@watchmeprocrastibute started an epic Reddit thread with one simple question: 'What’s the most fucked up thing you’ve seen someone do at work and still not get fired?' The wildest responses were alternately jaw-dropping and rage-inducing. Some of these 'mistakes' lost people their livelihoods or caused emotional or physical harm. Still others cut into profit margins and jeopardized client relationships. I'm glad I wasn't there to witness or finesse these f*ck ups - and honestly, I don't know if I'd be able to. Guess I'm not management material after all! Below are the twelve most tantalizing answers, but the whole thread's worth reading. Enjoy!
1. trs4ece knew he had to get out.
I worked at a webhosting tech support company and a coworker accidentally deleted another customer's website. This was on a Unix system, so it wasn't possible to undo the delete. He deleted the command history to cover his mistake and then told the customer that the website was lost due to a hard drive failure. The customer hadn't been keeping backups and said that he lost his entire livelihood.
The employee told management about the situation and they ran with it to avoid getting sued. They told the customer that hardware issues sometimes happen and because he hadn't opted into our managed backup services, the data loss was on him. They offered the customer several months of free webhosting as compensation and the problem went away. A week after seeing this play out, I put in my two-weeks notice.