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Have you ever made a scene after being fired from a job?

Has anyone ever been shocked that they'd been fired from a job? Anyone ever make a scene or have words with their boss? Tell us your story about being fired.

by Anonymousreply 104May 26, 2023 2:21 AM

I’ve never been fired.

I did make a scene at one of the jobs I quit

by Anonymousreply 1May 16, 2023 6:16 PM

I didn't, but there was a woman who had to be escorted out by security in an office job I had years ago. She was total trash and was yelling at the boss and calling her a cunt. She yelled at security "Get your fucking hands off me!!"

by Anonymousreply 2May 16, 2023 6:16 PM

I destroyed my dressing room at the Adelphi Theater in March, 1994, when I found out through the trade papers that I had been fired from my job. I blame my Sicilian temper.

I picked up a floor lamp and started swinging it around like a baseball bat. I threw stuff all around, broke things, and really trashed the dressing room. I cursed up a storm, and then I cried. I was so shocked and dumfounded. I called my manager, my agent, and of course, my lawyers to get a lawsuit going. How dare I be fired !

Then there was a knock on my door, and the stage manager said, "Miss LuPone, you're on in five minutes." So I pulled myself together, went to the stage, and gave a performance of a lifetime as I snarled my first line, "You there...why are you so late ?"

by Anonymousreply 3May 16, 2023 6:27 PM

I was called into the manager's office thinking I was going to be given a raise, but was told I was being let go. It was right after I ate lunch and I was so shocked I accidentally farted upon being told. I didn't make a scene, but was sad and embarrassed. I went home and cried.

by Anonymousreply 4May 16, 2023 6:32 PM

One of my former bosses, a ballbusting older Asian woman, was attacked when she fired an employee and told him she was going to withhold his final check. My coworkers had to pry his hands from around her neck and drag him out of the place.

by Anonymousreply 5May 16, 2023 6:33 PM

At one place I worked the brother-in-law of the boss I worked with was fired and erased the entire company database just before he left.

by Anonymousreply 6May 16, 2023 6:36 PM

Oh, yes, I burned it all down on my way out the door... They don't call us "Drama Queens" for nothing 😉

by Anonymousreply 7May 16, 2023 6:37 PM

I was much classier than Patti LuPone when I was fired for the same job, though in a different location. No broken mirrors or floor lamps near me.

When I found out I was fired by my manager just days before I was to make my Los Angeles debut, I held a press conference like the great actress Joan Crawford would have done. I said that the insecure producer who fired me - he who shall not be named - “has been peripatetic throughout the entire process, changing his mind from day to day". I also stated, “yet another capricious act by a capricious man”.

When the press had the nerve to ask me if it would affect my career, I humbly replied, “If I had left the charges unanswered, the damages would have been severe.”

by Anonymousreply 8May 16, 2023 6:39 PM

[quote] It was right after I ate lunch and I was so shocked I accidentally farted upon being told.

This is hilarious.

by Anonymousreply 9May 16, 2023 6:41 PM

I won't go into much detail about my firing from the Broadway-bound "Tea At Five" in the summer of 2019, but let us just say I made a scene every day during out of town performances rather than at my firing - which got me fired from those little homosexual boys, director John Tillinger and writer Matthew Lombardo.

I made such a scene that the cast and crew ran for their lives when I appeared at the stage door, ready to go inside that Boston Theater. Some of my favorite antics - throwing the salad, which someone gave me for lunch one day, on the floor. I slapped, threw things and cursed at crew members who tried to put a wig on my head. I'd show up two hours late for rehearsals, and dared anyone to look at me during rehearsals.

I mean why save all that for when you're fired ? You do it before you're fired, if you're a professional !

by Anonymousreply 10May 16, 2023 6:51 PM

No because I've never been fired.

by Anonymousreply 11May 16, 2023 6:53 PM

I don't make scenes, but I've certainly gone out with bangs.

First time I was working retail security. My boss was a huge homophobe and decided he was going to start fucking with my schedule to push me out. I was going to college at the time and had specific hours I could work and he made sure to schedule me with hours I was not available. His BIG mistake was that the store manager who everyone hated for some reason she LOVED me. I went to her after giving my notice and she was pissed...at him. She told me, "When someone is trying to run you out of the company, you come to me." I still left because I was deep into my studies and honestly needed to finish my degree. I told her how this dude was a homophobe and I also said he was fucking a member of our staff and he would bring in a television set on Sundays and set it up in the office to watch football when he was supposed to be working. He was let go shortly after.

