Almost nothing is as frustrating as employers who have rules that seem totally arbitrary, or that are applied so selectively it can be impossible to get a handle on how you’re supposed to behave on the job.

Luckily, there are always those employees who will maliciously comply with what they’re told to do, giving employers the chance to see just how stupid those rules were in the first place.

This guy, who went from loving his job to not, is a perfect example.

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He kept getting more and more responsibility due to layoffs, but no more money to go along with it.

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Things came to a head after new management arrived, and some of their more dubious policies possibly contributed to this guy’s collapsed lung.

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They were after him to quit, pulling out all of the stops along the way.

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In response, he went on a mission to make their plant the very safest one in the history of ever.

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He went back to doing the one job he was hired for.

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He would refuse to do things based on the “rules,” which he was following “to the letter,” just as they were. He waited to see whether they would blink first, because he wasn’t going to.

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He went around with OSHA rules, generally making their lives difficult, until one day, a manager took the bait.

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The employee was delighted. The manager, not so much.

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The guy did finally move on, but loved hearing that they had to hire 5 people to do what he had been doing previously, and it still wasn’t getting done well.

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This is why you treat people like human beings, managers.

They will happily go above and beyond, money be damned, if you do.

If you don’t, well…you could end up getting the short end of the stick in every way possible.