People Reveal The Worst Coworkers They’ve Ever Had

Everyone has had one coworker lurking in their past who was the spawn of satan themselves!

Well, one person took to Reddit to ask, "What's the worst coworker you've ever worked with?"

And boy, did the internet have some shocking and hilarious stories to share, the best of which have been gathered for you below!

Stealing From Customers

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"Hired a cook on a good recommendation. He was just fine the first two weeks. Then I noticed food going missing. Then supplies started going missing. Then a customer told me that he had been adding auto 30% tips [to] his food purchases. When I looked at the books, I saw that he had been adding 30% tips to ALL the credit card sales. And the cash rings were off from what should have been sold. I fired him that day.

"The next day he came in and apologized. Said he was on drugs and was going to rehab. I wished him well. Then next day he tried to break in after close and was caught. Idiot." ⏤Sirnando138

A few people wondered how the chef would have access to the payment. They responded, "It's a one man kitchen. We take the orders. Cook the orders. Run the orders. And clean the dishes."

Microwaving Fish And Eggs

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"One time we had a secretary that would microwave eggs and canned tuna every morning in a bowl.

"Now... I am not a violent person, but the smell generated from microwaved eggs and canned tuna is down right repulsive by anyone's standards." ⏤Kether_Nefesh

It's like they have gone out of their way to think, "What are the two most smelly items of food I could microwave today?"

Just Blatantly Refusing To Do Work

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"He just...wouldn't work. This was in a research lab. He was a visiting researcher from another country, and he spent a lot of time asking tons of non-work related questions, to the point of disrupting others' work. In the course of a year, he designed one very basic experiment, and didn't actually do it. He was above doing bench work apparently. He picked fights with everyone doing any experiment related to the one he was planning, because he didn't want to have to share credit for anyone.

"He wouldn't clean up after himself, wouldn't pick up things from the floor. He actually called me in from another room because he wouldn't take a string-less tea bag out of his mug. It was kind of like working with a child. I don't know how but he was there for his PhD. Boss fired him. He was one of two people in her 30+ year career that she'd ever fired." ⏤Jabberhakke

Is there anything more annoying than working with someone who doesn't do their fair share?

His Name Was Dan...

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"Dan was 37 working at a dead-end job as a lab specimen processor in a windowless room for 9 hours a day. He ate only burgerking, but without the lettuce, because that's 'rabbit food'. He drank literally a gallon of Mountain Dew a day, and was confused as to why people were horrified by that. 'There’s water in it' he would say. Apparently, if he ate corn he would vomit and have to go to the hospital.

"He would tell me that man and dinosaur roamed the earth at the same time, along with many other 'theories' that came from his 'gut'. One day we got into a political argument before the 2016 election where he said 'if Bernie Sanders is elected president, there will be a civil war, and I will not hesitate to kill you and your family'. Dan was fired. I got out of there as soon as I could. Don't be like Dan." ⏤RedTiger013

Just a heads up, threatening to murder your coworkers in a hypothetical war is not acceptable talk for the workplace.

Banging On About Their Keto Diet

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"A guy that was on the Keto diet, it's all he'd ever talk about. He once overheard a conversation I was having with a colleague on a particularly stressful day, he interrupted us to suggest I give up carbs in order to reduce my stress levels." ⏤amyzophie

You know what's special about whatever diet plan it is that you're on? No one gives a flying rat's ass about it except you!

Taking Too Many Toilet Breaks

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"This guy named Daniel I used to work with at McDonald's in high school. He let everyone know he worked out and enjoyed being on the football team. He had this thing about taking 5 poops a day. He would walk by on his way back from the toilet, chest out, shoulders back and triumphantly announce "that's number 3!"... dammit Daniel." ⏤KillerKackwurst4

I can understand that some people need to use the toilet a lot more than others, but to be so blatantly proud of it is quite strange!

Just Being Blatantly Rude

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"My coworker likes to initiate conversations, then does long pauses where you go to say something back, then he cuts you off and keeps talking. He has entire conversations almost entirely by himself. He also likes to make changes to my paperwork before its turned in.. ends up riddled with spelling mistakes while he tries to make the content look smarter. Fortunately its all electronically stamped with who made revisions." ⏤inu_yasha

There are so many people out there who don't listen in a conversation and are just waiting to talk about themselves. Frankly, I can't even be bothered trying to be nice to these people, as it is just unforgivably rude.

Stealing From Coworkers

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"My worst co-worker was one I worked with when I was a cashier at Walmart. She approached me and asked me to cash out her paycheck. I was still new at the job and never got training on how to do that function. She was sympathetic, so she walked me through how to do it. Transaction over and done, I go on about my day.

"I get called back a couple of days later by my managers and they circled me in an office and accused me of stealing. After tears, video tapes, and telling them what happened they told me that apparently this coworker of mine had stolen not only from me, but several other people that day as well. They just wanted to confirm I wasn't in on the deal." ⏤jellojock

They went on to say that the coworker had approached them when the store was slammed and there was no manager available to help. They said that this taught them an important lesson about trusting people!

Not Getting Off Their Phone

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"He would walk in every day like it was his first day with no memory of anything we showed him the previous day. He was only focused for the first 30 minutes then the rest of the time would be on his phone and try to work with one hand which is bad because I work in a restaurant. Can’t cook with one hand but that didn’t stop him from trying then one day he just stopped showing up for like a week then was confused when he came back and was fired." ⏤Zero223344

This person went on to say that he was only 19, but he used to constantly talk about how easy the job was and how he had had 4 previous jobs already.

