An employee broke an office printer rule and paid a fine, only to catch their manager breaking the same rule, leading to the abolishment of the rule and a pizza lunch for the team.
A Strict Boss
Many years ago, the Original Poster (OP) worked for an organization that provided front-line customer service.
Although it was a decent place to work, the manager (K) had many rules.
No Personal Printing
One of these rules was that personal printing was not allowed with the printers at work, and if an employee did print something personal, they were expected to pay $0.50 per page for black and white printing and $1.00 per page for color.
A Ridiculous Rule
OP was not sure who made this rule, but K constantly reminds them of it.
Desks were not assigned at the organization, meaning that any day an employee could sit at any desk, depending on their assigned tasks for the day.
Preparing for an Interview
One day, OP was interviewing for another job within the organization, but at another location.
Prior to the interview, the manager of the other department asked if OP would mind printing a copy of their resume and bringing it with them, as their printers were down for the day.
OP agreed and decided to print it at work since it was work-related.
Caught Breaking the Rules?
The closest printer was located between K’s desk and an employee’s desk.
OP printed the resume and stood up to get it. Before OP could get to the printer, K got there first.
OP’s print job went ahead of hers.
When K saw what OP had printed, she accused them of printing something personal.
It Wasn’t Personal!
OP explained it was not personal, but K disagreed and said that since it had nothing to do with their day-to-day work, she had to pay $2.00 for four black and white pages.
OP begrudgingly paid up and asked what would happen to the money.
K said she always put it in the Christmas party fund.
A Quiet Lunchtime
A few weeks later, OP was sitting at the desk with the printer during lunchtime, and everyone except K agreed to go to a nearby restaurant for lunch.
OP realized they had forgotten their wallet and quickly returned to the office to retrieve it.
Caught in the Act
Upon arriving at their desk, OP heard the printer go and saw at least 100 pages printed in color, announcing a sweet 16 for K’s daughter.
A Sarcastic Comment
OP picked up the pile and passed it to K, telling her that the Christmas party fund was getting a big boost.
The Christmas Party Fund
A few weeks later, the district manager made his quarterly visit and talked about the upcoming Christmas party.
OP decided it was time for some petty revenge and raised their hand to ask how much the organization had accumulated for the Christmas party from print jobs.
The district manager was confused and asked OP to explain.
OP told him about K’s printing rule, and the district manager said he would have to review it.
Change to the Rules
The next day, K sent an email saying the printing rule was something she was misinformed about and would be abolished immediately.
OP hit reply all and asked what would happen to the already accumulated funds.
Someone else suggested having a nice healthy fund for a pizza lunch, and everyone agreed.
The next day, OP heard K ordering 10 pizzas for lunch and using her own personal credit card to pay for it all.
Having the Last Laugh
While OP suspected K had been pocketing the printing money all along, it was still fun to make her sweat and then watch her spend nearly $300 the next day to make up for it.
Fire and Prosecute
One Redditor wrote, “OP is an absolute legend. These are the stories that get me through the workday.”
Another said, “I mean if she was pocketing the print money all along from her employees that’s major theft and she should be fired and prosecuted.”
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