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I'm Asking: What's Your Most Embarrassing Work Story?

I'm Asking: What's Your Most Embarrassing Work Story?

Well, today marks the last morning (at least for a long time) that I will be enjoying a Superfood juice at my desk. If you're not familiar with the juice, I'll elaborate: it's nutrient-rich and hearty, made with healthy ingredients like mango, apple, banana, and wheat grass — oh, and it's brownish-green and thick like a smoothie. In other words, when you spill it on anything it sticks, leaving chunky bits and a kind of pukey color — even after it's dried.

So, imagine my horror when I reached for the drink sitting on my desk and gave it a little shake (thinking it was capped), and it exploded all over my face while in the midst of a conversation with a co-worker (it evidently was not capped securely.) The embarrassment at having my face covered in Superfood slime while sitting in the middle of my office (keep in mind, we don't have cubicles) is matched only by the discomfort I feel even now as I type. While my keyboard keys still stick, my hair is slicked back into a mango-greased bun, and my face is still ever so slightly masked in a greenish tinge, not to mention that I'm starting to smell a bit like rotting fruit.

I wasn't sure of exactly how bad it all was until my appearance prompted the guy at the coffee counter to ask exactly how extreme I got on Super Bowl Sunday. I gave a friendly smile and played along, too embarrassed to tell him that I look like the Swamp Thing and smell like spit up, not because I'm recovering from Super Bowl debauchery, but just because I'm that much of a klutz. I'm hoping that being covered in fruit juice and wheat grass will have some benefits for my skin and hair, but while I'm holding out for results, this goes down as my most embarrassing work moment. Oh, what a way to start the week!

Now it's your turn to share. Time to confess — what's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you at work?

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Spectra Spectra 6 years
When I was in college, I worked part time at a vet clinic and part of my job was to clean the dog kennels at night. I had to move all the dogs to the indoor cages while I cleaned the outdoor ones. One night I got a golden retriever from the outside cage and he flipped out and grabbed my shirt. He pulled on it and ripped it right down the middle. I had to kind of hold the front together because my bra was hanging out. The vet that I worked for thought it was absolutely hilarious and gave me some surgical tape to hold my shirt together until it was time for me to go home. Yeah, that was a pretty bad day.
mek123 mek123 6 years
The first day on a new job and I was taken out to lunch by a couple of VPs and the heel broke on my new shoes and I went flying backwards and landed on my tush...torn my skirt. Another great first impression. At least the shoes were from Nordstrom and they replaced them with no problem.
thehabra thehabra 6 years
I locked myself in the changing room on my first day of work (and this was my first job ever, too) and had to call my boss on his cellphone to get me out. It turned out that the door wasn't even locked and was just a little tricky to open. Great first impression.
LostCareerGal LostCareerGal 6 years
Zachary, my story doesn't sound so bad now. Thanks! imlissy- that's why I refuse to go cheapy on work clothes! I fear ripping clothes or holes appearing. I tripped on the mat right by the door in my building's lobby and flew forward, stumbling to catch myself and ended up halfway across the lobby (did manage not to completely fall down). Of course there were several guys who saw the whole thing and I lost a shoe in the process so I had to go back and get it. Oy
imLissy imLissy 6 years
I bought this really cheap skirt from Macy's, but it looked really good on me, so I wore it a lot. I come into the office one morning and my officemate goes, oh no, your skirt! Huge hole, right on the butt. I tied my sweater around my waist, but by lunch time, the hole was so big, I may as well have not been wearing a skirt. I had to go out and buy a replacement. No one noticed, so I guess it wasn't that embarrassing, but it had potential.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
About twenty years ago, I had a really, really bad day at work. I threw a fit, and had a complete meltdown. I shudder just thinking about it.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
i tripped on the hem of my pants and bailed in the hallway in front of a bunch of guys once this one didn't happen in the office, but on my first business trip with my two bosses, i spilled an entire bowl of cream soup all over myself in the first class lounge
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