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Boss won't stop contacting former employee after she rejects his counteroffer: 'He proceeded to comment on 30 posts praising my work'

Boss won't stop contacting former employee after she rejects his counteroffer: 'He proceeded to comment on 30 posts praising my work'

Why can't people just take “no” for an answer? Sure, this applies to many aspects of life from relationships to friendships to family dynamics. However, it also applies to one's professional relationships. This part-time worker politely turned down an offer for a full-time position, and her General Manager simply would not have it. An hour after the meeting, he followed up over email apologizing for pressuring her in any way, but of course in sending said email, he was doing the exact opposite…
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'I was asked to take a 30%+ cut in pay': Top employee quits and company goes under after boss pressured him to be a "team player"

'I was asked to take a 30%+ cut in pay': Top employee quits and company goes under after boss pressured him to be a "team player"

This boss had a whole lot of audacity asking his already underpaid top employee to take a 30% pay cut. One has to wonder if the boss himself was willing to cut his own pay too. Somehow, we doubt it. Clearly, this dude should not be running a business, starting with the fact that he spent a large sum of money on business consultants who told him nothing particularly innovative about the state of his company. Unfortunately, his top employee had to suffer the consequences of his boss's total misma…
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Boss forces employee to take a red-eye home, he takes off the next day and leaves his boss scrambling: 'An $80 hotel stay could have avoided a far more costly loss'

Boss forces employee to take a red-eye home, he takes off the next day and leaves his boss scrambling: 'An $80 hotel stay could have avoided a far more costly loss'

Some people thrive on red-eye flights, while the rest of us are left trying to figure out how they do it. Personally speaking, I have never been able to get enough sleep on long flights especially red-eyes. Part of that is because for whatever reason, I am always seated next to a bathroom, a screaming child, or a sick passenger who will not stop sneezing or coughing. The fact that this boss thought it was a good idea to force his employee to take a red-eye says a whole lot about how he values t…
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Negligent boss fires former employee two years after he resigned: 'Your employment [...] is being terminated for job abandonment'

Negligent boss fires former employee two years after he resigned: 'Your employment [...] is being terminated for job abandonment'

Imagine quitting your job, moving to an entirely different city, and then two years later, hearing back from your former employer that you've been fired. Come again? If you were expecting anything from this guy, it was probably a message wishing you well, or perhaps even asking for recommendations or requesting a personal non-work-related catchup. Instead, of all things, it was a letter of termination on the grounds of "job abandonment." The Redditor mentioned that their former boss was a bit d…
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'Boss balked at the idea': Manager forces employee to take PTO for the whole day just because he needed to leave five minutes early

'Boss balked at the idea': Manager forces employee to take PTO for the whole day just because he needed to leave five minutes early

Scheduling appointments during the work day can be difficult to navigate depending on how flexible and understanding your boss is. Most folks understand that it isn't exactly easy to schedule a doctor's appointment after work hours or on the weekends. Sometimes, you have to take what you can get. Furthermore, most employees understand that if they do have to leave the office early for an appointment, they will make up for lost time before or after. In short, it really should not be an issue wha…
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'I'll make sure it's $30 Every. Single. Time': Employee gets in trouble for expensing $1.02 above the limit, maliciously complies and costs the company 3x her normal spending

'I'll make sure it's $30 Every. Single. Time': Employee gets in trouble for expensing $1.02 above the limit, maliciously complies and costs the company 3x her normal spending

Sometimes, being a stickler can backfire majorly. This manager learned that the hard way after calling out an employee for expensing a mere $1.02 more than the usual limit. She was given a stern “talking to” despite the fact that she rarely spends anywhere close to the $30/day amount when she travels for work. Well, that all changed quickly when the Redditor decided to maliciously comply following her manager's unnecessary tirade. She shared her story via this thread on Reddit's r/MaliciousComp…
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'I marked this as remote for increased outreach': Company acknowledges lying about remote status on job posting, gets roasted online

'I marked this as remote for increased outreach': Company acknowledges lying about remote status on job posting, gets roasted online

It's remarkable how frequent these shady job postings are… Look, if job candidates are expected to be transparent and honest in every aspect of their resumes and applications, then we should at the very least expect the same transparency and honesty from the folks for whom we might be working. It should not be novel to be asking for this. In this case, we don't even have a company being intentionally vague in its outlining of job expectations and responsibilities, which is certainly another fre…
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'I told the head of HR that no one cares about his survey': Employee ruins his chance at a promotion by accidentally badmouthing company survey to HR's face

'I told the head of HR that no one cares about his survey': Employee ruins his chance at a promotion by accidentally badmouthing company survey to HR's face

We all know that company surveys rarely result in any meaningful change, but perhaps it's a good idea not to say that directly to the head of HR. In fairness, this employee did not realize that the strange man in the suit whom he had never seen before was technically the head of the Human Resources department. This alone is a tell-tale sign that this company was a toxic work environment. It's not the employee's fault if the head of HR is so mysterious and unknowable that no one recognizes his p…
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'You never have your wallet when I need it': Mooching coworker gets called out and fired, blocks her work wife on social media

