Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen

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2013/01/06 12:15:09
I've had a few REALLY crazy ones.
Norm, he owned a Headhunting firm I was with for a while. He and his live in boyfriend, ran the show in Marina del Rey. He would come into the office screaming and yelling, cursing, red faced angry, at what, who knows, then all of a sudden he would break into a song , "Over the Rainbow" while turning circles with his index finger on the top of hi head, like a needle. Other times he would run around grabbing everyon's phone from their ears and hang up, then scream, LUNCHTIME, and take the entire office to a very expensive Restaurant and buy endless bottles of very expensive Wines, along with anything on the menu, we would get REALLY drunk and no one would show up for work the next day, he didn't give a damn!
Got some others too, lets hear about yours first!
FriedClamFanatic
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Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/06 17:29:27
Family firm..but a Big one..like $100 million, almost.  Father, retired President but there every day. President, his daughter, VP production, his son, VP Finance, the son-in-law(only one worth his salt).  Mother would often sit in on staff meetings.  Daughter wold call mtgs on the fly, keep pulling more and more ppl into them, most of whom were just sitting around twiddling their thumbs......then we ALL would sit there for 15-20 mins while she took a phone call from her 6 year old son
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/06 17:43:54
I worked for a chiropractic firm as their marketing manager; in addition the chiroprctor owned rental properties and I was the manager of said properties.I would get calls from We Energies about someone stealing power, so I had to meet them at the site. Mind you, the calls came in to me thru the business, so no problem. The wife of the Doc would follow me to make sure i was doing what I said I was( co workers told me this) Also, as his marketing manager, I would spend days on the monthly chiropractic news letter for patients, preview it with him only to be told, at printing, he wanted to use old news letters 12 years prior. He didnt want to move forward, and was the worst micro manager ever.That was my brother-in-law.LOL!
Ice Cream Man
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Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/07 10:07:53
I'm the boss so nothing I do is outrageous.
Now if you want to talk about outrageous things employees do.
Michael Hoffman
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Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/07 10:25:05
I'm the best boss I've ever had. Worst? I'd have to say Bob Moss, a co-owner of WBNB television on St. Thomas, whose last order to me was to not go to the airport to cover a plane crash because it would be bad for tourism.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/07 10:58:58
I have never ever had a bad boss although I saw examples  of bad behavior.  Our company wa bought by Revlon in 1977.  We were brought to New York at the GM building where we were introduced to the heads of Revon which were totally New yorkers.  We we brought into this beautiful conference room where the VP's and above were introduced to us.  As we begin to make our presentations, our VP of operations began and was interruped by one of the higher ups and he begin to degrade our operations, our VP tried to explain and he immediately indicated if he did not improve, he would plant his size 13 up his A--.  Welcome to the corporate world.  I never saw him again and I think he got fired.
 
Ever since then, everything was outstanding. I lasted a total of 45 years before retiring.
 
Paul E. Smith
knoxville, TN
kland01s
Filet Mignon
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/07 11:38:19
Long ago I worked for a company that had four owners. I saw three of them day to day. One had a crazy dysfunctional personality, he could be the funniest guy on earth and then be the devil. He yelled at me one day, truly yelled  in my face and swore at me with every word possible for several minutes. He was red in the face and all puffed out then suddenly he stopped and told me a joke! He was really a sweet man but just went crazy now and then. I have a hundred stories about him alone. Now I am retired.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/07 12:40:41
The one that let me go and then begged me to come back this December for the Christmas season.  As if!
 
When I worked in a candy shop the owner made me dust off the chocolates with a sable paint brush to remove any bloom that might have formed. 
 
She also made me reuse the little papers used to pick up the candies that were used before disposable gloves came about.  I'd have to reuse them until they were almost falling apart. 
 
I worked there in the 70s.  I bet she'd still have me wearing the very first pair of disposable gloves.
 
In another place, a bagel/snack shop that I almost bought and frequented every morning one of the offerings was a tortellini salad.  Boiled prepared tortellini in a milk and fresh garlic sauce.
 
Every other morning the owner would put all the remaining tortellini salad in a commercial collender, wash off all of the sauce and add those tortellini to the new salad she'd prepare.    ICK!
iluvcfood
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Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/07 12:59:51
How about restaurant Cleanliness stories?  I can tell you a few doozies there!
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/07 13:09:32
I thought I had a bad boss until I started reading this thread. My last office job was as the receptionist/accounts receivable/accounts payable for a local pest control place. My boss was VERY old school, and called me his "office girl" rather than my name to my face. He also used to lecture me on wearing pants, because that could lead to impure thoughts on the part of our customers (as if we got a lot of walk-ins). One day he asked me if I would mind running out to pick up some flowers for his wife (who technically also worked there, but I never saw her do a lick of work) because she was "in her monthlies".
 
