NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Everyone makes mistakes on the job sometimes, but how many workers count dropping a baby among those mistakes?
“As soon as the sucker popped out she was quite slippery fell out of my hands right onto an ambulance floor as I was handing her to my partner,” one former paramedic explained on Reddit, under the user name Paramedic_Throwaway1. “In the end it was okay, but the mother almost literally murdered me (understandably of course).”
This shocking admission came in response to a prompt on the social news site asking users for their worst work mistakes. Hundreds of commenters weighed in with incredible stories of breaking valuable work equipment, making major email snafus and yes, in a couple cases, unintentionally injuring children on the job. Each of the comments comes from anonymous users so there is always the chance that some may be exaggerated, to say the least, but if nothing else, the revelations should make you feel a little bit better next time you screw up at work.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Accidentally sent out the salaries of every one of our executives and the owner to about 100 people in the company… I requested info from hr (just a list of eligible employees for something) and what they sent had the default sheet 1/sheet 2/sheet 3 tabs at the bottom of the workbook... Sheet 1 was the list I had requested, sheet 2 was for some reason, executive compensation. It sucked.
We handled email and promotional communications for pharmaceutical companies, but the way our system worked was incredibly stupid, you selected the ID number of a campaign out of the database, and the entire thing keyed off of that tiny number, but you had to retype that number into about a dozen places to get everything right, and it never checked anywhere to make sure that the numbers all matched.
So I had to send out emails for item 48, and I typed that in correctly everywhere, except for the statement that would pull the recipient list together. There, I typed in 49.
The end result? A correctly formatted, timely, relevant email communication about a new drug was emailed out...to the pharma's direct competitor list. About 400 sales reps at the wrong company got information they shouldn't have. It was MAJOR egg on my face.
I was working on one of those TV shows where you do stupid things in public and film peoples reactions. In the skit we were doing, a man would be jogging with a stroller containing a life-like baby doll, and I was going to hit him with a car. The jogger was wearing bright green (they dress funny on these shows so that you don't mix up the cast with pedestrians).
So I'm cruising up to the stop sign in a beat up old ford, my adrenalin is really pumping (this was my first time actually being involved in a skit). I see the bright green jump suit, and I gun it.
I hit the wrong guy. It was just some dude jogging with his kid. I realized what happened when the guy I hit didn't jump onto the hood the way you're supposed to in these stunts. I honestly don't remember anything about the incident after that, I was in shock. The dad had a few broken bones, the baby was fine.
Needless to say there was a huge settlement payed out. I'm currently pursuing an unrelated career.
Once, I broke the arm of a child I was supposed to be taking care of.
I was doing some relieving work at a kindergarden which I had worked at before, and we took the children out for a walk. We were walking through this huge field of long grass, and the children were jumping around and having a great time, and one of them suggested I throw them into the grass, like their Dad did. Soon everyone wanted a turn, and I was throwing them into a big pile of grass. It was great. But one girl had her turn and started to cry once she was thrown into the grass, We figured that she had just got a fright, so we walked back to the kindergarten. But she kept crying, she was inconsolable. We called the parents and they took her to the doctor.
Turns out that she had landed badly and fractured her arm. I felt terrible about it, and even worse when I saw her with her arm in a cast, but the parents were really good about it and brushed it off as "just one of those things". Still, it took me a while before I could bring myself to work there again.
What’s your worst office screw up? Let us know in the comments section!