We all know that it’s not always easy working for a boss. Even when your superior is nice, cheerful, and understanding, there’s still something a little unnerving about taking orders from someone else. Well, you’re about to find out that bosses don’t always have the upper hand. Check out these revenge stories from disgruntled employees…
Secret sauce revealed
Various companies have secret recipes that are incredibly important to their business. From Coke’s mysterious ingredients to your favorite brand of mayo, there’s always a few ingredients that companies keep on the “down low.”
Although these ingredients are secret, employees are often trusted with this important information. Well, in the case of this restaurant, an ex-employee took to Twitter to reveal every single ingredient in their secret sauce. People who’ve eaten there were always curious about it, so this was a pretty big deal!
How to drive your boss insane
One woman was fired from her desk job, but she didn’t go down without a fight. As she was packing up her things to leave, she snuck into her boss’ office and hid a device inside the manager’s computer.
Every five minutes, the device would make a loud beeping noise. Weeks after the ex-employee had left, she heard that her boss was being driven slowly insane. They searched everywhere in the office for the source of the noise, but they couldn’t find it.
Best time to quit
Another employee working a desk job wasn’t fired – he quit. He simply couldn’t take the constant nagging and belittlement from his boss any longer. When he submitted his resignation, he made sure to do so at the most inconvenient time possible (for his boss).
You see, his superior had been talking about a vacation that he’d been planning for months. Right before the boss was scheduled to leave, the disgruntled employee said: “I quit.” Because this worker was so vital to the company, the boss had to cancel his vacation.
Changing the passwords
If you’re going to mess with an employee, make sure it isn’t an IT person. These professionals have the capability to seriously damage your networks and computer systems – and you’ll never know it was them.
This was a lesson that a mean boss learned the hard way. After unreasonably firing an IT guy, the understandably angry employee took matters into his own hands. He changed all the passwords to “I don’t know.” When they asked him what the passwords were, he told them the truth.
How to get the best revenge as a hotel employee
Hotels are some of the largest employers out there, and it’s not always a pleasant working experience. Although hotel workers are incredibly hard-working, sometimes bosses simply decide that it’s not good enough.
When an employee for Marriott Hotels was unexpectedly fired, he hacked into the hotel’s systems and made some major changes to the company’s pricing system. For a short period of time, you could get a room at the Marriott for $12 a night. Although he tried to cover his tracks, the employee was eventually caught.
How to get payback – legally
We’ve mentioned a few employees who’ve broken the law in order to get revenge, but it’s possible to get payback through legal avenues as well.
After a dispute involving unpaid travel time and missing overtime pay, an employee did the sensible thing: he got a lawyer. Eventually, he managed to win 5 years of overtime pay, a hefty severance package, and a letter of recommendation. The cherry on top was the chance to publicly humiliate the boss who had treated him so poorly.
What happens when you don’t pay for renovations
Many homeowners hire honest individuals to renovate their homes. These handymen are often individual contractors who work hard to support their families. As unthinkable as it might be, there have been multiple cases where homeowners decide not to pay the invoice.
If these contractors aren’t careful with their paperwork, they might lack the proof to take legal action. That being said, they can still get revenge. One of these contractors managed to hide thousands of rotting shrimp in the floorboards. The smell was so bad that the residents moved out.
Reporting your boss to the tax authorities
Even though the corporate lifestyle might seem clean and “straight edge,” the truth is that many CEOs and bosses are engaged in white-collar crime and staggering levels of corruption.
One night, a boss who was engaged in tax fraud bragged about his crimes to a new employee during a drunken night out. Fast forward a few years, and that new employee had slowly discovered what a terrible person his boss was. When the employee quit, he reported his superior to the taxman. You can probably guess what happened next…
Never fire a hacker
This computer firm made headlines when 900 of their employees had their phones hacked. Soon afterward, their systems were hacked when they were demonstrating their services to a major client.
