Employee Bashed for Joke About Worker's Bike Crash: 'Should've Come By Car'

The internet has bashed an employee for the joke they made about a coworker's bike crash in a new post going viral on social media.

Published to Reddit's r/AmITheA**hole forum—which has over 4 million followers—an employee under the anonymous username u/Next-Leadership2388 shared his story in order to get the opinions of the "AITA" community. The popular post hs over 6,000 upvotes and 2,000 comments.

The original poster (OP) began their story by explaining that their coworker, "Hannah," doesn't like that the OP drives their car to work every day.

"Every time I mention traffic, parking or I'm a little late, she goes 'why don't you bike to work instead?'. Or 'should've taken the tram, it's immune to traffic', "the bike park has plenty of space', etc. It's incredibly annoying and she always does this," they wrote.

Recently, Hannah got into an accident where a car turned on her while she was riding her bike to work. She ended up having a broken arm and a concussion, the OP calling these "very minor injuries." To help her feel better, the OP's work put together a gift for Hannah where each coworker wrote something nice for her and someone would deliver it to her apartment.

Employee slammed for joking about bike accident
Two coworkers arguing. The internet has slammed an employee after they made a joke about their coworker's bike accident. Deagreez/iStock / Getty Images Plus

The OP said what he wrote, "My note said 'Should've come by car'. I thought it was a funny joke, but apparently not. It got delivered to her and she told the others, who came to me and called me petty and insensitive and are now acting very cold towars me. I think they are overreacting, it was just a joke."

Newsweek reached out to u/Next-Leadership2388 for comment.

Newsweek has published several articles regarding work including a "clingy" new employee slammed for reporting a coworker to HR, the internet shares hilarious hacks on how to leave work early, a post that was slammed for "begging" teens to get "real" jobs.

What is a concussion? What are the side effects and how is it diagnosed and treated?

Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury that occurs when you hit your head with or on something hard, or something happens to your body that causes your head to rapidly move back and forth. The sudden movements can cause your brain to twist in your skull which creates chemical changes in the brain that can possibly stretch and damage brain cells, according to the CDC.

If you ever think you hit your head too hard, some side effects of concussions include confusion, headaches, vision disturbances, dizziness or imbalance, nausea or vomiting, memory loss, ringing ears, difficulty concentrating, sensitivity to light, loss of smell or taste and trouble falling asleep, via the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

How do healthcare professionals diagnose concussions? Doctors will ask the patient about the injury, signs and symptoms and review medical history, according to Mayo Clinic. Doctors will evaluate the patient's vision, hearing, strength and sensation, balance, coordination, reflexes, memory, concentration and ability to recall information. Brain imaging tests including a CT scan or an MRI may be necessary. Depending on how major the injury is, a patient may need to stay at the hospital overnight for observation.

Per Johns Hopkins Medicine, plenty of sleep at night and naps during the day is a part of the treatment of a concussion. Other treatment methods include avoiding certain physical activities and sports and some may suggest medication for headaches.

Redditors' responses

"[You're the a**hole]. I wouldn't consider a broken arm and a concussion "very minor injuries". What a s**tty thing to write. I hope you feel very superior," u/Adorable_Accident440 exclaimed, receiving the top comment with over 19,000 upvotes.

"[You're the a**hole]. A concussion and broken arm are serious. You also know it wasn't just a joke. And dollars to doughnuts, your coworker makes those comments to you about biking to work not because she's all high and mighty about her mode of transportation, but because she's tired of you being LATE," u/Careful_Fennel_4417 said.

U/Jess1ca1467 wrote, "You were smug, insensitive and petty [You're the a**hole]."

"I'm betting that you're pretty annoying with your complaints about traffic and parking and she's making comments out of her irritation with YOU. Regardless, [you're the a**hole] because a concussion and broken arm ARE fairly serious injuries and you were intentionally being a petty jerk," u/quackerjacks45 commented.

About the writer

Ashley Gale is a Newsweek reporter based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her focus is reporting on trends. She has covered trends, culture and lifestyle extensively. Ashley joined Newsweek in 2022 and had previously worked for Popsugar, Ranker, and NewsBreak. She is a graduate of Temple University. You can get in touch with Ashley by emailing a.gale@newsweek.com. Languages: English.

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