Dear Snarky – I Got Flipped-Flopped At My Office

Dear Snarky,

 I think I might be getting fired. Last week we had an office retreat and the facilitator asked everyone in the group to name one thing that would improve the workplace and I said no more flip-flops because too many people in the office have un-groomed feet and I find it disgusting.

 The very next day I came to work and there were five pairs of flip-flops on my desk. So, I thought ha, ha and I retaliated two days later by leaving nail clippers on the desks of the people who always wear flip-flops. This landed me in the human resource managers office because the clippers were considered a “weapon” and the flip-flop people felt that I was threatening them.

Are you kidding me? Now, I have in my work file that I was creating a hostile environment. I’m panicking. Is this going to get me fired? How do you think I can make this go away?

 Signed, Desperate

Dear Desperate,

 Run, do not walk to your Linked in page and start looking for a new job. If you work with people who think nail clippers are a weapon and if your employer agrees then a couple of things are going on here. 1) You’re not the most popular person in the office and the clipper-gate is seen as a way to get rid of you. And 2) You’re at a company that is not a good fit and you need to find a job in a more traditional corporate environment where free ranging, hairy , hobbit feet and dirty toe nails are not welcome.

Look upon this incident as a sign that you need a change. Put on your closed toe shoes and do what ever you need to so you can take a permanent hike out of that office.

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3 thoughts on “Dear Snarky – I Got Flipped-Flopped At My Office

  1. Bj says:

    Geeze. This is where we have come in society. Where a professional work environment is flip flops, and stating your opinion gets you retaliation of a sack of flip flops and HR becomes the TSA. Sheesh girl run don’t walk away from this company. It’s not worth your sanity!

  2. Donnadon says:

    I agree she needs to find another job. But she also needs to have a reality check. Many work places are much more casual than they used to be and unfortunately flip flops are the norm now. That being said she could have taken the high road and made a wreath out of those flip flops and hung it on her office wall. Instead she chose to up the ante. People get butt hurt over the littlest things any more. Find another job, or better yet open your own business. Until then, keep your nose out of other peoples’ feet.

  3. LeahL says:

    Your retaliation was hilarious. I hope you find new employment with like minded coworkers who will cover their feet and enjoy your humour.

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