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
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3 years 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
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3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

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

Brian
Community Member
3 years ago

Agreed

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DE Ray
Community Member
3 years ago

I mean, good on them - but I hope they took it further than just quitting. That type of voyeurism is illegal in many jurisdictions.

Kioh81
Community Member
3 years ago

They have hidden cameras that look like all kinds of normal things... Hence why it's considered "hidden." Maybe I'm going out on a limb but I'm assuming they turned it over and opened it to discover/make sure it's a real camera and not just a air freshener before they ALL quit their job.

Dave P
Community Member
3 years ago

looks like one of those motion sensor sprays in bathrooms that febreezes the place, doesnt look like a motion sensor camera

Giovanni
Community Member
3 years ago

The point of an hidden camera is that it's hidden in an everyday object

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Cassim_D
Community Member
3 years ago

That's one creepy boss

giovanna
Community Member
3 years ago

You QUIT? How about reporting him?

Paula Swanson
Community Member
3 years ago

That should have been a call to 911, instead. That is so illegal

Mimi M
Community Member
3 years ago

I hope they called the cops. And sued.

TheAnimeGirl
Community Member
3 years ago

Wtaf that's horrible I'm so happy that they quitted!!!

Jo Choto
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm very proud of them. Hope that meant the end of his business.

lrz0
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3 years ago

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Yeah? Just because he made his place more hygienic? This is not a camera, this is a light switch.

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Enrique Morales
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3 years ago

It IS a camera. https://www.trackingsystemdirect.com/product/motion-sensor-hidden-camera/

Martin Alex
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2 years ago

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Baby panda🥰
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3 years ago

Basically a camera that only records when it senses people

Sue Clifford
Community Member
3 years ago

Irz0-Are you the boss, I think so.

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Valereee
Community Member
3 years ago

I'd quit too, after I reported it to the police !!!

Vickie Browning
Community Member
3 years ago

Cops called I hope

April Simnel
Community Member
3 years ago

Is Don related to Chuck Berry at all?

Podunkus
Community Member
3 years ago

In my city this has happened numerous times and the owner always went to jail for it.

lrz0
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3 years ago

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In my city people don't go to jail for light switches.

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Gerry Higgins
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3 years ago

We did that once at a place I worked. But there was a problem with druggies shooting up in the toilets. Had to have it to keep the place safe.

Jace
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3 years ago

That’s illegal.

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Tessa
Community Member
3 years ago

Is part of it missing? Cause that little hole on this is not camera. Or did they make them like this in 2013?

Enrique Morales
Community Member
3 years ago

It IS a camera. https://www.trackingsystemdirect.com/product/motion-sensor-hidden-camera/

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Csaba Hegedűs
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3 years ago

What does 'BR' mean? Please help

Lucida
Community Member
3 years ago

Bathroom

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Melvin Dragvelk
Community Member
3 years ago

It depends on where it was recording. Maybe he had problems with people using drugs in the bathroom?

Lady Marmalade
Community Member
3 years ago

Well that's a lawsuit

Susan
Community Member
3 years ago

#1 Call police. #2 Sue the creep.

Id row
Community Member
3 years ago

I hope they did more than quit. That should be reported to the police.

Max L.
Community Member
3 years ago

Im sure he will find an attorney to grant him his defence on anti theft grounds.

criminalgirl
Community Member
3 years ago

That's illegal in the UK.

Effseven Six
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3 years ago

Illegal here in the U.S too.

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Job Schopman
Community Member
3 years ago

Motion sensor.. anyone.. anyone...!?

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't see a video honestly, there's the detector and its little status light above it; I see no lens opening. As someone else noted, it looks like exactly the detector for Febreeze automatic air freshener... just like male urinoirs often have motion detectors that flush when you leave. [OK NOW I"M ASSUMING THOSE WERENT FILMING ME.]

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-Loki's_favorite_kid-
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1 year ago

I saw this and immediately thought of Michael in the bathroom.

Colleen Garland
Community Member
2 years ago

Is it a public bathroom? Spread the word, men don't like women abused too. It should kill his shop.

Mark Kelly
Community Member
2 years ago

I would have pissed on it.

