Sometimes you work with someone that you just want to avoid at all costs. Sometimes that’s just not possible.
These Redditors share the stories of that one awful person at their workplace.
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Called his mom because he wasn’t scheduled like he wanted. Mom came down and yelled at the manager.
I was an HR director at a nursing home at the time. I hired a guy who had just finished his CNA certification and had good references. On his first day on the job, I had several of our female employees come and complain to me that he had been showing them pictures of his junk that he had taken with his phone. I started a quick investigation and found he had shown these pics to 6 different employees. He was fired on his first day. I didn’t want him around the staff and definitely not around the residents (we specialized in Alzheimer’s care, so about 80 percent of residents had some form of it).
His mom came up to the office and yelled at me and demanded to see the investigation notes on why exactly he was fired. I just kept telling her that I could tell her nothing of what happened that day since her son was over the age of 18 and this was something to take up with him. She just kept screaming at me and calling me names. It was wild.
Dude was a janitor, he was angry at management for moving him from a warehouse where no one was watching him to a plant where people were actually present and could see if he wasn’t doing any work (literally his words).
So dude started throwing staples and other similar things into food that was being produced and packaged in the plant. He figured he’d get back at the company for screwing him by, you know, endangering lives.
I helped catch him. I couldn’t believe when I first saw him actually do it, blatant, then he said, “this is what they get for screwing me over”.
I have one who complains that she doesn’t get enough hours, yet will ask to leave early. Every. Single. Day.
Wrote to basically every woman in the company, asked them to be a part of his ‘game project’. He wrote to me too and I was like, ok maybe, then 3 min later he asked me for a threesome. Eventually he got fired for sexual harassment.
I had a female coworker downright HATE me and refuse to talk to me for literally no reason. My boss stepped in when she realized there was clearly a problem. Turns out this girl claimed I didn’t say hi to her one morning after she said hi to me. I am not that kind of person whatsoever. If I didn’t say “hi” back…it’s because I didn’t hear you. Ridiculously immature. Grow up, you’re almost 30.
Used to be a guy that worked in my lab that would constantly swear loudly and punch his laptop. Kind of annoying but it was better than when he would whistle.
Work with a girl who could have been Regina in Mean Girls. She will purposely walk by 5 girls at the front desk in the morning and only say hi to 1 or 2. She loves to come up front and make ‘plans for the office’ that excludes a quarter of the office, and usually the ones within earshot. She is almost 40 but still treats the office like senior year in high school.
We have a coworker who routinely pretends not to hear people when they ask for help with something.
I had one coworker who was angry that I got assigned to run a project that she applied for (note: I was assigned, despite the fact that she applied and I didn’t). She was so angry about it that she created a spreadsheet to document the exact times I came into work and every time that I left my desk and came back so then she could “get me in trouble with my boss”. She did this for two months, and then brought the “evidence” that I’d been showing up to work between 8:15 and 8:30am instead of 8am, and was taking breaks closer to 20 minutes than 10.
My boss laughed her out the door- we had an agreement that I could show up when I felt like it and could take the break lengths I wanted since she knew I was working a minimum of 60 hours a week and would be there way past 5pm even if I took no breaks. Partially because I had to pick up the slack of the other employees, partially because we got so many contracts in at once, that they were willing to give me what I wanted to get it completed. You probably shouldn’t create your own project to get another employee in trouble when you have no idea what their situation is AND you didn’t get the project you wanted to run because you already waste too much time at work and can’t be trusted to stay on task or use fair judgment regarding fellow employee roles. Well. She certainly proved their analysis of why she wouldn’t be a good leader true.
This guy I used to work with wrote a fake bomb threat on the toilet paper dispenser, they saw him go in and out of the bathroom on camera and compared writing samples. He was arrested and let go.
Another time I guess a woman was writing things with poop on the side of a bathroom stall, she was also seen on camera and let go.
Warehouses are filled with some grimy people.
We had someone, a librarian in fact, who had two voice levels: silence and SCREAMING. She would scream at coworkers, she would scream at children, she would scream at technology that wasn’t working, she would scream at her boss. It’s unreal how long it took to get her fired.
I’m obviously a bit biased because I was so offended by this, but… Several years ago, the receptionist at a company I worked for brought her husband in on a Friday morning to discuss with the company CEO/president (small firm, ~15 employees) why she should be allowed to take PTO the following week instead of me. Her husband demanded of the CEO that I move my vacation by a week because that was “only fair,” given that she’d worked there 10 years longer than I had.
SHE BROUGHT HER HUSBAND IN TO TALK TO HER BOSS.
I was going out of the country to visit a college friend and had put it on everyone’s calendar two months in advance. She wanted to go on a self-described “spontaneous trip to the beach” with her daughter and infant grandchild, who lived next door to her.
