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'I said that he wouldn’t have been in danger if he wasn’t a liar and a thief': Office food thief learns his lesson after coworker brings lunch with peanuts despite knowing he's allergic

This office has a food thief who seems to have been stealing one particular employee's lunch on a regular basis. She knows exactly who's doing it, as her lunches only started being stolen after a new hire started. Despite the new hire's relentless denial, her lunches kept going missing. One day, she brought leftovers for lunch that contained peanuts, knowing that the thief had a peanut allergy. But what was she supposed to do? Let him know before he stole it? Well, the food thief struck again,…
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'Your mic is still on': Teacher roasted for gossiping about a coworker to a student, everyone overhears

'Your mic is still on': Teacher roasted for gossiping about a coworker to a student, everyone overhears

This teacher took to the internet for sympathy after talking about a coworker behind his back with their microphone still on, but she failed to mention that the person with whom she was gossiping was a literal child. Let's take a moment to break down the various levels of unprofessionalism that are embedded in this story. First, there's talking smack about coworkers. Look, this behavior is unfortunately inevitable in many workplaces, but if you're going to do it, you should speak privately with…
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'She was laugh reacting at every single photo': Workplace Karen fired for harassing coworker on social media over a disagreement about dogs

One of the most challenging types of Karens undoubtedly has to be the workplace Karens. Enduring their wrath all day can be exhausting, and sometimes it feels like there's nothing you can do about it. Unless, of course, you're like this fortunate OP. Initially, she got along with Karen when she was first hired, but that facade quickly faded after the OP made a comment about dogs that rubbed Karen the wrong way, triggering her desire for revenge.
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‘Want me to take a message? Sure!’: Coworker refuses to take her own calls, employee maliciously complies and escalates to management

‘Want me to take a message? Sure!’: Coworker refuses to take her own calls, employee maliciously complies and escalates to management

No one enjoys taking calls at work, but that doesn't mean you should offload those responsibilities on your coworkers. That's an easy recipe for making enemies on the job. At this office, everyone has to take the occasional call from disgruntled customers, and in this instance, we don't have a situation where the customer was the problem for once. Instead, we have a coworker who always happens to be
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'The yolks on him': Prankster takes down coworker's Do Not Disturb sign during work trip, coworker gets even by ordering a pricey breakfast on his bill

'The yolks on him': Prankster takes down coworker's Do Not Disturb sign during work trip, coworker gets even by charging a pricey breakfast on his room

Traveling with a work colleague sounds fun in theory, but most people would prefer traveling alone to having to deal with the office prankster. It sounds like this guy was universally unliked by everyone at work, yet somehow, he didn't really catch on because he still kept on being annoying. On the one hand, you have to hand it to him for leaning in and being himself. On the other, you'd think this guy would try to be ever so slightly more considerate in order to be ever so slightly more enjoya…
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‘I did not indulge her insanity. So she quit’: 15 times coworkers, neighbors, and roommates let their enemies make colossal mistakes 


‘I did not indulge her insanity. So she quit’: 15 times coworkers, neighbors, and roommates let their enemies make colossal mistakes 


Sure, it’s practically a universal truth that everyone makes mistakes, but some people don’t necessarily deserve to be helped when those mistakes occur. Some people certainly would not return the favor if the roles were reversed. Some coworkers, neighbors, roommates, and authority figures have shown you no generosity. In fact, they may have shown you quite the opposite. So why do you have to go out of your way to save them for their own errors? This collection of stories was compiled from the f…
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Employee gets back at jealous coworker for critiquing their every move: 'Petty? Yes. Worth it? Definitely!'

Employee gets back at jealous coworker for critiquing their every move: 'Petty? Yes. Worth it? Definitely!'

It seems that in every office, there is one coworker whose sole purpose there is to point out every little mistake someone else makes. Who knows what their actual job description is and who knows where they actually fall on the food chain within the company? Somehow this person has managed to carve a space for themselves where they feel entitled to critique every tiny flaw without providing solutions or teachable moments. Most of the time, these individuals have a major insecurity complex deep…
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'The boss praised her for being the bigger person': Employee gets revenge on office Karen by using her to become the boss's favorite

This Karen story takes an unexpectedly wholesome turn while still having a satisfying dose of malicious compliance. In this office, there's a classic work Karen—a woman who takes joy in being condescending, takes credit for others' achievements, and eagerly throws colleagues under the bus. If you've been fortunate enough to avoid the experience of working alongside such a coworker, count yourself lucky.
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'15 other people saw it': Karen sends unkind message about coworker to entire department by accident, coworker reports her to HR

