SimplyFired.com, an offshoot of the jobs site SimplyHired.com, recently held a contest. "Tell us your funniest, saddest, most outrageous story about how you were fired or laid off," the site told visitors, and you might win "a cool prize."
First prize was a free Caribbean cruise, and it wnt to Jim Garrison, a 39-year-old computer engineer from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, who had a tale of being fired for eating two slices of pepperoni pizza.
Garrison said the slices were among six he had found leftover from a company meeting. What he didn't know at the time, he said, was that several other employees already had worked out a plan to take the pizza home with them. When they discovered Garrison had pre-empted them, they reported him to management. And that ultimately led to his firing last November--a month after the incident.
The runners-up in the contest--there were more than 1,000 entries--included a furniture mover who got fired after he and a co-worker were caught fencing with some adult toys they had found in a customer's bedroom; a worker who misunderstood a manager's instructions to send some sensitive data to microfilm and instead e-mailed it to a "Michael Finn"; and a warehouse worker found doing perverse things with prosthetics made by his employer. Many of the other entries are posted on the SimplyFired site.
Sources: SimplyFired.com and the Associated Press, via the San Francisco Chronicle