Seeing From Their Perspective
It’s a common stereotype that kids who are “nerdy” or “geeky” are the ones who will end up getting bullied. They’re the kids who would supposedly prefer to stay home playing video games than deal with people.
It’s pretty sad that this guy didn’t ever stop to think about the effect the things he thought were funny had on other people until his coworkers basically forced him to face it. Better late than never, we guess.
From Mean Girl to Humiliated
We all get comfortable in our day-to-day environment, especially if we feel like we’re someone on top. So when we’re broken out of that bubble, it can be really jarring, like this girl experienced.
While it’s better for people to come to conclusions that what they’re doing is wrong on their own, sometimes it takes someone doing the same thing to them for them to realize how horrible they’re being. At least she changed after that.
Passing on the Pain
People who are going through some form of abuse tend to respond in two ways — they either vow to never treat others the way they’re being treated, or they treat others poorly to try to deal with their own pain.
With younger people, the latter is pretty common, but it sounds like this person had good friends who stood up to them and helped them see the light. Being grumpy and being a bully are very different things.
Value in Existence
When we’re feeling hopeless, it can be hard to recognize that the way we behave and treat others does have an impact on them. It’s easy to feel like we’re unimportant and invisible, even though it isn’t true.
The line, “Bullies are hurting and that’s why they bully” is kind of problematic. Lots of people in the world are hurting and don’t use it as an excuse to hurt those around them. The bully’s victims are allowed to feel frustrated.
Just Like Dad
The lucky people in the world have parents who they look up to and wish to emulate. The sad reality is that many aren’t so lucky, and have parents who bully them or are difficult to be around.
It’s only natural to start acting like the people we spend time with every day, and it takes a lot of emotional strength to recognize that we don’t like the person we’ve become. Hopefully, both this person and their dad have changed for the better.
Taking Stress Out on Others
You may be wondering why exactly people take out their anger and frustration on other people if it has nothing to do with them. It’s called “displacement,” and people often do it because they can’t address the situation causing the anger in the first place.
Whatever was causing this person to struggle mentally at such a young age must have been really difficult, but it’s good to hear that they’re doing so much better now. Good friends and therapy can change everything.
Dealing With a Hard Home Life
Displacement is a defense mechanism, and a very common cause of it at a young age is difficulties at home. Children often have no control over finances or parental arguments or other home life problems.
Kids in these environments aren’t usually taught healthy ways of coping with emotions. This person managed to avoid turning into a bitter adult displacing their anger, and that’s a big step towards not remaining a bully.
Ignoring the School Bully
One of the best things that children can do when another kid is being a bully is to ignore them. Often bullying is a form of attention-seeking, so taking away that attention takes away their power.
These kids did exactly the right thing by ignoring this bully, and it worked. It sounds like she only changed because she lost all the attention, but at least she changed. People don’t have to stay mean forever.
A Sobering Moment
When it comes to bullying at young ages, sometimes it boils down to not understanding that people don’t enjoy the same things we do. Lots of kids like “rough and tumble” play, but it’s easy for it to go too far.
There’s no better way to deter bad behavior than for our friends to share their negative opinions of us. Sobering is the perfect word for it, and this friend may have saved them from going down a bad path.
Fearing the Bigger, Badder Bully
Imagine that scene in a TV show or movie where someone is being a bully, only for an even bigger bully to come along and put them in their place. Well, it turns out it does happen in real life.
It’s not ideal that this person only stopped bullying because they were afraid of people bigger than them, because their change didn’t really come from actually caring about how they affected other people. They don’t exactly sound repentant.
Growing Up and Maturing
Many bullies don’t seem to think much about the way that they treat others until they’re actually confronted by the victims. Growing older doesn’t always make you wiser, despite how the saying goes.
Bullies should never expect this kind of compassion from their victims, let alone expect to become friends with them, so this person should feel incredibly blessed that their victim was so forgiving. Being angry and cruel doesn’t get you anywhere.
Do More Harm Than Good
There’s an art to giving genuine, heartfelt apologies to those we’ve wronged. Our motivations are very important when it comes to deciding whether to say sorry or not.
Does this person genuinely want to apologize to own up to their actions, or do they only want to apologize to make themselves feel better? They did the right thing by not reaching out and potentially bringing up painful memories for the victim.
Meeting All Those Years Later
Sure, we’d all like to think that every bully has a big realization that the way they treated others was horrible and that their actions were wrong. But that doesn’t always happen, no matter how much we wish that it did.
