People need to calm down when they are bestowed a little bit of "power." It's of course a great thing to be trusted with more responsibility at works, it makes you feel seen and that your work is appreciated. And it is of course a fantastic quality to make sure everyone is working together so that everything is running at 100%, but let's remember that a little power makes you no better than anyone else. Nobody needs a parent at work or a snitch, just do your job and be pleasant. You're not the HR police... unless you are the HR police.
Redditor u/namey___mcnameface wanted to discuss the ego trips some people have had to be witness to by asking.... What's the least amount of power you've seen go to someone's head?
Keep Reading Conan!Giphy
Teacher here: We had a school librarian here who berated the children about the most minor infractions and even questioned kids about why they wanted a particular book. She would often yell, "this is MY library." The kids called her Conan. alphasquatch1968
I ran a movie theater. One guy was told to go and do a theater check, which was basically ensure the emergency exit was closed and that no one was doing anything unruly. Dude really got off on telling people to put their feet down. He was studying to go into law enforcement. I was legit scared by how much he delighted in getting into people's faces because he felt he had real authority in this scenario. chalmun74
I left a kid "in charge" of the classroom while I stepped outside for two minutes to consult with an administrator.
I came back and he had a list of everyone who needed to be suspended.
Edit: no, his name was not Dwight, for everyone asking. Also, holy crow 5k upvotes and more in the comments, surprised this resonated with so many people. becauseiamtheDM
So Fast. So Stupid.
My friend put a cold air intake in his '95 Honda Civic.
Some guy was trying to pass him on the freeway and my buddy was like, "let's show these guys what real power looks like," then he floored it. The car gently accelerated to maybe 75mph before we overtook the other car, but my friend acted like he just won the Indy 500. J-Dizzle42
My mum took my dad to court. The court agreed with her on the littlest thing and now she let the power of that go to her head and thinks she is going to win every court order.
She has lost at least 2. ChrisJamesCostello
Mind your business Karen!
At my company of 80 people we have an "HR assistant" that is inexplicably in charge of the receptionist. She does nothing but make the receptionists life miserable, and has for the previous 4/4 receptionists.
She'll reprimand them for: their clothes, posture, smiling too much, not enough, arrangement of workspace, cleanliness of workspace, keeping water at the desk, keeping food at the desk, using the bathroom too much, etc. It's like she saves all her anger in her whole life and takes it out on the only person who is obligated to listen to her. gertgertgertgertgert
I work on a team of programmers.
One of the guys is terrible, and screws up all his projects. But for some reason he's never been fired, and he's been with the company forever.
Somehow, he got it into his head that he had "seniority". So whenever the boss would be out of town for a day, or call in sick, he'd immediately start walking around asking people what they're working on and assigning them tasks, as if he were the manager.
The actual manager eventually sent the whole team an email clarifying that if somebody was going to be left in charge, she would let us know.
His tiny amount of perceived power was completely removed. =P Luckboy28
This is how I do things.
Mom had a house-cleaner that came every 2 weeks for about 3-4 hours each visit.
The cleaner would rearrange Mom's things, including items in her "curio cabinet," kitchen cabinets/counters, and other personal areas (like her jewelry box, figurines, and hygiene items in the bathroom).
When Mom asked her to please stop doing that, the cleaning lady said: "This is how I do things. If you don't like it, find someone else!" Back2Bach
Moderator of a discord channel....
Not the whole server, just one particular channel with a couple dozen people, out of a server with nearly 10k users.
He started tripping, instituted this insane code of conduct he stole from wizards of the coast, including a clause that everyone had to respect him, and not block his messages, or they'd be banned.
The absolutely wild thing is no one had ever heard of this guy before. The last time he'd said anything in the whole server was two years prior. rexxar-tc
Genghis freaking Khan.....Giphy
You'd think the guy driving the miniature car that writes tickets for meter violations in my town was Genghis freaking Khan. jwfowler2
I was once parked in a loading zone in front of the restaurant I worked in loading a catering order in my car. I was told that wasn't allowed? When asked what a loading zone is for if not loading, he could not give an answer. latka_gravas_