21. And then there's the career ruiners.... This sucks
I used to work for this small town, twice weekly newspaper. The editor/publisher, mayor, county commissioner and a few other people were skimming tax dollars. When I confronted my boss about it, he told me he'd blackball me if I said anything.
So I went to the local television station, tipped them off and they uncovered the story. When they won their awards, my name was added to the list of reporters. I still can't get a job as a journalist, but damn if it didn't feel good.
22. This is the bawsest thing ever
Boss told me "You have to cover X this upcoming weekend, both days, since everybody else said no." I said "How do you know I'll say yes?" He said "You have to, there's nobody left." I said, "You're wrong, I'm left. But I quit. Now there's nobody left." He was speechless, his expression was priceless, I stood there about 10 seconds and said, "I'm walking away now" and left.
Thank God this happened the day after I had (secretly) secured a better job. Probably one of my fondest memories.
23. Let the feet be free!
Company dress code allows women to wear open-toed shoes, so long as they are leather. The dress code does not allow men to do the same. A few years back, I started wearing leather sandals during the warmer months. A few managers mentioned to me that I was in violation of the dress code and I pointed out that my shoes would be considered acceptable if I were a woman and that it's gender discrimination to deny me the ability to wear something that is considered ok on someone of the other gender. Haven't heard any comments or problems since.
24. "I'm all about equality, sir"
10 years ago, I was the only employee who didn't smoke. Needless to say, everyone in the building took a 15 min smoke break 2-3 times a shift, and I got squat. One day, I asked the manager if I could have a "Clean Air Break", and he was confused. I explained that since smokers can have their 15 min breaks 2-3 times a shift, I should be able to step outside and do the same without having to smoke. Irked my manager, but he knew he had to let me to avoid any discrimination.