Another time, my company just decided I was going to be "let go" from being full time and forced to be "freelance." I had come into work where there was a note on my desk stating this. I walked straight into the HR office and said I could not work freelance and therefore, I was being "let go." They said ok...and then failed to give me my final paycheck as they are required to when letting someone go. It took them 3 weeks to get me my final paycheck and I made sure I kept records about my requesting my paycheck. I then took them to the EEOC and fought to get paid for those three weeks they refused to give me my check. The law states that a person must be paid for each day that a final paycheck was not given. I won. About a month later, the job called me begging me to come back...on the condition I pay them back for those three weeks. I told them to pound sand. It was glorious.

Last one was working for a misogynist company where they gave me an exit interview when I quit. I told them flat out they were misogynists. That felt good and the HR person was hemming and hawing about how it wasn't true, blah blah blah.

by Anonymousreply 12May 16, 2023 6:56 PM

I once slapped someone's face viciously

by Anonymousreply 13May 16, 2023 6:56 PM

Not me but a co-worker. The manager had the conversation in his office which had walls that were plexiglass on the top. She proceeded to throw everything on the desk at the poor man. He was dodging the tape dispenser, stapler, in/out boxes, etc. until a couple of male engineers went it to rescue him. We didn't have security on site so her male coworkers walked her out. We had to go through her desk and pack up her stuff to mail to her home.

I should add that we had an HR department but the manager didn't listen to them about how to conduct the meeting. He refused to have the HR Manager in the room or to use the conference room in HR. He said they were "friends" and she would be fine. He was wrong!

by Anonymousreply 14May 16, 2023 7:10 PM

R10 Kate Mulgrew (a nobody compared to your ancient ass) did that show better than you ever could.

Also, Timothy Hutton AND Lara Flynn Boyle both say you sexually harassed them on the set of "The Temp." But suuuure, blame it all on the homosexual boys.

by Anonymousreply 15May 16, 2023 7:37 PM

I once gave information to management about a coworker who was putting the company at risk.

Fortunately he didn't know it was me, because he became violent and screamed threats against "whoever just made his kids homeless." Inept management didn't listen to my strong suggestion of having security when they fired him, so it was a wild time waiting for the guards. He was 6'4", a fat flaccid doughy man but strong enough to be a threat.

The best part was when he picked up his chair and threw it, which was awful to witness but a relief to have the chair gone. We used to marvel at how much ass sweat that chair both absorbed and couldn't absorb. Having the chair and his fat, farting, lazy ass both leave was a huge relief.

I did feel terrible about his wife and children, but he brought it on himself. The only reason he couldn't identify who turned him in was because there were so many of us who witnessed his misdeeds.

by Anonymousreply 16May 16, 2023 8:11 PM

R4 Oh no! I truly hope things improved quickly for you after that incident.

by Anonymousreply 17May 16, 2023 8:15 PM

"...and the HR person was hemming and hawing about how it wasn't true, blah blah blah. "

That's HR's job. I bet she went far in that company. I had a similar experience with HR about homophobia and a coworker brought up race, both times HR refused to talk about it. In hindsight we should have filed a suit but tbh it was a shit job and we only stuck around for the generous discount.

by Anonymousreply 18May 16, 2023 8:17 PM

"I've certainly gone out with bangs."

That's too bad. You look awful with bangs.

by Anonymousreply 19May 16, 2023 8:46 PM

Oh, honey, don't ask.

by Anonymousreply 20May 16, 2023 9:25 PM

R15 I'll have you know Timothy Hutton and Lara Flynn Boyle ARE the little homosexual boys I've referred to.

by Anonymousreply 21May 16, 2023 9:32 PM

I was fired once, pretty unexpectedly. I didn't make a scene, but while the long, laborious call was going on to fire me, I drug all my working files from my My Documents folder onto a usb thumb drive, then deleted them from my work laptop, and started the process of erasing my hard drive. This was prior to any good cloud/network storage. I also changed my "out of office" immediately to "I've been fired, not sure why - please contact HR at ---." - No clue how long that stayed up until they figured out how to disable it. I was pretty much the IT department, and my boss was not at all tech savvy, so I'm hoping it caused angst for at least a few days. Either way, it gave me some minor satisfaction. The best part was, about 2 weeks later, my boss called soooo apologetically (faking) with lots of questions, and I was able to be a seething calm cunt, but I answered his questions very calmy and slowly each time, "You know, I can't remember!" "Sorry I really have no memory." "I think I got PTSD from being fired, so my mind has just completely blanked all that out." He hung up.

by Anonymousreply 22May 16, 2023 9:33 PM


by Anonymousreply 23May 16, 2023 9:41 PM

I sorta got fired....

When Daddy told me he didn't need me in his bed anymore because he was marrying someone named Marla, and she was going to take over the 'wifely duties' I cried for over a year - right up until my sixteenth birthday. I knew it wouldn't last, though. No one knows how to please my Daddy like I do.

