18 Sweet Revenge Stories Of People Doing EXACTLY What They Were Told To Do

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Vote up the best stories of sweet, sweet revenge!

Sometimes, following exact directions, no matter how unfair, ends up working in people's favor. These stories of sweet revenge are all a result of complying to orders and letting karma do all the rest of the work. Vote up your favorite stories!

Some posts have been edited due to length. All posts courtesy of r/maliciouscompliance.

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    Manager Demands Doctor's Note? Alright, No Problem

    From Redditor u/kathjoy:

    When I was in my early twenties, I worked at a supermarket. I had been up all night, swinging between burning hot and freezing cold so I was obviously feverish and I had been throwing up 'at both ends' shall we say.

    I called up the manager, Steve. Steve was known for being a real a-hole. He never believed anyone who called in sick except his best buds. The conversation went as follows:

    Me: Hey Steve, sorry, I can't come in. I'm sick.

    Steve: With what?

    Me: I don't know. I think it might be the flu. I've been up all night being sick, and I have a fever.

    Steve: Don't be stupid. If you had the flu you'd be completely knocked out. I need you in. Come in or you're fired.

    Me: I can't. I just told you I can't stop vomiting. I passed out.

    Steve: (growling angrily) Either come in or bring a doctors note, or you're fired!

    In the UK, you are legally allowed to self-certify for 5 days. This means you can tell your employer you are sick and you do not need a doctors note. If you're sick for more than 5 days, you then need a note. It is also against the law to demand a doctors note during the self-certify period. I knew this, but I was terrified. So I got myself dressed. Almost passed out trying to do so. Then trudged to the doctors some 25 minutes walk away.

    I get in to see the doctor and she is furious at me for coming in. You're not supposed to come to the doctors when you have a cold or flue, and of course I knew I should be able to self certify. She told me as such, saying I shouldn't be here and should have stayed at home.

    I then explained what had happened with Steve and how he had threatened to fire me over this and I couldn't afford to lose my job - I was struggling as it was. My doctor turned her anger towards my manager. She asked if I got sick pay from the company, and I said yes.

    "He wants a sick note does he," the doctor says. "Okay. I'll give him a sick note.

    Cue malicious compliance.

    Now, my manager just wanted a note confirming I was sick, but instead my doctor wrote something along the lines of this:

    '[My Name] has come to the surgery because [manager name] has insisted she come in, in spite of the fact that this is not legal and all employees are allowed to self certify. Due to being forced to make this unnecessary and highly dangerous trip when the patient is ill, has a fever of 39°C, and almost passed out in the waiting room, I am signing [my name] off for two full weeks to recover. Had [my name] been allowed to self certify as is the law, they might only have needed a few days, but due to straining themselves, they now require two full weeks. They are not to be permitted to work until [date 2 weeks later]'

    The doctor said she would have signed me off longer but this was the longest she could do without requiring further evidence. So basically, instead of just being off for a few days, I was now signed off for a full two weeks, and I'd be paid for it.

    I felt better after a few days, and enjoyed my two weeks off, fully paid, and enjoyed the nice weather we had. Meanwhile, Steve was forced to work overtime because we were short-staffed. So thanks to the doctor, instead of being off for a few days, I ended up getting a nice two week paid vacation, and Steve was given a final warning, all because he insisted I get a doctors note.


    TL;DR: Manager demands I get a doctor's note or I'm fired, so the doctor signs me off sick for two weeks instead of 2 days to teach him a lesson.

  • 2
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    Discuss Work Related Documents? Sorry, Strict NDA Says Otherwise

    From Redditor u/cranne:

    Gather round as I tell you the story of the time I got fired at the worst place I have ever worked.

    From day one, it was a nightmare. There was 0 onboarding or training. I was simply given the log-in info for a couple of different websites and told to get to work. This company planned large conferences and I was in charge of speaker coordination. I was the only person in this role. The information solely resided with me.

    I did my best in the position. Small mistakes happened here and there but overall all the speakers were very happy and felt well supported. I struggled on the communication with my manager, but I thought the company was happy with my work.

    Until 4 months in, when I was randomly pulled into a meeting with my manager, HR, and legal.

    Effective immediately I was fired. I asked why I was being fired and why this was the first I had heard of any problems. Why wasn't there a write up or a verbal warning?

