They say there’s no ‘I’ in ‘team’. But some people are selfish, shortsighted, and seem keen to ruin everyone’s day for their own pleasure or gain. Naturally, we call these people jerks. While unpleasant to deal with, your average, run-of-the-mill jerk isn’t usually someone to fear. Not so if they’re your boss.

Good bosses are a godsend, but bad bosses make you pray for divine intervention. Even worse than merely incompetent managers are bosses who love being jerks. Jerk bosses are by far the crème de la crème of all possible types of the species known as jerks.

Bored Panda made this list of the greatest examples of bosses acting like jerks, so you can feel a bit happier about working at your current job, in comparison. So go make yourself some popcorn, grab yourself a drink, and scroll down. Upvote your fave jerk boss stories and let us know if something similar has ever happened to you! Be sure to take a look at Bored Panda’s other stories about jerk bosses, regular everyday jerks, and the vast differences between leaders and bosses.

#1

So My Boss Calls Me To A Meeting On My Day Off, Then Asks Me To Arrange The Meeting Room

So My Boss Calls Me To A Meeting On My Day Off, Then Asks Me To Arrange The Meeting Room

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Demonic cow 2 weeks ago

It’s fitting, the boss sounds like a total dick.

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#2

After Receiving A $50 Gift Card For Walmart As A Christmas Gift From My Boss, I Was Happy Until I Saw That It Had Been Deducted From My Paycheck

After Receiving A $50 Gift Card For Walmart As A Christmas Gift From My Boss, I Was Happy Until I Saw That It Had Been Deducted From My Paycheck

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wandile dludlu 2 weeks ago

They are counting on you not looking at your pay slip

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Your mom probably told you to stay away from jerks when you were a kid. However, when we’re all grown up, we can’t always choose our colleagues (and especially not our bosses), as we choose our friends. I’m sure that at one point or another we’ve all met jerks that made us grit our teeth, put on a fake smile and pretend like everything’s just peachy. When all we really wanted to do was Sparta Kick them into a volcano as a sacrifice to the venerable Flying Spaghetti Monster.

#3

Artists At My Local Tattoo Shop Left This For Their Boss After Finding A Motion Detector That Records Video In The Unisex BR

Artists At My Local Tattoo Shop Left This For Their Boss After Finding A Motion Detector That Records Video In The Unisex BR

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Foxxy 2 weeks ago

That is definitely a police matter if that is indeed true.

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#4

My Boss Said "No" Too Many Times. He Forced My Hand. I Quit! Now While He's Miserable. My Feet Are In The Sand. F Him

My Boss Said "No" Too Many Times. He Forced My Hand. I Quit! Now While He's Miserable. My Feet Are In The Sand. F Him

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Enuya 2 weeks ago

Good for you. Although having this kind of conversation via text messages seems a bit childish and unprofessional.

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Ohio State University researcher Bennett Tepper explained to the Harvard Business Review that “if your boss is hostile toward you, you are going to be less satisfied with your job, less committed to the work. You are more likely to experience psychological distress. We know that performance suffers; we know that people are less helpful when their boss is hostile toward them.” So far, so good.

#5

My Coworker Went All Wet Seal On Our Boss Today

My Coworker Went All Wet Seal On Our Boss Today

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Cassim_D 2 weeks ago

I wonder how he became a boss in the first place, this is pathetic

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#6

So I Bring A Pecan Pie To Work. By Noon It Was Missing. Found It A Few Hours Later In My Boss's Office

So I Bring A Pecan Pie To Work. By Noon It Was Missing. Found It A Few Hours Later In My Boss's Office

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Cassim_D 2 weeks ago

what an ass****

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“I have found no upside whatsoever to a boss being hostile, even though there is a lay belief out there that if you kind of kick people a little bit, maybe you can get them motivated. We never seem to find evidence of that,” Tepper revealed how aggressive behavior isn’t too great for inspiring folks to work harder.