How much older were they when they met again? How did this girl seriously never consider the impact her actions may have had on others in all of that time? Perhaps she hadn’t actually changed that much after all.
Undiagnosed Mental Illnesses
If there’s anything that can make growing up even harder, it’s dealing with an undiagnosed mental illness. It makes us question our decision-making and why we treat those around us the way that we do.
The best part of this is where they say, “Some can’t forget or forgive, and that is OK, too.” They’ve done their part in apologizing for their mistakes, and they also accept that they can’t control how others feel. It’s definitely a sign of maturity.
Struggling to Accept Oneself
Teenagers are going through a lot of developmental and social changes, and it makes life for them really hard. What can add to that difficulty is struggling with recognizing or accepting one’s orientation, like this person did.
This person was lucky to find a more supportive group of friends who helped them see the flaws in themselves in order to start treating other people with more respect. It sounds like they’ve moved on, but hopefully, they’ve apologized to those who deserve one.
Just Wanted a Friend
Humans have this weird tendency to bond over things that they don’t like. Often it’s people talking too loudly on the phone or smacking their food, but sometimes it’s more serious, like classmates or coworkers, and things can get nasty.
This school and mom did everything right. They approached the children and talked through the issue with them, making them realize why what they were doing was problematic and how bullying can happen even if it isn’t physical.
Only Making Things Worse
Being resistant to change is actually a perfectly normal thing. In fact, we’re basically hardwired that way. Our amygdalas see change as a threat and literally make us afraid of it, making change hard to accept.
It sounds like this guy really needed some new friends or to talk through his issues with “John.” It’s pretty uncool, though, that he only apologized after finding out “Noah” had a bad life, as if that were the only reason he deserved an apology.
Best Friend Is a Bully
We’ve all heard of taking one’s anger out on other people. We tend to do this with family members or close friends, because we feel like they can take it and they won’t get upset or leave us.
That’s a pretty unfair way of thinking, though, and this person’s friend definitely didn’t deserve to get bullied by someone who is supposed to be looking out for them and supporting them. Apologies at least help a little.
It Doesn’t Stop With High School
People have a bad habit of acting like bullying only happens in middle and high school, when that couldn’t be further from the truth. Plenty of bullies go on to bully in college, at home, and in the workplace.
Then, there are the bullies that develop later in life, like this girl. It sounds like she had a lot of pent-up anger from her younger days. It also goes to show that her friends weren’t real friends and only enjoyed making fun of other people together.
Low on the Food Chain
When people do things that they know are wrong, they often go into defense mode and try to justify their actions. This is a phenomenon that these bullying stories have all demonstrated clearly.
Sure, his realization didn’t come until later, but at least he eventually realized that there was no excuse and that ultimately he was the problem. That’s really the only way to grow and become a better person after being a bully.
If That’s Not Karma
Struggling socially doesn’t automatically mean that you’ll become a bully, but people who have a hard time connecting to others often end up turning to mean jokes or pranks to try and make others laugh.
While only bullying one person is still being a bully, it’s also kind of sad that this person feels they deserve to suffer their whole life with no friends because of what they did in school. People can– and do– change.
Fear in a Friend’s Eyes
The eyes are incredibly expressive. There’s a reason they call them “the windows to the soul.” You can learn a lot about how a person is feeling from paying attention to their eyes, including if they’re afraid.
This is a bit confusing. If the friend had fear in their eyes over them raising their hand, does that mean they were hitting their friends? And how would being more quiet fix that? Maybe this person needs to do some more reflecting.
From Bully to Outcast
High school reunions are one of those things that are better in theory than in practice. They tend to stir up bad memories, especially for people who see their former bully at the reunion.
It’s honestly surprising that this person chose to go to the reunion after knowing they bullied their classmates. It’s not surprising that their former classmates reacted the way that they did, as they likely weren’t very happy to see them.
Some Serious Cognitive Dissonance
Cognitive dissonance happens in situations where people hold conflicting beliefs or act in conflicting ways. A perfect example of this is people who are both bullied and are a bully themselves. It just doesn’t make any sense.
Sure, children aren’t fully developed mentally and emotionally, but if you have classmates making you feel horrible, why would you do it to others at the exact same time? Why would you want to pass on that pain?
Simply Got Bored
We would all like to think that all former bullies had some big awakening moment when they realize how horrible they’ve been and make a vow to become a better person. But, that’s not always what happens.
