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Worker denied 2 days of leave because of strict policy, follows same policy and gets a month off instead: 'It was a great month'

Fail Blog - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 16:00

Strict adherence to policy is a double-edged sword; if you demand unquestioning obedience to the rules when it benefits you, then you need to hold that same zealous ideal when things aren't stacked to go your way. Unfortunately, we humans seem to really struggle with this and love nothing more than changing rules, or our interpretation of them, to suit us best—sometimes without realizing we're doing so. After all, we're all the heroes of our own stories, and we have the uncanny ability to hold a narrative that justifies any action we might take when, to others, it's gallingly apparent that we're clearly in the wrong. 

This Captain, who worked for the Department of Corrections, decided that she was going to strictly apply the department's leave policy. Unfortunately for her, that policy also had a loophole that allowed the worker to take an entire four weeks off instead, and with the help of another more benevolent Captain, the worker got the time off they desperately needed. See their original story below, along with reactions from the online community in which it was shared. 


LOL Cats - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 16:00

‘I'm done': Overworked employee finds out that the job they've been hired to do doesn't exist, boss was using them to do her own job

Fail Blog - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 15:00

Some stories make it really hard to decide where to begin explaining what is going on, but let's give it a go.

The person who shared this story (OP) has been working with a certain company for about 7 months. From the first day, it was clear something was off, as OP's boss kept giving them more and more responsibilities, even though they were new, and definitely didn't get extra pay for all the additional work they got. Then, other employees kept quitting, and guess who had to take over their workload? Yep, our dear OP. The real gem though, is when OP discovered that the job they were initially hired to do, didn't even exist. It was simply a way for the boss to have someone do everything that she didn't want to do herself. 

If you thought that was all OP had to endure, you are mistaken, so scroll down to read the full story. Once you are done, click here for another story of a CEO who reduced pay for all employees, so they decided to stage a walkout.

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LOL Cats - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 15:00

'Boss doesn't like my new email address': Newly-fired remote worker creates petty email address to taunt ex-boss

Fail Blog - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 14:00

This person unlocked a whole new level of taunting---and the person they're taunting is their ex-boss. 

No matter the circumstances, being fired from a job always stings. For the boss, it's as easy as letting an employee go, and never seeing them again. There are no consequences to deal with for higher-ups! But for an employee, it means suddenly not knowing if you can pay rent this month or afford to buy groceries. It sends an employee's life into a tailspin, and no one else is held accountable for it. 

This worker, u/I_am_a_rob0t, writes that after their company went through a reorganization, the writing was on the wall. They got passed around between bosses until the company could find a reason to officially terminate their employment. Businesses love to save a few bucks by firing people "for cause" so they won't have to provide severance pay. It's just another reason workers in this country aren't appreciated in the workforce. 

Check out this person's tale of the pettiest email-based revenge ever. Then, read about the world's worst wedding meals, like one person who likened the grub to an "elementary school lunch." 

Whisker Wednesday Wonders With 24 Cute Charming Cats For A Day Of Fabulous Feline Fascination

LOL Cats - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 14:00

We made it to Wednesday and we have decided to whisk away those midweek blues thanks to awwdorably charming cats. We are ready for a day filled with fabulous feline fun that has us grinning from ear to ear!

These awwdorable kitties each with their unique purrsonalities, ready to sprinkle our day with a purrfect dose of cuteness! They're like little anchors of joy, keeping us grounded in moments of pure delight as we sail through the week's waves. Whether they're chasing laser beams with wild abandon or snoozing in sunbeams like fluffy little angels, these whisker wonders remind us to embrace the magic of the present moment. From curious kittens on daring adventures to wise old cats lounging in regal repose, every whisker and tail flick is a gentle nudge to find joy in the simplest pleasures. So let's toast these furry friends who transform our Wednesday into a whimsical wonderland of fun! 

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'In health class, we had to plan a wedding': 20 useless things people actually learned in school

Fail Blog - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 13:00

Every school has its unique quirk within the curriculum that makes absolutely no sense. If there is one universal truth to education that extends from pre-K age through senior year of high school, it's that at any given moment, you are likely to encounter a head-scratching methodology to the way a certain subject is taught. 

