July 18th, 2008
05:38 PM ET

Crummiest thing your boss ever did?


FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

15 million workers in this country say they have a bad boss. A new survey also shows that 36 percent say they feel pressure to stay with said bad boss because of the shaky economy.

So if you have a crummy boss, but the economy is in the toilet, what do you do? Nothing, because a job with a bad boss… is better than no job at all. That's not to say having to deal with some jerk 8 hours a day, 5 days a week is any fun, but unfortunately these days a lot of people are trapped.

In recognizing these workers' plight, an outfit called "Working America," which is part of the AFL-CIO, is running an annual contest to see who has the worst boss in America.

The contest runs through August 19th but they've already heard from plenty of people with horror stories. The group says one of the biggest complaints reported by more than one-third of those surveyed is getting time off for illnesses, deaths in the family or other issues.

One guy says his boss made him stay at work when he had an awful stomach bug – so the boss could leave early to play golf. He ended up keeping a trash can next to him so he didn't have to run to the bathroom when he got sick and could answer the phones. Other complaints include lazy bosses, mean bosses and clueless bosses. You tend to find many of these latter ones in Washington D.C.

But we're pretty sure they haven't heard about all the bad bosses. It's Friday, and that's where you come in.

Here’s my question to you: What’s the crummiest thing your boss ever did to you?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Carol from Lompoc, California writes:
My middle-aged male boss told me on a Thursday he was going to take me dinner Friday evening because his wife was out of town. I was only 18 and didn't know how to handle it. I called in sick Friday and he never asked again.

Greg from Lancaster, Texas writes:
I once had a boss call me into his office. He then pulled a shoe shine kit from the bottom drawer of his desk and proceeded to shine his already shined shoes. He then said: You know Greg, the only thing I really hate about integration is that you can't get a good shoeshine anymore. That was 30 years ago but I will never forget it.

Jack from Minneapolis writes:
I've been my own boss for 38 years and the crummiest thing I've done to me is "take it easy" on days that I should have worked more diligently. Americans have become lazy.

Joseph writes:
The crummiest boss I ever had wouldn't let me go to my best friend's funeral because I was going to need the half-day afternoon off to attend it. He wouldn't let me go because I had just had my day off the day before. I learned that in future all my friends’ or relatives’ funerals must be scheduled on my days off.

Jax writes:
I had a boss for a summer job while in college who made me get her a latte every morning. I would get the latte and run full speed to her office. If it wasn't hot enough when it got to her, she would throw it in the trash and scream "try again." Sometimes she would throw out 5 or 6 lattes in a row!

A from Toronto writes:
My boss forced me to get up before the United Nations and knowingly lie about Iraq's plans to build and use nuclear weapons.
-Colin Powell

Michael from Destin, Florida writes:
The crummiest thing my boss ever did was to hire me.

Filed under: The Workplace
soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. Ray Kinserlow

    Probably act like he was my friend then stab me in the back. But that's all too common a tale.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    July 18, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  2. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    Had me mixing asbestos cement for pipe covering without telling me what it was or that I should have a face mask.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  3. Teri in FL

    She was born.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  4. J, Maryland

    He came down on me for reading the Cafferty File during work.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  5. Don P. Calgary

    gave me a task to do on my first/ last day of work!

    July 18, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  6. Kyle

    My boss denied my paternity leave after the birth of my son, even though my wife had a difficult delivery, and informed me of this in my wife's hospital room 24 hours after delivery. Reason: his boss needed some briefing slides.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  7. Jed from Redding, CA

    Fired me, at Christmas. I deserved it, but at least he could have waited until after the new year.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  8. Lorenzo in Atlanta

    I had just started to date a coworker of mine. My boss wanted her for himself. So he lied and said that I didn't clock out when I went to lunch an therefore terminated me. He then started to date that same girl and married her a few years later.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  9. Greg in Cabot AR

    I was working a part time job in college, the boss asked me to lock the shop while I went to lunch since I only got a half hour lunch and he took an hour.....when I returned, I found a note taped to the door telling me to go to HR.....I had been laid off....he didn't have the guts to face me and tell me of company cut backs.........what a Friday afternoon surprise....

