Every person who's ever had a job knows that every workplace, starting from huge corporations with cubicle offices and ending with family-owned businesses with three office employees, has its own secrets, big and small. Most of us don't ever find out anything unusual about the secret life going on within our workplace, except for some petty gossip or drama between coworkers. However, on rare occasions, some people just happen to find out something that they were not supposed to know, and then it's up to them what to do with said information.

Well, the most common route the office working people seem to take is to keep the secret to themselves and occasionally share it on sites such as Reddit. But to be honest, we are delighted by this, as some of these secrets they shared made for a very juicy post! Scroll down below to see what kind of information and office jokes were unknowingly found out and don't forget to comment and vote on your favorite stories, or, hell, add your office work secret if you have something interesting to share!

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#1

All this stuff is so negative...I’m gonna throw a positive one out there!

My boss is secretly a competitive ballroom dancer and he’s too embarrassed to tell anyone. I found out when my girlfriend and I took a beginner course and he was in the studio working on a routine. I got sworn to secrecy but I think that’s so interesting.

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Night Owl 11 months ago

Aww, tell him there's no need to be embarrassed. He should be proud instead.

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#2

At a previous job we had an HR manager get fired right after returning from maternity leave. She was replaced by the guy that she trained to fill in for her while she was gone. She sent a company wide email with the pay rate of everyone from the plant manager on down. It was a s**t show. A lot of pay rates were wildly different in management/supervision and maintenance. There were talks of workstop strikes and slowdowns, even threats of unionizing. I believe that this one act lead to the eventual closure of the plant. It was a crazy time.

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Aneese 11 months ago

Hell hath no fury ...

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#3

Not a current job but at a past job, my manager quit and the CEO gave me access to his emails so I could find information about how to do projects he only knew about.

I started looking for all the salary information from all the co-workers on my team. Found out I was being paid significantly less than the person who previously had my position.

I went and negotiated about a 40% raise with the CEO based on that information.

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BusLady 11 months ago

Hope you got it. Plus back pay.

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#4

I know the key code to a store room I'm not really supposed to. I use it for naps

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kathryn stretton 11 months ago

If you die in there, no-one may find you for YEARS.

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#5

After reading the other stuff, mine is kinda boring.

But i spent company money on an ice cream machine that i hide in my office.

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MJ 11 months ago

I wouldn't say stealing is boring...

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#6

Casino worker. There are a disturbing amount of suicides that happen on property. Almost none are reported to the public.

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stellermatt 11 months ago

maybe they aren't suicides... *plot twist*

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#7

My boss has been banging the secretary, who is married, for years, and it’s a secret that the secretary’s first kid (14 yo) is my boss’ biological child.

my boss is also married with kids.

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All With Heart 11 months ago

poor kids...

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#8

From my last job...

"Under no circumstances are you even to look at what's going on in the other half of the plant."

What was going on? They were building an automated side. Got replaced by a robot a year later.

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All With Heart 11 months ago

Let me guess...Amazon.

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#9

My boss stores beer in the server room because the temperature is always kept cool

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stellermatt 11 months ago

he's not working hard, he's working smart!

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#10

Once instead of receiving my paycheck, I received a file containing every paycheck of everybody in the company. Thus, I knew how much money everybody were making, what benefits they had, etc. (Including the CEO and high management)

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stellermatt 11 months ago

go on...

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#11

Not my current job, but when I worked in logistics my boss, head of outbound operations didn't have a high school diploma and and the job required a college degree. She lied on her resume to get the job.

She was an amazing boss, though. She didn't micromanage, she called me on my shit and screw-ups when they occurred but was never mean or "power-trippy" about it. She offered suggestions to increase efficiency, but they weren't required, we just had to test them out, keep what worked, discard what didn't. Somehow, she always was able to make me feel proud of a job well done, while still making determined to do better. Probably the best boss I've worked for to date. And that includes 6 years of self-employment.

She was fired a few months after I left for lying on her resume.

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Jaguarundi 11 months ago

Damn, just damn...

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#12

I’m a nanny. Short answer - everything. I hear all of the whispers you think I can’t hear from the next room. Your kids know/talk more than you think. Google fills in your search history when I’m ordering more diapers. I pull the receipts out of the dryer that fell out of your pants pockets. The iPad the kids use has the photo account linked across all of your devices.

I don’t snoop intentionally, but just as a byproduct of being in the home all day and working with a family so intimately I definitely know most/all of the family secrets. Even the secrets that Momboss and Dadboss may be keeping from each other. I just pretend not to know anything at all until I’m directly told. I would never tell these things to anyone, but make sure you really trust your nannies. And/or have a non-disclosure clause in their contract.

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BusLady 11 months ago

Especially if Mom and Dad are well known people, like performers. Those gossip mags pay well.

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#13

Someone has been stealing things from everyone's desks in our office. I setup a teddy cam on someone's desk (with their permission) to find out who was doing it. Turns out it's the owner of the company.

Since a lot of people are asking. I confronted him about it in private. Over the course of 2-3 months the majority of things started reappearing and the stealing came to a stop after that. At least for the most part, occasionally something would go missing but it wasn't near as often.

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Night Owl 11 months ago

Sounds like he's a kleptomaniac and can't help himself

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#14

The reason there's high turnover is because management fired the one competent manager for being too kind.

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BusLady 11 months ago

You mean, for not being a d*ck.

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#15

There is a removable panel in the restroom that allows access to various pipes in the wall. It also allows you to perfectly hear meetings in the superintendents office. I've learned lots of juicy things I'm not supposed to know about.

1)some coworkers were having sex on company property on company time they thought management wouldn’t find out. Management found out.

2)My top boss has anxiety and would practice his speech to my direct supervisor before giving it to everyone.

