We all make mistakes at work, but some mistakes are bigger than others. From sleeping on the job to setting fire to the trees out back, some employees have done things that should have gotten them fired. But for some reason, they got away with it. Here are 10 times people got away with things that should have gotten them fired.
One employee hit the Occupational Health and Safety inspector with a forklift. This is a serious safety violation that could have resulted in termination, but apparently, the employee got away with it.
An employee who worked in retail once challenged a customer to step outside and fight. The customer walked out, but the employee somehow kept their job.
A supervisor freaked out on a sales guy and just clocked out. He came back and clocked back in, and the company acted like nothing happened.
One employee tried to sleep with the boss’s wife at a work party. They were fired months later for something unrelated.
An employee in car sales showed up drunk or hungover constantly. But because they sold a lot of cars, the company didn’t care.
An employee accidentally set fire to the trees at the back of the property while taking a pee and lighting ants on fire. The fire truck had to come put it out, but the employee kept their job.
An employee pulled the wrong valve off of a beer tank and lost around 800 gallons of beer. They managed to get it back on, but this could have been a costly mistake.
One employee would find any excuse to avoid work, spend half the day chatting on the phone, and then work unapproved overtime claiming she had too much work. Despite this, she kept her job.
Talking Behind Manager’s Back
An employee was talking badly about their manager while sitting 50 feet away from his desk. The manager just walked away, and the employee kept their job.
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One employee faked a coworker’s death by putting up a makeshift memorial in his parking spot on April 1st. While the head of HR was not amused, everyone else loved it.
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