    July 18, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  10. Larry in Florida

    Remember it well Jack. Bush senior was president then. Went to work Monday morning and he told me they were going belly up and Friday would be my last day. Well, here we go again. Bush Jr. is president and went to work monday and my boss told me he was sorry but they have to shut things down. How did a son of a Bush ever get elected, not once, but twice! ? God help us that we get it right this time. Not looking forward to living under a bridge.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  11. J.D.

    I'm my own boss and I never give myself a vacation . . . or a raise. My boss sucks.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  12. matthew

    Its been four years now. (US NAVY)
    He told me he is the HNIC and my future is in his hands, he canceled all my awards and tried stoping me from getting promoted.
    the evil he did affected me upto date and i'm just recovering from missing out on another promotion for just less than one point.

    Virginia beach, VA

    July 18, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  13. Frank Canada

    I was a former General Motors employee and once free trade was brought in they moved most of their production to Mexico. I was lucky and managed to serve out my 30 year sentence but many others have become victims.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  14. John in San Diego

    Jack, the crummiest thing my boss ever did to me was introduce me to the co-worker who is now my ex-wife.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  15. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,the worst thing my boss ever did was to hire me,that was hell for years!!!

    July 18, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  16. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    Being written up for doing exactly what the supervisor said to do. By the same supervisor. And they wonder why people call them stupidvisors.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  17. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY

    That's a no-brainer, old and venerable one! She married me. I gotta go now Jack...if the Mrs. comes home before I clean the cat box, I'm a dead man.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  18. KAB

    Not to me, but to my husband.....

    I went to the hospital for a scheduled surgery. My husband told his boss in advance that he would be taking the day off. When he went to work the following day, his boss handed him a disciplinary warning letter, claiming he took an unauthorized day off. Imagine, taking your spouse to the hospital, and getting in trouble for it.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  19. dave bird Tampa,FL

    I was hired by a guy who ofered me the world to get me away from a job I loved. I took the position and for 5 months he did not even try to explain to me what I would do but in return said just hold tight you will have some responsibilitiesin time. He took another postion withen the company and left me there holding the bag! In the end everyone thought I was an idiot because I was not trained after 5 months and he was off to his new position with no worries about me. He had me travel to Dayton from my home in Saint Louis for 4 in a half of the 5 months I was with the company without even giving me anything to do wasting everybodys time and money! I left the postion shortly there after. Bottom line what I learned in this time was money is not everything. if you have a job you love stick with it!

    July 18, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  20. T. R.

    He was a man, enough said.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  21. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    One morning I called my boss to advise him that my mother had passed away. His comment to me was "Does this mean that you won't be at work today to give your presentation?" Needless to say, he fits the description of a BOSS, full of dung and always on your butt and not getting people to do a good job for him. Thanks for the reminder that I don't have to work for him anymore. I hope that he watches your show today and you read this.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  22. Stacy in Beverly Hills

    I planned a 9-day vacation of a lifetime to Europe; asked for my vacation days six months in advance which my boss gladly approved, worked OT and saved like crazy to afford the tickets and hotel, and even took a 10-week language course on weekends – my boss laid me off three days before I was supposed to board the plane.

    I went anyway and had the time of my life, but the lay-off was a truly crummy, in-your-face thing to do.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  23. Annie, Atlanta

    My last boss took the money each employee paid for group health insurance for his own personal use. It wasn't found out until one of the employees was hospitalized. The guy made my skin crawl!

    July 18, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  24. Monica from Youngstown, Ohio

    My employer had announced that the facility that I was working in was closing and that if we wanted to remain with the company we would need to interview for positions within the company in other states. I wanted to remain with the company, so I applied for a job that I was more than qualified for, and the hiring director knew me personally and wanted me for the job.

    After I interviewed for the position, my current boss called the director that I interviewed with and told him that I was no longer interested in the position, that I had decided to transfer to another facility. A facility that my boss was transferring to, allowing me to continue working for my current boss.

    I ended up remaining in the state where the facility closed, and took a job locally. One day I was on Instant Messenger and the director that I interviewed with IM'd me to say hello and to ask how things were going. When I stated to him that I was doing fine and that I took a job locally. He then asked me why I changed my mind and decided not to move with my old boss. Had he known that, he would have hired me. Upon further conversation I found out what had actually transpired.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  25. Carol, Calif. Central Coast

    My middle-aged male boss told me on a Thursday he was going to take me dinner Friday evening because his wife was out of town. I was only 18 and didn't know how to handle it. I called in sick Friday and he never asked again.

