'You're a Legend': Man Allegedly Suspended From Work Over Meme

A delivery driver has claimed in a now-viral post that he received a two-day suspension from work after sharing a meme with his entire team criticizing management.

Posting to Reddit's "Antiwork" forum on Thursday, the driver Nickolas, shared screenshots of both the meme and a manager's response to it. The post has since amassed more than 52,000 upvotes and over 3,400 comments from Redditors who said Nickolas was a "legend" for sending the meme.

According to the screenshots, Nickolas sent the meme in response to a congratulatory message his team received from a presumed manager.

"Good morning everyone!!! Congrats on another FANTASTIC PLUS this week! Keep up the great work guys," the message read. "Please take a look at the scorecard and continue to ask questions on your focus key area."

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A delivery driver has claimed in a now-viral post that he received a two-day suspension from work after sharing a meme with his entire team criticizing management. "Since you feel this way, we will have a conversation with you when you come back this evening," a presumed manager responded to the meme. Chaay_Tee/istock

About an hour later, Nickolas sent the meme, which depicts a person drowning. As that person reaches out for help, a second person reaches back. But rather than pull the first person to safety, the second person simply offers a high-five and leaves the first person to drown.

In his version of the meme, Nickolas included text to draw parallels between the image and the company. The person drowning, he said, represents the company's "drivers with increased route sizes." Meanwhile, the second person represents the company's managers, who offer their drivers words of affirmation instead of financial compensation, he wrote.

Of course, the meme wasn't well-received by management.

"Nick, this is not the platform for this," a manager wrote back. "Since you feel this way, we will have a conversation with you when you come back this evening."

The conversation ultimately ended with Nicholas's alleged suspension.

Legal resources website HG.org explained that suspensions usually happen when an employee has been accused of violating their terms of employment or of certain other types of behavior, such as "imbibing alcohol or consuming drugs while on company property."

"While the suspension is a severe step to take, it is often important to investigate a certain matter brought to the attention of the employer," the site said." In many suspension situations, the worker is able to acquire payment or backpay if he or she keeps the job after the investigation ceases."

The "corrective action notice" Nickolas received does not state whether or not he will be paid during his alleged suspension period; however, it does state that he received the suspension for "mocking the integrity of the operation."

"Personally, I think you're a freaking legend. But realistically, that was like playing Russian roulette with six loaded chambers," commented u/rumorofskin.

"This is hilarious lol," wrote u/MoMoney3205.

"Time to be super petty at work and throw your boss under the bus for ANY/EVERY unprofessional comment they make to you," added u/cmoney9513. "In other news dude, you are a legend! A mad man, but a legend!!"

Newsweek reached out to Nickolas for comment.

Reddit's "Antiwork" forum has produced several viral posts in recent months. On Wednesday alone, a worker who claimed they quit their job after only three days went viral, as did an employee who said they were asked by their higher-ups to cancel their vacation.

And last week, a gym employee went viral after alleging that they were "forbade" from discussing pay with other employees.