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<small><em><u><small>YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP! </small></u></em></small><br />Go to work, stand on lettuce, post pic online, get the boot

YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP!
Go to work, stand on lettuce, post pic online, get the boot

| July 20, 2012 | Real H.R. Stories

In an example of the power of the digital domain, three employees of a Burger King franchise were discharged after an investigation into a photo, posted on the Internet, of an employee standing in two bins of shredded lettuce—one shoe in each bin. The photo was posted on the 4Chan website, which allows users to […]

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<small><em><u><small>YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP!</u></em><font color=white> » </font></small></small> <br />Survey reveals unusual reasons employees give for quitting jobs

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Survey reveals unusual reasons employees give for quitting jobs

A stronger economy often gives workers greater courage to change jobs, but the excuses offered for jumping ship can leave many employers perplexed. A new survey reveals the wackiest reasons employees have given for handing in their notice.

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<small><em><u><small>YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP! </small></u></em></small><br />Phony Facebook friend ‘Suzy Harriston’ outed as high school principal

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Phony Facebook friend ‘Suzy Harriston’ outed as high school principal

| May 18, 2012 | Real H.R. Stories

Suzy Harriston seemed to be a popular student at Clayton High School, located in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. At least she was on Facebook, where she had more than 300 friends listed on her online profile, which featured a generic profile photo of “a group of cuddly penguins”…

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<small><em><u><small>YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP! </small></u></em></small><br />Firefighter, MMA fighter dealt serious blow

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Firefighter, MMA fighter dealt serious blow

It’s not uncommon for firefighters to moonlight with a second hobby-related career. It’s also not uncommon to find people receiving workplace disability benefits, claiming to not be healthy enough to perform their duties, only to eventually be caught doing other activities ever bit as physical and taxing as their job requires.

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<small><em><u><small>YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP! </small></u></em></small><br />Organ donor transplanted out of her job

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Organ donor transplanted out of her job

| April 24, 2012 | Real H.R. Stories

Talk about brown-nosing your boss. You’d think giving up a kidney to help save your boss’s life would mean rock-solid job security. Apparently, not so much in New York.

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<small><em><u><small>YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP! </small></u></em></small><br />Departing retiree: I got paid to do nothing!

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Departing retiree: I got paid to do nothing!

| April 20, 2012 | Real H.R. Stories

In a final farewell to his workplace before beginning his retirement, a German state employee sent a mass email to 500 coworkers “confessing” that he had essentially been doing nothing while “working” as an engineer at a state surveying office for the last 14 years. “Since 1998, I was only present but not really there. So I’m […]

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<small><em><u><small>REAL H.R. STORIES » UPDATE</small></u></em></small><br />‘Orange power’ may get powerful new ally

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‘Orange power’ may get powerful new ally

Two weeks ago in a post titled “How orange turned into pink (slips),” we reported on a Florida law firm that fired a group of employees for wearing orange shirts to work one day. The law firm probably felt comfortable with their decision at the time because Florida is an at-will employment state, which means […]

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<small><em><u><small>YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP! </small></u></em></small><br />“I’m late because… my cat had the hiccups”

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“I’m late because… my cat had the hiccups”

That explanation earned a “distinguished” spot on this year’s most outrageous excuses employees offered for being late, according to a recent CareerBuilder study. When asked for examples of outrageous excuses, along with the above “winner,” hiring managers shared these other memorable explanations: Employee thought she had won the lottery… but she didn’t. Employee got distracted watching The […]

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