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'It made me realize I have been living this shell of a life, almost like a zombie': Employee's month-long vacation has surprising health benefits, sparks internet discussion on workplace culture

Fail Blog - Thu, 02/29/2024 - 10:00

Everyone deserves a month-long vacation, but the reality is that many of us feel trapped in the daily grind of work, unable to imagine taking such a lengthy break. Not everyone has the privilege of being able to step away from work for an extended period, whether due to lack of PTO, financial woes, or other family obligations. However, taking a proper break from work (and not just around the chaotic holiday season) can offer invaluable clarity for one's mental health. And these employees have powerful testimonies to prove it.

It all began with one woman sharing her experience on Reddit after returning from a month-long vacation. She discovered unexpected physical and mental health benefits that made her reassess her quality of life upon returning home. And she's not alone—many other workers have found that taking a break provided the mental clarity they desperately needed. Even if you're unable to take a vacation yourself, it's worth reading through these employees' testimonies to understand the importance of not letting work consume your mental health. While it's easier said than done, hearing others' perspectives might offer valuable takeaways.

Sweet And Romantic Cat Memes To Restore Your Faith In Love

LOL Cats - Thu, 02/29/2024 - 10:00

Good morning to thee dear feline loving hoomans. The end of the week is almost in sight which means that like a cat who knows its dinner is soon to come, we must bide our time and be patient. But while you are doing that, we though you might like to indulge in some rizz-filled feline memes to get you ready for Caturday. Which is why we made today's collection of sweet and romantic cat memes to restore your faith in love.

From the feline who likes to use cheesy puns to flirt, to the pawdorable husband and wife feline duo, to the cute kitten who has something silly to say, to the void feline who is sure that the world would be so much less silly without you in it, to the respectful feline who wants to know if you would like them to invade your personal space. These fluffy felines are the pawfect way to start your day and restore your faith in love.

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‘Dude, the printer is toast, just order a new one’: Tech employee reports printer that went up in smoke to IT contractor who strictly follows company script, refusing to order a new one

Fail Blog - Thu, 02/29/2024 - 09:00

If a printer goes up in flames, you might want to order a new one, dude.

These were the exact thoughts of u/mattthepianoman who posted his funny workplace story to r/talesfromtechsupport. See, a printer had smoke coming out of it, and it was his job as a tech employee to report the issue to an IT contractor. This IT contractor had a few brain cells missing, and instead of doing something about it, he first asked the original poster to take him step by step through the diagnostics. What do diagnostics matter when the printer is unusable? They don't, but this tech employee was as rigid as they come. He even went as far as to tell OP that they were going to get their manager involved if he didn't begin relaying specifics that very instant.

Scroll down to read how the events unfolded, and then check out this remote employee who was left with no internet after falsely assuming his company was paying for it.

31 Savory Cat Memes To Ebb The Flows Of Your Hooman Woes With A Purrfect Portion Of Purina

LOL Cats - Thu, 02/29/2024 - 09:00

Good meowrning, fellow cat lovers, and happy Thursday! We know that by the second half of the week, you can start to feel a little run down from all the hustle and bustle of the work week. That's why we're bringing you some savory cat memes to ebb the flows of your hooman woes with a purrfect portion of Purina! This is not an ad, we're just hungry for some good old-fashioned cat comedy of the savory variety today. Nothing fills our bellies with giggles more than cat memes, and these ones are scrum-diddly-umptious!

From a cat that can't stand getting any more belly rubs on their forbidden abdominal floof to a woman that can't wait to be a cat lady, we're feeling both satisfied and giggly from all of these feline funnies. So pull up a chair, grab a plate, and get ready to munch your way into a hissterical day!

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'I knew I was getting fired': Retail manager creates the world's hardest passwords just before getting fired

Fail Blog - Thu, 02/29/2024 - 08:00

One retail worker inspired us all with the way they got back at the company that was going to fire them. 

There's a reason most companies fire people in the most private way possible. Usually, the person will be called into a meeting with HR at a time when few employees are around. After HR breaks the news, the person might have to sign a few papers, but their desk will be cleared out for them and they'll be escorted out the door. I mean, that's the professional and careful way to do things, but not every business operates so seamlessly. 