Oftentimes, they simply get bored, like this person did. Sure, it’s not exactly a spiritual awakening, but at least it made them stop hurting others. One has to hope that those people eventually learned to be a bit more empathetic.
Modeling After a Parental Bully
Your parents are supposed to be the ones who love and support you no matter what, but unfortunately, some children aren’t so lucky. They end up having their bully at home, not at school.
Parental bullying can be anything from calling children stupid or ugly to much more serious abuse issues, and it’s common for kids to model that behavior. This person recognizing that they didn’t want to continue the cycle was a huge win for their well-being.
Dealing With the Trauma
While it’s not an excuse, there’s no denying that many people who bully others are dealing with some sort of trauma of their own and are taking their pain out on those around them.
The only way to grow past it is to confront the trauma, so it’s good that this person was able to do that and recognize that their earlier behavior was wrong. “Treat others how you want to be treated” should really be everyone’s mantra.
A Scary Outburst
Being bullied takes a serious mental toll on the victims, and many of them are pushed to the point of snapping. Whether it’s yelling, fighting back, or something worse, no one ever wants to see someone pushed that far.
It’s rare to see multiple bullies collectively agree that what they’re doing is wrong, but one has to wonder if the teachers noticed anything going on before this outburst.
Help, Don’t Hurt
Getting angry and lashing out at people is a natural reaction to traumatic experiences. It takes a lot more willpower and empathy to channel it into being kinder and more open-minded with others.
This person clearly grew up a lot, and the way they reflected on their behavior was very mature and healthy. They’re also exactly right — it’s so much easier to relate to others’ experiences and support them in order to receive kindness in return.
Pushed to Tears
We’ve already established that bullying often happens in a parent-child relationship, but it’s pretty common among siblings and cousins as well. If anything, it’s more common because they’re closer in age and going through similar things.
It’s good that this person is treating their cousin better, but it’s a bit weird to be bragging about giving him money. You can’t buy someone’s forgiveness no matter how much you want to, so hopefully it’s truly selfless financial support for a loved one.
Words Will Always Hurt Me
There are a lot of ways to bully someone. It isn’t always like in the movies where a big kid is beating up on a smaller one while a circle of children stands around them and watches. It’s often much more subtle and frequent than that.
The saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” is a blatant lie. Words hurt a lot, but at least this person has realized that and is (hopefully) no longer passing on that hurt to others.
Aggressive Males With Southern Bravado
There’s a lot of pressure on men to act a certain way. They shouldn’t express feelings other than anger. They should never show vulnerability. They should always give off a macho, tough guy vibe, and if they don’t, then they’re not manly.
The thing is, that’s toxic masculinity, and it’s just not natural for men to be angry and rude all of the time. It takes years to learn those behaviors, so of course it takes years to undo them, but it sounds like this guy is on the right track.
Bullied in the Same Way
Do you know that saying, “Don’t dish it if you can’t take it”? Well, a lot of people who tell mean jokes or bully others are emotionally incapable of someone doing the same to them, and that’s because no one should be doing that to each other at all.
This is another case of someone only learning their lesson once the bullying got turned around on them. It’s not ideal as the change was externally motivated, but they’ve started actively trying to engage in more positive behaviors by helping others, which is huge.
Time for Major Self Reflection
Sometimes, friend groups have that one toxic friend. They’re negative, they make mean jokes, and they’re often even subtly bullying other members of the group. If said toxic friend is lucky, their friends will confront them about their behavior.
They’re lucky because instead of kicking them out of the group, their friends care enough to try and help them see the error of their ways. It sounds like this person was very receptive to their criticism and is genuinely trying to change.
Holding a Pointless Grudge
Women express themselves differently. There are terms to describe them, like “girly girl” and “tomboy,” but no form of being a woman is any better than another. People just have different tastes.
Despite what she would like to think, teasing and humiliating someone did indeed make her a mean girl. It’s pretty clear that she never had a bullying breakthrough since she only talks about how she was affected and not the girl she bullied.
Difference Between Fear and Respect
Doing what someone wants because you fear them and doing what they want because you respect them are two very different things. Gaining someone’s respect is much healthier and also much more effective in the long run.
We aren’t sure what triggered this person’s understanding of how those two things are different, but it’s good that they did. It’s sad that they clearly dealt with these issues at home from their own dad.
Focus on the Positive
Being shy can be tough in a world that seems to be aimed at outgoing people, and it can lead to a lot of insecurities from feeling like those around you misunderstand you and don’t meet your needs.
