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Canned: These People Got Fired Before They Even Started New Jobs

MonicaSeptember 7, 2022

New jobs are hard to come by, especially in professions that are competitive like the medical field. When people finally land a new job, they want to try to keep it for as long as possible. That usually equates to people being on their best behavior, especially in the first few days. We all have bad days, but showing we’re having a bad day is usually saved for months into the job after we’ve established a good enough relationship with our boss and coworkers. 

But that’s not always the case. We’ve collected the best stories on the internet about people getting fired from their new jobs before they even started. Some of these people didn’t have a fair chance, while others certainly deserved getting booted, proving there’s still justice in the world. These stories might make you realize you’re one of the better employees out there and that you deserve more praise. 

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Fired For Strep Throat

We’ve all had strep throat once or twice. It comes and it goes, and we never really think anything of it. It’s a bad coincidence if we happen to get strep throat right before starting one of our new jobs, but there’s nothing you can do except wait to get better. Family, friends, and bosses are usually understanding, considering it’s a common illness.

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Unfortunately for this person, their boss didn’t feel any compassion for them when they called in with strep. Instead of hoping they felt better soon, they fired them. That’s a sad way to go. They weren’t even given a chance (via Herald Weekly). 

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Bonehead

Teachers, like everyone else, have bad days. Before they start one of their new jobs, they’re also prone to feeling anxious and nervous. But that doesn’t excuse bad behavior. This teacher sounds like she’s just a bad person deep down.

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There’s no reason to tell a student they don’t like them and to figure out the problem by themselves. That’s so wrong. It’s a good thing she showed her true colors right from the get-go because if they had hired her, who knows what she would’ve said or done to the other children (via Herald Weekly). 

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Fall and Fired

This former worker was incredibly lucky his coworker turned around. Getting heated up in a huge vat sounds incredibly painful. It just goes to show you that it wasn’t his time to go. Even though it’s a pretty unfortunate occurrence, it still ended in the best way possible.

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At least the man is still alive. He might not have that job, but there are plenty of new jobs he can apply to considering he’s not dead. He also got extra pay in his first and last paycheck, which sounds like a good deal. All in all, it’s the best-case scenario (via Herald Weekly). 

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Three-Hour Job

There’s a reason the term “fake it until you make it” exists. This IT applicant certainly tried to fake it for one of his new jobs, but he did not make it. After scoring a job at an IT position, he quickly showed he did not know anything about IT. At least he was honest and told his boss he lied on his resume to get a job for more cash.

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There’s nothing wrong with honesty. But to make matters worse, he didn’t know what a URL was or what to do with it. After two hours of paperwork and an hour of back and forth, they let him go. This company needs to hire someone who knows what a URL is, and this guy needs to apply for different jobs (via Herald Weekly). 

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Playing Hooky

When you call in sick, you always risk running into your boss. It’s always possible that they just show up wherever you are, even though it’s rare. Before this person started one of their new jobs, they called in sick.

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It turns out they were playing hooky and weren’t sick. Or, they magically felt better because they decided to go to the movie theatre that evening and accidentally ran into their boss. Their boss immediately fired them and then told everyone at work the following morning. That’s one way of warning people not to play hooky (via Herald Weekly). 

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Even Number

Making sure everything is fair between every employee at the workplace makes sense. This boss took it a bit too far and fired one of his newest employees because they also fired someone else.

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Their excuse was that they fire an even number of employees, which sounds like some strange superstitious belief. If one goes, so must another. This person wasn’t even given a chance to start one of their new jobs because of their other employee. That doesn’t sound fair at all (via Herald Weekly). 

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Don’t Bother

Starting one of your new jobs with a friend takes away a lot of the stress and pressure that comes with a new workplace. That is if that friend even makes it to their first day on the job. For some reason, this friend decided they didn’t want to come to work and pressured their friend into telling their new boss they wouldn’t make it to the first day.

