careers The 13 Most Horrible Bosses of All Time  

Robert Wabash
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We've all had a bad boss or two, one that makes us stay later than we want to, doesn't pay us enough or makes us do demeaning things for her/him like take out their trash when it's full. Bad bosses get a lot worse than that, though. From firing a woman who just donated a kidney to her boss, to a boss that made employees tattoo his birthday on their necks, to a boss who installed sniper towers and canons when workers asked for a raise, these are the worst, most horrible, bad bosses of all time.

Who are the worst bosses ever? If you think you've got it bad, just read a few of these and come into work tomorrow morning at peace with the fact that your bad boss isn't going to fire you over bringing him/her a flat Coke or liking a Facebook page. All of the bad bosses you've ever had ain't got nothin on the worst bosses of all time. And if they do, maybe it's time you looked for a better place to work (i.e. the streets).
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Boss Takes Away Company Chairs

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In a Bad Boss contest, this winner takes the gold cup. A former employee at a Minnesota non-profit started work to raise money for a cause. They had to reach goals. They were on their way...

So the first month after launch and doing $75K, we were all proud of ourselves, but we were all written up because "it wasn't enough"

The second month we doubled sales to $150K, but "it wasn't enough" to "teach us a lesson" Our boss took away all of our chairs...FOREVER!!!

Yes, we were in the ecommerce department, with NO CHAIRS, hunched over our desks working on computers all day long.
Best of all: A disabled employee had her chair taken away, too. Since her job description was rewritten as a "standing only" position, the writer was required to fire her.
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Boss Fires Employee for Time Spent Off After Double By-Pass

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Last time I had surgery, I was out of commission for a week. I spent every day on the couch watching "My Super Sweet 16" and popping Vicodin, unable to bathe, dress myself, or even microwave my own Easy Mac - much less go to work. And all I did was have my wisdom teeth removed.

In January 2008, New Zealander Murray Gardiner, 60, was admitted to the hospital after suffering a week's worth of major chest pain. He was put into emergency surgery for a double bypass. Afterwards, records noted that the procedure was "uneventful" and had "nil" complications" - successful by all accounts. Except one.

Gardiner's boss, Patch Rubber Company director Julian Proctor, dropped by the recovery room not with flowers or balloons, but with his briefcase. He pulled out a letter that said the following:

Murray, this is very hard on both of us but unfortunately I have to find a replacement for you.

I have been told that the operation was not fully successful in that the veins that they took from your legs were not much better than the ones that were going to your heart, so that only half the operation was able to be completed.

To return to full duties too soon could kill you.

A temporary replacement for you can not be found even if you are able in the future to resume full duties.
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Employees Forced to Tattoo Boss's Birthday on Neck

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What would you do if someone demanded that you get his birthday tattooed on your neck? Even if that person was your boss? Are you sure? Yeah, OK, me too. (Wait, you answered, "Get it for shiggles," right?)

In 2010, an employee at Day and Night Spa in Mount Prospect, IL, told police that her boss Alex "Daddy" Campbell forced her to get three tattoos. One was a horseshoe - a "brand" he made all his female employees get - and another was the date of his own birthday (Sept. 17th - "917") on the back of her neck.

But that was just the beginning. Turned out all the women working out the "massage parlor" were illegal immigrants from Belarus and Ukraine, and Campbell held on to their passports and visas. He forced a few to have sex with him, and some to have sex with each other, and he taped the sex to use as blackmail in case any of them got mouthy.

In some places, these practices are called forced labor, sex trafficking, and extortion. Luckily, one of those places is America. At his arrest, Campbell was quoted as saying:
You all hating on my pimp game. My lawyer gonna get you good for f--king with me and my hos.
Campbell's first trial was dismissed after his defense attorney was exposed as a parlor client, but Campbell was eventually convicted on 11 counts and faces life in prison. What a pimp.
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Woman Donates Kidney to Boss, Gets Fired

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Debbie Stevens, a Long Island mother who sources could only describe as "kind and generous", donated a kidney to save her boss's life. The woman was then fired soon after, by the very same boss to whom she donated the kidney.

"I decided to become a kidney donor to my boss, and she took my heart," she said.

After temporarily moving away and taking another job elsewhere, Stevens decided to visit her old town in Long Island and meet up with her former employer, Jackie Brucia. Brucia had told her all about her health problems and that she had a kidney donor all lined up. Stevens, the kind-hearted, wonderful woman she is, then offered to donate her own kidney nonetheless, should she ever need it.

A few months go by and Stevens moves back to Long Island indefinitely, asking her old boss for her old job back. A few weeks later, she has a job. The boss, Jackie Brucia, let Stevens work for a while before calling her into the office and telling her that her kidney fell through.

Stevens quickly donated her kidney, which actually wasn't a perfect match, but it did help Brucia get up higher on the donor list. So Stevens donated her kidney to someone else so that Brucia could have a quicker transplant. This woman is a saint.

Soon afterward Brucia kept asking the woman who'd just donated a kidney (which is a very painful process for the donors and includes all kinds of digestive problems and body pain) "What are you doing? Why aren't you at work? You can't just come and go as you please. People are going to think you're getting special treatment."

If you're a co-worker of a person who just donated a kidney to the boss, not only are you going to have compassion for them already (I have a hard time giving a day of my weekend to my boss), but you're going to understand if invasive surgery keeps them out of the office for a few days.

Stevens was then moved to another dealership (these are all car dealers, by the way) 50 miles away from her home in a high-crime neighborhood that her co-workers jokingly called "Siberia". She was being punished for the medical implications of saving her boss's life. She was then fired. Lawyers were involved and the woman still does not work there anymore.

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