From time to time problems arise in any workplace. Sometimes, it’s the colleague on your left, other times it’s the manager getting into trouble, and on some occasions, you’re the one to take the blame. And while we do really mess up and have to take responsibility for our actions here and there (no one was born a perfect employee!), some superiors do seem to really enjoy putting us down, for whatever crazy reasons.

Recently, labor activist Katie Harrington initiated a Twitter thread asking people “what’s the weirdest thing you ever got in trouble at work for?” She also shared how she was “accused of being disrespectful because the six people I CCd on an email weren’t listed in order of seniority.”

Read on for some of the most facepalm-worthy responses down below! They will make you wonder what on earth is going on in employers’ heads, and how we all deserve a medal for putting up with it and showing up with a smile 5 days a week.

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PattyDahlgren Report

Jayne Kyra
Community Member
1 month ago

R@pe. The censored word is r@pe. I get blurring out cuss words, BP, but this is taking it too far!

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iain_d_wilson Report

Kari Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

That’s hilarious :’D

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JasMcN Report

alex mitchell
Community Member
1 month ago

A girl I worked with got me pulled up to HR because I liked to say indubitably. She said I used big words, which made her feel dumb. When asked for an example, she tried to say indubitably, but couldn't.

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While making mistakes is only human and your workplace is not an exception, depending on what kind of mistake it is, your employment status can be jeopardized by a single slip. Moreover, if you're a new employee, the company isn't convinced yet that you're indispensable. In that case, building your name all the way from that first good impression to the top is another job to do, but there are some simple things that you can do that may indeed get you into trouble.

If you tend to pat yourself and not others on the back at work, you’re communicating that you don’t care about the success or contributions of others on the team. Of course, self-gratitude and self-motivation are important, but you should also express your appreciation to your boss and fellow employees to show that you care for them.

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angelfrouk Report

KJ
Community Member
1 month ago

malicious compliance, got to love it.

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crisaguilera71 Report

NsG
Community Member
1 month ago

Was this at a McJob? I would love to know ex-boss's justification for denying the leave otherwise.

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ElusiveEmmie Report

rspanther
Community Member
1 month ago

A vicious wild animal. I hope the op wasn't hurt.

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Wearing your heart on your sleeve, aka too much honesty, should be better left at home. If you’re often vocally stressed or you openly display negative emotions, they will hurt your reputation and will probably have an impact on your team. No employer would be willing to put up with an overly negative attitude.

Those who avoid expressing their views and opinions at all costs may also get into trouble. While it may feel peaceful to you, your manager may get the impression that you’re coasting. If you’re really afraid of getting pushed back, remember that the reason why you were selected for your workplace in this extremely competitive market is because you were promising of your great work contributions, more than other competitors for the position. It’s only fair that they also want to see you in action and not just backing into your safety zone.

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johncorrart Report

Marcellus II
Community Member
1 month ago

It has been brought to our attention you are absent from work only during work hours... very very sus.

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darth_knitter Report

Abhinc
Community Member
1 month ago

just ... woooow ... really ?

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Fonril Report

Abhinc
Community Member
1 month ago

illegal to refuse an employee a day off for such a reason in many civilized country though ...

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declander Report

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

"So where are you located?" "I'm sorry, I can't reveal that information to customers because that's classified information that they could use to rob us."

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CopMoustache Report

Bobby
Community Member
1 month ago

My CO from the Navy would have died laughing, the chief of the boat however would have killed me

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arb Report

KJ
Community Member
1 month ago

Always carry a fire extinguisher.

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yettinim Report

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 month ago

that's ridiculous at best, sexist at worst

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PattersonDaisy Report

Jayne Kyra
Community Member
1 month ago

Finish the banana and straight to HR for harassment.

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

THIS!!!

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snipergun
Community Member
1 month ago

If male colleagues can't go around without thinking inappropriate about someone eating banana, they need to be trained. Everyone in office should get at least 3 bananas to eat that day in office. I'd definitely do that.

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

The male colleagues can't help it when the manager is a pervert, though. And "manager" is a gender neutral word.

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BoredHuman
Community Member
1 month ago

That is bullshit. Women are constantly viewed as nothing more then pleasure pods for men and told to not arouse them. How about we change the way men think of women and treat women are normal productive members of society. This make me so angry

Ty Stratton-Quirk
Community Member
1 month ago

"Oddly enough, there was no reaction when I was cutting a carrot into bite-sized chunks with a little guillotine..."

Nikki Sevven
Community Member
1 month ago

I was taken to task for eating a cruller (long, thin donut). My male colleagues who made suggestive (and in a couple cases, outright pornographic) comments were not reprimanded in any way.

JuniorCJ82
Community Member
1 month ago

If you get aroused around women eating vaguely phallic foods, maaaaaybe you shouldn't be around women?

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

See, this is a ridiculous thing to sexualize. Unless they actually want “it” bitten off! As if “it” was a comparable length to even the smallest banana, to begin with.

Yoga Kitty
Community Member
1 month ago

Had a male colleague who looked at me "like that" and tried to embarrass me while I innocently ate a banana. I have neither time nor patience for this cřap! I also had a cucumber in my veggie stash - should have been for later that day but I ate it directly afterwards. As a whole. Biting heartily into it. Like a velociraptor. All the time making eye contact with him. Message received!

A Bringhurst
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Same. My boss later told me I should have cut it into pieces to avoid being seen as sexual by my male customer. I said…wouldn’t that have made him feel scared?

Trillian
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

How do you inappropriately eat a banana? Were you not using a fork and knife or what lol?