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It’s apparent they assumed this would be alright and that they could start later on. Well, not this job. The boss told the friend who did show up to work to tell their friend not to come in. Bummer. It looks like this friend has to work solo from now on, or maybe find a friend who’s more responsible (via Herald Weekly). 

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It Was Too Smelly 

We have to give it to this guy, he was honest. Most people would stutter and try to make up an excuse as to why they weren’t working. We can’t blame the employee who wandered off, though, he has seniority and can give himself a break since there was a new guy. Because he didn’t do his job, he got fired. But it’s common knowledge that you can’t slack off on the first day of your new job.

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That sets the tone for disappointment. Also, that worker obviously shouldn’t work at a tannery if he thought it was too smelly. What did he think would happen? He needs to apply for a job someplace else that’s a lot less smelly. Maybe he should work at a bakery where everything smells good (via Herald Weekly).

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Corporate Says

The more unique your personality, the better. This is especially true for the workplace, although having too strong of a personality can also backfire. Apparently, after taking a personality test at one of their new jobs, this person was fired. Corporate said they couldn’t hire them because of their test. We’re wondering what that test said, but it’s clear that this person wasn’t the right fit for this chain store.

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Hopefully, they were able to find another job that’s better suited for their personality. It’s never fun being told you can’t get hired for a job because your personality doesn’t fit. Even though it’s hard to hear that, if you look at the bright side, it means there’s another job better suited for you out there (via Herald Weekly).

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Still Got The Pizza

Before we enter a new job, one of the most important questions we have is about the pay. Are we getting minimum wage? Or more? No one wants to sign up for a job where the pay is horrendous. This person was fired from the pizza place because they asked a common question that would be asked at any job. The boss didn’t like this simple question and fired them.

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Honestly, they dodged a bullet. If you can’t ask your boss even the smallest question like what your pay is, then you shouldn’t work there. The good news is that it didn’t stop this person from returning for the pizza. They didn’t feel awkward or shy about giving that boss his business. It looks like the boss missed out on hiring a great, dedicated employee (via Herald Weekly).

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Ten Minutes Too Late

We can’t control traffic. Sometimes, accidents happen. They’re unpredictable. They also seem to happen at very inconvenient times, like right before work. As this person was driving to one of their new jobs, they got stuck in traffic because of a multi-car accident. They were only 10 minutes late, which doesn’t seem too bad. They also called their boss to let them know, which seems very responsible.

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The boss didn’t think so, because right when they got to work, they were fired. The boss made it seem like everything was okay on the phone call, but had a change of heart when they arrived. At least this person didn’t have to waste one more second with a dishonest boss who changes his mind rather quickly (via Herald Weekly).

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Someone’s Angry

We’ve all been angry. One of the ways to combat anger is to throw something or scream into a pillow. This usually happens at home when we’re alone, not at work. This guy didn’t know that, though, and on the first day of one of his new jobs, he let out his anger by throwing and breaking delicate china.

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He deserved to get fired since he probably lost the company quite a lot of money. Likely, he didn’t know what was in the box, but it’s also obvious when glass breaks. It’s not quiet. Let’s hope his next job is more physical so he doesn’t have to resort to breaking the glass to feel better  (via Herald Weekly).

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General Manager

This employee needs to go back to elementary school because he can’t read. During the first day of one of this guy’s new jobs, he fell into an argument with the general manager. For some reason, he didn’t see or read the name tag that said General Manager in huge letters. He didn’t want to take out the trash so instead of being a good employee, he decided to speak his truth.

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There are times in life when it’s better to take a step back and not say anything. Like this time. After the argument, they fired him. Honestly, he probably deserved it. If he’s arguing about a task like taking out the trash, who knows what he would argue about next (via Herald Weekly)?

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$2,000 Worth Of Cables

We’re prone to messing up on the first day of our new jobs. It happens, because workers are nervous and aren’t yet aware of the rules and parameters of their new jobs. This is especially true for interns, who are complete novices. Everyone has to start somewhere, though. This worker’s task was to cut the zip ties from a bunch of cables. Seems easy, right? Not for him. Instead of cutting the zip ties that held the cables, which seems rather straightforward, he cut the actual cables in half.

