Worker's Story of Revenge on CEO 'A Decade In The Making' Delights Internet

An employee of a former company is drawing some humor and acclaim at the expense of a former boss, all because he followed his previous superior's own directions.

A Reddit post by u/WhoSc3w3dDaP00ch titled, "Forget everything about this place? A malicious compliance over a decade in the making," has over 18,500 upvotes in the "Malicious Compliance" subreddit.

'Malicious Compliance'

The Redditor, who never exactly specified where or what his former place of employment was, said that years ago he worked for a small company under a CEO who was "a miser of the first order."

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A Reddit post by an employee of a former company described how his former boss threatened him with lawsuits, so the poster got the last laugh in a certain way. iStock/Getty Images

Aside from allegedly cheapening out on employee compensation, the former boss also declined to invest $2,000 to $3,000 in image hosting fees in exchange for "millions" of dollars in returns as it related to image hosting for a large client.

"Me being an enterprising individual, I figured out a way to host the images on Flickr," the poster said. "I saved the login information in a physical notebook and kept informing them that this is a 'house of cards' and we really need to switch to a professional service."

Reportedly several months later, the Reddit poster was offered a promotion, but the CEO wouldn't sign off on a raise to go along with it. After negotiations went nowhere, the CEO told the Redditors to "leave if I didn't like it."

CEO told me to 'forget everything related to the job' and he'd sue me if I did anything with the client accounts...
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"So I left," the poster said. "CEO told me to 'forget everything related to the job' and he'd sue me if I did anything with the client accounts afterwards, IE sabotage or steal clients."

The poster obliged and even told the CEO he was leaving all pertinent information behind in a notebook. The CEO and a manager were notified of this via email that contained a full inventory that included invoices and contracts.

It also contained an entry that read: "Personal notebook—account notes and reference material (including image hosting logins)." It included the caveat, "Keep for reference."

It wasn't until recently that the Redditor received a "professional networking site" message from his old CEO, who allegedly threatened his former employee with a lawsuit if he did not share old accounts with him. It was likely due to Flickr changing its terms of service, the poster explained, leading to deleted images.

In over 10 years, nobody updated any documentation or the image hosting.
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"In over 10 years, nobody updated any documentation or the image hosting," the poster said. "Nobody bothered checking the email account either (that was used to log into Flickr account).

"I told him that I cannot help," the poster continued. "Per his request, I forgot everything I knew about his company and anything I knew was in that notebook I left him over 10 years ago."

Redditor Reactions

Numerous Redditors were delighted that the former employee chose to be a little petty about the situation.

"Should have just responded with 'Who are you?'" joked one Redditor.

"New company, who dis?" another suggested.

Yet another said she imagines this CEO walks around threatening to sue everyone in his life—from his dog to his children to God.

CEO to Dog: 'Sit or I'll sue you'
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"CEO to Dog: 'Sit or I'll sue you," she joked. "CEO to child 'clean your room or I'll sue you'."

Others commented on how the CEO only wanted to give the poster a promotion in job title, but no compensation.

"I need more than a title if I'm gonna accept more responsibility," one Redditor commented.

Another user who works in Scotland's public sector said, "The idea that a promotion wouldn't come with a pay raise is honestly completely baffling to me."

Data from 2020 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed an average performance-based raise of about 3 percent, which would equate to about $1,200 for someone making an annual salary of $40,000.

Career website Indeed.com says that promotional increases within the same company typically amount to around 3 percent, though employees who bolt companies for new ones "can expect a pay raise of about 10 percent to 20 percent."

In 2017, citing a survey of 1,200 worldwide professionals, the Society for Human Resource Management reported that 63 percent of respondents said they would prefer to get a promotion with no salary increase—rather than a salary increase with no promotion.

Newsweek reached out to the Reddit poster for comment.

Another disgruntled employee went viral saying he "hates" his job at a cinema because of the filth left behind.

A sign purportedly in front of a diner said that they were hiring but only offered a $0.50 pay raise each year, but that's not all it said.

"There's a lot to unpack here," @Gritty20202 captioned the photo as it was shared on Twitter.

It's not all doom and gloom at the workplace, though.

One study showed that 59 percent of businesses offered "Summer Fridays" where employees could have part of or the entire day off during the season, and 85 percent of employees say they enjoy this perk.