I come today bearing three tales of terminations, only one of which was justified...
One of my earliest jobs was at a little frozen yogurt shop in a mall near my house. I hated the job, but need the money. One of the perks(?) of the job was a free large yogurt every day. Since there's only so much yogurt a man could eat, I struck up a deal with the employees of the Orange Julius across the way. I would trade my large yogurt for their employee meal, usually a chili dog. Their entire staff was in on the trade, as was all of my coworkers.
I was fired for "leaving the store unattended" to make the trade, even though the OJ worker would come to me to make the trade, and I never left the store. To make matters more fun, they wrote my final check on a dead account, so I had to chase them for my final paycheck. They closed a few weeks after that stunt, but luckily, I got my money first.
The second one is the one I feel like is somewhat justified. I was an original employee of this particular Worst Buy location, having helped open the store three years earlier. We had an awesome management team, which led to us having an employee retention rate of more than 60% during the first two-and-a-half years.
Sadly, they brought in a new manager, who changed the entire culture of the store from customer service-centric to making money, period. Being the leader of the store's morale committee, and a vocal defender of our previous system, I was designated as the prime troublemaker by the new manager.
Within a month of her taking over the store, I'd been written up twice for ridiculous reasons, and was facing imminent termination. So, I took the bull by the horns and instigated a conflict with the biggest butt-kisser in the store, ensuring I'd be suspended right before a long weekend, and then fired right after. Thanks to them, I was able to spend my first holiday season in years collecting unemployment and enjoying the time with my family.
Karma came back to bite the manager after I left, as almost all of the original staff quit (or was fired), sales numbers plummeted, and the manager herself was fired when her girlfriend was caught returning electronics given to the manager by the company for cash.
My final firing was the most ridiculous of all. After several years at Hoarders Books, I made the jump to the not-so-Noble Booksellers. I helped open a brand-new flagship location for them, and was fired the day after opening because one of the department heads was intimidated by my experience, and convinced that I was after her job.
I wasn't, but I also wasn't going to take her crap, and made that clear to management. That manager and department head were both fired months later for harassing employees in a sexual manner.
Being fired sucks... thankfully, it's not an issue I'm worried about anymore.
Until next time, wage slaves...