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Not only did he get fired, but he lost the company $2,000 worth of cables. That’s quite a bit of money for a mistake like this. He’s lucky they didn’t make him pay for it, otherwise, he’d have to start another new job to pay it back (via Herald Weekly).

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Wrong Gas

Putting the wrong gas in a car or truck can permanently damage it. There’s a reason there’s unleaded and diesel. This guy put unleaded gas into a diesel truck and got fired. We should cut him some slack, though. If he’s used to using unleaded gas, then it’s an easy mistake. The only problem is he should know the rules if he’s driving a truck.

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Let’s hope the company was able to salvage the truck and prevent further damage. At the very least, this is probably the first and last time he’ll ever make that mistake (via Herald Weekly).

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Plastic Truffles

This one doesn’t seem fair. First of all, it’s this kid’s first week. Secondly, he hasn’t been trained in truffles. How could he know it was plastic? It also seems pretty easy to return a plastic truffle and give the customer real ones, especially if they’re paying $90 for it. Their boss should cover truffle rules in training if it’s that important.

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It’s an easy mistake to make, especially because everything looks the same. Plastic can seem lifelike, and if it’s on display in a case, it makes sense why he would think to sell the woman that one. Unfortunately, the boss didn’t like it and fired him. Hopefully, he’ll step up his training (via Herald Weekly).

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Ripped The Whole Thing 

Golfing is hard enough as it is. There are rules to abide by and most people are competitive. But golfers don’t just waltz onto a manicured lawn, there’s a lot that goes into it behind the scenes. The lawns are clean from the greenskeepers and the Range Pickers pick up all the golf balls. This guy got a job driving a golf cart around.

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The power washer was tucked behind the wheel of a golf cart. On the first day of this guy’s new job, he drove the golf cart without realizing the power washer was attached, thus ripping the entire thing out of the wall. (via Herald Weekly). Not the best start.

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Fart Got The Job 

This person sounds like they quit before they started one of their new jobs, as opposed to getting fired. The HR lady ripped a smelly fart in a room with no windows during the interview. That sounds like a nightmare. They humorously hoped the fart got the job before they did because they didn’t want to sit in the office any longer with that fart. We don’t blame her.

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Let’s hope the HR lady didn’t realize it was her, otherwise, she probably felt embarrassed the entire time. Or she learned from the mistake and decided to conduct her interviews in an airy room with windows (via Herald Weekly).

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Illegal Substance Test

Many companies have their employees take illegal substance tests before they begin their new jobs. It’s a way to weed out irresponsible workers and hire people you know will be the right fit for the job. If only we knew what position this guy was applying for. If he was applying for the position of a truck driver, we’d understand why failing an illegal substance test with THC would be a big deal.

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But if he was applying for a simple office job where THC would probably benefit him, then we don’t understand why it’s such a big deal. In many states in the USA, it’s even legal. The best part, though, is that he’s never even done any of those substances. Maybe he accidentally ate a weed cookie once and it stayed in his system for the long run (via Herald Weekly).

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Lied About Forklift

One of the major requirements for driving a forklift is to know how to operate a forklift. It’s that simple. If you have that skill, you can operate many different forklifts in many different jobs. That being said, people apparently lie about operating a forklift so they can get a job. They probably assume it’s a piece of cake. But once they sit down, they realize that grave mistake.

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This guy was fired before he began one of his new jobs because he drove the forklift into a support beam. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he was nervous. Unfortunately, that doesn’t fly in the workplace. Once you mess up, you’re out (via Herald Weekly).

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Lobster Murder

It sounds like this guy was bored and looking for some entertainment. On the first day of one of his new jobs, he took one lobster out of the tank and cut off the elastic bands. Well, that lobster quickly learned he had newfound freedom that none of the other lobsters had. Without hesitation, he murdered all of the other lobsters in the tank.

