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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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'You will respect me': 47-year-old Nurse Karen throws tantrum at younger coworker, embarrasses herself in front of a patient

'You will respect me': 47-year-old Nurse Karen throws tantrum at younger coworker, embarrasses herself in front of a patient

Having a Karen coworker feels like going into battle every single day of the work week. You have to walk into your place of work ready and prepared to be lectured, condescended to, and poorly treated. If the Karen in question is your equal, don't worry: she'll still talk down to you no matter what. Having a Karen for a coworker is largely about picking and choosing when to defend yourself and when to be the bigger person and let her nonsense go in one ear and out the other. Generally, you want…
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'Good luck paying [your] employees!': Guy refuses to fix payroll problem until he gets paid more, 50 workers walk out

'Good luck paying [your] employees!': Guy refuses to fix payroll problem until he gets paid more, 50 workers walk out

This is what happens when you try to manipulate the employees you rely on the most! So many managers think they can get away with unnecessary outbursts, lectures, and mind games, yet what they don't anticipate is what could happen if the employee they are currently messing with just decides to up and leave one day. Here, we have an employee who was voluntarily fixing any bugs in the company's sister without extra payment as this was not expressly a part of his job description. His new manager d…
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'You want petty? How's this?': Guy gets back at annoying coworker by making the elevator stops at every other floor

'You want petty? How's this?': Guy gets back at annoying coworker by making the elevator stop at every other floor

Everyone has had an annoying coworker at some point in their professional career. You know, that one person you irrationally dislike and who always makes you struggle to not roll your eyes visibly in their face. There are a myriad of qualities that can lead to becoming that annoying coworker. There's the one who thinks they're slightly senior than you are based on absolutely zero evidence. There's the one who plays loud music, eats obnoxiously, or types like they want everyone to pay attention…
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'I cost my ex-employer $500,000': Boss makes employee take on the work of a whole team, rejects his request for a raise, employee makes the company tank

'I cost my ex-employer $500,000': Boss makes employee take on the work of a whole team, rejects his request for a raise, employee makes the company tank

Let this story serve as a friendly reminder to always get it done in writing, folks! Unfortunately, this employee learned that the hard way but was still able to walk away triumphant at the end of this toxic workplace drama. When the Redditor's coworker had to leave a big project in order to take care of his father, their boss asked the Redditor take the lead on the project moving forward. The original poster should have seen this as a red flag in and of itself, as his employer was essentially…
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Employee maliciously complies with manager's demands to be notified "every single time" he leaves his desk: 'Yes, ma'am!'

Employee maliciously complies with manager's demands to be notified "every single time" he leaves his desk: 'Yes, ma'am!'

Some managers need to learn to calm down. If you happen to not be available that one moment when your manager needs you, please know that this is not your fault, and your manager has absolutely no right to overreact. If you say that you were in the bathroom and they choose to double down in an effort to make their overreaction seem justified, then please know that your manager might be crazy. This employee was told to notify his manager every single time he left his desk after an incident when…
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