3)My boss isn’t nice behind closed doors. I heard him talk so much shit about my coworkers.

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Aneese 11 months ago

The proverbial fly on the wall ... or in it?

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#16

My office purposily messes up people's wages to see if A) they're honest about receiving extra or B) they can save money by not paying it all. It's such a scum thing to do just glad it never happened to me.

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mhubert10 11 months ago

or has it...?

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#17

That at my “zero drug tolerance” workplace the CEOs executive assistant and the head of HR do coke on weekends together. So I know when they’re not going out that weekend there’ll be a workplace drug test the end of the next week.

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BusLady 11 months ago

Do as I say, not as I do.

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#18

Everyone's passwords. We store them in cleartext. It's horrifying.

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sh 11 months ago

Yikes, that's bad.

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#19

Not really something I’m not meant to know but more something the public aren’t meant to know about an old place of work: the vegetarian roasts aren’t vegetarian.

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Lady A 11 months ago

That is very dishonest, not to mention potentially life-threatening!

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#20

The CEO does coke before public speaking

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stellermatt 11 months ago

what do they do after?

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#21

That in March next year the company I work for will lose the contract to provide catering and all employees will probably lose their job. I can't sleep at night, I can't look them in the eyes. The company that contracts us has already started negotiating with another contractor and I am friends with someone high up in that company. They've told me to get out ASAP. My boss doesn't even know. I have been dropping hints but I don't know what to do. If I can i will find new jobs for my team (there are two separate teams and I manage 1) before then and encourage them to put in an application but I can't make them.

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Jaguarundi 11 months ago

All you can do is your best to help your team to find new jobs. You are a wonderful person to care enough about them to even try to help them.

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#22

I work in education.

My former chairman allowed a female employee to embezzle money from the school. I found out and blew the whistle. I assumed the woman would be fired and the chair would be demoted. Instead, the woman was asked to quit and given a package, and the chair stayed in his position because of his status as a coach. He proceeded to make my job very difficult for the next five years until he gave up the chairmanship to someone competent. The woman was his work wife and mistress, who also used to be his student, at our school.

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Naomi Armitage 11 months ago

Sounds like the plot to a Lifetime network movie.

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#23

My boss makes more than $6m annually but likes to pretend he's only making 100-200k so the low level employees don't ask for more. I make more than everyone solely based on the fact that I run the books and know how much he actually makes so I can ask for more.

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BusLady 11 months ago

Well, then, maybe you are a crook as well.

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#24

By jumping from department to department over the years, at my old job I knew a combination of things that no one person was supposed to know.

I knew alarm codes, vault combinations, locations of keys, passwords, schedules, location and functionality of cameras and security systems.

Led to a lot of idle daydreaming on bad days of things I could, but never would, do.

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Jaguarundi 11 months ago

*sinister voice, while rubbing hands together* he, he, he, he, you just wait, my day will come....

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#25

One of my project supervisors is the owner's nephew. The guy spent 17 years in prison for killing 2 people because "it sounded like fun at the time."

The guy committed the murders when he was 16. While highly intoxicated on a cocktail of drugs, he and his buddies were arguing what's the best way to hang someone. They decided to test their ideas.Their experiment was successful. He ended up turning himself in a few days later and took a plea bargain. He got a reduced sentence for snitching on his friends.

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Naomi Armitage 11 months ago

Snitches get stitches. Or promoted.

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#26

The bedbugs in the hotel beds are not isolated to one room anymore

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Eva Bryson 11 months ago

Ewwwwwww!

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#27

The chiefs on my ship and others in our home port are being investigated for wife swapping. Maybe sounds harmless, but adultery, even mutually agreed upon, is technically illegal in the military.

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BusLady 11 months ago

And immoral. And why do they call it wife swapping? Why not husband swapping?

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#28

I found out my coworker on a lower position was getting a few thousand dollars more in salary than me (she told me her wage when she left the company). Wrote up a polite but stern email to my boss asking her to not only match it but increase by a couple of K - because I did have a higher position after all - and she did. Sometimes knowing things can be a benefit.

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BusLady 11 months ago

Good for you.

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#29

We know what they use their laptops for, and what kinds of sick porn you watch.

Some users download and stream it. We can see what's hogging the network bandwidth yo .

I just pray the keyboards don't get returned sticky when they quit.

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AnnaB 11 months ago

Are people really so naive that they don't realize that IT departments can pinpoint your work PC/laptop usage down to the keystroke??

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#30

At my old company the owner accidentally sent me the complete company accounting breakdown. I knew what everyone made, how much revenue we took, how much our office cost, how much eeeeeevvvvverything.

Of course they immediately sent me an email "Don't look at that"

I replied, "Oh I hadn't even noticed that email. No problem!"

But it was too late. I've seen everything! I've seen it all.

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Naomi Armitage 11 months ago

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain...

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#31

One of our guys took a work van to rob a bank. He got arrested and after 5 years of 'working somewhere else' he came back to work for us.

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BusLady 11 months ago

"Working somewhere else" I love it. I bet they don't let him drive anymore.

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#32

That upper management has so much going on that if you just act super hurried they will think you’re doing a great job and leave you alone. Honestly, that might work in most places.

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SykesDaMan 11 months ago

1- Always be in a hurry 2- Never move in the company's premises with empty hands (use a laptop, a folder, ...) 3- Talk loud on the phone about numbers and business stuff and always be angry with the person on the other end...

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#33

My bosses tried artificial insemination a couple of times but to no avail. They now treat the company like their child, which is understandable and I feel for them.

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SykesDaMan 11 months ago

This one is a sad! :(

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#34

The admin password for our laptops. The IT guy from 4 years ago never changed it.

