HR Strange But True!
April 17, 2008

Here are a few items that didn't quite justify their own story but were too good not to mention.

Take this Job and...

Don't you hate it when people say that winning the lottery wouldn't change their lives, that they would keep on working and maybe buy a new car and fix up the house?


Our thanks to Livonia, Michigan's David Sneath for providing this reality check.

Sneath discovered he had won the $136-million Mega Millions jackpot last Wednesday (his 60th birthday) while reading a newspaper at his job at a Ford auto parts warehouse.

"I yelled out, 'I'm a winner! I won the lotto!'" Sneath told the Detroit Free Press. "I couldn't believe it. I went to my locker, I yelled to my boss, 'Hey, I'm done! I'm outta here!'"

Sneath, whose winning ticket was purchased for him by his son, said he will give $1 million each to four co-workers with whom he had played the lottery in the past.

He said his sudden departure was actually a blessing for his boss, who "doesn't have to take Prozac because I'm not there anymore."

An avid fisherman, Sneath added, "Me and walleye are going to become No. 1 buddies," the Free Press reported.

"I've worked for Ford for 34 years, but I won't be buying a Ford product," he said.

Ford may not be thrilled, but we like this guy.

No, You're Supposed to Pop Out of the Box

You can imagine the surprise of employees at a Jack-in-the-Box restaurant in South San Jose, California, when they were accosted at around 3 a.m. Monday by two female robbers who had climbed into the building through the tiny drive-up window. The employees surrendered cash and personal property to the women, one of whom simulated holding a weapon under her sweatshirt (though no gun was ever seen). The women then exited through the drive-up window and fled on foot.

Sure, HR Can Dish It out, but Can They Take It?

Regular readers of this column know that we have recently been running reader-submitted stories on everything from job applicant idiocy to termination transgressions. Well, reader Kathy Nesper thinks a little equal time is in order.

"I know you're reaching mostly HR people, but we're not all perfect either. How about some horror stories from the other side of the interview desk to both shame and challenge us? The idea was triggered for me just this morning when a friend went to interview for a job at a major home building supply chain store. Even though he was applying for a stocker position, he cared enough to wear a tie and arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled interview. The HR person was 1 ½ hours late and took two personal phone calls during his interview. Needless to say, it didn't exactly impress him with the professionalism of the company. So how about some 'HR person from h*ll' stories?"

We think that is a great idea, Kathy. Who better to provide some HR flubs and foibles than the HR pros themselves? Come on, give it up -- tell us about your (or your colleagues') funny or embarrassing slip-ups.

Sources:, KCBS,, Kathy Nesper

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