Getting fired is hardly an enjoyable moment. And unemployment is no joke. But some of the reasons that people got fired are completely dumb and unfair!

When Hashtag Roundup asked people to share the weirdest ‘and then I got fired moments,’ they delivered. We invite you to scroll down, upvote the #andthenIwasfired stories that left you speechless, and share if you’ve been through something similar in the comments, dear Pandas. If you do find yourself getting fired for throwing out your boss’ coat like some of these people, it’s essential to realize that even though losing your job is stressful, you will be able to find work again. But there are steps that you need to take in the meantime.

Bored Panda reached out to Dr. Eddy Ng, the James and Elizabeth Freeman Professor of Management at Bucknell University, and spoke with him about what to do if you finally find yourself without a job. Scroll down for our interview with him, as well as for our chat with Jeff Dwoskin who runs the Hashtag Roundup community together with his wife, Robyn.

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 month ago

Totally. Always stand up. If you know you are 100% right and they are wrong, you can get them shaking with fear.

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Tovah Roche
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1 month ago

I would have walked away saying "see you in court."

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Two Silly Pups
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1 month ago

My God, America at it's finest... lacking understanding for basic human emotions but always heading towards unlimited gains....

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Dr. Ng said that more and more people are tweeting about being let go involuntarily because of the hardships created by the pandemic. "If you are fired, ask for the reason why you are let go. If it's wrongful dismissal, you may have recourse based on employment law. Tweeting about this in public may win you some public sympathy but it may not be helpful," he gave some advice on what (not) to do if you do lose your job.

"If you were involuntarily let go through no fault of your own, ask your employer about other possible opportunities. Build a community to help you find work—professional and social networks, family, former colleagues and headhunters or placement services," the professor said.

He added that word about people losing their jobs gets out, so you might want to think about controlling the narrative on why you got fired. That way, you can steer clear of any inaccuracies or rumors. "Depending on where you are, your former employer may disclose this fact, and the reasons why you have been let go. You may wish to discuss this with your former employer. Hence, maintaining a cordial relationship may be advantageous to you," he said.

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Adam C
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1 month ago

so you are basically fired for doing your job?

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♡PoisonousLotus!♡
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2 months ago

People are so mean

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Scagsy
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1 month ago

Fired for being a decent human being

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Meanwhile, Jeff, who has been running the Hashtag Roundup community for 5 years, told us that Hashtag Roundup constantly run tags throughout the day, hoping to bring a bit of joy to people's lives. "We strive to make Twitter a fun place to be. That entails coming up with ideas for hashtags that resonate with people either currently or at some point in their lives."

Jeff added that it's not uncommon for their hashtags to have thousands or even tens of thousands of responses and reach millions of people. You can check out the Hashtag Roundup app right here.

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Gina Babe
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1 month ago

That's illegal

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Karin Jansen
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1 month ago

Amnesty International? Really? You'd think they'd know better.

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Rainbow Panda
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1 month ago

I wish it was: I told my employer a coworker abused me #AndThenTheyWereFired 😏

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The Balance Careers expert blog that focuses on career advice explains how you should do your best to not beat yourself up after losing your job. You should also avoid making the situation worse by getting into heated arguments with your superiors. Feeling angry is natural; spreading that anger to everyone around you is not. Instead—try to focus on the future.

That includes finding out from your (former) employer about severance pay, benefits, unemployment, and references. Even if it’s unpleasant dealing with someone who just dropped a bomb on your life, it’s vital that you get that information so that you can move forward. You need to know when you’ll receive your final paycheck. And you want to make sure whether the references you might get will be neutral. Knowledge is power, after all.

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Anne
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1 month ago

I assume you did put in a compensation claim for being hurt and then sued them?

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Rainbow Panda
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1 month ago

Cheaters. 😔

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Tovah Roche
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm pretty sure that's illegal.

ML
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1 month ago (edited)

No, it is perfectly legal to come out as trans on Facebook

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deanna woods
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm pretty sure that this is unethical and illegal. It was also none of your employer's business.

Bacony
Community Member
1 month ago

Stupid dickhead employer...

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Monika Soffronow
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1 month ago (edited)

Please, Americans, VOTE! it doesn't have to be like this. I am pretty sure this is now illegal in some states, but not in all. Am I right?

Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 month ago

You can't vote for a principle. Politicians have their own agenda and it's not likely it is the same as yours. And no matter how much confidence you place in your candidate, you have no control over whether they will make the changes you were hoping for. That's just the sad truth.

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Bacony
Community Member
1 month ago

Rev up those lemons, 'cause we're burning something down!

Lily
Community Member
1 month ago

Congrats on coming out!

Hollie Newton
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Tbh if that's how they feel about your transition I wouldn't go back

autism genius
Community Member
1 month ago

that is awful

Rainbow Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

So? WTH IS WRONG WITH THAT? 😤

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
1 month ago

I hope you're trying to be a troll, because you must be blind as well as stupid.

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Jo Bebe
Community Member
1 month ago

Perhaps it was coincidence....... I mean what employer babysits your facebook? As long as you aren't going viral in some sort of nonhuman way .... I mean his @ name says it already I doubt they were surprised.

