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    People Who've Been Fired For Ridiculously Stupid Reasons Are Sharing Their Stories, And I Am Raging Hard

    May you never have a boss like the ones described here.

    People who've been fired from their jobs for stupid reasons are sounding off in a viral thread on Reddit — and all I can say is I hope you never have to work for a boss as dumb as the ones in these stories.

    Bravo

    Here are some of the wildest tales of getting fired that people have shared so far:

    1. "I was fired for accidentally showing up for a shift I was not scheduled for, and then leaving when I found out I was not scheduled for said shift."

    —u/britneyspearmintgum

    2. "I got fired from a public library for taking TWO carts to collect books from the outside dropbox instead of ONE. The past few times I'd emptied the dropbox, it required two trips. So I brought two carts instead. It turns out the matter of how many carts were used in emptying the dropbox was a matter of a library board vote and I was in violation of a town ordinance."

    —u/dojihosu

    3. "I once got fired from a construction crew for banging my hammer in a funky rhythm."

    —u/schurem

    a person hammering a nail into a beam
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    4. "Someone was stealing from the register. I got blamed. Turned out to be the owner's brother (who blamed it on me). I was let go just before Thanksgiving. I never got my job back, but the owner did apologize months later."

    —u/wombatarangutan

    5. "Guy preparing to retire, who had been training me to take over his job for the past seven months, felt I was ready to take over completely. Boss was afraid to lose 30+ years of experience and fired me to keep the old guy for a little longer. From what I understand, there was a pretty big fight. Old guy was a wonderful reference for me with the new job I obtained, with a $20K+ pay raise, and he begrudgingly agreed to stay on for another year."

    —u/engineertr1gg

    6. "I broke my hand and got fired for asking to take a day off to go to the doctor. I never called out there once in the five years I worked there."

    —u/myneighborsowndildos

    a hand in a cast
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    7. "Supposedly, I 'argued with the owner's wife about working weekends.' I specifically told them I can work weekends, but cannot work anytime with less than a day's notice. I'm not at your beck and call for $8 an hour. Fuck me, right?"

    —u/PhoenixQueenAzula

    8. "I took a job at a movie theater in high school, because they promised me a set schedule. Me and another coworker worked it out where one of us was always on shift. About a month after I started, they handed me a new schedule starting at 2 p.m...I was in class until 3. Told them no. Got fired for my lack of commitment to the theater."

    —u/cmikesell

    9. "I was fired for playing Solitaire on my 15-minute break when I was working as a receptionist. The doctor who owned the clinic was dumb enough to put that as the reason in my termination letter. I collected unemployment after he tried to appeal it. They explained in great detail how stupid of a reason this was for termination."

    —u/Elsa_the_Archer

    person playing solitaire
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    10. "During my senior year in high school, I was working at McDonald's. It was right after Christmas and we were really busy. I'd been there for four hours, had two to go, and was supposed to get a 30-minute break. Since we'd slowed down, I asked if I could have a break. The shift manager said no one was getting breaks. I said, 'Thanks a lot,' and she told the assistant manager (pretty sure they were sleeping together) that I told her to fuck off. He fired me on the spot. Wouldn't even let me give my side of the story."

    —u/scottwax

    11. "I brought my own boxcutter to a temp job I had worked for two days already because they refused to replace the blades in their boxcutters. I got fired because it looked like a knife."

    —u/SkyfangR

    12. "My first job ever was as a dishwasher. I was so proud. I was 18. Of course, my parents didn't believe me, so my mom called them and asked them if it was true. They fired me that night because they felt I was unreliable. I have yet to let my folks live that one down..."

    —u/Primal-Faithlessness

    a person washing dishes
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    13. "The schedule was hanging off the wall and it was magnetic. Everyone's names were little magnets. Someone knocked it off the wall and 'thought they put the magnets back in the right places.' Naturally, I didn't show up for my shift. I was fired the next day even after it came to light what happened because 'I should know what my shifts were.'"

    —u/brumbles2814

    14. "I once worked for a small private school. A new supervisor was hired, and she called an after-hours meeting the Wednesday night right before Thanksgiving. One teacher didn't attend and she was fired. When the new supervisor was finally let go, I heard from the owner that they had four lawsuits from employees being wrongfully fired."

    —u/fannyjay

    15. "My wife got fired once for giving a high-level donor (she worked for an art gallery) a bottle of water at a big dinner and art auction. Her boss had insisted that there be no water at the event, but when the donor asked for water, my wife went and found some damn water. Boss found out and fired her the next day for insubordination."

    —u/RocketDocRyan

    a woman in an art gallery
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    16. "I got a mid-level position at the company where they boasted about how family-orientated they are. They are the kind of company that has a small arcade and ping pong table and encouraged people to relax and play them. ... I decided to play some coworkers in ping pong since I'm pretty decent at it. The owner's son saw me playing and challenged me. I play the son and absolutely demolish him. He got extremely upset and walked away after throwing the paddle at me. Later that week, I was fired for not fitting the culture."

    —u/Just_A_Grump

    17. "I worked for a restaurant once that promoted that 'we're a family' crap. My refusal to participate was the reason given for my termination, because I didn't go to the owner's Christmas party. On Christmas Day. Because I spent it with my actual family."

    —u/CookieDriverBun

    18. "I worked at a bar that was notorious for firing people. It was well-known that no one lasted for more than a month, and it was a big deal if you made it longer than that. I made it to month three when I was fired for not putting ketchup on a customer’s table. They were eating shepherd's pie and salad respectively, and didn’t even ask for ketchup."

    —u/SpyJane

    ketchup on a table
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    19. "I didn't wear a tie that I was never given. I was supposed to have a black tie as part of my security uniform. They never gave me the tie and told me not to worry about it. I worked nights anyway. Then some exec did a walk-through and saw I wasn't wearing a tie, told them to get rid of me, and I was out on my ass."

    —u/linuxphoney

    And finally...

    20. "I worked in a customer service call center for an insurance company. A customer called in and had a medical emergency (probably a heart attack, but I'm not sure) while I was on the phone with her. I used the phone in the empty cubicle next to me to call 911, and stayed on both lines to be sure that EMS got to her. I was fired because A) I took too long on calls already and this was exceptionally long, B) I made an unauthorized outgoing call, and C) I gave the customer's personal information (name and address) out to the 911 operator."

    —u/mrscake76

    a call center employee
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    You can read the full thread of responses on Reddit.

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

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