Lighter Side: Ridiculous reasons to be fired

by Nicola Middlemiss27 Feb 2015
Losing a job is supposed to be a serious matter but try telling that to these ex-employees. Here are some of the most ridiculous reasons we could find for being fired.

Capital punishment

One Auckland accountant was sacked for sending “confrontational” emails – so what was inside that could be so bad? Obscenities? No. Insults? No.

Vicki Walker had put her entire email in capitals, with certain sections highlighted red and others in bold – just for good measure.

While capitals in an email can feel like someone is shouting at you – we’re pretty sure it’s not cause for dismissal and it turns out the courts agree. She’s since been awarded $17,000 for unfair dismissal.

If I had a dime…

68-year old Richard Eggers was fired from his job as a Wells Fargo customer service representative when execs discovered one dirty trick he’d pulled almost 50 years previous.

Eggers had been reprimanded as a teenager for using a cardboard cut-out of a dime to operate a washing machine – he admitted it was a “stupid stunt” but, understandably, questioned his firing.

Written in the stars

Getting fired really can happen through no fault of your own – sometimes it’s just written in the starts.

“My employer let me go because of her astrological forecast,” revealed Jerome Chang. “I wasn't amused at the time; it was my first gig.”


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