#7

Secret Recording Device Under Break Room Table At Work

Secret Recording Device Under Break Room Table At Work

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Enuya 2 weeks ago

Is is even legal? I hope you reported this...

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#8

One Of A Seemingly Endless Series Of Unreasonable Notes Left By My Boss. It’s Great Here

One Of A Seemingly Endless Series Of Unreasonable Notes Left By My Boss. It’s Great Here

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Cassim_D 2 weeks ago

they might start charging for water and toilet paper next

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Tepper and his colleagues checked whether acting aggressively right back at a hostile boss would yield any positive results. Are you ready for the shocking news? No, acting like a jerk to your jerk boss doesn’t create anything of value for you, nor for anyone else. The old adage that two wrongs don’t make a right is absolutely correct. Only, in this case, two jerks don’t make a warm and supportive work environment.

#9

Our Boss Doesn't Let Us Take Any Home!

Our Boss Doesn't Let Us Take Any Home!

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Cassim_D 2 weeks ago

This is a catastrophe of epic proportions, no pizza should ever have to endure such suffering

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#10

This Structural Pole My Boss Refuses To Fix

This Structural Pole My Boss Refuses To Fix

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chi-wei shen 2 weeks ago

There are laws regarding the structural safety of buildings. Notify the proper authorities.

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Far from everyone has the luxury of quitting their jobs at the drop of a hat. That means that for quite a number of different possible reasons, some people are stuck working for bosses they otherwise wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole. What can you do to survive if you’re in such a situation? Sometimes, a change in perspective can help. Thrive Global proposes learning all you can from your boss, doing the best work you can, and taking responsibility for your own happiness.

#11

When Your Good Service Rewards Only Your Boss

When Your Good Service Rewards Only Your Boss

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Cassim_D 2 weeks ago

Greed

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#12

Shift Manager At My Work Was Just Diagnosed With Colon Cancer, Our Store Manager Put This Sign Out A Week Later

Shift Manager At My Work Was Just Diagnosed With Colon Cancer, Our Store Manager Put This Sign Out A Week Later

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Shawn 2 weeks ago (edited)

Wow that's fucking cold! Hopefully the shift manager ends up hiring his very own replacement.

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Meanwhile, the BBC suggests you meditate at the office every day and watch the stress go away. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed with life, take a few deep breaths, go for a walk, cuddle a doggo, and remember all the wonderful things in life you’re grateful for. Keep calm and carry on, my friends!

#13

Boss Didn't Like The Color Of The Chairs In The Break Room. So Now We Just Don't Have Chairs

Boss Didn't Like The Color Of The Chairs In The Break Room. So Now We Just Don't Have Chairs

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Cassim_D 2 weeks ago

Fun Times

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#14

My Boss Installed An IP Camera At The Store To Spy On Us When He's Away. I Retaliated With This Rig

My Boss Installed An IP Camera At The Store To Spy On Us When He's Away. I Retaliated With This Rig

Ambi0us Report

wandile dludlu 2 weeks ago

I don't think Spy is the right way if that camera is facing what looks like a shop. I think he is justified here

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#15

My Boss Was Deathly Serious When He Posted This. Looks Like I'm Spending Some Quality Time At Work This Year

My Boss Was Deathly Serious When He Posted This. Looks Like I'm Spending Some Quality Time At Work This Year

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Shawn 2 weeks ago

Just because you have no life doesn't mean your employees don't!! I hate bosses like that

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#16

Quit My Job Yesterday Because I Was Tired Of The Unprofessional Environment - Got This Text From My Supervisor Today

Quit My Job Yesterday Because I Was Tired Of The Unprofessional Environment - Got This Text From My Supervisor Today

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Shawn 2 weeks ago

Shoulda replied "totally...." and then never showed..

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#17

This Is The Drinking Water Filter At My Work. It's Been Getting Darker By The Day But My Boss Insists It's Doing Its Job Still

This Is The Drinking Water Filter At My Work. It's Been Getting Darker By The Day But My Boss Insists It's Doing Its Job Still

OG-Velociraptor Report

Shawn 2 weeks ago

So you're bringing your own drinks right?

