HR Strange But True!
April 28, 2011

Michael Scott, the politically incorrect Regional manager at Dunder Mifflin on The Office, has had his fair share of outrageous moments. All we can say is, thank goodness he’s a character on a TV show and not an actual boss. Can you imagine the lawsuits!

Fans can now vote for Michael’s top blunder on the show’s website. Here are a few leading the ranks :

  • In an attempt to get Toby, the HR manager, out of the office, Michael plants a fake bag of marijuana in Toby's desk.
  • In attempt to prove that he isn't homophobic, Michael kisses Oscar, a male employee.
  • Michael hits Meredith, an employee, with his car in the parking lot.
  • Michael accidentally sends a vacation photo of himself and Jan—his girlfriend and colleague—to the entire office.

Apart from actions, Michael Scott has been known for his outlandish comments. Here are a few that highlight his unusual management style:

“Would I rather be feared or loved? Um, easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.”
“Toby is in HR, which technically means he works for corporate, so he's really not a part of our family.”

“When I discovered YouTube, I didn’t work for five days. I did nothing. I watched Cookie Monster sing Chocolate Rain about a thousand times.”

“I want to go and find out something about myself. I want to get out of here. All the cliques ... office politics. Fluorescent lighting. Asbestos.”
“Remember when people used to say boss when they were describing something really cool. Like, “those shoulder pads are really boss man.” ”Look at that perm, that perm is so boss!” It’s what made me want to become a boss … But now, boss is just slang for jerk in charge.”
“It goes to show that everything you want in life you get. And you can't work for it. It just comes to you.”
“There are 5 stages to grief … Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. And right now, out there, they are all denying the fact that they're sad and that's hard and it's making them all angry. And it is my job to get them all the way through to Acceptance, and if not Acceptance, then Depression … If I can get them depressed, then I'll have done my job.”


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