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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1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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.

STress the Terrible
Community Member
1 year ago

He is a dick. He's an officer. I know that, because I'm also the officer (OF3).

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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Depending on the complaint, depends on how I feel abou this. It’s funny if the complaint was something like the toilet paper is a bit scratchy etc but if it’s someone complaining about work place bullying, sexual misconduct etc then this is insulting and not on.

Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 year ago

It is a way to bully staff into not complaining or reporting problems.

K. LNU
Community Member
1 year ago

This is a joke standard form (SF) that has circulated around the US military for years. Not sure who actually created it, it is based loosely on other SFs, but the person who got it may either be 1. a legitimate whiner (i.e., complaining about everything from the fact that the dining facility doesn't carry his/her favorite type of soda; to complaining about having to pull some crappy duty or the fact that something is broken and while he/she could fix it, they haven't cause that shouldn't be their job.) or 2. the "boss" is a legitimate jerk who thinks he/she is being funny. Without the full story, I can only guess. BTW, I used to have this hanging in my office (as a joke) when I was active duty and an NCO in the Army.

Sherri Steinert-Brown
Community Member
1 year ago

@K. LNU just read your profile that's pretty funny like your sense of humor

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Evil Little Thing
Community Member
1 year ago

I think it's funnier because it's Army. I say fill it out with a crayon.

Link
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, I hope this one is a joke. It would take something like this to make me even sadder than what actually happened.

Kaspar Kristiansen
Community Member
1 year ago

Which part of the army is this from? I can't believe it's not just a joke....

Scott
Community Member
1 year ago

It is and it isn't a joke. These float around basic a good bit and have even been seen in SFAS. It has the purpose of being a joke while telling the recruits - many of them being 18 who just left the protective nest of home for the 1st time - you need to toughen up.

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James The Zelda Geek (Idiocy Bothers Me)
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I laughed the moment I read “hurt feelings report.” Really? In a professional environment? Is your boss a child?

Amina Hays
Community Member
1 year ago

I really hope this is a joke and all done in good fun.

Tammy Allen
Community Member
1 year ago

My husbands crew uses this in the oilfield whenever they get green guys that whine about how hard the work is.

TrashPandaru
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, depending on context this could be amusing, otherwise it's out and out bullying.

Baby panda🥰
Community Member
1 year ago

Two beers isn’t enough 😂

Marleen
Community Member
1 year ago

That's rude

Becky Greeley
Community Member
1 year ago

This looks like the act of a true dedicated bully. Poor you to have that for a boss

Cilia van Zal
Community Member
1 year ago

That's passive aggressive. He or she can't deal with a complaint properly! A complete dick!

Kimberley Thom
Community Member
1 year ago

I would be tempted to make copies of this to have at the ready. Can't tell if this a joke or insult.

Anna Allen
Community Member
1 year ago

OMG...this form has been around for YEARS!!!

Dannielle Sommers
Community Member
1 year ago

On the Interwebs there's a thing called a "butthurt report". I post it occasionally when some one is acting like a bitch

Matthew Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Sarcasm at it's finest IMO...

Nikki D
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, it is the military so this is pretty on brand.

Shawn
Community Member
1 year ago

Bwahahahaha that's hilarious!

Gage Franke
Community Member
2 months ago

Add an extra box that says "My boss is an asshole" and then check that box

Amy Gannon
Community Member
4 months ago

Yeah, I’m pretty sure this is an ARMY thing. Not surprising, they don’t like complaining. Even if it is valid.

Paul Punzer
Community Member
4 months ago

that´s gaslighting

Kikka io
Community Member
1 year ago

una cosa del genere è studiata. quindi credo che il tuo capo sia un burlone

Karina Andersen
Community Member
1 year ago

gold

Miles Remmel
Community Member
1 year ago

Notice how at the bottom, "to" was used improperly. (Should be "too")

okpkpkp
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd have my assistant wad this paper up and shove it up that boss's ass.

Kathy Conley
Community Member
1 year ago

Give this to HIS CO!!

bill marsano
Community Member
1 year ago

I love this.

fainasKeturatis
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Justifying on the words and camouflage I assume you're in the military which means all complaints usually are issued thru paperwork. It accounts in physical and psychological means

Pili Toro
Community Member
1 year ago

Nothing funny about it.

sonika schroeder
Community Member
1 year ago

Not cool. Not at all. Your "boss" is not much of a leader.

Jonathan Armstrong
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow. I don't know whether to be disgusted or impressed that they went through the work to create that form.

Jace
Community Member
1 year ago

Military?

Miranda Noble
Community Member
1 year ago

I love this!!!

AzKhaleesi
Community Member
1 year ago

Lmao we have those too, (I work LE) We only give them to friends, not subordinates or new people that don't understand our humor.

Cora Fields
Community Member
1 year ago

It's the army :(

Jameel Aboulhosn
Community Member
1 year ago

If there were any possible way to report this to their boss that would be my first move. They can die in a fire, it isn't funny.

Brad Meyer
Community Member
1 year ago

It should be " too cold" not " to cold" I'll send the army an invoice.

Florence Burns
Community Member
1 year ago

Very patronizing... nail his balls to the wall with a lawsuit and see who's butthurt then!

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow. Calling someone a woman as a means of insulting them? Yep, marching right down to the lawyers office with that form.

Valerie Lessard
Community Member
1 year ago

Not taking my complaints seriously? Then i don't take working for you seriously.

Azure Adams
Community Member
1 year ago

Head to HR

Chad Kook
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd bring that to HR or his boss, see how your boss feels then...

Flash Henry
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL! We have the Butthurt Report in my office.

Ms E
Community Member
1 year ago

I think it's a joke.. in case you don't have these for real in your country..

Susi Moffitt
Community Member
1 year ago

“The weather is TOO cold” — NOT to cold!

Susi Moffitt
Community Member
1 year ago

Too cold is NOT to cold!!

iblowsheep
Community Member
1 year ago

most complaints are nothing but big whiny "pity me" parties anyway

Alexander Pic
Community Member
1 year ago

1) it's a joke 2) it's the army 3) "it's on the internetsss...it must be realz"

SpaceManSpliffz
Community Member
1 year ago

your boss is awesome. never leave

seawing*nightwing
Community Member
1 year ago

what a dickhead

Enuya
Community Member
1 year ago

Hey, that's sweet! He most likely wanted to cheer you up. What's wrong with it?

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 year ago

Depends on whether he’s laughing with you or laughing at you.

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Susan Gardner
Community Member
1 year ago

Illegal lol

Jeff Requier
Community Member
1 year ago

The boss is a Gen X or Boomer and the complainant is a millennial

criminalgirl
Community Member
1 year ago

After reading a few of these horrible posts which are certainly from the US, I have to wonder..it this really the home of "the Free"? We have laws to stop all of this kind of behaviour in the workplace. So just how Free are y'all?

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 year ago

There are laws against a lot of the things on this list in the US. I don’t think there are laws against potentially insensitive joke reports in any country though.

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anarkzie
Community Member
1 year ago

You just know that his boss wears one of these T-Shirts: https://www.boredpanda.com/cringeworthy-badass-tshirts-designs/?utm_source=trending&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=sidebar

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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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

It's probably fake

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