Health class is always common fodder. Ensuring that everyone knows how to square dance is another bizarre lesson. I'm sure when students reach adulthood and are trying to wrap their brains around doing taxes correctly, they will be thinking, "if only I mastered square dancing, everything else would fall into place." When I was in elementary school, we had a P.E. teacher who enjoyed forcing us all to do 15 push-ups if we didn't catch a football with no warning. Scrawny children with poor hand-eye coordination like me were understandably scarred from this experience. Years later, all I learned from this experience was that this teacher was a very unhappy man who needed to flex his false sense of authority to make himself feel better. I guess knowing that you will encounter folks like that in life is the only valuable lesson there.

Keep scrolling below for these top useless things people learned in school, according to this r/AskReddit thread. For more stories like this, check out this post about a teacher who made HR scramble when they took their much-needed vacation.

Wholesome Stories Of How Hoomans Met Their Cats For Your Mid-Week Mood Booster

LOL Cats - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 13:00

Well done dear feline loving hooman you have made it to the beginning of the week and that is more than enough reason to take a moment to celebrate all the good that you have done this week. And today we are doing that with the help of some wholesome stories of how hoomans met their cats for your mid-week mood booster. After all, there is hardly a more heartwarming story than that of the meeting betwixt hooman and feline kind.

From the wife-to-be who made her husband fall in love with her such that his cat would move into her house along with him and therefore make his cat, her cat, to the unwitting couple of went to pet store to bring home a fish but ended up bringing back the love of their lives in feline form, to the clawminal and chaotic feline duo who managed to get adopted by employing techniques of precise facetiousness. Today's list has more than enough heartwarming feline stories to keep you feeling warm and fuzzy all day long.

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'We tried to deal with this outside of court... we will now be suing': Property manager tells tenants not to worry over $200 payment, gets sued for entire security deposit

Fail Blog - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 12:00

This property manager was so sneaky about trying to keep this young couple's security deposit. He had no idea who he was messing with!

If you've ever rented, you're probably familiar with the concept of security deposits. On top of paying your first and last month's rent, your landlord will probably hit you up for that deposit. A lot of people just eat the cost, knowing that they'll be putting up shelves or painting or otherwise causing "damage" in their apartment (we all know it's not really damage, it's just wear and tear from living in a space). 

Though some folks accept they won't get that money back, others really need that extra few hundred dollars. This couple had to go to great lengths to try and get back their $400 deposit. Their property manager kept assuring them that their place seemed to be in fine condition… but then he left them waiting for weeks. 

One half of the couple, u/might-as-well, shared their story to r/ProRevenge. They even included the very petty email they penned to the thieving property manager! Commenters loved their line in the email instructing the dude no to contact them. Pettiness all around!

Next up, these chain restaurant workers shared the moments that they knew they were going to quit their job

19 Hilarious Pics Of Nice And Naughty Cats To Leave You In Stitches

LOL Cats - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 12:00

As many of us know cats have the habit of inhabiting the extremes of life. They do not know, or care to know, of balance or of a calm state of mind. And today's collection of hilarious pics of nice and naughty cats, captures this dichotomy pawfectly. It comes to us thanks to Perry's Place Animal Refuge, where each week the workers put up a notice of who has been the nicest and who has been the naughtiest catto in the place. And while the cats probably do not take much notice of their accolades or public shaming, it sure does make for some wonderfully entertaining viewing for our hooman eyeballs.

From the good boy Moby who took her medication all week long with no fussing, to the naughty fella Amethyst who went the other way and decided hissing was more appropriate than cooperating and taking her meds, to Goldie who became an unexpected nice cat of the week since her arch-nemisis moved out, to the ironically named Sweetie who bit more than one volunteer in the span of a week. These are some of the cattiest cats around and it is a pleasure to share their stories with you.

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'Good luck paying [your] employees!': Guy refuses to fix payroll problem until he gets paid more, 50 workers walk out

Fail Blog - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 11:00

This is what happens when you try to manipulate the employees you rely on the most! So many managers think they can get away with unnecessary outbursts, lectures, and mind games, yet what they don't anticipate is what could happen if the employee they are currently messing with just decides to up and leave one day. 

Here, we have an employee who was voluntarily fixing any bugs in the company's sister without extra payment as this was not expressly a part of his job description. His new manager decided to flex their muscles and lecture them on their responsibilities, instructing him to only focus on his primary roles. So, he maliciously complied, and the next time there was a bug in the payroll system, the Redditor refused to help unless he was given a proper raise. This resulted in a literal walkout of 50 employees the following day when they were not paid on time. Eventually, the VP of the company had no choice but to give the employee what he wanted in order to get their workers back. 

