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Paraplegic Employee Experienced a Heartless Prank at Work, But When the Legal Consequences Began, She Uncovered a Heartbreaking Family Secret.

The Original Poster (OP), a paraplegic with PTSD due to a tragic accident, confronts a painful ordeal instigated by a new colleague’s thoughtless prank. As the ill-conceived prank evolves into a legal battle, OP grapples with the moral dilemma of influencing the colleague’s professional and personal future, creating a tension that intensifies as the deadline looms.

A Terrible Accident’s Legacy

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OP survived a horrific accident that left them paraplegic, with a brain injury and PTSD. Their traumas led to unique manifestations, causing them to startle violently and cry uncontrollably, turning everyday life into challenging terrain.

A Long-Term Job

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OP had worked at the same company for several years prior to the accident, and the company stood by while OP was on disability and then slowly returned to work, a process that took years to complete. Despite their struggles, they managed to continue contributing to their old team remotely, demonstrating admirable resilience.

The Long-Distance Job

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OP’s remote work had them managing projects from a significant distance, serving as a bridge between their old life and new challenges. They were open about their PTSD symptoms, and their team understood and respected their condition. Life was not easy, but OP found a way to adapt, even with the lingering issues from their accident.

The Unexpected Encounter

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A new colleague, known as NC, came to a conference in OP’s town, expressing a desire to meet and discuss a nearly finished project. This would be the first face-to-face interaction they would have, an encounter filled with anticipation and nervousness.

The Traumatic Prank

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As they were walking to NC’s car, NC suddenly disappeared, only to jump out and yell “boo” from behind. Startled, OP flung their laptop at a fence, causing it to smash, and they were left panic-gulping and crying. NC, showing little sympathy or understanding, scoffed at OP’s reaction and left, leaving a shaken OP behind.

The Conflict Escalates

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Once calm, OP called IT to replace the broken laptop but instead found themselves redirected to HR after reporting the incident. NC was interviewed and reported a different version of events, accusing OP of manipulatively crying and willfully destroying company property. This blatant contraction ignited a battle that would soon reach far beyond the office walls.

The Neighbor’s Intervention

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OP’s neighbor, having witnessed the incident, stepped in to support OP’s side of the story. The neighbor clearly described NC’s ill-intentioned prank and OP’s subsequent reaction. With this proof, HR reviewed the testimony and set the stage for a heated decision.

A Corporate Judgment

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Upon reviewing the file, the company decided to terminate NC, citing the severity of his actions. They asked OP whether they wanted the file sent to the police, which the corporate legal team was leaning toward. Left in a whirlwind of emotions, OP consented, unknowingly pushing the conflict toward a legal front.

The Law Steps In

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The prank gone wrong had now escalated into a legal issue. NC was charged with a felony that could have severe repercussions on his professional and personal life. The charges, coupled with the incriminating video evidence, made a conviction seem almost inevitable.

The Unconvincing Apology

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In a desperate attempt to control the damage, NC wrote an apology to OP. Despite this, OP remained unimpressed, especially after watching the video and seeing NC smirk before the prank. The callousness and deceit that NC exhibited in the aftermath of the incident only fueled OP’s anger.

The Heavy Consequences

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NC, who solely supported his large family, was now faced with the potential of being unemployable in a highly specialized, hard-to-replace job. With multiple kids, one of which OP learns is profoundly disabled, and a wife who has never worked, the potential impact seems overwhelming. OP was left grappling with the weight of these implications, caught between a desire for justice and empathy for NC’s innocent family.

The Moral Dilemma

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OP found themselves at a crossroads: should they tell the DA to drop the charges or let the law run its course? They couldn’t shake off the knowledge of NC’s family’s likely struggles if he were convicted. This moral dilemma added a layer of complexity to the situation as OP began to feel the weight of this decision.

The Clock is Ticking

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With limited time left to make a decision, the pressure on OP was intensifying. The choice they had to make was not just about NC’s fate but also about what felt fair and just to them and how to balance that with the potential fallout for NC’s family. The countdown had started, and the gravity of the situation was becoming more and more apparent.

Was The Woman’s Decision Appropriate?

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The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responded

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One reader said, “He willfully, intentionally, and maliciously terrorized you.”

Another Viewpoint

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Another responder wrote: “I work in the corporate world, so you did everything by the book. I’m proud of you. I know it’s tough. I’m happy your company stood beside you.”

A Different Perspective

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A different person states, “Honestly, being fired and blackballed is the least he deserves.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

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