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#18

Leave Work For One Day And My Boss Replaced My Large Monitor That I Use To Make Prototype Models And Engravings On Products With This Tiny One

Leave Work For One Day And My Boss Replaced My Large Monitor That I Use To Make Prototype Models And Engravings On Products With This Tiny One

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Cassim_D 2 weeks ago

your boss is a coward

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#19

My Brothers GF Sent Him This From Her Workplace, This Is What Her Boss Posted

My Brothers GF Sent Him This From Her Workplace, This Is What Her Boss Posted

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Demonic cow 2 weeks ago

You can only notice this if you’ve been staring at employees asses. And is so creepy to ask someone to change their underwear so their butt looks better.

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#20

Came To Work To Find That My Boss Threw Away Everyone’s Desks And Replaced Them With Dressers, A Sheet Of Glass, And Saddle Chairs

Came To Work To Find That My Boss Threw Away Everyone’s Desks And Replaced Them With Dressers, A Sheet Of Glass, And Saddle Chairs

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Shawn 2 weeks ago

But yeah that's a safety violation, sometimes gonna lean on it just right and lose a foot.

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#21

My Boss Thought It Would Be A Good Idea To Play Drag Racing. On His iPad. While Driving A Truck. On The Highway

My Boss Thought It Would Be A Good Idea To Play Drag Racing. On His iPad. While Driving A Truck. On The Highway

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Shawn 2 weeks ago

I'd have told him to pull over and let me drive or let me out

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#22

The Way My Boss Asked Me To Order Her More Pens Like This One. I'm Sure She's Just Bluffing.......

The Way My Boss Asked Me To Order Her More Pens Like This One. I'm Sure She's Just Bluffing.......

Dog_Sees_All Report

Shawn 2 weeks ago

Order a literal TON like a metric ton of those pens.

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#23

My Christmas Gift From My Boss. Fortune 500 Company. No Christmas Bonus, Post It Notes, 2 Pieces Of Chocolate, Pen, Jeans One Day

My Christmas Gift From My Boss. Fortune 500 Company. No Christmas Bonus, Post It Notes, 2 Pieces Of Chocolate, Pen, Jeans One Day

apocalypse31 Report

Cassim_D 2 weeks ago

you must be so excited for jeans day

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#24

Work For Multimillion Dollar Company. Employer Refuses To Pay For Drinking Water. Group Of Employees Decides To Pitch-In And Pay

Work For Multimillion Dollar Company. Employer Refuses To Pay For Drinking Water. Group Of Employees Decides To Pitch-In And Pay

Why_Joo_So_Cheap Report

Troux 2 weeks ago

For those who don't know, FPL is a Floridian electric company. The boss is saying "I don't have to give you $5 because you're using my electricity for this."

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#25

The Temperature My Boss Keeps The Office At

The Temperature My Boss Keeps The Office At

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Cassim_D 2 weeks ago

you work in hell?

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#26

If You Park Like This... You Are My Boss, So I Can't Say Anything

If You Park Like This... You Are My Boss, So I Can't Say Anything

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Shawn 2 weeks ago

Go secretly call yalls tow service

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#27

Complained To My Boss And Received This Minutes Later

Complained To My Boss And Received This Minutes Later

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Uwe Theiss 2 weeks ago

I think this is funny if you have a good realationship to your boss. But it also can be a dickmove if he is a dick.

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#28

My Boss Ordered A Box Of 6000 Pepper Packets Instead Of A Shaker, So Now I Get To Spend My Saturday Cutting Open Packets For Our Burger Seasoning

My Boss Ordered A Box Of 6000 Pepper Packets Instead Of A Shaker, So Now I Get To Spend My Saturday Cutting Open Packets For Our Burger Seasoning

John_Aitch Report

Shawn 2 weeks ago (edited)

It'd be cheaper for them to order a huge industrial sized jar of pepper. Oh not to mention smarter but we see your boss is a full crayons short of a full box.

