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18 People Share the Hilariously Dumb Reasons Their Co-Workers Got Fired

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I’ve never had to fire anyone before, but I can only imagine it’s both heartbreaking and satisfying at the same time. However, these 18 stories show there can be a lot of humor in it as well.

1. “Special” Cookies

“A friend of mine is a firefighter and his colleague got fired for making ‘special’ cookies and feeding them to his workmates on shift, without telling them about the extra ingredient he’d added. They actually had to attend a house fire that night and were super paranoid that they hadn’t put it out properly. Lots of water was wasted that evening.”

2. That’s one way to do it…

“One of the lifeguards was really hungover so he took a crap in the pool so we didn’t have to open up for the day.”

3. Hasta la vista idiot

“My mom once had to fire this one guy. He kept making sexual comments about a coworker. He was given warnings. So, he switched to doing it in Spanish. The girl was from Mexico, she spoke Spanish. He got fired.”

4. Should have known

“I had to fire someone for stealing someone’s lunch from the break room. It was a security firm, and he was a security tech. EVERYTHING WAS UNDER CAMERA except the bathrooms. I fired him because he should have known that, not because he stole someone’s lunch.”

5. Shots fired

“Our group had a mini team outing at a bowling place on a Thursday afternoon. I organized it because I was the manager. We bowled and afterward had a few beers. One guy decided to have beers and shots. Everyone there had to be at work the next day at 7 am. I told my employee to take it easy, but he just kept taking shots. I left and went home to sleep. I got to work the next day at 6:45 AM. At 8:30, guess who called in sick? Yep. Fired.”

6. Santa?!

“I used to manage a hotel. You would not believe the number of female employees I had to constantly remind it was against company policy to fool around with the guests. One woman (she was about 20-years-old), who I had to remind this of several times, was caught mid act doing the horizontal hokey-pokey with a guy who was about 65 and looked like Santa Claus. After she was fired, one of her coworkers told me that this woman had a thing for Santa Claus and thought she’d never get the opportunity to act on it, so it was worth possibly getting caught and fired. Girl was pretty decent looking, too.”

7. Foul smell

“We had a lady that smelled like BO working front line hospitality. She was asked repeatedly to wear deodorant and wash he clothes. We let her go and she went us for unfair dismissal. I can no longer say I haven’t signed a star dec claiming someone smelled so bad I wouldn’t work with her.”

8. That’s dedication

“This guy always tried to hide at work to avoid working. One day, I was looking for him and I stepped into the bathroom. I noticed a shoe print on the back of the toilet, and when I looked up, I saw one of the ceiling tiles was pushed a little to the side. I climbed up there, and this sucker was hiding in the ceiling.”

9. Yeah, you can’t catch that one…

“A friend of mine woke up on the floor of an apartment, hungover as all get out, too hungover to work. He called into work, told the manager he was too sick to come in. Manager innocently asked, ‘What are you sick with?’ Friend responded, ‘Cerebral palsy.’ Yeah, he got fired.”