This person saw a problem, and they decided to make up for their bad behavior by becoming a positive light in others’ lives instead of a negative one. If that isn’t a reformed bully, what is?
Just a Bad Person
As humans, it’s only natural for us to search for explanations for why people behave the way that they do, especially if it’s negative behavior. But what if some people have no explanation; what if they’re simply just… bad?
It must be hard to accept that you just weren’t a nice person. It’s always easier when there’s a reason because then there’s something to fix or address. Hopefully, they treat others with kindness now, though.
A Reformed Mean Girl
Most forms of bullying and abuse come from needing to feel powerful. Whatever the reason, the people doing these things are looking for a way to feel stronger and feel control.
The fact that she shows guilt means that despite her enjoying the feeling of power over others, her sense of empathy has since grown stronger and she recognizes that it was wrong. Teenagers can be really cruel to each other.
A Lack of Awareness
Some people really struggle to understand social cues. They don’t know what’s funny versus what crosses a line, or they struggle to relate to others in what others consider a normal way.
The “apparently they took it seriously” kind of makes it sound like this former bully is dismissing the fact that they hurt others with the things that they said. Hopefully, they’ve since learned that insults are never funny.
A Completely Different Person Now
If you speak to most people in a position of helping others, like therapists or social workers, many will tell you that they got into the profession because they went through something themselves and want to help others.
You wouldn’t think of a bully becoming a psychologist who helps those who have been abused, but it makes sense in a way. If anyone knows the signs to look for, it’s someone who used to do those things themselves.
Little Exposure to Healthy Interaction
We’ve already seen how toxic masculinity can affect men, but what if you’re four brothers in the same household? Chances are you’re not going to have healthy interactions with each other, and that’s what happened to this guy.
Sometimes, we don’t question things until someone gives us a reason to question them — and for this guy, it was those few random people who confronted him on his behavior. One has to wonder if he has a healthier relationship with his brothers now.
Taking Credit Wrongly
Sometimes apologies aren’t very sincere. People often apologize to make themselves feel better, not because they are genuinely remorseful for their actions. That’s why you often hear people talk about authentic apologies.
It’s kind of messed up that this guy is basically taking credit for the girl overcoming problems that may have been caused by his bullying. It sounds like he only wanted to apologize to take credit for her being a good person.
Kids Don’t Know Better
Children in elementary school are going through a lot of major cognitive and emotional developmental changes, which is why teachers often start seeing problematic behavior in late elementary school. Thankfully, many show up and step in.
At this age, it’s easy to understand that the kids don’t know better. Children can have a hard time being empathetic, and it’s great that this teacher didn’t shame him, but rather had a genuine conversation with him. It clearly made an impact.
Trying to Survive High School
A lot of bullies like to claim that they became a bully in order to survive school, but that seems like a bit of an excuse. Many people get through high school without treating others badly.
The thing this person doesn’t seem to realize is that they became a bully to avoid getting picked on, yet this bad friend was still bullying them on a daily basis, so they didn’t avoid being bullied themselves in the end.
When the U.S. adaptation of The Office first premiered in 2005, it took the American entertainment industry by storm. It wasn’t long before people of all ages were quoting each episode, dressing up like the characters for Halloween, or rewatching the whole series over and over again. Some people might have taken their love of The Office a little too far, though. According to these Reddit stories, bosses like Michael Scott really do exist in real life. Keep scrolling to see for yourselves…
We’ll admit that this next story is cringey… quite cringey indeed. But, we’re not sure it holds the same level of cringe that season six’s “The Delivery” does.
We’re referring to one moment in particular — Michael walks into the delivery room without knocking and sees Pam’s exposed lower body as she’s giving birth. Naturally, Michael was mortified. But, we’re not entirely sure this OP’s boss ever was. In fact, we think his wife was mortified enough for both of them.
We’ve already mentioned Dwight’s surprise fire drill. While this wasn’t necessarily planned by Michael himself, we couldn’t help but think of that chaotic scene when we read this post about kidnapping drills. But, aside from that, another episode that came to mind is “Happy Hour”.
Michael completes 25 push-ups (and one girl push-up) and challenges the office employees to do 26 push-ups of their own, offering those who do permission to go home early. Most of the office tries and fails, but Stanley remains dedicated to the task and completes the goal!
