Internet applauds boss’s $15,000 “revenge” against CEO: “Well played”

In a now-viral post, a man said his former boss treated his entire team to a $15,000 dinner after their CEO uninvited them from a major company event.

Posting in Reddit’s “Malicious Compliance” forum under the username u/clevercubed, the man wrote: “Not allowed at the company party? Throw a bigger one and expense it!” The post has amassed over 18,000 upvotes and hundreds of comments praising the boss’s act of “revenge.”

“A few years ago I went to a very large week-long conference in Las Vegas,” u/clevercubed said at the beginning of his post. “One of the evenings our company was throwing a massive party for our customers. These parties were known to be epic, and everyone there to work the booth looked forward to it every year.”

At the last minute, however, their CEO told u/clevercubed’s entire team of engineers that they “weren’t allowed” to attend the party due to budgetary reasons.

Here, a stock photo of people at a dinner party. In a now-viral post, a man said his former boss treated his team to a $15,000 dinner after they were uninvited from a major company event.
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Our VP [vice president] protested [but he] was told just to take us all out for dinner on the company’s dime. So [he] took us all to a VERY expensive restaurant on The Strip and said, ‘Get anything you want. Let’s max out my company card!” u/clevercubed, wrote adding that they ultimately spent $15,000.

In an update to the post, u/clevercubed said the VP wasn’t fired following the dinner; However, he later quit and took “many” of the engineers with him.

Why People Quit

It’s not uncommon for people to flee a job due to bad management.

On Wednesday, for example, a worker said they once quit on the spot after being berated by their manager. And in July, a Redditor said they also quit a job once without providing notice after their CEO challenged them, saying, ‘If you don’t like it here, then leave.'” Of course, these workers aren’t alone.

Roughly 50 percent of those surveyed in a 2015 Gallup Poll said they previously left a job because of a bad boss. Additionally, 23 percent of those surveyed by LinkedIn in 2018 said “dealing with managers” was one of their greatest workplace challenges.

In an effort to determine which specific managerial behaviors upset employees the most, Signs.com polled over 800 workers and asked them what they believed the “most unacceptable manager behaviors” were, and “playing favorites” was number one on the list. Behind that was “making informal threats of termination,” using expense accounts for personal use and making “romantic advances” toward employees.

“Among the many relationships employees will develop at a company, those formed with one’s manager have a significant impact on the overall workplace experience, even more than one’s relationships with other peers,” Inc. Magazine completed in 2021.

Redditors React

But u/clevercubed’s post proves that not all bosses are bad. Many Redditors applauded the VP for getting “revenge” on his CEO and called him a “good leader.”

“I LOVE your VP. That’s fantastic!!!” u/GypsyRainCreate exclaimed.

“Well played,” said u/Turnthekey2669.

“VP did a big FU to the CEO but more importantly earned respect and loyalty from staff knowing he had their backs. That’s a good leader,” u/nobody-u-heard-of wrote.

Redditor u/mdgraller excitedly called the whole dinner the “revenge of the nerds!”

Newsweek reached out to u/clevercubed for comment.

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