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Boss Has Contest With Employees to See Who’s Getting Fired [AUDIO]

This is not a misprint.  This actually happened!  This brings the term “insensitive” to a brand new level-an actual contest amongst employees of a convenient store  to see who’s getting canned next!

According to a story on, the boss of a convenient store in Iowa held a contest.  Wow!  Doesn’t this sound like fun?  (sarcasm alert). 

Here was the actual memo from the boss, according to the article:

To win our game, write on a piece of paper the name of the next cashier you believe will be fired. Write their name [the person who will be fired], today’s date, today’s time, and your name. Seal it in an envelope and give it to the manager to put in my envelope.

“Here’s how the game will work: We are doubling our secret-shopper efforts, and your store will be visited during the day and at night several times a week. Secret shoppers will be looking for cashiers wearing a hat, talking on a cell phone, not wearing a QC Mart shirt, having someone hanging around/behind the counter, and/or a personal car parked by the pumps after 7 p.m., among other things.

“If the name in your envelope has the right answer, you will win $10 CASH. Only one winner per firing unless there are multiple right answers with the exact same name, date, and time. Once we fire the person, we will open all the envelopes, award the prize, and start the contest again.

names on post it notes
photo by Richie Phillips

We had a chance to talk about this on the show this morning.  Here’s how that went down:

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I don’t know about you, but this really made me shake my head. It’s totally unfair, insensitive, makes people worry about their futures,  creates hatred amongst each other- I could go on and on.   (but it sure would be effective to keep people on their toes if used in the right situation-LIKE CONGRESS!)

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever heard a boss do?  Would love to know!

(PS-the photo that I used was not the actual convenient store chain that this happened to-I was just looking for a picture of a convenient store and I conveniently found this one!)

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