I lasted about four weeks.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/07 13:22:05
Lord, I am insane about cleanliness. I am certified in Wisconsin. But I have team members that change things up. Drives me nuts.....
iluvcfood
Cheeseburger
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/07 13:53:48
My Brother used to be a Sous Chef at one of La Jollas finest and well known restaurants!  I was contracted by the owner to paint the kitchen for them but it had to be done of course after hours which meant around midnight or so............
Anyway.......... in order obviously to paint the entire kitchen I had to move things around off of shelves in order to paint behind them!  When doing so I found literally 100s of dead roaches (live ones too) and 100s of mouse turds!  I almost gagged!
In every corner I painted it seemed as if I would find more and more of the roaches and mouse turds!
As well as that I also had seen cooks in the kitchen drop meat on the floor, pick it up, wipe it off on their aprons and stick it in the pan.
Employees hygeine was also an issue!  
Once while using the mens room one of the cooks came out of the toilet after conducting his business and didnt even bother to stop by the sink to wash his hands! 
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/07 15:39:41
felix4067

I lasted about four weeks.
Hmmm...how exactly did it end?
FriedClamFanatic
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Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/07 15:45:16
iluvcfood

How about restaurant Cleanliness stories?  I can tell you a few doozies there!


You mean like the time I was in London eating at a Middle Eastern place in Sheprheards Bush when "nature called".I walked down the stairs to the LOO carefully, not wanting to upset the already prepared salad plates that lined one side of the staircase
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/07 17:15:01
iluvcfood

How about restaurant Cleanliness stories?  I can tell you a few doozies there!

Start a thread.

Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/07 17:34:02
I moved to California in 1971 after accepting a position as an "Account Executive" with a privately held firm that specialized in putting together Tax Shelters for Doctors. We also sold Life Insurance. Peter the owner was very early 30's, I was 25 and a good Salesman. Peter was the most intense man I've ever met, he was boderline crazy, imho, he refused to pay any attention to stop lights or signs. He was convinced he could talk anybody into anything, he could literally be hypnotic, one night at a client dinner, a potential big client, we had dinner at a place in Jack London Square in Oakland. At the end of the night he gave the waitress a Library Card instead of a Credit Card, she said Mr. Traynor, this is a Library Card, he said I know it is, TAKE IT, she did! He loved to do crap like that, make it hot for people, then cackle and walk away. He ended up in prison!
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/07 17:59:21
I could imagine some people , on these forums, would be horrible bosses, based on reponses.Just sayin!And my opinion is not who you think.
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/07 18:53:11
ScreamingChicken

felix4067

I lasted about four weeks.
Hmmm...how exactly did it end?

I quit without having anything else lined up...figured something would fall into my lap. Turns out it did. My last day there was a Friday, and the following Wednesday I worked my first show for the stagehands' union. Where I've been ever since (16 years this month, actually).
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/07 19:24:04
How the heck did you get into IATSE so quickly? In New Haven, if you weren't related to the business agent you might, if you had friends, get to work on a permit for a few years and then get in.
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/07 19:48:15
My local is run a LOT differently from many others. I started working in January 1996, got my card in March 1998, and took office for the first time in January 2001. We may be small (115-ish members), but we mean business.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/07 19:51:50
That sure is different.
Ice Cream Man
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Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/08 11:07:37
ann peeples

I could imagine some people , on these forums, would be horrible bosses, based on reponses.Just sayin!And my opinion is not who you think.

That's what all the employees I fire say about me.
The ones I keep have a different opinion.
jman
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/08 12:04:02
A number of years ago, I went to work for a Fortune 500 company as the Director of Manufacturing Engineering.  My boss, whose name was Hermes, was the VP of Manufacturing.  On my first day at work, my boss and I visited with one of our major suppliers.  The guy we met with was acting like a jerk and my boss quietly got up, stood over the guy, placed his hands flat on the desk and said, "I am a Turk.  I will cut out your heart and drink your blood." The meeting went pretty well after that.  BTW, my boss was a devout Catholic whose uncle was, at that time, the Caldean Patriarch of Babylon. Hermes was a warm and caring person...... most of the time.  He taught me to not suffer fools, gladly.
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/08 12:07:05
Amen to that!
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/08 12:27:28
jman-my Dad's favorite saying-
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/08 12:35:49
ann peeples

jman-my Dad's favorite saying-
Your dad liked to say, "I will cut out your heart and drink your blood."???  Yikes!" />
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/08 14:27:09
LOL!Besides that( never was spanked as a kid, just threatened) Dad" never suffered fools, gladly." He also used to call me downstairs when i had done something stupid, and after having a sip of Scotch, said" By the way, the village called you..."....
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/08 17:05:37
I've had 2 bosses, both owned the businesses, go to Federal Prison! No thanks, no amount of money would tempt me to flirt with crossing the line like that.
kland01s
Filet Mignon
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/08 17:58:26
chewingthefat

I've had 2 bosses, both owned the businesses, go to Federal Prison! No thanks, no amount of money would tempt me to flirt with crossing the line like that.

