‘The walls still had bits of skin, gristle, etc stuck to them.’ Their Boss Told Them To Clock Out by a Certain Time Every Day, No Matter What, So They Maliciously Complied
by Matthew Gilligan
I haven’t worked at a job where I actually had to clock in and clock out for a long time, but I do remember those days well…
And I also remember that if I was even a little bit late clocking in OR clocking out, the boss would be breathing down my neck.
And that brings us to today’s story from Reddit’s “Malicious Compliance” page.
Check out what this person did to show their boss that they were just following the rules!
Manager says to be off the clock by 1 pm.
“I work in a BBQ restaurant as the pitmaster, so I run the smokers and handle all raw meat preparation. I have to get there by 5 or 6 am depending on the day in order to have food ready to open the restaurant at 11.Well the General Manager(GM) decided she was spending too much on labor and needed to cut my hours. As such she told me at around 2pm on a Thursday the following; “I need you to clock out by 1pm every day no matter what.”
I asked for it in writing, and got it. So the next day, I went to the Head Chef when I got there that the GM said I had to be out by 1pm no matter what, and showed him the signed note. I set an alarm on my phone and got to work. I got through all the prep for the next day and was starting on the cleaning when my alarm went off.
Now the pit area looked awful. The walls had some smoke stains that come off pretty easily with degreaser, but build up over time, the cooler floor had some blood on it that needed to be cleaned up before it spoiled and started smelling bad, my table had some seasoning left on it from where I seasoned the pork for the overnight load, the walls still had bits of skin, gristle, etc stuck to them, the trash can was full.
I told the head chef it was 1pm and I had to go. He looked in the pit and said… “Yep… This is what I expected…” But he let me clock out and go.
This goes on for about a week, with the pit looking worse and worse each day.
Then the District Manager(DM) comes in on my day off… The Head Chef told me that the DM immediately started on the GM for the pit looking awful and how the pitmaster needed to stay until the pit was clean no matter what.
So I got it in writing and am now currently working to about 2:30pm every day doing the full cleaning I was doing before again.”
Here’s how people responded.
This Reddit user said to ALWAYS get it in writing.
Another reader shared their favorite part of the story.
And this individual has dealt with a terrible manager in the past…
Epic story. Well done!