Sure enough a few years later, I was 'hired again' and back in the big bed with daddy every night ! And this is where I've stayed for the past 20 years.

by Anonymousreply 24May 16, 2023 9:58 PM

Laid off/fired (maybe) once. Was so deliriously happy to get out of that cuckoo’s nest I practically skipped down the street. They asked for some pertinent files and guess what — I never really kept anything. Oops!

When I leave my present job I’m going to go out by getting nice and drunk, possibly at lunch.

by Anonymousreply 25May 16, 2023 10:03 PM

A public argument with my bipolar big assed, womanly hipped stinking bitch of a boss. Not exactly a scene. Knowing in hindsight the butterfly effect that unfairly losing that job had on my life I wish I bashed his face in. Woman hipped, balding piece of shit.

by Anonymousreply 26May 16, 2023 10:04 PM

Also not me but a co-worker. Woman in her late 40s/early 50s who would go these bizarre tirades about the Controller and then revert back to normal. Management didn't know how to handle her and had comical meetings where a bunch of men sat around trying to determine what was wrong with her. Menopause? Bipolar? Tourettes? Cheated on by her husband? LOL. Anyway, they finally fired her and she put on a spectacular show with more rantings and throwing things, overturning donut boxes as she passed and tossing an entire box of thousands of plastic coffee stirs all over the floor. She even told the boss his wife looked like Petunia Pig. LOL.

Two years later the Controller was escorted out of the building by security hired specifically to see to his exit. He was later arrested for much of what she was always ranting about.

by Anonymousreply 27May 16, 2023 10:05 PM

I was unceremoniously fired by my co-worker in front of hundreds of people I never even met before. That's how I found out I was being let go...

Patti and I were dancing the tango on the tile floor. As we're dancing, she whispered to me "I want you to know I just found out I was fired - I won't be going to Broadway to open the show. That means you're fired, too, Kevin."

I was dumbfounded ! I forgot I had an open mic on, and yelled "What the fuck do you mean I've been fired, too ? This is fuckin' crazy. Just because you're a bad actress and the critics hated you means I'm not going to Broadway, either ? "

To this day, Patti LuPone never forgave me for that outburst.

by Anonymousreply 28May 16, 2023 10:15 PM

I had a coworker who was fired late in the day on a Friday. However she didn’t leave the office for hours after. She photo copied every file she could get her hands on. Printed out pages of emails. Then had security help her out to her car with boxes of copies. She was rehired after a few months. No telling what info she had in those boxes.

by Anonymousreply 29May 16, 2023 10:23 PM

The company had paid for a taxi to take me home and I let them pay that driver the biggest tip I have ever left anyone.

by Anonymousreply 30May 16, 2023 10:32 PM

Just once. I was working as a waiter at a Sizzler in MD and they hired a midget with the attitude of a 6'4 frat bro. He made it immediately clear he hated gays,especially me. I pretty much made it a point to be as snippy and pissy as possible whenever he spoke to me,and it came to a head one night during dinner rush. I had 12 tables and was very busy,and he came up and ordered me to clear off some other tables .I informed him I wasnt a bus boy and he could clear them just as easily as I could since I had a full section and was waiting on paying customers. he proceeded to raise his voice and insist,and I told him if he didnt shut his Mighty Mouse ass fuck hole I would raise my knee and knock his tiny little teeth out. Well he didnt like that one bit,so it got VERY heated very quickly.He went to grab my arm and I informed him if he touched me Id have him arrested for assault,though the cops would probably laugh at me for being intimidated by a fucking dwarf. The best part? All my tables saw what was happening and made it a point to hand me my tips and tell me they wouldnt be back to a place run by an asshole. I sailed out to applause,and he was brick red and foaming at the mouth. Most satisfying.

by Anonymousreply 31May 16, 2023 10:33 PM

When you've been fired ...

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by Anonymousreply 32May 16, 2023 10:35 PM

Does putting a plate of my own night soil in the microwave count?

I covered it with cling film.

by Anonymousreply 33May 16, 2023 10:35 PM

R22 it's like a scene out a spy movie- waiting for the thumb drive to finish loading while keeping the person on the line so they don't discover it until the files have been uploaded and erased.

by Anonymousreply 34May 16, 2023 10:35 PM

My first factory job was a milk plant owned by mormons who would staff night shift with current prisoners as part of their making society better thing. One time one of them "quit" by opening all of the connections he could and then turning on the pumps, which was super fun to watch.

One time I was at a popcorn factory and an employee who was fired changed all of their documents to say "Poopcorn" instead of "popcorn" but they didn't just use poopcorn, they used stuff like p0opcorn or Poop[orn or poopcornz so it was impossible to just control f through all bajillion of their documents.

