25. Got my boss fired
I started working under my boss for a healthcare company. She was my direct supervisor, but she acted like she was the queen of the multimillion dollar company. She was a liar, manipulator and a complete monster.
She would lie to her employees telling them the other people working within the company hated us and that her superiors constantly followed our work. I can't count the number of times she told us that they might fire us all or that she was the one "saving our jobs." She had three employees that would do all of her snooping for her.
If you were on vacation for a few days, she would go through your desk. She made us take our lunches at certain times and we weren’t allowed to speak to certain people because they didn’t work hard enough. She moved our desks around at least 15 times since I started working there. Each time, she claimed a new reason like we weren't working or were talking too much.
She would call meetings and have us call each other out if we didn't like each other. I told her this was inappropriate and she wrote me up for disrespect. She had been investigated by HR before and kept throwing it in our faces. She never believed she did anything wrong.
On a good note, I switched jobs and wrote a letter to HR on my way out. They fired her three days later. I've had so many of my former coworkers thank me.
24. Protect the asset
I once worked for an apartment community in Orlando, Florida as an assistant manager. I reported to a regional VP in Atlanta who didn’t know much about anything. Back in 2004, we had a series of several severe hurricanes in a row, one of them being Hurricane Charley.
This VP demanded that I keep the front office open on the day that this category 4 hurricane was expected to hit our community. She had never actually been through a Florida hurricane.
I attempted to educate her on what usually happens in these storms — people shopping for emergency supplies, boarding up their windows, and most importantly, if not evacuating, hunkering down in their homes and staying off the roads as the law enforcement tends to enforce road curfew for public safety and to allow emergency response teams access for whatever they need.
Despite my explanations, she demanded that I keep the office open. Why? Well, to lease apartments for people coming in, of course. Oh and also, part of my responsibility as the management team is to “protect the asset.” Protect the asset? What does she expect me to do? Get my SWAT team gear and take out any intruders?
After about 30 minutes of back and forth, I finally said look, I can’t come into the office as I cannot get there when they close the roads or I will be arrested. She finally took the hint.
23. Enough is enough
I was receiving an unusually large order in a furniture store. It turned out to be a lot more than what should have been able to fit. My boss just starts screaming at me that I’m lazy and nothing is getting done.
I was working my butt off for days getting ready for this order and trying to organize all that was coming in. But apparently, that wasn't enough for her. I was the only person that could get the job done. After about 20 minutes of being insulted and screamed at, I had enough.
This lady had done this to me way too many times at this point and I just snapped. I finally looked at her and screamed, "DO IT YOURSELF THEN! I'M LEAVING! I QUIT."
I could not believe I did that and I was shaking from being so angry. I was in total shock that I just quit my job just like that. She was screwed at this point though because she only had a few other guys to do the job and they were fairly new.
Shockingly, the next morning I received a phone call with an apology and a promise to leave me alone for this project if I came back. In the end, we got the order and everything went pretty smoothly once she let me do my job.
22. I’m the priority
We have a "manager" who can't really manage anything. In fact, the other managers seem to actively manage her so that she doesn't screw anything up. Whatever she’s doing at the moment is Priority Number One, and everyone MUST drop everything they're doing to help her.
The general etiquette is that customers take priority so if it's made known that you're helping a customer, whoever is trying to talk to you has to wait. But she doesn't like waiting — when she wants something, she has to get it now.
She’ll stand about 50 feet away from you, SCREAMING your name repeatedly on the headset even though you're making direct eye contact and gesturing that you're helping a customer. She'll then demand that you STOP helping the customer and come and help her.
Oh, but when she's helping a customer? She will screech into the microphone in the most condescending tone saying, "WHATEVER IT IS, IT’S GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT — I'M HELPING A CUSTOMER."
21. Parental priorities
I was a nanny for over three years for a married couple and their three kids. They were some of the laziest, self entitled parents I’ve ever known, especially the mother.
They never got their kids up for school — an alarm clock did that. I had to get up at 5 am to get their daughter ready for school so they could sleep in another hour. I made meals, did household chores, bathed them, ran errands, etc. I worked all holidays just so they could sleep until noon and not have to deal with their kids.
