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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2 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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2 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
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2 years 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
2 years ago

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

Sarah Albracht
Community Member
2 years ago

It creates a legal record, though.

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Foxxy
Community Member
2 years ago

Whilst you have every right to take vacation time, most business expect more than a few days or a weeks notice.

CP
Community Member
2 years ago

They do, but it is not necessary. Typically the two week notice is only if you end things on good terms.

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Adam Hendron
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

"This week"? If you always give zero advance notice, I would expect him to always say No.

Shawn
Community Member
2 years ago

It usually works better putting in for time off at least a week in advance but 2-3 is usually best

DannX68
Community Member
2 years ago

Is there ANYWHERE you can get your vacation in the same week you ask?

SpaceManSpliffz
Community Member
2 years ago

maybe give your boss more notice than “this week”. most people book their vacations months in advance so they don’t inconvenience others with an increased workload due to a hasty decision like “imma just whip off this week on vacation” you know - it’s called being considerate. try it some time

Gerry Higgins
Community Member
2 years ago

Enjoy your week of vacation..... and 6 to 18 months of unemployment with no money coming in at all. You don't quit until you have a new job. Rule #1

Laura Pantazis
Community Member
2 years ago

I once quit a job when i didn't have a new one lined up because the work environment had just become toxic. It was so toxic, that when I put in my three weeks notice, they told me to stay home and they would pay me for those three weeks. Within those three weeks, I found a better job that paid over 50% more.

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♥Kitty♥
Community Member
2 years ago

If you're taking a week off, you should give a lot more advance notice. Not just text them "oh can I take the week off this week? You know...vacation time"

Jeff Requier
Community Member
2 years ago

Did you put in the proper request to get time off?

Giraffes Inc.
Community Member
2 years ago

Pretty sure this one is fake.

Eduard Korhonen
Community Member
2 years ago

Seems completely fake

Deborah B
Community Member
2 years ago

Actually, I'm with the boss on this. You can't expect it to take unsheduled holiday 'this week'. You have to schedule time off in advance. If it's not emergency leave, getting told 'it's not a good time' is perfectly reasonable. Try sheduling your vacation days a month in advance.

Signe Manat Hansen
Community Member
1 year ago

Nice of you to admit that you suck.

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Mark Kelly
Community Member
2 years ago

You should give 2 weeks or more notice if taking vacation time.

Marta Ramirez
Community Member
2 years ago

Conversation via text is the best way to keep records for future use and defense.

Trivolyn Taylor
Community Member
2 years ago

this is my life now 117 hours of vacation an cant take any from new company an 80 carried over from old

Mary Anderson
Community Member
2 years ago

I used to work for LCA and before I had to put in almost 6 months to 1 year in advance to get time off... That is until the last 6 months that I worked there when I was transferred to work under my third supervisor who was AMAZING and offered me an extra day off for bereavement when I only asked for 1 (my grandparents died within 2 months of one another and I only asked for a day following my grandfather's death and 1 Friday for the memorial honoring them both, but he offered me Monday as well- Shout out to Rob)

Bored Moogle
Community Member
2 years ago

"You're not quitting"? What kind of slave driver is he??

Naomi Armitage
Community Member
2 years ago

"You're not quitting." "Oh yeah? Watch me, sucker."

Mark Kelly
Community Member
1 year ago

You have to give at least a months notice for vacation. Glad here in Canada Vacation pay is mandatory.

Aneese
Community Member
2 years ago

WHOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO! Good for you!!!

Carol Ruden
Community Member
2 years ago

👍👍

fainasKeturatis
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't want to oppose your right for holiday or anything like that but asking for it in just 1 week in advance? it's a very short time - no wonder he is not ready to let you go. I think it depends on the occupation but it must be at least 2 weeks before you want your vacation.

Fred Burrows
Community Member
2 years ago

My employer requires that pto requests be made two weeks in advance .

Natalie Waters
Community Member
2 years ago

Isn't vacations normally scheduled at least a few months in advance?

Florence Hastings
Community Member
2 years ago

👍

Steve Cruz
Community Member
2 years ago

Nice legs and feet!

Howard White
Community Member
2 years ago

I HAD A SUPERVISOR WHO DENIED MY REQUESTS FOR VACATION TIME FOR Eighteen MONTHS IN A ROW!

Karen Dyer
Community Member
2 years ago

Bravo for you, you are right you would never have been approved for time off. Bet boss always took time off.

Paul Dixon
Community Member
2 years ago

So wish I could quit my job. I have Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday off - I need the Monday off that's in the middle ...my company said it's not possible because Monday is their busiest and needs me in work. I asked if I could do a shift swap and they said everyone is in so I can't swap with anyone and they refuse to swap with one of my other days off. I asked if I could come in early for other shifts to work the hours then...nope. I have plenty of holiday hours in the pot but my company is refusing. :-(

Kioh81
Community Member
2 years ago

SOOOO... What you're saying is you only work Mondays and Fridays???

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Mascha Claessens
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Maybe just plan your vacation ahead of time? Like, at least a month in advance? If I were the boss, I wouldn't just give my employees the week off whenever they ask for it. Of course it's never a good time this way. Think this is a fake one anyway.

Megamax
Community Member
2 years ago

Blablabla

maria albekoglu
Community Member
2 years ago

Not a thing to do by text messaging, but Good For You!

Kelly Horrigan
Community Member
2 years ago

YAY!!!!!!

Full Name
Community Member
2 years ago

Not buying it. Maybe this is a reenactment, but I don't believe this is the real text thread.

Jace
Community Member
2 years ago

Okay, so what? Did you come here for entertainment or for heavy documentation of events?

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Ginette Leblanc
Community Member
2 years ago

I would just say boss I am taking the week off next week

Id row
Community Member
2 years ago

Boss probably said no while he was on a beach himself. Good on this person.

Ben Smith
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2 years ago

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Mmm sexy legs

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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
2 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
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 years ago

It's probably fake

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