Most places you apply will ask for references, either personal or professional (or both), and I think most people are aware that you’re supposed to let your references know you’re putting them down, and like, ask permission.
Doing so eliminates awkward situations like this one, where a woman listed a place of employment where she’d worked only three weeks, and didn’t stop to wonder what her former boss might have to say about her.
That…was a mistake.
First of all, she only got the job because he was sort of doing her a favor, since they were from the same neighborhood.
She didn’t show up for the first day of work, nor the second, and when she arrived halfway through day 3 with a truly insane story, I think he must have been stunned into letting her stay.
They did right by her and she seemed to appreciate it.
That’s obviously not where this story ends, though.
A week later, she was up to her old tricks, but the story was even better this time.
Kidnapped, she said. Oh my god.
They paid her for her time, said they wished her well, and let her go – they had already replaced her with someone who came to work instead of inventing stories about why they couldn’t come to work.
She put them down for a reference, and when the potential employer called, no one could believe it.
There are always technically ways to get around things. You know that, right?
Employer to employer, they were speaking the same language.
I cannot believe she had the nerve to show up, but I love that they didn’t even have to lie to her.
She’s not really going to wonder, right? Like. She must know.
I don’t even know if this counts as malicious compliance, y’all. It’s just compliance.
You can’t not show up for most of the three weeks you work somewhere, take the paychecks, spin wild yarns, then get fired and expect them to have anything good to say.
You just can’t.
What do y’all think? If you’ve got an argument for this company being in the wrong, I’d love to hear it in the comments!