One time I was gonna get fired and saw it coming, had the only set of company car keys. They had security waiting for me but they called in the real police, so when I pulled in, I left and once I got home I just called the receptionist and said "Sorry I'm not making our meeting today, seems like there's a dangerous emergency at the office, I'll be back around when nothing is happening, hope nobodys hurt, didnt wanna talk while driving" and left to go to urgent care to get a doctors note and called out sick Tues, using the time to transfer all of the files out of my work computer. When I got in Wednesday I brought nothing but a sparkling clean car and totally wiped laptop. I didn't keep anything personal or of value at the office since I travel for work, so I didn't take anything out or have to clean a desk. Security, who I assume had been hired for three days straight now, walked me from the door of the conference room to the exit, about 30 feet. I never returned their keys.

by Anonymousreply 35May 16, 2023 10:45 PM

r18, the HR person was a man which somehow made it hilarious that he was trying to defend his stupid company when they clearly were misogynistic.

by Anonymousreply 36May 16, 2023 11:01 PM

I wasn't fired. Andy, my boss, told me I'm on pause.

by Anonymousreply 37May 16, 2023 11:08 PM

I know of a payroll staffer who was fired- just before he was escorted out, he sent the company personnel list & annual salaries out in a company wide email. ouch!

by Anonymousreply 38May 16, 2023 11:14 PM

[quote]I was much classier than Patti LuPone when I was fired for the same job

You were fired from Sunset Boulevard, too?

by Anonymousreply 39May 16, 2023 11:17 PM

R38 that is GENIUS

by Anonymousreply 40May 16, 2023 11:23 PM

My story is lame and I din't make much of a scene. But, here it goes.

I worked in the home healthcare industry for a couple of years during college. I worked for two agencies. One agency was great and well run and the other was shitty and run by a cunt owner. The cunt owner at the shit agency refused to listen to attendants when we had concerns about clients' needs. She would bitch us out for just talking about concerns. Other attendants quit once they found other jobs and she did fire others. The cunt owner fired me over the phone, but I had to go into the office to turn in a timesheet in order to get my final paycheck. I wasn't rude to her in the office. I just turned in the timesheet and wished her well. After I got out of the office, I went to my car and got out the information packet she gave me when she hired me and she had also given me some lame promo stuff like a drink koozie, little tote bag, pens, and a little stress ball with the company's name. I left the stuff on top of a garbage bin leading up to the office. I know it was lame as fuck. But, I laughed because she was going to see the cheap promo stuff on top of the garbage bin.

I have witnessed two crazy incidents at other workplaces when others have been fired. I worked at a restaurant in college and one of the waiters got fired after he called a customer a racial slur. He went nuts and was throwing stuff at the manager. Cops were called in to get him out. Manager did press charges against the guy, but I left for another job and never found what the outcome was.

The other crazy incident was when I worked in accounting for a trucking company. I knew the owners ( a father and son) because a relative of mine worked for them years before as a driver. They were type of guys who tried to help out people but sometimes would get burned and it would blow up in their faces. They employed a few people from their church. They hired a woman from their church whose husband had died several months before. She was a shit employee and clients and drivers complained about her. The owners finally decided to fire her and she screamed at them and said that she was going to end up on the streets because of them. After that, they never hired anyone from their church or through social circles. They would post on job sites or would post with the local unemployment office.

by Anonymousreply 41May 16, 2023 11:29 PM

I flounced out of the conference room and said, “I’ll send for my things.”

by Anonymousreply 42May 16, 2023 11:29 PM

I was fired once in my life for an employer I initially volunteered for.

(Skip this if it’s too long, which it is.)

I was hired as a casual for a group home.

To give you an idea of this organization, with two 4-year degrees (Bachelors) in psychology and social work, they had me clean toilets when I offered to volunteer in the hopes of it leading to a job. After explaining that I wanted to use the skills I had from university, they gave me more clerical-type work.

This lead to them offering me a night shift position in a group home for mentally ill residents. The residents were not allowed knives. I was told I could call a senior staff member if a resident got hold of a knife. One young guy did one night so I called another staff member in the middle of the night who advised me what to do for this particular situation because the resident was non compliant.

The next day I was called into the head office where my supervisor, who I’d never even met, told me they were letting me go because I wasn’t confident enough or some such bullshit. I explained that I’d been told I could call another, more experienced staff member when knives were involved. That didn’t matter. She also said two female residents claimed I made a derogatory comment about the guy with the knife. I didn’t recall that, but my supervisor took their word over mine. I asked if I could get a letter of reference/use the executive director as a reference. I was told yes, but that he couldn’t say I was confident in the job.

