A recent post on Reddit’s Petty Revenge left readers open-mouthed as it documented how one office worker caused an ex-employee to lose all her severance pay for violating company policy. The original poster (OP)told of the incident ten years ago in which he disliked the office ‘Karen,’ someone the OP disliked for being a boomer who did not understand tech.
He explained that the woman had the title of project manager. Still, this title did not accurately describe her role as she did what he thought were non-important jobs relating to office running.
The OP said he was handed a project to manage as it appeared too difficult for the woman to handle. It became apparent that there was friction between the two, with the woman stonewalling him and delaying essential aspects of the project he was running.
When staff layouts were made sometime later, the woman was among the first to leave, earning a 3-month settlement due to her 15 years in the role. A condition of the redundancy settlement was that she was to sign an NDA and hand over all company files.
When the woman left, the man could not find any of the critical files he needed, so he took it upon himself to mail the woman at her personal address that she had left stored on the company email. The message read:
“Hi, Karen – I heard about your departure. I hope you can use the time to take the vacation you talked about. I went to grab some of the files but noticed they were missing. Do you have backups you could share?”
Instead of responding to the email with the information that the OP needed, the ex-employee told him, “Don’t pretend to be nice. I wouldn’t be surprised if you helped me get fired. Good luck finding any of those files. I DELETED EVERYTHING. Scr*w you.”
It is safe to say that this did not go down well as the boss was cc’d in the email, and as her actions were deemed in breach of rules, he stopped the woman’s severance pay.
If you feel this is very harsh, like us, you are not alone in your thoughts. Most people were annoyed that the OP used boomer as a negative word, saying, “Wow, guess you hate boomers. FYI, there are “Karens” in every generation.”
While the woman gained empathy from many readers, others pointed out that she should not have been so st*pid, saying, “I still don’t understand why people use their work email for anything personal. So st*pid. Well done!”.
Another Reddit fan said, “That’s cold, but it sounds like she devoted some serious time in tryin’ (sic) to scr*w you over. That was well played. I mean, she didn’t make it hard, lol, but for well played.”
Others blamed boomers in general, saying, “Because they are too st*pid to set up their own email. I am regularly amazed at how technologically illiterate some people are.”
Some people pointed out that the woman should not have been to blame as they had a duty to stop her lack of tech knowledge from getting too far. They said: “Ok, this was ten years ago, but I have to ask, why wasn’t IT shutting off the user account for someone who was being laid off?”
Another said that her age had nothing to do with it, with these thoughts “ Age doesn’t matter. I would say the younger generations are some of the worst. If it’s not an iPhone, they don’t care or understand.”
With so many split opinions on whether this was a boomer issue or a ‘Karen’ issue, one lesson learned is that you should not use your personal email at work, and another is that you should always look at the terms of your severance pay!