On Reddit, several users have shared some of their worst mistakes made on the job. Here are some of our favorites.
Jumpbreak5 said, "Found a lighter in my pocket while standing in my boss' office at the deli I worked at. I was bored. I had to run past the entire deli counter screaming to get to the sink when I lit my shirt on fire. There were at least 15 customers in line."
Googlebee said, "We are in our end of the week sales meeting. Director of Sales (My boss's boss) is talking about some email he sent out that week. Goes, 'I have one word to say about that email' and then jumps in to five minute story which at no point mentions that 'one word.' What seems like the end of the story, I say 'Sounded a lot more like a story than a word bro.' Whole rooms goes quiet as director glares at me. Whoops."
On the one hand, you shouldn't say that to one of the execs. On the other hand, Googlebee was 100% about it being a story.
Ligamentary said, "I'm a teacher. I had a particularly difficult student who gave me a very hard time on an unusually hard day, early in my career. After class let out another colleague stopped by and without thinking I said 'Nobody wants (that difficult kid) in their class! It's hopeless. He was walking in the room to apologize and heard me...I tried to apologize to him but he didn't want to hear it...As an educator you have to learn sooner or later that your students are the ones who get to act like children. Not you."
Maybe the teacher should have been forced to write sentences on the chalk board after school.
Probablynotokyea said, "I worked at a best buy [sic], and had just signed out a set of keys to retrieve a high-value product from a cage. Lost the f****** keys. I paced like a mad man trying to retrace my steps and find them, but ultimately, I went up to my boss and told him I just f***** up.
He said, 'The keys you signed out had keys to 7 other cages, and the warehouse. The value therein is over $400,000, not to mention the cost of re-keying and re-locking is about 1500 considering parts and labor, PER lock. Do you know how long it would take you to work that off? Did you know that this is an offense that results in immediate termination?'" But then the boss said, "Lucky for you, I saw you set them down where you weren't supposed to, then walk away, so I grabbed them myself and let you worry. This is a cheap lesson, sign the keys back in."
It's a good lesson...although the other lesson might be to have an extra set of keys.
DaggerStJames told Reddit, "I used to work at a car rental place...One day I was in the lot parking a truck...a couple of older sort of grimy looking guys walked up to me. The one guy said "hey, we're all done inside and the lady said that truck is ours." I'm not even going to make excuses for why I did it but without even asking a question I said "ok great, here ya go!" and handed him the keys....TL;DR: I worked at a car rental company and basically assisted in a grand theft auto."
Wonderlandian posted on Reddit, "I work in a theme park, and...I was manning the control booth. I was sitting in the chair...I hopped down and somehow managed to propel the chair into the wall with my ass. The chair slammed directly into a fire alarm, and the lever ended up getting depressed AND pulled down. By a chair....I was freaking out. I figured I was in huge trouble, what with inconveniencing several hundred guests and wasting the fire departments time and all."
So the next time you're forced to leave a ride at an amusement park, don't be mad. It might just be an employee with a particularly powerful rear end.
Dgnslyr said, "Serve at a restaurant with a patio. Seat one guy and tell him I will be right back with his tea; he is the only guy here. Cash out another customer and then IMMEDIATELY forget about the guy outside and spend a stupid amount of time mixing peanut butter. He walked back through about 10 minutes later saying 'I'll try again next time.'"
Patio dining seems like a good idea at the time, but it also comes with a major risk.
An_Arrogant_Ass said, "I'm a server and not the most observant at times. I was sat a table of three...and as I'm taking away a plate a fork falls, I go to grab it reflexively as does the mother and we catch it midair. Impressed with how quick we both are the daughter makes a joke about our 'ninja speed,' continuing the joke I say something along the lines of 'horrible depth perception, amazing reflexes,' referring to myself. It is then at that point I realized the mother had only one eye. F***."
When making that comment, the server forked up big time.
Choast said, "I was working at a pizza place making large batches of dough...that's when I look down and see the unopened package of yeast just chillin on the table. I didn't put any yeast into the dough. Had to throw it all out. Bosses were pretty cool about it, but then my next shift somebody took a shit all over the women's bathroom and i had to clean it up."
As hard as this worker tried, they didn't quite rise to the occasion.
Lgyure85 told Reddit, "I work at a pet store. I accidentally threw a snake away. I was cleaning the bedding and didn't see him buried in his. I dumped it. 2-3 days later my department manager brought it back to me after finding it in the receiving garbage. Somehow I didn't get in trouble. Snake was fine."
So the next time you're in a pet store, ask to look through their trash. You might just get a free snake.
Darkicebeast13 said, "When I worked at a golf club in the kitchen, I was told by the head chef to take a huge pot of what looked like some meat and bones to the sink, strain out the meat and bones, to get the stock for soups. Then I would throw out the bones. So far so good...The next day, I was given the exact same pot, and the instructions: 'You know what to do!' I repeated the process. I was then asked where the ribs were for that night's function, that he gave me to strain..."
Not only did they strain the ribs, they also strained the golf club's income.
Rooran said, "Worked as a student in a bank-agency. I wasn't 18 yet...I was doing paperwork in the back. Once, a customer wanted to enter, but one can't just walk into a bank, you have to ring a bell, and have an employee open the door for you by pressing a button under the front desk. Long story short, he rang, all employees were busy, so I went to press the button. I check under the desk, shit, 3 buttons. The man was looking at me, looking pretty pissed by the waiting-time, so I just press a random button. Turns out it was the motherf***ing alarm button."
Well, that will teach the man to never rob a bank again...even if he wasn't actually going to in the first place.
Afambelafonte said, "I worked at a pizza place and one night the oven guy went rushing past and mumbled something about someone taking over on oven. So I went over and started cutting pizzas without really paying attention to what I as doing. Ten minutes later the oven guy comes back with his hand all bandaged up and blood all over his arm. He had cut his hand badly on the pizza knife and bled all over everything, but because the blood looked a little like grease and I wasn't paying attention I continued cutting pizzas with the bloody knife and cutting board. Many people had human blood all over their pizzas and I didn't have the balls to go own up and tell them."
So the next time you get pizza, trying being specific about what kind of sauce you want.
Over on Buzzfeed, fancypeaches said, "I was working behind the bar...and I was cleaning up for the night. Our one freezer is actually like a long wide one that rolls and we have to get behind it and sweep. Well I guess when I moved it back, I unplugged it. The freezer has a bunch of stuff that obviously has to be frozen. It ended up ruining everything inside and costed the restaurant over 2000 (dollars)."
Probably one thing that stayed frozen was the boss, who likely kept giving out the cold shoulder.
Kidjan said, "First day on the job as a carpenter...I'm cutting each piece of wood...and I start to think gee, this would be way easier if I just cut all the wood at once. Bad idea. What I didn't account for was the deck wasn't perfectly square, so after a couple more boards, they were short a few inches. Unfortunately there is no such thing as a 'board extender' so I basically ruined all the wood."