This person got to live out the scorned workers' dream. As a manager, they were unfairly blamed for the actions of an employee working under them. But of course, as a manager, they were responsible. Realizing they were about to be let go, this manager decided to leave a lasting mark on the company by being as petty as they could be. In the comments section, people were divided about the original poster's approach. Some said that the manager deserved to get the boot, while others encouraged them to find even pettier ways to get back at the next employer to mess with them. 

Next up, these oversharers on social media really need to be unfriended ASAP. 

20 Ameowzing Cats With The Rarest And Most Unique Fur Colors

LOL Cats - Thu, 02/29/2024 - 08:00

Here at ICanHas, we love all cats. Because all cats are purrfect, whether they are common or rare. We love the beautiful black cats, even though they seem to purposefully choose the darkest surfaces in our homes to lie on so we constantly accidentally step on them. We love the glorious ginger cats, despite the fact that they all share one braincell, and we're pretty sure our cats haven't gotten their turn with it yet. We love the wonderful white cats and the talented tuxedo cats… and the grey cats and the tricolored cats and literally all of them. 

But we do have to say that, every once in a while, when we come across the more uniquely-colored cats, we do get reminded of just how cool nature can really be, so we decided to put together a whole collection of them. Please enjoy these 20 ameowzing cats with some of the rarest and most unique fur colors that we have ever seen. 

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'This is my supervillain origin story': Boss tries to tell worker that their demotion is a good thing, they leave and sabotage the company

Fail Blog - Thu, 02/29/2024 - 07:00

Oftentimes in life, we will try and soften the effect that our words will have on the chosen recipient through careful wording and euphemisms, hoping that in beating around the bush enough we'll still manage to get our point across but in a way that doesn't upset the target party. Of course, usually, if the person you're speaking to is getting the point and the point is something that they should be upset about, they're just going to get upset anyway. This renders the entire thing to be a rather pointless and exhausting exercise and you're probably better off just being forthright from the outset.

This principle especially applies when giving your employees a demotion. You're giving them a demotion—there's really no point in trying to sugarcoat that fact and soften the blow of their impending reduction of income and stature. They're going to be upset, and rightfully so, and any attempt you make to ensure otherwise is just going to come across as being in poor taste. They might then decide to leave and cripple your operations at a pivotal moment of their project's delivery… You really should have seen that one coming.

Purrfectly Silly Collection of Orange Cats Sharing Their One Collective Brain Cell and Being Downright Hissterical Felines

LOL Cats - Thu, 02/29/2024 - 07:00

Hey cat lovers, all of us here at the ICanHasCheezburger editorial office would like to welcome you to the purrfectly silly world of orange cats, where they generously share a single brain cell and leave us in stitches with their hissterically funny antics. With their vibrant fur and playful personas, these felines stand out as a breed apart, captivating us with their mischievous grins and lovable goofiness.

Affectionately dubbed "cheeto puffs," these orange darlings draw us in with their airy charm and irresistible cuddles. From their endearing absent-minded moments to their playful quirks, orange cats never fail to brighten our days and fill them with pure serotonin. We have compiled an abundance of images featuring orange cats sharing their one collective brain cell and being downright hissterical. We think this collection adequately sums up all the hilarity involved in living with an orange Cheeto puff, or two, or three! Enjoy. 

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‘You have no clue what you're doing': Customer demands to speak to manager after yelling at employee, only to discover the employee is the manager

Fail Blog - Thu, 02/29/2024 - 06:00

Every customer should remind themselves when they go into any type of store, that the employees are there for a reason. They have had training, they probably have been working there for a while, and you are not the first customer walking in. The bottom line is, they know what they're doing. So if you, a customer, come in and ask for a product and an employee tells you that they don't have it, chances are, they don't have it. Calling the employee names or asking to see the manager, will not change the fact that you are not getting that product from them today.

This leads us to this Reddit story. An employee in a food store answered the phone to a customer who asked about a certain product. After checking, the employee tells the customer that they don't have that product, which for some reason, made the customer really mad. He then starts yelling at the employee, telling her she doesn't know how to do her job, and asking for the manager. The unphased employee then informs the customer she is the manager and hangs up the phone.

I wish I could tell you that the customer was done after that, but he was not, so scroll down to read the rest of the story. Once you are done, click here for another story of an employee who got fired the day after his anniversary in the company.