    Carol, Lompoc, CA

    July 18, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  26. Terry from North Carolina

    After 40 years of faithful service, my boss called me into the conference room and both him and an attorney gave me my severance package and had a security gaurd with a side arm walk me out to my car.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  27. lance


    Made me sleep with her.


    July 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  28. mitchell ,arkansaw

    he got drunk ,on the job ,after telling me i couldnt.i quit.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  29. David of Natchez

    When my wife had our second baby a couple days later her appendix had to come out. I asked for a day of vacation and was told no because I couldn't get someone to cover for me. Still hold a grudge after 23 years. This was a fortune 100 company, I don't think they have ever been on a list of best places to work.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  30. Ann from S.C.

    My boss treated me as if I were invisible. She had some issues with me, but I never knew what they were because she never told me. To her I simply did not exist.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  31. greg lancaster, tx

    I once had a boss call me into his office. He then pulled a shoe shine kit from the bottom drawer of his desk and proceeded to shine his already shined shoes. He then said you know Greg, the only thing I really hate about integration is that you can't get a good shoeshine anymore. That was 30 years ago but I will never forget it.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  32. Phyllis

    Without waiting for my review of and subsequent response on a report that had just come out she blasted me with negative yelling and rude threats at my cubicle in front of co-workers.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  33. Greg form Mechanicsburg PA

    You want crummy? One boss terminated me based on lies and rumors of misconduct and then threatened me with an investigation if I didn't go quietly. I knew I was completely innocent and welcomed the investigation. State investigators were called in, made my life and that of a couple others a living hell, and vindicated me of all charges. I loved that job. I was devastated. For a few years my life was all but ruined. I wanted to sue my boss for defamation of character and mental cruelty. No attorney felt it was worth their while.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  34. Gigi in Alabama

    He came on to me and I told him to forget it. After that, he started a rumor that I was having an affair with a coworker. He got canned for the rumor, but I had a devil of a time explaining all that to my then husband.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  35. Paulina, Deventer, NL

    Which one?

    July 18, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  36. Quentin, NYC

    The worst thing she ever did was prevent me from watching you.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  37. Michelle- Washington, DC

    If I told you, they'd be fired.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  38. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    A few years back I had a job where the FEMALE boss was a total fake. One day I had to bring my son to the office and she was telling him how nice it was to have him visit our office and help out. He was about 12 at the time and caused no problems while he was there. However, in my next service review, she was very critical of me for bringing him to the office despite almost everyone else in the office doing the same thing on occasion. She implied I was unprofessional in doing so. She was evil, and this is just one example of her cruelty.
    This is why I ALWAYS prefer a male boss–women in power positions can be very difficult.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  39. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    When asked about an incident I witnessed, I related the truth about what I had seen and heard. It wasn't what the boss wanted to hear, so I was transferred out to a very undesirable office location as punishment.

    July 18, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  40. BOB in Michigan

    Jack, This answer changes from day to day. Which year do you want?

    July 18, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  41. Dick B

    He brought in crum cake muffins on his birthday but did not give us any plates.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  42. Anna, SW Missouri

    The worse boss I ever had pitted one employee against the other constantly. The tension grew so much that I finally wrote a 5 page letter to the CEO. She was fired shortly thereafter, and everyone clapped their hands as she left the building. Now , we are a great team with a great boss.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  43. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    Geez, Jack, who has time to make a list that long?

    July 18, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  44. Paul

    I remember my Boss telling me he would give me the tools and resources to do my job. Jack I am still waiting years later and still making him look good. Bosses we don't need any stinking Bosses!