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#29

The Six Pack Of Macarons Cost More Than Six Individual Ones. "You Weren't Supposed To Notice" Is What The Manager Working Told Me

The Six Pack Of Macarons Cost More Than Six Individual Ones. "You Weren't Supposed To Notice" Is What The Manager Working Told Me

ebjazzz Report

Magpie 2 weeks ago

Also $ 2.80 x 12 = $ 33 .60

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#30

My Boss Wears His $50,000 Green Diamond Ring To Work, Laying Asphalt

My Boss Wears His $50,000 Green Diamond Ring To Work, Laying Asphalt

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Shawn 2 weeks ago

It's probably fake

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#31

Boss Asks To Fix Our Electrical Problem. Nope

Boss Asks To Fix Our Electrical Problem. Nope

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Slick 2 weeks ago

I choose life, thanks.

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#32

The Property Manager Is Cutting Down The Trees Because It’s Expensive To Maintain Them

The Property Manager Is Cutting Down The Trees Because It’s Expensive To Maintain Them

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Shawn 2 weeks ago

Should be illegal

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#33

When Your Boss Is A Jerk And Demands You Stack The Water "So It Looks Nice"

When Your Boss Is A Jerk And Demands You Stack The Water "So It Looks Nice"

Pm__meyourvagina Report

Cassim_D 2 weeks ago

it does look nice, great job

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#34

As A Former Manager At McDonald's I Was Forced By My Supervisors To Keep Our Little Infestation A Secret...

As A Former Manager At McDonald's I Was Forced By My Supervisors To Keep Our Little Infestation A Secret...

slowfoghat Report

Paul Dixon 2 weeks ago

I used to work at McDonald's and thankfully worked in a good store. But one shift I was asked to go to another store to help out - I was shocked at how bad it was and informed my manager. I told her I'd never be working at that store again unless something was done. It was a new store but they 'promoted' staff from our store to go look after it but clearly the task was too much for them. I told my friends and family not to eat there.

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#35

Boss Asked Me To "Tidy Up" This Wiring

Boss Asked Me To "Tidy Up" This Wiring

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Cassim_D 2 weeks ago

thats a major fire hazard, it really needs to be tidied up

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#36

I Work At A Very Profitable Restaurant And Someone Decided To Punch A Hole In The Bathroom Ceiling. This Is How My Millionaire Boss Decided To Fix It

I Work At A Very Profitable Restaurant And Someone Decided To Punch A Hole In The Bathroom Ceiling. This Is How My Millionaire Boss Decided To Fix It

bolognaSandywich Report

Cassim_D 2 weeks ago

thats why he's a millionaire

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#37

When Your Boss Brings Her Puppy To Work And Then Makes A Comment Along The Lines Of: “Maybe I Should Just Pay Everyone Quarter Pay When He’s Here Cuz Nobody Gets Any Work Done.” Wtf

When Your Boss Brings Her Puppy To Work And Then Makes A Comment Along The Lines Of: “Maybe I Should Just Pay Everyone Quarter Pay When He’s Here Cuz Nobody Gets Any Work Done.” Wtf

moonshot214 Report

Enuya 2 weeks ago

Yeah, yeah, what a jerk, she wants the work to be done. Let's pet the puppy eight hours straight. *sarcasm*

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#38

Instead Of Helping The Team During Rush My Manager Spent The Time Writing This In Our Break Room

Instead Of Helping The Team During Rush My Manager Spent The Time Writing This In Our Break Room

silverwolfrko Report

Enuya 2 weeks ago

Teamwork - you're doing it wrong.

