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$11,000 machine gets destroyed after the operator is fired for exposing executive's embezzlement scheme: ' [The books were] $20,000 out'

Growing up, we're taught that it's important to always tell the truth and that we should, further, point out and draw attention to any wrongdoing that we witness in the world around us. These points are even beaten into our heads in the US in the form of various folktales about historical United States presidents and other prominent figures doing “the right thing” when the chance was presented for them to do otherwise. Of course, while stories like “Honest Abe and the Six Pennies” serve as grea…
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'It made me realize I have been living this shell of a life, almost like a zombie': Employee's month-long vacation has surprising health benefits, sparks internet discussion on workplace culture

Everyone deserves a month-long vacation, but the reality is that many of us feel trapped in the daily grind of work, unable to imagine taking such a lengthy break. Not everyone has the privilege of being able to step away from work for an extended period, whether due to lack of PTO, financial woes, or other family obligations. However, taking a proper break from work can offer invaluable clarity for one's mental health. And these employees have powerful testimonies to prove it.
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'This is my supervillain origin story': Boss tries to tell worker that their demotion is a good thing, they leave and sabotage the company

Oftentimes in life, we will try and soften the effect that our words will have on the chosen recipient through careful wording and euphemisms, hoping that in beating around the bush enough we'll still manage to get our point across but in a way that doesn't upset the target party. Of course, usually, if the person you're speaking to is getting the point and the point is something that they should be upset about, they're just going to get upset anyway. This renders the entire thing to be a rathe…
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'Why did you choose to wear those shoes today?': 10+ Workers share the hardest interview questions they've ever had to answer

Interviews are never easy, the pressure of bidding for your own dreams and livelihood can cause you to slip up and miss the chance at your dream job—failing a pivotal moment of your career. They can even cause you to become so nervous that you miss a shot at a job that you're well and truly qualified—or even overqualified—for. Of course, this is the case even when interviews follow a predictable course, asking all the common questions that test for aptitude, probe for personality flaws, and see…
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'Old boss told me to contact his lawyers... So I did': Worker fired for workplace injury, sues for commission they weren't being fairly paid

'Old boss told me to contact his lawyers... So I did': Worker fired for workplace injury, sues for commission they weren't being fairly paid

Oftentimes, in life, it can be startling just how incompetent some people are, they may be incompetent even to the point of cruelty and you may be convinced that cruelty is their base and driving function. However, as Hanlon's Razor reasons for us, we should “ Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” Of course, this doesn't always apply when greed and lust for power are driving forces, though stupidity often plays into these decisions too. Stupidity or cruelty…
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Office manager lies about dish washing duties, worker exposes her to CEO: 'Oh, I was informed that all the staff wash their own dishes...'

The chore of doing the dishes is one of the great equalizers of this world, and whether or not someone is doing their part to keep the dishes cleared is an argument that will take place in different places with different people throughout your entire life. It starts when you're a kid and your parents are trying to impart to you the role and responsibility and just the sheer flipping amount of time that it takes to do the basic necessary household tasks that your parents are doing for you on a d…
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'Ok, but it’ll cost you £1m': Engineer makes technical manual filled with memes and quits after being demoted for boss's arrogant mistake

There's nothing worse than working for someone who is as arrogant as they are irresponsible. You'll soon find yourself doing all of the work to keep the company above water while getting absolutely no recognition or thanks for it. That's the situation this worker found themselves in tasked with expanding production and business operations for the small business owner that they worked for. They crafted and executed their plan only to be stonewalled by their boss when it came to paying to hire th…
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'Today the company operates with 35% remaining employees': Employer tells worker to "act their wage," they quit and tank the company

Being told that you should “know your place” by the person who has been benefiting
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'They all hated me': Worker's warnings of impending disaster are ignored leading to meltdown

Sometimes in life you just have to grab the bull by the horns and take the reigns into your own hands, taking charge so that the ship rightens straight on to the course that it was set—you know, and all that jazz. Of course, those who were supposed to be in charge and were steering the ship straight into a sandbar or a reef (with utter confidence) may not appreciate you doing so. No, the people in charge don't really appreciate being told they're wrong, even when they are frequently and with fe…
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'Her phone was on 'Do Not Disturb': Employee written up for "improper" callout after boss ignores their call

We all love our sleep—and that's a fact–and we equally deride anything that interrupts that sleep. Late-night garden parties with blaring music and loud-talking attendees; your neighbor warming his modded diesel truck at 4:30 am, an hour before he actually leaves for work; your pesky employees from the shop you manage calling you at 5:00 AM just to let you know that they're ditching out and are going to leave you battling a tediously understaffed day of work, while also now conveniently sleep d…
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'You don't get a job': Nurse manager refuses to hire nurse who was unpleasant towards them earlier in their career

It's rather poetic when, in life, someone's misdeeds come back full circle to bring their entitled approach to life back down to earth. It's the kind of thing you only really expect to see in stories—namely the type you read in high school literally class that your teacher picks apart and overanalyses in excruciating detail. But, it does happen, and you won't forget it when it does. In the workplace, it usually occurs in the form of an ill-mannered ex-colleague or boss applying for a job at you…
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Update: Supervisor forced into new role after writing up delivery driver for going above and beyond: 'Wanna discipline me for being right?'

All too often in life, it's the people who are the most commanding of respect who are the least deserving. You can spot these wanna be types of “leaders” from a mile away and within moments of meeting them. They'll usually be the one swaggering around with a a puffed up chest and a massive chip on their shoulder trying to make themselves bigger than they actually are. Of course, being in any position where you're subordinate to one of these people is going to be a nightmare, as they'll do anyth…
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'Enjoy walking 4 kilometers home': Angry ignoramus gets tricked off the bus by exasperated driver, made to take a long walk home

Public transport is a great way to get around in cities that have properly invested in it. If you live in one of these cities, chances are you just take for granted how seamless an effective public transport system can be for getting around the city easily. For those of us who live in cities where public transport is mismanaged or underfunded risking being late for work because the bus was 20 minutes late or just didn't show up makes it not worth it. When we visit those cities with working publ…
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'My name is not anything close to Matt': Job candidate gets embarrassing message welcoming them to the company, but it's not their name on the invitation

So did they get the job or not?.. and who the heck is Matt?
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Office manager takes "workplace accommodation" too far, forces worker to use accommodation to the point of injury then writes them up

Flexibility, accommodation, and adaptation are all important when it comes to having a happy working life. What better feeling is there than knowing that your employer cares enough to take your needs into consideration? Still, while it's nice to have an employer spending the time and resources to ensure you have the things you need… Is it really an accommodation when you're forced to have the accommodation? That really doesn't sound all that accommodating, and it sounds more like someone is try…
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Boss demands details of employee's daily bathroom breaks: 'I am required to tell him how many times I used the restroom'

There's this thing that happens in the earliest levels of grade school where you're required to notify your teacher that you're going to be going to use the “facilities.” Really, this is just for the sake of accountability and so that the adult responsible for your care knows where you are, that you'll soon be back, and that you haven't just wandered off to explore the world through the dreamy lens of your undeveloped prefrontal cortex. Even at that age, it's weird when the adults decide to mak…
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