Admit it, you’ve been fired. Come on it isn’t that embarrassing. Many of us have run into unfortunate circumstances that have led to job loss. But usually these are of the more mundane variety. Sometimes though, there are stories where you just have to say, “Wow! That guy got canned!”
What follows is some of the more ridiculous ways people have been terminated. Sadly, with the increasing role the internet and especially sites like Facebook and Twitter play in our lives, the easier it is for people to get themselves in trouble. For some reason people seem compelled to share their absurd behavior with the world and that often is what gets them the ax.
On the other hand, it can be the business being the foolish one with its firings and some poor innocent person gets caught up in their madness. These cases usually have a happy ending where the fired person gets some kind of compensation but sometimes it just ends with the person getting screwed. Whatever the case, its part of this list of the most outrageous ways people get fired.
Peeing on nachos
Former Taco Bell employee Cameron Jankowski decided to post pictures of himself, ahem, relieving himself onto an order of nachos to his Twitter account. Thankfully he claimed that the nachos were not served to any customers and it was done as a joke. Naturally, his superiors didn’t find it funny.
Saving kids from shark
No good deed goes unpunished apparently. Paul Marshallsea was fired after his bosses saw the news of his heroic deed protecting some children from an approaching shark. Marshallsea was on leave from his job for “work-related stress,” and his higher-ups didn’t think it was appropriate for someone on leave to be messing with sharks.
Bad-mouthing your boss
It should go without saying that you shouldn’t bad-mouth your boss on Facebook. This goes double when your boss happens to be the royal family of Britain. Scots Guardsman Cameron Reilly was removed from his position at the royal wedding after he made a rude comment about Kate Middleton on Facebook. Good thing execution is no longer the punishment for insulting royalty.
Definitely not a stranger to controversy, Gilbert Gottfried found himself in hot water for making jokes about the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Gottfried was the voice of the duck in the Aflac Insurance commercials. Aflac found this as a case of “too soon” and gave Gottfried the axe.
Gangnam style parody
Psy’s ridiculously popular “Gangnam Style” went on to produce countless parody and copycat videos. Unfortunately for the employees of Southern California’s El Monte Aquatic Center, making a parody video cost them their jobs. What the young lifeguards thought was just some harmless fun; the city declared was unauthorized use of their property and resources. The lifeguards went on to successfully fight for their jobs and were rehired by the city.
Youtube video rant
If you hate your job or your customers, it’s usually not the best idea to broadcast that fact to the internet in the most noticeable way possible. Former Starbucks barista Christopher Cristwell decided to put his feelings into song and post a youtube video telling the world how much he despised the customers and their drink choices. And now the world is aware of his feelings and his unemployment status.
Passed out pics
The dangers of passing out at a party and leaving yourself vulnerable to jerks with permanent markers has taken a new level thanks to the internet. But sometimes mocking the defenseless can backfire, as was the case with former New England Patriots cheerleader Caitlin Davis. Pictures of Davis with a passed out victim who was covered in lewd drawings surfaced and got her in trouble. Maybe it was the nature of the scribblings, which included swastikas, which got her fired. Either way the Patriots organization was not amused.
Being a diva
This is probably not something the average worker needs to fear being fired for. Jennifer Lopez got herself canned from a gig performing at India’s Premier League cricket tournament for a viewing audience of 60 million. All she wanted was a few amenities; hotel rooms for her entourage and a private jet. Not that much right? Wrong. Her demands were balked at by the shows organizers.
Bathing in the work sink
No one really wants to think of what happens in the kitchens at fast food restaurants, especially after several reports of employees bathing in the sinks at said restaurants. Both Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken had cases of employees turning their sinks into makeshift hot tubs and posting pictures online. This of course led to the employees being fired and health officials shaking their heads.
Adding the cheese
An employee of McDonald’s in the Netherlands lost her job because of a single slice of cheese. The employee sold a colleague a burger on their break and then added a cheese slice which her manager said made it a cheeseburger and thus should cost more. She was then fired for giving away free food. Thankfully the story ends with the employee successfully fighting the firing in court and receiving compensation from McDonald’s.
Try as you might, you can’t hide your past on the internet. Former ninth-grade English teacher Olivia Sprauer found this out the hard way when she lost her job after her bikini modeling pictures were discovered by the school principal. Sadly we hold teachers to a higher level of scrutiny and she isn’t the first teacher to be canned just for having an unrelated past life.
Defending your hair style
Meteorologist Rhonda Lee garnered a lot of unwanted attention for her hair style. Lee is an African-American and chose to keep her hair natural rather than use products to straighten it like many other women do. After receiving a particularly ignorant comment on Facebook criticizing her hair, Lee responded, explaining eloquently about her choice to keep her hair natural. She was then fired by her station for allegedly breaking their policy on responding to harsh criticism on social media.
Being too fat
Filippa Hamilton was outraged to discover she was being let go for being too heavy. The Ralph Lauren model was apparently too big at 120 lbs. and was given the boot. She was then shocked to see a grotesquely altered photo of her used in a Ralph Lauren ad where her waist looked unnaturally skinny. This disturbing story does nothing to curb the role ads play in the problems that come from body image.
Shaving head for charity
Waitress Stacey Fearnall shaved her head to raise money for charity after her father died of cancer. Her boss at the restaurant she worked at demanded that she put on a wig and then let Fearnall go after she wouldn’t comply. Her boss defended this decision saying he has certain standards he expects all his employees to adhere to. Fearnall raised over $2,700 for charity.
Just working at Walmart opens one up to the possibility to get fired for a ridiculous reason. There are so many cases that it’s hard to pick just one. Some cases include: getting fired for using your employee discount to buy toys to donate to charity, using self defense when attacked by a customer, using marijuana legally as a cancer patient, stopping a shoplifter, being an immigrant and losing your job in favor of local workers, and the list goes on.