"I used to work for a catering company. The director of operations is a real jerk, will do anything to keep managers, and workers to toe his line by making them afraid they might lose their jobs. Anyways I had a coworker named J who had worked at this place for over 16 years as a dish washer ever since he was a teen. J was one of the hardest working/nicest dudes you could come across in the catering business. No matter how busy we got, he was always willing to help, lend an extra hand if you needed to etc. Anyways about 6 months ago was J's birthday. So we all celebrated at work, the baker's made him this amazing birthday cake that we all couldn't finish so he decides to take it home.
Unbeknownst to us Jim (the director) was watching us on camera and saw J wrap up and take his own birthday cake home and FIRED him for it. Screw you, Jim! You're nothing but a bully and a coward."
"I got fired once for calling in sick. I called in to tell my boss that I was too sick to work so she had me calling around to find a replacement. No one answered but I was sick so I called her back and told her. She said ok. I show up the next day I had work and everything is fine, she doesn't say anything. Two weeks later we get the schedule and I'm not on it. She's not in because she's on vacation so I ask her assistant. She has no idea and tells me to just wait for the manager to come back. Being a dumb 19-year-old, I do. So another two weeks later I'm still not on the schedule and she's back but avoiding. Like if I ask for her, 'No one can find her.' Finally, she got sick of avoiding me a couple days later and gives me a meeting with her and the store manager. I'm fired for no call, no show. I ask her what the heck she's talking about and she says I haven't shown up for a month of work. I tell the store manager that I wasn't scheduled and I could tell it threw him off a bit. But the manager keeps insisting I just didn't show and that I need to sign this paper saying I'm fired for not showing. Ultimately I did because again I'm a dumb 19- year-old.
I found out later from a friend that worked in a different department she did this because that day I called in sick, she had to work on her day off. She screwed me out of a job because she had to work on her day off as a manager."
"The assistant manager at a movie theatre I worked at in high school would steal things constantly. I mean entire boxes of toilet paper. And when he was in charge, all of our registers were always '$5 short' every dang shift. He was also just a horrible person in general.
We eventually all told the regional manager separately about it because the current manager was not going to do anything about it. People came in to question us about him.
He eventually got fired because he took a bottled water, drank it, filled it back up with tap water and put it back into the fridge to sell to customers. It was the only thing they could pin on him. At least he was gone."
"I was fired from Subway when I was 19.
The dressings and sauces come in these big plastic bags, which you cut a small hole in and pour into the bottles. When you're done, you put the bag and its remnants in the fridge for the next fill up.
One day before my shift the owner brought me in the office and him and his brother had three half full bags of dressing. They asked me if I threw them away, instead of putting them back in the fridge. I said no, he no clue who it was tbh. They kept accusing me of it and said we could watch the tapes to find out so I said fine, watch the tapes. They had no tapes. They kept persisting that I did it, and when I finally just said I don't know who it was, but my shift is starting, they said they needed to know if any more bags were thrown away because they were taking it out of my check.
I told them you're not doing that, they told me to leave my shirt and apron and I was being terminated. I went home and told my dad, and his first response was: 'They fished through the trash for these bags and are gonna serve it to the customers?' So he called them and threatened to contact the board of health, they apologized profusely, and I went the next day and got my last check.
I'm 90% sure in Massachusetts to terminate someone you have to hand them their final paycheck at the moment of termination. Either way, screw Subway!"
"I got fired from KFC for taking food home without paying for it. At close. Which everyone at that dang job did because they paid us extremely low wages. I asked if I could just pay for it, and they told me no.
I worked there for 5 years from high school through college. I also came in almost every time they called me in. I was becoming a manager to work while I went to grad school. I knew every position like the back of my hand. The chick who snitched on me wanted the manager position and that's literally the only reason. She didn't give a care about me taking food home, and I'd seen her take plenty of food home without paying for it. Even one of the managers who fired me would take food home constantly without paying for it, not even at close. I started calling out every person that worked there. I asked the gm if she was going to fire all of them. All she could say was it was the principle of the matter and they would be dealt with accordingly. Freaking hypocritical nonsense. To be honest, it worked out better for me in the long run as I work in my field now and make twice as much but the injustice of it is still infuriating."
"I had worked as a leasing consultant for a very well know apartment rental company 12 years ago. My schedule start time changed daily/weekly and it was not uncommon to work 9 days in a row so it could be exhausting. The office switched to using a finger print punch in the clock when you start your shift and if you missed it you had to fill out a time card sheet. So I missed a punch in one morning and filled out a sheet a few days later. I wrote my start time as 8:00 but it was really 9:00 so the assistant manager called me asking about it the day before we put in our time cards for payment and I said, 'My mistake it was in fact 9, let me know if you need me to come into the office and correct it.' She said no problem.