    July 18, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  45. Pugas-AZ

    Hire me

    July 18, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  46. Diane Glasser

    Decided to hire a poorly qualified person for a job that required advanced education over me who was qualified. But I am happy seeing her struggle and suffer the consequences of her ignorant mistake. Diane from PA

    July 18, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  47. sandy in Ohio

    Refuse to give me leave when my husband had a near fatal heart attack; her reasson was that she wanted to go to a trade show and take some fellow employees along and I needed to be at work in their absence. The good news is I am retired and don't have to put up with that stuff any more.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  48. Donna in ID

    After 11 yrs as bar manager in a convention center; and my department carried the rest of the depts during slow times and paid for 36 new hotel rooms added on; I was informed that the board of directors thought a man could do the job better. I had a 2 wk notice. Had another job 3 days later and didn't use the 2 weeks. The MAN that could do a better job got fired about 4 months later when he about broke the dept. That helped mend my broken heart.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  49. Julie from LA

    Quit, and make me take his job.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  50. Curtis

    Jack, you used to know me as Curtis in Portland, Maine, but now I'm Curtis in Philadelphia. In Portland I owned my own book store, but I closed it after I was promised a full-time job in Philadelphia, helping my book mentor run his shop and eventually succeed him; everything he told me was a lie. There was no job and his store, and if it were a ship, would be named Titanic. That's crummy, to put it politely.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  51. Bill,Quarryville. PA

    My former boss would fire or lay off people that had 25 years to close to 40 years of service to his company. He actually seem to enjoy it. He would get that glazed look on his face that Hussein and his sons would get before going on a rampage. I can remember a young worker who had two small children and just bought a house being fired on Christmas Eve by leaving a note on his timecard. That is the truth.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  52. Marty, Idaho

    I once had a boss that lost an important document and then said that I threw it away and made me dumpster dive through a recycling bin for 2 hours trying to find it...turns out it was in her in-box the entire time and she just "overlooked" it.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  53. Foley in Idaho

    My old boss [owner] grabbed my old boss [manager] by the face like she was a little child and shook her and talked to her like a two year old.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  54. Hope M.Madisonville, KY

    Many years ago, I worked for a guy who was the cheapest and
    greediest man you could ever see. His modus operandi was firing
    people who were 3 months away from retirement so he wouldn't
    have to pay their pensions. I left that company because I didn't see
    much security in staying.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  55. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    Fired me. And I didn’t even do what he said I did.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  56. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: In viewing the comments to your question, I don't know whether I'm responding to the Caferty File or Dear Abby.....and since I'm the boss......answer is Dear Abby: nothing

    July 18, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  57. David, Orlando, FL

    Which boss, I had two that I wouldn’t trade for anything and four of them that stunk. Let me know when your program expands to 4 hours, then there’ll be time to fill you in on the details.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  58. Willow, Sheldon Iowa

    I came in to work, was personally escorted to the boss's office. told that I had forgotten to give eye drops to an elderly resident the day before, and fired. I am a nurse. I was given a check, escorted to the door, and my name and license was put under investigation for neglect. The elderly resident that said I had forgotten her eye drop was an Alzheimer's patient, and I wrote out my version of the story (that I hadn't forgotten the eye drops , which were Visine for dry eyes) and the licensing board threw it out. It gave me a bad reputation in the nursing field, and I left that field and never worked as a nurse again. Which worked out fine for me. The boss just wanted someone more local (I was from out of state), I think.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  59. Tony from Torrington

    This is about an employee I had some years ago. She was a very nice young lady and was hired as a receptionist in my Advertising firm. After two years, she announced that she was leaving to work as a receptionist in a law firm. I wished her luck. A couple of months later she was looking for her job back, and I asked why. She said the lawyers had her cleaning the bathrooms. In case she doesn't send an email to your blog, I thought I would do it for her.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  60. Steve, Maine

    Shortly after my daughter was born, she and my wife were sick with the flu. I called in sick to take care of them. I had been working for the company for two years and never taken a sick day. The following day my boss caught up with me in the hall and told me I had to decide which was more important , my family or my job!! That was my last day of work. It was a minimum wage job, and my family was way more important!

    July 18, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  61. John, Fort Collins, CO

    The manager I worked for at General Motors was so demanding, demeaning, and obnoxious that life was barely worth living. Living in Detroit, that is. I resigned, my wife and I moved to Colorado, and we have had a wonderful life. It turns out we beat the rush by about 30 years.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  62. don in Naples, Florida

    My boss would question my dedication in order to get me to work longer and harder for free.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  63. Kent, Illinois

    I agreed in exchange for a promotion, to move two states away to MN to set up a new store. After setup, 1 1/2 yrs later, deep in debt from the move, and still in MN, I never received the promotion..............thanks Boss...................

