Work can be tough sometimes, but it becomes even more challenging when on top of actually doing your job you also have to field crazy accusations from your boss. Many people complain about their jobs just to vent — is there really such a thing as a dream job? — but some office employees on Reddit really do have multiple reasons to wax poetic angst against their bosses. Their employers seem to have serious vendettas against them, making the work environment incredibly toxic.
It's hard to believe the crazy stories people tell about their micromanaging, accusatory, and sometimes even lying bosses, but certain jobs should just be chalked up as "one for the resume."
They Were Accused Of Stealing Office Water
From Redditor /u/hammeresq:
I'm on a diet that requires me to drink a metric sh*tton of water... so I carry around a 1L Nalgene bottle at all times.
I'm a mid-level manager at a 60-person company. At the end of the work day, on my way out I pass the water cooler and fill my bottle up for the commute home. Yesterday I was doing just that when our office manager walked up and said the following: "You're leaving for the day, water is for employees to drink when they are working in the office only." I laughed it off, finished filling my bottle and headed home.
I thought she was kidding, or at the very worst having a sh*tty day and lashing out, she wasn't. Today I get into the office with an email from her to myself, my boss (our CEO/founder), and our HR person saying that I am stealing from the company, that I didn't stop filling my water bottle and immediately apologize when confronted, and that she is officially reporting this behavior and asking to have it documented.
They Were Fired For Helping Customers
From Redditor /u/DazeLost:
I was working retail at Best Buy at the time and they had me working in MP3 players/Cell Phones despite the fact that DVDs/Video Games were really more my wheelhouse. But I worked where they told me and I did my job well.
During Christmas season, it got really busy so everyone was running around helping every department. I was hanging out in my own section when a woman comes over, asks about some headphones, and I help her. She then asks me if the Dance Dance Revolution Madcatz mat she bought for her daughter is any good, and I ask if she has any of the games (she didn't) and showed her a slightly more expensive (but better) copy of a Konami mat with a game. She thanked me since she didn't even know it needed a game and went off.
My department manager comes up behind me, tells me to meet him in the break room in five minutes, and rips in to me. He says that the department with the best revenue gets bonuses (only true for him, not for the rest of us below him) and we shouldn't be helping customers in other sections get more expensive things. He says he'd be shocked if I made it past the winter. I just say, "Yes sir," and go back to work.
Come January, I get fired by department manager recommendation.
An Employer Wrote Them Up For Stealing Trash
From Redditor /u/iambeaker:
I had an employer of mine write me up for stealing trash. In reality, at the end of my shift, one of my duties was to gather all the trash. Often times, I would pick through the trash and sort all the paper, pop cans, and water bottles in our company's recycle bin. We had a special promotion with our trash company in which our company would get money based on the number of pounds we recycled. It ended up being $1500 per month AND we didn't pay our trash bill.
So long story short, I got a final write up for stealing company time for sorting our recyclables. So I stopped, the following month, our manager was pissed that she had to pay a trash bill. She called the trash company and the company told her that the past two years she didn't pay for trash because our company would recycle so much, we would get a $1500 check AND free trash service.
My boss thought that the checks were a bonus for her. Anyhow, the district manager was reviewing the write ups and saw I got written up for stealing trash, so he called me up and asked me what was going on. I told him the story about the trash company and their promotion. He congratulated me for a job well done.
The next day he flew in to talk to my manager. He asked my manager what happened to the $20,000 that she got from the trash company. Apparently, she tried to pin it back on me, and our district manager promptly fired her. After escorting her out, he called me into the office. He told me what happened in that meeting, and offered me a promotion to Assistant Manager.
They Were Accused Of Smoking In The Subway Freezer
From Redditor /u/Muckef*ck:
After working at Subway for five years, three of those being a manager, I was accused of turning off the cameras in the store and getting high in the cooler.