'You never have your wallet when I need it': Mooching coworker gets called out and fired, blocks her work wife on social media

If you're the mooching coworker in your office, don't expect other employees to have your back when the pressure is on. This lady had a ton of audacity when she told her coworker, with whom she frequently gets breakfast and/or lunch: “you never have your wallet when I need it!"
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Employee gets fired for taking recycled computer mouse nobody was using: 'It’s against company policy to take things from the electronics bin'

Employee gets fired for taking recycled computer mouse nobody was using: 'It’s against company policy to take things from the electronics bin'

There is absolutely no reason why this employee actually needed to be fired over this. First of all, the company policy about taking recycled supplies from the electronics bin was simply unclear and unenforced. Why suddenly enforce it now? This employee took his sister to the office and was showing her around when they came across the electronics bin. The Redditor acknowledged that most employees take leftover supplies from the bin all the time, so when his sister inquired about an unused compu…
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Boss enforces checking emails every 24 hours even when off work, employee maliciously complies and submits OT: 'Make sure you put it on your timesheet'

Boss enforces checking emails every 24 hours even when off work, employee maliciously complies and submits OT: 'Make sure you put it on your timesheet'

You can't expect your employees to work off the clock and not call it overtime! And if you were silly enough to enforce rules such as this without being clear about OT, that's your problem! This part-time employee tested his manager's rules about checking emails every 24 hours even when off the clock. Furthermore, he often would not be scheduled for shifts for weeks at a time, yet he had to be responsive via email all the time as if he were a full-time employee. That's a whole lot of nonsense.…
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Update: Coworker gets back at lunch thief by tossing their unlabeled boxes: ‘Did you have your name on them?’

Update: Coworker gets back at lunch thief by tossing their unlabeled boxes: ‘Did you have your name on them?’

Watching someone get a taste of their own medicine is a rare occurrence, but when it happens, you have to savor the moment. This is especially true for petty revenge on annoying coworkers. It’s not every day you get to see that person suffer the consequences of their own actions. Most of the time, you just have to smile, nod, and ignore them while you quietly imagine all the ways their behavior might come back to bite them on the behind. However, when your annoying coworker has actively wronged…
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Tone-deaf CEO casually brags about expensive family vacation in front of employees living paycheck-to-paycheck: '[He] drop[s] 15K…twice a year…on Disney cruises'

Tone-deaf CEO casually brags about expensive family vacation in front of employees living paycheck-to-paycheck: '[He] drop[s] 15K…twice a year…on Disney cruises'

Imagine having the audacity to talk openly about the $15K you casually spend twice a year on luxury vacations for your kids while your employees are actively struggling financially. One has to wonder if that “hard-earned” money could have been used to keep your employees from having to live paycheck-to-paycheck. This thread was posted to Reddit by u/Ranier_Wolfnight , who shared exactly how all this drama went down on a conference call. Evidently, at the beginning of said call, the CEO was atte…
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Boss dangles $250 gift card to employee he fired if he refers new potential employees: 'Every eligible candidate you refer [...] earns you an entry [to] receive a $250 Amazon gift card'

Boss dangles $250 gift card to employee he fired if he refers new potential employees: 'Every eligible candidate you refer [...] earns you an entry [to] receive a $250 Amazon gift card'

Imagine getting let go by your boss over a year ago, only for him to reach back out and offer a gift card if you find him some qualified new employees. Here's the best part: instead of a personalized message, this dude framed his email as if his former employee was part of a “company alumni” group and that this referral process was part of a contest. From our perspective, a personalized message would still have been insulting but it would have been far more effective than this framing was. Stil…
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Cheapskate CEO enforces new coffee policy, employee gets payback at company workshop with his own rule: 'You can't have coffee!'

Cheapskate CEO enforces new coffee policy, employee gets payback at company workshop with his own rule: 'You can't have coffee!'

What is the value in enforcing who gets to have a cup of coffee in the office? The only potential answer to that question is for a toxic manager to be able to flex his muscles and enforce his sense of authority for literally no reason other than to do just that. This time, we have a manager who did not like how his employee offered interview candidates a cup of coffee, as they were not present in the office for “whole day events.” So, he went ahead and enforced this absolutely bogus rule.
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Guy gets passed over for a promised promotion in favor of manager's buddy: 'SAY WHAT BRUH?!'

Guy gets passed over for a promised promotion in favor of manager's buddy: 'SAY WHAT BRUH?!'

Who wouldn't react this way? Sometimes, people will mistreat you so egregiously that you have no choice but to drop all the niceties and call this person out point blank. That's exactly what happened to this Redditor , who worked in a body shop and had expressed to his manager over several years that he wanted the opportunity to take over for painting when his much older coworker inevitably retires. The promotion would not only result in a pay raise, but it was also far more in line with what t…
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