He went out of his way to drive more than half an hour for a job interview. When he arrived, there was nothing else but a closed shop and a missing interviewer!
Exploring Potential Jobs
OP (Original Poster) already has a job, but he thought seeing what else is out there would be worthwhile. So, a week before sharing this story on Reddit, he found a job posting on Indeed.
To him, it sounded like a good gig with excellent pay, and it’s the kind of work he likes doing. The only con is that it’s a 35-minute drive from his town.
OP has had a pleasant conversation with the business owner through Indeed, and he seemed like a good person.
He explained that he works every day from 7:00 in the morning to 3:10 in the afternoon, and the owner understood there’s a bit of a commute to his shop.
Negotiations and Compromises
The employer asked OP if they could meet up at 3:30 PM, and OP told him that it wouldn’t be possible given the time he was done with his job and couldn’t do a 35-minute drive in under 20 minutes. He explained that he would leave town as soon as he was done with work and meet him when he arrived, around 3:40 PM.
OP wrote, “So I gave him my phone number just in case something was to change, and we left on a good note. I drove rather fast, getting there at 3:37 PM, happy that I got there in under 35 minutes.”
No Interviewer Found
When OP showed up, the business was closed. OP figured the employer might be nearby, so he exited his vehicle to search.
Then he looked to his left and saw two teenagers moving some materials.
He approached them and asked where their boss was, explaining that he was supposed to have a meeting with him. One informed OP that the employer had just left a few minutes ago, but they could call him back to meet him.
OP said, “He calls his boss, saying who I am, etc. The teenager chuckles, says, ‘Okay’ with a ‘You gotta be f****** kidding me’ look on his face, and then hangs up.”
A Message From the Boss
After the call, the teenager turned to OP and said, “He says to go home.” OP asked him to repeat what he said.
The teenager chuckled uncomfortably and said again, “He says to go home.”
His Petty Revenge
So, now OP has a 35-minute drive ahead of him and is highly irritated. As instructed, OP decided to leave, but instead of driving through the driveway back onto the highway, he left the employer a present to remember him by.
OP shared that he left “some donut tire skid marks on his front lawn as he tore out of there.”
30 Minutes Too Late
Thirty minutes later, the boss felt the need to reach out to OP and introduce himself through a private number. But OP just let it go to voicemail as he was driving.
Later on, he listened to the voicemail, and it proved even further that all the employer’s negative reviews on Google were likely true. He said, “This person isn’t someone to do business with anyway.”
The Community’s Two Cents
People are confused with OP’s story and wonder if the employer actually agreed to his proposed time.
A commenter asked, “Did he agree to meet you at the later time you proposed?”
Another person added, “I had to scroll way too far down for this comment. Yep, it looks like OP suggested a time, the business owner didn’t agree to it, and OP showed up anyway.”
What a Tough Act
Redditors were shocked that OP had the guts to do something like that, given that the interviewer knew his information and people saw what he did.
“I’m surprised you did that. I’d be worried he’d sue for damaging his property,” someone commented.
Another person said, “So you vandalized someone’s property after they have your name and witnesses?”
Others’ Similar Experiences
Some Redditors shared their experiences with interviews and terrible interviewers.
Someone shared, “I once drove around an hour to a place for an interview. The dude talked to me, but he kept saying he didn’t have the questions to do the interview because of his assistant. The dude had me sit in a room for a while, then came and talked to me for a few minutes about nothing, and then it was over. The dude seemed like a complete m****. They called me a few weeks later to come in for my first interview. Bunch of clowns.”
“I am still waiting for an interviewer to ‘call me back.’ He said he’d call me back the next day. This was in August. If he wasn’t interested, then he should have just said so. He kept me from another possible job, and I am mad at myself for believing the b******,” another person wrote.
He Dodged a Bullet!
Others believe that OP was wrong and should work on improving his attitude.
A commenter wrote, “Wait, so the interviewer proposed a time to meet, and you said, ‘No, I’ll get there when I get there,’ then you’re surprised he’s not there when nothing in your post indicates he agreed to meet you later, then you vandalized his property and think his negative reaction to that is an indication of his poor personality. And I’m guessing you don’t think you did anything wrong in all this?”
The same person added, “You’re a real piece of work. The interviewer dodged a bullet by not hiring you. You better hope you don’t get fired from your current job for the crime you committed. You should work on your anger problem before something bad happens.”
He Was Clearly in the Wrong
Others pointed out that OP should be worried that he damaged property and even confidently posted about it.
“With all due respect to you, you caused property damage, likely in front of witnesses and possible security cameras, to a potential employer who had your resume and contact information.”
“Then, on top of it, you wrote about it on the Internet, admitting malicious intent. You described the other two people on the scene as teenagers. Are they Redditors? I agree with another poster. You didn’t dodge a bullet; you fired a bullet. If the employer decides to follow up this matter with legal recourse, there should be no surprise.”
What do you think of OP’s revenge? Would you do the same?
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