Boss beat up for telling worker to ignore rule and then got angry for ignoring it

A boss was beaten for telling an employee to disobey a work rule, but then got mad at him for ignoring it.

Posted on Reddit’s r/MaliciousCompliance forum, an employee under the anonymous username u/MrSatterday45 shared his story and received over 11,000 upvotes.

The original poster (OP) began their story by describing what they do for a living.

“I work in a large hub facility for a well-known shipping company with the main vans delivering packages to homes and small businesses,” they said.

The employees scan the package with special scanners that help them put the packages on the right truck so that they are delivered to the right place. But the trucks also have sensors, so if a package is accidentally placed on the wrong truck, the scanner “howls”.

The OP explains that the “main antagonist” of the story was his former superior “Alen”.

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Upstairs, an employee is arguing with his manager. Posted in Reddit’s r/MaliciousCompliance, a boss was dragged after telling an employee to disobey a work rule, but then got mad at the worker for ignoring the rule.
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“He was always pacing the trucks to watch us work, watching us from afar or up close with his arms crossed to get us to work faster and constantly telling us we should all ours despite the fact Pack packages when they get to us They walk around on a moving conveyor belt that literally drags them back if we miss them and told us to load up on our larger packages as soon as we get them, although it’s harder to get through moving the trucks and placing other packages on shelves and even jumping in some people’s trucks to move packages in the “right” direction (his direction),” they wrote.

Alen sent messages to a group chat full of employees to share shift start times and the number of scans each worker is doing. Alen insists that they shouldn’t aim for misloaded packages.

The conflict arose while the OP was working a usual shift on the conveyor. Their scanner failed because the devices were sensitive and often had problems. They asked Alen to fix it or get them a new one. Alen tells them to continue loading the truck without a scanner and using the labels on the packages, which is not allowed.

The OP decided to stack the packages next to the truck so they can scan them when they get a new scanner. When Alen comes to check on the staff, he tells the OP to stop stacking and just load them onto the truck. The OP was upset but did as they were told to avoid conflict.

Later in the shift, Alen sends a group message to the staff with their speed count and the OP was at the bottom of the list. Alen again insisted that every package must be scanned before being loaded onto a truck. Alen personally spoke to the OP to discuss his misloads. They were upset but were new to the job and didn’t want to argue with their manager and made a mental note to scan each package before loading it.

Months later, the OP announced that Alen is leaving his position and is in the process of training the person who will replace him. The OP was grateful he went as they were sick of his “micromanagement and harassment”. The Redditor explains that his scanner failed again and has the same conversation with Alen about placing the packages in the truck. The OP decided to stack the packages outside until they get a working scanner.

The OP wrote: “Alen comes back with the trainee by his side. He asks me what I do and I tell him that I stack my packages. Once again he tells me to keep loading my trucks, and this time I reply, telling him I’m not loading them without a scanner. I have to admit that by this point I was done with Alen and overwhelmed by my anger raising my voice and getting a little shaky because I have a very hard anger to deal with, especially after dealing with his shit for so long.

“The trainee tries to calm the situation down and tells me to just keep stacking and they’ll get a scanner straight away but is interrupted by Alen telling me again to load my trucks, louder this time. I bluntly answer no and.” It goes back and forth like this for almost half a minute until I finally tell him to write it to me because I won’t get fired for it. Remember we are not supposed to load a package without scanning it and may indeed get in trouble if they can prove us [did] it on purpose,” the Redditor continued.

Alen asked her if he should get the superintendent to scare the OP. Alen wants to go higher but doesn’t return. The trainee returns with a working scanner, apologizes to the OR, and tells him to get back to work. The OP said they didn’t see Alen for the rest of his final week.

news week contacted u/MrSatterday45 for comment.

How to deal with a toxic boss

Are you in a similar situation as the OP? Do you think you have a “toxic boss” and don’t know what to do about it? According to, here are some tips on what to do when you’re having trouble with your boss:

  • Make a decision whether to stay or quit.
  • Find friends in your workplace as they may notice the same traits in your boss. Don’t gossip, however, as this could hurt you in the long run.
  • Stay professional even when you’re frustrated.
  • Find fun hobbies to do outside of work to distract yourself.
  • Vent to a trusted friend, family member, or co-worker.
  • If you can’t quit the job, try to learn their leadership style.
  • If things don’t change, talk to HR and take detailed notes on your boss’s tactics.

news week has published several articles on conflict in the workplace, including stories about a new mom who was praised for scolding her boss for asking her to go back to the office, a woman who barred her co-worker from having lunch together, and how a worker was applauded for insulting her manager in front of her new boss.

Redditor reactions

“I’ve got to love a boss who is willing to go to his own boss and report his incompetence. Saves you the unsavory task of jumping over your boss’ head. That’s the beauty of malicious compliance,” exclaimed u/sheepdog411.

“Alen saw things like this happen before, Alen probably went to the senior manager to try and get the senior manager on his side, only to be rebuked for wanting you to violate company policy,” said u/VersatileFaerie.

“Alen sounds like the boss who expects you to do your job his way but gets mad when you don’t because he didn’t train properly,” u/AngryYank2

U/NerdyCD504 commented: “As someone who might work at the same well-known shipping company…damn good to you. God knows I’ve had to deal with crappy scanner problems too many times. “ Boss beat up for telling worker to ignore rule and then got angry for ignoring it

Rick Schindler

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