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Fudypatootie  (Level: 205.8 - Posts: 1302)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 6:20 PM


Michael's post of the Dilbert cartoon got me thinking about the myriad of less-than-great bosses I've had over the years. We've all had 'em. Bosses who must have been someone's relative to get where they were or something. So let's hear about 'em.

The first one that I thought of was a principal I had at a private Christian school. He did so many stupid things that he got canned after the first semester, but here are the top 3 things I'll always remember him for:

1. Threatened to fire the next teacher who said "crap." (We encouraged the students to say "defecate" instead. )
2. Suspended me for 2 1/2 days for saying that his hypothetical argument about a money refunding situation that had never happened was "irrelevant" to the current discussion of how to conduct a field trip.
3. Told all teachers that we were not allowed to discuss salvation with each other over lunch.

So who can top that?

Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 6:28 PM

I have so many mainly because I have worked in the restaurant and bar business most of my life. I had a boss, actually co-owner of the restaurant I bartended at, who was a drug addict among other things. Make a long story short I won the superbowl pool and he stole the money in the pool for drugs. Then when I called him out on it he was going to let me go (he didn'). Yeah, that is just one of the many.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 205.8 - Posts: 1302)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 6:34 PM

OMG! What a jerk!

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 6:36 PM

Well, I can't "top" that but;

When I was in the 1st Inf Division at Fort Riley we went to Tarryall Colorado for mountain training and my platoon leader set me up at an outpost above the tree line and forgot about me. After almost twenty hours I was "discovered " by a communications team that was troubleshooting phone wire and taken back to my company and was promptly chewed out by this idiot lieutenant for leaving my post. Found out later that my C.O. reamed the little shavetail a new one. When we got back to Riley a week later I got a three day pass and went to K.C. and got wasted. The platoon leader??He got transferred to another camp. Justice served.

Lodi  (Level: 106.0 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 7:06 PM

I worked in a law firm where one of the attorneys used to ask the secretaries up front to call and wake him up every morning. Why they did it, I'll never know.

Salzypat  (Level: 161.3 - Posts: 5414)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 7:35 PM

Oh my gosh, this is one of those ... let me count the ways!

I've been pretty lucky to have had good bosses most of the time, but there were a couple. One was a woman who would come to work in the morning and stand at my desk and yell at me about something - never mattered much what it was, there was always something she came up with. Other employees knew I wasn't a problem employee and they would come up afterward and ask me what her problem was. I finally stopped that, after months of taking it, by standing up as tall as I could when she came to my desk, folded my arms across my chest and looked her square in the eye. When she found out I could stand up to her, she started backing off. I always suspected she had been told by higher management to cut the staff by one person and there were 3 of us in the running. The other 2 left, who she treated as shabbily, and I stayed.

But my last one, who is still there. He is something else. He is always "sick" or exhausted or something (although he only works 4 to 5 hours a day), he does not have a journalism background and is editor of the paper only because he is best buddies with the publisher. He doesn't know how to write, or edit, or lead a staff. And he doesn't have a clue as to whether something is newsworthy or not, even after 3 years on the job. He takes credits for others' ideas, he doesn't own up to mistakes HE makes, but deflects the fault to others. He doesn't give leadership and is always absent, but then writes nasty e-mails to the employees for taking the initiative to do things on their own. And these are just the tip of the ice berg.

If he was working anywhere else except for his best friend, he wouldn't have lasted more than 6 weeks.

The only 2 times I have been in that office in the past year I have physically felt the toxic atmosphere that fills the building. Probably why most of the employees have high rates of illness.

M48ortal  (Level: 261.7 - Posts: 3827)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 9:59 PM

I've never had a "bad" boss, but I had one HS principal who believed that all problems could be solved by creating another form to fill out. When I was math dept. chair, he dropped a 3-inch stack of forms on my desk one day. I asked him what they were and he said they would tell him what the math dept was teaching and how well we were doing it. I suggested he sit in on our classes and he'd know, but if I had to fill out those forms, there'd be less teaching going on. I then asked, "Why me?" (Meaning his secretary could fill them out). When he said it was because I was department chairman, I turned the top form over and wrote out my resignation as dept head, stipulating that it did not affect my other duties. His jaw dropped and he said, "You can't do that!"