They lost the client as a result, and they lost millions of dollars too. The company managed to track the interference to an enraged former employee who actually helped build the entire company. Once he was caught, the employee faced 18 months in jail as a result of his actions.
Become your boss’ boss
While many of these stories involve some pretty noteworthy cases of revenge, the only way to really get even with your boss is to become their boss. It’s possible, and it happens more than you might expect.
Terrible bosses often get what’s coming to them when the table is turned. After one logistics employee spent years working for an overbearing, micromanaging boss, he eventually rose through the ranks and became the new head of the team. As you might expect, he quickly fired his old boss.
What do you do when you know you’re about to be fired? Well, the average person might start looking for another job and make sure their affairs are in order. In the case of one employee, however, panic took control.
When she noticed a job posting that seemed to suggest she would soon be replaced, the employee erased blueprints, accounts, and other data worth millions of dollars. As it turned out, the job posting was for a different company altogether.
Don’t train the new guy
For many individuals, the most humiliating and degrading part of getting fired is training the new guy. In the eyes of one employee, however, this represented a chance to get even. His job was incredibly complex and required detailed explanations.
The company also couldn’t function without him. When he was asked to train his replacement, he purposely left out key information and provided misleading, confusing training. In the end, it cost the company time and money.
She couldn’t take it any longer
Even though society has come a long way over the decades, women still face considerable hardships in the workplace. Situations in which male supervisors take advantage of their female subordinates are all too common.
When one woman couldn’t take the constant harassment and inappropriate comments from her supervisor any longer, she went to her boss and explained why she was quitting. Instead of letting the woman resign, her boss made sure that her supervisor was fired, and the entire company was happy to see him go.
When surveys actually accomplish something
Employee surveys often seem like an exercise in futility. After all, do they actually have a purpose? When was the last time a simple survey made any substantial changes?
Well, one group of employees created a very effective strategy when it came time to submit their triennial survey. They all felt the same way about their manager and gave him the worst scores possible in the survey. A few weeks later, the manager was reassigned to a completely different city.
Never make construction workers angry
Construction workers are responsible for all of the buildings you see around you, and they’re not always treated very well. From safety concerns to low pay, these hard-working individuals often have to put up with all kinds of annoyances.
When their boss refused to pay his workers money that he owed them, a group of Australian construction workers took matters into their own hands. They traveled to a house they were building one night and completely destroyed it with chainsaws.
How to make sure you get paid
Freelancing as a graphic designer isn’t always easy, and there are many people out there looking to take advantage of freelancers. In order to make sure they get paid, many graphic designers have come up with creative solutions.
One notable example was when a freelancer created a menu for a local restaurant. They demanded that he send them the finished file, but he knew they weren’t going to pay him. Naturally, the freelancer put a large watermark with the word “poop” on it. He explained that once he was paid, he’d remove the watermark.
They never knew how important their employee was
A single employee can have a massive impact on the overall productivity of a business. One employee at a guitar shop was constantly going the extra mile, contributing massively to the store’s revenue. The only problem was that it was never enough for his boss.
The manager kept raising the sales quota so that the employee had to work harder and harder each month – with no raise. Eventually, the employee quit, and the store’s earnings plummeted. The boss was eventually fired because he failed to retain such a valuable employee.
Revenge through email
One female employee couldn’t quite take it after working a 20-hour shift with her boss. He would use rude language and disrespectful tones when this woman was just trying to make a living. The employee had her boss’ email address, and she had a plan when she finally quit.
She signed her boss up for all kinds of websites and subscriptions, including things wholly inappropriate for the workplace. When management found out, they assumed that the boss had been using his work email for personal endeavors, and he was fired.
One last joyride
People often do strange things when they’re fired. Suddenly, nothing really matters anymore, and there’s an opportunity to do things that you always wanted to try… like riding a skateboard through the workplace, stealing a bunch of office supplies, or… taking a train for a joyride.
Yes, this actually happened. After a train driver was fired, he hijacked an electric tram and took it for one last joyride… until they cut the power and the man was arrested.