Is it just us or does this post describe Pam Beesly and Michael Scott’s relationship to a tee? Throughout the series, viewers see the dynamic between the two shift and evolve but one thing remains constant — Pam having to translate Michael’s speeches to the rest of the office staff.
From the sounds of it, this OP is the Pam Beesly of her own office considering that she knew the golden hamster wheel actually meant a golden raffle cage.
Work the Room More
Naturally, this post reminds us of the 16th episode of the third season — “Phyllis’ Wedding”. In order to ensure six weeks off for her honeymoon, Phyllis asks Michael to push her father’s wheelchair down the aisle at her wedding.
Initially eager to participate, Michael considers himself the “father of the bride” in his own twisted way. And because Michael is Michael, he becomes upset when Phyllis’ father “upstages” him by walking the last few steps down the aisle to his daughter.
Well, it sounds like this OP’s father really does have the real-life Michael Scott for a boss. Not only would Michael comment on how hot one of his employees is, but he’d also hold an award ceremony for everyone in the office — oh wait… he did both.
“The Dundies” is the first episode of the second season in which Michael remixes the song “O.P.P.” and embarrasses Ryan Howard by awarding him “The Hottest in the Office.”
Well, if this isn’t something that Michael Scott has done at some point throughout the series, he certainly would do it. After all, he has a very special way of getting under everyone’s skin, which is why he has little time to work.
According to Jim Halpert’s graph of how Michael spends his time — 80% is spent distracting others, 19% is all about procrastinating, and 1% is dedicated to critical thinking. From the sounds of it, this OP’s boss has taken some inspiration from the graph.
You Had One Job!
Any fan of The Office knows that the conference room is the hub of Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch. It’s home to dozens of holiday parties and birthday celebrations (thanks to the party planning committee), awkward seminars, CPR classes gone rogue, and countless pointless meetings.
Michael Scott of The Office has been known for his outlandish comments and kooky beliefs, so it really doesn’t surprise us that the OP’s boss has some theories of his own — to the point that he interrupts meetings and doesn’t do his job properly.
”How the Turn Tables”
“Well, well, well… how the turn tables.” This time, though, it’s in reference to the fact that this OP had a female version of Michael Scott as a boss. And while this specific scenario may have never happened in The Office, we can definitely imagine it.
Michael would totally have Pam — or Erin — order a mannequin to put on display. The only difference is that he wouldn’t dress it up as his daughter but rather his girlfriend. Because ya know, he’s weird like that.
”Try My Cookie-Cookie”
If we didn’t know any better, we’d say that this OP’s boss is actually Steve Carell dressed up as his character, Michael Scott. After all, Michael has a reputation for saying some pretty offensive and insulting things — does anyone remember “Diversity Day,” the second episode of season one?
During a diversity seminar, Michael delivers a racist impression of an Indian person to Kelly Kapoor. Naturally, Kelly takes offense to the stereotype and rightfully slaps Michael in the face.
Scranton — The Electric City
This OP’s boss undeniably has the same annoying tendencies that Michael Scott does. Aside from the weird Chewbacca noises and incessant usage of the voice-to-text feature, let’s just take a second to focus on the fact that he references old hip-hop song lyrics. Hello, people! Does anyone remember “Straight Outta Scranton”?!
In “The Merger,” Scranton absorbs the Stamford branch. In an attempt to make his new employees feel comfortable, Michael — along with the help of Dwight — writes and shoots a welcome song, which is a parody of N.W.A’s “Straight Outta Compton.”
Unsurprisingly, this next post reminds us of the many phrases that Michael Scott botched throughout the series. From “migraine worker” instead of the correct “migrant worker”, to telling David Wallace to call him “ASAP as possible”, Michael is the king of misusing and/or mangling phrases.
This post specifically brings us back to season two’s “The Fight” in which Michael uses the term ‘catch-22’ incorrectly after hearing Ryan use it.
Well, this is wildly inappropriate office behavior. Then again, so is Michael Scott — and all the real-life versions of him.
While we can understand and respect the fact that this boss wants his employees to look sharp, there was really no reason for him to drop his pants in front of poor Paul here. If we didn’t know any better, we’d say that this manager just wanted to show off his Spiderman undies.
Throughout the series, viewers saw the employees of Dunder Mifflin gather into the conference room for many seminars about anti-bullying, and no thanks to Michael Scott himself. Toby Flenderson, the branch’s H.R. Manager — and Michael’s arch-nemesis — would usually run these meetings… well, until they’d be interrupted by Michael’s shenanigans.
