Worker Applauded for Insulting Manager in Front of New Boss: 'My Fantasy'

In a now-viral post, a man said he once "told off" his manager in front of his manager's boss.

Posting in Reddit's "Petty Revenge" forum under the username u/Pawpaw-22, the man wrote: "Want to discipline me in front of your new boss? Bad move." The post has garnered over 10,500 upvotes and hundreds of comments calling the man a "hero."

In his post, u/Pawpaw-22 said the "worst part" about his former job was his "super controlling" direct manager, who once used him as a "whipping boy" in an attempt to "impress" a new boss.

"[My direct manager] got a new manager and [wanted] to show how tight he runs his team...[so] he calls me into a room with only the new manager and starts going over times I didn't fill in my Salesforce information on time and how I was late meeting him [once] for an early morning meeting at a diner," u/Pawpaw-22 wrote.

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Here, a photo of two workers arguing. In a now-viral post, a man said he once "told off" his manager in a meeting with their new boss. fizkes/istock

Eventually, u/Pawpaw-22's manager asked u/Pawpaw-22 if he had anything to say for himself, to which u/Pawpaw-22 responded: "Well, for one thing, I've never had a manager as bad as you. All of the team goes miles out of their way to avoid you, and none of them like you or respect you. This job is a dead end and you are the worst micromanager of my life...there is no turning around your poor management, so I quit."

At that, u/Pawpaw-22 said he left and later founded his own consulting company.

"I don't usually ever burn bridges, but damn did this one burn beautifully!" he concluded.

Bad Bosses

Many Redditors said the story perfectly illustrates the adage that people leave bosses, not jobs—something many American workers have done.

Roughly half of those surveyed in a 2015 Gallup poll said they previously left a job because of management. A 2018 survey conducted by online course provider Udemy yielded similar results, leading Inc. Magazine to conclude that "among the many relationships employees will develop at a company, those formed with one's manager have a significant impact on overall workplace experience... ."

In fact, a 2020 survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that 84 percent of U.S. workers believe "poorly trained people managers create a lot of unnecessary work and stress," and 57 percent said their managers "could benefit from training on how to be a better people manager."

With all this information in mind, Johnny C. Taylor Jr., president and CEO of SHRM, said: "There is no relationship in the workplace more powerful than the one between people managers and employees. As working Americans challenge organizations to manage and lead differently, those that don't will find themselves left behind."

Redditors React

Many Redditors applauded u/Pawpaw-22's response, and some called him their "hero."

"I wish I could buy you a beer right now," u/Thepatrone36 said. "That was beautiful and congrats on your company. I wish you all the success."

"Sometimes, you just have to burn a bridge or two. Bravo," u/Current-Mission-5521 wrote.

"You are my hero," u/itsmeagain42664 commented.

"My fantasy," u/Fun-Beginning-42 added.

Redditor u/Pawpaw-22 told Newsweek that he didn't plan on confronting his manager that day.

"I did not know or even think I was going to do that...[but] this guy was using me as a punching bag, and I remember the fork in my mental road where I normally would've thought this stuff but not said it, and I just went for it. I am so glad I did too, always be somewhere where people value you," he said.

Other Viral Moments

In July, Redditors praised an employee who said they once quit their job without providing notice.

And in August, commenters applauded a worker for his "mic drop" resignation moment.