12 People Share the Worst Cases of Incompetence They’ve Ever Seen


Morons. They’re everywhere. EVERYWHERE. We’d like to think that all this technology we use every day has advanced our brains too, but that’s simply not the truth.

Take a look at the 12 entries below and weep for the future of humanity.

1. Genius

There was a guy who was famous among electricians for his stupidity. The best by far was when a foreman asked him to “Clean out that trailer and burn everything.”

He cleaned it out then burned down the trailer.

2. Kitchen Novice

Had one of my chefs chopping and blanching chips/fries, a job usually left for whatever commis was on shift but we were short that day so I got him on it.

He had a large container full of water and after he had chopped would dump the fries in there to soak the starch out. Usually you would drain them and then fry. Well he just walks straight over to the fryer and dumps the whole thing in, water included…

I’m in shock at this point but run over and drag him away and then lunge for the emergency electricity cut off switch, hit that then move away.

The oil fizzes for a few seconds and then just erupts and fills the kitchen will gallons and gallons of oil.

One of the stupidest things I’ve ever seen happen in a kitchen.

3. “Don’t say this part”

I was assistant to a VP at a bank. One of my duties was to make him look good each Monday morning for the meeting. I would print out his homework from the past week and keep it all tidy so he could just rattle it off.

One Monday, he literally said, “Don’t say this part” from my notes… wow, dude, I couldn’t have made it too much easier.

4. Nitroglycerin

I was doing contract work in Miami for a drug company making a product containing nitroglycerin.

They had a chemist, Ph.D, who I thought did some odd things, but one fine day we had a meeting across town with him in it. It was a planned meeting. The subject material was known to all days before it…

During this meeting, the good doctor gets up to make some point. This prompted him to start drawing a stick figure of nitroglycerin on the whiteboard.

He drew three carbons. So far, so good…

And then another, and finally a fifth.

I looked at my boss (I’m an R&D engineer, physicist by degree) and he saw it too.

Nitroglycerin doesn’t have 5 carbon atoms in it. It has 3.

While this might be a little nit picky, this guy was the chemist for this plant, with Ph.D, and nitroglycerin delivery was the entire point of the product.

I checked everything I saw from him after that lest it become my mistake.

5. Fun with chemicals!

We have this chemical we have to inject in our process to make sure solids don’t come out of the liquid. We have been warning this particular customer for months that the level of this chemical was low and dropping, and they better add some stat.

Instead they decide to use the Kramer approach and push it to the last drop. Now they have solids in all their tanks and pumps, causing them to have to shut down and clean out every piece of equipment manually, and losing production for about a week – that’s a couple of million bucks down the drain, good jobs guys!

6. DMV

I was getting my drivers license renewed in Chicago. I needed to get a vision check. I put my eyes up to the machine. The clerk said “please read the (couldn’t hear what number she said) line”. I asked “could you repeat that?” Her response: stamped my paperwork and said “go pay the clerk.”

7. Oil and Water

We have a coolant circuit that uses distilled water. Occasionally the tank is a little low and needs to be topped off. We tell a guy to refill it. Later we come back and we see empty oil jugs next to the tank. Noooo he didn’t…there’s no way… Sure enough there is now a ton of oil in our water system.