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The funny thing, though, is that all of them are in that tank to die, so all he did was expedite the process. He’s next, and he’s going to end up in a pot of boiling water which sounds only a slight bit better than death by a lobster. The guy who initiated this needs a new hobby. At least he’s finding a new job because that one did not suit him  (via Herald Weekly).

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Nights and Weekends 

In an ideal world, we’d have full control over our working schedule. But it doesn’t work like that. We’re at the mercy of our bosses to assign us hours that hopefully suit us. Sometimes, we get shifts we’d rather not have but must push through them nonetheless. It usually works out in the end. On the first day of one of this girl’s new jobs, she tried requesting that she doesn’t work nights or weekends.

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This boss put her on the schedule for nights and weekends only. She could have a good excuse for not working nights or weekends like she has to take care of her child, but chances are it’s because she wants to party. It sounds like she was fired soon after (via Herald Weekly).

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Fired Because Someone Else Was Fired

Because the trainer that was supposed to train this new employee got fired, it seemingly set off a chain reaction and the new employee got fired on the first day of one of his new job. It doesn’t seem fair or makes any sense since he did nothing wrong.

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All he did was show up to work ready to be trained. The trainer doesn’t seem like someone good at his job if he got fired. Let’s hope this kid found a new job with a decent trainer that does his job. It sounds like he dodged a bullet (via Herald Weekly).

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Free Party 

When you hear your friend is a bartender, especially if you’re under the age of 18, it can feel like a door has been opened. Not only can your friend sneak you drinks, but you most likely get to drink for free. The only thing you need to take care of is tipping your friend for all of their secret work. Unfortunately, on one of this guy’s new jobs, he sought freedom in his cigarette and phone breaks, none of which were earned as it was his first day at the job.

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That’s one way to get fired. Not only that, but he gave his friends a bunch of free drinks, illegally. Let’s hope he learned from this experience. He tried to appeal the decision, despite the evidence which was CCTV footage and witness accounts. That sounds like pretty solid proof (via Herald Weekly).

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Lunch Break 

Eating is a basic human need. Without food, we would die. The owner of this restaurant doesn’t believe in that. Not only did he have his employees scrubbing floors on the first day of one of their new jobs, but he refused to give them a lunch break by 3:30 pm.

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That’s horrendous. Someone needs to report that manager, or at the very least work out the terms before accepting the job offer. You never really know what kind of work you’re getting into at a new job before you start your first day (via Herald Weekly).

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Shopping Spree

This guy wasn’t secretive about his illegal spending at all. Maybe he thought that if he did it in plain sight, no one would catch on. He treated himself to tons of electronic goods using the psychiatric hospital’s debit card. Then, he stored the goods in the staff room while he carried on with his shift.

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We would love to find out what was going on in this guy’s head. Not only did he get fired, but he was escorted out of the facility by the police. That’s something he’ll have on his record for a long time (via Herald Weekly).

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Connection Won’t Work Here

Getting a job because your family member works there is one of the perks of having connections. You pass all of the annoying parts about applying and getting interviewed and jump right into the deep end. But that doesn’t mean you can slack off once you have the job. It means you have to work just as hard as everyone else. Or possibly even harder since everyone knows you didn’t truly earn the job.

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When this girl told her boss that she’d be one hour late to work because she just sat down at dinner, she immediately got fired. He at least told her she had five minutes to get to work. It’s irresponsible and a bit ridiculous that she thought she could get away with that. At least he helped teach her a valuable lesson (via Herald Weekly).

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Ghost Employee

If they didn’t see this employee in person, they could’ve been a ghost for all they know. It’s hilarious that she didn’t do any work for three weeks and slacked off the entire time. What does she think a job is? A place to come and take a nap? Surprisingly, she also gave piano lessons without knowing how to play the piano, and no one noticed for over a year.

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We guess that the kid’s parents didn’t bother listening to him play, or assumed he was horrible at the piano. Nonetheless, she needs to learn what it means to work. She’s the epitome of fake it until you make it. Props to her, though, for getting away with it for so long. Most new jobs would notice straight away (via Herald Weekly).