    July 18, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  64. george charles paree

    my boss 1999 was young guy about 26 years old who told are crew that he was professional foreman .I was working at ford in indy at the time and our crew had 15 men in it.Every time a problem came up that he had no answer for he would tell everyone that he was leaving and tell them paree was in charge I had about 40 years of factory experiencein mainstance.The other guys would laught and tell me watch out he may go on florida any minute.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  65. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    Actually, I rather like my boss!

    July 18, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  66. bridgette

    The worst thing a boss ever did too me was steal my car.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  67. Stephannie in Minneapolis, MN

    Not me, but my mother...

    A few years ago, my mother suffered a heart attack while at work and had to be rushed to the hospital via ambulance. After several weeks of recuperating, she returned to her job only to discover that she had been written up by her supervisor because she left work before half of her shift was completed!

    July 18, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  68. Screwed by the Fortune 100

    I once worked for a Fortune 100 company that Eliminated my position at the end of their fiscal year. To ease my pain I was put on paid leave for two months after 10 years of service. The clincher here is I recieved a substantial raise (for the 2 months) because of my excellent + end of the year review by my manager. The big can squash you like a bug whenever they or their empowered feel the desire.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  69. H - Windsor

    During my first post graduation job, my boss Googled my name and went into my "MySpace" and "FaceBook" pages; she subsequently fired me because my pictures "did not conform to the company’s image". What a nosey human being; what am I suppose to do, take down my pages?

    July 18, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  70. Kent, Illinois

    Oh, here is the best part..........In response to him not giving me the promotion..............My wife had a baby so I took 3 months off for paternity leave.....Lol....................my office fell apart and my Boss lost his job.........Lol..........too bad Boss man..............

    July 18, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  71. A Dude in PHX

    Sounds like many of you work/worked for Intel...

    July 18, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  72. Pat Ross

    The company pension plan required 3 years employment before becoming vested. I worked for them for 2 years 11 months. At that time they transferred me to a new job position – A few weeks later eliminated the new job position. I was let go & never got the opportunity to become vested in their plan. (That retirement plan was the only reason I took the stupid job)

    July 18, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  73. Terry, Chandler AZ

    I was provided a Trailblazer SS with a 400 hp Corvette engine for my company vehicle. Now I get speeding tickets!

    July 18, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  74. Brown

    He got hired to be my boss.

    sad sad sad

    July 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  75. Bob in Boise

    My very first job was the worst. It was roundup time on a working cattle ranch. My very first assignment was castrating bulls. Did it all day from sunrise to sunset in the sweltering heat with dust and flies everywhere. But what was worse is when we went in for dinner. The only thing on the menu was Rocky Mountain Oysters. And that's no bull!

    July 18, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  76. Hubert Bertrand

    My boss use to make fun of us.If we got mad and say something he would fire us, Thank god I'm retired. I retired early because of him

    July 18, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  77. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    Jack, the fact that he continued to show up for work and spout that he was interested in improving mail processing at our plant!! 'The monkey' as he was called had no desire but to collect his salary and appease his wife who 'supposedly' worked in the same plant!!

    July 18, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  78. Paul, Columbia, SC

    The worst boss I ever had was when I worked for myself. The fool believed everything I told him. Now if you will excuse me; it's Happy Hour.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  79. Mike Smith, New Orleans, LA

    She keeps interupting me when I'm playing Texas Hold'em online.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  80. Terry in Hanover County

    My supervisor told me on Day One that her boss hired me and that I wasn't her choice. Then for the next three days she told me how she loved to fire people and how everyone was afraid of her. On Thursday, my fourth day, her boss praised my work and told me he hoped I'd be around a long time. The next day my supervisor fired me, only she said I wasn't fired because I was still in the probationary period. She told me my work was excellent but she really wanted the other person who had applied for the job and to not feel bad. I went home and cried then found another job the following week. Later I found out that she hired the person she wanted and fired her within two months and that this was the norm for that group - a group of psychiatrists.

