10 of the stupidest things people have been fired for

Jessica Brown@Jessica_E_Brown
Wednesday 18 January 2017 16:15
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Work isn't always easy.

But it's relatively easy to not get caught lying, stealing or just being plain stupid.

Or, so you would think.

But some Redditors have witnessed enough to give any human resources manager a breakdown.

1. You were warned

Every year during the holiday season, I'd warn the new hires, 'listen, no matter how tempting it is, don't steal a customer's gift card.

We can track it, I will track it and if I catch you, you will get fired.

Every year people try it, every year people get fired.

Don't do it.'

They do it anyway.

- Lestermason

2. Onto a swimmer

New guy, around 20 yrs old or so, called in sick saying he thinks he had a stroke.

Since he lived across the street from the store where we worked, we all then stood and watched through the store's glass door as he packed up his truck with beach gear and drove off with his girlfriend.

Fired the next day.

- MachineGunTeacher

3. Tip of the iceberg

Forging a tip on a receipt.

Like adding $20 wasn't going to get caught.

- Pawvel_catsyuk

4. An inside job

I had an employee lock another employee in a closet one time.

The person that was trapped called the police from inside the closet.

It was quite an HR nightmare.

- Racord360

5. Gulp.

Had a server drink out of the customer's Dr. Pepper and Coke to see which was which....in front of them...

- NerJaro

6. Honesty won't always get you far

Used to be a supervisor at a big store in college.

Other supervisor overhears an employee telling someone he has a joint in his pocket for later.

My boss calls the employee into the back office to discuss with HR.

HR rep asks him if he does indeed have pot.


'Nope, I smoked it already.'

Almost died laughing.

- PigeonBeans

7. Not the breast employee

Had an employee (male around 22 years old), blatantly and apparently with some force, grab and 'jiggle' the breasts of a 16 year old female employee.

He did not speak English and used fairly obscene hand gestures to convey his 'defence.'

His reason for fondling a teenager?

'Her breast were very large and he couldn't believe it.'

- Starwestsky

8. Total washout

I fired an employee for being seen on camera throwing silverware and plates into the dumpster instead of washing them in the automatic dishwasher.

She was... wait for it... hired to wash dishes.

- NoNeedForAlias

9. Always stick to the script

My manager had to fire someone for doing cocaine in the toilets and then trying to gouge his own eyes out.

I guess that's what working at a call centre can do to someone.

- Ma8jbr

10. Being entrepreneurial

We had a secretary, we were all curious as what she really did during the day since it seemed like nothing got done.

I ended up giving her lists to complete but she would throw them in the trash.

I got fed up and looked at her computer at the end of the day.

Which was probably shitty on my part?

Found out she was prostituting herself with her company email.

- Tlou145

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