Nobody stays at a job forever, but these people really, REALLY left with a bang.
Why Even Take The Job?
“I used to manage a call center for the AFL-CIO in my mid twenties. I had just promoted this guy to assistant manager and let him hire some people and he hired this guy who used to fundraise for the local opera house. Seemed like a good fit, since there was no fundraising so if he was good at that he’d rock at this. He worked for us for about 2 weeks before one day getting up, smashing his chair on the floor, shouting ‘F–ck this! F–ck all of you! I f–cking HATE the unions! Commie sons of b–ches!” He threw the half of the chair he was still holding across the room, stormed out, never to be seen or heard from again. I felt so bad for my assistant who hired him because he had been his first real hire. When I left I promoted him to my position and he was a great manager for that office for several years” (source).
“I was a manager at a restaurant where we began promoting an employee up to management with us. A guy that I will call Jake was really nice and a great worker, but his personal life was a mess. So after he gets promoted, the safe is always coming up short after his shifts… This goes on for a few weeks before he is finally fired. They never caught him taking money, but the money he was in charge of always went missing. During his termination meeting, he is blaming us because we didn’t teach him how to add the nightly totals. This is a small restaurant with a dismal profit. The nightly accounting was literally simple addition of 4 digit numbers and he was a 40-ish year old man. I feel bad because he was a nice guy, but he’s obviously stealing and must be pretty stupid to think that him adding the numbers wrong is why the money is missing. Plot twist. Years after leaving the job, I found out that another manager got fired for stealing. The scary thing is that she was the one who always found and reported Jake’s money missing. The way closing worked, the night manager would count up the money and seal it in the safe then the day manager would verify it. Well she was always the day manager when his money was missing… So now I’m pretty sure that this guy got framed and lost a job he really needed. He was uneducated, had a poor work history, but was hard working and likeable, so a bump to manager was a good step up for him. I’m glad I had nothing to do with his termination but now I feel like a dick for assuming he was a thief” (source).
A Legendary Exit
“I’m a bartender at a country club, and this one member is always an as–hole and just got under the skin of one of our servers so badly, who can’t handle pressure well to begin with, that the server just said something along the lines of ‘eat a d–ck you old f–ck.’ Storms behind my bar and on the Shiner beer tap dunks his head under it takes a few big gulps and than just leaves and I haven’t heard from him since” (source).
Lots Of Baggage
“I had to fire/escort out someone who had an interim security clearance but ‘forgot’ to tell the investigators that she’d previously gotten a DUI on a military base. Our office idiot, thinking she was just leaving for the day said ‘Well, nice knowin’ ya!’ and she burst into tears. During the exit brief she somehow thought it relevant to bring up to us all that she’d been molested as a child and then chronologically document everything bad that has ever happened to her since that time. I was a new manager at this point but had some senior staff with me. After we let her vent for a while things calmed down and they explained some of the smaller stuff about her benefits staying for the month and whatnot. Following this they had me go out into the parking lot with this bawling woman to scrape the security sticker off her car. As I’m chiseling away suddenly remembers that her child was still in day car on post. So I got to drive her up there, where she refused to settle her account with the daycare, and drive her back to her car while she dramatically explained to her child that they don’t have any money anymore and she had no idea what they were going to do (why you’d tell this to a 5 year old is beyond me). All of this while I was trying to handle a regular day’s worth of work over my cell phone” (source).
“A girl named Deystenye (pronounced ‘Destiny’) let her aunt in to the cell phone store I used to work at while we were opening so her Aunt could steal phones. When I looked at the footage later (I was in the back doing registers and deposits) and confronted her, she responded ‘It’s not like I let anyone be coming in here. She family and needs a phone.’ Dude. First, what the f–ck? Second, she took 7 phones, not one. Third, WHAT THE F–CK? Fourth, You work here and KNOW that the active lines and IMEI’s in those phones will be blocked immediately thus making them useless, or at least had pretended to pay attention to that part when I trained you. And fifth, WHAT THE F–CK?!” (source).
He Played Himself
“A guy I worked with (appliance installer) was accused of stealing a $10,000+ diamond ring from a customers home. The delivery guys get accused all the time when something comes up missing, but most of the time the customer will later find it and apologize. So accusations tend to get blown off by our company. Well, the customer paid for the guy to take a lie detector test and the guy failed. After days of denial he finally confesses to having stole the ring and selling it for $200. The guy had to go with our boss to the persons house he sold it to and retrieve the ring. After all that the customer still pressed charges and he went to jail”(source).
A Bold Move
“Guy came into the office on a Saturday (sales office so majority of employees work M-F, 9-5) with his girlfriend and proceeded to have sexy times in one of the conference rooms. He didn’t bother checking the floor (36,000 sq/ft) to see if anyone was here, and was caught and reported by another employee. According to the story, he didn’t have the door closed and she was quite loud. I’ve been in the office over the weekend (work in IT) and it’s really quiet here, which means any noise is amplified. Corporate Security came in the following business day and walked him out the door” (source).
