Everyone has their share of terrible work stories. From mean bosses to coworker catfights, here are a few that will make you laugh, cringe, and cheer.
“My best friend and I worked at a summer camp a few years ago and she accidentally backed over our bosses little two-door car with a 16 passenger van. The boss said everything was okay, but passive-aggressively made her wash the giant NASTY outdoor trashcans and isolated her from the rest of the staff. So my friend, in grand fashion, “borrowed” a golf cart, gathered her camping supplies, and after packing her car, proceeded to blast Wu-Tang at top volume and two-wheel it out of there.” -Robin O.
“[I work as a line maintenance technician at United Airlines] the valve where they remove the poop from the airplane was frozen, so they had me, another mechanic and the lav service guy poke it with a metal pole. Long story short, the lav guy broke through and took a shower. He picked up a bucket off the floor to catch it and when it got full he dumped it on the ground and refilled it!” -Michael R.
“[In my] younger years, worked at Winn Dixie when the area was starting to go down hill. Came out from work about 1 a.m., back left panel of my car had been shot. Had a customer want me to hold his gun for him while he shopped. Our security guard was fired for stealing deli food plates…” -Rebecca C.
“When I first started working at the park, I was by the beach and was picking up litter. I got in the golf cart to leave and I couldn’t get it started. I kept pulling the choke and turning the key but it wouldn’t start. I gave up and went to walk to do something else and walking back I saw the headlights were on… And I realized that whole time instead of pulling the choke I was just sitting there turning the lights on and off for a good four minutes. Some lady at the beach saw the whole thing. It was fantastic.” – Kerigan G.
“In the first few years I started my career, I had a horrible boss. I use to have to work LONG hours and I was VERY stressed. The results from the stress were taking a toll on my body. One thing in particular was my throat started to close up to where my food wasn’t going down. I went to the doctor to get my throat stretched and it was an easy procedure. I wasn’t out but for a day. But, while I was out, an issue occurred at work that my boss didn’t know how to do on her own. When I got back, she asked about me and then proceeded to ask if the doctor prescribed me any anxiety medicine since it was due to stress. She then told another co-worker of mine that I should’ve been at work instead of missing just because I had a small procedure being done for stupid anxiety. Needless to say she got in BIG trouble and it wasn’t me that turned her in. It was my co-worker. Another situation with the same boss…This was within the first couple of weeks that she started. I was teaching her how to do something and she argued with me about it and how wrong it was. I knew I was right and knew she had no idea what she was talking about. Well it got SO heated she asked me if I wanted to step outside to handle it. I said NO and that we could talk with my Senior Manager if she had anything to say to me about the situation. Later on…I was RIGHT!!! Hehehe.” -Kimberly J.
“I had a lady ask me if ribs come with the vegetarian meal…then got mad when I said no.” -Chris N.
“I was getting a tank of propane for a customer (at Kroger) spun it around to get the handle towards me and it fell off the ledge (top one at that) and fell on my big toe. Sliced it open really badly….I am just surprised I didn’t break it!” -Sarah R.
“Massive flooding of the restaurant I worked at, so bad that sewage seeped up through the kitchen floor drains.” -Alexander P.
“So at the fast food restaurant that shall remain nameless, an older customer was at the counter. He turns away to sneeze. But he doesn’t just sneeze. Out of his pants comes an explosive brown splash that hits the counter and the floor. This was in the middle of a lunch rush.” -Anonymous
Maybe these stories will make you feel better about your job. Or maybe these experiences are lucky compared to your own. Nevertheless, every job has its moments. Clearly, some better than others.