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IWishIWasBob 11 months ago

Is it admin?

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#35

That my boss is a complete moron. When we figure out a way to accomplish something more efficiently than the set ways, she loses it because she hates change. Like, completely loses it and makes everyone panic while she panics because she is a moron

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Jaguarundi 11 months ago

Did we work together before? I HAD that boss!

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#36

The reason my boss won’t replace the aging fleet of company cars for people below him is because he wasn’t allowed to get the car he wanted and now he’s pouting and nobody is getting new cars. A Jeep Patriot isn’t supposed to live to 200,000 Miles.

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All With Heart 11 months ago

what a baby, but there's a surprising amount of them in most workplaces.

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#37

I know how much everybody in the IT is getting paid. From that I can safely say that

new people with no skill nor experience get a lot more money than people who have been working here for years and know our product in and out

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2) that I am one of those who get paid the less. Raises are opposed against because "everybody gets the same, no matter the experience" (complete lie, see above).

The result is that I am now actively searching for a higher paid job.

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BusLady 11 months ago

How do they determine salaries in these types of companies? How does that work? (Serious question)

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#38

I work in a large federal government building, one of the ones you would see on the news frequently because a lot of stuff happens here and reporters are on location often. There are a series of "network closets" in the building, they're placed in the same locations on multiple floors so the cabling layout is standardized, they range in size from a decent sized bathroom to a studio apartment and you'd never notice them in the hallway because the doors are unassuming.

One of these closets is completely unlabeled, the plaque with the room number has been removed and it's just a blank door in the hallway, I noticed it was where one of our closets should be but it's missing from all the maps and directory. It's the largest closet by far, someone has furnished it with leather couches and a tv and fridge. I have no idea who converted it into their own private lounge but there are 10,000 people in this building and only 30 or so people can open that door.

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Ruth Beaty 11 months ago

There are contractors who have done this in government buildings and actually lived in them.

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#39

We’ve had a salary/wage increase freeze for over two years due to our ‘dire financial issues’, but our President still took his raise. He now makes over a million a year. There are only 30 employees in the company.

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BusLady 11 months ago

What a jackass.

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#40

Old job. Those shiny new fumehoods and laminar flow cabinets didn't actually have working vents.

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Jaguarundi 11 months ago

WOW, a whole new definition of "toxic work environment"!

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#41

My boss was/is sleeping with HR head and theyre both married (not to each other)

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Ben Smith 11 months ago

I bet that's more common than most people realize.

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#42

This multi billion dollar job is almost entirely billed as time and material. That means they don't really give a fuck if you get much done, but if you miss any time they will rain down hell. They need us there for the billable hours.

The job itself is rather unique, so there is no benchmark for cost/time. So as long as you aren't visibly drunk, sleeping, or fighting, you can dick off to your heart's content.

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Night Owl 11 months ago

I need that job

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#43

At a place that I used to work I was the only person with any IT smarts. I set up the spam filter to forward to my inbox any "maybe" emails that it caught which I would then look at and forward on if they weren't spam.

On two occasions I was forwarded an email receipt for viagra which one of my colleagues had purchased with his work email address. I just deleted them rather than forward on because, well, because it's just easier that way.

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PandaMan 11 months ago

Be honest, you didn't want to be HARD on the limp guy. Good Karma for you!

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#44

There's a guy that clocks in for overtime every weekend and then drives home. He's making an extra 60 grand a year doing this.

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Natasha Forchione 11 months ago

Whaaa....how come nobody has said anything???

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#45

At a past job, the husband of the HR director was friends and college buddies with my manager. My manager was misogynistic, maintained a hostile work environment (daily), and was sexually harassing two female employees. Though he was reported (almost weekly) he would never get into trouble (he did get promoted frequently), but the reporter would, one day, find their 'position eliminated' and walked out the door. The company is currently facing a class action law suit brought by 24 past employees, some with audio or video proof of the abuse or non-action by HR.

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BusLady 11 months ago

I hope they get justice.

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#46

At my last command the Legal Officer of all people would put his calls on speaker phone and leave his door open. So of couse everyone in the vicinity could hear him talking about people's sensitive information as well as his personal opinions about these people. One of the worst I overheard was "Is there anything we can do to keep so-and-so from advancing (getting a promotion)?" Another was "So-and-so's wife called the captain saying he beat the s**t out of her, so now I have to deal with THAT." He was a piece of s**t. Probably still is.

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phil blanque 11 months ago

Sadly, he misinterpreted his job. He thought he was the Le Gal officer, in charge of covering up issues with attacks on women....the "gals". We have many in Congress, too.

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#47

The head of my old org in my region stole $500,000 from the org, which caused us to cut our services to homeless people.

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Kim Lorton 11 months ago

They need to be found out and prosecuted. I’d call the FBI as this is fraud, and embezzlement of company funds. Federal offense.

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#48

My boss is faking a recovery program, hit her ex husband with a car, and is never going to change or get fired because she's the owner's daughter who "can't do anything about her."

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BusLady 11 months ago

Karma will catch up to her someday.

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#49

At a former job, had a boss who was unpleasant to be around and meddled in our work. When this person went on vacation we'd all come in early and stay late because it was such a pleasure actually getting our work done without them around. While boss was away we'd also have a barbeque and invite old employees back for a reunion! It became an annual event to look forward to.

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BusLady 11 months ago

So you all got a vacation from this boss. Lol

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#50

Only one of the security cameras actually works. The rest are for show.

Also, at a credit union I worked at I knew both halves of the combination to the vault. (THOSE security cameras did work for sure tho).

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BusLady 11 months ago

It amazes me, the people who commit crimes on camera, and they know there is a camera.

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#51

That our CEOs speeches are actually written by low level grunts. Makes me wonder about all the inspiring leader's speeches of the past.