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#39

New Office Manager Makes Her Mark And Uses Lots Of Ink To Make Sure It's Clear

New Office Manager Makes Her Mark And Uses Lots Of Ink To Make Sure It's Clear

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Shawn 2 weeks ago

The irony is always lost on these types of people

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#40

My Apartment Manager Refuses To Buy A New Grill Scraper And Says This Is Perfectly Fine

My Apartment Manager Refuses To Buy A New Grill Scraper And Says This Is Perfectly Fine

Jandro93 Report

Jo Firth 2 weeks ago

That's ordinary but what do they cost? $10? Perhaps you could buy one yourself and keep it for your private use? Just sayin' ...

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#41

Caught My Boss Living In The Office After A Divorce Making His Dinner. Always Thought The Coffee Tasted Odd

Caught My Boss Living In The Office After A Divorce Making His Dinner. Always Thought The Coffee Tasted Odd

DrChurch2018 Report

bibina180 2 weeks ago

That's sad actually.

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#42

Delayed Christmas Present From My Boss. I Have No Idea What The Underlying Thoughts Are

Delayed Christmas Present From My Boss. I Have No Idea What The Underlying Thoughts Are

NickSchluter Report

Hello it Smee 2 weeks ago

Ummm that is sexual harrasment and pervy as hell

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#43

I Work In An Italian Restaurant. These Are The Notes Of Encouragement(?) That My Boss Regularly Posts Around The Place. I Love Working For Him

I Work In An Italian Restaurant. These Are The Notes Of Encouragement(?) That My Boss Regularly Posts Around The Place. I Love Working For Him

imgur.com Report

Paul Dixon 2 weeks ago

Seems like the manager needs to employ more competent people.

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#44

This Is The Managers Idea Of Saving Liquor Then Selling It Back

This Is The Managers Idea Of Saving Liquor Then Selling It Back

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Cassim_D 2 weeks ago

that is disgusting, looks like a puke smoothie

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#45

Me: *Dies* My Boss: "So You Comin' In?"

Me: *Dies* My Boss: "So You Comin' In?"

The snow is at least 2ft. The street is completely unplowed. So you want me to get up at 6, while it's dark out, and shovel- while there's a blizzard- just so I can go onto my unplowed street? Ha. Yeah, ok.

And while we live near each other, I live twenty minutes out of town on a private road in the county while she lives in town.

Bluburries Report

Enuya 2 weeks ago

Am I the only one who find this boss pretty reasonable? At least when compared to others here?

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#46

Is My Boss A Douchebag For Putting This Sign On His Towels In The Bathroom At His House During Our Office Christmas Party?

Is My Boss A Douchebag For Putting This Sign On His Towels In The Bathroom At His House During Our Office Christmas Party?

MonkeyTBone Report

SAF saf 2 weeks ago

Seriously, it would have been easier to simply remove these towels than to type up this paper and print it.

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#47

So I've Been Bugging My Boss About Getting Photoshop Cs5. I Came In Today And...

So I've Been Bugging My Boss About Getting Photoshop Cs5. I Came In Today And...

radient Report

Shawn 2 weeks ago (edited)

Lmao hey they tried..

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#48

My Supervisor Put Onions On Everyone's Desk To "Absorb Germs In The Call Center." I'm Terrified To Be Employed By These People

My Supervisor Put Onions On Everyone's Desk To "Absorb Germs In The Call Center." I'm Terrified To Be Employed By These People

SaturnianSaturday Report

Vic 2 weeks ago

Free onions!!

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#49

My Boss Just Handed Me This After An Argument On The Jobsite

My Boss Just Handed Me This After An Argument On The Jobsite

tsirmy Report

Wil Vanderheijden 2 weeks ago

So you fill in all the details with the boss's name ( Especially the "Girly man who files this report) and hand it back.

