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'I got paid an extra $30 for literally doing nothing': Retail worker maliciously complies with manager's rules about clocking out

'I got paid an extra $30 for literally doing nothing': Retail worker maliciously complies with manager's rules about clocking out

This manager will have to be careful with her phrasing in the future. One of her employees decided to take her literally, and it cost the store time and money . Managers have a lot to deal with on any given day on the job. When they step in the door to start their shift, they have to start the day by trying to get people to cover someone who's called out. Then, they might have to work the registers for a while and talk to customers with the most inane questions imaginable. In their down time, t…
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'His inbox soon overflowed with 20 to 30 pointless emails daily': Micromanager regrets insisting on being copied on everything following malicious compliance

'His inbox soon overflowed with 20 to 30 pointless emails daily': Micromanager regrets insisting on being copied on everything following malicious compliance

Employers should learn to be careful what they wish for more than anyone else. This old adage is something we tend to teach our kids in preschool. We've heard it over and over again on television, in nursery rhymes, and in countless mediocre school productions of Into the Woods . Yet still, it seems that our managers and bosses have forgotten what things might look like if their wishes come true and the ridiculous demands they put upon their employees are met. This thread was posted to Reddit's…
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‘They refused to admit their mistake’: Hotel guests' reservation gets canceled due to failed credit card transaction, they demand front desk clerk give them a discounted room

‘They refused to admit their mistake’: Hotel guests' reservation gets canceled due to failed credit card transaction, they demand front desk clerk give them a discounted room

Are you the type of people who book a hotel room at whatever website has the lowest rate, or do you always book it from the hotel's official website? Even though it is appealing to pay less, there could be a lot of issues with booking through a third-party website. For example, if the booking somehow falls through, the actual hotel can't do much to help, and they would most likely tell you to contact the 3rd-party's customer service, which can be a lot of pain. Another example is what happened…
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'You need me more than I need you...': Undervalued employee refuses to back down after company goes after him for quitting, despite earning them $1.5 million

'You need me more than I need you...': Undervalued employee refuses to back down after company goes after him for quitting, despite earning them $1.5 million

People will stop at nothing to climb the corporate ladder and achieve success in the competitive field of business. Having said that, how would you react if an individual in a position of power attempted to coerce you into following their instructions? Would you let your fear overcome you, or would you outsmart their sly tactics and advance toward your goal? The story below is an account of a hard-working individual. The Original Poster (OP) has spent a considerable amount of time employed by t…
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'I played along': New employee accidentally bosses around his supervisor

'I played along': New employee accidentally bosses around his supervisor

This dude thought he had bragging rights because he was “training right now to be a supervisor there”
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Boomer tries to reject job candidate because she's a fan of Star Trek: 'My coworker found this to be a red flag'

Boomer tries to reject job candidate because she's a fan of Star Trek: 'My coworker found this to be a red flag'

There are several no-nos when it comes to what you should not reveal in a job interview, but discussing your enjoyment of Star Trek should not be on the list. Now, I myself am not a Trekkie, and while taking off from work to attend Star Trek-themed events would not be the way I elect to use my PTO, I certainly would not disparage someone else for wanting to use their much-deserved time off in this way. This job candidate was interviewing to be a last-minute replacement while this Redditor was o…
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'You should have thought about it sooner': Nanny arrives at new job and immediately gets sick, boss refuses to give her a day off

'You should have thought about it sooner': Nanny arrives at new job and immediately gets sick, boss refuses to give her a day off

Being a full-time nanny can either be the best job of your life or the worst, it all depends on the family that you are working for. If the parents are chill and supportive, you can have the best time with their kids and actually become part of the family. But, if the parents are harsh and inconsiderate, the job can easily become a burden and a frustrating experience, even regardless of how the kids themselves behave. Unfortunately, the family in this Reddit story resembles the latter. OP (orig…
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Worker contacted by shocked HR months after being told they'd been laid off in case of mistaken identity: 'It took them almost TWO months to realize'

The nature of something serious lends you to believe that that thing will be handled seriously, with calculated, methodical decision-making in its orchestration. Company-wide layoffs are a bit like that; the wide-sweeping impact made on people's lives means you'd expect each and every decision to be made with careful thought. Well, that's not always the case. At the end of the day, there's some administrator somewhere handling the clerical work through some management system, and both people an…
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'I went back and got every leaf off of her property': "Lawn Karen" complains about her yards' appearance

