Pettiness is an all-too-human trait. To one degree or another, we’ve probably all been guilty of exhibiting it at some point in our lives. One can see it rear its ugly head in all kinds of contexts, from the breakup of a romantic relationship to a row between friends.

But one especially disconcerting place to find pettiness running rampant is in the workplace. While at work, we expect people to display a certain level of professionalism and to keep their baser emotions in check. This is doubly true for workplace bosses, whose power puts a greater burden of responsibility on their shoulders and requires them to be held to a higher standard.

Unfortunately, not all bosses can meet this challenge. Some of them, frankly, have found ways to take pettiness to unheard-of levels. Here are three bosses who did just that.


1. Carrying Your Pettiness in a Wheelbarrow

Andres Flaten wanted to leave his job at the A-OK Walker Luxury Autoworks Body Shop. The place has become well known for its excellent work taking care of rare and classic cars, but Flaten decided that it was time to move on.

There was just one problem: The shop still owed him $915. Flaten has insisted that he be paid before leaving, and the management or the owner handled what should have been a simple payment in the pettiest way imaginable.

They paid him, alright. But they paid him in pennies. A whole wheelbarrow full of them. To be exact, there were 91,500 such pennies, and they were all covered in greasy transmission fluid.


2. Reality TV Show Firing

One crew member working on set for a reality TV show was surprised one day to receive a copy of a schedule which had all of the names of the workers on the show written on it. He was told to choose three people whom he thought should be fired. Understandably, he declined and said that it wasn’t his job to make those kind of decisions.

And how was he repaid for his magnanimity? The rest of the staff later voted to fire him.

3. Your Mileage May Vary

One man recounted the story of how, while working for a company and asked to make pick-ups and deliveries, his boss asked him to use his own personal car to do the work.


Though the man complied, he was uncomfortable with this arrangement because he only had liability insurance on his vehicle and was also required to pay for all gas himself.

He eventually said this to his boss in a polite and reasonable way, but the boss replied, “How many miles did you drive yesterday? Maybe three? Here’s $0.75. That’s average milage pay.”