And The Winner Is…

On a lighter note:

As some of you know, I was a judge for Simply Hired’s contest Simply Fired. Well, we have a winner. James Garrison of Colorado was fired for eating pizza. Here’s his story:

Seriously, let me explain.

I had been working for a mortgage company as a developer for 18 months and things were going well. Then, one day I saw that a different group in my company had just finished up a pot-luck and had some pizza left over. I thought they would probably end up throwing it away and I was kind of hungry so I went for it … I took a slice of pizza.

Apparently the employees who threw this pot luck were planning to take it home and were offended by my action. Now I thought we were all basically on the same team and if someone didn’t like what I did they would tell me so and I would apologize and maybe offer to pay for the pizza. These employees ended up telling their manager, who told her vice president about what I did.

The worst part about this is that I wasn’t told about any of this until a month after the incident. No warning, no second chance.

I know that I left an impression because to this day my former coworkers refer to unattended pizza as “programmer bait”.

This story can also be found here.

Congratulations James. You are Simply Fired’s winner.