Dumping Trash On Their Desk

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"I had a manager once who dumped trash on my desk my third day there. She said it was to remind me that taking out the trash was part of my job description (it wasn't, I was a research assistant at a mortgage firm)." ⏤litkat16

How people like this end up becoming managers is beyond me. I mean, there's not having very good people skills and then there's this!

Gossiping And Refusing To Learn

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"When I was an intern, there was this old shrew who would call people into her office (my cube shared a thin wall), gossip, then call those people in to tell them what was said, etc.

"She would try to frame people for the stuff she did wrong. She was so arrogant. And she refused to adapt to workforce modernization. Example: she refused to learn how to hyperlink in emails, documents, etc. A real ray of sunshine she was!" ⏤mandz_camz24

I thought that they were going to say that she couldn't learn how to use a completely new piece of software or something like that, but hyperlinking...come on!

Changing When Someone Becomes A Manager

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"Back when I worked at a restaurant I was friends with the bartender, chill dude.... right up until they made him manager and that small amount of power and increase in pressure made him so angry all the time. He screamed at me that I was 'crap at my job' because I didn't do a thing that I've never been asked to do before. He made me miss my last bus so I couldn't get home, it was pitch black outside and I cried on the bench outside the restaurant. [Worst] working day and worst co-worker." ⏤Redwood_soft_boy

They went on to say that they think he was just stressed and didn't know how to handle it. However, is that really an appropriate response?

Putting Colleagues Down

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"At my first job (vet assistant at a small animal clinic), there was this middle-aged woman (she was the receptionist) who was constantly snarky and rude towards me and my work.

"After sharing with another coworker that I was planning to go to school to become a vet, she (the receptionist) laughed at me and said 'I don't think I could see you as a vet.' I was only 16 years old, mind you; I had big dreams and goals, and I was taking solid steps towards achieving them. I remember standing there, taken aback, and honestly holding back tears or any indication that I was upset." ⏤dogtorjoy

Thankfully, this person said that they have since been accepted to veterinary school and are still pursuing their dream!

Doing Drugs While On Shift

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"Fast food. Third shift. The only other employee stayed in the bathroom doing blow." ⏤MollyXDanger502

Well, one thing is for sure: They won't be able to afford all of that blow when they get fired!

Being Passive Aggressive

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"My old supervisor. She was that special brand of 'too nice.' Laughing was her nervous tic and hoo boy it was CONSTANT. She was incapable of being assertive which is not the best quality for someone whose job is telling other people what to do.

"The best she could do was be passive-aggressively nice when she REALLY needed something done which just made everyone dislike her." ⏤ApocalypseWednesday

Getting Angry At Customers

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"Worked with a girl who would sometimes just lay [on] the floor and play on her phone. She would routinely flip out about something her boy friend did and just start screaming curse words, sometimes in front of customers. She was eventually fired for smoking weed while on the clock." ⏤AtlantaFieldClowns

They went on to say, "It was a dog grooming/boarding service. Customers would routinely be inside the building, and the girl had to be reminded multiple times she needed to control her temper, especially in front of customers." Imagine being that angry at a dog groomer's!

Constantly Trying To Convert Coworkers

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"I work with this guy that tries to convert people to his religion every day it’s super annoying" ⏤ThePhilosophosaurus

I can just imagine someone working in a cafe and asking, "Hey, Dave, could you hand me that jug please?" and Dave going, "Sure thing, Allan. Oh, by the way, have I told you about the good work our Lord and Savior did with a jug?" "Not now, Dave!"

The Chanel Bandit!

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"This is about 15 years ago but the office I worked in instituted a scent free policy. One woman, who was already insufferable, was so offended by it that she snuck in her perfume collection. She'd walk down the halls and spray perfume into empty offices or cubicles when no one was looking or before everyone arrived in the morning.

"This went on for well over a month or two and we had no idea who was responsible. My coworkers and I started referring to this mysterious person as the Chanel Bandit.

"She was finally caught on camera in the act. She'd left for three weeks vacation and was unaware that we had installed cameras after a break in. Some of us already suspected her, as the Chanel Bandit mysteriously stopped spraying while she was away." ⏤stoic_minotaur

Apparently, the perfume pirate quit shortly after being found, and none of them were sad to see her leave.

Snooping Into People's Private Lives

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"I worked with a guy that regularly googled everyone we worked with. He knew information about the apartment we had just sold and told everyone at our department meeting how much we sold for." ⏤fetedelamusique

It's good to take a bit of an interest in your coworkers' lives sometimes, however, this is wayyy too far!

Living In The Office

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"No contest. It was the literal crackhead I worked with for 4 months that was also secretly living in the office and being completely nonsensical when he was actually 'working'. We found a mattress folded up in the warehouse after he was let go and an actual, brand new crack pipe (with a price tag on it, to boot) squirreled away back there.

"He and his family (not just him living in the office!) left discarded food everywhere like pizza crusts in the toilet brush holder in the bathroom (wat even) and they left hair in the sink in the bathroom as they were obviously bathing in there, too, as we had no actual bathing facilities in the office.

"One day during his tenure, he sent an email saying his alarm didn't go off and he'd be in at x time, which kept getting moved back later and later. He eventually showed up at 4:40 pm and we closed at 5 pm." ⏤TheKnightsofLiz