Best Cat Tweets of the Week From the Feline Corner of the World Wide Web (February 29, 2024)

LOL Cats - Thu, 02/29/2024 - 06:00

Attention all cat aficionados and Twitter enthusiasts! Ye here! Gather 'round for a purrfectly delightful treat: the crème de la crème of feline tweets from the week. Yeah, we got you. These charmingly whimsical cat tweets capture the very essence of feline greatness. And we are confident in that statement. Being the best in the business of cat content, we've combed through the Twitterverse to bring you a curated selection of the finest, showcasing the unparalleled cuteness and boundless entertainment prowess of our beloved furry companions.

These tweets stand as a testament to the enduring adoration and influence of cats in the digital realm, where their charm reigns supreme. So buckle up your figurative seatbelts and purrpare yourselves for a feline-filled extravaganza, because when it comes to showcasing the brilliance of our whiskered friends, Twitter always hits. Let the meow-mentous journey begin!

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'Nah. My PTO is my PTO': HR demands employees donate their vacation time to coworker's medical leave

Fail Blog - Thu, 02/29/2024 - 05:00

HR's logic doesn't get much more flawed than this. Imagine having a sick coworker who needs to go on medical leave but their employer will only let them do so if the other employees donate their own PTO time to said medical leave. 

We have so many questions about the logistics of this. First of all, is the CEO or head honcho going to donate their PTO? Something tells me the answer to that question is a resounding no. Secondly, how is this even allowed? This kind of guilt tripping will make employees resentful. Furthermore, it just goes to show how unprotected everyone is with regards to serious health issues. If I were an employee at this company and if I had received this email. I would immediately start looking for other work, and based on the reactions of folks in the comments section below, clearly I am not the only person who feels this way.

Keep scrolling below for the original email. For more stories like this, here is one about a guy who charged his company hundreds of dollars to get their equipment back.

Happy kitty

LOL Cats - Thu, 02/29/2024 - 05:00

'You trippin bro...': Guest ignores hotel policy, demanding nonexistent membership points from fed up employee

Fail Blog - Thu, 02/29/2024 - 04:00

It's just not possible to reason with some folks. Certain conversations might be beneficial to have because they might result in a productive dialogue, however, others might not. But are arguments and conflicts in the customer service sector worth engaging in? Or are we fighting an unwinnable war?

The story that follows tells the tale of a hotel front desk employee. The Original Poster (OP) is rarely surprised by privileged clientele because of his vast experience as a customer care representative. However, when a particularly entitled guest arrived at the hotel and insisted on receiving hotel membership reward points despite having made her reservation through a third party, OP realized he was in for a wild ride. According to the terms of the contract, she was not eligible to receive membership reward points for her reservation. And despite OP's repeated attempts to reason with the entitled guest, the guest would not listen...

Without giving too much away, make sure to read the story below to learn the specifics of what transpired and how OP dealt with the entitled customer! When you're finished, don't forget to read the account of the man who, following a long-running neighborly conflict, leaves his noisy neighbor with a farewell gift!

‘He knew the score’: Senior electrician claps back at a power-tripping newbie engineer after getting his seniority insulted, using a power-washer to maliciously comply

Fail Blog - Wed, 02/28/2024 - 17:00

After decades of being a respected employee of a company, nobody ever questions your authority, that is, unless it's that overly ambitious ladder climber who just got hired in the engineering department. For some, humbly taking the appropriate avenues to advance your career just simply isn't fast enough, and to climb the corporate ladder a bit faster, they're willing to step on the necks of those who came before them.

For those entitled, over-zealous types, no job title will ever be satisfyingly senior and they like to ensure all of their coworkers are aware of their superiority–no matter who they have to disrespect around the office.

In our next story, a senior electrician, contented in his title and his authority, squashed the power-hungry jeers of a fellow peer. Although this particular 20-something-year-old engineer was a hot-headed mess, the electrician used his stoic wisdom to totally pop his bubble. 

Scroll for the entire story of how a patriarch employee in a company taught a lick of respect to the fiery-hearted, entitled new-hire by (ironically) doing exactly as he was told. 

'I was feeling particularly petty that day': Boss gets fired after forcing employee to work while having the stomach flu

Fail Blog - Wed, 02/28/2024 - 16:00

Back in the day, it was practically a sin to even think about using up your PTO or daring to call in sick. The workforce used to be caught up in this whole grind mentality that just chewed people up and spat them out. And even though things are slowly changing, there's sometimes still a gap between generations when it comes to work-life balance. Some folks out there still cling to the idea that burning yourself out is some kind of badge of honor. And you know what's the absolute worst? When that kind of mindset infects your boss.