I told him to dock my pay by that amount. The school district was too cheap to pay the department heads anything, so I was glad to be out of the position. The only real authority it carried was the ability to assign classes to the teachers, and I had been giving myself the worst classes anyway, so whoever got stuck with it couldn't be any meaner to me than I had been.

Now that I'm retired, when a system calls and needs someone to teach math, I tell them that I will out-teach anyone on their staff, but I don't do CYA paperwork. If they agree, I sign. The leverage is wonderful. BTW, I have a wonderful boss now. She fills out the forms and gives me the freedom to teach. She even schedules my classes to fit my three-day workweek. Everyone should be so lucky.

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 7:39 AM

I once had an inept boss, not that she wasn't a tad bad. She came from a smaller company that we merged with. She demoted me from Distribution Manager to a area sales agent. Replaced me with a friend of hers. I had $11 million in sales my first year. She also fired or transferred my entire crew. Eight months later she had shown a loss of $1.5 million in inventory and was seven weeks behind on shipments. Her boss asked me (as I was sipping a beer in Vegas) what it would take for me to come back. I wanted my old (bad) boss's position and her as my secretary. I got it and I love it. When I fired the guy that had replaced me he (for real) abducted my new secretary and threatened to kill her. She survived and became a good friend.

1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 8:07 AM

I once had a principal that was beyond petty. If anyone was late, you got a picture of a clock in your in box. If you were dressed inappropriately, you got a picture of a mirror. We just gleefully laughed.

Ladyvol  (Level: 212.1 - Posts: 5648)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 8:37 AM

I've had some pretty good bosses during my years of being in the work force (since I was 16)...I had one though who was my charge nurse who was having a fling with the ER doctor...We had a patient go bad in the ICU one night and no one could find her...needless to say, I was the one elected to find her. And I did, in the doctor's lounge getting it on with said ER doctor. I told her to get her clothes on and to come to the unit...she tried to have me fired over this! It happened that the DON was my cousin and she knew about the goings on at night (I worked the 11-7 shift). Needless to say this charge nurse didn't last very long.

Fainodraino  (Level: 113.1 - Posts: 240)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 9:06 AM

1. Had a principal who started this "write-up" of teachers who didn't check their email or their mailbox. yeah, I know.

2. Had a superintendent who tried to tear me a new one in my first meeting with him, and then in the follow-up meeting, he was a totally delightful man. Jekyll and Hyde!

Lodi  (Level: 106.0 - Posts: 2144)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 9:45 AM

Oh yeah, I forgot this one. I had an attorney who hired me to work in his firm but neglected to tell anyone. My first week of work, he was in federal court down in Boise. I walk in, little business suit, briefcase in hand, smile, say my name and that I'm there for my first day. I guess that was the last straw for the woman who found a note on her desk that morning that said she was fired because as soon as I walked in, she got up sobbing and ran from the room. Many hostile eyes turned towards me. Gulp.

He was also a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. One day he was asking me to please revise all of his legal documents when they sounded less than perfect, because that's why he hired me, he said. The next day he's chewing my butt for revising his legal documents because if he wanted them to say something else, he would have put in something else. The day after, he's chewing my butt because his supreme court brief sounded stupid.

M48ortal  (Level: 261.7 - Posts: 3827)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 12:24 PM

Slightly off-topic, but Marsha's comment about the pictures reminded me of this story.

A fellow ran a red light in one of those towns that has cameras at the intersections.

The police sent him a ticket, with a picture of him running the light.

He sent them back a photo of enough cash to cover the fine.

Cute idea, right?

They mailed him a photo of a pair of handcuffs.

He paid the fine.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 205.8 - Posts: 1302)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 12:56 PM

You people crack me up!

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