Perhaps your boss is due for a little chat with HR?

September 28th, 2011 · 31 comments

The sign to the left was posted by the boss at an office in Oneonta, New York. (Adds our submitter: “He claims the spelling was autocorrected by Word.”)

Without even getting into the finer points of what might constitute a “hostile work environment,” I think it’s safe to say that encouraging your employees to commit suicide isn’t the best management technique.


(Of course, some managers might disagree.)

You don't call retarded people retards. You call your friends retards when they're acting retarded.

related: Signs you might be stuck in a soul-sucking job

FILED UNDER: a little insensitive · crazy boss · die bitch die · more aggressive than passive · New York · now that's management · rebuttals · recycling · spelling and grammar police · that's irresponsible

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  • #1   Somebody Else

    Crazy boss? Check.
    Who cannot spell? Check.
    Cannot admit mistakes? Check.
    And likes to intimidate the underlings? Check.

    This is not a PA note – it’s an IQ test.

    Keep your job or not? The final question.

    Sep 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   The Elf

      Depends. In boom times, no. In the current recession? Yes, for now….. just until you get something else lined up.

      It’s not worth it to spend so much time in a work evironment like that. But I also like to eat.

      Sep 29, 2011 at 6:37 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   the wolf

    So only his installation of Word–and his alone–contains an incorrect spelling of ‘intelligent’ in its dictionary. Got it.

    Sep 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   GhostWriter bang

      …and that is because he added it to his dictionary the first time he spelled it incorrectly.

      Sep 28, 2011 at 4:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   Anonnymus

      Hey! Maybe he pissed off the IT staff! We’ve been known to do worse!


      Oct 1, 2011 at 7:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   GhostWriter bang

    I’ll bet he actually typed, “SKILL” but his auto-correct changed it to KILL.

    Damn Auto-correct!

    Sep 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   clumber

    The IT Dept or person there should change his Word and Outlook dictionary to print “Edumacated” everytime he tries to type “because” or something more clever than I can currently parse.

    Sep 28, 2011 at 4:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   DLo

    And if you’re not “intellegent” enough to know that notes like this get you fired, well… I guess just keep posting them. You’ll get help figuring that out soon enough.

    Sep 28, 2011 at 4:57 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   me

    love the happy snowman greeting card behind it too! very festive. :)

    Sep 28, 2011 at 5:11 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   pony girl

      Happy Homicidal Snowman says, “Go kill yourself!”

      It just wouldn’t be Christmas without Happy Homicidal Snowman.

      I can’t wait for Christmas!

      Sep 28, 2011 at 5:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   Ndawg

      Do not taunt Happy Homicidal Snowman.

      Sep 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.3   pony girl

      Who’s taunting?

      Happy Homicidal Snowman is my friend.
      I have to keep my HHS decorations inside my house, though. My HOA does not appreciate Happy Homicidal Snowman.


      Sep 28, 2011 at 9:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.4   Somebody Else

      Ok, me, you inspired moi to check out more of the bulletin board and what did I find?

      There seems to be something about the “Employee Polygraph Protection Act” to the right of the picture. See it?

      And the utter joy of working in that office just crystallized in my mind in a way that it really hadn’t before.

      Submitter, please keep your empties thoroughly rinsed, ok? I hate to think what might happen otherwise …

      Sep 29, 2011 at 1:18 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.5   Jimmy James

      Happy Homicidal Snowman isn’t that much of a threat- he hasn’t figured out that adjusting the thermostat isn’t as deadly to us as it is to him.

      Sep 29, 2011 at 8:24 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   JoAnne M.

    If you aren’t smart enough to get other people to rinse your empties for you, how smart are you, really?

    Sep 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Captain Hampton

    Apparently Mr. Boss Man install AutoIncorrect on his computer by mistake.

    Side note: am I the only one that has no idea what “rinse out the empties” means?

    Sep 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   quat

      Leaving the empties around signifies a rather lax work ethic. At least, the empties we have at my shop…

      Sep 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   farcical aquatic ceremony

      Yes, but I think the Capt. and I want to know: WHAT “empties”??? The only thing that comes to mind when I hear the term “empties” is beer cans, and if employees are leaving those everywhere, I’d think their not having been rinsed out would be the least of the boss’s worries…

      Sep 28, 2011 at 10:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.3   divaandwriter bang

      I was wondering the same thing. Empty what? Soda cans? Water bottles? Drug paraphernalia? Just what DO they do during coffee breaks in that office?

      Sep 29, 2011 at 10:15 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   Nunavut Guy

    My boss knocked out one of my front teeth today.

    He quickly explained to me how it was my fault for not catching the hammer tacker that he threw to me from 8 meters away.

    I need my job so the boss is always right………$600 for the tooth.

    Sep 28, 2011 at 9:58 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   built 4 success

    I hate when secretly my computer tries to make me look stupid. Proofread how is that my fault, do you have any idea what it takes to manage third shift at Taco Bell. Besides that I’m to busy thinking up witty comments to post at the dish hole. One last thing the printer in the office is for management use only, the next person who uses it to make me look stupid will be receiving a write up!

    Sep 28, 2011 at 11:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   Mrs.Beasley

    I worked for 20 years at a mental health facility. I can’t even begin to tell you what kind of reaction the suicide suggestion would have gotten there.

    Sep 28, 2011 at 11:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Nunavut Guy

      “Worked there?”

      Sep 29, 2011 at 6:44 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   Mrs.Beasley

      Yeah, Guy, I “worked there.” It’s the kind of job that tested my limits, broke my heart with regularity, and offered me the chance to develop more patience, tolerance, and empathy than I ever thought I was capable of having.

      Sep 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.3   Nunavut Guy

      Resided,I’m thinking resided.

      Sep 29, 2011 at 11:02 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Oh Geeee

    What he meant was he thought autocorrect would catch it. Crazy secret about MS Word, it has a setting that turns off spellcheck for words all in caps. You can fix it, of course, but it means finding the darn option. Luckily, I don’t have to worry about it because my workplace uses Corel Wordperfect (lol). However, I regularly see docs where some shmuck doesn’t realize word is not checking his headings because it’s caps so simple words are butchered.

    Sep 29, 2011 at 5:01 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   Jimmy James

    If they can’t even rinse out their empties, what makes the boss think they could kill themselves competently? Someone’s going to hang themselves by their foot, or lock themselves in the garage with their Prius running.

    Sep 29, 2011 at 8:28 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   divaandwriter bang

    This is not a boss. This is a bosshole!

    (I didn’t make up that term, by the way, but the person who did make it up won’t mind my plagiarizing it.)

    Sep 29, 2011 at 10:25 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   dawghaus

    What_I_want to know is, what information is contained in the notice about the Employee Polygraph Protection Act?

    Sep 29, 2011 at 12:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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