Reddit Users Share Stories About Co-Workers Being Fired, Prove Some People Are Idiots (2024)

Life is a lot harder if you're stupid.

That's a basic fact, and I'm not sure there's any way to disagree with it. It's even truer when it comes to the workplace.

If you can't get your ducks in a row or lack common sense, then you're probably going to have a hard time locking down a job.

Well, a new Reddit thread shines a light on some all-time great stories of people getting fired.

Stories about people getting fired go viral on Reddit.

A Reddit thread titled "What's the quickest you've ever seen a new coworker get fired?" is blowing up, and the stories sure are something to behold.

Check out some of the stories below, and hit me with your reactions at

  • She called the first day and said her grandmother died. Called the next day and said her car wouldn’t start. Called the third day and said her blow dryer broke so she couldn’t dry her hair. Never made it to work.
  • A guy refusing to wear safety gear/PPE on his first day. He flat out said no to the supervisor, who then fired him. He didn't even make it to the first coffee break. If he was that adamant about not wearing safety gear, it wasn't a good sign.
  • Within the first 2 hours of training with me, she asks where she can go and have a smoke, I tell her just outside there's a smoking area. She proceeds to walk outside in front of all the supervisors lights up the biggest blunt and openly smokes it, she got walked out 5 minutes later.
  • Hired my friends sister as a hostess at our restaurant, she called off for her first shift 3 hours later telling me that she was having a tough period. 30 minutes into her dinner shift she started posting pics on instagram of her being at a party in Canada. We live in NY. Fired her via insta. Never even worked then tried to claim unemployment THEN had her father call me and try to threaten me into rehiring here. She was 34.
  • A guy at my work was caught playing World of Warcraft for hours every day. The boss called him in, told him it was completely unacceptable, and warned him to stop immediately or he'd be fired. Less than an hour later, IT tells the boss the guy is back in his office playing again. He was let go that day.
  • Kid came in on his first day thinking he could boss everyone around since he just finished culinary school, strike 1. Caught him later that day vaping in the prep area of the kitchen, strike 2. He asked on his second day if he could leave for 30 minutes to make a drug deal. Needless to say that was strike 3.
  • Orientation 2nd day. He’s to sit in a conference room and read through binders of important info. Our boss walks out and closes the door. It has a window with blinds open to see through. Going about our day and the boss asks us why the conference doors locked and blinds closed. Nobody is sure so they get security to open the door to see this f*cking guy kicked back with the lights off asleep. He had closed the blinds and locked the door. Of course he was out there that day.
  • As a teenager, I worked at a bowling alley. Within an hour, a coworker was fired for dropping a ball on the foot of a complaining patron.
  • During their onboarding training, they stole my bosses wallet on camera.... 1 hour in..
  • I once saw a new coworker get fired on their first day during lunch. They loudly bragged about how they lied on their resume to get the job. Unfortunately, they didn't realize the boss was sitting right behind them. By the time we got back to the office, their desk was already cleared out. They were gone before we even finished our afternoon coffee. It is just insane how stupid some people are.
  • It's wild how people will just say it out loud like that! We had a new girl once who was training with our office manager, and at one point in the afternoon of her first day, she just kind of zoned out and stopped even acknowledging. The office manager was like, "Hello? Are you listening to me?" And this girl straight up said, "Oh, I stop working at 2:00." Our manager said, "Well we work until 5:00 here, so you can go."
  • I warned them not to hire her. She worked at a bank and two weeks after opening an account for my 15 year-old son she looked him up on Facebook and sent him a friend request. He doesn’t even know her. Now she was applying for a job at a high school. Day one after work? Threw a party with said high schoolers. Fired. I warned them.
  • Guy came in and got certified on the first half of the job. We put him in a forklift for part two and he went to his car on break. Came back drunk to the point of being obvious. That's when I found out we have a breathalyzer on site. Great part: they made him call a friend for a ride. They drove out of sight, immediately turned around and came back. Dude sprinted into our parking lot and drove his car away. We had to call the cops because he technically left work in a vehicle while drunk.
  • I work in a kitchen and literally just yesterday: new guy start at 5am, claims to have 20+ years experience, gets frustrated that he is struggling with some basic recipes, slams the oven door and breaks it, then walked out at 6:30am. I would be lying if I said I haven’t witnessed this more than once at all the different places I’ve cooked at.
  • I used to work as a deckhand for a tugboat company on the Mississippi river. The amount of people that would take jobs like that who were deathly afraid of water was staggering. There was a mandatory 2 week training period for all new employees, but about 1/3 of them never made it past their first week. One second you're on a boat heading to your first job, and then the new guy is freaking out telling the captain to turn the boat around and head back to the dock.

These Reddit threads never get old. The world is a huge place, and the amount of crazy stories is truly never-ending. Here's some free advice that could benefit every American. Work hard, get the basics right, be a nice person and it won't ever be too hard to have a job. It might not be a great job, but if you can do the basics with a solid work ethic, then you'll likely always be employed in America.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of idiots out there, and this thread puts that on display. While I've never seen anything too crazy, I did once watch a guy get fired from a job I had in college and he more or less hinted that he was going to come back and make us pay for it.

The cops ended up having a lengthy talk with him. Life sure is full of fun twists and turns!

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