2 hours later she calls me again but sounds strange and asks why I wrote down 8:00 I said I was confused because the rest of the week had been 8:00 but again no problem if you need me to correct. I was told, 'No that is fine,' turns out the manager was on the other line (who hated me) and they tried to get me to say something that would fire me. I did not, however, I was fired for trying to steal 1 hour of pay. After I got fired I filed for unemployment and actually got it because when the unemployment office called the manager to get her story she never returned the call. Jump to me at a new job 2 months later and I get a court notice that my old boss and company is taking me to unemployment insurance court because they want to dispute the 1 month I collected unemployment. So I go and they have a corporate lawyer, the HR person, The Assistant Manager, and manager against me. We sit in front of a judge who hears our case and I provide my side of the story showing how much the start times change etc. They provide their side and the judge goes, 'Ok so the employee was fired for taking one extra hour of pay.' Then I interject and say, 'Your honor, I never received the pay for that hour.' He asks what do I mean I tell him the problem was caught before the time sheets went in. He rubs his face and says, 'So why are we even here?' My old boss says, 'Because he tried to steal an hour.' The judge goes, 'I heard enough, you will get my judgment via letter this session is over.'
He ruled in my favor so I got to keep that one month of pay and the money they wasted on the lawyer, the HR women, and getting people to cover that property while the managers had to go to court probably cost more than the money they were fighting me for. Haha, screw them!"
"Pretty young girl (she looked like Anne Hathaway) with a baby who just managed to move into her own apartment and was going to college at the same time was exhausted and fell asleep at the computer (for like 5 minutes) while doing a monotonous task.
She wasn't given a warning, she wasn't even fired. Instead, when she left for the day the manager, an extremely rude woman, decided to call the temp company and tell them not to send her back the next day. Of course, the temp company failed to tell her so I got to see the awkward exchange the next day of the manager telling the young woman that the temp company should have contacted her and that she should go home and call the temp company.
The girl didn't have a car and had to call her mom at work to come pick her up. One big regret I have is seeing her waiting for her ride and ignoring my gut instinct to take a bunch of cash out of the ATM and give it to her. I doubt she was able to stay in her apartment without the job. Poor kid."
"I was fired last month. I worked in one of the most popular restaurants in my state. My boss has severe anger problems. He decided to single me out all the time though. Anytime he was angry about something he would go out of his way to come find me, tell me whatever I was doing was wrong, called me stupid, made me feel worthless all the time. Then, one of our lunch time workers quit, and he asks me if I want to switch over to day shift for a little more responsibility. So I would have nights and every other weekend off, which sounded awesome. Little did I know his attitude during the mornings/lunch was a million times worse than at nights.
Everything got so bad, his constant belittlement of me, I couldn't even function at work. I would sit there and try to do my job and second guess literally everything I did, which only made it worse for me because then it actually gave him an excuse to actually lash out at me more since I wasn't performing my job to his standards anymore. So I went to the doctor and got diagnosed with severe depression, and anxiety (I've always been dealing with this stuff but I haven't needed medication for it). Well the pills I was prescribed made me feel a million times worse, and the side effects were worse than the depression. Well, one day I got super sick after taking the pills and had about 4 hours until I had to be to work (I was doing a night shift that day as a favor to someone) and I took a nap. Well, I slept through 5 alarms, 3 phone calls, and about 7 text messages. I woke up from my nap 8 hours later, with no job.
When I talked to the owner he was more understanding and gave me a second chance. Head chef tells me if I'm late more than five minutes again I would be fired for real. Fast forward about three months and I slept in about ten minutes later than I meant to for my morning shift and was 13 minutes late to work and fired the moment I walked in the door.
So yeah...I was fired because my boss harassed me to the point I needed medication to even function, 'rehired', and then he fires me because of a small screw up several months later."
"An old boss of mine fired me for accidentally breaking the sprayer for his personal pressure washer. I borrowed it and it snapped in transit (I have no idea how). When I brought it back and explained myself and said I'd buy a new one, at the end of the day he said don't come in tomorrow.
Ok, weird. But I still drove up because I like making money. He said go home and I'll let you know when there's work. Btw I worked in a mom and pop garage that was just me, another guy, and the owner.
I kept coming back until he finally gave me some papers for me to get unemployment or something, saying he was laying me off due to lack of work total nonsense (I was a permanent resident in Canada at the time) so I couldn't get it anyway.
