Have you ever witnessed a moment at your workplace that made you think, “They could make a TV show out of this!”
These Redditors had some hilarious coworkers at their office, who made them laugh with their bizarre antics. Who says nothing ever happens at work?
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“I worked in a large office, and the president of the company literally rode around on a Segway.
I remember attending a meeting once, and he Segwayed in, stood on the thing while delivering his presentation, and then Segwayed out of the room like he was riding a friggin’ Roman chariot.”
“I was sitting next to my coworker when my boss came back from the crummy department store a few stores over in the mall: ‘Guess what I found all the way over in the parking lot at the department store?’
My dull coworker: ‘Was it a rat?’
Coworker: ‘…Was it a dead rat?’
Boss: ‘It wasn’t a rat!’
It was one of our shopping carts, but that part doesn’t matter. Just the fact that my coworker thought it still could’ve been a rat after he said no the first time, and thought the clarification ‘dead’ would be the right guess, was really funny to me.”
(1/2) “My boss was sleeping with my coworker, and everyone knew it. He referred to his new girlfriend as his ‘dream woman’ and described my coworker exactly, but wouldn’t tell me her name. It was so awkwardly painfully obvious who he was talking about, but after I easily guessed that it was her, his eyes went huge and he sat there for a moment in slack-jawed panic. Then he blurted out, ‘No! It’s not her! I hate her!’
A few days later he comes into my office and says, ‘Okay, listen. I know you want to know the name of my dream woman,’ and he proceeded to tell me all about her.”
(2/2) He invented the name ‘Barb’ for her, and told me all about how he’s so excited that she’s introducing him to her friends, and it feels like they’re a real couple. Except every time he meant to say ‘Barb’ he actually accidentally said my coworker’s name instead. Each time I corrected him, he said, ‘Right, not her. I meant Barb.’
After he told me the stories about ‘Jea….I mean ‘Barb,’ he walked out of the office with a devilish half-smile expression, like he was pretty sure he fooled me and got away with it.'”
“Last year when Ugly Christmas Sweater Day was coming up at my office, one coworker, let’s call her Coworker A, did not have a sweater to wear. Coworker B offered to loan one to her.
On the day of, Coworker A arrived wearing a Christmas sweater. B remarked to A that, having found an ugly sweater to wear, she would no longer need to borrow one, at which point Coworker A broke into tears and exclaimed, ‘My mom knitted this sweater for me!’ HR got involved. It was hilarious.”
“I work for a small nonprofit. The boss sends out an email about limiting use on the color copier, because we need to save money and the color toners are expensive. That’s fine, I only print in b&w most of the time.
The next day, my boss calls me down to help troubleshoot her wireless connection to the printer. When I get there, it turns out the connection has always been fine, but what she actually needs is help formatting a document before it gets printed. That document is Harry Potter-themed birthday invites in a deep scarlet and gold color scheme for her daughter’s upcoming birthday party. She then proceeds to test print the invites ~10 times before actually printing the 35 sheets that she really needed. Maybe 50 pages of color copy in total.
This was a year ago. I’m still going out of my way to print full color copies.”
“There was a person at my old office who printed all her emails every Friday so she could read them over the weekend. She’d take home a booklet that was a couple of inches thick. I can’t even imagine how much paper and ink she wasted doing that.”
“We once had a meeting about how we were having too many meetings.”
“When I worked a sort of telemarketing job, I sat next to this guy who really didnt seem to grasp the concept of the job at all. Id sometimes overhear him while I was waiting for someone to pick up and he was just a mess, tripping over his words constantly.
Once, I glanced over at his screen and saw he had been on one call for over 40 minutes. I frantically nudged him and he muted it, asking what was up. I told him if he didnt ask for money soon and end the call he might get fired, or at least reprimanded again. His response: ‘Oh, but hes pretty fun to talk to. He already told me he doesnt want to donate, like a long time ago.’
It was stunning to see someone so inept at their job.”
“My hippie coworker went to spend the summer in the woods out west with no cell phone.
Me: What if theres an emergency? What if theres a bear?
Him: Well, thats a noble way to go out of this life.
I cant figure out how a wild, adventure-loving guy like him ended up as an accountant.”
“My boss told us about a dream she had. When she described it, it sounded more like a nightmare but she didn’t see it that way. She described this dream of being locked in a room with only a single door. At one point, some big men in suits opened the door and without saying a word led a squealing pig into the room and closed the door.
She came to work, told us about this dream, and then asked for a few coworkers to help her google what it meant.
When they looked it up and broke down the different symbols in it, they came to the conclusion that it wasn’t good… Who would have guessed, right?
The boss didn’t like their assessment, so she started arguing about the different ways you could interpret a couple of mafia types trapping you in a room with a squealing pig.”
“My father left his old job because they created the Committee Committee. They kept needing committees for things, and kept having to decide who would be on them, so they created a committee whose sole purpose was to select the members of other committees.”
“My coworkers and I are currently in a large Office-style feud. We’re broken up into ‘teams’ at my company, and we are all pretty loyal to our teams. We heavily differ personality-wise per team.
Our office is about a month away from major renovations…. desks are moving, spaces are shifting. It’s a huge all-out war for desk spaces that have turned into heated arguments. We all separate every morning and trash talk the opposing teams in meetings.
It’s been a lot of fun.”
“My boss literally bought a Playstation 4 for our Secret Santa exchange. The spending limit was supposed to be $40. It was a disaster, everyone started fighting for it, and a bunch of people complained to HR.
Except for the guy who got the PS4. No complaints from him.”