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First Day Was His Last

There are some things in life you just don’t say out loud, ever. One of them being creepy thoughts about younger girls. This guy missed the memo because not only did he ask if a 16-year-old was hot, but asked if his boss’s 16-year-old daughter was hot.

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That’s obviously a huge no-no. He did this immediately after the first day of one of his new jobs, too, which makes it even worse. There wasn’t even any time to establish any sort of relationship between the two. That’s one way to leave a bad impression (via Herald Weekly).

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Horrible Employee

There are bad employees and then there are horrible ones. This woman was one of the horrible ones. On the first day of one of her new jobs at a clothing store, she completely failed at every task assigned to her.

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She was late, was caught trying on clothes when she was supposed to be helping customers, laughed in the customer’s faces when they asked for a size medium and above, and tried to save her family a bunch of money with her employee discount. She did everything you’re not supposed to do. Was she trying to get fired? Because it sounds like it. She sounds like a disgrace and is better off working somewhere else if she even deserves to work anywhere at all (via Herald Weekly).

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Still Salty

They say every rejection is a step towards a yes. But not for this person, who got rejected five times by IKEA for five different positions. That’s pretty bad luck. But that still doesn’t explain the strangeness of this entire back-and-forth exchange. We’re wondering why IKEA kept giving them a chance.

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Did they see their potential, but then realized they weren’t a good fit? It’s unfortunate that this person suffered five rejections and never even got to try one of the new jobs because they got a rejection email each time. At the end of it all, they just weren’t meant to work at IKEA (via Herald Weekly).

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Wrong Age

We’re not sure how someone could go through an entire interview process without someone double-checking their age. That seems like one of the first things an employer would look for. How did that go under the radar? They need to hire new people in their HR department if this is slipping through the cracks.

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Regardless, they ended up wasting his time when he could’ve been looking for another job and going through that whole process somewhere else. Because of them, he has to start looking for new jobs all over again (via Herald Weekly).

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Feeling Comfortable

Wearing appropriate work attire is one of the most important things to do on the first day of one of your new jobs. If you mess that up, who knows what you’ll mess up the rest of your time. Your outfit also makes an impression, so choose wisely.

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This person didn’t realize there was a dress code. Instead of wearing slacks and a button-up shirt like he was asked to do, he wore the exact clothes he was asked not to wear. Not only that, but he showed up late. He has a bit more growing up to do before he tackles a job like that one (via Herald Weekly).

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Throwing Hot Coffee

It sounds like this woman is having one of the worst days of her life. Not only did an aggressive customer sit at her table, but he threw a cup of coffee at her and then got her fired. There’s so much wrong with that, it’s not even funny. None of that is fair. Just because the customer is always right, doesn’t mean there can’t be exceptions, like in the case of scalding hot coffee. This is one of those times when an exception is necessary.

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He sounds like an obnoxious customer who’s used to always getting whatever he wants. Hopefully, karma will take care of his rudeness and he’ll get exactly what he deserves (via Herald Weekly).

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Caught In The Act

Writers must stick to their voices. All artists gain inspiration from somewhere, but there’s a defined line between inspiration and plagiarism. This writer smudged the line when he tried plagiarizing a piece. Not only did he copy it word for word, but he just so happened to send the exact article to the original writer.

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That’s a hilarious way of getting caught. At least this boss didn’t have to waste one more second with someone who doesn’t care enough about writing. At least he caught him straight away  (via Herald Weekly).

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First Day Equals Two Months Pay

Honestly, this isn’t a bad story compared to some of the others on this list. Unfortunately, this employee didn’t get to work after the first day, but he lucked out. He got two months of severance pay because the branch was closing. That’s the best-case scenario for getting fired on the first day of one of your new jobs. He went to work for one day and earned two months’ leave.

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Technically, he made two months’ worth of money for not having to do the work he was already planning and trained to do. That’s a pretty great deal (via Herald Weekly).