In any case, it looks like this OP’s boss took Toby’s place by running his own meeting about name-calling. According to the OP, though, no one had ever called the boss a “ginger”. Perhaps he was just grasping at straws?
You may think that this is as funny as this post gets, but you’d be wrong. According to the OP, they never ended up finding a pomegranate. They even checked a particular gas station but they, too, didn’t have any pomegranates because they weren’t in season at that point.
When the poster returned to the office, though, their boss was eating a Subway sandwich. He seemed to have forgotten that he had even sent the OP on this mission — a very Michael Scott thing to do.
Improvised Comedy Gold
After reading this post, we might as well have been watching the third season premiere of The Office, “Gay Witch Hunt”. During this episode, Michael discovers employee Oscar Martinez is gay and ends up outting him to the entire office.
Naturally, no one in the office makes a big deal about it… except for Michael. Fun fact that some of you may not know — the scene in which Michael and Oscar hesitantly share a kiss wasn’t actually scripted and was, in fact, an improvised moment courtesy of Steve Carell.
”Yo Soy Cancun”
If you’re a fan of The Office, then this post probably reminds you of the episode entitled “Michael Learns Spanish”, in which Michael tries a rather unorthodox approach to learning Spanish to prepare for his trip to Cancun.
Sure, he wasn’t necessarily learning the language to be able to communicate with an employee, but he was interacting with his employees in Spanish — or trying to, at least. Let’s just hope that the OP’s boss didn’t fill his office with genitalia-covered post-it notes in order to learn how to use the feminine and masculine nouns.
This specific incident might not have been an episode of The Office, but anyone who knows the show has seen Michael Scott throw some fits.
From his iconic “NO, G-D! PLEASE NO! NOOOOOOOOOO” when realizing that Toby had returned to Dunder Mifflin after having moved back from Costa Rica, to screaming at everyone to stay calm during Dwight’s surprise fire drill, Michael has certainly made his voice heard. Still, it sounds like this OP’s boss has a bit more of a temper than our beloved Mike.
”I Have to Be Liked”
Alright, people. Anyone who claims that they’re a Jim probably isn’t a Jim. Jim is cool, calm, and collected — meaning that he really has nothing to prove to anyone.
This OP deeply believes that their boss actually resembles Michael Scott, to the point that they even included a quote from the first episode of season four, “Fun Run”. If that is indeed the mantra that the OP’s boss lives by, then he probably is the real-life version of the PA branch manager that we’ve all grown to love.
Shoo, Fly, Don’t Bother Me
Leave it to someone oblivious to find a rotting banana in their bag after leaving it in there for weeks on end. Michael Scott may have not done this specifically but he’s certainly as unobservant as this OP’s boss and so, we can understand why this person wrote this post, to begin with.
The best (or worst) part about this whole thing is that, in true Michael-esque fashion, the boss then tried to deny that the fruit flies were because of him. Well, how else would they have gotten there?
Same Same But Different
Usually, when you cover someone’s shift, you’re supposed to get paid for the hours that you work. We guess that because the OP was covering for their employer and not some co-worker, it was the perfect opportunity to take advantage.
The head honcho first offered the OP $50 to cover his shift. Then, rather than giving the OP the cash that was promised, “Michael” here handed over a comic book that he claims is worth $50. Hmmm, something sounds a little fishy.
What in Tarnation?!
Alright, we’d understand this boss’ freak-out had he not purchased everything himself. But, considering that he did buy everything and proceeded to stuff it all inside a closet, we can’t help but shake our heads.
This OP’s boss sounds like he’s very forgetful. Does that remind you of anyone in particular? Ding, ding, ding! That’s right — Michael Scott!
The Dwight to My Michael
Not only does our beloved Michael seem like he’s losing it at times, but we can also totally see him spending so much time in the sauna that he ends up passing out. And who better to rescue him than his trusty sidekick, Dwight Schrute?
We guess that makes this OP’s brother the Dwight of his company. But, nothing really gets us as much as the fact that Mrs. Michael Scott wants the street to be swept once a week.
If we didn’t know any better, we’d say that this is the actual character description of Michael Scott from the original script.
Everything from his wisecrack jokes to relying heavily on his employees, and even reading people’s resumes aloud so he can laugh at their previous job experience — this just screams Michael Scott. Alas, it is not a character description but rather a real story told by a Reddit user who actually had this boss.
While Michael Scott may have never gotten a divorce, viewers definitely did get a good look at his tumultuous relationship with none other than Jan Levinson (played by Melora Hardin).