Blue of the yams (They/He)
Community Member
1 month ago

Trans rights! ✊🏿

Lana Jig-maker
Community Member
1 month ago

again...illegal as "wrongful termination"

Jennifer Harris
Community Member
1 month ago

Could it be.. maybe.. the two things are unrelated.. just a thought. Why assume a strangers two lined sentence description is all the truth.. for all we know that person was a terrible employee. Don't believe everything you read ;)

Fieke Engelen
Community Member
1 month ago

Maybe but this whole panel is the same type of thing over and over. I'm sure at least 80/90% are legitimate. I'm an Aussie, always admired the US but am so glad my parents migrated here instead of there.

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Melissa Hunt
Community Member
1 month ago

up until recently (like this year, 2020) it had been 100% legal in certain states to fire someone based on their sexual orientation or their gender identity. But even if it was illegal where they lived, building a case like that and taking it to court is nearly impossible.

Daphne Curtis
Community Member
1 month ago

wtf is wrong with people. hoomans can be trans and have jobs!!! >:(

Ellen Daniels
Community Member
1 month ago

Unfortunately, in many states this is NOT illegal! As sucky as this is, and as much hardship as this causes you, there is no job worth living a lie in your personal life. I hope the person who made the decision to fire you gets a hard wake-up call, and that you find something even better, soon. Best of luck to you.

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
1 month ago

By the Lord Cthulhu they shall be ripped apart! Assholes like this need removing from the workplace immediately! What difference does it make as to how you do your job? None at all! So sorry you have had to deal with homophobic dickheads like this!!

Rustyn Birch
Community Member
1 month ago

Take legal action!

Wendy C
Community Member
1 month ago

This is 100% illegal!

David Herz
Community Member
1 month ago

vote... under DT (delirium tremens) the boss would probably win, under anyone with a shred of humanity, probably not

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
1 month ago

Also against the law.

Kelly Hartle
Community Member
1 month ago

My parents own an assisted living. I had known for some time that one employee was gay but was sworn to secrecy by her. When she told the manager the manager came to my parents and I wanting to fire her. Five years later, the employee is still there but the manager is long gone.

Katey Thomson
Community Member
1 month ago

Good

Blue of the yams (They/He)
Community Member
1 month ago

Good that he was fired?? I really hope that is not what you mean.

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Abinico Arts
Community Member
1 month ago

Why do you feel the need to share your perversion?

Blue of the yams (They/He)
Community Member
1 month ago

Because it's not a perversion and it's who they are. They deserve respect just like every human, which obviously you are too close minded to know.

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fenderfan85
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1 month ago

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Maybe they didnt want employees with mental illnesses ? Lol

Blue of the yams (They/He)
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1 month ago

Uh, no.

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Valhalla Awaits
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1 month ago

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I'm pretty sure OP wasn't fired for being trans. They're all attention seekers so...

Justin Seagull
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1 month ago

It's not illegal to seek attention. Not a valid reason to fire someone.

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Valhalla Awaits
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1 month ago

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You can't actually be fired for being trans. But trans people have a tendency to act spoiled, entitled and deplorable. When taken to task on their rudeness and inconsiderate behaviour they hide behind their imaginary identity and scream persecution. It's sickening

Elijah Kenny
Community Member
1 month ago

Ugh, people like you are what’s wrong with this country and the world in general you effing transphobic a-hole

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Meanwhile, the Ladders website has some further career advice. It’s best to make something good of a bad situation, so look at losing your job as an opportunity to move on to bigger and better things. Since you’ll have some downtime, try out a bunch of different activities while you’re sending out resumes: give volunteering and freelancing a try and consider signing up for some classes to improve yourself.

While losing your job can seem like the end of the world, it doesn’t have to be when you face the challenge head-on and have a plan of action.

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Scagsy
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1 month ago

Well done you, calling out Starbucks - scumbags

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StinkyMonkey
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1 month ago

I was fired for taking a holiday I was legally entitled to because I asked for it three months in advance and they never gave me the OK even though I constantly chased them about it. According to Dutch law if your employer does not give you an answer to your holiday request within two weeks you're entitled to take it and your employer has to cover any costs if they tell you after this deadline that you can't go. I couldn't complain about it either, since I had a 0 hour contract and they just didn't schedule me in until my contract ended.

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Scagsy
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1 month ago

That's Richard Gere in Pretty Woman for you

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Vicky Zar
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1 month ago

In other countries you could not get fired for that.

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Ian Tullock
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1 month ago

But...this is hilarious.

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Scagsy
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1 month ago

Um... technically not a dog bro

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Hans
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1 month ago

This is one case where you could discuss whether the employee was not right. Some jobs clearly state overtime requirements but also compensate well for them. If this would be the case, complaining was unjustified.

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 month ago

Funny but yeah don’t turn up to work all boozy.

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deanna woods
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1 month ago

If the coworker was being annoying and you asked him nicely, I don't see a problem with telling them to shut up.

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K O
Community Member
1 month ago

Why would someone be fired for this, it's so odd

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Thenatural
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1 month ago

You deserve it!

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Porto DaMartinica
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1 month ago

Here it is, the one non-bootlicking comment you were looking for

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SweetCee
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1 month ago

Pepperoni Tony!

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Elijah Kenny
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1 month ago

You were fired twice!!?!!?!

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

How is that office supplies? I don’t think it should be a sackable offence, more a don’t do that again kind of thing, but they’re defo not office supplies!

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ADHORTATOR
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1 month ago

at least you were not in North Korea #AndThenIWasShot

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

There are a lot of companies and enterprises that won't allow romantic relationships between co-workers because of the drama when they have a quarrel or break up.

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Scagsy
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1 month ago

Never saw it coming I'll bet

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