    My manager said it was because the ten minutes (I ran the analytics) it takes me to respond to an email was too slow.

    That was a bulls**t reason and we all knew it. If you don't like me personally, fine but don't try and make this seem like I was a bad employee. To be honest, I was furious.

    We do the exit interview with HR and then she asks me to send over any documents I had (we worked on personal computers remotely) and describe where I was at in regards to our next event and our speakers. NDA's are really common in this field, I've signed one at every job I've ever worked. But this employer's NDA had a clause in it that worked to my advantage.

    Cue malicious compliance.

    I said: "As per my NDA, I am not to discuss intimate details or share documents relating to this position with any employer- past or future. Since this firing was effective immediately, you are now a former employer and I am bound by my NDA"

    HR hemmed and hawed a little bit telling me that of course I could speak to them about it, this was about their event.

    I pulled out my copy of the NDA (always save contracts) and pointed out the exact clause and said that it clearly stated that if I broke this NDA I would be sued, so no, I couldn't talk to them about the position.

    HR turned to Legal and Legal pointed out that I was technically correct. They were a former employer and I was bound by my NDA

    They fired me 17 days before the event. They didn't have time to start over from scratch. I still keep in contact with some of my coworkers and apparently the event was a s**t show and manager nearly lost her job because of it. Over half the speakers pulled out once communication broke down.

    All because I ~tAKe ToO lONg tO ResPoND tO EMaILS~


    TL;DR: I got fired effective immediately and because of my NDA I was unable to give them any of the information they needed. The company's event quickly fell apart. 

  • 3
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    Enforcing Strict Working Hours? Nice Try

    From Redditor u/Jake_NoMistake:

    I used to work in the engineering department of a mid-sized company. One of the managers started to get upset because if he walked around at exactly 8:30 (our start time) no one would be in their seats. He felt that engineers were being too lax with their time. The edict went out that all engineers had to be in their seats exactly at start time.

    I told my boss that I was not planning on complying because I was a salaried professional and expected to be treated as such and that if they didn't trust me to put in an honest week's work then they should fire me instead of micro-manage me.

    The older (and much wiser) engineers took a different approach.

    Cue malicious compliance.

    They all showed up 5 minutes early to make sure they were in their seats at 8:30, but also set an alarm for 5pm and would literally drop everything they were doing exactly at 5pm and leave the building.

    Is the manager having a meeting that was supposed to end at 5 but is running a little late? No, at 5pm a series of alarms would go off and everyone would stand up in the middle of the meeting to leave. Does operations need technical support at 4:55? They have exactly 5 minutes on the phone with the engineer before he will have to get off the phone. Is someone trying to discuss a work-related issue at 8:28? Better wait a couple minutes because no one in the engineering department is answering work-related questions for another 2 minutes.

    Needless to say the policy didn't last very long.


    TL;DR: Manager starts enforcing strict work schedules and clocking in/out rules. The team of engineers comply to new rules to an extreme until the policy is removed. 

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    Getting Rid Of Vacation? Have Fun Replacing Me

    From Redditor u/Rusticwhiskey:

    I worked at a company that gave out exorbitant amounts of vacation. Anyone who worked there for 25+ years received 8 weeks of vacation and 2 weeks of personal time. 

    Enter Jimmy. Jimmy was a grissled old man, he started at the company when he was just 20, now he was 63 and gave absolutely zero sh**s. Jimmy was also the only one who knew how to make a specific part for our product, except for one other higher up in the office.

    One day, the plant owner comes out and announces he's selling to a corporation. He's older and ready to retire, he promises that there will be very little change and wishes us all well.

    The new company comes in and immediately goes after many of the great benefits we had. The first thing they do is cut everyone's max vacation down to 4 weeks, and do completely away with personal time. 

    They then go into the office and clean house, firing anyone who's close to retirement. Including Jimmy's back up. But they also do away with one very important rule. You no longer have to get vacation approved, you can just call in and take it.

    Jimmy is p**sed, and they know it. They realize he's the only one in the building that can do his job now. So they hire a new kid for him to train, most likely to permanently replace Jimmy. 

    Cue malicious compliance.

    Jimmy calls in the first training day for the new hire, and lets us know he's going to use all of his PTO at once, and promptly takes 10 weeks off.