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MJ 11 months ago

A lot of people do that, including politicians...

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#52

My old Job's security system's passwords were the store numbers. And all computers had the same passwors and login which was the stores name and store number. I was told by my former boss that, it's the same for every store so I Technically have access to everystore in the country.

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BusLady 11 months ago

If it ain't broke, why fix it? 😳😕

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#53

I don't know if this counts, but my mom works for the Federal Government of Canada, and she was one of the first to know that Justin Bieber was banned from China.

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BusLady 11 months ago

Useful information to know.

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#54

My CEO didn't resign by choice. Investors forced him because he was sued for sexual assault.

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Ben Smith 11 months ago

Good.

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#55

- My boss's boss doesn't flush, pees on the toilet seat and doesn't wash her hands after using the bathroom. Unfortunately I know this first hand...

- Also, I know a way to enter the building easily after it is "locked up" at 10 p.m.

- AND... I once accidentally saw the salary of a Division head instead of mine (in USD it would be about 26,000 gross PER MONTH).

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Pug Pug 11 months ago

What kind of woman pees on the seat? How big is her dick?

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#56

Theres a chair in our office which was used by two ex employees to have sex repeatedly on and I'm almost certain there's markings on it.

Newer employees use it and it hurts me a little everytime

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Leah Curtis 11 months ago

jut throw it out. please

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#57

My workplace is under investigation for the potentially negligent death of one of our residents. I suspect that they actually have a case too.

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KT Trondsen 11 months ago

That's so awful :( I work in health care, and some of the elderly are downright dangerous and so frustrating to deal with, but as a nurse you always do what needs to be done no matter what. It makes me fear to get old, what if i lose my mind and end up in a place where they are cruel to me?

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#58

If we have to clock in for work at a time when we are not technically on the schedule, we use what's called a "red card." For example, let's say I'm scheduled 2-9 on a particular day and I got called in early. If I tried to punch, I would get an error message. The only people with these red cards are managers (store manager, perishable manager and non-perishable manager).

Well, I know the code for the red card, so theoretically I can punch myself in without needing to get it from a manager.

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phil blanque 11 months ago

How do I sign up to be a "non-perishable manager"? I hate managing, but I like not perishing.

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#59

Manager fired one of my coworkers (lets call him Billy) because her good friend, who works with Billy, didnt like him.

It didnt matter that he was never late, was dedicated, smart, hardworking, and didnt gossip.

Manager also promoted her other friend (who was our billing person and previously worked retail) to HR manager. People's insurance through the company started lapsing and vacation days were taken without warning. Said people were not in the office those days when people had a full workdays' worth of emails to show for it.

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jo_shortland 11 months ago

It is wrong that poor Billy got sacked

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#60

At Kmart, the managers constantly show us attempts to steal from the store. But they never say who it is and nobody ever gets fired. They also have these impossible deadlines that we need to meet (which we don’t). They basically just lie a ton to scare people into working harder, which is why I quit

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Ben Smith 11 months ago

KMART is still in business??? Where??

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#61

So I used to work for an NGO in a government funded program. Shortly before I quit I found out that the higher ups were actually taking government funded money that was meant for our program and using it on their own non government funded programs. So essentially they were stealing millions of dollars from the government!

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Night Owl 11 months ago

I hope you reported them

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#62

I work in a pretty well known financial institution. I see a select few people most days commit what could be described as negligent at best and downright reckless actions at worst. I'm on a relatively low level so they presume I don't see but I'm just waiting for auditors/regulators to tear the place to shreds.

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phil blanque 11 months ago

I live in a pretty well-known country. I see a select few people ALL days commit what can ONLY be described as negligent at best and downright treasonous at worst. They are on a really low moral level, so I presume they do not see. But we are all waiting for regulators/law enforcement to tear the place to shreds.

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#63

At one of my old jobs I was responsible for processing expense reports. One day I came across the company CEO's "business" expense report. The trip was a trip to Hawaii for him and his spouse and another person + spouse. The "business" trip includes extravagant meals and excursions. I questioned it but was ultimately was told just to process it since he's the CEO. Few years later (and after quitting the company) the company was pretty much gone. HAHA!

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Abby Rexroth 11 months ago

I'm all for capitalism but when the higher-ups abuse their power with little to no concern for their subordinates then there's a real problem with the corporate culture!

#64

Learnt on a closing shift at one place I worked that if you can convince the higher ups that you smoke, you get a 10 minute paid smoke break every hour on top of your break.

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Night Owl 11 months ago

That's sadly true in many companies :(

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#65

The guards at one of our sites aren't armed because they'd have to pay more and it would be harder to hire qualified people. They just had a shooting there. Not surprised one person quit over it.

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Annette V 11 months ago

Armed guards are a lot more expensive but not necessary in all situations. They can pay a bit less and have just as much effectiveness by contracting guards with non-lethal force like stun guns, mace, and batons. A stun gun can look like a gun on a duty belt and be a visual deterrent to crime.

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#66

One of my managers, who I'm not too fond of but is mutual friends with many of my friends, is dealing coke in the restaurant I work at. Both to employees and to guests.

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BusLady 11 months ago

Needs to have an undercover officer come in to eat sometime.

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#67

I used to work for a pet store. My boss was such a crook. She would make photocopies of the vaccines the kitten/puppy got... It was always the same photocopies. She would lie just to get a sale, even if it meant hurting an animal. She would refuse to provide proper treatment to the animals we had. We had a whole litter of puppies die from parvo... A lot of hamster died from wet tail... We would find 5 to 10 guppies dead every morning because she refused to put in a water heater in their tank... She would constantly yell at us because we weren't selling enough. She wanted us to sell about 1 000$ worth of accessories if someone bought a kitten or a puppy. If we did, we would get 50$ bonus on our pay check... We never actually got any of those "bonuses"... And last but not least, we had an old cash register where you have to manually input the taxation percentages. Well, she would charge 15.5% of tax instead of 15%... I lasted 3 months. Just couldn't take more than that.

