This story of revenge comes to us from Dean. After getting his bonus stolen and being let go from his first “proper” job for trying too hard, he got his own back on the people responsible years later. Let’s take a look.
A Promising Start
Dean was a young man in his early 20s, embarking on a promising career in sales he secured a junior sales role at a prominent firm.
There, he reported to two senior members: a mid-level saleswoman and the head of sales.
Eager to Learn
While the position was supportive, Dean was proactive. He was still learning and would ask how they wanted things done, for instance, how they wanted their reports formatted. He hoped they would guide him.
A Misunderstanding that Led to Betrayal
Dean believed that by understanding their preferences, he’d be better equipped to meet their needs. However, they misconstrued his proactive approach.
Instead of seeing a budding salesperson eager to learn, the senior members misinterpreted his actions as signs of incompetence.
The head of sales took advantage of Dean’s naivety, stealing the junior salesperson’s first bonus for himself!
A Stolen Bonus
It wasn’t a substantial amount for the senior, but for Dean, it represented a significant portion of his earnings.
When Dean approached him for an explanation, pointing out that the bonus had been due to his efforts, the senior simply brushed him off, refusing to give Dean his due.
The relationship between Dean and his senior members soured rapidly.
A few weeks after the bonus incident, they called him into a room. The saleswoman, with a tone that offered no room for discussion, stated, “It’s just not working out.”
The head of sales followed suit, telling Dean that they were letting him go.
Confused and seeking clarity, Dean asked for a more concrete reason, given his consistent performance from the start. But no real explanation was ever offered.
His Resilience Pays Off
Following this setback, Dean spent a couple of months searching for a new opportunity. His perseverance paid off when he found a position at a smaller yet highly successful firm.
This company recognized Dean’s potential, offering him the mentorship he had initially wanted. Under their guidance, Dean thrived, quickly becoming a valuable member of the team.
A Twist of Fate
Two years passed, and in a twist of fate, Dean’s former firm shut down in the region.
One day, as Dean was walking past the boardroom at his new company, he spotted the head of sales – the very man who had taken his bonus – interviewing for a position! Their eyes met briefly, an unspoken recognition passing between them.
Karma Strikes Back
Later that day, Dean took the opportunity to discreetly inform his current boss about his past experience with the senior, highlighting the stolen bonus incident.
Recognizing the importance of trust in their tight-knit team, the decision was clear.
They did not hire the senior, and he, unfortunately, faced two years of unemployment. Dean couldn’t help but think karma was working in his favor.
Seizing an Opportunity
Several years down the line, with Dean now in a prominent role at a new company, the tables turned once again.
The mid-level saleswoman, now working for a different firm and selling rather basic products, reached out to him.
She praised Dean’s past work with fake friendliness and tried to secure his business. Sensing an opportunity, Dean asked for an official quote and proposal, fully aware this would take hours of her time.
At the same time, he strategically withdrew a large portion of business from her company. The result? She missed out on a sizable bonus!
A Taste of Consequences
Upon discovering the loss, the saleswoman, now frantic, contacted Dean. She also copied her boss into the email – this guy was someone Dean had known for years, and they got along well.
A Full Circle Moment
In a move that brought their shared history full circle, Dean responded with the same vague reasoning she once used on him: “It just won’t work out.”
He told her boss that he decided to switch companies because he found her “approach to business dealings to be insincere.”
Revenge in Business
The consequences of this move were immediate. The saleswoman’s employer, realizing the value of Dean’s business, let her go within a month!
Dean’s revenge may have taken years, but it was incredibly sweet all the same.
From Setback to Triumph
Redditors loved Dean’s revenge. One user aptly said, “That’s why they say to be careful how you treat people on your way up; you might meet them again on your way back down.”
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