This man left a toxic workplace because he was overworked and constantly bullied by a coworker named Chris. But when he later ran into Chris and his girlfriend in a pub, his former bully got his just desserts.
A Toxic Work Environment
In June of last year, this guy – who we’ll call Jim – left a toxic workplace after eight years of being overworked.
Overwork was the main reason he left, but one particular person, a colleague named Chris, made the situation even worse.
The Guy Who Made the Office Unbearable
Chris, who was one year younger than our protagonist, Jim, was a 30-year-old who appeared to have peaked in high school, with a jock-like mentality and childish behavior.
Jim was civil with Chris because they had to work together, but Chris was the workplace bully.
He Always Took It Too Far
Chris’s teasing, which he claimed was “playful,” was relentless.
It often crossed over into bullying, because he never knew when to quit.
Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde
If he noticed someone was getting stressed or annoyed, he would use them as a target for his teasing for the rest of the day.
He was super nice to people when it was just the two of them, but as soon as he had an audience, he would pick a “victim” and constantly tease them.
You Could Never Win
If someone ever stood up for themselves, Chris would claim he was “only messing around” and make himself out to be the victim.
An Anonymous Review on Glassdoor
One incident that particularly upset the man was when an ex-employee wrote a very aggressive and angry review about the company on Glassdoor.
Chris thought the man wrote the review just because the he used the same phrasing that the writer of the review also used.
Prevented Him From Further Employment Opportunities
Despite proving they didn’t write the review, Chris was relentless in campaigning around the office, so he wrote it.
He also believes Chris told the boss he wrote it after he left, which may have prevented him from getting any freelance work from the company.
Silence in the Group Chat
After leaving the workplace, the man remained part of a group chat with their old team, which still talked almost every other day.
However, the chat went quiet for a while after the narrator left, and he assumed the team had made a new one just for themselves.
Getting Rid of Him on Social Media
The man unfollowed and unfriended Chris on Facebook and Instagram because he no longer wanted to be associated with him.
He Found Out He Was Unfriended
One morning at 6:30 am, Chris broadcast a message in the group chat asking why the man had unfollowed and unfriended him.
The man was honest and said Chris was a bully, and he’d rather remove him from their life.
Finally Coming Clean With How He’s Been Feeling
He also said it was immature to call them out in the group chat, instead of talking to them in private.
Chris didn’t respond and simply left the group chat and blocked the man on everything, effectively ending the group chat.
Running Into the Bully Again
Three months later, while walking through town, he stopped at a pub to get some food.
The man saw Chris there with a new girl they hadn’t seen before.
Feeling extra-confident, he approached Chris and asked him how he was doing.
An Unexpected Conversation
Chris looked like a deer in headlights and clearly didn’t want to continue the conversation.
The new girl asked how they knew each other, and the man generously waited for Chris to say they worked together, before adding that Chris was their workplace bully.
Ratting Him Out to His Date
He also mentioned how Chris accused them of writing a hostile review about the company, and lost them a lot of freelance work.
Unloading All His Dirty Laundry
Chris was gobsmacked, and the new girl looked confused and uncomfortable.
The man then added insult to injury by mentioning some of Chris’s previous girlfriends and how he gets around.
The new girl became angry, and the man apologized before leaving.
Although the man felt petty, they were proud to finally get closure and revenge on Chris.
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