We’ve all had work moments we’re not so proud of. From accidentally making an unfortunate typo, to completely wiping out on the slippery office floor, there are certainly a plethora of work-related embarrassments that we would all much rather forget.
Recently, the B3ta community asked its followers to share their worst work-related “f**k-ups” — and boy, did people deliver.
Some of these people may or may not have gotten fired after these face-palm-worthy incidents.
I once sent a company wide virus warning by forwarding the email so they could see what it looked like should they receive one, and forgot to remove the infected attachment.
— Regrets? I’ve had a few… (@Entropy72) May 3, 2018
As a young, newly qualified nurse I had to catheterise an 18 year old young man. He was obviously nervous. As I was about to begin he asked “Is it small?” I replied “I’ve seen smaller.” Turns out he was referring to the catheter ??♀️
— Polly Gallagher (@Polly_Gall) May 3, 2018
Worked as a GP receptionist. Had to update their smoking cessation data, which meant ringing registered patients to ask if they’d thought of quitting. Phoned Mr *Smith*, his wife answered. I asked if he could come to the phone, she said he was dead. I said “so not a smoker then?”
— Emily Burt (@EmilyPBurt) May 3, 2018
Not me, but when working at Burger King, my friend (and colleague at the time) accidentally put mayonnaise instead of shake mix in the milkshake machine. We told no one and only had one or two complaints. Everyone else obviously loved their chocolate mayonnaise.
— Paul Thorpe (@bracestower) May 3, 2018
I sent out a fundraising email to a few million subscribers and accidentally left my boss’ real email address in the from line.
The whole staff was at a bar, celebrating my first day, and his phone blew up with bounces, out of offices replies & unsubscribes. Tens. Of. Thousands. https://t.co/CpIcSE6bls
— ⊰TJ Berry⊱ (@TJaneBerry) May 3, 2018
Not me, but my favourite is a friend who worked at a gardening magazine. They ran a double spread of poisonous & safe-to-eat wild British mushrooms, but got the labels the wrong way around. All the poisonous ones marked as safe & vice versa☠?♀️
— Alice Ralph (@alicaurusrex) May 3, 2018
Accidentally sent a mass email to my old company’s thousands of clients that, instead of ending with ‘Kind Regards’, ended with ‘Kind Retards’. https://t.co/8LJF1fLaQk
— Reb Day (@reb_day) May 3, 2018
Filing job at a bank many many years ago. Printed off some shall we say “flirtatious” emails with the boy I was seeing. Accidentally stapled them to the loan reports. Filed them. Couldn’t find them again once I realised what I’d done. For all I know, they’re still there…
— Rachel Cunliffe (@RMCunliffe) May 3, 2018
Work experience at ASDA pizza counter. All topping measured in a universal cup size. Sweet old woman ordered the ‘hot’ pizza. Shovelled on a cup of chillis and thought ‘that looks a bit much’. Told later the chillis are measured in a cup a tenth of the size. Probably killed her.
— Tobby Watson (@chas_hodges) May 3, 2018
I ran two coffee jugs of cleaning acid through the coffee machines (it looked like water) and served a cup to the visiting area manager, on my first day at the Deep Pan Pizza Company in Purley.
— ThinkyThoughtHead (@mrstth) May 3, 2018
(And don’t worry — that last guy probably didn’t end up killing his boss.)
Probably only citric acid. Not pleasant, like eating 100 lemons, but hardly life threatening.
— Peter Simms ??➕?? #FBPE #WATON (@peterrsimms) May 3, 2018
Basically, we should all feel better about our work performances now. After all: it could always be worse.
This thread makes me feel a lot better about my life.
— James Appleton (@LovableJim) May 3, 2018