What’s the most exciting part of the holiday season for you? Indulging in grandma’s delicious pumpkin pie, showering your loved ones with gifts they’ll cherish for a lifetime, curling up on the couch to watch your favorite Christmas movies and sip hot chocolate, or perhaps receiving a holiday bonus from your employer?

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, only about 12% of American employees receive either a year-end or holiday bonus from their bosses, so if you do get one, count your blessings! Unless, of course, your bonus is an expired coupon for a sandwich or a blanket with the corporate logo on it…

Reddit users have been sharing some of the most insulting holiday bonuses they have ever received, and their employers definitely sound like they should have been on the naughty list. From frozen turkeys that had to sit in the office all day thawing to movie tickets for closed theatres, we’ve gathered some of the worst bonuses (if we can even call them that) down below. Be sure to upvote the responses that make you glad you didn’t receive a bonus at all, and then let us know in the comments if your employers have ever given you a bonus that had you saying, "Bah humbug!" Then, if you’re interested in checking out a Bored Panda article from last year discussing the same topic, you can find that right here!

#1

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread Ugly blanket with company logo.

A bit later the company sent an email asking for donations to help with hurricane Katrina aid.

The next day an amended email was sent saying they did not need anymore blankets….

red_fist , Alex Andrews Report

#2

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread A book written by the company's "Digital Prophet" (yes his actual title) I immediately threw it out. My boss fished it out of my trash and put it on my desk, saying I accidentally tossed my gift. I maintained eye contact as I pushed it right back into the bin.

Hungry4Apples86 , Jonas Jacobsson Report

#3

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread I worked at Food City and they gave us gift cards to locals places. It wasnt bad until the manager said “yeah these companies donated them to us at the start of the pandemic to help feed our employees” you know 9 MONTHS EARLIER.

Arra13375 , Eduardo Soares Report

Jane Thorne-Gutierrez
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They were insultingly stupid to actually tell you all that too!

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#4

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread A blanket with the company logo on it. Gave it to the homeless man that hung out in front of the shop.

honey_biscuits108 , Alexander Grey Report

Bonesko
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That was really nice of you. Still though, f**k your bosses

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#5

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread Me and my coworkers were once forced to play a “Christmas game” where we could win gift cards (all bought by the owner of the company).

However she rigged the game to where only she and her sister would win the gift cards. Everyone else got an email from the owner thanking us for our hard work.

I no longer work there.

anon , Stephen Phillips - Hostreviews.co.uk Report

SheamusFanFrom1987
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2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As you should, I hope none of your co-workers even work there anymore as well. Smh...

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#6

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread A framed picture of the CEO. The frame was made so you could not take the photo out and re-use it.
I put mine in the toilet, pissed on it. Left it there. Less than an hour later, the other 5 toilets has matching picture frames. This went on for several weeks.

theoddfind , Jan Antonin Kolar Report

Sasy
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

lol I really hope someone sent a picture to the boss of the toilets :)

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#7

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread Two movie theater tickets (like a redeemable gift card thing)… while movie theaters were closed due to COVID. It was a special thanks for being an essential worker.

anon , cottonbro studio Report

#8

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread I got a card with a note thanking me for donating my bonus back to the company. I didn't even get an option, no discussions, and it happened every year. The company was worth hundreds of millions of dollars and we were not struggling at all.

Xyain , RODNAE Productions Report

Bonesko
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why?! Why even spend money on a card for that?!

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#9

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread A voucher for a free turkey, except it wasn't valid at any of the grocery chains in our region...the same region where the company was headquartered.

LiliTiger , RODNAE Productions Report

Aisling Raye
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

( preface to say we got actual bonuses too. This is not a complaint) At the hospital I worked for ages ago, each employee got a voucher for a turkey. At that time quite a few of my family members worked there so we always had a massive surplus of turkeys. It was definitely overkill. We'd donate all but one so nothing went to waste. I get a giggle out of that every time Thanksgiving rolls around.

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#10

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread Told I was getting a 10k bonus

Received a $25 grocery store gift card

alwaysmilesdeep , 401(K) 2012 Report

#11

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread Had a boss hand me a certificate that said, get one night FREE, when you rent out my Airbnb for 5 days

artgarciasc , cottonbro studio Report

#12

2004, America Online. Call center, working tech support. Thanksgiving rolls around and there's buzz about a $500 bonus coming our way. Checks arrive and they're all huge, everyone sees a $500 bonus on their check and goes home to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.

Monday rolls around and 900 employees have an e-mail from HR stating that the bonus was a "mistake" and "the amount will be deducted from your next check". This was a biweekly gig, meaning that money came out of the Christmas check. My next paycheck was 71 dollars. Happy holidays!

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b
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Only slightly illegal. Wages earned must be paid. Garnishments must be court ordered.

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#13

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread Last year my wife got a roll of toilet paper. With a note taped to it that said we're on a roll.