Keep scrolling below for the full story. For more, check out this post about how a teacher made HR scramble.

A Stand-Up Selection Of Funny Felines On Two Legs For A Boost Of Silly To Your Happy Hormones

LOL Cats - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 11:00

Good meowrning, cat lovers! We love our cats and we love all of the silly things they do that make us laugh. You never know what type of special shenaniganry they're going to get into next, but that's part of the fun of having a cat, right? One of the things we love the most, though, is when they decide to act like a hooman and stand on their back two legs. Nobody knows why they do it, but it brings us joy, and that's good enough! So, without further ado, here is a stand-up selection of funny felines on two legs for a boost of silly to your happy hormones.

Purrhaps they heard a treat bag being opened, decided to try to see things from a different purrspective, or they simply felt like giving their adorable front-feetsies a little break. No matter the reason, these funny felines are making us happy and we think they will do the same to you. Enjoy!

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'I turned his yard into a swamp': Veggie gardener gets even with his lawn-loving neighbor, 'Grumpy Greg', taking drastic action when a neighborhood scuffle goes nuclear

Fail Blog - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 10:00

You reap what you sow in life– and that's never more true than when we're literally talking about gardening. The effort you put into your plants is returned 10-fold, yielding crops, vegetables, and manicured lawns that would impress any golfer. But as it turns out for the bad neighbor in our next story, if you mess with the wrong gardener, you'll be reaping the seeds of petty revenge.

Veggie gardeners are known for their practical, wild-looking gardens, like the guy in our next tale. However, when he moved into a new neighborhood, he faced a snooty Kevin demanding he conform to the town's manicured lawn look. After getting caught engaging in garden sabotage, this Kevin got exactly what he deserved. 

Scroll for the entire story that reminds us never to mess with a veggie gardener with a score to settle. After this, here's another tale of petty revenge in the form of justice in the workplace.

A Silly Sour Patch Of Purrfectly Peeved Cats Giving New Meaning To The Word 'Grumpy'

LOL Cats - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 10:00

Hey there, I Can Has-ers. It's Wednesday and we bet you're feeling purrfectly peeved right now. It's the middle of the week, you're tired, and you just want to go home and snuggle up with your cats, is that right? We know because we're feeling the exact same thing. When we're feeling this type of way, the only thing that makes us happy is to be surrounded by other sour individuals, and grumpy cats make the purrfect company. They're silly, mostly because they're probably grumpy that they got fed dinner one minute later than normal.

Misery loves company, right? We can't help but giggle at all of these super silly felines and their cantankerous demeanor, and dare we even say, it's making us smile a little bit. Don't get the wrong idea, we're still crabbier than Grumpy Cat, but at least we're feeling a little bit better thanks to these funny felines. Have a purrfectly grumpy day!

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Clever job candidate outsmarts potential employers who post fake job listings to collect free assignments, getting them to pay thousands of dollars in compensation

Fail Blog - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 09:00

Finding work is never an easy task. It would be an understatement to say that there are times during the interview process when it feels overwhelming—it appears like a never-ending process that only the lucky few are able to complete.

The story that follows centers on a clever lawyer who happens to stumble upon a job posting seeking a research lawyer. The Original Poster (OP), a research lawyer by profession, applied for the job immediately. Upon submitting his application, he was requested to schedule a meeting, and he promptly replied. But OP realized something wasn't quite right when the interviewers insisted that he perform a legal study as part of the 'interview' process. In basic terms, the business tried to score free assistance on an case that they had already been handling. Naturally, this interesting piece of information was not disclosed to the candidates, and after submitting the 'assignment' to the firm, OP followed up with a hefty lawsuit and a fee for his time.

That being said, make sure to read the story below if you're interested in learning what happened and whether OP received the compensation he deserved! Additionally, don't forget to check out the story about the IT employee who cleverly obeyed the micromanager, worked sixteen hours on a two-hour task, and got the client to refuse to pay an hourly rate!

Wholesome Collection of 30 Adorable Cat Snapchats

LOL Cats - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 09:00

Hey, kiddos. If you guys know anything about the editorial team over here at ICanHasCheezburger, it's that we are obsessed with all things feline and can never stop indulging ourselves in the vast variety of cat content that the feline corner of the interwebs provides us with. Snapchat is an interesting platform, personally, I have not used it since high school when I would snap pictures of teachers and doodle them with mustaches. 

