Bosses Reveal The Most Obnoxious Reason They've Had To Fire Someone

People can make some pretty bad decisions. What is even worse is when they try to avoid the consequences of those bad choices.

Employment can be pretty stressful for everyone, but some people take that a step further and try to make everyone else miserable too.

Reddit user u/LawngClaw17 asked:

"Business owners of Reddit, what's the most obnoxious reason an employee quit/ had to be fired over?"


My Dad and I ran a business together cleaning out foreclosed homes for a real estate agency as I was finishing high school. I was a senior so I got out at lunch time and we could usually get a house done in a half day. Sometimes we'd get some bad ones and we had a few guys that we would call to see if they wanted to make a quick hundred bucks for a days work.

On my literal last day of class my Dad picked up one of our usual guys and got one house about 90% done by lunch. He was a pretty normal guy that we had never had any trouble with.

The guy we paid to help my dad went out to the truck and came back into that house with a gun and robbed my dad of his wallet and took his keys and left in our truck.

Funny thing is my Dad only had the cash he was about to give him an hour later for finishing up the house. The state police got the guy's number from us and they told him some bogus story about how my dad was being investigated for not paying his workers and if met them with the truck they would get his statement and let him go. Idiot pulls up and gets arrested on the spot. He got 8 years in prison.



I had a sub contractor on a job for my company try and convince the client that they should dump me and go with their business and they would undercut me by 10%.

Learned this from the client, who asked me to find another person to service our contract.




Employee had corporate card. Charged a vacation, purse, fossil watch, take out, along with overall being miserable to work with. Had laptop "stolen" within weeks of joining.

Fired her, and a few days later a watch catalog from Fossil showed up at the office with her name on it.

Have active court cases for all the theft.



We had a young IT intern helping with some hardware inventory tasks. It wasn't uncommon for laptops not to make it back to us as projects would hoard them from terminated employees but one day we noticed his backpack open and a laptop of a model we used sticking out.

Sent him to the other side of the building and checked the serial number and yep - it was one he reported as missing during a recent inventory.

Opportunistic theft is one thing but bringing it back into the office everyday... just... wow.



Had a guy on a location fake an injury. Now mind you he did injure himself severely accidentally, but that wasn't his plan. His plan had been to fake a minor injury and get put on workers comp. The problem was he screwed up how to do it and ended up hurting himself severely.

You ask how did you know he was trying to fake injure himself. Well that's very easy to explain. We had a 20 minute tape of him hiding behind one of the trucks on the worksite practicing his fall. Then a written confession from friends saying that he'd been planning it since the day we hired him.



I used to do some consulting work and hired a woman to help out. Mostly clerical stuff and whatnot. I flew down to St Thomas for a meeting and got a call from Sonitrol at 1030pm. She had keys to my building but didn't know about the alarm. Basically, she and her boyfriend brought another couple down to have a foursome in one of my offices I had converted to a bedroom where I could crash if I worked late.

So I called her... She answered mid-coitus and acted normal, albeit a little tipsy. I talked about a few mundane details I needed to relay to her anyways and then mentioned to make sure she only was ever at the office between 700am and 700pm since there was a silent alarm that that would call me with audio of activities in the building.

When I got back in town her keys were sitting on my desk.




Back when I had my translation business, I hired a guy to seek out contracts for me, I'd pay him 20% finder's fee.

Instead of sending the finished project to a client, he accidentally sent naked pictures of himself. I learned of it when my client forwarded me the mail half an hour later, including the (multiple) glorious peen pics.

I don't even.



I fired a guy because he said he couldn't come to work because it was raining and he had just washed his car the day before.



Medical clinic. An employee told a patient he wants to know what she tastes like. Doesn't get much worse.


Not many exit interviews start with: "We REALLY hope that was just sexual harassment, but we're gonna inventory the samples just in case."


Yeah, when sexual harrassment is the least concerning explanation...



I work in a small independent pharmacy. Its only the owner, me, and a coworker. Business is really picking up, boss man wanted to hire someone and asked me to sit in interview to ask questions he may forget. This chick seemed great. I explained the importance of protocol and procedure so we don't accidentally kill someone with wrong med and we follow all laws, blah blah blah. She had never worked in a pharmacy, was called back for interview #2 and we agreed she was best pick because she said "I've never done this, I'll make sure to follow your every direction."

I fired her after 2 weeks.

She couldn't understand when she would ask "can I do blah blah" we'd say no then she'd do it anyway because "I figured you wouldn't care." I thought my way was better" This happened AT LEAST 3 times a day. A few times she would lie and say "I didn't do that" but everything is stamped with initials.

The final straw was she tried to process a RX (which she was not allowed to do yet) under MY name while breaking HIPAA and screwed up the claim that could have caused an audit.


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