    It was a good learning experience overall because I saw firsthand how this group treated patients as long as the patients had money or insurance coverage, and I learned that sometimes doing the best I can may not be good enough if my boss has a separate agenda. In hindsight, my supervisor actually did me a favor.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  81. Dee in Denver

    It was almost 40 years ago and my first job after college, but I still shake my head, smiling, in disbelief. My boss was an alcoholic who kept his bottle in a file cabinet. On top of that, he was embezzling from the company. An employee from a different section and I discovered the embezzlement, and that other employee immediately reported it to management. My boss worked out a deal to repay the funds, then fired me. Even funnier and more ridiculoust – several months later, probably under the influence, he called and asked me out on a date. How quickly do you think I hung up on him?

    July 18, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  82. Terry - Texas

    He called half an hour before my mother's funeral to tell me that I'd been laid off.

    July 18, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  83. Karen

    He played favorites, Jack, and I wasn't one of them. I can't complain, though. If everyone was busy brown-nosing the work would have never gotten done!

    July 18, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  84. dennis north carolina

    no comment because we might get fired plus we have no true protection in this country as a worker. the labor department and most unions are in the pocket of big business.

    July 18, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  85. Judy, Exeter, Ca

    As I was getting ready to leave for the day, I witnessed my boss having a wrestling match with one of the very young (and attractive) typists on the floor, in the middle of the office. NO it wasn't sex, they were wrestling! I worked there for almost 9 years and finally quit. The insanity around that place was unbelieveable. I never knew what this guy was gonna say or do, and it didn't seem to matter who was there to see it.

    July 18, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  86. Billy G in Las Vegas

    I was a Naval Aviator during Vietnam. Johnson, McNamarra, Nixon and Kissinger trying to run the air war from Washington back then cost thousands of Navy and Air Force pilots and aircrewmen their lives for little or NO military success. NOT allowing the on scene military commanders to use their descretion in day to day operations was about as "crummy" as it gets.

    July 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  87. MM

    I was hired to handle the IT department. The president was so cheap that when the sales rep for the local market left I was put in place as sales, customer liason, trainer, all in addition to my hired duties. the final straw was when I was pimped out to take care of his brother's office in a completely unrelated field. cheap bastard.

    July 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  88. Do it Yourself, Chicago

    It was the mid 90s when Bill Clinton fired about a million of my peers. He then went on TV a year later bragging how he didn't deficit spend... not hard to do when you lay off a million people... but that part never made the news.

    July 18, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  89. Kerry Diehl

    I'm currently retired and reflecting back on my careers to answer your question, I'm fortunate in having had the privelage of working not just for ..but with with some really great people.

    From fresh out of high school, working part time while in college, even in the military (but – not basic training, hah hah), a career in the airlines, automotive industry and some minor occupations after being downsized into retirement......the majority where really excellent and truely professional people.

    I also had a criteria in being interviewed. My decisions to accept a position were based on who I would be working for and as demanding as those who interviewed me.

    This worked well for me and has left me with good memories and many many friends.

    kerry diehl
    grosse ile, mi

    July 18, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  90. Bruce St Paul MN

    My boss wanted to fire one of my coworkers, so he went to her part-time second job as a waitress, sat in her section, ordered a beer, then sat and drank it after firing her. Then had another one while she was crying in the kitchen. Before he left he agreed to rehire her as a new employee at a lower wage and with no vacation. To make sure we would not confuse him with anyone with class, he came back to work and bragged about what he had done. I think we need to work on our mission statement.

    July 18, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  91. VA2CA, San Diego

    He and his wife listened to Rush Limbaugh on the radio in the office EVERYDAY. It was excruciating to be in that hate-filled environment for 8 hours a day.

    July 18, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  92. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Would not let me go to the hospital when my wife was involved in an accident that required surgery. P.S.,I went anyway.

    July 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  93. Darren S.

    Fired me for posting negative remarks about him on the "Cafferty File," shh.

    July 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  94. Aaron B.; Champaign, IL

    Quit. You want crummy? How about a boss quitting their job only eight months after hiring a new project coordinator... leaving them to pick up the pieces of someone who has worked at the company for 10 years.

    July 18, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  95. David, Orlando, FL

    When I do something stupid, he makes me watch The Cafferty File for a week. That’s why I’m answering this question.

    July 18, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  96. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    I guess the crummiest thing my boss ever did to me was make me work late on my birthday, which happens to be Christmas Eve one year. Everyone was promised that they could leave early that day . Instead, he made everyone stay until four instead of leaving at noon like he said. We were a pretty pissed off bunch!