So, let me tell you about this one boss who clearly hadn't got the memo. This poor employee, working away in the food service industry, ended up catching a nasty case of the stomach flu. To most folks, that's a pretty solid reason to call in sick, right? But not to this boss. Apparently, having the stomach flu wasn't a good enough excuse, especially when there was nobody to cover the poor employee's shift.

So, what does this employee do? Well, feeling particularly petty that day, he decided to drag himself into work anyway. And you can probably guess what went down next.

Error 404 Brain Cell Not Found: 30 Orange Cats So Impawsibly Cute You Won't Even Notice Their Lack of Grey Matter

LOL Cats - Wed, 02/28/2024 - 16:00

Hey cat lovers! Everyone always thinks that their pet is the most special creature on the planet–that is, every pet owner apart from orange cat people. While orange cat owners are still proud cat lovers and they still love their little ginger beast, anyone who's ever had an orange cat can attest that they're not the sharpest tool in the shed. 

Vibrant as their coats may be, orange cats are not very bright in the grey matter department. 

Goofy, silly, uncoordinated, and chock full of purrsonality, orange cats give us more than the feline intelligence and prowess of another breed. Orange cats have a superpower to make anyone (including people who don't even like cats) come around and learn to love kitties. Quirky, odd, and a little off-balance, orange cats captivate the hearts of any cat lover. So even though we know they're not the smartest kittens in the neighborhood, they're certainly the sweetest and the cutest. So let's ban together, my fellow orange cat lovers! Below is an homage to the single collective brain cell that all orange cats share–here's hoping that today yours can get a hold of it. 

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'WE DID IT': Couple in their 20s lands a $225k house with $0 down and a 6.8% rate with free refinancing in six months, house-hunting community in awe

Fail Blog - Wed, 02/28/2024 - 15:00

At only 26 and 28 years old, this young couple was able to get a fantastic real estate price that has the house-hunting community baffled, jealous, confused, and excited. Potential new homeowners shower the couple with questions and answers are delivered. 

Purrito

LOL Cats - Wed, 02/28/2024 - 15:00

'We paid for everything': Guy invites ex on vacation, ex demands to be reimbursed for petty purchases

Fail Blog - Wed, 02/28/2024 - 14:00

Would you vacation with your ex? Some folks would, some wouldn't. It depends on your relationship with them: can you still trust them, do you still get along, will everyone actually have a good time? These are all good questions to consider. 

This dude, u/rduncang, writes that their relationship with their ex-wife has changed throughout the years. Things went well in their post-marriage life at first. However, after a few years, the ex's daughter began stealing from the OP (original poster). That's not even the craziest part, though. The daughter stole from the OP while her mom, the OP, and both couples' new partners were all on vacation together. She basically took advantage of the vacation, knowing that the OP's house would be totally empty for a few days. 

Now that this dude had to file a police report, their ex-wife has been increasingly annoyed at them. It seems like she wants revenge, but she knows that her own daughter was in the wrong for stealing. 

Not to mention that the OP claims they paid for everything on the trip! If someone is gracious enough to pay for your vacation, you should be properly thankful… but this ex-wife is acting like she's the one who was wronged. 

Check out the whole malicious compliance story below. Then, have a laugh at these people who were so sure they were right, only to be told by their friends that they were completely wrong

'When I moved out they billed me $1500 for breach of contract': Tenants share their landlord horror stories

Fail Blog - Wed, 02/28/2024 - 13:00

Surviving a terrible landlord at one point in your adult life feels like securing a badge of honor. Sure, everyone has to deal with the usual landlord issues, whether that's an inexplicable rent increase or a refusal to fix an appliance, but there comes a time when your landlord goes too far and you need to stand up for yourself. 

These landlord horror stories were compiled from the following r/AskReddit thread, and it just goes to show that even if you're a good landlord, stories like this are bound to get around and will make people assume you're the worst kind of person. Some of these stories involve entire buildings getting shut down by power companies, fabricated excessive charges, and hiring unqualified workers to do jobs. A few of these scenarios, thankfully, resulted in more triumphant endings, as some tenants took their landlords to court and won. Keep scrolling below for the full anecdotes. When you're done, take a look at these top Karens from this past week.

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