Even when I got pregnant and had my baby, I was still doing most of these things. I was also severely underpaid compared to other nannies in the area, but I loved those kids so I made it work. The mom also took it upon herself to inform me via text that I would no longer be getting paid one of my two weeks of vacation because I was part time now according to her and that was a full time benefit.
It was THEIR brilliant idea to let me continue to work after having my baby. I still did all of what I listed above and some despite having a newborn. That didn’t matter to them because the minute my baby was having a bad day (he had colic) I got extreme lip for not playing dolls with their 4-year-old. The mom said, “My kids are number one priority over him.” (Him meaning my son).
I called my husband and he told me to give them my two weeks notice. The mom begged me to reconsider. I stuck to my guns and didn’t look back.
20. Filled with dread
I've been working at this company for over two years. I should’ve quit two days after I started, but I'm too stubborn and have stuck it out thus far. Here are a few examples to explain how much of a mess this place is.
When I first started, I used to arrive 10 minutes before my shift so I could get ready, but my manager would loudly call me out for being late "yet again" in front of customers every single day.
It made me look like a terrible, lazy employee. I would then have to interact with customers which was mortifying to say the least. I now arrive a half hour before my shift, because I was so sick of her yelling at me that I'd rather hang around for 20 minutes and give her nothing to come back at me with.
I also wanted to impress her and show that I was a good worker. She interpreted this eagerness as a weakness and took any opportunity to take her anger out on me and make me cry.
Her mood swings are terrifying and if she got into any kind of personal or business problem, you bet I was on the receiving end. It got to a point where my anxiety was so bad that I dreaded coming into work because I didn’t know what I was walking into.
19. Stole my cheeseburger
A while back, my team broke a record and reached a significant milestone so my boss decided to take us out to eat. First, we were supposed to be celebrating our accomplishment, but our boss didn’t give us an option on where to eat. We were going to her favorite restaurant.
It was a Tuesday and they had a two-for-one burger special. This is what I ordered, except since she was paying with the company credit card, she felt that she was entitled to the second burger. I was planning on eating it for lunch the next day, but she took it home for her husband instead.
It didn't cost the company more than one meal should have. I am still so mad about this and I really wish I had just said that I'd pay for it myself. Everyone at the table was flabbergasted, even the server too.
This probably wouldn't be such a big deal if she wasn't such a jerk most of the time and I didn't dislike her so much already. But she is and I do.
18. Vacation is priority
I work two jobs — one I get paid in the middle of every week, the other is every other week. Needless to say, that middle of the week pay is nice when I haven't gotten my actual living expenses paycheck in two weeks. So I checked my bank account this morning cuz I am BROKE to see how much is in there, so I can get gas and maybe lunch. I have $2.70, but that's not right.
I text the manager. TWO HOURS LATER (and she's always got her phone nearby) she responds. "Oh, I was on vacation so direct deposit wasn’t done.”
So, you're telling me that your vacation took precedence over everyone in the store getting paid on time? Maybe I should call and say, “Oh, I'm sorry, I don't have enough gas to get to work until tomorrow when I get paid by the other place. I would come, but, you know, I DIDN'T GET PAID.”
Now yes, granted, I will have my check, but that was totally unexpected and the very least she could have done was send out a text or put up a note saying there will be no direct deposit this week.
17. Work first, surgery second
Last year, I started working for a company and while I was on probation, I came down with a fever. It lasted for five days so I couldn't work in the office. But I was still working from home while I had a fever. On the sixth day, I went to the hospital and I had to go for a surgery ASAP.
I informed my manager and he told me while I was waiting for my surgery, I could still work. My surgery was scheduled at 7 pm. The next morning I was still pretty groggy from the anesthesia. And at 8:30 am my manager kept calling me and asking why I was not on the zoom call yet.
I told her I was still groggy from my surgery.
One of the days, while I was still recovering, my manager scolded me on the phone for still being away. So I went back. But halfway through, my wound started bleeding so I had to rush to the clinic and was scolded by the doctor for even attempting to go to work.
Anyways, unfortunately I had exams and I had applied for leaves and they rejected it. Then my manager called me and asked me to resign and do my exams or turn up to work. I sent him an email asking why my exam leaves were rejected. He said before I joined I did not inform them that I would be taking any types of leaves including hospitalization leaves.
16. Not the nicest guy
Here’s a quick backstory on my current boss. He truly believes that he can do no wrong.
