2013 Review: Employee Revenge

Edward Snowdon

As Christmas Day unraveled alongside the wrappings of varying colours and tidiness, the Queen took to British television to reveal her frustrations and contentment of the year just passed.

On a rival channel, whistleblower Edward Snowden was the face of the ‘Alternative Christmas Message’. The former CIA employee is currently taking refuge in Russia after revealing that his previous company are taking illegal and immoral measures when monitoring the communication of millions of Americans.

Snowden sacrificed his comfortable lifestyle to do what he thought was right. To maintain a sense of balance in Western Civilization. However, he isn’t the only one to seek revenge on their previous employer in the name of justice. 2013 was occupied with the backlash of disgruntled employees - perhaps on a slightly smaller scale to Snowden - but nonetheless brought a sense of satisfaction.

Here are a few more have-a-go heroes who sought revenge on their employers.

The HMV Mass Sacking - LIVE 

On January 31st, HMV announced there would be 190 redundancies at the popular music retailer. This announcement, however, was trumped by their own disgruntled Community Manager who took to the company’s official Twitter feed to issue live tweets of the self-describes ‘mass sackings’ as they were taking place.

Poppy Rose tweeted “We’re tweeting live from HR where we’re all being fired! Exciting!! #hmvXFactorFiring” to surprised Twitter followers and caused embarrassment to the HMV hierarchy which was then exacerbated through Rose’s final tweet - “Just overheard our Marketing Director (he’s staying, folks) ask “How do I shut down Twitter?” #hmvXFactorFiring”.

 Bristol Flying Centre Destruction  

Not every employee revenge mission concludes with a quirky tale. Wayne Crook, a sacked employee of Bristol Flying Centre, went on a full-scale rampage at his former workplace causing £175,000 worth of damage.

Crook was sacked after moving an aircraft in a hanger - a procedure he was not qualified to do - but remained adamant he was unfairly sacked. After smashing every computer monitor in the building, the company vehicle, all the sinks and toilets, he scrawled ‘gross misconduct’ in blood on one wall.

The damage almost cost the company their closure and Crook was subsequently sentenced for 20 months in jail.

Sacked Chef takes to Twitter 

 sacked pub chef who requested three days off over the Christmas period made sure that the pub’s 2000+ Twitter followers were well aware of their lack of festive spirit when he took control of their Twitter feed to write “Unfortunately he wanted to have a weekend off this month and Christmas Day this year for family commitments so thought we’d sack him.”

This was quickly followed by “Yeah a week before Christmas!” and “We don’t care that he has a 7 1/2 month old baby daughter.”

Head Chef, Jim Knight, left his former employers with an irreparable reputation and gained the support of many well-wishers via his own personal Twitter account.

Brighton Christmas Lights Hoax

The act of employee revenge was even parodied in this video created by It portrays an apparent sabotage of the British town’s Christmas lights by a rather unhappy employee who planted secret messages and rude metaphorical images throughout the town.

After initial amusement worldwide, it was later declared a hoax and described as a fantastic tourism tool for their Christmas festivities. 

The year proved that Edward Snowden wasn’t the only disgruntled employee among the contemporary workforce. Some people wanted to display the mass injustice that exists in large corporations, while others simply extracted revenge as a crime of passion.

Whether it’s the right thing to do or not, the NSA whistleblower is somehwat of a superhero to the working class who are now finding a variety of ways to vent their workplace frustration.