Since the majority of us have to work, it's pretty common to work with a few coworkers who make mistakes at their job.
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And while there is absolutely nothing wrong with making mistakes (because it's important to grow and learn!), some coworkers tend to take the crown when it comes to the kind of mistakes they make at work.
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So when I saw that Reddit user u/xk543x asked the Reddit Community: "What's the dumbest mistake you've seen an incompetent coworker make?" I knew the answers would be entertaining. So I rounded up some of the best responses below:
1."My wife worked at a gas station and found out her coworker, who had been there for years, had been refilling the napkin dispenser by cramming them one at a time through the front slot. She walked up, unfastened the back, and apparently his jaw hit the floor. He had never considered that there might be a better way to do this."
2."Working in pharmacy, a pharmacist gave a customer a flu shot and threw the used syringe in the container with the new syringes instead of the container to dispose them. Another pharmacist went to grab a new syringe later on and ended up getting stabbed with the used syringe. Caused a total shit storm."
3."Putting all the patients false teeth in a bowl together to soak on a dementia ward. It took us weeks to try and match patient to teeth — and no, they weren't marked up with the patients names. I doubt the right teeth ended up with the right patients. It was guess work."
4."At a Petco, all the Guinea pigs were in a big plexiglass enclosure with a center divider. Boys on one side and girls on the other. An employee decided that all the long-haired Guinea pigs should be on one side and short-haired ones on the other. It took forever to sort them out and all the females were pregnant."
5."I worked as a radiation protection tech at a power plant that was refueling. My job was to sit outside of a contaminated area and if anyone wanted to take something out of the area (tools, etc.) I had to make sure it didn't have any radioactive particles on it. To do this, you wipe the tool with something like a tissue and then hold the tissue up to a machine called a frisker. If the needle on the frisker goes above a threshold, then the tool has to be cleaned or left in the area. One day, I come back to relieve a guy who had been sitting outside the area for two hours. He tells me there have been no issues and everything has cleared. I look at the frisker, lean over and turn the machine on."
6."Removing the plastic wrapping from a pallet of five gallon cans of (highly flammable) acetone. He didn’t have a box cutter so he proceeded to melt it with a lighter. This was in the middle of a commercial paint warehouse. If it caught fire you would see it from space."
7."There was a guy who drove a forklift through a wall in the warehouse. We work in IT. It wasn't Michael Scott or Dwight. The guy was tasked with going to the storage area in the warehouse to get some laptops. When asked why he used the forklift (which he had never driven before or was even authorized to touch), he said, 'I thought it would help.'"
8."My coworker at the bowling alley had to walk down a lane where a group of very young children (maybe 4-8 years old) were bowling to retrieve a ball that had stopped in the gutter about halfway down to the pins. When he had picked up the ball, my other coworker told him to go walk it back down to the children. However, this guy had it in his mind that it would be best to bowl it back down at the group of small children instead. Luckily, one of the adults with the children was a big muscular guy who was able to stop the ball and pick it up without anybody getting hurt."
9."Emptying hot fryer oil into a plastic container. Guess how that went?"
10."He was making pizza and broke the pizza board (the thing with the handle you make the pizza on and then slide the pizza into the oven). I found the other one and he lost that. So I told him to make pizzas on one of the plastic cutting boards. He put the pizza into the oven on the board and just left it. The board melted. No more pizza that day."
11."He tried to retrieve his lighter from a deep fat fryer with his hands. Boy, was that fun to clean up."
12."The office we worked in was shut down due to COVID and the company went 100% remote. A new senior engineer was hired to work directly with our product team and also manage a team of developers. During our company wide weekly zoom meeting, after he was done presenting for the company, he turned his camera off but forgot to put himself on mute. 100+ people heard this man playing Fortnite and talking down about the company to someone else in the background among other things. He only lasted a month."
13."I used to work as a pharmacy tech. Most antibiotics for kids come as powder in a bottle. We add distilled water to make it liquid upon receiving prescriptions, as the solution only remains stable for 10 to 14 days, depending. One day, a father dropped an amoxicillin prescription for a child. The product was prepared and given to the father. He left. Two hours later, he came back and said the medication smelled funny. I think 'Duh. Medication often do.' But I still wafted the scent with my hand to my nose and he was right. Something was off. I gave the bottle to the pharmacist. He agreed and made another bottle right away. The original antibiotic bottle smelled like straight-up alcohol."
14."They took the wrong coffin to a funeral. Someone else had to drive to the cemetery with the correct deceased on board, and thankfully, they made it before the viewing."
15."A teacher nearly leaving a child behind on a field trip. We took a large group of five-year-olds to visit a farm/petting zoo/pumpkin patch. We had three vehicles. I was in charge of my own group, but I noticed one of the other teachers was being very lax in her supervision for most of the trip. When it was time to leave, I loaded my children on the bus (with some other adults) and did a head-count/attendance check. Before getting on my bus, I noticed that the other teacher had climbed onto her bus and sat down BEFORE the children boarded. She walked on first and had the kids follow her. I almost let it go, but my gut instinct told me she wasn't counting her students. Once they were all boarded, I walked back and climbed on her bus. She seemed irritated when she realized I was checking on her... I was not a supervisor or anything, I was just a fellow teacher, so she didn't answer to me in any way."
"She said something like, 'We're all good, let's go!' I knew how many were in each group, so without answering her, I did a quick count.
Sure enough, we were missing one. I ended up leaving the bus and going to find the kid myself. He was still on the playground with children from another school. When we got back to the bus, the other teacher blamed the kid! She said he 'wandered off.' Really, she is the one who gathered the group and left the play area, meaning she is the one who 'wandered off.' She was pissed when I went to the administration about the incident."