Cabbages & corporate cards | Staff reveal the quickest ways co-workers have been fired

Staff reveal the quickest ways co-workers have been fired

When joining a company, new starters are usually on their best behaviour and want to demonstrate high levels of professionalism to their teammates, especially at the start of their tenure.

Yet, it seems that not all employees have kept it professional, either on their first day or in the first few months of their new role. And this has resulted in some reportedly being let go very quickly.

A recent BuzzFeed article shared details of several occasions in which people have witnessed co-workers getting fired speedily.

In a Reddit thread, user Bartertownbeer, asked the question: “What is the fastest you have ever seen a new co-worker get fired?”

The forum user’s question was met with a wealth of responses and as such HR Grapevine has collated a list of four below.

Read on to find out more.

Skipping work

ArtPerfect7076 recalled a story that he once heard from a manager when working for a fast-food company.

“There was this one kid who didn’t show up for work. He ditched work often, so the manager called around, couldn’t get anyone to fill in his shift, so she had to fill it for him," he explained.

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A few hours into the shift that he didn’t show up for, the employee turned up to his place of work, with his friends, and ordered food from the same manager.

“She fired him on the spot,” the Reddit user continued.

Corporate cards & personal purchases

Another responded to the Reddit thread sharing that a co-worker would use his corporate card to buy personal items.

After countless reminders to stop doing this, the user explained that the colleague was later fired for his actions.

User CBus-Eagle wrote: “We had a recent college grad that would use his corporate card for personal purchases.

“He figured that the company would just keep deducting from his payroll until it was paid off. He was fired after three months of constant reminders to stop doing it.

“I don’t think it qualifies as the fastest, because he lasted three months, but it was so idiotic,” the Reddit user added.

Parking problems

On the first day, some new starters may drive to work and try to find a space in the communal car park.

For one new employee, their actions in the car park actually cost them their job – before they had even had a chance to enter the building.

User AreYouOkayAnni, wrote on Reddit: "Day one, he hit a parked car in the parking lot, with the person still inside. When he was confronted he lost his mind and even used threats.

"The man he hit walked up to security and said 'don't let that man into my building. People like that don't work for me.' He hit the director's Porsche..."

Cabbage cannonball

When working in a grocery store, customer service plays an integral part of an employees’ role.

Despite this, one new starter showcased very poor levels of customer service just three hours into the first shift.

Reddit user Revolutionary_Oli897 recalled: “Three hours into the first shift. Guy lost it serving an annoying customer in a grocery shop, threw a cabbage at her. The manager came and told him to go home cause he finished there."

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