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Can You Beat This Worst Boss Ever Story?

In honor of hard working citizens who deal with irrational bosses daily, Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, ran a contest asking for submissions of bad boss stories. The worst boss story award went to a woman from Kansas named Joan, who was demoted for planning a company outing to a baseball game that happened to fall on a day when it rained.

Although she planned it two months in advance, Joan's boss blamed her for purposely choosing the day because she knew it was going to rain. She was punished with a demotion from manager to assistant manager, pay-cut and all. Later, the boss requested that Joan organize the company picnic, and when she declined the boss told the board that she refused to take on the responsibility.

Do you have a worst boss story that rivals Joan's?


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TubetopOfJustice TubetopOfJustice 5 years
Yes. In fact, I'm finishing up a novel right now about it. I can say without hesitation that my last boss was the worst boss ever. The only reason he is still working there is because he is also the owner of the business. I wrote the HR Manual based on the opposite of what he does on a daily basis. Here's one gem he used to do my first year there: he used to randomly throw the word "blow job" into the middle of sentences. On a scale from 1-10, 10 being the worst, the "blow job" thing is between a 2-3 in the pile of nonsense I experienced working for that misogynistic metro sexual sociopathic idiot. He had more than 700 separate silly lunch protocols during my 5-1/2 years working for him. A lot of places think they are like that tv show "The Office." Well, Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute would have been a welcome relief compared to what it was like working for the worst boss ever. On the upside, I laughed so hard I cried most days. You see, most people wonder what kept me there. Yes, he paid me very well. Yes, the writing material was priceless. Yes, it was interesting to study a sociopath up that close. But, mostly, it was pretty fucking hilarious. We used to joke that there were writer's in the walls. Sometimes, we would want to fire them. Other times, we would talk of giving them a raise. My former workplace would have made the best reality show ever. We'll have to settle for a novel and maybe a TV show (I have enough material for a solid 7 seasons ~ I have been getting updates since I left a year ago ~ great last chapter for my book).
sweetjessiegirl sweetjessiegirl 8 years
I can relate. My boss is a witch. She singles me out when other people are around giggling. I work for a LAW FIRM and she didn't like that I giggled in the office and sent an e-mail to her buddies, which I happen to see while working on one of their computers while mine was being restored, where she said if she heard me giggle one more time she would find a gun and shoot me. She was reprimanded and now punishes me daily for taking the email to the senior partner. They still let her be my boss.
thelorax thelorax 8 years
OMG, these stories are pretty horrifying! The biggest slap in the face I've experienced was classic nepotism, I was denied a promotion I'd worked hard for and deserved, because my boss hired his mentor's son - who was severely underqualified - and lied about it, saying he was going with someone who was older and had been in the business longer. The dude was my age, and had worked for the company but in a completely different subject area, about half the time I had. His Communications degree was also much less applicable than my Economics degree. The job I have now sometimes causes me to go home and watch "The Devil Wears Prada" because I can SO relate to Anne Hathaway's character. The worst is occasionally having to babysit my boss' 6 year old twin daughters, who are MONSTERS!!!!!
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
these stories are horrible! long ago i had a job in a legal office for the biggest bitch on the planet. we were all afraid of her, attorneys, legal assistants, clerical staff, her husband who was studying forthe bar. i discovered this last bit of information by accident. she called from her car phone to say she was down stairs, usually she called when she left home. so we were all casual and had music on, drinking coffee, eating donuts, but still working and not expecting her for at least 30 minutes, the time it took her to drive in. i hung up the phone, stuck my head out of my office and yelled "SHE'S IN THE PARKING GARAGE AND SHE'S ON HER WAY UP!" her husband suddenly appears eating a jelly donut and says "oh my god! do i have jelly on my face!!!" and looks like a deer caught in the headlights. at that moment we both realized we were on the same team so to speak. i hated that place and at the end was crossing off the day on my calander in 15 minute sections. no job is worth that. when i gave notice she offered to double my salery, tells you haw under paid i was.
mrsjeter mrsjeter 8 years
My last boss hired me as her assistant. I learned the job and did it well. Then she started taking vacations one week every month. Everyone one in the office that needed help would come to me and when she came back, they would tell her I was replacing her. She then started telling everyone that I was an alcoholic/lush and a skank/whore. She claimed she was just playing around. She has also promised me a raise when a small group was leaving the company since the budget was too full for me to get more money right away. Well, those people left and nothing ever happened. And I would ask her about it and she would blow me off. She would get yelled at by her supervisors and come over to my office and verbally attack me in front of everyone. At Christmas she promised me a more substantial raise than had originally been promised to me, but for about a year it was sent to corporate so she had no control. Finally when bonus checks came out, they didn't send me one. I told her I had a problem with the way she treated me and I wanted my raise. She told me to get out of her face and she didn't want to see me working on her floor again. I finally quit. *Oh yeah- she was the human resources manager too.