'15 other people saw it': Karen sends unkind message about coworker to entire department by accident, coworker reports her to HR

Always be careful who you're sending your messages to, especially at work! One would think this is a self-explanatory warning and not something that needs to be stated, but it turns out some coworkers out there really are that reckless. Here, we have a Karen coworker who liked to boss others around, especially this Redditor who was fully on her level within the hierarchy of their company. Karen told her to take lunch at 11 am, but something came up and OP switched lunch times with another emplo…
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'Get your greasy hands off my desk': Woman confronts coworker who keeps eating his lunch at her desk ruining important documents

'Get your greasy hands off my desk': Woman confronts coworker who keeps eating his lunch at her desk ruining important documents

A pleasant workplace environment and a good relationship with your coworkers are some of the most important things you need in a job. Think about it, you see these people for at least 8 hours, every day, 4 to 5 days a week. It won't be an exaggeration to say you spend more time with them than you do with your own family. If you don't get along, it can really affect not only your work but your personal happiness. The woman in this Reddit story has to deal with pretty unfriendly people in her off…
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Update: 'Am I being ghosted?': Ex-employee denied final payment, DOL agent steps in

Update: 'Am I being ghosted?': Ex-employee denied final payment, DOL agent steps in

Nothing says getting back at your former boss like a call from the Department of Labor. This employee shared that he was being ghosted by his ex-employer regarding his final paycheck. After numerous texts and attempts at communication, he shared his story via this thread on Reddit . Once folks in the comments section suggested that he get in contact with the DOL, he decided to follow suit. We come across many stories here at FAIL Blog that follow employees getting mistreated and horrible bosses…
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‘I’m very busy and very important’: 20+ adult temper tantrums from entitled Karens, neighbors, and coworkers

‘I’m very busy and very important’: 20+ adult temper tantrums from entitled Karens, neighbors, and coworkers

Just like Peter Pan, some folks will never grow up. Sure, the idea of what it means to be a grown-up is mainly shaped by societal expectations. For instance, what do you mean I can’t have Pop-Tarts for breakfast or Pop-Tarts for dinner or Pop-Tarts at all times? Since I am technically an adult somehow, shouldn’t I be allowed to do whatever I want at this point? Clearly, many of us suffer from some form of arrested development. However, when these folks did not get what they wanted, they really…
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'I got fed up with her': Coworker keeps getting employee's name wrong on purpose, employee claps back

'I got fed up with her': Coworker keeps getting employee's name wrong on purpose, employee claps back

Pronouncing someone's name incorrectly can be an honest mistake unless it's someone you have been working with closely five days a week for the past year. In the beginning, it's totally excusable, but after a while, it becomes clear that this is no accident. This is someone who is actively seeking to get your name wrong under the guise of having “difficulty” with it. Furthermore, Saoirse is not that uncommon. Has this coworker even heard of Saoirse Ronan? Not only does she come across as unkind…
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'I dare you!': Slacking coworker distracts cleaner from job, cleaner dumps water on him

'I dare you!': Slacking coworker distracts cleaner from job, cleaner dumps water on him

No one really cares about an unmotivated coworker who slacks off until they start to disrupt and affect your own work. If people want to mentally check out during work hours and save all their responsibilities to the last minute, that is their choice and their risk to take. But having been in a situation where I worked closely with someone like this, I can say that it becomes infuriating the minute that their lack of motivation starts to get in the way of your own process. For instance, if I ne…
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'[She's] a never ending negative Nancy': Top Toxic Coworkers of the Week (January 11, 2024)

'[She's] a never ending negative Nancy': Top Toxic Coworkers of the Week (January 11, 2024)

It doesn't matter what your work environment is… there will always be some of the same personalities when it comes to one's coworkers. There's the person who is so optimistic it's annoying. There's the person who is always cold. There's the person who is always hot. There's the office flirt. There's the one who never gets anything done. There's the one who pretends they are your boss when they're your equal. I could go on… These top coworker stories address some of the common coworker caricatur…
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'I’m in charge now, and you are not going anywhere': CEO refuses to accept senior employee's resignation, leading to rest of the team quitting, leaving CEO in the dust

'I’m in charge now, and you are not going anywhere': CEO refuses to accept senior employee's resignation, leading to rest of the team quitting, leaving CEO in the dust

You apply to college, are accepted, graduate, and then you apply and land your ideal job. You have worked your entire life for this moment, and everything appears to be going smoothly, but everything changes when you meet your manager. Everybody has had a horrible management experience once or twice in their life, and if we are being really honest with ourselves, the reason we quit our jobs was because we could not bear to be under such incompetent managers' control any longer. The following st…
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