'Five Buried, None Found': Worker Backed for Calling Police on Coworker

The internet has come to the defense of a hotel employee after calling the police on her coworker.

A woman—under the anonymous username u/throwawayclerk24638—has taken her situation to Reddit's "AmITheA**hole" forum to reveal what happened between her and her coworker during one of her night shifts. The viral post has over 14,000 upvotes and 1,000 comments.

The Redditor says she works the front desk at a hotel and works the night shift. She normally works with a coworker, but she admits they never really talk. During her first shift that she worked by herself, she noticed a mysterious figure in the parking lot very late in the evening.

"The lighting in the lot is terrible so you don't really see faces until they get close to the lobby door.) just standing there not moving for about five to ten minutes. I thought this was strange and of course it creeped me out," she wrote.

While watching the person, she noticed that they put their phone to their ear to which the front desk phone rang. She heard the person say "Five bodies. None found," in a low voice and then hang up. Freaked out by the short phone call, she decided to call the police.

Coworkers arguing
A Redditor took to the "AmITheA**hole" forum to see if she was in the wrong for calling the police on her coworker. wdstock/iStock / Getty Images Plus

When the authorities arrived, one came in to speak to the Reddit user and the other went to speak with the mysterious person in the parking lot. When the mystery person revealed themselves, it was only her coworker pulling a prank.

"He was upset saying he would have never pranked me if he knew I was going to call the police and try to get him arrested. I didn't go through with pressing charges but I did tell my manager what happened the next morning," she wrote.

Since the incident, she assumed that her coworker that pulled the prank told other people working at the hotel. The Redditor noticed that most of her coworkers didn't talk to her or gave her an attitude, which makes her think she might have gone too far with calling the police.

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Posters defended the woman.

"NTA. Your co-worker was trying to scare you on purpose, and now he's angry that you did what any reasonable person would have done under the circumstances," u/Biteme75 received the top comment with 25,000 upvotes.

u/throwawayclerk24638 responded to the top comment with, "Yeah my boyfriend thinks that my coworker was trying to scare me so I would quit my job and because it backfired, everyone is annoyed with me haha."

U/CrimeAid wrote, "NTA but this guy is bad news. He's in his 30s and spends his night off at TWO AM showing up to his job to prank his younger female coworker?! He should be fired. That's harassment and it's f**king creepy and weird not to mention unprofessional."

U/Narrow_Technology686 gave the Redditor some advice, "NTA. If I were you, I'd follow up with HR and make a formal complaint. It's hardly appropriate for a grown man to harass a younger woman (who is alone at night no less) and terrify her for his own weird enjoyment. Pranks are supposed to be funny, yeah?"

Newsweek has reached out to u/throwawayclerk24638 for comment.