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Boss tries to take her employee's first class seat upgrade: 'She wanted to talk to me about my lack of respect for protocol'

Boss tries to take her employee's first class seat upgrade: 'She wanted to talk to me about my lack of respect for protocol'

It's almost inevitable that traveling with your boss will lead to an uncomfortable situation. These unforeseen circumstances typically cannot be prevented, but at the end of the day, you're forced to navigate a cringeworthy dynamic with your employer that will make returning to the office after the work trip all the more bizarre and challenging. These cringe moments can include an odd quirk or eccentricity you learn about your boss or your boss learns about you. For instance, I once had a boss…
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'No one stayed longer than a year': 25+ Jobs that were the worst according to employees

'No one stayed longer than a year': 25+ Jobs that were the worst of the worst according to employees

It seems like everyone has had at least one job that made them dread going into work every day . It's the kind of job that gives you a pit in your stomach as you set your alarm clock for the next day. As you drive to work, you're gritting your teeth thinking about what irritating thing your boss or coworkers are going to do that day. Sometimes it takes a little while to realize you dislike your job. But once you realize, it gets harder and harder to be happy there. You might start daydreaming a…
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Guy gets fired after six weeks, charges company hundreds to get their equipment back: 'It was very liberating for me'

Guy gets fired after six weeks, charges company hundreds to get their equipment back: 'It was very liberating for me'

This former employee refused to go quietly. Unfortunately, he was let go after just six weeks at the company due to sudden mid-quarter layoffs. That meant with such little time at the company, he would not be able to put this on his resume as such a brief stint there most certainly would raise eyebrows rather than help him find work elsewhere. This, along with poor management and a toxic work environment, led him to ensure that his final acts would be petty. When he was asked to return his work…
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'The business is floundering': Sales employee takes boss to court after she spends months singling him out at work

'The business is floundering': Sales employee takes boss to court after she spends months singling him out at work

This dude worked at a company for twelve years , but his loyalty was not rewarded the way he'd hoped it would be. Thanks to a new manager, this guy had to watch in real time as his job morphed into something new. Even after working at a business for more than a decade, one sales employee was still not being appreciated. As he shared in a malicious compliance story, his sales job involved a bit of travel and working with various different clients. After about a decade of working there happily, h…
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'Within 15 minutes, I lost access to everything': Company celebrates employee's work anniversary only to fire him the very next day

As much as companies love to say that the workplace is just like a family, we all know that these people are not your family, sometimes they are not even your friends. Your boss doesn't see you as a family member, and they do not hesitate to toss you aside the moment you do not profit the company the way they expect you to. I don't know about your family, but it is definitely not how mine works. The employee on this Reddit story learned these facts the hard way. A mere day after the company cel…
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'He couldn't hire anyone willing to except such a [low] wage and boring work': Employee gets revenge after being demoted when entitled boss couldn't hire new staff

There's nothing more frustrating than working for a boss who fails to deliver on their promises. You end up putting in extra hours, only to find those promises empty and yourself shortchanged. Have you ever been in a situation where your company was short-staffed, and you were asked to take on additional responsibilities while they searched for new hires, only for those hires never to actually be hired? I have. At a previous job, the boss would frequently dismiss employees without warning, leav…
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'It was "bring your kid to work day"': Surprised job candidate reacts to being interviewed by an 11-year-old

'It was "bring your kid to work day"': Surprised job candidate reacts to being interviewed by an 11-year-old

You can be prepared for almost anything to happen at your job interview … Almost anything. Whether you're 16 or 61, interviewing for a job can be nerve-wracking. It helps to prepare beforehand by studying up on the company's history and rereading the job listing to make sure you can answer every question in the best possible way. After all, the more confident you feel about your skillset going into the job interview , the better you'll perform. Some companies like to throw you off by asking rea…
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'I hung up': Caller learns an important lesson after impolite words to service rep

We should have the expectation as a society that it's ok to deny someone service for being impolite to staff. This might actually teach people to be respectful and treat other people with common decency rather than with abject entitlement. Of course, as with anything else, there are grey areas and blurred lines and you might just end up talking to some egotistical service manager who is having a bad day. Still, professional courtesy should prevail even if they're not giving you the same. This c…
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‘Don’t bother coming in to work tomorrow': Employee asks manager for missing tax documents from her paycheck, manager responds by firing employee

‘Don’t bother coming in to work tomorrow': Employee asks manager for missing tax documents from her paycheck, manager responds by firing employee

As a child, thinking about becoming an adult and having to deal with things like taxes is genuinely terrifying. As an adult, well, it's actually still pretty terrifying. It will forever be a mystery why we don't have classes at school that teach us how to deal with these sorts of things. But somehow, we learn the ropes, and with each year we grow up we get to learn more and more about adult life. The manager in this Reddit post still has some lessons to learn. The person who wrote the post (OP)…
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'I put in my 2 weeks. And this is where it got fun': General manager reprimands employee over 'neutral' workplace review

This general manager has his crews filling out customer satisfaction surveys. Yes, you read that right. This fast-food GM decided to rig his customer satisfaction ratings by getting his employees to write them! It's one of the hallmarks of super-sketchy businesses. Companies that have satisfied customers don't have to beg their employees to help them get a 5-star rating on the internet. As you might imagine, that wasn't even the only unethical behavior going on at this company. The employee who…
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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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‘Be careful what you wish for…’: New manager cuts employee's deal with old boss, rearranging their work hours, only to find out former deal benefited company

‘Be careful what you wish for…’: New manager cuts employee's deal with old boss, rearranging their work hours, only to find out former deal benefited company

Hierarchy is the cornerstone of corporate business. Because of this, it is very likely that when the time comes and a new management enters the picture, she or he will want to completely revamp the scene in an attempt to assert their authority. The story that follows recounts the story of a clever employee. The Original Poster (OP) and his former manager had an unspoken understanding that allowed OP to arrive early and depart early. Basically, as long as he completes his work and puts in the ne…
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'Obviously they chose most inconvenient way': Railroad employee pushes back against antiquated business practices

'Obviously they chose most inconvenient way': Railroad employee pushes back against antiquated business practices

One agency was trying to keep their staffers in the dark about their paychecks . There's nothing like a payday to put some pep in your step. Many people get paid either weekly or bimonthly, and it can be a great feeling. After draining the previous paycheck to pay for rent, groceries, bills, and other necessities, it's invigorating to finally have a fresh paycheck in your pocket. I mean, it's not literally in your pocket---most people get paid with direct deposits these days. But there used to…
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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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'They lost': Engineering firm removes employee from project to punish them, replacing them with inexperienced project manager who runs project into the ground

'They lost': Engineering firm removes employee from project to punish them, replacing them with inexperienced project manager who runs project into the ground

To cut a long story short, this employee's VP removed them from a project in order to punish them, and what ended up happening was that as a result, the firm lost big time. But wait, it gets better. The employee actually quit, began working for the firm's competitor, and salvaged the project once the firm crumbled! Yeah, that's a lot of information to take in, so let's start at the beginning. The employee in question was working as a junior project manager for an engineering firm. They were goo…
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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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