 
Mine didn't cook the books (much) or anything like that but they sure stretched the line on ethics. I could not morally work for them anymore knowing what I did so I worked out the door. Found a much better happier job that I stayed with until I retired.
love2bake
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Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/08 21:09:50
I had a boss who picked his nose and put them on the wall behind his desk.  We wanted to throw up when we discovered it.
Gizmolito
Cheeseburger
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/09 10:47:42
I would occasionally go with a boss to lunch, after which he would steer with his forearms so he could floss his teeth while driving.
fabulousoyster
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Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/11 21:59:05
In a meeting, when speaking about something IT related, the boss says "even my son knows how to do that."  
Scorereader
Sirloin
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/11 22:23:44
Well, this spills from the Big Boy thread, but when I was the DRB Supervisor (dishroom, we also cleaned bathrooms and bused the waiter stations - dish-run-bus)at the advanced age of 17, the cheapo manager was running out of Kale, which they used as a garnish for the plate. They weren't edible, it always came back and found its way into the garbage (yes, this is the 80s so restaurants in general, used raw kale and other sprigs of stuff to "dress" a plate). Anyways, he told me to run the Kale through the dish washer in its own crate, so they could re-use it (the plan was to put it in the cooler after the dishwashing bath). I ABSOLUTELY REFUSED. He tried to strong arm me with threats, when I told him, "go ahead and fire me asshole" he dropped the subject. And I can say, no Kale was re-used that day or any other day (usually Sunday, because there were no deliveries over the weekend) that I worked there. 
 
Paul Harvey rest of the story:I didn't learn until I was "promoted" out of the dishroom, that I earned big "street cred" with the line cooks, who hated dressing the plate with unedible crap like that, and were wanting to use paprika, and herbs sprinkled on the plates for show, and perhaps flavor. Because the photos in the pictures of the food in the menu had the garnishes, managers said they HAD to use them - the plate had to look like the menu - they were big on that. But when I refused to re-use the Kale, and we ran out and I refused to wash the already plated garnishes, unbeknownst to me, the manager went out to the line cooks and told them to go ahead and use the spices and herbs. They were ectatic, but didn't looked overly pleased (on purpose) to the manager, who then grumble that the "kid in the dishroom is being a dick." One day, and I didn't know why at the time, the cooks made me a dinner on the house at the end of the shift when I was working late. I was surprised, because I didn't think they really knew who I was.   
post edited by Scorereader - 2013/01/11 22:34:25
FatZak
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Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/12 04:27:20
Ok... Its a Saturday night, 600+ covers projected, down 2 line cooks, a KM and a bartender. Then it hits the fan. I've been bailing out the bar for the past hour or so and its only 6pm. They came early this night and we were not prepared. While I'm slinging drinks my ASM has "managed" to flood the dining room with 200 or so guests within half an hour. Apparently the whole time I was playing barkeep he was on his ass in the office and the host staff couldn't keep up with the herd stampeding through the door so they put the restaurant on a false wait. He realized this and panicked, grabbed every FOH staff he could find and sat every open table virtual at the same time. You can guess what this did to our kitchen.
 
My EC has been there for about 16 hours at this point (from scratch kitchen = early mornings for the chef) so I tell him to go home, I'll run the pass and my ASM can run the front which was at a stand still due to the long tickets so there wasn't much for him to do (screw up). I find him in the office again and I explain what was going down. He troughs his hand in the air, stomps his feet and exclaims "whatever zak, whatever!!! I need to leave, I have something important I need to do!!!"   I reply, "Sorry bro you're a restaurant manager and these things happen sometimes" again, " whatever whatever!!!". He jumps from the chair with tears in his eyes crying about a lease he has to sign or something (WHAT!?!). I look at him as if he were a spoiled rotten child and ask him to suck it up and act like an adult. Balling his eyes out and in a high pitch voice he says, "I am an adult Zak, I am an adult!!!" and storms out of the office. Unfortunately for him but to the amusement of myself and everyone else that worked there... the door was open the entire time. 
 