Best way to quit a fast-food job
Countless people have worked at fast-food restaurants, and it’s one of the most common first jobs for teens. Many work at these establishments through high school, which isn’t always easy.
One employee had to juggle homework, SATs, and a fast-food job that was a drag thanks to their boss. This boss liked to slack off and leave early, leaving his employees to clean up by themselves. When this employee quit, he lined up dozens of ketchup packets on the floor and stamped on them all as he walked out.
He threw milk at his boss
Working at Walmart is another relatively common job, and the company has been criticized in the past due to their treatment of workers.
When every other grocery store in town went on strike, one unlucky worker was basically in charge of the dairy department used by hundreds of thousands of people. When his boss yelled at him, the employee “accidentally” threw a couple of cartons of milk at his boss’ feet, splattering him from head to toe. The employee then moved on to a better job.
The value of standing up for yourself
Once, a boss insisted that an employee stay at work, even when his wife was going into labor. As any sensible man would do, the employee ignored the boss’ orders and went to be with his wife as she gave birth. He knew that he had just lost his job, but it was worth it.
As fate would have it, his boss’ superiors found out about this situation and immediately fired the man. The new father was rehired – in his boss’ place.
Stealing the company’s products and selling them on eBay
Stealing items from the workplace is a relatively common occurrence, although most of the time it happens on a very small scale.
While chefs were stealing burgers to eat later at home and office workers were nabbing staplers while no one was looking, one man took it to a whole other level. He started stealing large quantities of medical products from his company and selling them on eBay. When confronted, he said he started doing it because he hated his bosses.
Sweet revenge for a pizza delivery man
When one delivery man asked to get off early to meet up with his date, his boss flew into a rage. This boss demanded that the delivery man pick him up a chocolate milkshake as a way to apologize.
The delivery man agreed, knowing that it was a perfect opportunity for revenge. He filled the milkshake with laxatives and handed the shake to his boss with a smile on his face. Needless to say, the rest of the night was not very comfortable for the mean boss….
Take careful notes
A group of construction workers explained that one of the best ways to get your boss fired is to make notes of everything. This is especially effective in the construction business, as there are many safety regulations and guidelines that must be adhered to.
As time went by, the workers amassed a long list of violations that they eventually handed over to the safety supervisor. After seeing the list, the safety supervisor immediately got the boss fired from the company.
He got his boss fired for ignoring a head injury
Another employee spent his days working on an ice rink. This setting can present many potential dangers, including hockey pucks flying around at high speeds.
One day, as the employee was doing maintenance work on the rink, a couple of hockey players ignored the “stay off the ice” signs and started firing pucks around. A puck hit the worker on the head, and he asked his boss if they should file a safety report. The boss refused, and the employee instead contacted the “higher-ups.” The boss was fired by the end of the week.
He wouldn’t be the scapegoat
After another seemingly normal day working at a cafe, a boss called an employee into the office. Out of nowhere, the employee was accused of stealing from the store. Right on the spot, the confused worker was terminated and banned from the store for life.
The employee contacted corporate management, explaining his situation. After an investigation, they found out that the boss was actually the one stealing from the store, and he tried to pin it on a worker to distract from the truth.
When bidding on a contract goes wrong
A software expert was trying to win a client when another firm came in and offered to complete the services for cheap. The expert couldn’t match the price, and he was fired for “not trying hard enough.”
Weeks later, the client’s entire company grinds to a halt because the firm didn’t know what they were doing. Both the client and this expert’s ex-boss came to his house to beg him to fix everything. When they wouldn’t go away, the expert called the cops and had them both arrested for disorderly conduct.
Getting revenge by working hard
Sometimes, revenge doesn’t have to be an “in your face” ordeal. One employee worked incredibly hard for his boss, even when virtually every task was dumped on his desk for him to complete.
Eventually, the boss realized that this guy was essentially running the entire company, and gave him 50% shares in the entire business. He kept rising up the chain of command, and eventually became the company’s CEO. This shows that you can get revenge simply by working hard.