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BusLady 11 months ago

I don't trust these stores, anyway. I suspect some of them buy from puppy mills.

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#68

The boss makes a whole lot more money than he wants us to believe. If you believe him he and his family are a hairs width from living under a bridge. Nevermind the brand new 70" smart TV for the office...

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BusLady 11 months ago

Rich people can never have enough money. They have no idea what poverty is.

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#69

I work for a major car rental company that is now more than 15 billion dollars in debt, nobody will loan them money to replace it's aging fleet and there is no hope of making that money back. The State of Florida is currently suing them over toll charges practices.

I have found this information by reading stock Market analysis, I know for a fact they are not clueing any of the local managers about it.

The C-Level churn rate for this company is amazing.

I believe if we got OJ Simpson to do some commercials for us again it would boost our revenue

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Jaguarundi 11 months ago (edited)

Can ya give us another hint? OH, I know! It sounds like "shirts"!

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#70

Was a bus driver in the UK for Arriva. Instead of windscreen washer fluid, they use water.

Before CCTV was common, was a shelf stacker at a co-op. Come in to find the boss has 'resigned', with the police getting called in. Turns out he had stolen stock over at least a year in the low 5 figure range. Had a couple of people in on it. He basically invented a chronic shoplifting problem by claiming that shoplifters who had been caught past and present had stolen a lot more than they had. Write it off and take the stuff from back of shop. Got off scot free somehow

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Ruth Beaty 11 months ago

I knew a store manager at an area WalMart who stole big screen TV's for his family from the store. He also forged time records. He got caught, demoted and moved to our WalMart as an assistant manager. (Sounds like the government) He was at our store for awhile, cleaned out the safe one night at closing and left the country. WalMart's have huge amounts of cash in the safe at times, especially on holidays.

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#71

I worked in a restaurant, where the General Manager was incompetent and corrupt. The restaurant was violating numerous health code regulations. Every now and then, she would rush frantically through the place screaming at everyone to clean something up, label the food with dates, get that chicken out of hot water, etc. It seems she had a friend who worked at the Health Department, who would call her with a heads up that they were on their way over there to inspect the place.

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Faramir10 11 months ago

I hope she got fired.

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#72

My boss is sexually harassing my colleague and there is nothing I can do about it. She is afraid of losing her job and we don't have any proof of misconduct to denounce him.

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Alida Wilson 11 months ago

Have you thought about keeping a log of dates, times, and occurrences?

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#73

I used to work at the University of Iowa as a secretary in administration. The rules stated that they had to accept a lateral transfer from another department they didn’t want. I heard them plan to stick this brand new person in the busiest area and then discipline them out when they inevitably made mistakes. Her failure was planned before she even worked her first day.

A year later, my supervisor changed and they did the exact same thing to me, firing me for “too many typos”. Still boils my blood.

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Kim Lorton 11 months ago

Turds

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#74

In the past on three separate occasions I’ve known about people getting fired before THEY knew they were fired.

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BusLady 11 months ago

Did you warn them?

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#75

The factory manager that recently "retired" in his 50s actually was sexually harassing two women engineers in their 20s that opened an HR case together. I've tried to ask why he gets to get off with reputation intact and HR says it's company policy to keep investigations private. One of his personal photographs from his travels is still hanging in the cafeteria with his name on it.

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Jaguarundi 11 months ago

"Oh, did that fall in the shredder? SO, sorry!' (not)

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#76

Former job. They'd falsify DOT records, so managers would get a nice bonus at the end of the year for not having any incidents.

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BusLady 11 months ago

Kind of defeats the purpose, doesn't it?

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#77

The hiding place for the key and the lock code to the controlled drugs closet

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BusLady 11 months ago

Let's hope it doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

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#78

I had a job years ago I was working in a Primary / elementary school as a cleaner . My supervisor was the School's janitor. I got him fired as I had seen him follow the little girls when they went into the toilet and then he would stand on the toilet in the next cubicle and fap off while watching them go to the toilet. I took a photo on my phone of him and showed it to the headmaster and he told me if I showed it to anyone else he would fire me and then made me delete the photo which I had to do. Thankfully I was able to retrieve it later which I did and I rang the school board and got talking with a really nice lady who told me she would take this further. Both the janitor and the headmaster were fired from their jobs and the janitor was arrested. He had been doing it for some time and the headmaster kept quiet about it as they were cousins. If any child said anything they were told that this had to happen as the janitor was "looking out for them in case they were having any trouble in the toilet" and they were too young to believe otherwise as the only girls the janitor spied on were between the ages of 4 and 6. I was allowed to keep my job.

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Jace 11 months ago

Horrifying. Good on you for reporting them. Shouldn’t there have been actual criminal charges against those people?

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#79

I know everyone on our wifi, and their devices and where they've been coupled with how they are affiliated to our company. My boss does a report daily for the cio with my metrics. Part of me wants to know why, part of me doesn't. They have a pathing system that tracks movement for 30 days that I had made for emergency exiting plans, it's not being used for that.

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Kim Lorton 11 months ago

Their bad idea to not use it. Hope you never have to use it.

#80

That with a day or two of effort, I could draft a full proposal for eliminating my job and the other four people who do my job. It's completely unnecessary and the organization wastes, conservatively, $200,000 a year on salary and benefits for us to perform a very small number of tasks that could easily be delegated elsewhere or replaced with an outside service.

