Epic Fails at Work: The 10 Worst Job-Related Blunders Ever Made

Have you ever lost your job for making a silly mistake? A recent online discussion details some rather embarrassing yet hilarious tales of workplace malpractice, which resulted in winning a pink slip. Here are some hilarious scenarios from the world of work-related blunders.

1. The Collar of Shame

Doctor and assistant checking dog
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

A veterinary assistant had to assist a postoperative dog with eating, removing its e-collar as it wolfed the food down. However, not realizing they had to attend to the patient as it ate, the assistant returned from another task to hear the boss screaming. The unattended dog had eaten through all its stitching, forcing the boss to ask its owners’ permission to re-sedate and then re-operate on the wound. Consequently, the boss had to do $200 work for free, wasting hours of unpaid time, and the poor dog got its second operation of the day.

2. Group Send

Stressed Man with laptop
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

We’ve all been there: sending a private email to the entire work cohort. I once sent an email mocking my unit production manager in a film crew email meant for a colleague. Although I didn’t say anything untoward, my sarcastic tone was “not appreciated,” according to the manager, who chatted quietly the next morning. Thankfully, they probably realized what I said was true and changed their attitude for the rest of the shoot; however, I never did another project with that producer.

3. Faking a Loved One’s Death

Man panicking talking to boss
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

I feel little sympathy for the worker who attempted to score a week’s holiday by faking a grandmother’s funeral 4,000 miles away. When their boss asked them to obtain the death certificate copy, they panicked, finally admitting to their ruse. Unsurprisingly, their superior duly told them to resign immediately, leaving them with all the time off they wanted. On the bright side, at least their grandmother was still alive.

4. Doing a Steve Harvey

Student with university counselor
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

When a university testing center worker met a student awaiting their results, they made the worst faux pas imaginable. The system required that students receive two papers for a pass: one copy for them and another for the testing department. However, seeing the student had two copies awaiting them, he preemptively celebrated their pass, only to realize they had just been given two copies of the same failing grade — for no apparent reason.

5. Totaling a Customer’s Car

Delivery truck driver in phone
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

A delivery driver fell foul of his employer when delivering a fridge to a customer. After finding the address and greeting the customer, he attempted to return to their driveway, driving into the customer’s new car. A small mechanics bill might be enough to cover this misdemeanor, but the company bought a new car. Suffice it to say the employee never backed up a truck again.

6. A Marinara Sauce Nightmare

Spaghetti and Marinara Sauce
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

While working part-time at an Italian restaurant, one tired employee forgot to fasten the lid for a spaghetti marinara order. You can imagine this poor young man’s horror when a furious woman came running back into the restaurant, screaming that marinara sauce was all over her white leather car seats. At least they were white leather — that won’t stain, right?

7. Destroying a Prototype Invention

Man working in hardware
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

Some work mistakes are when minor indiscretions meet bad luck or timing. However, sometimes, failures of epic proportions may materialize. One example involves a doomed physicist intern who swapped the wrong power cables on a piece of prototype hardware, which shorted the entire kit. If that sounds shocking enough, here’s the bad news: it was keystone hardware for a $6 million project.

8. We’ve Got a Floater

Image Credit: Shutterstock.

Being a lifeguard at the local outdoor pool can have many benefits. However, the headaches must be numerous — young children are known to sometimes ‘let one go’ in the pool, causing havoc when the floating matter is discovered. A former lifeguard reveals his regret when he planted a chocolate bar in the pool for fun on a dull day, just for laughs. Sadly for him, someone nearly drowned in the subsequent fracas. Ironically, it meant the pool manager had to let him go.

9. Accidental Money Laundering

Man shocked
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

If you work in banking, the stakes are high, and people’s trust in your professionalism is never higher. Therefore, moving $30 million worth of people’s money into the wrong bank accounts is not a good look. However, this is the case for one unfortunate bank worker who concedes that they don’t work for the bank anymore — they could be sitting on a Cayman Islands beach right now, for all we know.

10. Forging a Doctor’s Note

Doctor writing prescription
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

I have heard of forging identity cards or passports, but never forging a doctor’s note. A Texan anecdote shows that some people don’t care about the quality of their forgery or are not smart enough to know. When a fast food worker’s colleague called in sick, her boss demanded a doctor’s certificate. Curiously, she texted him something she found on Google Images featuring a doctor’s note for a different person — she hadn’t even bothered to check, which is either admirable or laughable.


12 Best College Life Hacks That Are Life-Changing

female student adobe stock 4

Image Credit: Adobe Stock

Balancing academics, social life, and personal responsibilities in college can be a difficult juggling act. Fortunately, numerous life-changing college life hacks can help you navigate these challenges and maximize your college experience. Whether a first-year student or heading into senior year, these tips can help you streamline your workflow, save time and money, and achieve your goals.

10 Affordable Hobbies You Can Pick Up in College That Could Fill Your Pocket Too

college Depositphotos 321010450 XL 1

Photo Credit: Deposit Photos

College is an exciting time full of new experiences and opportunities but it can be financially challenging. Finding time and room for hobbies and interests in your budget can be difficult between tuition, textbooks, and living expenses. However, having a hobby can be a great way to relax, unwind, and enrich your college experience. The good news is that plenty of affordable hobbies you can pick up in college won’t break the bank and potentially earn some money as a side gig.

17 Excessively Weird Gen Z Trends We Find Challenging To Understand

Young Kids Depositphotos 40923253 XL

Photo Credit: Deposit Photos

Every generation has its distinction despite overlapping with other generations. The young of all ages act feisty and aggressive compared to their parents and grandparents, who have more life experiences than their underlings in their teens and 20s. However, Generation Z, having been raised in a digital world since they were in diapers, is shaping their culture in ways that appear excessively weird to the rest of us and challenging to understand.

College Graduates: Avoid These 13 Common Money Mistakes in Your 20s and Beyond

My first jobDepositphotos 124732012 XL

Photo Credit: Deposit Photos

Congratulations on graduating college and landing your first job! It’s an exciting and scary new chapter all rolled into one. You’ll make some serious money for the first time in your life, but you’ll also be responsible for some adult-sized bills.

Before signing a lease for an apartment or purchasing a new car, avoid the most common money mistakes college graduates make. We have assembled a list of blunders to steer you towards a financially fit future.

10 Things Millennials and Gen Z Surprisingly Copied From Boomers

shutterstock 1920799814 scaled

Image Photo: Shutterstock

How we live, dress, and interact with the world constantly evolves. Each generation brings its unique perspectives and preferences, yet there are times when younger generations find inspiration in the habits and choices of their predecessors. Millennials and Gen Z, known for their distinct characteristics, have surprisingly borrowed a few things from the Baby Boomer generation.

This article was initially published and syndicated by The Cents of Money.

Leave a Comment