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The internet supports a worker who received an ‘absurd amount’ of money in a reimbursement plot

A worker has gone viral for sharing that he once received an ‘absurd amount’ in a hilarious clawback plot against one of his clients.

Posting to Reddit’s “Malicious Compliance” forum under the username u/Mother_Distance_4714, the worker said the incident happened years ago when he was working as a contractor with a large “service provider”. The post received over 9,500 upvotes and over 300 comments from Redditors who applauded u/Mother_Distance_4714 for a job well done.

Before we dive into their story, u/Mother_Distance_4714 explained that they used to do “service jobs” on gas station advertising displays.

“Working at gas stations [in Germany] is highly regulated,” they wrote, adding that workers should wear protective clothing and set up appropriate work areas.

Posting on Reddit’s “Malicious Compliance” forum, a worker said he had already won an “absurd amount” in a hilarious clawback plot against one of his clients. The poster made sure to follow safety protocol to the letter while assisting a customer.
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“If the oil company finds out you didn’t follow this protocol, you risk your contract,” they said.

However, u/Mother_Distance_4714 went on to say that workers sometimes bend the protocol to fix system restart errors.

“In 9 out of 10 cases, the restart button can be reached with a long screwdriver, so no ladders or safe work areas are needed,” they said. “It stretches the security protocol a bit, but all of us (the technicians working with this customer) agreed that it would be OK.”

By not following the protocol, workers can complete these jobs in just 15 minutes and they can get away from their customers.

One day u/Mother_Distance_4714 was called into a gas station to fix one of these simple errors. However, as soon as they arrived at the station, they were turned away because the station workers wanted to return early. When they arrived at the station the next day, they decided that rather than bending protocol to get out of their client’s way, they would follow their protocol to the letter.

“I assessed the situation and found that the only button I needed to press was just out of reach so I had to set up a ladder. That meant I had to set up a suitable workplace “, they said.

The client asked u/Mother_Distance_4714 not to set up a work area because they would be forced to close their checkouts. Of course, u/Mother_Distance_4714 insisted on having the working area, because that was the correct protocol.

After two hours of back and forth, u/Mother_Distance_4714 was sent home. Only they were paid in full to do the job even though they didn’t do any work. They were also paid two days later, when they were called to duty for a third time.

“Instead of letting me do my job when I was already there, they paid me an absurd amount of money not to do my job,” they concluded.

Commenters loved the story and applauded u/Mother_Distance_4714 for getting paid.

“It’s good!” exclaimed u/tryllast.

“It was a really malicious compliance, but I have to admit it was well deserved too!” said u/disposable47138.

“They put you through so much trouble for one little pimple? Perfect story of malicious compliance,” u/uwillnotgotospace agreed.

Other “Malicious Compliance” Redditors have gone viral, including a business owner who said a woman paid her bill using just pennies, a former ice cream shop employee who shared the “little” solution they once had for a customer wanting a “milkier” milkshake. and a “weekend” firefighter who took a work call on his day off during a hazard reduction burn.

According to The Wall Street JournalEuropean gas prices rose on Thursday following Russian sanctions against several European energy companies, including Gazprom Germania GmbH.

“German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said on Thursday that while some Gazprom Germania subsidiaries had stopped receiving Russian gas as a result of the sanctions, the companies had found non-Russian alternatives,” he said. added. the wall street journal reported.

Still, Habeck urges the public to “reduce gas consumption”.

“The situation is getting worse, as the use of energy as a weapon is being realized,” Habeck said.

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