The bad part was I had just signed a new rental agreement on a duplex, had a 1-year-old, and barely spoke French (Montreal). It all worked out in the end but dang...that stuff was petty!"
"Years ago I was fired from Pizza Hut. I was a shift manager and there was really bad tornado activity one night. An employee was freaking out because we're from the Midwest and she lost her friend to a tornado recently. I called the store manager and she said to close and go take shelter (luckily my house had a basement and was a few blocks away). 20-30 minutes later, sirens stopped and we went back. Trees were uprooted all over the road and glass was broken near the drive thru window. We were soaking wet from the rain. When we got back, online orders had been coming through like crazy and there were only 3 of us. My server was shivering and I told her she could change into basketball shorts that were in her car. Anyone from the Midwest knows after tornadoes EVERYONE goes out to look at the damage. We got slammed and to make matters worse, a man gave us 10-minute notice that there would be a party of 30 coming. This was a Monday night with 3 employees. We spent hours after close trying to get caught up but finally left.
Next day, I get a phone call from the store manager. I come in and she says she 'had no control over this' and she 'was going to have to let me go because she received 2 calls about a server wearing shorts and not black pants.' I explained the situation and she started crying saying 'it was over her head.'
Plot twist-I later figured out the real reason I was let go was that I reported an incident to district manager involving an employee throwing a metal crock pot full of ranch at an angry customer. It missed the customer but I had to clean it. And the customer was upset. And the employee was sleeping with the store manager that fired me. (Store manager was later terminated for having relations with this employee in the office while on the clock. And also stealing thousands of dollars over the years)."
"I was let go after 2 years for not being a 'cultural fit' for the company. I worked in the accounting department, this came after I had a big deadline coming up and I opted to stay behind and work, rather than going to a co-worker's birthday lunch. My supervisor forced me to go anyway, which took 2 hours and I was unable to meet my deadline.
A few weeks later, I transferred someone over to their correct associate in the department and she started screaming at me (in front of her supervisor and my supervisor) telling me I wasn't a team player, that I should have taken the call even though it wasn't my region. After that, the same morning the department manager calls me in and says, 'It just seems like you put your work before people, therefore we don't feel like you're a cultural fit.' She literally meant because I opted to work as opposed to socializing that I was being let go. Oh, but they still wanted me to stick around to finish the financial quarter to help keep their numbers up. I agreed under the condition I get my full bonus for that quarter."
"My ex-girlfriend got fired because of mayonnaise.
She was a middle management type at our local NPR station. Had been there for a few years. New station manager got hired, and the guy HATED mayonnaise. Viscerally. He banned it from the employee refrigerator. She had a mini fridge in her office, so everybody started storing their mayo in there. He saw it one day during a meeting in her office. Started screaming at her, accusing her of 'belittling' him and fired her on the spot.
She was well-compensated in arbitration. But lost her job all the same."
"This happened to a buddy of mine:
He is an incredibly talented software developer, but a bit of a joker. My boss, who was way too serious, did not like him too much because of that.
So, we have been asking for a few months for a code repository, because we had to work with shared folders and, as any developer will tell you, that is an absolutely garbage idea. Before a particular part of the project, this buddy of mine took it upon himself to create and configure the repository on a machine that we used for backup. It took him about an hour, which was on his lunch time, not on company time, and from then on, we had a proper development environment with SVN.
He was fired for insubordination. For doing something beneficial to the company and crucial to the project. On his own time."
"My coworker is getting fired in 3 days for not having 'emotional investment; in the store (meaning he calls the owner on his nonsense and tries his best to save a sinking ship.) He's the manager at a secondary location for a small business that gets fully neglected by the owner, to the point that I have to sharpen pencils for our teaching staff by taking old scissors apart and working at them old school style. He acts like it isn't his fault that the business is failing, but really he's just hiding behind the idea that his employees are the problem and not his lack of advertisement, investment, etc.
He went so far as to say, 'I'm not putting any money into that location until it starts making money,' the other day (which is idiotic from a business standpoint.) I know that this is going to happen because the owner likes me for some reason and is giving me the hours that will be left in the void, along with 2 other newer guys. I almost got fired for telling my coworker that they're (the owner and the regional manager) gonna fire him, but they couldn't fully pin it on me so I got away with it.
Oh, and it turns out they're not even giving him official notice of when they are letting him go until the day of, even though they know he has 3 young daughters to provide for and that he's going through a huge snafu with his father in law passing away a few weeks ago (the estate work and all.) He told me he has a plan, at least, which takes some worry off my mind."
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