    We had a back stock of parts he had made, so it wasn't too unnerving. But for 10 weeks, Jimmy went and applied to other jobs, found one, and started.

    Fast forward 10 weeks. It's the day Jimmy is supposed to return. He doesn't. For two days they try calling him, and even go to his house. He's nowhere to be found. Finally on day three he calls and resigns, and they lose their s**t. The parts he makes are specialized and patented by the original founder, you can't just hire someone off the street to make them.

    What eventually happened was they had to contract the original owner to come in a teach some new hires how to make them, and when he found out all they had done it p**sed him off. The last I heard, he charged them a 7 figure contract to teach them how to produce the parts, and they had to pony up, or close down.


    TL;DR: New company does away with vacation time and then fires everyone close to retiring. Jimmy, essential to the company and unreplacable, takes a 10 week vacation and quits without notice leaving the company with a 7 figure contract to teach new employees how to produce the parts. 

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    Firing An Employee Before Their Pension? Go Ahead And Try

    From Redditor u/Sorkoth1:

    My father worked for a Forbes 500 company since the 70s. Moved up the ranks as a software engineer and management, has patents for the company that saved it millions of dollars. He's almost to pension age and suddenly HR starts making his life miserable. He noticed this trend was happening to some of his coworkers when they were getting close to age 60 as well.

    HR Lady calls him into the office and says that he was not punching in and out at the correct time. My Father, an engineer, is very very detail oriented. He knew that these were false accusations and asked HR to prove it. They came back a week later and couldn't prove it. And he said, "Of course you can't. I have been driving the corporate carpool bus from [A major city 40 miles away from the company] for the last 15 years. I always have 16 witnesses on my clock in time and I haven't been late in 15 years."

    HR Lady came back a week later and they said that they were going to fire him for letting people into the building without badging. He asked to see when and where he was letting someone into the building without badging. They showed that he held the door for his best friend who had also been working there since the 70s and who had his foot cut off after having type 2 diabetes. He was in a wheelchair now.

    Prior to this, my dad took the chief of security out for lunch and told him about how this company wanted him to leave before he got his pension so he got some footage of his own.

    Cue malicious compliance.

    My dad returned to HR Lady and said, "That is very interesting. You are going to fire me for holding the door for my best friend of 35 years after his foot was amputated and he was in a wheelchair? Fine then, I hope you fire the CEO and yourself as well." He then proceeded to show footage of the HR lady holding the door for his friend and the CEO holding the door for his friend.

    My Father ended up staying there until he got his pension.


    TL;DR: Company uses a petty excuse to try and fire my dad before he got his pension. Dad shows up with video proof of HR lady and CEO doing same thing they were using to fire him. 

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    Won't Fix A Spelling Mistake? That's Not My Bill Then

    From Redditor u/Nothanksimallgood:

    My husband's phone bill had a spelling mistake. The mistake was simple. Think 'Rod William' instead of 'Rod Williams' type simple.

    One day, we moved states and put in for mail redirection. Now, where I am from, mail redirections have to be EXACT, so the bill never got forwarded. And in all that goes along with moving, it didn't even cross our minds that the bill hadn't arrived or been paid. Then, inevitably the phone got cut off.

    Once we realized, we were all set to fix it up. Pay the bill. Change our address etc. But no, can't be that simple. You see, to change the spelling mistake, we needed to provide proof of my husbands correct name. But for any name change, they need name change documents such as a wedding certificate or other official name change document. For some reason, his licence or passport was not good enough evidence.

    We ask what we can do to get this fixed up and they offer no help or resolution. Just stonewalling that there is no possible way to fix the incorrect spelling.

    Cue malicious compliance.

    Not going to help us with what should be a simple fix? We won't pay the bill we told them.

    They respond with details of the contract and our obligations, debt collectors, etc. We simply replied, but who are you going to go after? They replied, "You, of course."

    My husband, looking comically confused, said "But my name is not Rod William and I am not going to pay HIS bill. Good luck finding him. If you happen to send me my own bill though, I would be happy to pay that."

    Shocked faces all around and oh look, spelling mistake gets corrected immediately.


    TL;DR: Phone company won't fix a spelling mistake of my husband's name. So, husband refuses to pay bill claiming to not know the person named on the bill until the spelling mistake is fixed.