It’s safe to say that Michael and Jan had a chaotic, on-and-off fling that was complicated by Michael’s stupidity and Jan’s mood swings. And if anyone remembers season four’s “Dinner Party”, then you’ll agree that their violent breakup might as well have been a divorce.
We don’t know about you guys but after reading this story, we had to think of Nellie Bertram (portrayed by Catherine Tate). She first appears as a guest star in the seventh season, where she interviews for the Regional Manager position at the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch.
She’s displayed as a crass, rude, irrational, and professionally/socially inept woman — basically a female version of Michael Scott. In any event, we can totally imagine Nellie spinning around in a new outfit, and fishing for compliments.
The Roast of Michael Scott
Hmmm, this story sounds oddly familiar. Does anyone remember “The Roast of Michael Scott,” when Darryl (played by Craig Robinson) calls Michael out for not knowing the name of one of the other warehouse guys?
His name is Michael, also! Naturally, because our Michael Scott is who he is, he screams out “Jefferson” when Darryl asks what the warehouse guy’s name is. We wonder if the OP has ever seen this episode. If he has, we sure hope he showed it to his boss.
Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe, or Pizza by Alfredo?
This definitely sounds like a Michael Scott move. Let’s just hope this OP’s boss didn’t kidnap the pizza delivery boy as Michael did during season four’s “Launch Party”. Don’t remember?
We’ll recap (spoiler alert) — Angela plans a launch party of the new Dunder Mifflin Infinity website, which Michael then scraps to plan his own party. He ends up ordering pizza from the wrong restaurant. When the pizza arrives and the pizza delivery guy doesn’t honor Michael’s coupon, he decides to hold the teenaged delivery boy hostage.
That’s What She Said
How many times did Michael Scott say “that’s what she said” throughout the series? Don’t worry — we counted. Michael uses the joke 44 times, and that’s not including the times other characters have used the phrase. Now, this joke has caused plenty of issues in Michael’s life, as he was reported for harassment.
So, basically, this OP’s boss shouldn’t just dismiss claims about one of the partners doing the same thing. Men don’t say things like that unless they lack a moral compass, and this OP shouldn’t have to take it as a compliment.
Leave it to Michael Scott — or a Michael Scott-esque person — to get distracted by shiny candy wrappers. On the one hand, it has to be pretty frustrating for all the employees in the office to put up with these kinds of interruptions, especially if they’re in the middle of an important meeting.
On the other hand, though, it’s a perfect way to deflect your boss’ attention when they’re busy yelling at you and your colleagues.
Jim May Be on to Something
This isn’t the first time that we’ve spoken about Michael’s color chart, and it probably won’t be the last — ya know, considering that most of the bosses on this list take after the King of Procrastination himself! Take this guy, for instance.
During this OP’s time on the job, their boss spent his days doing nothing besides wandering around the office (19% procrastinating) and making conversation (80% distracting others)… all whilst the Dwight Schrute of the company did the heavy lifting. Sounds about right.
Whether or not you’re a stickler for organization, there’s no denying that checklists can play an integral role in how productive your day turns out to be. Being able to complete a task and check it off your list of things to do is easily one of the best feelings.
Even so, it’s hard to understand why this OP’s boss placed such an emphasis on the checklist his employees were using. Perhaps your staff would perform differently if they had a better manager…
Old Man Michael Scott
So, basically, what this OP is really telling us is that her boss is the future, 70-year-old version of Michael Scott. And we all know that the older and older Michael gets, the crazier he becomes.
This could explain why this OP’s boss claimed that he invented Apple computers before Steve Jobs, held a knife-throwing contest, and came to the office wearing nothing but leopard print underwear and a pink cowboy hat.
The Best of Michael
Now, just because the other stories on this list are quite shocking doesn’t mean that people can’t also have good experiences with Michael Scott-like bosses! Take this OP, for instance.
They worked for a manager that genuinely cared about his employees’ well-being — which is not something you come across all too often. From the sounds of it, this OP and his co-workers only got the best of Michael Scott whilst being able to avoid the worst of him.
We’ll just say it — Michael Scott doesn’t belong anywhere near patients of any kind. After all, he couldn’t even pass the CPR class that he arranged for the office after Stanley suffered a heart attack. Anyway, even though the ‘big man’ in this story isn’t actually Michael Scott and is indeed a licensed dentist, something just doesn’t feel right.