Start your own company
Another more proactive way to get your revenge is to exit the daily grind of the 9 to 5 altogether. No, we’re not talking about quitting, exactly – we’re talking about starting your own business.
That’s what one enterprising worker did when she was laid off. To really “stick it to the man,” she also convinced many other employees to leave with her. They eventually created a software company that was more successful than the one they’d left.
Making the most of quitting
One worker described his experience working for a pancake cafe. Every day, he was allowed to make a pancake at the end of his shift.
He planned to quit, as the boss had erupted in a temper tantrum the day before. On his last shift, his coworkers left for a few hours, so he was left to make his pancake all by himself. He made the most epic pancake man had ever seen, piling on all kinds of tasty ingredients.
The boss ignored her doctor’s note
It’s amazing how inconsiderate some employers are, even when their workers are suffering from very real medical ailments. One woman explained that even after her doctor had given her a note saying she wasn’t fit to work, her boss still demanded that she continue showing up for her shifts.
The woman contacted the appropriate authorities, and the boss was immediately fired. She also won a settlement in court after she took her story to a lawyer.
Mistreating employees results in bad publicity
After a worker was told that “cancer is not an excuse,” the rest of the employees at a clothing retailer took action. The clothing store was in a mall, and they all decided to quit at the same time without any warning.
To really drive the point home, they showed up at the store and left a massive sign at the front, explaining how inconsiderate the boss had been over the years and why no one should shop there.
His friend helped him get revenge
Even though this employee didn’t get revenge himself, his friend took matters into his own hands to make sure that justice was served.
One employee at a bakery was fired for leaving early to make sure his little sister was okay after a traumatic event at school. After he was fired, his friend who was also working at the bakery decided to get revenge. He wrote a massive list of all the health and safety violations in the store, reported his boss, and got him fired.
His job was to change the sign
One employee’s job was to change the sign at a local gas station. After missing work because he was sick, the boss decided to fire him. After the employee received the news when arriving at work, he decided to get revenge in the best possible way.
He changed the sign once again – for the last time. The last message was simple: “My boss can change his own sign – I quit.” Letting the world and his boss know at the same time? Perfect.
He exposed his boss’ affair
We all know that affairs in the workplace are quite common, and such was the case in one office where a boss and a secretary were doing a little more than scheduling appointments together.
When this boss fired his employee for something very minor, the worker took it upon herself to expose the affair to his wife. Even though this worker couldn’t get her job back, she could still be satisfied knowing that she’d exposed him for who he really was.
He took all the evidence he needed
After an employee had worked his way up the ranks, he found out about several compromising secrets related to the company. This was a software company that was stealing intellectual rights from other businesses.
After years of being mistreated and underpaid, the worker decided to quit. Before he walked out, he downloaded all of the compromising data onto a USB drive. Two years later, he sent the data to all the other companies that were affected. The guilty party soon went bankrupt after a series of lawsuits.
Turning the heat up
A pizza delivery guy was fired after years of being mistreated. When his final day rolled around, he decided to do something drastic. Coincidentally, it was the day before Thanksgiving – one of the only days the store would be closed.
As per the rules, all of the food needed to go into a massive cooler to keep it fresh for the next day. On his way out, this fired employee “accidentally” turned up the heat. $2,000 worth of food went bad overnight, and it came out of the manager’s pay.
One flight attendant quit in style
An airline employee made headlines a while ago after he quit in a very unique way. After dealing with various issues and complaints from his boss, the man had simply reached the end of his patience.
He grabbed a drink from the trolley, walked to the exit, and rode the evacuation slide right off the plane. Fortunately for him, the plane was still on the ground when he made this impulsive decision. It wouldn’t have been quite so easy if they had been flying…
Rude person tax
One employee worked for a stingy boss who tried to cut corners everywhere – ultimately, he even fired her and claimed that the whole time she was there, she was a mere “intern” not entitled to severance or benefits.