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#50

My Ex-Manager Wouldn't Give Me My Last Paycheck Without A Resignation Letter

My Ex-Manager Wouldn't Give Me My Last Paycheck Without A Resignation Letter

Swinging_Phallus Report

Jennifer Brown 1 week ago

thats illegal

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#51

I Worked At A Chain Restauraunt. This Is How My Manager Solved Problems. Guess Who Had To Clean It Up

I Worked At A Chain Restauraunt. This Is How My Manager Solved Problems. Guess Who Had To Clean It Up

dbrownbear Report

SirPatTheCat 2 weeks ago

I'm confused about what's going on here :/

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#52

Oh, Are The Roads Too Bad For You To Come In, But They’re Fine For Us? Worst Boss Ever

Oh, Are The Roads Too Bad For You To Come In, But They’re Fine For Us? Worst Boss Ever

raw126 Report

Foxxy 2 weeks ago

We don’t know the situation, the boss could be sick, have a sick child etc. Either way the boss doesn’t have to let the employees know why they aren’t there and it’s their prerogative to work from home. The boss was kind enough telling others to be careful and to take their time. They weren’t being a jerk at all.

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#53

My Boss Just Paid $40 For These. I Can't Convince Otherwise

My Boss Just Paid $40 For These. I Can't Convince Otherwise

DirtyGomez Report

Kristy P 2 weeks ago (edited)

Look, someone 3d printed the "save" button!

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#54

My Boss Was Tired Of Our Wire Cutters Getting Stolen. I'm Not Sure This Will Solve It

My Boss Was Tired Of Our Wire Cutters Getting Stolen. I'm Not Sure This Will Solve It

Wylde_Guitarist Report

Mascha Claessens 1 week ago

Hahahahahaaa, this is just cute.

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#55

My Coworker Is Coming Back From Burning Man Today, So My Boss Left This On His Desk... I Love My Job

My Coworker Is Coming Back From Burning Man Today, So My Boss Left This On His Desk... I Love My Job

reddit.com Report

Elizabeth 2 weeks ago

Well, you probably shouldn't tell everyone you are going to Burning Man when you take that vacation. "I'm going to California" would probably suffice and not instigate a "random" test.

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#56

Managers Using The Break Room For Training Instead Of Training Room

Managers Using The Break Room For Training Instead Of Training Room

justin62096 Report

John Montgomery 2 weeks ago

To be fair, maybe the training room is too small to adequately demonstrate cpr on the dummy.

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#57

Employer Swaps Out Office Garbage Cans With 'Mini' Garbage Cans To Appear More Environmentally Friendly...i Don't Think They Thought This Through Very Well

Employer Swaps Out Office Garbage Cans With 'Mini' Garbage Cans To Appear More Environmentally Friendly...i Don't Think They Thought This Through Very Well

JD2005 Report

M O'Connell 2 weeks ago

Ok... Maybe he's encouraging you to rinse-out and recycle all those recyclables...

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#58

My Boss Staples Our Tips At Work, Which Usually Tears The Bill When I Take It Out

My Boss Staples Our Tips At Work, Which Usually Tears The Bill When I Take It Out

patrick1554 Report

Saint Victoria 2 weeks ago

A stapler remover costs all of $3.00. This is what you complain about? Geesh

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#59

My Boss Rinsing Rice. She Let's It Stay Like That For 10 Minutes

My Boss Rinsing Rice. She Let's It Stay Like That For 10 Minutes

4 years ago Report

Marigen Beltran 2 weeks ago

Not a jerk but is wasting water

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#60

Boss Just Laid This On My Desk

Boss Just Laid This On My Desk

Donut153 Report

Jenn Wong 2 weeks ago

I think that's quite a fair warning.

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#61

We Were Cleaning Up Around The Office And Found A Couple Of These Tablets - New In Box. My Boss Goes "What Are Those Rip-Off Ipads? Toss Em." & That's The Story Of How I Got My First Tablet (Even If It Is A Fake iPad)

We Were Cleaning Up Around The Office And Found A Couple Of These Tablets - New In Box. My Boss Goes "What Are Those Rip-Off Ipads? Toss Em." & That's The Story Of How I Got My First Tablet (Even If It Is A Fake iPad)

jennadaily Report

Marigen Beltran 2 weeks ago

How is this being a jerk boss?

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