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She’s A Liar 

It’s obvious when someone lies on their CV or resume. Do they think they can show up to a job with no prior knowledge about the most simple parts of the job? That’s the purpose of requesting someone’s CV, to see what they already know and how much experience they already have.

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This person showed up clueless on the first day of one of her new jobs. This trainer quickly caught on and told their manager to fire her if she showed up again. Luckily, she didn’t show up. She probably had a hunch not to (via Herald Weekly).

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Three Million Dollars

Making mistakes on the first day of work is understandable. Nerves may cause us to drop things. If you’re at an office job and you drop a mug of coffee, no big deal. But if you’re working on a space shuttle and drop a wrench 150 feet resulting in damages that cost over $3.3 million, you’re in trouble.

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That’s one job where you have to try and put your nerves to the side. For this former worker, there were tons of mistakes leading up to the major one. He needs to work somewhere else where mistakes won’t cost millions of dollars. It seems like too much pressure (via Herald Weekly).

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Wrong Place, Wrong Time 

It seems like common sense not to light a match near a bunch of hay bales. One stray spark and that entire farm would go up in flames. We understand needing to have a smoke break, but there are other places you can smoke a cigarette that isn’t a fire hazard.

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If he needed to, he could jump into his car and head down the road. Either way, let’s hope he learned from his mistake. At least it prevented a disastrous accident from happening (via Herald Weekly).

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He Started It

Violence is never the answer, but sometimes, you just can’t help it. For some reason, this employee got into a fistfight with the owner’s son. He messed with the wrong guy. Out of all the people there, he got into a fistfight with the one person who has power over everyone else.

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This is not a great way to start one of your new jobs. It sounds like he shouldn’t work there anyway if one of his coworkers is initiating fist fights (via Herald Weekly).

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Cigarette Escape

Going out for a cigarette break is a great way to escape any stressful job for a brief minute. This manager hired a new employee at the diner. When she went out for a cigarette break, she never came back.

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That’s one way to voluntarily quit one of your new jobs. The boss walked around the entire diner looking for her. It was obvious that when he couldn’t find her, she had already left. That’s a telltale sign that she didn’t like that job (via Herald Weekly).

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Wrong Color 

This employee followed everything exactly as it said in the book, which is why it’s such a shame that he got fired. It wasn’t even his fault. Before he started one of his new jobs, the manager forgot to update the formula specs, which is why the mixed color didn’t match the sample.

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To make matters worse, he even fired the guy in front of the customers. That’s embarrassing. The least he could’ve done was pulled him aside and fired him in the back away from the customers. It sounds like he dodged a bullet, though, and hopefully found a better job soon after that (via Herald Weekly).

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No Compassion At This Job

This story is sad. The janitor was not only doing her job but was having a beautiful human interaction with a sick woman who was bedridden. All she did was translate a poem from a get-well card and was fired for it. It’s okay to be malleable and play multiple roles within one job, especially if it’s doing a kind act for someone.

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Hopefully, this janitor found a better job somewhere else, one that respects their employees and all they do for other people (via Herald Weekly).

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Three Feet Of Snow

If there’s one thing in life we absolutely cannot control, it’s the weather. If it were up to most of us, we’d choose summer weather year-round. Unfortunately, before this employee started their new job, their car got snowed in three feet.

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That meant they weren’t going anywhere, anytime soon. As a responsible adult, they called his boss to let him know. Instead of hearing a compassionate and understanding message about the bad weather, they got fired. Honestly, that brutal snow probably spared them from a negative workplace if that’s the kind of boss they would have been dealing with (via Herald Weekly).

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Good Luck To You

If you have to ask one of your employees if they want to be there, based on their behavior, then chances are they don’t want to be there. On the first day of one of this girl’s new jobs, she scoffed in disgust when asked to clear a table in her section. One of the written rules of being a waitress is clearing up tables.

