I spent a year of my life working for a giant retail corporation. They routinely made us work a full day with only one 10-minute break for lunch (which is, incidentally, illegal), and required us to work unpaid overtime.
But it was a tight economy, so we all stayed. And we worked really hard. We were able to raise sales by 30%, even though we had our staff reduced by 15%.
When it came time for our Christmas bonus, we were excited, thinking that surely our efforts finally would be recognized.
What did our bonus turn out to be?
Six chocolate chip cookies that arrived smashed to pieces.
Not six chocolate chip cookies per person. Six cookies to be split between fourteen people.
Merry Christmas, everybody!