But, there lies a wonderful animal-centric corner of Snapchat. One that we are thankful we have discovered. This leads us to introduce today's fabulous feline topic of discussion, a wholesome collection of 30 absolutely adorable cat snapchats. We wear our cat people pins with endless pride, and can always enjoy delving into a new conversation about preferable types of litter amongst our fellow cat-loving friends. The pawsibilities are endless. Now, without further ado, we sure hope you enjoy the wholesome goodness we've got prepared for you today! 

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'Red flags start appearing from the very first minute I arrive': Startup hires employee for impossible project, then vows to cut their salary in half

Fail Blog - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 08:00

This person got roped into a job that was full of red flags from the very beginning. But when you're a college dropout desperate for work, those red flags might be easy to ignore. 

You've got to be careful with startup companies. While some are reputable and have bright futures ahead of them, most fail. You've probably heard the old adage that about 90% of startups fail, and that most fail within their first five years of business. That's because some are created by people like Chad, the boss in this story, who seemingly has no idea what his own company even does. 

U/technicalviking shared the story of what happened to them and a few of their coworkers who also got stuck working for Chad. It's a long story, but it's so worth the read! It seems like Chad loved to boss his employees around before leaving the office for the day. That's plenty of time for these super-smart dudes to plan their revenge. I guess Chad will have his own red flags to look out for as he hires his next employee. 

After you read this person's workplace story, check out the "hair salon [that] learns the meaning of the Streisand effect," after debating with a customer who hated her hair styling. 

'Boss dropped out of the zoom meeting cause his cat has learned how to unplug the desktop': 18 Ridiculously Silly Anecdotes About Cats

LOL Cats - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 08:00

Hey, friends. We cat lovers know that the intelligence of our feline companions is impressive, to say the least. Our cats are in touch with their feelings, even if most of the time their feelings are "give me more food." We could easily go off on an extensive tangent and tell you guys every funny and random thing our cats have ever done. But instead, we think we will just focus on expressing how much we love and adore all things feline. 

Cats are independent little creatures, they march to the beats of their own drums and we would not have it any other way. We, humans, are simply appreciative that our cats enjoy (somewhat) our existence and shower us with love (when they feel like it). Humans are not worthy of their love and affection, but we sure are pleased to receive it (occasionally). Enjoy these ridiculously silly anecdotes about cats! 

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'No': Middle manager demands contractor attend "mandatory" meeting, contractor replies with a simple "no"

Fail Blog - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 07:00

Contracting is a tough gig, yet it is becoming increasingly common as companies seek to shift further towards a low-cost, low-obligation workforce. The thing is, as a contractor, you have fewer benefits and less guarantee of income, but while that uncertainty can be hard to manage, it makes up for that in flexibility. See, when you're a contractor, your "employer" (clients) really can't make you do anything outside of the contracted production they're paying you for. They can't set when or how you get it done (unless that's a specified requirement). All that matters is that it gets done.

You'll see managers of contracted workers mistaking this all the time, attempting to use their petty means and tactics of arm-twisting manipulation that they use on their employed staff to get their contracted workers to submit to their bidding. Typically, the contractor will just do as they're told, as long as it doesn't cost them too much time (and therefore money) in the interest of not losing a contract or upsetting a client. However, when that petty manager really has no bearing on the contractor's contract status and decides to throw their weight around anyway, you can end up with some satisfying moments of justice like the one in this Twitter thread. 

Below is the original thread from the contractor, Twitter user @BirdRespecter, followed by reactions from other online communities where their exchange with this impotent middle manager was shared. 

Crazy Neighbor Steals Man's Cat Then Throws The Cat Out, Luckily A Different Neighbor Saves The Day

LOL Cats - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 07:00

Everyone thinks that cats are such low-maintenance animals, that living with a cat will be easy. Cats are pretty quiet and secluded. The neighbors won't complain, right? Wrong! If you have never lived with a cat, then you do not know the level of chaos this little creature can cause. Your neighbors will get visits from your cat if you let it out of the house. Your neighbors will not realize you're talking to your cat and think that you're fighting with someone all the time. 

Heck, your neighbors will have enough interactions with your cat, whether directly or indirectly, that your cat might become famous in the neighborhood. And that fame will get it attention. And like with humans, that attention may come from some crazy people. Like the crazy neighbor in this story. 

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