(1/2) “A former co-worker of mine would commute to work via bicycle every day. He kept a pair of comfortable work shoes at work and wore cycling-specific shoes when on the bike. He bragged about his work shoes pretty regularly, always talking about how they very well constructed and only become more comfortable with age. That got me thinking.
One day, after he left work, I took one of his insoles out of his work shoes and traced the shape onto a piece of paper. I then cut out a large number of insole-shaped pieces of paper.
From that point on, whenever he left work, I would grab a couple of the paper insoles, draw silly cartoons on them, date them, and place them underneath each of his actual insoles. I did this day after day for months.”
(2/2) “Gradually, his shoes became tighter and tighter. He actually complained about it to me and various other co-workers and talked about having to buy a new pair.
Approximately 5 weeks later, a very loud ‘NO!!’ could be heard from the back room. Everyone walked back to see what the commotion was all about. There he was, paging through each individual insole in total offended disbelief that I had been messing with him so consistently, for such a long time.
To this day, it was the most satisfying work prank I’ve had the pleasure of conducting.”
(1/2) “Years ago when I was delivering pizza, my boss was a huge man-baby and was upset with me about something stupid. I was up for a double delivery which was more rare than you’d think and I would get an extra dollar for the same trip out of the store. So to punish me he only gave me one and gave the other to the next driver up.
Well, the deliveries weren’t just close, they were to the same exact place. For some reason the customer just made two orders. Maybe they had to use two different cards, otherwise they would’ve just updated the order. So I left with the first order, and then ten minutes later the next driver left with the second order.”
(2/2) “We even told my boss it made no sense as we were taking the order but he didn’t care. He had already made up his mind about my ‘punishment’ even though you could tell he was realizing how dumb it was.
So here we are, two delivery dudes from the same place delivering to the same place. And the customer actually says, ‘Man, I specifically asked them not to send two people,’ which shouldn’t have even been necessary, and he still got two people.
I felt bad because the guy felt obligated to tip us both–which is probably why he didn’t want two drivers showing up. When I told my boss what happened, he was suddenly worried about the customer being angry and blamed me for it somehow. Worst job ever.”
“Our book-keeper used ‘LOL’ at the end of text messages to the general manager. He thought it meant ‘Lots of Love,’ and so she was let go because he thought she was coming onto him.”
“I’m a UPS package handler. Two weeks ago, during training, we had a conversation that went like this:
Trainer: Okay guys, here’s your workbooks, please open to page 13 and put today’s date. Today we’re gonna talk about hazmat packages. Again, page 13 and write today’s date.
Employee: What date should we write down?
My trainer literally gave the most disappointed deadpan face and looked off into an imaginary camera, like we were on a TV show.”
“I had a boss at a local TV studio that got the job because his father used to be the boss. He had zero qualifications but acted like he could do no wrong.
One time he chewed me out for losing a battery off of one of the cameras. We were standing in front of his office and I waited for him to finish his rather long-winded speech about ‘negligence,’ ‘the cost of replacing a battery’ and how he ‘never would have let this happen if he’d been in charge of the batteries.’ After he finished, I pointed at the battery sitting in the middle of his desk and told him, ‘I think I found the battery.’
I have never seen a man more red in the face.”
(1/2) “My former boss decided that since she was leaving, she would throw a going away party for herself. Usually, close friends or workmates will put together a nice get together to send them off. But she had managed to make enemies with nearly everyone she worked with at one time or another, so nobody was planning anything.
So she provides the list of people she wants invited (as well as people she wanted not to attend), where and when and decides a theme. The theme was pet speed-dating. It was some sort of inside joke that only she got, and she had just decided would be the theme.”
(2/2) “The party was a combination of the workmates who were obligated to show up, plus a few members of the public. I talked to some of these random people and realized that they were all just very active on the organization’s email list, and were not the boss’s friends, but instead were very interested in getting food and prizes for free.
It was an odd mix of people in an uncomfortable setting at an event that was exceptionally weird to honor a person nobody really liked or felt any warmth. Odd all around.”
“A nurse at the hospital where I work once trapped a young, new employee in the nurse’s station and proceeded to spend an hour ‘driving’ the new employee through her hometown on Google Maps.
It was a small, boring Canadian suburb. She was exclaiming things like, ‘This is where my friend lived!’ and ‘This is where the hospital was! Only 15 minute from my house!’ All the while the new employee was making ‘HELP’ eyes at me from the office. I felt so bad for her.”
“I once cut the cheese at work, and my cubicle is by the kitchen. My manager walks by my cubicle and says, ‘Mmm, what is that smell? Smells like someone’s warming up their dinner from last night.’ I could not stop laughing in my mind after he said that.”
(1/2) “Muffins are provided at staff meetings. The big kind with chocolate chips and those wax-covered wrappers.
A sort of weird dude I work with starts eating his. He finishes, then folds the wrapper into a triangle, stuffs it in his mouth, chews and swallows. Like it was just the most natural thing in the world.
I couldn’t believe my eyes. But then I locked eyes with someone from another department and the look of pure shock on his face told me that he too had witnessed it.
By the next meeting, we had told a bunch of other people in the office, and a small group of non-believers were on the lookout with the two of us.”
(2/2) “Sure enough: strange coworker does it again!
By the meeting after next, basically the entire staff was watching this guy eat his muffin.
I am fearful that management will notice, and will stop providing the muffins because at this point no one is that room is paying attention to a single thing they say. We all just watch the weird guy enjoy his muffin, and wait to see him eat the wrapper. I really used to hate meetings, but this has made them much more enjoyable.
Its just so absurd.”
These comments have been edited for clarity.