Under the reign of a ruthless manager who discards personal belongings and dismisses the importance of employee breaks, the Original Poster (OP) takes a stand against workplace injustices.
A Manager’s Wrath
OP begins working under a manager who doesn’t respect their time or belongings. She frequently makes them work overtime and also makes it a habit to throw away personal belongings, justifying her actions with the need for cleanliness.
It would be one thing if water bottles or trash were thrown away, but items like designer purses and coffee mugs go missing often. Employees are infuriated but feel powerless against her.
The Mounting Workload
The manager piles on extra tasks, using the excuse of previous understaffed shifts. Employees struggle with the unreasonable workload. When governmental agencies come, she assigns even more tasks to “clean up” the area.
Whenever the staff complains about the workload, the manager suggests skipping their breaks. She compares their situation to her past experiences, diminishing their struggles. She boldly claims breaks aren’t essential.
OP, known for being polite and tolerant, decides it’s time to act. The constant undermining of her rights and the loss of personal belongings fuel OP’s determination. It’s clear that mere patience won’t change the situation.
The Email Exposé
OP sends an email to the general manager, his assistant, the union representative, and the union president. The email details the mistreatment the team faces under the manager. Though there’s no immediate response, OP knows they’ve all seen it.
Seeing no initial reply, OP escalates the threat. The email warns of approaching the Ministry of Labor and Human Rights Board. This results in immediate reactions from the general manager and the union.
An Unexpected Standoff
Upon returning to work, OP is confronted by the manager. She’s visibly shaken and references a new mandate issued by the general manager. The mandate ensures breaks are taken and appropriately compensated.
Sign The Dotted Line
The employees have to sign in and out and document each break they take. If, for some reason, one is withheld from them, they are to receive overtime pay.
Before It Gets Worse
This is now costing the company money to try and avoid a bigger lawsuit later. OP can tell that they are trying to cover all of their bases to ensure there isn’t something they will be liable for later.
Denial and Retaliation
The manager, feeling cornered, confronts OP about the complaint. She defends her actions as mere “jokes” and is perplexed by the backlash. OP fires back with a poignant remark about the nature of jokes and humor.
Just days after the confrontation, the manager resigns. She cites “too much stress” as the reason for her departure. The office breathes a collective sigh of relief.
With the manager gone, the office dynamic shifts. Employees feel liberated and start to rebuild a healthier work environment. However, they remain wary of potential replacements.
Was Making Her Manager Feel So Embarrassed She Quit Appropriate?
The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter.
One reader said, “Sounds more like 40 years of a childish power trip.”
Another Commenter Thinks
Another responder wrote: “Imagine being so entitled that you feel it’s completely ok to throw others personal things in the trash.”
A Third View on The Story
A different person states, “I love stories like this. Not only is it revenge, it’s the morally right thing to do, and it benefits far more people than just yourself. Nicely done.”
A Final Perspective on the Matter
Another viewpoint on the story: “A reminder: if one employee complains about a manager, the employee is a “troublemaker” and “not a team player.” If every employee complains at the same time about a manager, that manager is a “liability”.”
What Do You Think?
What are your thoughts on their actions?
What would you have done in this situation?
This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.