His restaurant serves the BEST food, etc. He is totally arrogant and doesn’t let you explain yourself in any given situation. And he often calls the female servers "the girls” and says, "tell the girl..."
Yesterday, he was the assigned cook and was finishing up a dish. He was being a bit goofy (we have an attached bar he spends most of the time in) and he was sprinkling the garnish on the dish in a similar fashion to the infamous 'Salt Bae' on YouTube. He was jokingly flicking some parsley at me too.
I started laughing thinking about it and then he said, "When you giggle like that, all I see is your scar bounce up and down." I have a scar from open heart surgery.
It wouldn't be as bad if he wasn't such an arrogant prick, but I totally wanted to punch him and quit.
15. Serve your own food
I was working as head cook at a seafood restaurant when I was younger. One time, we had about 35 people and they all wanted lobster and sides. We had to put the frozen lobster tails on a pan and put it through a broiler.
The guy who owned the place loved to come back into my kitchen and throw a wrench into my system that worked EVERYDAY that I was there. He knocked the entire pan of 35 COOKED tails all over the floor.
No matter how clean the floor was, you have to understand, food that hits the floor in my kitchen gets tossed. I yelled that now I have to start over and it takes over 15 minutes from start to finish and they had waited a while already. He told me, “PICK IT UP AND SERVE IT OR YOU ARE FIRED!”
So I looked him right in his beady little shark eyes and said, “Fine, I quit!” I was the only cook that day and had about 30 other customers too and he had to do it himself, but had no clue how to run the kitchen.
I took off my apron, walked out to the dining room and made the announcement I really enjoyed,
“Excuse me, ladies and gents, I need you to hear something. The owner of this restaurant just told me to pick food up off of the floor and serve it to you. I suggest you don’t eat ANYTHING that comes out of this kitchen from here on.”
The place closed down a few months later.
14. Fired via text message
This begins with my boyfriend who worked at a Tim Hortons in the west end. One of the employers for these specific locations has no sense of professional protocol.
For example, you never text or email someone who has never had contact with you for confidential information like your social insurance number. His employer asked him to send his SIN via text message and when he asked for the employer that had given him the interview to verify this request, the employer responded with, "well, I guess you don't want to be paid then.”
Then, he was transferred to another location that he wasn't comfortable working at. He contacted his employer to see if he could stay at his original location, and then the unprofessional jargon began. A few words were exchanged and then he received a text saying, "[he's] done. Hand in your uniform ASAP."
When is it ever acceptable in any professional environment to be fired via text message? Telling someone they're being let go over a text seems petty, especially if it has something to do with a simple request.
13. The pastry thief
On a weekly basis, I'd usually bring in a big box of sweets for everyone. The boss, along with all of his other charming qualities, was also very lazy and impatient. But this one takes the cake.
One day, I brought in a box of 15 cinnabons which was about two for everyone. I didn’t have breakfast that day so after an hour, I decided to grab one for myself. The entire box went missing. I thought, “What?! Is it in the trash?! No...wait a second... where is the boss?”
I ask the only other person working that day if the boss is gone. And she confirmed he straight up walked out of the store with the box in hand. I’m furious. I call his wife and demand she tell him to turn around when he walks through the door and bring back the treats. She just giggled and said something like "Oh, he never thinks."
About fifteen minutes later, he comes back into the store with the box. I look inside and EIGHT ARE GONE. That means this selfish man tried to take the entire box and when he got caught, took over half for himself.
I said clearly, "I hope you really like those eight cinnamon buns because I’m never bringing anything in again."
12. Quit on the spot
I was a reporter at a newspaper once, and my kid woke up sick.
I texted my boss to take a sick day, and she responded with a series of angry texts. She said I was abandoning her and she needed me there because she had a 40 page special section that was due.
My kid is pretty young so it’s hard to tell how sick he is so I roll the dice and take him to daycare. After an hour and a half at work, my boss realizes that the section is just filled with copy from old newspapers and she doesn’t actually need me. But I decided to stay out of spite.
The daycare calls ten minutes later and asks me to pick up my son. I then left a note to my boss that I was quitting. Her bad behavior made me leave.
I found out two weeks later that she quit because she didn’t have enough “support” from her bosses. If my boss didn’t push so many people out (I was the last to go from the group that was there when she arrived) then she would have been fine. And this all happened when my kid was around three years old.