I've worked restaurants for about 15 years and I have seen some wild stuff but never have I seen a grown man cry because he couldn't leave early on a disaster of a night. And no I was not his boss just a level above or else I would have fired his ass on the spot. I found him in the bar after and told him "don't you fu$#ing ever do that to me again" and sent him on his way.
post edited by FatZak - 2013/01/12 04:40:15
FriedClamFanatic
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Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/12 09:07:16
Had one boss that everyone thought was a complete dork and could never figure out how I could stand working for him.  One time, at a convention on chicago, a bunch of us in the company (including my Boss's Boss) are standing around waiting for an elevator. You know elevators at conventions...S-L-O-W!  For no reason, my boss starts kicking the elevator door.  Several eyebrows were raised, including his Boss's.  Was shortly thereafter he got "transfered"
Cosmos
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Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/12 10:41:31
I worked for an architect-slash-developer (emphasis on the slash) in Chicago in the late seventies. He had a bank account for each of his development projects (about 6) and would pay us out of the money he borrowed for the project. He did not have a book keeper and couldn't keep track of which Paul he was robbing to pay Peter. We three employes kept track better than he and would remind him there was no money in this one or that one. Every pay day the three of us would race to the bank to cash our checks first after the currency exchange down the street refused to cash our often bouncing checks. There was a period of weeks when he couldn't pay me and I quit the instant he paid me the last $300.00 he owed me. It came out of a manilla folder in a file cabinet. When I told him I quit as he handed me the cash, he angrily announced it would be the last time he'd pay me with money from his mother...I chuckled a little bit.
 
Unfortunately, I was out of the office the day two plain clothes Chicago cops came to the office and arrested him for un-paid parking tickets. He borrowed $1,000.00 from a fellow worker to bail him out...that was about a third of what he owed.
 
I was there when the gas company came to take the gas meter for unpaid bills. He owned the building we were in, which had about a dozen apartments upstairs, so he promptly retired to his shop and welded up some pipe and connected our office gas line to the meter of one of his studio apartment tenants. Poor DePaul student's gas bill went through the roof...
 
Long after I moved out of the City he got in trouble for practicing architecture without a license. As with everything it was too burdensome to pay the registration fees and hey, its Chicago...who's going to notice? He's still out there somewhere..
 
post edited by Cosmos - 2013/01/12 10:44:06
kland01s
Filet Mignon
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/12 12:07:48
I worked for a guy long ago in my early engineering days that, come payday, I had to travel around to several bars to find him and have him sign checks for payroll and bills. I was real young then and moved on.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/12 12:36:36
I once worked for a radio station that handed paychecks to on-air staff only while the staffer was broadcasting. I finally quit by walking out of the studio while MacArthur Park was playing and heading for the bank to cash my check. If you got there right away the check wouldn't bounce.
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/12 17:38:51
To get back to my topic post, Norm, took me to lunch in Marina del Rey one day. We were in the middle of lunch, I don't remember what, nothing big, but in our conversation I said I LOVE bacon, I could eat 5 lbs. of it, he said nobody could do that, I laughed and told him I could easily do it. About 20 minutes later a waiter rolls out a cart with a platter covered with a silver lid, takes off the lid and Norm says here's your bacon let's see you eat it all, he laughs and says, walk the walk. I did, I ate every slice, then ordered a Hot Fudge Sundae just to blow Norm's mind, it did...true story.
which really stunned Mr. Kniffen
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/12 20:41:49
Someone left the cake out...in the rain.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/12 21:54:08
That was the favorite of disc jockeys everywhere. It was long enough to allow for visits to the head, trips to the coffee machine, and important telephone calls to people of the female persuasion.
bartl
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Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/12 22:35:38
fabulousoyster In a meeting, when speaking about something IT related, the boss says "even my son knows how to do that."  

My father used to teach the introductory computer course at his college. His first few years, when he wrote the final exam (2 hour), he handed it to me. If I couldn't get an A in 20 minutes, it was too difficult.
 
Bart
lleechef
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Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/12 22:42:27
As chef, I have always been the boss in the kitchens where I have worked.  I don't think I ever exhibited any "outrageous boss behavior".  But there was that one time that I came back from vacation and my cooks had the radio blaring Elton John's song The Bitch is Back.....
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/13 09:07:24
I don't know, I have had the same boss for the last 26 years.  I find him to be the kindest, smartest, gentlest and generous person I have ever met.  And downright handsome too!
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/13 11:14:43
joerogo

I don't know, I have had the same boss for the last 26 years.  I find him to be the kindest, smartest, gentlest and generous person I have ever met.  And downright handsome too!


Yeah. I'm self-employed, too.
Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/01/13 17:00:00
joerogo

I don't know, I have had the same boss for the last 26 years.  I find him to be the kindest, smartest, gentlest and generous person I have ever met.  And downright handsome too!

I didn't know you worked for me, Joe!
ladygodiva
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Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/08/03 13:37:42
I have had a boss that would call everyone a thief, Not to their faces, she wold go on to these awful paranoid rants, her irrational behaviour frightened and scarred the employees out of our wits, one day one employee tried to accuse another employee of theft and the boss got more angry and started to scream at everyone.  I had to leave that company, it was the longest week of my life
ladygodiva
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Re:Outrageous Boss behavior you've seen 2013/08/03 13:38:32
You are very lucky and fortunate indeed