Sometimes you realize you’re better off in a bad situation like this when you no longer have the job. I wasn’t included in a single staff meeting. That told me something was wrong with the place. Not a single person I worked with, people I liked, made an attempt to speak to me after I was fired. I worked with them one day and was gone the next, never saying goodbye to each other. However, another “casual” called me. She told me she was off from the job because she was being investigated for something she said or did. She commiserated with me and told me I was better off not working for them. She was right, but, boy, it still stung.

by Anonymousreply 43May 16, 2023 11:32 PM

Has anyone ever taken a shit sock to the underside of the bosses chair?

by Anonymousreply 44May 17, 2023 12:23 AM

R43 a lot of workplace friendships are 100 percent conditional. After I got fired none of the people I regularly saw and had drinks with contacted me other than one time. Kind of messed me up because I was going through a hard time. Live and learn.

by Anonymousreply 45May 17, 2023 1:33 AM

Let's just say that more than once, the word "cunt" was used either before or after my firing. My mother even jokes about it at family events.

by Anonymousreply 46May 17, 2023 2:10 AM

I never have. But after firing someone and forgetting to turn off badge access, there was concern the individual slipped back into the building. This fired individual had previously made statements about killing several administrators. I left early that Friday, but a co-worker who was still there at 4:00pm had the privilege of either stalling the fired person if he saw him and then combing the office looking for him. In the end my co-worker found his trash can sized thermos in an office (of someone he suggested he’d kill).

by Anonymousreply 47May 17, 2023 2:17 AM

Not me, but neighbors.

Ada was as crazy as a loon and was convicted of misdemeanor harassment after throwing hot coffee onto a member of her staff. She treated her staff like dirt and made them do all sorts of personal things for her on company time.

She would call the main office as she drove up and scream at the two young guys who were the only employees left on her staff.

It got to be too much for them so they agreed they’d go out together in a blaze of glory. They waited for a day when she was coming back to the main office, packed up all of their stuff, waited for her call from the car, put her on speakerphone so people passing by could hear her and announced they were both quitting, which meant when she arrived no one would be meeting her in the parking garage to carry her stuff up, going with her to the Big Meeting or taking care of the people in the reception area waiting to see her.

The best part was that they wiped all of the hard drives in her office. All of them — hers, theirs, the externals, the old one in the closet, the one in the second office, anything they could find.

It wasn’t until a few days later that the magnitude of the problem was revealed. The IT department tried to recover the data but all of her data for the past 6 years had been wiped off the face of the earth.

by Anonymousreply 48May 17, 2023 2:45 AM

R6 - with a decent backup, they should have been fine.

I was in a similar situation and loaded the test database over the production one. All the costs and profit margins were off, but nobody noticed until the month was closed (three months later because I wasn't around to do the CFO's job for her).

I hear it was a huge mess.

by Anonymousreply 49May 17, 2023 3:00 AM

I was canned unfairly while working for a consulting firm that had over 100 of their consultants at the location I was at.

The consulting firm did not know that one of my best friends was, shall I say, "connected" to that location.

I told him exactly everything that had transpired (one fucking disaster after another) and consequently there was a call made to the consulting firm to tell them to 'Please remove all 100+ consultants the day their project was over. And we won't be using you again'.

Ouch. I felt really bad as there were several really good co-workers and they all lost their jobs. I did not know that was going to happen when I complained.

by Anonymousreply 50May 17, 2023 3:04 AM

R2 I love when shit like that happens at work.

by Anonymousreply 51May 17, 2023 3:08 AM

I had to (justifiably) fire a guy at work. About 30 seconds into talking to him in my office, he started vomiting into my trash can and it went everywhere. We had to walk down the hall into a meeting room to finish the conversation. So, he made a scene, but not on purpose (unless he could vomit at will). They had to replace the carpet in my office.

by Anonymousreply 52May 17, 2023 9:50 AM


by Anonymousreply 53May 17, 2023 10:13 AM

I made a huge scene that got me fired.

Not a proud moment, because I wasn't in a good place. But I was gonna quit in a few weeks anyway.

But, damn, it was dramatic, and all I can do is laugh about it now.

One of my final memories of being in the US nine years ago. It was like a really dark version of Jerry Maguire when he got fired. I don't think any of my coworkers knew what hit them. I put on A SHOW.

by Anonymousreply 54May 17, 2023 10:16 AM

We had to fire the head of IT for incompetence. He worked on the 5th floor and the term meeting was being held in the HR Conference room on the 7th floor.