Have office chair races by himself.
Good god man… An office chair race ain’t a race if you don’t invite your colleagues.
He got angry when the manager told him to go clean tables in the dinning room (fast food restaurant) and began yelling how he is a manager at his other job and is better then that. The assistant manager then asked him politely to just take an order to a table instead and to please lower his voice because customers could hear. He then grabs the tray and swears at her under his breath, which she hears.
So after being called into the office we just see him leave in tears blubbering about how much he needed the job and such…but hey he was a manager at his other job, what was he worried about?
Pretend to faint.
I was assistant store manager in retail at 19 after working there for 3 months. One of the older ladies who was working there for about 15-20 years told me she wasn’t going to listen to me because I was incompetent so I told her to go home for the night and had the store manager remove her from any of my shifts. Well the next day her husband was up at the store questioning me because I was there for only three months and I told him:
“I’ve been here a short period of time and got 2 promotions and 2 raises. Your wife has been here 10+ years and hasn’t moved anywhere, so please tell me again who the incompetent one is”
Came in stoned and bragged about it. I was working in a warehouse with heavy equipment. I don’t care if you get stoned on your own time, not my business, but that is a safety hazard and a liability waiting to happen. He was fired.
A disgruntled co-worker deliberately parked his pick-up truck directly in front of the dumpster to prevent access to it – and all because the company sent out a memo stating the dumpster was off-limits to employees and “solely for business use.”
Before the notice, this employee would frequently be seen arriving with his pick-up truck carrying personal junk which he threw into the company dumpster.
Just overall fakeness. I am 26 and most of my coworkers are in the 40-60 year old range. They talk so much garbage on each other and then are so fake to their face that it baffles me. So I’m quiet and rarely talk to people here. I’ve worked retail, bartending, restaurants, etc. but middle aged office workers are the fakest I have ever seen.
Back when I worked at Target an employee dropped every item in every location in the backroom and then just quit.
Basically what this means is that he deleted the entire inventory from the backroom. So we didn’t know where anything was or how much we had in stock. It messed up replenishment, it messed up stocks, it messed up logistics, it pretty much messed every metric up one way or another, and it was done just because some teenager was angry.
The backroom team leader and a few of us worked over time getting everything back stocked.
I have a co-worker now… We had an argument sometime in January, I spoke to her about it and we agreed we were ok. Things were fine for awhile, aside from a couple minor space/ equipment conflicts.
Now she doesn’t speak to me… At all. Since about April. Recently she needed a supply from me, and she emailed me to ask for it, when we were both sitting at our desks, literally 10 ft. from each other. I’ve tried asking her about it and she won’t explain what the problem is. Very immature and unprofessional.
Also my work group is only about 4 people and we work close together, so this is making things very awkward…
I have a co-worker who pretends I don’t exist. We were put in the same cube when my department moved offices. Every morning I would say hi to her when she got in and get no response. She would then pointedly say hello to the other two people in the cube and call people passing the cube in to talk to her.
I tried joining in on conversations, but anything I said was ignored. The funniest one was when she, our boss and I were in a meeting room and she would ask all her questions for me through our boss
I’m thankfully not in that cube anymore.
I work in a doctors clinic on a pod with three other girls. Two of them had a student they had to train that month. They decided to give the student an extra ticket to a Tech N9ne concert with them on a work night. Went and got completely hammered with that student and then showed up the next day hungover and half drunk still with this student.
Something about it just rubbed me the wrong way. Very unprofessional to train a person that this is okay to do. We deal with other people’s medical conditions. I wouldn’t want someone who smells like puke and alcohol to tell me I’m sick.
I have since transferred pods so I no longer work with these girls. I just didn’t mesh with them. I’m all for drinking and having fun but there is a time and place for everything.
He put my stapler in jello. Again.
50+ year old woman in an insurance brokerage had a full on melt down, I’m talking swearing, screaming crying etc all because someone cough me cough had sat in her chair the day before and lowered it slightly. She was fired the next day.
This wasn’t really at work, it was on lunch break. Me and some colleagues went out for lunch, and I had to make an order for another colleague who couldn’t make it. She asked me to order her a big salad. So I did, I even paid for it. And one of the colleagues who went for lunch with us delivered it to her, and took credit for it.
Building a huge fort with packing boxes in a warehouse and be way too proud of it.
I’m that coworker.
One year during the holiday season we were having a decorating contest between all of the departments. My department worked our butts off to decorate our cubicles/office area. Day after we finish decorating, apparently someone in another department complained to HR about the unfairness of the contest because some departments are bigger than others.
So HR calls off the contest. Guy in my department through a fit and started running around literally tearing down the decorations. And then stormed out of the building. He was 37 at the time.
Stole somebody’s hamburger.
Punched somebody in the face for stealing their hamburger.