'I went back and got every leaf off of her property': "Lawn Karen" complains about her yards' appearance

“Wealthy homeowners tend to be the most difficult customers,” one landscaper revealed.
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'I left with zero notice': Employer shocked when employee quits after 30% pay cut for a new job that pays double the amount they had offered

Increased remuneration during your time at a company and throughout the course of your career is usually considered to be given due to your own increased contributions owing to your growing knowledge and experience. The off-the-cuff expectation we have is that generally, our earning potential will only go one direction, and while this certainly won't be the case for all of us thanks to the possibility of layoffs and a shifting job market, we certainly wouldn't expect our pay to decrease whilst…
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Coworker gets reprimanded for not smiling: 'I don't get paid enough to deal with this'

Attitude is important when it comes to the workplace. Still, the workplace itself is largely responsible for your attitude when you're at work. You can't just demand that your workers be happy and have that be the solution to what is an otherwise miserable job. Yet, one of the first things you're taught in retail is that you should always smile and “greet” “guests” as they walk in the door, setting the stage for an enjoyable experience for them during which they're more likely to fork out more…
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‘With one click I lost everything’: Boss assigns employee with complicated task unrelated to his field, employee makes mistake that costs him his job

‘With one click I lost everything’: Boss assigns employee with complicated task unrelated to his field, employee makes mistake that costs him his job

People make mistakes, that is not news to anyone here. People make mistakes in relationships, friendships, with family, at school, and yes, at work as well. You can't expect people to be completely perfect, and if you do, well, that is another mistake to throw in the mix. The employee in this Reddit story has made a grave mistake on the job, and he owns up to it, even if it wasn't 100% his fault. The boss asked him to help with a task that was unrelated to OP's (original poster) job description…
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'He had now dropped his car keys': New technician immediately drops several valuable items into 800 foot pit

'He had now dropped his car keys': New technician immediately drops several valuable items into 800 foot pit

This guy is having a rough day on the job . That'll happen when you continually make irreversible mistakes! At any workplace, there's always that one coworker who barely made it into work that day. They seem like they're always kind of flailing and barely holding it together. But you know what, sometimes these people are really incredible at their jobs. Other times, you wonder how this person ever managed to get a degree and a full career with the skill set they possess. It seems like u/Adventu…
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Imaging technician told to take their breaks "No matter what," leaves customers waiting and stuns management: 'I'm only doing what you asked'

Imaging technician told to take their breaks "No matter what," leaves customers waiting and stuns management: 'I'm only doing what you asked'

There's this thing that happens in some organizations where upper management knowingly sets policies that they know infringe (or come close to infringing) on their legal minimum obligations to their workforce. Then they act all surprised when said minimum obligation isn't being upheld because it's simply not possible to do under the constraints they've created. A perfect example of this is employee breaks, of which there are usually laws where you're working around when, how long, and how often…
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‘Too little, too late’: Employee quits job after HR cuts 30% of his pay, management begs employee to stay claiming they didn't know about the pay cut

‘Too little, too late’: Employee quits job after HR cuts 30% of his pay, management begs employee to stay claiming they didn't know about the pay cut

Some employers have an incredibly hard time grasping the idea that their actions have consequences, even when it concerns their trusty employees. As an employer, you might think you can put your employees through basically anything without them doing anything about it, but thankfully, that is often not the case. Much like the story of this employee on Reddit. The employee, OP (original poster), had been working incredibly hard to get his company to achieve all its targets and succeed in its fie…
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Teacher rebels after school is canceled for only students during the solar eclipse: 'I urge you to call in sick'

Teacher rebels after school is canceled for only students during the solar eclipse: 'I urge you to call in sick'

It's not fair that only the students were allowed to enjoy this historic moment! Meanwhile, those of us in the working world including the educators of said children were forced to work during the solar eclipse. For those of you who are teachers out there, did you all get to enjoy the moment? Or were you like this Redditor and forced to stay inside in a windowless room to attend a lame professional development workshop? Thankfully, this teacher saw it coming and planned well in advance, so she…
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