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21 Times People Witnessed Their Coworkers Get Fired Extremely Fast

"I can tell you about a time I fired someone within five minutes."

Reddit user u/bartertownbeer asked the question, "What is the fastest you have ever seen a new coworker get fired?" and who would have thought that so many people would have a response to this question? The answers ranged from within five minutes of their starting the job to after one day on the job.

Here are some of the other great and quite funny responses:

1. "I work for a moving company in the Midwest. Most people didn't make it through the first week; they will hire literally anyone who can pass a drug test.

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"Turnover was really bad, but I guess that's the nature of the job. I'll never forget Jeremy."


2. "We had a recent college grad who would use his corporate card for personal purchases. He figured that the company would just keep deducting from his paycheck until it was paid off.

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"He was fired after three months of constant reminders to stop doing it. I don’t think it qualifies as the fastest because he lasted three months, but it was so idiotic."


3. "A week. I worked in a bar and a new girl started. At work she seemed a little rough but was fine.

"One day she finished a shift, sat at the bar, and ordered a red wine with lemonade and ice in it (not really relevant to the story; just shows how she is). Her boyfriend came in, they had a huge domestic in front of my manager and several customers, and she threw her drink over her boyfriend and dramatically stormed out."


4. "Heard this from a manager I worked with when I worked in fast food. There was this one kid who didn’t show up for work. He ditched work often, so the manager called around, couldn’t get anyone to fill in his shift, so she had to fill it for him.

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"A few hours into his shift, the ditching dude SHOWS UP with his friends and orders food from that manager. She fired him on the spot."


5. "I work construction. We had two new hires who were friends starting the same day. Boss told one to take a coffee order and come back. Took everyone's money and said he needed his friend to go with him 'cause it was a big order. They never came back."


6. "First day of work, he walks in, says, 'What the fuck is up, dumbass?' to the guy who parked next to (but didn't touch) his new Camaro he bought since getting hired.

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"The guy was the CEO of the company, on a visit to our branch. Literally 10 minutes into his shift, he was signing release papers."


7. "A 19-year-old kid got hired to work the seafood counter. I saw him twice and then never again, so I asked a coworker what happened.

"He had closed seafood one night and was walking out of the store, and the 5 pounds of crab legs he'd stuffed down the back of his pants fell out in front of the closing manager."


8. "Before their first day on orientation.

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"I got hired for a manufacturing job through a temp agency. A friend of my wife and I were both supposed to start on Monday at the plant for a weeklong orientation. She got into a fender bender on her way to orientation and called them to say that she'd be a bit late, that she just needed to wait on the police to give a statement. The manager told her not to bother ever coming in.

"Girl was torn up. She took pictures and the police report in to the hiring manager, tried to explain things to the company HR managers, but no dice. She was fired before ever clocking in."


9. "Guy showed up to work at 7 a.m. on his first day with the smell of alcohol on his breath.

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"When questioned, he admitted to taking a couple of swigs on the way in to calm his first-day nerves. Yeah, fired on the spot. Worked here less than 20 minutes."


10. "This guy hadn't even started yet and had just sent out his introductory email to the whole company, which ended with incredibly explicit details about himself. He got fired before he even started."

11. "Day one, he hit a parked car in the parking lot with the person still inside. When he was confronted, he lost his mind and even used threats.

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"The man he hit walked up to security and said, 'Don't let that man into my building. People like that don't work for me.' He hit the director's Porsche..."


12. "This guy had been working a few days at a barn. Decided to smoke right by bales of hay. Manager saw him and fired him right on the spot. At farms, you don’t fuck around with fire."

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13. "Five days. My boss hired an 'executive chef' — the dude didn't even know how to make a quesadilla."

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14. "As a teenager, I worked at a bowling alley. Within an hour, a new girl was fired on the spot for dropping a ball on the foot of a complaining patron."

15. "A man was hired to do stock at a tea store that sold lots of delicate china. The manager walked into the back on his like third day and saw him just throwing boxes of teacups and teapots — instantly fired."

16. "About 35 minutes.

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"I hired a guy to work for me as quality inspector for merchandise headed to Walmart and Target. He bragged about everything he stole from his last job during training and how they paid him more than I did.

"Well, I'm not holding him back from all that money, so I had some big guys escort him off the property."


17. "Three hours into the first shift. Guy lost it while serving an annoying customer in a grocery shop and threw a cabbage at her. The manager came and told him to go home 'cause he was finished there.

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"He wasn't surprised. I was standing next to him; it was an entertaining day."


18. This was just a summer job at a fast-food place. We had a new girl start, and within two days it was apparent that she was an idiot, and everyone knew it. You could already see the manager questioning his decision.

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"Then, on her third day of work, she said she couldn't come in because her mom was in a car accident and in the hospital. Turns out that's an easy thing to disprove in a relatively small town."


19. "I can tell you about a time I fired someone within five minutes.

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"The guy was a rehire in the restaurant. Had a baaaaad drinking problem. As in, got put into a hospice because he was dying. Of course he had to stop drinking, so he got better. 

"Went to detox and rehab, and I heard he cleaned up. Second chances, right? I hired him back, and on his first day, within the first five minutes, I could tell this guy was obliterated drunk. Fired him again."


20. "I once had to have HR tell a guy who was extremely qualified that we didn't have a place for him when I found out that his ex-wife already worked for me. Honestly, would have been happy to trade them, but she wasn't bad enough to fire, just not as good as her ex would have been.

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"HR screwed it up and told him he wasn't qualified. I wound up calling the guy myself and explaining the situation, which he took much better than the 'not qualified' response (particularly since during the interview, I had complimented him on getting every answer right)."


21. "Two hours into their first shift. I was managing the front end of a local grocery store at the time. From the moment I met him, I could tell he was a real winner. I paired him up with a trainer to learn register and went back to doing the morning bookkeeping.

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"Went to check on them about an hour and a half later, and I saw him pocket a $20 from the register when the trainer's back was turned. I went to the store office, pulled up the security footage, and showed the store manager.

"We called him to the office, got the $20 back from him, and fired him on the spot. He made the local paper a week later after he got busted for cooking meth while in Walmart."


Do you have any stories about seeing people get fired too quickly? Let us know in the comments.

Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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