We had a system where, once an employee left their office, HR would notify IT and their ID card was deactivated. Unfortunately, he left his office for the meeting but decided to stop at the rest room on his way to us. Of course, we cut his access so he couldn't get onto the 7th floor using the stairs. He took the main elevator and Reception let him. When he walked into the conference room he said, "My access card isn't working, that usually means someone's getting fired." He said it with a smile but then it faded as he realized what was happening.

by Anonymousreply 55May 17, 2023 2:02 PM

Absolutely not. How dare you ask me such things!

by Anonymousreply 56May 17, 2023 2:06 PM

Companies need to take more precaution to firing people with all the workplace mass shootings happening.

by Anonymousreply 57May 17, 2023 3:29 PM

When I was in high school I worked for a Hallmark store. The manager was a nepo hire (relative of the owner) and had no idea what she was doing. The break room was filled with hundreds of boxes of unopened stock. When a coworker was fired, he threw his key into the sea of boxes and flounced out. I was tasked with trying to find it. (I couldn't.) A few months later, the store was robbed, and the owners finally changed the locks. Several months after that, the store closed.

by Anonymousreply 58May 17, 2023 3:35 PM

So, your answer is no, then, r58?

by Anonymousreply 59May 17, 2023 3:44 PM

R3 hilarious reference but no....she actually walked out and didnt come back for like, three days. She only returned after her people told she she couldn't sue if she broke her contract.

by Anonymousreply 60May 17, 2023 3:51 PM

R55, you paint the perfect picture of HR. Lurking and monitoring when somebody leaves their office. That's pretty much the job description and I couldn't imagine how miserable I would be with that having been my career. They should call HR the department of Karen's.

The rest of your story is sort of unclear. Why would stopping by the bathroom change anything? Sounds like your system was full of holes. Must have been designed by the department of Karen's.

by Anonymousreply 61May 17, 2023 3:53 PM

R61, when you fire the head of IT, you need to be cautious.

The bathroom stop was an issue because he used the stairs to get up to the 7th floor. The interior floors we occupied were connected by staircases but, to get into the office one of those floors, you had to swipe your badge. If he had taken the elevator, the badge would not have been required.

by Anonymousreply 62May 17, 2023 4:23 PM

One afternoon, a coworker and I got called into the boss's office. Boss said "Bill" and I could leave early, today. They were firing someone, a former military guy. They ended up escorting Military Guy out, immediately after firing him, with the help of a deputy sheriff.

Apparently, this former military guy had made comments (in the past) about doing something to me and Bill. He was a Vietnam vet and he said he was gonna take care of us like it was Vietnam. (Yes, he was old and this was a while ago.)

And I was only finding out about it, now.

"Bill" got really nervous. I was just pissed that nobody told me about this earlier.

by Anonymousreply 63May 17, 2023 4:34 PM

Twice. Intensely satisfying. The second, which involved pouring out 3 years of pent up (well deserved) contempt and bile over a quarter of an hour, was as thrilling as a free fall jump. I skipped and pranced all the way home, determined never again to be an underling to anyone, and never went back to being an employee ever. Life is waaay too short.

by Anonymousreply 64May 17, 2023 4:45 PM

I don't get it R62. Could he have taken the elevator from 5 to 7?

It doesn't matter. Did you guys look for poison pills? I am the head of IT that posted earlier about overwriting my employer's database. I had it set up as a daily routine that I would have to cancel from my phone.

There was no interruption of business continuity. The damage didn't surface until after I got my pay out.

Your in the Karen department, aren't you?

by Anonymousreply 65May 17, 2023 5:10 PM

Yes, he could have taken the elevator, R65. When going between floors, it was sometimes easier to take the internal stairs. The elevator was the main elevator for the office building so you'd be subject to stopping at all the floors if others were on it. He didn't do anything to the mainframe or database. Everything was fine.

by Anonymousreply 66May 19, 2023 12:31 PM

Not fired, but I decided to quit my job with no notice and walk out of the building.

Before leaving, I composed a scathing eMail to my boss and cc’d about a dozen important individuals within the company, hit “send” and left.

I heard later from work colleagues that my boss had a lot of explaining to do and was fired a month later.

by Anonymousreply 67May 19, 2023 12:50 PM

Yeah I whipped it out and said “Look who’s the big man now!”

by Anonymousreply 68May 19, 2023 12:55 PM

There used to be a company back in 2008 that delivered fresh, stinking shit on demand and I had a box delivered to one cunt who got me fired and had humiliated me in front of my colleagues just days before for simply questioning what she was telling me.

by Anonymousreply 69May 19, 2023 1:17 PM


ALL the floors between 5 and 7? Was this the building from being John Malkovich?

