Ever been accused of something you didn’t do? Did it drive you nuts? I know when happens to me, it makes my blood boil. Luckily, I can’t recall it ever happening to me at work – I only get it from every single other person in my life.
Anyhow, these AskReddit users haven’t been so lucky. Read on to find out about how they were accused of bizarre things they didn’t do in the workplace.
1. “Stealing trash”
I had an employer of mine write me up for stealing trash. In reality, at the end of my shift, one of my duties was to gather all the trash. Often times, I would pick through the trash and sort all the paper, pop cans, and water bottles in our company’s recycle bin. We had a special promotion with our trash company in which our company would get money based on the number of pounds we recycled. It ended up being $1500 per month AND we didn’t pay our trash bill.
So long story short, I got a final write up for stealing company time for sorting our recyclables. So I stopped, the following month, our manager was pissed that she had to pay a trash bill. She called the trash company and the company told her that the past 2 years she didn’t pay for trash because our company would recycle so much, we would get a $1500 check AND free trash service.
My boss thought that the checks were a bonus for her. Anyhow, the district manager was reviewing the write ups and saw I got written up for stealing trash, so he called me up and asked me what was going on. I told him the story about the trash company and their promotion. He congratulated me for a job well done.
The next day he flew in to talk to my manager. He asked my manager what happened to the $20,000 that she got from the trash company. Apparently, she tried to pin it back on me, and our district manager promptly fired her. After escorting her out, he called me into the office. He told me what happened in that meeting, and offered me a promotion to Assistant Manager.
Several years ago, I was working for a sporting good store as the customer service desk guy. Mostly what I did was returns and some special stuff with Ticketmaster and hunting/fishing licenses. While it wasn’t a glamorous job, I liked it because I’m an outdoors guy, and so the cliental were fun to talk to. One day, we were informed we were getting a new general manager, as the old one (decent guy, but distant) was being transferred. The new manager was a raving harpy. She enjoyed making employees upset, didn’t give a shit about our customers, did nothing to improve anything about the store, and kept the other managers in her office with endless meetings about “improving” the store. After a few months of this, and seeing some of the high school girls hired to work in shoes crying after her ranting at them, I had enough. I wrote a rather eloquent letter to corporate about her behavior and actions, and had several employees sign it. Two days later, several regional higher-ups arrived, and proceeded to chew her out big time. She was suspended for two weeks, and told that if the store didn’t improve within the next quarter, she’d be fired.
But that’s just the beginning of the story, dear reader. I thought I had won. But no, I had not. Apparently, she found out it was me who wrote the letter (probably got told by one of the other employees, I’m not sure) and wanted revenge. So she got into the computer system, and started to fake records showing I had been selling gift cards to myself, pocketing the cash difference, and then buying merchandise with those cards (mostly candy/pop/small stuff, which she was probably pocketing since our counts weren’t ever off).
She then called in loss prevention, who weren’t doing their jobs too well, because they didn’t look closely at the files and their “last edited” dates (Yay for WinNT Office!!) because they believed it and called in the county sheriffs. Two deputies came, looked over the evidence (to their credit, they asked “Are you sure?” and “Can you explain this?” several times, and I got the feeling hey were unsure about the whole mess. Nice guys, too, they offered to take me out through the back instead o parading me past customers, let me have a cigarette before we left, and were generally courteous and respectful) and ended up arresting me on felony theft charges. Taken to jail, booked, the whole she-bang. I was in tears for pretty much three days. But I knew this was shit, so I go my parents to help hire a lawyer for me. Told him the whole story, and said under no circumstance were we pleading out to anything. He said ok, and set up a meeting with the DA to talk about motions and such. When we arrived, the DA was all smiles and very polite. He informed me that the paperwork wasn’t quite done yet, but that they were dropping all charges, and filing False Report charges against my old manager. The investigators had looked over the evidence, and found that A) the files for almost 3 months worth of “thefts” had all been edited on two days, both of which I had not been present for, but that she had, B) they had all been edited from her computer, a computer I did not have access too, and C) several of the “thefts” occurred on days when I was in the system as being out of state on vacation.
I felt a lot happier after that, and felt even better when my ex-boss was found to have fled the state, and checked herself into a mental hospital for a “nervous breakdown.” She was eventually brought back, charged, and convicted. Last I saw she was an assistant manager at a gas station, while I’m now a federal firefighter and in school to become a police officer (and will make damn sure I read over every bit of evidence put in front of me). It’s only after I saw her pumping gas that I could claim victory over her.
3. “I cried for days”
I worked in a souvenir shop at an amusement park. It was the fourth of July, one of the busiest days because of the park’s fireworks show. We were also understaffed. The shop was just inside the gate, so it would get swamped just before closing, as people bought the stuff they didn’t want to walk around with all day.
I was left alone in the shop just before closing time running the cash register as people flowed in. It was utter chaos. While closing out the register that night, it was noticed that a large stuffed animal had been stolen.
The manager simply could not fathom that one person manning a swamped store can’t prevent theft because not all the displays are within sight of the register. I think it must have been a team effort, with one or two people getting my attention in one area while the other walked off with the toy, but I didn’t say that because I really didn’t know when or how it happened. Accused me of being in on it and looking the other way while a friend stole it so we could profit later. I didn’t even know what to say.
I was 17, it was my first job, and I cried for days under the assumption that every job I’d ever hold would be like that one.
4. Best Buy
DVDs/Video Games were really more my wheelhouse. But I worked where they told me and I did my job well.
During Christmas season, it got really busy so everyone was running around helping every department. I was hanging out in my own section when a woman comes over, asks about some headphones, and I help her. She then asks me if the Dance Dance Revolution Madcatz (?) mat she bought for her daughter is any good and I ask if she has any of the games (she didn’t) and showed her a slightly more expensive (but better) copy of a Konami mat with a game. She thanked me since she didn’t even know it needed a game and went off.
My department manager comes up behind me, tells me to meet him in the breakroom in five minutes, and -rips- in to me. He says that the department with the best revenue gets bonuses (only true for him, not for the rest of us below him) and we shouldn’t be helping customers in other sections get more expensive things. He says he’d be shocked if I made it past the winter. I just say “Yes, sir” and go back to work.
Come January, I get fired by “department manager recommendation.” So, when you go to Best Buy, know that all the departments have their own agendas with you.
My first job with the state was awful. My supervisor was an idiot in every sense of the word. I remember once, I was called into a meeting with our bureau chief. He asked us some questions about office matters, and my supervisor flat out made up lies about me that were completely against my character. I couldn’t hold in my frustration and blew up at her, told my bureau chief I wasn’t there to play childish games, and then walked out of the meeting. I ended up winning that one, and got a promotion that paid twice as much as that terrible supervisor. It was one of those awesome revenge moments where nobody got hurt.
Back when I was in high school, I worked for my town’s parks dept. One time, my boss (who was a total sleazeball who harassed every girl there, and hated me mostly for not being female) calls me in to his office. While there, he accuses me of stealing a $3 check, and then says that I have to be let go. I tell him point-blank that if I was to steal from the dept, it would be something a lot more than a measly 3 dollar check (what the hell would I do with that anyway?). Later on, I find out from a friend of mine that he found the check underneath his desk, and then a month later someone finally reported him for harassment and he got fired too.