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It’s not only about taking people’s orders and making sure everyone’s fed and happy. If that’s what she wants, then she needs to find another job. We’ll give it to her, though, as she was honest when her boss asked her if she wanted to be there (via Herald Weekly).

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Free For All 

This woman deserves the worst employee of the month for falling asleep at the job. It’s not rare to feel exhausted at work, but that’s what coffee is for. There are ways to not feel like that, like getting enough sleep. On the first day of one of her new jobs, this woman fell asleep in the back of the shop.

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Someone has a fetish for calendars because while she was sleeping, someone stole a bunch of the calendars she was supposed to keep an eye on. Not only did they lose an employee that day, but a bunch of their calendars. It’s a clear-cut lose-lost situation (via Herald Weekly).

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This Guy’s A Liability

Some dares seem like fun and some dares seem like horrible ideas. It’s usually pretty easy to differentiate between the two. Unfortunately, this kid was unable to and ended up sticking his hand into a fryer after a dare on the first day.

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His coworkers sound like mean people, so maybe it’s a good thing he got fired. He also needs to learn a thing or two about common sense, and that showing off to your coworkers is never a good idea (via Herald Weekly).

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Backstabber

This new employee tried to throw her other coworkers under the bus. She made up a story and lied to the owner of the franchise by trying to put her coworkers beneath her. It sounds like she secretly believed she was the one that should be fired, considering she tried to put all the blame on her innocent employee.

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Maybe she felt nervous, considering it was her first day, but it was not a good look. Usually, coworkers must band together and stick up for each other, not fight against one another. Let’s hope that the employee learned her lesson and didn’t do that at the next workplace (via Herald Weekly).

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Bad Idea

Sometimes, when we do something at the moment, we think it’s a good idea only to immediately realize it wasn’t. On the first day of this guy’s new job, he thought it was a good idea to check the level of an oil tank using his lighter.

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When you put two and two together, it’s clear that was a horrendous idea. If he dropped that lighter, the entire thing would’ve exploded and he would never have a job again because he’d be dead. At least this didn’t end horrifically, but he did get fired (via Herald Weekly).

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Hiding By The Ice Machine

During the busiest hours of work, all we want to do is hide. It happens to the best of us, but we never fall into our temptations. We power through and know that the day will end at some point. At first, this employee seemed like an ideal person to hire. She just got out of culinary school and had previously worked at a coffee shop.

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But that doesn’t make her immune to failing under pressure. All she wanted to do was hide in the back and lean on the ice machine. Even though it was the first day of one of her new jobs, she didn’t make a good impression and it ended up being the last day. She shouldn’t work in a place where interacting with people is one of the main descriptions of the job being done (via Herald Weekly).

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Warehouse History

There’s a chance this guy wanted to go down in warehouse history, considering he broke one of the biggest rules that they explicitly told him not to break. These brands take pride in their image, and they like to keep it that way. If someone tells you not to do something before you begin one of your new jobs, it’s important to listen.

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This guy thought the rule of “no competitor brands” on the property was a joke. Well, he was the joke, because he got fired after refusing to toss it. Understandably, the company would feel angry. Maybe he was trying to get fired on purpose so he wouldn’t have to quit. Either way, it was a good thing he was given his walking papers (via Herald Weekly).

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Too Young To Handle 

The first day of any new job is the most stressful. There are all these new rules and skills you have to pick up, and you’re usually expected to do it rather quickly. It can feel especially overwhelming as a 14-year-old, so props to this kid for even trying. Innocently, he asked if he could be the host the following day so he could slowly assimilate into the restaurant culture. It makes a lot of sense.

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His boss didn’t think so, and instead of slowly weaving him into the busboy job, they immediately fired him. It’s unrealistic that a young teen would pick up all those skills within a day, so it’s probably a good thing he got fired. At least he got 20 bucks out of it (via Herald Weekly).

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Call Your Mom 

Negotiating your salary takes a lot of skill and patience. You have to be fully confident in yourself and not be afraid to speak your truth. If you’ve even reached that part of the interview, you should be proud of yourself. Well, during an interview for one of this guy’s new jobs, he called his mom to help him negotiate his salary.