kristyrk kristyrk 8 years
Isn't that illegal or something!?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
*I was told by a supervisor to get a task done by a certain time or he would “find a rope and hang me from the top floor” was also told by this same supervisor that I could “stand to lose a few pounds” and that would “make customers happier” *while working as a receptionist at a hair salon, I had to make the coffee. I didn’t make a particular flavor that my boss liked and she threw an entire bottle of Aveda Shampoo at me, which gave me an egg like bump on my forehead. I reported her for assault and then quit (got a monetary “bonus” when I left) she had to spend time in jail, and take anger management classes. *My husband had a boss at a family owned coffee house who would gamble away the funds, he would get his paycheck and go to deposit it, and there wasn’t any money in that account and the checks would bounce, he would tell my hubby to use food beyond its expiration date, steal cable from the business next door, and use Maxwell house coffee but tell the customers it was the gourmet stuff. I once saw him fish bad lettuce out of the garbage and use it to make a sandwich for someone.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
Yes, at my first lawyer job. Lawyers have an ethical responsibility to disclose certain things to the court. I had a co-worker who had relapsed and made a very grave and unethical mistake that was about to seriously hurt a client. I went to the boss about it, and when he refused to do anything, I went to the judge. The client ended up being OK only because I did this. My boss threatened to fire me the same day and told me I needed to keep my mouth shut about what went on in our firm! It was awful but I know I did the right thing.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
wow - no - i can't even try to beat that since it's just so out there and insane that her boss did that. i don't know what i would have done in her shoes - since that's just - i don't even know what to say about that.
wednesday_adams wednesday_adams 8 years
I got fired with no explanation the day I was supposed to be transitioning into a promotion position. Found out later that I was going to be collaborating directly with the boss lady's husband, and I was 'too attractive' for her to be comfortable with setting me up in his office. I guess this explains the super strict dress code that she LOVED to enforce. :)
gemsera gemsera 8 years
my old boss was insistent that because my name wasnt claudia (the previous girl) I wasnt good enough. He used to scream at me in front of everyone for hours on end whilst I sat there in tears. It really ruined me for quite a long time. I ended up having a nervous breakdown, I drove home to see my dad, came back, gave 2 weeks notice and packed up and moved home. I told them I had to move home as Dad had a heart attack, thankfully it wasnt true but was the only way to get out of there with a good rep. I was there for 3 years in total which was 2 1/2 too long!
jessie jessie 8 years
me *off* where's the edit button when ya need it??!!
jessie jessie 8 years
i worked somewhere when in highschool where my manager wanted me to wear a tag stating that i was partially deaf, please talk loud, i can't hear you..on my front and back......that pissed me and i quit.
lizs lizs 8 years
Received a threatening email from one of the guys I supervised (violent, sexual, death-threatening, prosecutable); boss told me it sounded like a personal issue and that we should work it out. My desk was moved to face his, and we still had to collaborate on projects 5+ hours every day. The kicker: I didn't quit until almost 5 months after that! I had several more meetings with the boss in the meantime, who also claimed that I sent the email to myself because I had feelings for this guy.
cassedy04 cassedy04 8 years
hithatsmybike - i got this email from working america too. i think the woman had already left her job when she told the story. i mean if i got demoted from manager to asst manager - i'd leave my job too!
beram1220 beram1220 8 years
I was a legal assistant working in one of the lawyers many houses while the new office was being built. Only the thing was - the house was on a farm and I was told to do things like fill jars of honey from the bee farm, haul huge boxes of supplies down a steep dirt hill to my office, draw up legal documents when the bosses donkeys got loose and caused a car accident and pick strawberries and vegetables. All while trying to avert the snakes that liked the shade under our cars. Oh and I also got in trouble for not dressing more professional(although it is pretty hard to pick berries in a blazer)... and we had no AC. Thank GOD I don't work there anymore.
SDTransplant SDTransplant 8 years
I have some stories, but I think I'll only tell them after I leave my job.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
Thankfully, I don't! Why would anyone put up with this, let alone worse?
ladychaos ladychaos 8 years
Um, I do but I would rather not lose my job for airing dirty laundry.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
Time to find a new job, poor girl. I don't have stories like that... I just get cell phones, pencils and rubber bands thrown at me. :)
SugarKat SugarKat 8 years
That's awesome! Horrible too.
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