11. Ignored expiration dates
I currently work for a cafe and the boss likes to micromanage everything.
I threw out some half and half because it was past the expiry date on the top. I know that it still lasts a couple days after, but one of the cartons was already opened and the other one was swelling a lot.
We also don’t use half and half. We have literally one drink that uses it. He berated me today because he wanted to take it to the other cafe which has the same menu and is probably just as slow due to covid. He is also the man who told us to rip off the expiration tags on muffins because they were frozen. They expired in March. We pull out muffins and then re-freeze the ones we didn’t sell on a day to day basis.
I’m surprised that no one gets sick, but then again they don’t sell so well. I don’t understand his stinginess. He’s willing to get oneself and others sick to save a couple cents?
I get that you can still eat some things after the date, but it’s a cafe in a nice area. I would just play it safe and throw it out.
10. Almost got fired
We have this manager who is really bad. He's been here for a shorter amount of time than me and I personally work much harder than him. He just sits in the office and plays video games all day.
Well, one day I saw there was a drink in our cooler where we keep produce and stuff. I asked around, but no one claimed it so I threw it out. It was in the fridge for two weeks and I know that’s not part of health code.
My manager freaks out, checking cameras and berating people about it the next day. I own up and said I'll buy him a new one. That is, until he threatened to write me up for final warning. For a week, he went on about if i don’t buy him a new one that he’s gonna write me up. I refused because it was petty and I wasn’t going to bow down to him over it.
Today, he wrote me up saying he “did me a favor” by not firing me. He had the GM on his side, saying it was theft. This is over a three dollar drink.
I told him that he was basically extorting me and it’s ridiculous that he got mad. They tried to compare it to throwing my bag with my wallet and keys away.
I signed it, but I'm gonna make his life a nightmare.
9. None of your business
The first 6 months were great then the company appointed a new chief of operations, and that's when my nightmare began. She was 6 years older than me, had no formal education and bankrupted two of her own businesses.
She used to make comments about my expensive clothes and bags. She’d repeatedly point out that I was single during my employment and she picked on another employee's choice not to have kids.
When the pandemic hit, the company received government assistance for our wages, and they cut our hours back to nothing. They asked us to work one day a week with no pay. When I said no, I got a written warning. In that time, the company started layoffs and she was very vocal about firing half the company.
I had quietly been working on getting my Masters degree, and heard of a job from one of my old clients and I decided to apply. Two weeks later, I received a letter of offer and a contract.
I signed my contract and handed in my notice. I was made to serve out my notice period, which was fine. They announced to the company, clients and suppliers that I was let go due to poor performance. Everyone knew this was BS.
8. A compulsive liar
I have been working this part time job for almost two years now while I was in school. It’s a very small company with only about six people.
As time went on, I started to realize there are things that my boss does that are just immoral. She constantly lies to clients then brags about how they believed her once they’ve left. She’s also faked illnesses in order to get out of paying suppliers.
She managed to convince all of us that we are contract workers even though we are definitely employees. She’s super shady and never pays us on time, and often we don’t get paid the correct amount. When we ask her about it, she makes up some other ridiculous excuse.
I will be quitting soon. I just need to find a different job first.
7. Boss takes all the credit
My boss is a nice guy. He is an ex-marine that has the mindset of a hard worker. When I started my job, I was super dedicated and helped him out as much as possible. He got way too comfortable and now I do his job for him.
I’m an administrative assistant at an auto finance company. My office is directly connected to my boss’s office.
I process the funding on our contracts, take payments and answer the phones. My boss realized that I would take on as many tasks as needed so he started to give me the responsibility of the assistant manager since our branch does not have one.
Now, I do my administrative job as well as handling repos, all our legal accounts, all our bankruptcy accounts, and I am pushed to act like a personal assistant to my boss. I do 90 percent of his job for him at this point and he stays on my back constantly about doing things that are his job.
For example — an email needs to be sent to corporate about branch issues? I have to do it.
Dealer follow up? I have to do it.
Attorney conference calls? I have to do it.
Meanwhile, he takes credit for all the work when he talks to our supervisor.
6. Not the right car
This was not my boss, but happened to be my wife’s boss.
There was an interview scheduled at my wife’s office and about 20 minutes before the interview started, the interviewee called in to reschedule.