Perhaps it’s the fact that this so-called dentist sent a patient home after pretending that their tooth had healed itself. And why? So he could have an hour of free time to throw the ball around.
It goes without saying that different countries have their own set of road rules. Even so, if this OP’s boss didn’t know how to drive in Germany, then he probably doesn’t know how to drive at all. Perhaps he’s originally from the UK?
Still, all you need to know in this case is to drive on the opposite of the road. Anyway, we’re not entirely sure how he hit eight cars! All we do know is that we’re not surprised that this boss tried to write his accident off on the company. Michael, is that you?
I’ve Got it Covered
In many companies, employees are expected to climb the ladder until they’ve reached a desirable managerial position. Now, even if this may have been the case for this OP’s boss, it’s obviously been a while since he’s had to step back into the shoes of one of his employees.
And that’s okay — sometimes you just need to refresh your memory! But, when you’ve failed to help one customer after 30 minutes, perhaps you should let your trusty staff member step in…
Just Spread False Gossip
Like many of the other items on this list, Michael Scott may have not done these specific things per se, but he may as well have. Does the first episode of the sixth season — “Gossip” — ring a bell?
Michael literally spreads a rumor that Stanley is having an affair before spreading a series of other false rumors to try to convince everyone that the original wasn’t true. No, it wasn’t a rumor about a hookup with some underage employee, but it still sounds like this OP’s boss is the epitome of Michael Scott.
Yep — clearly we’ve got Michael Scott right here considering that he can’t even spell his first name right!
But still, even if this OP cannot believe that his company made him a manager, he’s far too self-aware and owns up to his lack of knowledge… so much so that he can’t possibly be the Michael Scott of his company. We mean, our beloved Mike is the least self-aware person we know.
Keep Your Employees Happy
Well, that meeting escalated quickly, wouldn’t you guys say? After all, it all started with a small complaint and ended with a highly vivid threat. We hate to say it but this OP’s boss is bordering along the lines of crazy… and not Michael Scott crazy.
It’s no wonder why the OP considers this to be one of their worst job experiences ever. Here’s a message for all you employers and managers out there — the happier your employees are, the better life will be for everyone. Their mental well-being is so important and we can’t stress that enough!
Not Even Funny
We all know someone that lacks complete self-awareness, whether or not they’re our boss. Unfortunately, this OP had the real-life version of Michael Scott as a manager — and not in a funny way.
Not only did he make outwardly insulting jokes to put down the OP but he also stuck his nose where it didn’t belong. There’s no need for your unsolicited advice, rude names, or persistence to stay inside the country when you know full-well what your employee’s goals are.
What’s the Cloud?
Like it or not, people, but times are constantly changing. With the continuing advancement of technology comes endless social media platforms.
So, it goes without saying that this OP’s boss should have hopped on board and welcomed the internet with open arms. We have no idea whether or not the business ended up closing, being that the OP worked there back in 2012. But, let’s hope that this old-school boss has since changed his ways if his company is still up and running.
What better way to connect this post to Michael Scott than to discuss a season three episode called “Safety Training.” In the episode, Michael attempts to prove that life in an office is just as dangerous as the warehouse after Darryl injures himself and hounds Michael about it.
Eventually, Michael ends up on the roof of the building, where he then tries to show that depression caused by office life can lead to desperate and even fatal circumstances. We don’t know what’s worse — this or the active shooter idea that the OP’s boss came up with.
What the…? Anyone capable of shooting themselves in the leg with a nail gun should not be anywhere near this kind of equipment. How did the OP’s boss even wind up where he did, in that kind of position?
What makes this even worse is the fact that the OP clearly has more experience with these types of tools than his so-called boss does. From the sounds of it, though, this OP didn’t stick around to work for the rookie but was rather reminiscing about the days where he had Michael Scott as a boss.
Crossing a Line
Let’s be real — harassment in the workplace is not uncommon, as sad as that is. More often than not, though, you usually hear about a male in power harassing a female employee that works below him.
In this turn of events, the OP’s female boss would shamelessly harass her subordinate any chance she got. And while we can’t even count the ways and times that Michael has been inappropriate in the workplace, we’re not sure he was ever this bad…
Here we go again with yet another boss who refuses to change with the times. Sure — we have to give him credit for holding a discourse about an extremely significant current event but perhaps he should learn the correct lingo before he starts discussing a matter.
Whether or not someone corrected him, we’re just glad that this happened during a staff meeting rather than at a student assembly.