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23 Of The Weirdest, Most Hilarious Stories From People Who Work In HR

May 5, 2020 15.1k votes 1.8k voters 108k views23 items

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Anyone familiar with the TV show The Office likely immediately pictures poor Toby - and all that he went through at Dunder Mifflin - when "HR" is mentiond. This Reddit thread took The Office's craziness to a whole other level, calling anyone who works in human resources to share their strangest stories. From embarrassingly bad job interviews to co-workers putting spells on each other, below we've gathered 21 of the craziest HR stories. Don't forget to vote up the ones you found most interesting! 

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    Employee Needed To Be Told To Stop Meowing

    From Redditor marabou22:

    Former HR here. A woman once complained that someone in her department kept meowing, and it was getting on her nerves. I asked the meowing woman to come to my office. I said, “You’re not in trouble, but apparently you keep meowing and an employee asked us to address it with you.” Her response: “This is america, I have freedom of speech,” and “What happens if she sees a cat in a commercial and the cat meows, does she get mad at the cat?!” To which I replied, “Well no, because it’s a cat. It’s expected to meow.” This went on for some time until she agreed to stop meowing. There was no reason for the meowing. She was just meowing.

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    'The Drugs Just Blew Into My Mouth Accidentally'

    From Redditor dailysunshineKO:

    I used to work at a staffing agency that placed people at manufacturing positions. Everyone had to be drug tested at the office as part of the orientation. If the pee cup came back as “inconclusive,” we’d send the potential hire to a medical lab. They would take another drug test, and the lab could determine if the person was on a prescription or using illegal drugs (and therefore, not eligible for hire).

    So one guy failed his drug test at the lab. He came back to the office, claiming that it wasn’t his fault. He explained that he he was riding in a car and he stuck his head of the the window. Then, when the car passed under a bridge, someone threw a bunch of cocaine off the bridge, it hit him in the face, and he accidentally inhaled it.

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    Candidate Forgot Dress Codes Still Apply For Skype Interviews

    From Redditor SoBreezy74:

    One of the candidates I was interviewing via Skype:

    1. Answered the phone while in his boxers and a tank top, then stood up to grab his blazer that was probably about 3ft away. I had to see him in his stretched-out boxers.

    2. Had a porn site up and open during a shared screen trial (to see how well he can use the digital classroom). I had to remind him I can see his screen. He goes, "Oh yeah, sorry." Next, instead of just closing it from the corner of his partially-hidden window, he clicks open the window in full view, THEN closes it.

    That was nice.

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    Two Employees With The Same Name Basically Broke The System

    From Redditor shepanator

    I used to work in HR at a large corporation.

    There was a big HR back-office team doing a lot of processing and data entry, including employees' bank info for their salary. It just so happened that on the same day, two employees with the same name started, and a huge clusterf*** ensued.

    First, the banking information was entered for the wrong person. One of them realised and had it corrected, but the other wasn't fixed, so both salaries went to one person.

    The unpaid guy started refusing to come to work, but payroll said that the payment cleared and the account was in his name, so he was terminated for refusing to come to work.

    He kept calling and the HR support team kept misidentifying him as the other guy who was still working for us, so when they raised a ticket to get his bank information changed, they changed the info of the wrong guy. So now the guy who doesn't work for us is getting paid the salary of a guy who does.

    When this was finally worked out, the first guy was given his job back. But on his first day back, security misidentified him, and issued him a badge for the other employee, so now he was clocking hours for the other guy, and not getting paid again, because he never clocked in for himself.

    It took about 3 months for all this to be worked out. Moral of the story is use a f***ing email address to identify people

    Edit: Yes, the employees had unique ids, the problem was people were searching for them by name, and tunnel visioning on the first result. Also, I was suggesting the email can be used to identify people face-to-face or over the phone. I wasn't suggesting it should be used as the primary key in a database.

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