It’s tough to find a good job these days, but BOY is it easy to lose one.

In fact, some people seem to be going for some kind of record in that regard.

What is the fastest you have ever seen a new co-worker get fired?
byu/njaana inAskReddit

Here are just a few surprising tales from Reddit about employees who apparently couldn’t wait to get out.


I was intern at a startup out of college along with three other interns. One guy was set up at a computer kinda out of the way and apparently that was the green light he needed to look up some p**n.

Anyone who’s ever been an intern will tell you that someone is usually coming over to ask you for something or if you need help and sure enough, the dude was caught looking at p**n by our boss. He was walked out around 11 AM so he managed a solid two hours of p**no before getting caught.

– apocalypticradish

2. The Thief

I worked in maintenance at a beach resort. One of the housekeepers managed to get her delinquent son a job as a “runner”…someone who would collect the dirty laundry after the housekeepers stripped the beds.

She was actually worried when he started working because I guess he had a bad track record with other jobs. About three days after he started working, his mother confronted him about his new expensive-looking athletic shoes and a gold chain around his neck.

He just shot back something about having a job now which didn’t make sense because he hadn’t even been paid yet.

Anyway, about the same time there were a couple of reports at the front desk by guests who were missing large sums of money. A police report was made and people were questioned. So after only about four days this kid was fired and went to jail for stealing from guest rooms.

– BaconReceptacle

3. The Big Scam

New person joins company.

On her first morning she wrote an email to her manager how grateful she was to be with the company, how she looked forward to working for us, and on and on.

She also wrote an email to her friend about how she’d got a cushy gig and would scam them for as much training as possible for the first couple of months and then leave.

Apart from the general lack of wisdom of saying this on the company email system, when writing such contradictory emails it is vitally important to put the right addressee on the right email.

Walked out the door after 2.5 hrs.

– pmc666

4. Sell Me Something Good

A number of years back I worked at an inbound call center that also had an upsell side to it. A new guy fresh out of training was bragging about how he did over 10 x the monthly goal in his first week alone.

Didn’t see him the following week and heard he was laid off because he was upgrading everyone’s plans who called in to the highest costing plan without their consent or informing them.

About a week or two later I got a text from him asking if I could be his reference for a new call center job he got. He somehow got a hold of a bunch of our numbers and just spammed everyone asking for a reference.

– MrCoolizade

5. Wasted

Hired my roommate to work at a gas station I was assistant manager for.

Shows up 2 hours late to replace me, and I could have gotten drunk from his breath. He went out after his construction job and got bliiiiitzed.

Was mad at me for firing him. 16 hour shift that day and he treated me like trash till we moved.

Is zero minutes a duration? LOL

– realcrumps2

6. Mr. Generosity

Our ceo rarely sent all-company messages unless there was great news or some major event/holiday/emergency etc. One day he sends an email reminding everyone something about an extra day off everyone earned hitting a major deadline and how and when to use it.

New woman in accounting – looked like a nice 50 something Dallas church lady, hits the reply-all and writes “I suppose we all should bow down to Mr. Generosity for the measly day off.” Meanwhile she never worked on the project or was affected by long hours.

When she realized what she did, the other finance people in her area heard a gasp come from her desk and without saying a word to anyone, she picked up her purse, took a box, added her personal items, and walked out the door to her car never to be seen again.

– Makerbot2000

7. Zombie Movies

Call centre worker, new beginner came in hungover as s**t on the 1st day of the job.

Within 2 hours of their shift, they struggled to look at a computer for more than 10 minutes, couldn’t form a coherent sentence, walked away from the desk without a word only to just full on face plant in the floor of the office.

I’m sure the actual termination took longer, but it was obvious they lost their job the moment they walked in like a zombie.

– Umbran_scale

8. Best of Luck

guy drove a forklift into a fire hydrant, in front of a safety rep for the company. His supervisor was called over, and he immediately tells the supervisor that he won’t pass a p**s test, as he used his only bottle of clean p**s earlier that day when he hired in.

Everybody standing there immediately burst into laughter, which continued as security (also laughing) escorted him off site. Even the supervisor was all smiles…just gave him a pat on the back and wished him the best of luck. It was wild.

– Hollywood899

9. All in the Family

F**ked the bosses daughters – yes daughters – the night he was hired.

The real twist is that one of those daughters is now his wife and his former boss his mother in law.

So I guess he got the last laugh, and a lot of awkward family dinners.

– ZombifiedVegan

10. Do the Creep

First day at a CPA firm, guy gets a talking to from management because he followed a group of female coworkers to a restaurant at lunch, sat at a nearby table, and stared creepily at them for the entire meal.

He got fired a couple of days later for logging into and using a coworker’s computer without permission. Never heard what he was doing on that computer, but I think it’s pretty safe to say it was something that he didn’t want to use his own computer for.

– cleo_wafflesmack

11. The Sandwich Artist

Showed up early to work on her first day to eat. We worked at Firehouse subs, and she came in with Subway and started eating in the lobby while in uniform.

The boss asked her nicely to eat in the back so customers wouldn’t see. She started screaming and throwing a fit so boss told her to leave and not come back.

Idk if you can really even say she got fired. She never clocked in once.

– eatMYcookieCRUMBS

12. Get the Hookup

Worked at Wendy’s.

New guy comes in for his first shift. Evening shift in the drive-thru.

He literally posted on his Snapchat where he was and what he was doing and told all his buddies to come through for free food.

He started f**king up orders on purpose and handing his friends free stuff.

Manager called the police and he got arrested.

– october_rust_

13. Spinning Your Tires

My brothers friend “chuck” got a job at the Subaru dealership in our town, within a couple days of working there, he somehow was allowed to “test drive” one of the brand new models.

My brother and I lived a few miles out of town on 40 acres. chuck drove that brand new car out to our property to test the 4 wheel drive. Well it being a wet Pacific Northwest winter it was that year, he swiftly managed to get the car stuck in almost a foot of mud halfway up a good size hill.

It took a tow truck 3 hours to get there and an hour plus to pull him out. All the while the dealership is calling him asking wtf? The thing was DRENCHED in mud from him spinning the tires. He was fired that night…

– yeehawk85

14. The Farm Hand

Worked on a logging crew 15 years ago. They hired a guy that “grew up on the farm working hard”… fired by noon day 1 because he literally looked like he was going to pass out and die after a few hours of “light duty” labor.

– Independent_Ad_9373

15. Where the Bodies Are Buried

The place I worked at had a required two weeks of training they they were very upfront about. You were given a schedule ahead of time and had to agree you could make it before being hired. Day one saw one person fired for leaving part way through the day. Day 4 saw another person leaving because she didn’t like it.

Day 8 was a testing day to see what areas, if any, the class needed to spend more time on before moving to the in-person stuff with a trainer on the floor. A question was worded poorly and it caused a lot of confusion. The trainer said he would not count the question as many of us got it wrong due to its ambiguity.

One of the girls in the training class told him “good, you should remove it or else no one would have found your body tomorrow”. HR manager was literally standing in the doorway while that was being said and freaked out because threatening to murder a co-worker over a test question is the opposite of professional. Needless to say, that girl was told she wasn’t the right fit for the company.

– sandstorm320

I feel like jokingly threatening the life of your boss isn’t the best move, but that’s just me.

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