I suspect it's one of those "being taken care of" situations. The other four employees are all women and have all been there for 15-20 years. Nobody wants to pull these old fossils into the office and say "You're a grown adult who gets paid a grown adult salary to sit around on Facebook and answer the phone three times in an eight hour shift, get the fuck outta here". Private sector, the position would have been eliminated a decade ago.

I mean, it's nice that I'm employed, but the job is a complete waste of time and money. You know that book "Bullshit Jobs"? This is it.

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Night Owl 11 months ago

I think there are more jobs like that than anyone realizes.

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#81

Not employed there anymore, but I knew my boss made videos of himself in his office chair fully nude shooting baby batter all over himself. How? He “accidentally” uploaded one into an ftp folder I was using for an ongoing shared project.

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Naomi Armitage 11 months ago

In GOD's name, WHY??? Not only "why do that", but "why film it"??

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#82

About 20 years ago at a former workplace we were all told there was no money in the budget for a pay rise, which was overdue, for the entire department. Within a few weeks I discovered, face up on a supervisor's desk, the pay rates for the entire office. Despite "no money", our manager had recently received a 45% pay rise.

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Nikki D 11 months ago

They really shouldn't let these bosses decide how the department money is allocated because the temptation to screw everyone over to enrich yourself is apparently impossible to resist.

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#83

Worked in a hotel kitchen once where the owner's wife routinely salvaged food scraps scraped into the garbage from plates and insisted kitchen staff reuse them on new orders. Got out of there fast!

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Jace 11 months ago

You reported them of course, right? There’s no way that would pass a health inspection.

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#84

My former boss (who is married) had sex in his office with multiple employees. Shit leadership skills. He came from a naval background didn’t have a bloody clue what he was talking about unless it was navy stuff.

Office supervisor- had f**k buddies in the office. He would let them get away with murder in exchange for sexual favours. He would always talk about how much he got paid compared to everyone else. Never wanted to help anyone or give a shit.

The entire department is a complete shit show the good bunch of people who made the place decent either left or constantly got f**ked over. Hard workers never got a thank you

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Nikki D 11 months ago

It's amazing how many married people openly cheat at work. I would be sorely tempted to anonymously alert the spouse. Cheating is so much worse when everyone knows but the person being cheated on.

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#85

They sent out an email saying one of our coworkers is no longer employed with us, which means they got fired. They aren’t supposed to tell us why that person got fired, but one day the assistant director came up to me and asked if the fired coworker was still in a relationship with a certain client. Someone had mistakenly told her I might have information about it, but I had no idea. My department didn’t even work with that client. So now I know my coworker got fired for dating a client.

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SnowyLynx 11 months ago

So this coworker was unjustly fired? Honestly this person’s personal life shouldn’t be a cause of him/her losing a lob

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#86

In the ’80s I worked at a large architectural firm; they had hired two college student interns to give them real-life work experience. The interns were given the assignment to create plan drawings for a proposed building that the senior architects were working on. They had completed their drawings and left them taped to their drawing boards overnight. The next day, the drawings were gone. The interns saw them displayed in a conference room – one or more of the architects had stolen them and claimed they were his / their work!

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Nikki D 11 months ago

That's despicable!

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#87

At a previous job I uncovered they were illegally skimming money by collecting “tax” from customers but not actually reporting the tax and paying it. Shortly thereafter I was fired for “no reason”... (Thanks at-will employment state)

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Ruth Beaty 11 months ago

You should have told the IRS, lol. They will get their pound of flesh and you will get revenge.

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#88

I've been working for this man for 5 years, and I hated him with every cell in my body. I overheard him talking to my mom on the phone about me. What I heard made me cry. "Joel, we can't keep this secret from her forever. She has to know i'm alive..." My boss was my dad. My parents got a divorce before I was born, and they made an agreement. My mom would tell me my dad died in an accident, and my dad would never see me again. The worst part is before I quit, my last words to him were, "Burn in hell b*tch."

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Abby Rexroth 11 months ago

That doesn't deserve a negative # the person deserves our sympathy.

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#89

Nobody wanted to buy the subscription for our online services so now we sell a "server" for the same price that is little more than a metal box with a free subscription included.

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SnowyLynx 11 months ago

Rip

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At a previous job we had an IT guy who didn't like staff to be using their work computers for anything other than work. Emails were circulated stating that computers were property of work and should not contain any 'dodgy' materials.
So imagine my surprise when my apprentice at the time found an IT file on the network containing photos of IT chap's, I'm assuming, gay lover spread-eagled across a bed in a pair of stockings and suspenders. Always kept that one up my sleeve...just in case.

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Carol Emory 11 months ago (edited)

When I worked for a University, we were told the same thing....goes to safety of the network from viruses. But I was still surprised when a professor at a satellite branch of the University was fired for buying a Saturn online. Also...husband worked as a computer repairman for several years. He said there were several dozen men and women that attempted to delete their browser history from all the porn sites, but the techs would still see all of them. One was a guy who managed to find a kiddie porn site and had down loaded a bunch of pics which he had attempted to delete before having the computer serviced for a hardware issue. My husbands boss turned in an anonymous tip to the police on that one.

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#91

Walked in on a woman with her hand down her boyfriend’s pants, under the desk. Whilst her husband (who was in management) was in the next room and oblivious.

Felt terrible, the husband had no idea about the affair. Even though everyone else in the company did. He did eventually find out, and they got divorced, cos she got pregnant with the guy she was sleeping with at work :(

Twins! If you can believe it.

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Nikki D 11 months ago

The audacity of these people is unbelievable. Have they no shame or concern for their partners feelings?