So she immediately took him to claims court to dispute it. The legal officer in charge of her case listened to the facts and immediately ordered the boss to pay up – and when he refused, he was charged a retroactive penalty on top of what he already owed!
A driver noticed that their old van was making a suspicious noise, so they immediately called up their dispatcher to report a mechanical flaw. The supervisor told them to just keep driving, and sure enough, within an hour a tire blew out.
The boss denied receiving a report, but the driver always recorded those work conversations. When his boss’s boss showed up personally to chew the driver out, he played the recording…and the supervisor was ordered to go out into the lot, change the tire, and then leave for the week.
Driving instead of flying
A contractor was ordered to fly across the country for a project that had come up. When he arrived and got in the rental car they provided, he discovered that the job was cancelled, and the company refused to pay for his return airfare.
So he just drove all the way back home in the rental. He then responsibly called the rental company to let them know where he had abandoned their vehicle — several states over. Which was a huge charge to the boss’s account, much worse than a plane ticket!
You deserve this
One employee was tired of her manager, who was the epitome of the “rising to the level of ineptitude” employment philosophy. Rather than try to get him fired for incompetence, she instead went to his boss with several letters from former employees praising how good he was.
The impressed business leader promptly promoted the manager into a direct role working with him – a position he proved even worse at, and due to his proximity to the head honcho, quickly got fired from.
Living up to their reputation
This worker got tired of being bad-mouthed by her boss constantly, with rude and often contradictory complaints from HR constantly coming her way. After being issued a final ultimatum from him to shape up or leave, she decided to leave. But first, she went for one last day at work and lived up to his complaints.
All of them. Picking her nose in front of customers, using profanity on the phone, and the many horrible things he said about her. The building quickly shut down, because none of the guests wanted to be associated with those kinds of low standards!
Show you how it’s done
After many complaints from the veteran about how lazy and unqualified the new guy was as a chef, the hotel manager who hired him came in to see what the issue was between them, and to watch the rookie work.
The disgruntled employee rose to the occasion, running the entire kitchen almost single handedly, and getting meal orders out quicker than ever before. The manager was so impressed by this would-be gourmet chef, their roles were swapped on the spot, and the accusing chef quit a few weeks later.
Care for a cupcake?
One of the problems of a shared break room is that anybody can just come in and steal your food from the refrigerator. After this happened several times, one employee decided to make their snack with a special filling.
She stuffed a yellow cupcake with dog food, then glazed it with an irresistible chocolate frosting. Cue her boss running out of the break room not even fifteen minutes after her shift started, hand over his mouth, and barely able to make it to the bathroom sink in time.
Quid pro quo
This employee refused to take their termination quietly. After noting some serious corruption from the top down, she filed a report with the appropriate authorities…including that she had been fired for whistleblowing.
After investigation, she was told to apply to get her job back, but unfortunately there was nobody left above her to direct her; they had all been fired for being complicit, and the owner was in jail. So she just sat in an empty office all day, doing nothing, for a generous hourly rate.
After working a very hard week apiece, two security guards from different buildings met up after work for some pool. As they talked, one let it slip that he had been given a very nice bonus for all the extra hours he worked, and promised that a position at the sister facility would be opened up for him.
Unfortunately, the second had just been fired because there wasn’t enough demand for his services! They went to HR with their conflicting stories, and as a result both got raises and the boss was reprimanded.
Several of his meals had gone missing from the fridge at work, so this clever techie set up a small baby monitoring camera in the break room to catch the culprit in the act.
Imagine his surprise when the site manager came in, grabbed the bag, checked the name, and promptly threw it in the trash! The boss had been harassing him before, but now he had hard video evidence to show Human Resources. After reviewing the recording, they immediately transferred the culprit to another building.
No charge for you
A delivery driver was being constantly forced by his boss to make “under the table” deliveries to his house, under threat of being fired and accused of theft if he stopped. After all, the recordings showed him leaving with unmarked goods, and returning empty handed.
