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Help! [Nov. 17th, 2006|11:53 am]
Zoethe
Quick! I need to find a website that is a collection of employee termination horror stories. It's for a talk that someone is giving, and he wants some juicy tales, but I'm coming up short. Anyone have any suggestions?
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[User Picture]From: mishamish
2006-11-17 05:03 pm (UTC)
Can't help you with a website, but I can help you with a story:

There was a massive round of layoffs when Vanity Fair Inc. moved their corporate headquarters from Monroeville, AL to Alpharetta, GA. One man, a mid-level operations manager who shall remain nameless, came into work one morning and was told to drop all of his duties that day and report to his supervisors office. Fearing the worst, he reported to his supervisor who gave him a thick stack of termination notices and told him to call up each worker, have them come to his office, and let them know they were no longer needed.

The manager fumed at being made the bad guy, but reasoned that it could be alot worse. He spent the day delivering bad news to men and women he had worked with for more than ten years.

Later that afternoon, when he was done, he returned to his boss to let him know that he had delivered all of the lay-off notices.

His boss corrected him that he had one more to deliver and handed him one last slip.

It was his.
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From: elgordo303
2006-11-17 06:17 pm (UTC)
i'm starting to think thats standard corporate practice ... i've seen it at both the large corporations i've worked for ...
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[User Picture]From: hollyqueen
2006-11-17 05:06 pm (UTC)
Do you mean stories from the employee's POV or from the company's?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-17 06:21 pm (UTC)
Employees
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-17 06:24 pm (UTC)
I knew I could count on my flist! Thank you!!!
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[User Picture]From: chrishaas
2006-11-18 05:19 am (UTC)
You're welcome, but unfortunately I am not on your flist.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-18 03:26 pm (UTC)
Well, that's an oversight that has now been remedied!
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[User Picture]From: areawoman
2006-11-17 05:12 pm (UTC)
There were some pretty funny ones on this site when I last looked"

http://www.simplyfired.com/stories.php
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-17 06:24 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Thank you so much.
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[User Picture]From: kibbles
2006-11-17 05:29 pm (UTC)
http://www.shitewaterfalls.com/shite_waterfalls/2005/03/getting_a_job.html includes a small bit about a teacher fired for passing a student who bribed him with MCDONALDS.

http://www.shitewaterfalls.com/shite_waterfalls/2004/05/place_your_bets.html story about cashier getting fired after falling on subway tracks.

http://www.shitewaterfalls.com/shite_waterfalls/2004/04/consideration.html fired for cursing at a client

The site is my husband's site about blue collar workers, not firings in particular. Hence only 3 stories. Best I can do.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-17 06:24 pm (UTC)
That's okay, everything helps!
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[User Picture]From: oceansedge
2006-11-17 05:54 pm (UTC)
Saw this news story just yesterday on the toronto community.
http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_5339.aspx

Top 10 reasons for being fired... and they might surprise you. The article contains some other interesting links that might help. (Including how to lose a job before you get it - interview horror stories)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-17 06:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-18 03:20 pm (UTC)
Wow.
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[User Picture]From: wyrrlen
2006-11-17 07:33 pm (UTC)
I think you've got plenty here, but I thought I'd add one that a few of my friends at BP Amoco experienced in the 90's. The company did not believe in communicating face-to-face that employees had been fired, so instead they would have security come in early in the morning, box up a person's entire office, and then wait for the employee to show up in the morning. They would then make the employee carry their boxes out of the building with security escorting them the entire way.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-18 03:21 pm (UTC)
Charming.
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[User Picture]From: moon_ferret
2006-11-17 07:51 pm (UTC)
My cousin worked for a large telephonic company. She went in one morning and her key card for the door didn't work. She tried three times. She went over to the guards desk, he looked at her card, looked up her name, reached under the desk and handed her a box with her stuff in it. Her manager didn't even fire her. The security guard did.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-18 03:22 pm (UTC)
That's pretty outstandingly bad.
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[User Picture]From: moon_ferret
2006-11-18 03:28 pm (UTC)
I give her credit. She started laughing. And kept laughing. She HATED that job. She called her headhunter on the way home (they had forgotton to ask for the cell back that they gave her and paid for...) and told him what happened. He had her lined up for jobs the next week. She was still laughing when she called me later that day. She said it really perfected working for that particular company.

Oh, and the security guard was completely freaked out that she started laughing. I guess he was expecting her to cry or get upset.

I was once let go from a temp to hire gig for unauthorized use of the internet. When there was no computer in my cube and I had no log-on. I assume it was because I didn't go to the Lunchtime BibleFun Meeting the head of my department ran.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-18 03:35 pm (UTC)
Well, at least it had a very happy ending.

And yeah, that's a pretty lame excuse for letting yo go.
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[User Picture]From: eendje77
2006-11-17 08:13 pm (UTC)

Not necessarily terminations...

....but there are a few stories that include it here:

http://www.workingamerica.org/badboss/

(click on "All Stories")

Hope that helps a little! :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-18 03:24 pm (UTC)

Re: Not necessarily terminations...

Ooo, thanks!
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[User Picture]From: moropus
2006-11-18 04:33 pm (UTC)
I once discovered I was terminated by showing up and discovering a law enforcement type(been so long I can't remember if he was a cop or a rent-a-cop) nailing the front door shut. Seems the mortgage on the building hadn't been paid in forever. It was a diner. I was a waitress/cook on different days.

I had a key to the back door, and let myself in so I could get my stuff. The whole crew was there, getting their stuff, noshing on whatever was in the fridge and the bank people were taking inventory of equipment to be auctioned. At least the bank people let them pay us out of the money in the safe.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-19 01:24 am (UTC)
Man, at least you got paid!
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[User Picture]From: alphafem
2006-11-20 04:28 am (UTC)

Might be late

But we're in the middle of 'worst ways to get fired' at our work. Our admin nurse got laid off. She found out at an all staff meeting where our HR department was telling our staff how they've cut costs in the company and she added, "We've even laid off an admin nurse". Our admin was the newest hire. Didn't have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out.
Most chillingly, they mentioned more than once that they're looking to cut 'other admin costs'. Guess who one of those 'admin costs' is?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-20 10:49 am (UTC)

Re: Might be late

It's like firing via charades! Man....
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