Oh, Well That’s Cool Then
“I worked at an Italian restaurant in college for years, and helped with the opening. The first few weeks were extremely high stress because no one knew how to do their job, and we were overloaded with business and working long hours. On a Saturday night, the kitchen manager flew into a wild rage, ripped off his apron, and walked out. A few months later the guy walks in the front door and asks to speak to the general manager/owner. When the owner comes out, this chef proceeds to explain himself saying that he ‘blacked out from emotion’ and didn’t remember anything about the day he apparently quit, and that he had woken up on a park bench the next morning and come to a spiritual awakening and was ready to come back to work” (source).
Yeah, That Makes Sense
“I used to work at this local market and bistro place that was in a good part of town and was really popular with the local crowd. At this cute place, they were short on hands and had some not-so-good new hires for a short period of time. During work, one of these dudes sold heroin to another one of the new guys. The guy who purchased the heroin proceeded to do it in the store bathroom at which point he overdosed and was found later by a customer who needed to use the restroom. It’s safe to say that both of these guys got fired” (source).
“Our secretary went absolutely bonkers one night, literally snapped and became crazy. She came in the morning and started yelling at the top of her lungs about how she knows the whole company is conspiring against her, and how God herself will punish you. Literally turned from normal person to insane” (source).
That Does Seem Like Grounds For Firing
“Someone stole a company car. I worked at a car rental agency. Not my location, but the store it happened at was the hub for our district. I used to go there on an almost daily basis so I knew the guy. He was one of the counter reps. They all have keys to the store, as well as the alarm, and the combination to the safe. It’s a cashless business, so we just stored the car keys in there overnight. New Year’s Eve. He decides he needs a shiny new whip to impress his date. Sneaks into the store after closing and treats himself to an Acura. Returns it early the next morning thinking he made out like a bandit. I can’t recall how he was caught. I guess they found a mileage discrepancy on the vehicle. That or the alarm company phoned to say someone had been in the store after hours. Probably a combination of the two. Anyway, they reviewed the surveillance footage and he was busted. Had he worked in at any other store in our district, he would have gotten away with it. Management was cheap, so cameras were only installed in ‘high risk’ areas. This particular store had a problem with parts theft. So there were eyes on the vehicle compound as well as the interior. It was the only time I worked there that someone took a car for a joyride after hours. Or at least the only time they were caught” (source).
Caught In The Act
“I work as loss prevention at a university bookstore and we were watching cameras in the console room when a guy came in and stole a drink from one of the fridges and when we detained him he told us he was on his way to orientation because he just got hired to be a cashier at the bookstore. After we processed his information and took the drink back we let him go and he went to the orientation for new hires where my boss pulled him out and fired him on the spot” (source).
“Worked at a restaurant, and this guy was on his first day as a server trainee. Real helpful, offered to lug cases of beer from the cooler to the bar, as the bartender had a sprained wrist. Turned out he was downing a beer in the cooler on each trip, and hiding the bottles in the men’s room trash. Dude was completed wasted, management had to fire him. His pregnant girlfriend came to pick him up and proceeded to beat the crap out of him for a minute or two. Management reviewed the video and turns out he was drinking whatever was left in bottles and glasses. Dude had a massive alcohol problem” (source).
“I started working at a local T-Shirt shop last April. It was a small group of 4 people who kicked out thousands of shirts a month. The first few months were great, I was learning how to print from the senior printer. He was a real good guy and had been holding down the company for 5 years. Summer was our busy time, we did a lot of summer camp stuff, and we had been killing it and crushing our goals. About 2 months in for me, the owner walks in the shop with his son-in-law. The guy training me (the senior printer) see’s this and his jaw hits the floor. The owner walks over to my trainer and tells him he is gonna hire his son-in-law back and asks if there is going to be a problem. My trainer proceeds to tell me how irate he is at this. Apparently this guy worked their before and got into a big fight with the guy training me before going to jail for his 4th DUI. Everyone thought he was gone for good.
We had a huge order come in early for a collage, 10 thousand shirts, double printed. So the senior printer set up the job and ran them all week long, printing everything crooked and misaligned. He packed them all up and told the owner that was his last job and he quit in the grounds they were never supposed to bring the son-in-law back.
Words were exchanged back and forth and it ended badly, but he got the last laugh. Every single one of those shirts came back and the company had to take a 25 grand hit. To add fuel to the fire, the owner had to reprint all 10 thousand of them and half of them got rejected again because he didn’t know how to run the machine properly.
Moral of the story… Be good to your employees, especially if you cant do the job yourself” (source).