    July 18, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  97. Dan, Chantilly VA

    People always complain about how horrible their boss is and then when they're given subordinates act like as much of a jerk as the person they were complaining about. Ah...humanity.

    July 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  98. Mark, Oklahoma City

    I'm a teacher and I had a principal last year who refused to remove a violently disruptive student from my classroom. It ruined my health, destroyed the learning environment for my other students and my "boss" just didn't give a damn. I hope he is reading this right now!
    Mark in OKC

    July 18, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  99. Luwanna

    How about this Jack,

    Denied me the chance to go to school, then fired me for telling the truth about a shoplifter situation, denied my unemployment claim, then lied to the arbitor of my hearing for unemployment.
    A side note to all, I just got my BS in Biological Sciences and accepted into a Masters program, I won my unemployment case, I continue to tell the truth even if it might hurt me, and he got fired. What goes around....

    Luwanna Guysville OH

    July 18, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  100. Jack Carlson

    I've been my own boss for 38 years and the crummiest thing I've done to me is "take it easy" on days that I should of worked more diligently.
    Amercans have become lazy.
    Jack Carlson
    Minneapolis, Mn

    July 18, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  101. Aleesa from Atlanta

    Ask me out to dinner. And said the bill would come out of my next paycheck. Loser. I'd rather you be my boss, Jack, so we could make fun of Clinton and Bush until our tongues fall out.

    July 18, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  102. Kenny in NC

    The crummiest thing my boss ever did was except a job with our company. Here was a company Vice President telling us that the 6 guys on our crew working 12 hr shifts doing 48 hrs in one week and 36 hours in the next week were going to go to 8 hr shifts 5 days a week with no overtime and no new hires. We told him it was mathematically impossible for 6 people to cover 21 shifts in a week without over time. He said "DO IT", and ended the meeting. Well it never worked. BRAINS.

    July 18, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  103. Jerry - Green Bay, WI

    Lowered the thermostat to the Arctic Circle setting while I was on the air and then told me I was fired after my shift was over.

    July 18, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  104. Dave from Toronto

    I would never say anything negative about my controlling boss. When we get home from work she cooks supper for me and the kids.

    July 18, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  105. Shafi Alam

    Any of my bosses in the work place was not too bad to talk about. But the people around me and outside the work place sometimes make me feel that I may have done some crummy things to myself. I never thought using a trash can to avoid running to the restroom.

    July 18, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  106. Shirley-Ohio

    What's up Jack, are you trying to get me fired?

    July 18, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  107. Matt

    Bring in a bunch of other bosses to fix "problems" that did not previously exist.

    July 18, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  108. JD in NC

    I had a boss who hired people by calling whoever happened to land on top of the application pile. As long as your phone didnt go to voicemail, you basically had the job. It was hard to be proud that I worked there with that much "competition" to get in.

    July 18, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  109. ken-tx

    Used me as a representative of honor only
    to act in dishonor after the contract was won.

    July 18, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  110. Dicky Neely Corpus Christi, Tx.

    Paid me with hot checks!

    July 18, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  111. Art in Virginia

    I've been self employed for over twenty years. My boss makes me work nights and weekends. She won't let up.

    July 18, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  112. Lisa Casey, Ashford, Alabama

    My boss took me to war and lied about it. The gall.

    July 18, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  113. vern - anaheim ca

    allowing me to believe i was the boss

    July 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  114. Klaus in Florida

    Jack, the crummiest thing my boss ever did to me was make me watch Exxon's recent corporate propaganda which is thinly disguised as a friendly TV adverts featuring individuals who claim to be finding solutions to climate change. It made me sick how slick these people can be.

    July 18, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  115. john marlton nj

    He makes me watch the situation room, cruel and unusual treatment

    July 18, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  116. Will from San Jose, CA

    How about created a contest to focus on the worst bosses in America so that we can wallow in self pity instead of finding the best bosses to inspire better behavior.

    July 18, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  117. Winston in Berrien Springs, MI

    Dear Jack,

    What are these bosses you refer to?