Rather ingeniously, the driver just packed the next outgoing van full of tens of thousands of dollars of electronic goods, then dropped them all off at the boss’s doorstep, as expected. The police arrived to see the greedy opportunist trying to haul cartons of phones and laptops inside.
A boss asked his employee to drive him several hundred miles into the backwoods for their next gig. When they arrived, the driver asked his boss about compensation for the long drive.
The boss started laughing and refused to pay, saying “Next time, ask for the money first!” After fuming for a bit, he set it aside and did the job. When it was finished, he drove home alone, yelling out one bit of parting advice to his stranded boss. “Next time, ask for a ride home first!”
The worst feeling is getting fired by email. However, one such recently unemployed worker noticed that their tech-stunted boss had a mailing list of CCs for all his outgoing communications that he sent to everyone, regardless of subject or context.
Realizing the opportunity for mischief, she started spamming all the contacts on the list – including her boss’s wife, who totally flipped out that people from her husband’s job were reaching out to her, and issued an ultimatum – your work, or me!
Exactly what a union is for
After they started talking about how they needed union representation, the paranoid employer promptly fired all of his workers on the spot, hoping to avoid a long and costly arbitration process.
Unfortunately, what neither he nor the employees knew was that they were already part of a union. Once they found out, they went to find out what their options were, and organized an entire-building shutdown until the boss was replaced with someone who was actually aware of company policy.
Calling for your mommy
A disgruntled costume artist was tired of getting berated by his short-tempered employer, so he drafted the boss’s own mother to come see what was going on.
After makeup, a wig, and professional voice coaching from his peers, he presented the “new employee” to the boss to get his reaction. The entire staff got to see a blowup between the two that escalated into her dragging the 40 year old man by the ear outside to scream at him – while he was still unaware of who this “young lady” was!
A jockey who was also the sole technician at a small radio station came in one day to find himself replaced. They hired new voice talent, but didn’t think to hire anyone who knew the place like he did.
So as he left, he flipped one switch in the corner clearly labeled “DO NOT TOUCH!” The entire station was shut down, and days later he was still receiving panicked calls from his former employer begging him to come back and fix it so they could get back on the air.
Beep boop boom
Don’t fire robots. Just don’t. It leads to science fiction nightmare scenarios. After stripping the entire AI fleet of their proprietary code in preparation for replacing them with newer models, the technician in charge powered them back on for one last check.
Lacking any purpose in life, they promptly self-destructed. No giant explosions (at least, this time!), but several pieces of autonomous heavy equipment drove themselves through walls and windows trying to get back inside and prove they could still do their jobs.
Hungry hungry HIPAA law
If you’ve ever visited a hospital or clinic, you’ve probably heard of HIPAA, which protects your rights as a patient. Somehow, this receptionist’s boss had not, despite working there!
She finally had enough, and after noticing him leave for lunch with a box of sensitive patient records left unattended out in the parking lot, she went to retrieve them, then called Health and Human Services to report the gross and inexcusable violation. Needless to say, they both had to find new jobs afterwards!
She was feeling terrible from the flu, but the boss made it very clear that anyone who missed work this month would be fired. This was from the top brass, no exceptions.
She came in and gave him a hug, to make it clear that there were no hard feelings. Of course, a week later he was shivering and sneezing, and finally took a day off to recover. When his own supervisor found out, he immediately fired him for skipping work. No exceptions, indeed!
With a vanload of children in tow to see a local game, this artist was not very happy to be ordered to come into work at the studio.
When he explained the situation, the boss told him to just leave the kids in the storage room with some snacks, and get to work. Within minutes, the rambunctious tots managed to knock over a shelf, pouring paint over several commissioned pieces. On the bright side, the piece entitled “Bring Your Kids to Work Day” sold surprisingly well!
To make it clear to the boss that they weren’t liked, one young sales representative organized a work LAN party where everyone connected to the same game and competed for office prizes during their break.
It started out innocently enough, but once the boss logged in, “friendly fire” mode was enabled and they spent the entire hour just hounding him relentlessly. Often punctuated with their complaint, like, “This is for not giving me Sunday off!” An hour later, he came out ghost white and apologetic, promising to change.