Typical_Name_2636 , Clay Banks Report

Dubsτep🅱️lade NS
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I mean… if this was during COVID, then this would be a nice gift

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#14

Once for Thanksgiving, in my housekeeping job, they hid little paper slips with turkey pictures on them in our rooms we had to find (or get written up because we weren't cleaning good enough otherwise if we couldn't find them apparently) and if we all found all our slips we'd get a bonus.


The bonus was a pen.


I didn't stay long after that

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#15

Worked for a grocery store last year. Company had record profits due to the pandemic buying. Their gift for the essential employees a $10 gift card. While the owner is out buying minor league baseball teams and building a concert venue.

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timothythefrog (he/they)
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

oh look !! a 10$ gift card!! dont look over there at moneybags!! a whole 10$!! redeemable only at specific places!!

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#16

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread A 5.95 credit for a sandwich

Vegetable-Fix-4702 , Hillshire Farm Report

Monte Cheney
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a public school teacher for 25 years, I have never received a "holiday" bonus, Christmas or otherwise.

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#17

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread record breaking profits and stock at an all time high no bonus

canadianmusician604 , Andrew Neel Report

Karri Berkowitz
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My job did this too! We got a letter that basically said try harder next year.

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#18

Received company-wide email that everyone was getting a $25 Tim Horton’s gift card. End of day I didn’t get mine do I asked the ceo and she said that email didn’t apply to IT so I wasn’t getting a bonus

I asked why was I sent the email then because that is mean. She just shrugged and walked away. Only one in company not to get the ‘bonus’

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#19

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread Walmart cut my pay 5% and said I was lucky I did not have to pay the overage back, but I had an opportunity to earn back if I stayed and tried to move up in the company

Klutzy_Pianist1782 , Caique Morais Report

Bonesko
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't think that should be considered a bonus... Extortion maybe?

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#20

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread The company hired a Whitesnake cover band to play in our lunch room at work

Forgot to add important context: the drummer was the owner’s grandson

senor_purple_butt , Caleb Oquendo Report

BobTDG
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yay! I'm now forced to listen to someone butchering Whitesnake! ~ half the employees probably.

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#21

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread It was before my time, but the year my former company gave bottled water has been mentioned every year since.

Symonie , Daniel Orth Report

Paul Macdonell
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A bonus that improved your liquidity !!! How refreshing ....

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#22

After thanksgiving, Boss literally came in and praised all of us for a great fiscal year and said each of us would get a $500 bonus, a raise, and the company xmas party was going to be a some fancy bowling place.

Next check was regular pay. The check on the Friday before Xmas didn’t come on that Friday. It was delayed until the next Tuesday, the 23rd and the Xmas bonus was $5. I asked HR about it and they said “well, you know owner, he sometimes b.s.’s a lot”. Ever since that paycheck, the checks got progressively late. When I was fired 8 months later (retaliation for reporting to labor board) I got 3 paychecks at once in cash cause I told them a actual check was not acceptable.

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#23

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread A framed photo of me and my coworkers. Half of them would be fired/quit by February

Jolly_Celery_9493 , Pavel Danilyuk Report

Bonesko
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Hey you know those people you see all day every day?... Well here's a photo so you can see them all day every day. Happy Holidays!" 🙄What a douche!

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#24

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread I worked at a medium sized airline for several years. One year, the CEO ran us into the ground so badly, the company filed for bankruptcy (he still got a $10m bonus)

We used to get a 10% salary bonus around Christmas time, but since the bankruptcy, we were warned that it would be "substantially less"

My bonus that year? A mint taped to a Christmas card that said "thanks a MINT for your hard work."

anon , Shaun Meintjes Report

#25

A $20 Walmart gift card (I was working st walmart). A company worth more than $400,000,000,000 and I got 20 f*****g dollars. I told my manager to keep it and walked out. That was the last time I ever worked retail. Never again.

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Michael Largey
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If Walmart gave every one of its in-store employees a $10,000 raise, it would reduce company profits by less than 6٪.

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#26

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread We got a heart pin this year because “we are the heart of the company.” Oh, and told we have to work 5 hours OT each week for the first 3 weeks of January.

rapturemeplease , Liana Horodetska Report

#27

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread My wife just received a $5 gift card for Starbucks and a note that said "thanks a latte"

Alive_Anything4006 , 401(K) 2012 Report

#28

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread We got a 50% off coupon for pizza. Online purchase only. The coupon didn’t work…

attley , The Nix Company Report

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#29

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread A head of lettuce. Working produce in small town grocery stores is wild.

Nkechinyerembi , Jef Wright Report

#30

30 Times People Received Holiday Bonuses So Insulting, They Just Had To Vent In This Thread Got a 100 dollar bonus, and then a letter saying I would be laid off in two months

Additional_Doubt , Live Richer Report

StrangeOne
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2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's better than no notice and immediate. (Just for context where I'm coming from, my ex (back when we were together) was laid off a week before Christmas with no notice, no bonus, no severance.

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