In a tale of office politics turned personal, the Original Poster (OP) meticulously plots her revenge against her ungrateful and derogatory boss, Dan. Culminating in a corporate presentation turned disaster, OP’s ingenious plan unfolds, leaving readers teetering on the edge of the impending fallout.
The Marketing Maze
OP works in a male-dominated marketing department for a company, staying unnoticed and content with her middle-of-the-pack status. Her primary role is attracting big brands for advertising campaigns, work that is often mundane and tedious. Yet, her complacency is threatened when the undercurrents of office politics begin to brew.
Boss Named Dan
Dan, her aggressive and jock-like mid-level manager, is the cause of most of her professional problems. Despite not being the worst employee, OP frequently finds herself blamed for others’ mistakes or when contracts don’t meet expectations. The culture of credit sharing and scapegoating leaves her with little appreciation for her work.
To foster unity, Dan arranges teambuilding lunches where he tends to drink beer and indulges in offensive humor. Being one of only three females in the department, OP feels uncomfortable but remains silent to avoid conflict. However, this uncomfortable situation foreshadows a revelation that threatens her job security.
A friend from another department discloses a conversation he overheard: Dan plans to fire OP and him after they secure a big client contract. While OP must prepare the critical presentation, Dan plans to replace her with a friend from another company. This shocking news forces OP to consider her options.
The Sting of Betrayal
OP’s friend in HR confirms the rumor of her impending termination, turning her resentment into a determination for retaliation. Dan had always been a thorn in her side, from not allowing her time off to get married to his constant undermining. Now pregnant and fearful of maternity leave talks with Dan, she is at a turning point.
The Stink Plan
Familiar with her older brother’s old trick involving a mousetrap stink bomb, OP devises a plan to disrupt Dan’s presentation. While it’s a start, she knows it won’t fully cover the debt of seven years of mistreatment. As she plans her revenge, the stink bomb is only the beginning.
At team lunches, OP begins secretly recording Dan’s offensive and disrespectful comments, intending to send the audio files to upper management. As Dan continues his carefree taunts, OP builds a collection of evidence that could potentially tarnish his reputation in the company. Meanwhile, she continues to prepare for the upcoming presentation.
The Tampered Presentation
Assisted by her fellow soon-to-be-fired colleague, OP replaces the audio track of Dan’s presentation with his most inappropriate soundbites. Since Dan and his friend no longer review her work, she’s able to implement this without suspicion. Her plan takes a concrete shape with the intent to reveal Dan’s true character.
The presentation begins normally, with the correct audio playing, allowing Dan to settle comfortably into his seat. However, a minute in, the audio switches to Dan’s recorded derogatory and offensive comments, causing panic and confusion. Despite his attempts, Dan finds the presentation computer locked with a screen-saver passcode, amplifying his sense of dread.
With everyone in the room thrown into chaos, OP sees her moment to release the stink bomb. She had set the trap during the meeting and, at the opportune moment, kicked the box down the slanted floor of the room. The nauseating smell fills the room, adding to the pandemonium.
The stink bomb doesn’t quite have a major effect, but enough to add a bit of added confusion to the presentation. Dan, unable to get the recording to stop, starts smashing his fist on the company laptop and eventually is able to break it with force and cause the audio clip to end.
Each person was individually called into the HR office and was interrogated on the incident. But both of them feign ignorance. Everyone agreed the audio recordings were genuine, but no one claimed to know who was responsible. We were a team of mystery and unity.
OP was soon interviewed by a senior manager and terminated for being responsible for causing the commotion in front of clients. Despite exposing Dan as a poor manager with questionable character, OP and her accomplice were both promptly terminated from the company.
Two weeks later, OP learned that Dan was also terminated after an investigation into his conduct commenced. OP found the sweet revenge she had been looking for after already accepting that her job was gone weeks earlier.
A Happy Ending
Life moved on, with OP’s husband and her enjoying their peaceful existence away from office politics. As for Dan, OP heard he was still struggling, but I felt no sympathy for him. He had chosen his path, and OP had chosen hers. And in the end, she felt more content than ever, knowing I had stood up for what was right.
Was OP’s Behavior Appropriate?
The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:
One reader said, “What company would let someone (or multiple people) bring a stink bomb into an office and cause emotional stress to clients without firing them? That’s a lawsuit waiting to happen.”
Another Commenter Thinks
Another responder wrote: “This sounds quite fantastical. I hope it’s true, but some are too unbelievable.
If it is true, it’s quite the workplace revenge.”
A Third View on The Story
A different person states, “Horrifically written dream sequence fiction. 5/10, but you get an A for effort.”
A Final Perspective on the Matter
Another viewpoint on the story: “Congratulations on the least believable story ever.”
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 Reddit thread.
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