Take me out to the ball game
An employee was ordered to come in and handle a client, despite promising to be at his son’s ball game. When the client showed up, he immediately invited them out to go catch the game and discuss the contract details in the bleachers, which they happily accepted.
It ended up that both of them had children playing in that game, and had been ordered by their respective bosses to come in. So rather than take the day off without pay, they got paid full commission to buy each other peanuts and crackerjacks!
After being escorted off the property by an angry boss, this worker was informed that if he showed up again, he’d be getting dragged off by campus security.
Since he still had personal property at the worksite, he called the police to report a robbery and explained the circumstances behind why he was unable to retrieve his stuff. The sympathetic cops bodyguarded him back into the building, and when the manager came out screaming more threats at him, the cops immediately pulled out handcuffs and dragged her out.
If you’re happy at your job and you know it…
When he was given two weeks to clear out his desk, this networking engineer went out to the hardware store and bought a bunch of Clappers (sound activated switches) and secretly hooked up all the servers, including the backups.
As he was leaving, he gave a quick speech about how much he loved the job. It was so sentimental that some people clapped, including the boss. Of course, by the time he got to the parking lot, the cries of horror started going up as everyone realized their projects were gone.
Working in a kitchen without proper sanitation can be a real toll for everyone. When customers kept getting sick, this employee was unfairly targeted by the boss as a scapegoat and fired.
Rather than accept the blame, he anonymously submitted to OSHA several pictures of problem sites he had reported to the boss, which had never been fixed. The biggest? A huge drain in the center of the floor with no cover grate, that people kept falling into. Within hours of being fired, the entire restaurant was shut down.
Feeling set up when he noticed his ledgers weren’t quite right, one clerk had a friend come in and make a large transfer to test his suspicions. When the money didn’t clear, the friend immediately called the senior manager to report an issue.
The senior checked with his boss, who declared that the worker must have stolen it. One problem: the friend had transferred the funds to the clerk’s own account! Why would the clerk steal his own money? After an audit, it was quickly discovered that the boss was the culprit.
A sound technician was chewed out and informed that he was unqualified to run a big gig by his inept boss. Rather than start a confrontation, he merely turned the sound gain up to maximum sensitivity and left as ordered.
Since the boss had no clue how to correct the issue, the band had to try playing on stage with microphones that squealed and barked every time they so much as whispered. Finally they gave up and left, costing the boss his hefty organizer’s commission.
After getting tired of his boss’s predatory habits, one tow-truck operator decided to put the shark’s tactics to work against him. He invited the company owner out to dinner, knowing that the only place to park near the restaurant was one that regularly got towed without warning by his boss.
Needless to say, after a nice meal and conversation, the owner came out to find that his car was gone! His boss was immediately fired by the owner, and new policies were immediately drafted to stop that sort of behavior.
Waiting to be engaged
A truck driver asked his boss for compensation for a few hours of unpaid “waiting” time, and was promptly fired for insubordination.
After checking with the local labor laws, he discovered that legally speaking, time spent “waiting to be engaged” with a delivery was considered payable work, even if the driver just sat in a lot for a whole day doing nothing. His boss was ordered to pay all of his dozens of employees double time for the several thousands of hours total of unpaid time they had accumulated!
After being told that they were all “replaceable” just like the machines (of which they kept many spares around), a couple of warehouse employees got fed up at their boss’s terrible attitude.
The day before Black Friday, when they were commissioned to deal with the biggest volume ever seen at that building, they all submitted resignation letters with just three words: “Broken, please replace.” Needless to say, the building had to shut down, since the boss couldn’t find new employees as quickly as he could find new machine parts.
Feeling intimidated by her boss’s aggressive, hostile, and incredibly unprofessional attitude, one employee asked her friend to come in to work with her as a barrier between the boss and her.
