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Tale # 71
Dept: All-Staff Score: 601
Feb 7th 2006 Submitted by Anonymous
“You Call This a Bonus?”
A donut 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! LINK
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Tale # 70
Dept: Sales & Marketing Score: 326
Feb 7th 2006 Submitted by Anonymous
“Good Ole' Boys Network Live and Kicking”
A donut I was a golden-girl director of a department in a southern conservative corporation until, much to my surprise, a man with no qualifications even near mine was promoted over me to run my department. This was a man I had just a year ago helped "get ahead" and even coached on his salary negotiations. When I asked my boss why he was promoted over me I was told because I had "a bad attitude." When I calmly asked for specific examples none could be provided. One was lamely offered up as a reason but was quickly proved to be incorrect.

Alas, the guy moved up over me and I quietly went about my job of being the one actually running the department when I found out that he had be secretly meeting with one of my employees about splitting the department and giving the younger guy half my employees. The younger guy came and told me about this because he was so upset about it going on behind my back. He and I decided to together to talk to our new boss about it. The new boss then wrote us a threatening and nasty email.

I then met with the HR Director after that to ask for his advice and he questioned my integrity and threatened my employment (mind you, I had a stellar record prior to this). I later found out my new boss and this HR Director were buddies and good friends and had also been talking about this behind my back and my fate was pretty much sealed regardless of what I did. They were both soon promoted to VPs. I soon resigned my position and now I make more money working for myself. LINK
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Tale # 67
Dept: All-Staff Score: 233
Feb 6th 2006 Submitted by Mark
“He didn't even buy me dinner...”
A donut I worked for a consultant company but was farmed out to a major client and rarely saw my consultancy colleagues. At one of the few staff meetings I did attend, management was trying to rouse us to get more consultants into our current customers. He said, "We've got to penetrate our clients! We've got to penetrate our clients, more!"

I went back to my client and explained what I had to do to them. Howls of laughter for the rest of the afternoon. LINK
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Tale # 65
Dept: Management Score: 45
Feb 6th 2006 Submitted by Anonymous
“Slippery Promotions”
A donut My boss was given a temporary promotion and needed to choose one of us little people to cover his job for a few months.

Unfortunately, my boss (by all accounts and I'm not being paranoid here) doesn't particularly care for me, so it didn't come as a big shock that although I was senior enough to have walked into his temporarily vacated position, there was an invitation for ALL the little people to apply.

Though I was also in school at the time and didn't even want the position, I applied anyway perceiving that in some way it was expected of me.
Well, an even littler little person got the job over me and is STILL, after several months, afraid to give me any directives. LINK
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Tale # 64
Dept: All-Staff Score: 1090
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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