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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6 months 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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6 months ago

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

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Two Silly Pups
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6 months 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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6 months ago

so you are basically fired for doing your job?

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♡PoisonousLotus!♡
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6 months ago

People are so mean

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Scagsy
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6 months 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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6 months ago

That's illegal

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Karin Jansen
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6 months ago

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

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Rainbow Panda
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6 months 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
Community Member
6 months ago

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

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
6 months ago

Cheaters. 😔

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Tovah Roche
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm pretty sure that's illegal.

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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
Community Member
6 months ago

Well done you, calling out Starbucks - scumbags

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StinkyMonkey
Community Member
6 months 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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6 months ago

That's Richard Gere in Pretty Woman for you

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Vicky Zar
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6 months ago

In other countries you could not get fired for that.

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Ian Tullock
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6 months ago

But...this is hilarious.

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Scagsy
Community Member
6 months ago

Um... technically not a dog bro

Bacony
Community Member
6 months ago

its a lizard doggo

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Katrina B.
Community Member
6 months ago

Not true.

Catlady6000
Community Member
6 months ago

Yeah, but don't you kinda wish it was?

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
6 months ago

This is a lie or, more probably, a joke. A Komodo Dragon weighs in at 70-90 kg/150-200 lb in the wild but captive ones weigh more. They are 2.5 to 3 meters / 8,5-10 ft long and they are ferocious. Fascinating animal, really: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Komodo_dragon

Julie Bradley
Community Member
5 months ago

Maybe he had it on a lead ...

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
6 months ago

This is not true, but if it were true it would be a perfectly fine reason to get fired. No Komodo dragon has ever been domesticated. They are pretty dangerous animals.

Pamda Panda
Community Member
6 months ago

This can't be real. On the off chance that it is-- definitely should have been fired. Komodo dragons are dangerous and he put all of his co-workers in danger. Now an iguana on the other hand...

Kathy Lord Tate
Community Member
6 months ago

I think their saliva is poisonous, isn't it? And they will bite.

Evil Little Thing
Community Member
6 months ago

Funny as this is, I call bullshit. Komodo dragons are giant venomous lizards and not pets.

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
6 months ago

Those things eat dogs. *side eye*

Foregone Conclusion
Community Member
6 months ago

I love that people think this is real or even question it! To those wondering, there is no such thing as a pet Komodo Dragon hahaha

Olivia Agave
Community Member
6 months ago

Those are aggressive, and venomous. Would have attacked the dogs had this actually happened.

Caroline Overill
Community Member
6 months ago

If this guy had brought a Komodo dragon to work there would have been nobody left alive to fire him therefore he is joking. Not that I wouldn't have liked to take a Komodo dragon to work on occasion.

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
Community Member
6 months ago

yeahhh... not a good idea. It could be a danger to the dogs, and the dogs could be a danger to it...

B Keating
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

I love everything about this. Komodo dragons don't bark, don't jump up on you and are hypoallergenic. I mean, sure they're poisonous but what pet doesn't have it's downside?

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
6 months ago

And as a lizard, you can literally chill them when stressed.

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Who - me?
Community Member
6 months ago

Komodo?!?!?

deanna woods
Community Member
6 months ago

A komodo dragon is not a dog, but you still should have not been fired over this.

Laura Stenger
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Yeaaaah, but....

Richard Courtney
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Fake

Sue Prewitt
Community Member
3 weeks ago

No, you didn't

Rachael Kennedy
Community Member
3 weeks ago

p,lus dont those things like eat other animals plus they have venomous saliva ? (the saliva literally Kills animals within an hr or less) why would you have one as a pet ?? yeah nah I wouldnt want one at work either I dont know why the boss fired you though , a simple "please take that Home Now" would have sufficed and at most a warning -- not really a fireable offence unless your komodo bit ppl

Iris Wolfie (づ ◕‿◕ )づ
Community Member
4 months ago

I see no problem with this.

Carmen Honacker
Community Member
5 months ago

HAHAHAHA! I have so many questions. First of all, how would one acquire a Komodo dragon? Aren't they protected? Secondly, they get huge, how did that even work. Third, they have poison glands in their mouth....

JD Lee
Community Member
6 months ago

Komodo dragons are internationally protected; nobody but a zoo or reservation can legally have one in their possession. Had you worked at either of these you would know better than to bring one around people or dogs. I’m calling BS on this one. Only the head of an international drug ring / mafia boss could even get their hands (figuratively speaking) on one, & I’m fairly certain neither of those two would be working for anyone “woke” enough to have a bring your dog to work day, unless they were attack dogs. Checkity-check yo’self 1962

Bellatrix Lestrange
Community Member
5 months ago

It probably a joke like most of the other ones here.

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David Herz
Community Member
6 months ago

Komodo my house. But keep him on a leash.

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
6 months ago

Was not "Bring your PET to work day" bru!

Justin Seagull
Community Member
6 months ago

Keeping a Komodo dragon as a pet? Is that legal?

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
6 months ago

yeah, right.

Spinaap
Community Member
6 months ago

The first I understand, those are real killers. If they bite, you loose a part or your life.

More!
Community Member
6 months ago

As if, there must be more to this story.

Zoe's Mom
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6 months ago

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This made me laugh. I'm sorry you were fired for this but if you're working with such tight a$$es, then maybe there is somewhere better for you where you might be happier.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
6 months ago

Your comment made me laugh. Do you really believe everything you read on the internet? Go take a look at what a Komodo dragon is, please. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Komodo_dragon

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Hans
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6 months 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
Community Member
6 months ago

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

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deanna woods
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6 months 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
6 months ago

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

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Porto DaMartinica
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6 months ago

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

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SweetCee
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6 months ago

Pepperoni Tony!

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Elijah Kenny
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6 months ago

You were fired twice!!?!!?!

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
6 months 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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6 months ago

at least you were not in North Korea #AndThenIWasShot

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WilvanderHeijden
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6 months 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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6 months ago

Never saw it coming I'll bet

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