I wasn't suggesting you had a looming disaster. I was just wondering how much more amateur your "system" was beyond having him walk into your meeting.

by Anonymousreply 70May 19, 2023 5:38 PM

R70, yes. We occupied floors 5 - 7. It was downtown in NYC. It was sometimes quicker to swipe your badge to go down a flight than wait the main elevator. This was the only time our "system" failed. It worked like a charm any other time.

by Anonymousreply 71May 19, 2023 6:35 PM

That was the more plausible explanation. I was hoping you would come up with it rather than all the stops between 5 and 7. BUT I am still confused why stopping by the toilet foiled your master plan.

But you are HR. So the bar is pretty low.

by Anonymousreply 72May 19, 2023 8:27 PM

I refused to make a scene when I was fired because that was my job. I wasn’t going to perform if they’d already fired me.

by Anonymousreply 73May 19, 2023 9:28 PM

R72, he needed to swipe his badge to get onto the 7th floor if he used the internal stairs. Since we'd jumped the gun on cutting off his access, he couldn't use his card.

His access should have been shut off when the IT contact was notified he was with HR. Instead, they shut if off as soon as he left his office. I've always wondered if someone in IT who hated him cut off the access prematurely.

by Anonymousreply 74May 19, 2023 9:29 PM

Blame it on IT.

Typical HR (Karen) tactic.

Jesus christ, it's a board game to you. Sure, there are people who have to go. I have had to walk my fair share to the curb. But I didn't enjoy it.

Seems like you do. Like Bill Murray watching Bobcat Goldthwait getting streeted in Scrooged. You convince yourself that you are universally disliked because of what you do. The truth is that is because of what you are.

by Anonymousreply 75May 20, 2023 5:31 PM

seriously the conversation on the fucking 5th and 7th floor story is annoying as fuck, why don't you two go call each other and discuss it instead of ruining this thread

by Anonymousreply 76May 20, 2023 6:12 PM

It's really all that is left of this thread

by Anonymousreply 77May 21, 2023 1:44 AM

I recall one guy who triggered a security event after he'd been laid off. He tailgated back onto the site and went to the boss' office to tell her how upset he was. He was escorted out and they gathered the rest of us and offered us security escort to our cars if we wanted. There was no violence, but he gave people a good scare.

by Anonymousreply 78May 21, 2023 1:48 AM

R75, where in my posts did you read that ENJOY letting people go? Terminations are a very small part of my job. I try to work with managers and employees so that termination is not the only solution. I don't know why you have HR but please don't lump me in with everyone you hate who work in HR.

by Anonymousreply 79May 22, 2023 2:25 PM

I have worked with HR in many settings. Private sector, non-profit, government organizations. It always boils down to the same thing.

Hall monitors who could never make it in a productive part of the endeavor. Not smart enough to be in accounting, not charismatic enough to be in sales, not savvy enough to be in IT, not possessing the leadership skills needed to be in operations.

Tell us a story where you headed off a termination. I always knew when I had HR nosing around I was going to have to prepare a job description.

So tell us where you prevented a termination or a separation (most likely caused by HR). I want to hear about these success stories from somebody who brags about how they fire people unsuccessfuly.

by Anonymousreply 80May 22, 2023 10:24 PM

That was meant for you r79

by Anonymousreply 81May 23, 2023 1:20 AM

I know of a corrections counselor who after being fired and told to clean out her office shit in her garbage can, broke her office key off in the inside lock to her office and proceeded to return her key ring to the Morse Watchman as if nothing happened.

by Anonymousreply 82May 23, 2023 1:27 AM

Ive got a good friend who is a corrections counselor R82 ! He's as crazy as a loon so Ive often wondered how low their hiring standards are .

by Anonymousreply 83May 23, 2023 1:34 AM

It depends. I know people who are really really good. They are dedicated to what they do, but you have to be kind of different. I also know people who I wouldn’t trust my lawn with because they are just dumb.

by Anonymousreply 84May 23, 2023 1:40 AM

Apologies for derailing the thread but, R80/R81 apparently needs me to prove I'm not a heartless HR shrew.

* Worked with a client to find a position for a pregnant woman since her position was being eliminated. She was able to take advantage of state paid disability and family leave (you have to be employed to be eligible).

* Another client wanted to fire a parent with attendance issues. I encouraged the manager to speak with them to understand why they were suddenly late to work. The children were in a new school so dropping them off made them late. Client adjusted the employee's hours so the problem was eliminated.

* While recruiting, I found a great candidate for the position but the department hired another candidate. I told her I would let her know if any other positions came up. A few months later, a position came up. I called her, she was interested, and interviewed for the position. She accepted and was hired as an Admin Assistant. A few years later, she was promoted to Account Manager.

There are times when business takes a downturn and positions are eliminated. I can't help that. But in any other instance, I will do what I can to retain the employee. Sometimes, they just want to be fired so they can collect unemployment (those that continue to buck the system). I don't spend my days wondering how I can screw people over. I don't get bonuses based on how many employees I fire.

by Anonymousreply 85May 23, 2023 12:31 PM

I've never been fired.

