a manager and their employees. If a manager is unable to trust that their employees are there to do the best they can, then maybe managing is not the best thing for them. Not to say there aren't any employees who take advantage of a job, but if an employee feels like they are not trusted and are being observed with every step they take, they are definitely not going to stay at that job for l…
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'He lied in order to get me fired': Hotel clerk refuses housekeeping services for demanding guest, guest attempts to get him fired in response

'He lied in order to get me fired': Hotel clerk refuses housekeeping services for demanding guest, guest attempts to get him fired in response

It is completely understandable to want to complain about a poorly done service. When someone pays for a service, they should be left with a satisfied feeling, and not feeling like they have been mistreated or wronged. What is not completely understandable, is people resorting to lying when something does not go their way. If you are not happy about the way things are done, feel free to complain, but what good does it do if you lie? The only thing it does is damage your credibility. That is why…
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‘You can’t leave, you're my only employee': Boss demands overworked employee not to quit after he gets a better offer, but refuses to give him a raise

‘You can’t leave, you're my only employee': Boss demands overworked employee not to quit after he gets a better offer, but refuses to give him a raise

It is one thing to like your boss as a person and another thing to like your boss as a boss. They can be wonderful people, and you can have a lot in common with them, but still be terrible at managing people, and give you a hard time at the job. This is why it is important to separate between the two and remember that even though you might like your boss outside the work, they are still the person who is in charge. The employee in this Reddit story also learned that although his boss was genera…
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‘Her manager called the next day, profusely apologizing’: Customer gets back at retail employee for refusing to help her 30 minutes before store closing time

‘Her manager called the next day, profusely apologizing’: Customer gets back at retail employee for refusing to help her 30 minutes before store closing time

Let's get the record straight on this issue. If a store's closing time is at 7:00 pm, the employees can stop accepting customers no earlier than 6:50 pm. Even if there are annoying customers that come in 15 minutes before you close, and take their sweet time, you have to be loyal to the closing time that is known to the public. You can't just decide to close 30 minutes earlier just because you feel like it. Much like what the employee in this Reddit story did. A customer came into the store wit…
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‘You’re a grown woman, figure it out': Demanding guest blames hotel clerk for failing to book her room after she disappeared for days

‘You’re a grown woman, figure it out': Demanding guest blames hotel clerk for failing to book her room after she disappeared for days

If you want things to get done, 9 out of 10 times, you are going to have to do them yourself. Nobody else will do them for you. If you want to go on vacation, you have to be the one who books the flights, hotels, and attractions. If you are just waiting around for somebody else to do all the hard work for you then–guess what? you are probably not going to go on vacation. I don't know what this customer thought in this Reddit story, but she is the perfect example of these kinds of people who do…
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'Don't clock in, don't get paid': Company stops paying employees who fail to clock in on time, leading to a legal dispute

Different workplaces have different ways of ensuring their employees are doing their jobs properly. One of the main aspects of the job that managers usually take note of is when their employees arrive, and when they leave, so there are a few ways a manager can track his employees' working hours. They can use an app that employees would clock in and out from, they can use a physical card and clock at the office, and they can just use the good ol' trusting system in which they trust their employe…
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'In your dreams...': Queue jumper waits 3 times as long for assistance after demanding store manager grant him VIP access

'In your dreams...': Queue jumper waits 3 times as long for assistance after demanding store manager grant him VIP access

Serving customers is not always an easy task. However, you don't have to work in customer service to profit from the advantages that come with the position. For example, in the story that follows, the Original Poster (OP) talks about his experience with a demanding client who won't wait his turn to be serviced. OP works as a security guard at a well-known phone company in Dublin City Center. The Original Poster (OP) sets the scene by claiming that most staff members are reluctant to offer their…
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‘Who’s laughing now?': New hire throws boss's keys away after being ridiculed for quitting on their first day

‘Who’s laughing now?': New hire throws boss's keys away after being ridiculed for quitting on their first day

Where is the logic in hiring someone for a job and then immediately ridiculing them and making them quit? Even if the manager can magically tell by the first couple of hours on the job that the new hire isn't a good fit, that still is not an excuse to treat them like they are worthless. That is why the manager in this Reddit story completely deserved what was coming for him. A new hire arrived at his job as a salesperson at a car lot, and while on training both the new hire and the manager felt…
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