They had gotten into a car accident on the way to the interview. He said that he wasn’t going to make it in time. My wife’s boss came out of his office after the call and told her not to schedule another interview for this guy.
She thought that was strange and asked why. He said the interviewee mentioned he was driving his Smart car when he got into the accident. Her boss said anyone who chooses to drive a Smart car in Wisconsin clearly has terrible judgement. He didn’t think he deserved an interview.
5. Kicked out of my office
My team has its own large office within a building. Our space has a large open plan and two small offices. Our director has her own office, and myself and another colleague sit in the second smaller office since the open plan was at maximum capacity.
Anyway, we had recently recruited a deputy director. The seating plan was discussed before the recruitment. It was agreed that my colleague would be moved to the last spare desk in the open plan, and myself and the new deputy would both be in the small office.
I came into work one day to find that a desk had been removed from the office and there was only one desk left (mine) which the new deputy claimed as his own. In the other desk’s space is a small meeting table and chairs.
I was told that they don’t have anywhere else for me to work so now I have to work from home. I’m a little sad that they just shoved me out like that and I can’t be in the office. I’ll be missing out on all the in-person team meetings and more.
4. Can’t buy positive reviews
I worked for a contract security company and was posted at a corporate office.
We had a car that barely functioned — it had to be jump-started every time we needed to use it, and the fob would get stuck in the ignition all the time. We would be unable to remove it, hence draining the battery.
We reported this issue very clearly to management who just shrugged it off. We reported it in our vehicle inspection reports, our daily activity reports and some of us emailed them about it. Our client eventually gets wind of it too, and eventually they get fed up with it and complain to management. Management then complains to us that we're not taking care of our equipment properly nor are we communicating with them.
In another instance, they tried to delay our paychecks because the owner wanted to leave for his Christmas vacation early, and when one of the guards threatened to take this to the department of labor, they tried to intimidate him.
They also tried to buy positive reviews for their company by offering gift cards to employees if we posted a positive review of the company. They never actually handed out the gift cards and pretended like it never happened.
3. Stealing from the company
I was working at a farmers insurance company as a receptionist about three years ago. The boss was an older woman, maybe in her late 50s. She also had a daughter who was an absolute mess.
But besides her daughter, my manager was THE WORST. She was super rich and spent so much money on pointless things. She purchased insanely expensive TVs and projectors and set them up in our small office. She also didn't even know how to turn anything on. She had the sign in our office painted every three months. And she had the most elaborate office with paintings, statues, you name it.
It got weird when my manager was randomly audited and all of a sudden she needed me to help her organize all her receipts. I ended up doing everything for her accounts and found out that she was stealing from the company. Not only that, but she wanted me to write off a ton of things as business expenses that were clearly her daughter's trips to the doctor or whatever.
I quit after about three weeks of it.
2. Just can’t win
When I was an older teen, I worked at a parts store. My manager (not the owner) was a piece of work. He would get mad if we showed up early to work and sat in the back room until our shift started. He said something like, "If you're here, you're working."
So we would clock in early, but that made him mad too because he didn't want us racking up a lot of hours especially since we were just teens. Eventually, none of us showed up early or we would sit out in the parking lot until our shift started (again, making him upset).
Later, I was allowed to run the cash register for the first time. I counted up my register quickly and was short a dollar. I told my manager, then I counted again. It turns out, two new crisp dollar bills had been stuck together.
He asked me if I was even and I told him I was.
He immediately counted his drawer in front of me, and he was short one dollar. He accused me of stealing a dollar out of his register and threatened to fire me. Most likely, he took a dollar out to buy a soda from the vending machine.
Anyway, you couldn't win with that guy.
1. Took all the credit
The worst boss I have ever had also happened to be a micro manager.
One of the most annoying things he did with me was sit at my cube and write an email together. I was a 4th year actuarial student and he was an FSA with 10 years experience. We would sit there writing an email to his boss for 10 minutes and deliberate over the correct word choices.
I was happy to review an email he wrote or write an email and have someone else review it if that was necessary, but this was just ridiculous. It was also a complete waste of my time.
He was also very critical of how I used my time and never about the quality or quantity of the work I produced. He just focused on how I used my time. This is the same guy who would regularly have 30 minute conversations with people in the office about nothing related to work.
He was also the same person who constantly gossiped about other people at work. It was just so unprofessional.