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I worked at Travelers Insurance Inc. while working on my BA in Finance. I took the job because they offered tuition assistance of up to $5500 A year. I applied three times and got denied three times by my manager. I ask HR WTF! HR said they never revived any paperwork. I showed them all my copies and they told me the degree was not needed for my current position. Once I graduated I left and complained turning my exit interview to the regional VP. He told me no one in my department has ever been approved for tuition assistance. I worked in the call center which was approximately 450 people at the time.

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BusLady 11 months ago

I hate it when employers make false promises.

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#93

We are outsourced and our clients and overheard the client relations officer mention our "hourly rate" during a meeting. Apparently, clients pay us $8/hour for our services but us employees are just paid $1-2/hour.

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Ryo Bakura 11 months ago

Time to look for a new job.

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#94

That the third floor isn't complete yet.

A colleague told me how he was reprimanded for talking about it to people not in the know.

I wasn't in the know...

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Ben Smith 11 months ago

...lol, wut?

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#95

Previous job. All the workers were told that there would be no pay rises (a whole 1-2%!) that year as the company was struggling financially.
I found out that all the managers received big fat bonuses (well into the $1000's) that year.
And they also made several people redundant, myself included, because of the 'financial struggles.'

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BusLady 11 months ago

After reading this thread, it seems like that happens a lot.

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#96

In the 90's I was being made redundant from my teaching job. The manager of another said said to me that if i spent my last week spying on the other staff to see what they where thinking he would hire me for his department. I refused point blank and took my redundancy but I did tell the others what he tried to get me do. He still kept his job because he had friends in high places. At least i left with a clean concious.

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BusLady 11 months ago

And in the long run, you won't regret your decision. I hope you found a better job.

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I worked in a kitchen at a casino in south Seattle. Used the restroom and a guy completely meth'd out walked out of the stall. It smells like a burnt tire in there, I noticed he left a bag of crystal, a pipe, and a playboy lighter. I put on gloves, and put it in a non-see through bag, and awkwardly got my shift manager. I told him the story, and that we should call the police. He told me to flush it down the toilet or I would be fired. I threw it away in a garbage can and quietly went out the back and called the police, I thought I would get a reward for seeing and saying something. Turned out the guy that had the drugs was a big time blackjack player, would tweak out and spend hundreds on the game creating a big pot for the house to win. My manager knew he was money, so he refused to rat on him. Seattle casinos are all connected, a game of thrones more than cards. Never gamble in Seattle it's worse than Vegas.

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SnowyLynx 11 months ago

That is terrible

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One night while it was slow I was pulled to a different department and we were cruising around on the internet. They showed me how to look up the licensure board and we found out my manager had had her license suspended for drug diversion. She could no longer work as a CRNA so now she had this cushy office job bossing a bunch of us around. We discussed whether she'd been diverting them for herself or her partner. A while after I left there I found out she'd been fired for falsifying records.I guess if you're dishonest once you'll be dishonest again.....

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SnowyLynx 11 months ago

Would have thought that she would have learned...

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#99

I work in a well know London building and all post has to be put through a scanner meaning the post team can see what is in the parcels. There are several employees who shop regularly at Anne Summer's, Love Honey etc.

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Nikki D 11 months ago

Do I want to know what Love Honey is?

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Previous job...
Me: your funeral director is watching porn at work and falling asleep in odd situations. I think he's on drugs.

Funeral home owner: Yes, the creepy funeral director really is watching porn at work (during funeral services taking place in the next room), but you're not supposed to look for more evidence anymore because it stresses us out.

Funeral home owners: Well the employee found his drugs, now we NEED to fire him. We are shorthanded...time to hire a 70 year old attendant, who preys on younger women and sexually harasses them, because we had to fire the creepy funeral director and need the help.

Me: I quit.

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Jace 11 months ago

Did you report the sexual harassment?

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#101

One large superannuation and insurance company wouldn't allow me to run a script over the development/test/uat databases after a restore from production to scramble names, addresses, etc of clients. So all our developers and testers could get private financial details of several hundred thousand people throughout the country.

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Jace 11 months ago

That should be reported. That info should be treated with confidentiality.

#102

Not my story, my mom’s.

Just before I was birn, she worked at Subway. This one girl liked to give the people who asked for healthier options like diet soda or a different bread, she would always give them the normal option without telling them. Just to be a jerk because she couldn’t follow her own diet so she was likely jealous. One day, she put cheese on a vegan girls’ sandwich. Long story short, that girl had been vegan for a while, and the cheese caused her to get sick.

Needless to say, she was fired soon after.

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Jace 11 months ago

Good. She should be fired for that. It’s a huge violation of trust and potentially a serious food safety issue (allergies can be deadly).

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#103

Worked Security at a casino in South Seattle, big Chinese gamble spot. I was the only white dude working the front to check ID's, would get the regulars at this time of night. One of these regulars would come in and go straight to VIP (minimum bets were 100, free drinks, and comped food.) Management told me that they get a free pass on anything they do, they were more important than I ever would be, and should show them respect no matter what I witnessed them. I would just mind my own business around them and keep my head down. The only times I would go back there was to fill the tables with chips and cards. One of them asked me what I was doing (besides interrupting their gambling) I told them "I'm doing a fill, shouldn't be 5 minutes." "Fill huh? Yeah you look like a Phil! You white cracker, I bet you know Dr. Phil!" I was done at that point and told him to shut his mouth. Nothing happened for awhile until I went into the VIP bathroom and walked in to all of them snorting cocaine. I walked out before they noticed me and called the DEA. I quit the next day, it was a doomed business.

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Jace 11 months ago

Both of these stories are the same place?

