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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.

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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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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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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.

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#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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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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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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.

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#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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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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“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.

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Secret Recording Device Under Break Room Table At Work

Secret Recording Device Under Break Room Table At Work

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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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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.

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#9

Our Boss Doesn't Let Us Take Any Home!

Our Boss Doesn't Let Us Take Any Home!

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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This Structural Pole My Boss Refuses To Fix

This Structural Pole My Boss Refuses To Fix

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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.

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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
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4 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow that's f*****g 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!

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#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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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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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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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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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#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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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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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
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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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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#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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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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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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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#27

Complained To My Boss And Received This Minutes Later

Complained To My Boss And Received This Minutes Later

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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 d**k.

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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
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4 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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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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