I've seen and known others who were and have never seen anyone make a scene about it other than quiet tears.

I did share an office with a crazy woman when I was young, and she was thankfully fired while I was out of town (my bosses planned it that way to be kind to me). She was emotionally unstable. They changed the front door lock after she was fired, which was on a Friday, and on Monday morning, the door all around the doorknob had been 'keyed.' It seems she came back over the weekend and tried to get in and went berserk when she couldn't but no one was there to see the scene

by Anonymousreply 86May 23, 2023 12:49 PM

I was let go once from a job and I left a baggy of night biscuits in the AED wall cabinet.

by Anonymousreply 87May 23, 2023 2:44 PM

What are night biscuits?

by Anonymousreply 88May 23, 2023 6:39 PM

[quote] What are night biscuits?

AKA night soil

by Anonymousreply 89May 23, 2023 6:51 PM

Ah. That wasn't any clearer, but at least Urban Dictionary knew what it was.

by Anonymousreply 90May 23, 2023 6:55 PM

I’ve always wanted to do the thing where you sweep everything off the boss’ desk with your arm.

by Anonymousreply 91May 23, 2023 6:58 PM


by Anonymousreply 92May 23, 2023 7:05 PM

I was called into a "brief meeting" with my unscrupulous boss just before lunch. This guy was the most underhanded person I've known. I walked into a room with him and two HR people.

As I was working in NY State at the time he said "NY is a work at will State, you can leave your job any time without reason and we can terminate your employment at anytime without reason. We are terminating your job." I was taken off guard but I still asked, why? And all three people stared at me in stone silence. So I asked again and got nothing. So I stood up looked at my now ex-boss and said, "You're as big a fucking asshole as everyone says you are!" Best thing I ever said to him!

by Anonymousreply 93May 23, 2023 7:05 PM

I was called into a "brief meeting" with my unscrupulous boss just before lunch. This guy was the most underhanded person I've known. I walked into a room with him and two HR people.

As I was working in NY State at the time he said "NY is a work at will State, you can leave your job any time without reason and we can terminate your employment at anytime without reason. We are terminating your job." I was taken off guard but I still asked, why? And all three people stared at me in stone silence. So I asked again and got nothing. So I stood up looked at my now ex-boss and said, "You're as big a fucking asshole as everyone says you are!" Best thing I ever said to him!

by Anonymousreply 94May 23, 2023 7:05 PM

Ask Richard Farley!

by Anonymousreply 95May 23, 2023 8:10 PM

An ex-publishing colleague stormed out after being made redundant, leaving us a copy of her vagina on the photocopier.

by Anonymousreply 96May 24, 2023 10:02 AM

OK, r85

We can do this all day.

". Sometimes, they just want to be fired so they can collect unemployment (those that continue to buck the system"

Sounds like a mission statement. You could have just listed your few good efforts, but you couldn't resist.

by Anonymousreply 97May 24, 2023 9:52 PM

Yes, and I'd do it again!

by Anonymousreply 98May 24, 2023 9:54 PM

R97, you’ve never worked with someone who continued to go against company policy so they could be fired and collect unemployment? Good for you.

This conversation is over.

by Anonymousreply 99May 24, 2023 10:28 PM

When a secretary in my office was fired by our department head who was an older Jewish woman, the secretary screamed "They turned off the ovens too soon" as she walked out the door.

by Anonymousreply 100May 24, 2023 10:37 PM

I've never been fired, just laid off once, and we all knew it was coming, so it was sad, but not shocking, and any scenes would have been completely pointless since there wasn't going to be anybody left. Once a woman got fired for absenteeism, and she screamed and yelled and smacked our boss in the head with her ID badge, so that's the most excitement I've ever seen.

But on more or less the same topic, I read r4 and I'm curious. How common is it to be fired COMPLETELY out of the blue like that, where you would actually go into the meeting expecting a raise/promotion/stroke job? When they told you were fired, did their reasoning make sense, even if you didn't want to admit it at the time, or was it a complete B.S. backstab?

by Anonymousreply 101May 25, 2023 5:59 AM

r98 You, my friend, are brilliant. Take a dollar out of petty cash.

Dare I say it? Thread over?

by Anonymousreply 102May 25, 2023 8:51 PM

Very well cosmo. I am fortunate enough to work with people who have advanced degrees and are respected in their fields.

And you are proud of what?

by Anonymousreply 103May 26, 2023 2:19 AM

[quote]Have you ever made a scene after being fired from a job?

Funny you should mention fire.

by Anonymousreply 104May 26, 2023 2:21 AM
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