    The Terminally Unemployed

    July 18, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  118. john marlton nj

    Wait I am the boss

    July 18, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  119. Glyph54

    Back in the 70's we had a boss arrive for a company meeting in a brand spankin new Caddy and announced there would be no raises that year cause the company could not afford it. This was a company where normal annual raises for around 30 employees were a nickle or a dime per hour.

    July 18, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  120. Rocky from Chicopee, Ma

    Simple; she married me.

    July 18, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  121. Ted Beaverton, OR

    I think the crummietst thing a boss ever did to me was send me to Minneapolis in Mid February from my regular workplace in California. ...for whole $%^& week...outside.

    July 18, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  122. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    Refused to let someone take me home when one of my daughterscalled hysterically and said that the police came and told them they had to leave because the river was flooding and would be up to our house shortly. A friend in another part of town picked them up and our dogs. Was finally allowed to leave when the lake where I worked was overflowing. A co-worker dropped me off in the next town to stay with a friend as all entrances to where I live were closed off. Didn't see my children for two days.

    July 18, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  123. AndyZ Fairfax, VA

    He refuses to die.

    July 18, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  124. Rob in Jacksonville, FL

    He tried to kiss my girlfriend at a Christmas party.

    July 18, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  125. Nancy, Tennessee

    I went without a vacation for two years because I saved my leave because my husband had been ill. I ended up working everyday and paid sitters to stay with my husband. I, finally, scheduled a vacation and my boss cancelled it on the Friday when it was to start so he could go to see his daughter. He had taken numerous days off during the two years I was working and living with the stress of my husband's illness. What a jerk!

    July 18, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  126. Jorens, Riga, Latvia

    she made me choose her outfit for the evening party. i got too excited

    July 18, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  127. Kris, New York NY

    I work at a hospital office. The worst thing my boss has ever done to me and my co-workers were when we were watching the Situation Room one day, and the jerk made us change the channel when the Cafferty File portion of the hour started, i guess he was just jealous of Jack's charisma.

    July 18, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  128. Joseph Phoenix AZ

    The crummiest boss I ever had wouldn’t let me go to my best friend’s funeral because I was going to need the half-day afternoon off to attend it. He wouldn’t let me go because I had just had my day off the day before. I learned that in future all my friends/relatives funerals must be scheduled on my days off.

    July 18, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  129. Angie Taylor

    On June 19, 2008 I had a meeting with HR at 2:00 pm and earlier that morning my boss spoke to me and never said a word to me about my meeting later that day with HR. When I went to the meeting HR informed me that my contract would not be renewed and to this very date my boss nor the athletic director at the university were I worked for 9 years has never spoken a word to me regarding the non-renewal or a thanks for the 9 years of work.You would think that after 9 years of service HR wouldn't be the person to tell you this news.



    July 18, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
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  131. James

    The crummiest thing my boss ever did was send me into a crawl space filled with crumbling asbestos with no mask or protective gear. Of course I didn't know it was asbestos until I had filled a bucket with the powdery stuff and said, "Here, throw this in the trash." The response: "I can't, that's asbestos!" The reason my boss sent me in to wallow in the death dust–he had dropped a $2 screwdriver in it and wanted it back.

    July 18, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  132. Mike

    I had a boss out here in Arizona try to tell me at the end of my shift that i had to stay after to work over time so he could get some personal matters taken care of. Not a big deal up front but the fact that it was 30 min. before i was to leave. I told him to kiss my blue collar butt. I work for the union out here and he did not like that. And the big personal matter was he had to get new tires and rims put on his personal vehicle. So its people need to stand up for themselves to talk to their bosses. I do not tolerate bosses who talk down to employees, talk to them is one thing, talk down to them and your force goes away.

    July 18, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  133. J in New York

    After working for the man for 11 years, I had a heart attack. At the end of my recuperation (about three weeks), when he knew I would be returning in a few days, I had a phone call from him telling me he couldn't wait any longer and fired me.

    July 18, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  134. Joe Barry

    My boss, a Physical Therapist, asked why I was having to take time off with little advance notice to make appointments at the VA. I disclosed to her that I was having a problem with PTSD and was trying to get help from the VA (a different form of abuse!). The following Monday I was escorted out of the hospital first thing and told I could not go to my office and that my personal items would be delivered to my car. This from a hospital that advertises that it is a small town friendly, family and pridefully "supports our troops"

    July 18, 2008 at 6:23 pm |