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His mother must have some powerful negotiation skills because he dared to interrupt the interview and call her. Moms know best, but sometimes it’s better not to call them. Maybe he needs to wean himself off of his parent’s care so he can finally become an independent adult (via Herald Weekly).

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When Was I Hired?

This sounds like a huge mistake. How can they fire someone they never even hired? Their management needs to hire someone new because there’s a lot of miscommunication going on. It’s possible they got the wrong phone number and called the wrong person.

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Regardless, she should see if she’s entitled to compensation for getting fired without any prior notice. That sounds like one way to make some cash on the side (via Herald Weekly).

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Chucked The Cheese

Let’s hope this guy was trying to play a joke because that’s a horrible way to go. A kitchen is already dangerous enough because of the knives, ovens, flames, and hot oil. But if you add a bag of flying cheese, it makes it that much more dangerous. That’s just not something that ever happens. Unfortunately, the chef happened to be standing next to the boiling hot oil at that exact moment that a bag of cheese fell into it.

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No one was expecting that to happen, and it’s probably the last time that’s ever happened. We feel sorry for the chef that had to go to the emergency room, and we’re not sorry for the employee that was fired. He needs to learn not to throw bags of cheese at any new jobs he happens to acquire in the future (via Herald Weekly).

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Extra Cash

We all try and earn extra cash whether through a side hustle, selling art, or scratching lottery tickets. These aren’t jobs you would ever do during your day job, though, considering it’s unprofessional. On the first day of one of this girl’s new jobs, she thought it was a good idea to scratch lottery tickets while she worked behind the counter at the drugstore.

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She should’ve been more secretive and saved it for her bathroom breaks. It makes no difference if she waited and scratched them right after work. The only benefit to that would be that she’d still have her drugstore job. Maybe she should become a professional lottery ticket scratcher instead (via Herald Weekly).

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Bad Breakup 

Curse words spill out of our mouths all the time. It just happens. They express a range of emotions, and sometimes we can’t help it. After dropping a cup, this hostess whispered a curse word. So what? Well, the manager of Applebee’s wasn’t too happy about it, but he also wasn’t professional enough to tell her that he’d fired her. No one would tell her that she was fired.

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All they have to do is utter those two words, “you’re fired,” and she would understand. Instead, she was left in the dark. Maybe they thought she would disappear if they didn’t put her on the schedule, and wouldn’t have to awkwardly tell her she was fired. Either way, it’s unprofessional of them and she’s better off working somewhere else (via Herald Weekly).

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Repeat Offender

This guy sounds like he’s executed an entire plan to make extra cash over and over again. Instead of doing what the rest of us do and getting a job, he applied for a job and then stole the manager’s wallet. There’s no way of saying how often he’s done this but he was finally caught.

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He thought he’d make a bonus before he even started one of his new jobs. At least the camera caught him because they saved themselves from hiring a bad employee. Who knows what he’s capable of? (via Herald Weekly).

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Jamba Juice Waterpark

A waterpark with fruit and ice cream doesn’t sound too bad. Imagine slurping your way through a sea of delicious flavors. Well, it only sounds good if you didn’t lose your job over it. This employee made a grave mistake and forgot to properly close the lid off the cooler before leaving the store.

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Not only did he lose the company millions of dollars, but he was fired in the process. At least he discovered a new flavor. Maybe he could patent it and make that money back and then some (via Herald Weekly).

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Pollution Is No Laughing Matter

There’s a reason seaman love the sea. They respect it, care for it, and live on it. That means they treat it as if it were themselves. Watching a seaman toss a plastic water bottle into the ocean and completely disrespect it is horrendous.

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The rest of the crew was blown away by the audacity of this brand-new seaman. It’s a good thing he was caught because there’s no saying what else he would’ve tossed into the ocean. He managed to ruin one of his new jobs within three hours. That’s impressive. Karma always comes back to get you (via Herald Weekly).

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