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2 years ago

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JOY JACKSON
Community Member
2 years ago

In a gas station the motion detector got broken to show a camera by someone before me. :):))

UndyingBisexual
Community Member
3 years ago

Tbh it looks like a motion sensor to me, my aunt has one that looks like that in her living room. Either way, it's still ridiculous and outrageous to have in a bathroom, and if it's just a motion sensor, it's just pointless.

mithril
Community Member
3 years ago

What the hell dude?

Sue Clifford
Community Member
3 years ago

This reeks of perversion and immorality. This “boss” has broken the law and needs to be incarcerated.

Gregg Bender
Community Member
3 years ago

I hope they called the police and got good lawyers.

Teri Campisi
Community Member
3 years ago

I would have been right there with them...walking out the door!

Rebecca Martz-Burley
Community Member
3 years ago

Was this in Kansas City?

Drive Bee
Community Member
3 years ago

I hope they also reported that to the police.

sonika schroeder
Community Member
3 years ago

NIIIIIIIIICE!

Pamela Scott
Community Member
3 years ago

They should have called the cops, and contacted the labor board!!!

Stille20
Community Member
3 years ago

That's a lawsuit

Kala Subramaniam
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3 years ago

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BusLady
Community Member
3 years ago

I actually had a male boss who would stand outside of the women's room and time us. There were 2 women there who took hourly 5 minute breaks to have a smoke. This was when it was still legal to smoke indoors. The rest of us didn't even smoke, so why was he timing us?

Constance Ne Ne
Community Member
3 years ago

Sicko boss

BusLady
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

If they are skilled artists, they should be able to find other employment, at least. They don't need this kind of treatment. I certainly hope they reported it. Why would a boss want to watch his employees doing their business anyway?

Kristine Phillips
Community Member
3 years ago

Air Fresher.

Si
Community Member
3 years ago

Why are these cameras legal?

Jace
Community Member
3 years ago

Hidden cameras are legal. Putting them in bathrooms is illegal.

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Kanga9ine
Community Member
3 years ago

Put one in his. Or put mirror tape on this desk phone, cup, anything that he uses and if you can, turn all desk drawers around or use mirror tape to they can't be opened. And loosen all the screws in his office chair.

Cheryl Carter
Community Member
3 years ago

That is an automatic scent sprayer! Isn't even a camera! lol

1L B
Community Member
3 years ago

These are motion detectors for intruders and the alarm system. They are not usually for recording.

Kevin Mullane
Community Member
3 years ago

Knowing the law, if no sound on it, is ok.

Megamax
Community Member
3 years ago

WTF ? It is not a camera !

Brianne Trecost
Community Member
3 years ago

That’s a motion detector for a security alarm.

Brianne Trecost
Community Member
3 years ago

That’s a motion sensor for an alarm

Chet Kaplan
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3 years ago

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That's a motion sensor not a camera. Probably used to turn on the lights.

Jeff Requier
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3 years ago

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This is a Motion Sensor, the hole is for the red light that tells when its found motion

Enrique Morales
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3 years ago

It IS a camera. https://www.trackingsystemdirect.com/product/motion-sensor-hidden-camera/

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Tacitus86
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3 years ago (edited)

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LOL! That manager is probably better off. If the entire department can't recognize a motion sensor for lighting or scent spraying, they are friggin morons anyway!

lrz0
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3 years ago

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Finally someone with a bit of common sense.

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Eduard Korhonen
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3 years ago

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That's definitely just an air freshener

lrz0
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3 years ago

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No, it's a light switch.

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lrz0
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3 years ago

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Are you guys f'ing serious? This is a motion detector to turn on the lights so everyone with their dirty piss hands doesn't need to touch the light button.

Max L.
Community Member
3 years ago

By the few messages of yours I have read after reading who they think you are, nothing in this world will make you're not.

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Rachel Hamrick
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3 years ago

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This looks like the motion sensors in my house and almost every one I've seen. There isn't a camera there.

Enrique Morales
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3 years ago

It IS a camera. https://www.trackingsystemdirect.com/product/motion-sensor-hidden-camera/

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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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
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3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
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3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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

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Shawn
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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.......

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Shawn
Community Member
3 years 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

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Cassim_D
Community Member
3 years 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

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Troux
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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

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Shawn
Community Member
3 years 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

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Magpie
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

It's probably fake

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