NsG
Community Member
1 month ago

Usually making lingering eye contact. This may not be limited to bananas. Mr Whippy ice creams are also subject to inappropriate eye contact.

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SomePeopleCallMeMaurice
Community Member
1 month ago

Yet if a man had eaten the banana…he was the one who sexualized it! He should have been spoken to about sexual harassment.

Leodavinci
Community Member
1 month ago

Complain if a male employee eats an apple.

Rachael Sampson
Community Member
1 month ago

And of course it's YOUR fault. Not the fault of the male coworker for thinking that way. 🙄

Synsepalum
Community Member
1 month ago

And for lunch? A hotdog!

Mamabear76
Community Member
1 month ago

How dare you eat a banana in the presence of your male coworker! How has PTSD over it.

Viv Hart
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Male colleague with a dirty mind?

JD Lee
Community Member
1 month ago

The audacity of female hunger and ingestion of sustenance! Off with her head!

Just saying
Community Member
1 month ago

Go all innocent 'But why? No, I don't know what it looks like, can you tell me?'. Or, next lunch break, bring a banana, lovingly peel it, then viciously mash it with a fork in front of all your male colleagues.

Dolevaal
Community Member
1 month ago

So chewing off d*cks and digest them counts aus erotic. Interesting. No seriously, this is pathetic.

Kristy Nelson
Community Member
1 month ago

Just... wow!

Saad Habib
Community Member
1 month ago

He imagined it a seduction with a penis.hahaha

Hooman
Community Member
1 month ago

I hate people

Colin Matthews
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh you cheap tart...stick to apples?

Lorrie Rothstein
Community Member
1 month ago

Its a banana. How does give someone dirty thoughts? Do they want their penis peeled and eaten?

Pooja Akshay
Community Member
1 month ago

misogyny level 10 unlocked!

DC
Community Member
1 month ago

That, I never got. I get what they're aiming at, but you gotta have the intention to see it just to even be able to see a little glimpse of it. They're nuts.

Craig Prins
Community Member
1 month ago

Did you make eye contact? 🤣

Gini Sarver
Community Member
1 month ago

🤦🏼‍♀️

WalksAroundMountains
Community Member
1 month ago

finish eating it, showing lots of teeth with each bite to that perv

Lynne Monteith
Community Member
1 month ago

The correct way to eat a banana 🍌 in public is to cut it off in slices with a knife.

Douglas Mock
Community Member
1 month ago

Head straight to HR and a lawyer, you're a millionaire! You hit the labour lottery!

meh
Community Member
1 month ago

What the hell!

BasedWang
Community Member
1 month ago

so Fn stupid

Thorfin Wolfsbane
Community Member
1 month ago

What!? everyone knows the only appropriate way to eat a banana is to chop it into little discs and then use chopsticks!!!

Marcellus II
Community Member
1 month ago

If it was his banana, there'd be grounds for complaints. Now, also (for discrimination/harassment).

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JadeJurek Report

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

Nice to read that for once that misogyny wasn't rewarded.

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msheddylammar Report

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

Nothing more satisfying than to be able to humiliate your boss in public. "Yes, I found the solution my bossed claimed, by not looking at the symptoms, but by looking for the cause."

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NoPantsSatCos Report

snipergun
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Even better if it confuses clients, they might take you seriously.

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sambutwithbooks Report

bumble bee
Community Member
1 month ago

Couldn't you just eat around the eggs ;)

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katiehodgie Report

Abhinc
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

who cares if you have a degree !! you know if someone is a good doctor or not by their eyebrows !! sure

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TamarWrites Report

Abhinc
Community Member
1 month ago

vagina !! breast !! periods !! cramps ... grow up !!

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RecoveryOccupy Report

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 month ago

hope you learned :D to be hones at my first job i learned very fast that working efficiently for higher ups means 'more time to do other people's job'

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BendoWithEndo Report

Marcellus II
Community Member
1 month ago

Only severed heads can be weighed accurately. There's not just loss of fluids, but also some of the weight gets carried by the shoulders etc so measurement is incorrect. Or so I'm told.

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AndrewKehoe8 Report

Abhinc
Community Member
1 month ago

you're here to work not to use your brain !! wonder why statistics show people are getting more and more stupid

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Chris_s____ Report

Abhinc
Community Member
1 month ago

some people compensate their own frustrations and insecurities by over using every little amount of power they have ...

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DoctorKirbs Report

KJ
Community Member
1 month ago

We had a new start that got a complaint made about him by an older co-worker. They were being trained and following one of my crib sheets, crib sheet said click "return" (easier for non computer using older guy to follow), new start pressed enter instead. Big drama and lots of explaining that they did the same thing.

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KainKravitch Report

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

Been watching video's from US expats working in Europe who are all flabbergasted that people pack up and go home at the end of the day and there's no boss getting furious about it.

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RonmanFi Report

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

Your highness and most esteemed employer, to my indescribable sorrow I am compelled to inform you that it is impossible for me to visit your temple of underpaid labor because of a temporary weakness in my mental health. I will do my best to overcome this barrier in my productivity as quickly as possible in order to be able to serve you optimally again as soon as possible.

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RLokomotiv Report

Marcellus II
Community Member
1 month ago

On Monday, half the employees shuffle in like zombies, so I'm not sure why the receptionist could be surprised.

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ChrisYoules Report

rspanther
Community Member
1 month ago

That's a long time to be at the copier.

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BenHanson1989 Report

Abhinc
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

yeah !! caring for others and being healthy should be illegal ... ridiculous !!

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