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Tale # 59
Dept: Human Resources Score: 1208
Jan 14th 2006 Submitted by Anonymous
“It Never Pays”
A donut Working for a big corporation, you can feel pretty unimportant. In fact, you can begin to wonder exactly how much anybody cares about what you're doing.

A work friend and I decided to test the water. He would stop working, and I would work like never before.

At the end of our test period, we had a performance review.

He was raised 75 cents.

I did not get a raise.

Reasons cited:

My friend: "Worked well and was barely noticable. Two thumbs up!"

Me: "Overall negative impression. Recommend employee study work habits of (my friend)." LINK
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Tale # 39
Dept: Management Score: 1108
Dec 13th 2005 Submitted by Anonymous
“Incommunicado”
A donut I was a web developer in a mid-sized company. My department, which ran a pretty large consumer web site, consisted of my boss and me.

My boss's main skills were in marketing--in fact, all he did was find people to cough up for banner ads. He was the CEO's younger brother.

He was completely clueless about the technology and proud of it. He held customers in complete contempt and blamed every technical problem on me (which wasn't fair: only half of them were due to me). He set ridiculous deadlines without an understanding of how long things would take, and rarely listened.

It got to the point where we were having shouting matches amongst the cubicles. Eventually I gave up and went over his head to the VP of Information Technology. I started to outline the problems as objectively as I could, but he cut in and said, "Well, frankly I'm surprised you've put up with him for so long. Nobody else in the office can stand him, and they don't even have to work with him."

He told me I was no longer allowed to talk to my boss. And then he brought my boss in and told him he was no longer allowed to talk to me. Someone from customer support was appointed to run messages between the two of us.

This, of course, was an absurdist situation, and would have been funny if it wasn't for how desperately unhappy this poor "runner" was. It went on for about three months, the atmosphere was terrible. I eventually resigned, much to the relief of the customer support guy.

When the VP's 'no-communication' edict came down, the CEO was on holiday. I tried to avoid him when he came back, but eventually he cornered me. He asked, "Is it true you're no longer on speaking terms with my brother?" I felt very sheepish and nervous, but said, "Well, yes."

He burst out laughing and shook my hand. LINK
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Tale # 64
Dept: All-Staff Score: 1080
Jan 28th 2006 Submitted by Anonymous
“Is He Dying Now?”
A donut I was working for a small family-owned company (the kind that are supposed to care about employees, right?) when my father was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He did chemo and radiation in another state and I cheered him on from a distance.

Some months later the doctors decided the treatments were not working and there was nothing more to be done.

When i heard this sad news, I worked like a dog for a week to get ahead of my deadlines and explained the situation to my boss.

ME: So, can I take a week off to go see him?
BOSS: Well, is he dying right now?
ME: No, not yet, but he's terminal.
BOSS: But he's not dying now.
ME: No, but I'd like to see him while he's still lucid.
BOSS: If he's not dying right now, you can't take time off.

I thought I was misunderstanding something, so I explained again and told the boss that I had worked ahead of my deadlines, etc. He still refused.

I quit and did go see my father. He died two months later. LINK
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Tale # 57
Dept: I.T. Score: 814
Jan 11th 2006 Submitted by Nathan Davies
“Shooting Up”
A donut Once I got a rather strange call from my boss asking if I had noticed "anything unusual" the day before. He said he had found a used syringe in one of the offices and they had already called the police and blocked access to the room. My boss started to interrogate me and my co-workers, apparently assuming that one of us had been doing drugs in there.

When I finally got access to the room, I saw that the "syringe" had a web address on the side. It was CPU thermal paste. A support person had been in the room the day before and hadn't disposed of the thermal paste needle.

It's funny how paranoid everyone is. Even when the news got out that it was thermal paste, some people still remained suspicious. LINK
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Tale # 34
Dept: All-Staff Score: 788
Dec 12th 2005 Submitted by Anonymous
“Helen Wants Attention!”
A donut "Helen" worked at a tech support firm contracted to a telecommunications company. But that's not important.

One day, Helen came to work, much like usual, and all her co-workers kept smiling at her and saying, "Congratulations!"

She found this very puzzling. Eventually she worked out that everyone thought she was pregnant.

Except she wasn't pregnant. So she told everyone this.

The next day, everyone was looking sad and saying "sorry."

She thought this was a rather extreme reaction to just not being pregnant, until she found out that the rumor mill was saying that she had had a miscarriage.

She thanked her co-workers for their concern, but told them she had never had been pregnant, let alone had a miscarriage.

The next day, none of Helen's co-workers would speak to her. If they looked at her at all, it was with anger and disgust.

She figured out that they had interpreted her denials as an attempted cover-up for an abortion of her non-existent baby.

Eventually, she managed to convince people that she had never been pregnant.

Then she was told that they didn't appreciate her making up rumors to get attention.

Helen had never made up any of those rumors, and never wanted any of that attention.

Work became rather unbearable. She soon quit work, to the relief of all her co-workers.

Several weeks later, at her new job, she bumped into an old friend from her former workplace.

The old friend's eyes lit up as he asked her if it was true that she had poisoned her old boss, who apparently had gotten sick soon after she had quit.

Way it goes. LINK
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