Revenge of the Underdog: How One Man Took Down His Bullying Boss

A Reddit user turned to the online community to rant about a superior who kept stealing their hard work, so they confessed to finally doing something about it.

Friendly Team Spirit

OP (Original Poster) does data analysis for their day job for various financial firms.

They are based in Europe, but recently got a new line manager from America.OP says that they typically get along with their American colleagues, but this guy makes that hard to do so.

OP is struggling to understand how this person was promoted to the position they are in now since they know very little about the industry that they work in.

Taking Credit

OP has to frequently present to the board at this company. Before the presentations, the American colleague would go through the slides beforehand and ask OP about them.

Then during the big meeting, the colleague would make a point of asking very good questions and statements to the group, all from the information that OP had shared with them beforehand. OP felt like the colleague was getting all the credit for the work that they were doing!

Turning the Tables

Once OP realized what this colleague was doing, they started to be a bit more careful about what they shared with the colleague.

OP admits to also then asking questions to the colleague in front of the board, just to make them look stupid.

Once the colleague realized what was going on, they then made OP present all the information to him beforehand and the colleague would just deliver it all himself to the board.

This made OP very upset, so they decided to do something about it and take revenge.

Late Slides to the Meeting

During the next meeting, OP created a few slides in the PowerPoint that were not connected to the presentation.

OP was able to quickly able to add these in and the colleague didn’t see them in the presentation prep. The meeting then began and OP couldn’t wait for the fun to begin.

One of the secret slides displayed a picture of a baby kangaroo right in the middle of the projected Q3 earnings.

The colleague was very flustered and was barely able to get through the next few slides.

Tom Brady Exposed

They started to regain their composure only to then flip to an image of Tom Brady’s bare chest with the regional analysis displayed on it.

The board started to get annoyed that the colleague seemed to be joking around by adding all these odd slides to the presentation. The meeting started to settle down again until it came to the final slide.

It first showed the typical “Any Questions?” ending, but then came the faded picture in the background which was of the CEO’s daughter posing in a bikini, taken from her Instagram page.

The colleague quickly made some apologies and left the room in a hurry.

The colleague went up to OP immediately after and wanted to know how those images made it on to the presentation.

Hackers Perhaps – Or Karma?

OP lied and immediately stated that they knew nothing about it. OP claimed that maybe a hacker had gotten into the presentation and added all of the nonsense?

The colleague took the bait and believed them.

However, the board was still not happy about how everything went and demoted the colleague to a junior level.

Six months later, OP landed the role that the colleague had been demoted from.

Revenge Is Sweet

Reddit users loved this story from OP and felt like the revenge was very justified.

Many commented that the colleague never learned that you don’t hurt the people you rely on to get your job done. Otherwise, things could turn out like they did here!

Another user wrote that while this was definitely a bad work relationship, there are times when the job comes down to making the boss look good.

In return, the boss should graciously pass along to the credit to the real owner of the work. In this instance for OP, this person was not willing to give anyone else kudos for the job well done.

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Source: Reddit