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#104

I work at a company where the boss was having an affair and everyone was well aware of what was going on. Both parties are married, the boss who passed away recently due to his alcoholism, we found out that the woman he was having an affair with her cousin who worked for us as well was supplying him with pain meds, making him more and more irrational. The adultress would leave love notes, and a note begging him back when his wife found and and made him promise to end the affair and fire her. He never did, and his wife had him served with divorce papers at work. He eventually tried to get clean and ended up near comatosed in a hospital for over 4 months. The divorce never went through so thankfully after all he put her through she got everything.

Same company the boss who passed and his BFF (general manager) have a construction company as our building maintenance, the guy does shoddy work and over bills by thousands of dollars to prepay for work at their personal homes. When we had a power outage after a hurricane we ordered a large generator for a week, construction guy came took the bill which was only $10k and charged us $30k. He didn't order the generator and it wasn't his.

When we show surplus in sales the head bosses pocket the extra money instead of giving raises and bonuses. They pocket the money for themselves.

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SnowyLynx 11 months ago

That is so terrible, I hope you make the right decision as to stay or leave that situation.

#105

I worked at an animal hospital we had to break down the door because the new assistant passed out inside after taking apple morphine

Same hospital, the cleaning guy would work in the nude after hours, I know because I caught him

Boss was a huge dick, a dog was barking at him while waking up from anesthesia and peed on the dog to show dominance.

Same boss hit on every woman and was utterly gross about it, mind you he was married

Went in on my day off to take care of a personal house sitting client who's dog was having surgery, tech'd in surgery and stayed all day while the dog was waking up in recovery. Boss tried to bill them an extra $350 for my time, but I didn't get paid, I took it off the bill then dared him to put it back on.

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Ash 9 months ago

Oh FUCK that. Let me find out a vet peed on my animal.

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#106

Once a year management checked into a hotel to continue to learn ways to keep intimating the employees.
Non of the management or President or VP have a degree, which their positions require they have. It is the "Good ole boy's club". They went to high school together or they grow up together, VP retired, now those good ole boy's are being let go.
Stock that was to be on hand as the books states are not there. Management was hiding it to sell, to line their pockets with.

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Jace 11 months ago

Did you report them for fraud?

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#107

the CIO of our company asked a web developer for a report of all the people who have done the "ethical decision making" computer base training course. He then told everyone in IT who promptly did the course. He then changed the dates the course was taken so it wouldn't show that they were all done on the same date. I'm the only one who refused to do the course. If asked why I haven't done it ethically what should I say.

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Jace 11 months ago

What?

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#108

when I was in the military during basic training I caught our female drill instructor with one of the other female soldiers (doing the deed) while we were out on a drill. I Never said anything to anyone & not to either of them. all though we were all aware they had been seen. my drill instructor did take it a bit easy on me after that knowing I had info.

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but no it was not an affair as basic training only lasted 8 weeks & we were off somewhere else

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#109

When I worked in the storage room at my old job (years ago at this point), my friend that was quitting at the end of the day after putting in his two weeks decided to draw penises for every box he had to put on a shelf that day. The day ended and he was gone. I quit 2 months later. A few years later I knew people that had started working there and they asked me

"hey, do you know where all the D!cks everywhere in the back came from? we even found some on the ceiling"

I did not know about the ceiling ones

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#110

I've been working for over a few months in a company specially for disabled individuals. I finally began to see the drama. One woman ie. CatLady had a crush on man in the dept. He became involved with the Elegant Woman. The cat lady lost her marbles. She threatens the Elegant Woman, harasses and stalks her for taking her man. Cat lady has been written up over 35 times for the multiple ppl she's harassed.
Several victims got together and mass emailed the head of HR for an emergency meeting. The head came in and interviewed everyone. Cat lady was escorted out on administrative leave for the duration of the investigation.
Week and half down, no answers. If she comes back, they've given her a two week vacation and no real punishment.

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#111

I worked in a Department where my husband at the time was Manager. I knew 2 weeks in advance that everyone in 1 section, around 30 people (many of them friends) were to be made redundant - but couldnt tell anyone. Would have prefered not to know. It was horrible.

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Whawhawhatsis 11 months ago

That's the truth! I've learned things that I really wish I'd never learned. Sometimes knowing is much harder than blissful innocence, especially when you're in a position where you can't do anything about it.

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#112

I worked in a restaurant where one waitress would grab one of the only four shrimp on the shrimp plate and stuff it in her mouth on her way out the door to give it to the customer. What a pig!

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SnowyLynx 11 months ago

Damn, thats wrong

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#113

My elderly boss has a generic name. I went to verify a form of contact and discovered he and his wife frequented swingers forums online. I learned quite a bit about what they enjoy in the bedroom.

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#114

I used to date an IT guy that worked for a company where most of the staff was remote workers. I guess people don't realize that a work computer is still company property even if you're at home (so much porn).

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#115

My teacher in middle school called the whole class "bitches" because we couldn't find the partners her hadn't even assigned. That same teacher made a girl cry.

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#116

Not an employee there myself, but a friend of mine is the boss of an online company. I’m 90% certain he’s married. What I do know for certain is he’s been heavily involved with an employee in the next state for several years, making frequent visits to her for the weekend. He’s also involved with another employee behind the back of the first.

At best, he’s cheating on his girlfriend. At worst, he’s cheating on his mistress who he’s cheating on his wife with.

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#117

As long as people refuse to rock the boat. Or status quo, things will never change, and people who do these awful things, will continue to do them! So, report them. Get evidence but so it legally. But take them down. We can’t complain about bad business practices and such, until they are stopped. The more confrontation and charges against them, the more the work place will change. But only if we learn, to rock the boat.
ITS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

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Wil Vanderheijden 11 months ago

Very noble thoughts. But you do know that people that rock boats get fired and won't be hired again by any other company? The harsh reality is that the good guys seldom win in these cases.

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