When she arrived, the boss promptly started screaming and threatening her, causing the friend to interject and beg for civility and calmness. Rather than take the advice, the boss turned and tried to sucker punch the interloper. Who, being a professional boxer, immediately countered with a one-two that knocked the aggressor out cold!
Rather than take her at her word, one boss demanded that his employee provide proof that she was really too sick to come in to work. After discussing it with her attending doctor, she decided a simple note wouldn’t suffice.
Instead, she was able to acquire records from her chart detailing in morbid detail exactly how far the infection had spread, with photographic evidence and x-rays to accompany some of the more lurid descriptions. Which she intentionally texted to him right when he would be taking his lunch break. Ew!
First class treatment
Salespeople have to travel a lot in their job, but this mother had to plan around bringing her children, too! When the boss refused to cover any additional travel expenses beyond one economy ticket, the poor woman had to pay for her kids out of pocket.
However, when she tried to purchase the tickets the attendant innocently asked if she wanted to use the same card that her “husband” paid for the ticket with, which they still had on file. Deviously, she agreed, and then got everyone upgraded to first class at “reduced” cost!
Son of a bleach
At a privately owned laundromat, this employee got tired of being ordered to wash her boss’s clothing during her “off hours”, which she normally spent cleaning and emptying out the coin machines.
Rather than raise a fuss, she decided to do an exceptional job ensuring the clothes came out clean by running the giant load through with a gallon of concentrated bleach. The boss’s whites had never been whiter! Unfortunately for his entire wardrobe, his blues and blacks and reds also had never been whiter…
Show me how it’s done
This car salesman had enough and challenged his boss to a dealer showdown. With his charisma and experience, he was able to move dozens of vehicles that day. Whereas his employer, being mostly a back-room manager, didn’t bother trying to sell a single one, not even to the customer who explicitly asked for him.
Unknown to him, the lot’s big-name sponsor heard of the competition and came in to see who would win. And he was the disappointed one who asked for the manager by name, but was refused!
One government employee was fired for allegedly leaking classified documents. When he was ordered to hand over all documents and files related to his job, he discovered a curious legal conflict. According to his NDA, he was required to destroy all of his files before leaving employment, no matter what other circumstances arose.
To resolve it without accidentally becoming a leaker (as originally accused), he complied with the destruction order, then mailed in the shredded confetti paper to his former boss to comply with their relinquishment order.
Their boss always ran their complex expenses through a calculator and accused them of being wrong, so these geniuses spent a weekend hatching a convoluted series of formulas that, when resolved right, would equal zero.
When run through a calculator, it would spit out either an error or a sum in the several quintillions. The boss freaked out at the huge number and took it to the CFO as “evidence” of embezzlement. No slouch, he sat down with a pencil and resolved it correctly, then immediately fired the manager for being so mathematically inept.
A fine solution
Trying to cut costs, one boss tried to get away with charging his workers for perceived excesses, even billing them for toilet paper, hand soap, and paper towel usage in the restroom.
After reviewing the employee handbook, they discovered a section that clearly outlined that any expenses incurred at work would be compensated by the regional manager. So after weeks of being charged unfairly, they flipped the script back on him, submitting personal invoices for every “fine” they had received and demanding prompt reparations.
The moral high ground
At their building, the doors locked at night, and nobody was supposed to stay inside. Instead of letting them leave, the boss would tell them to drink more coffee and demand unpaid overtime.
Rather than deal with the ridiculous illegal demands, the nimble employees freestyle climbed their way up into the rafters, refusing to come down until he let them leave. When he called the police to arrest them all for trespassing on his property, the police instead cuffed him on grounds of self-confessed kidnapping of his staff.
A good ten year plan
When this exceptional worker was fired from his first job, instead of complaining about the injustice he went out and made a name in the field as an auditor.
A decade later, he was called back to that same site to figure out why it couldn’t turn a profit. His delving discovered that it was actually the high turnover rate, with the manager firing anyone “too good” that he felt threatened by. When submitting his final report to the owner, he included mention of his own previous career working there, as further evidence.