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Not Always Right: 15th Anniversary Month! – Not Always Working Retrospective

, | Working | October 6, 2022

Dear readers,

As part of our 15th-anniversary celebration, it’s time to dive into the best of our Not Always Working stories! This category was created for those rarer instances when the customer was (shock!) actually right, but also to create a home for all those stories between bosses and coworkers, good and bad, that might not immediately be around a customer- or client-facing position.

And are we glad we did! Since it was introduced, we have published over fourteen thousand stories that are not always working, but they sure seem to work for our readers! We’ve listed fifteen of the editor-picked stories, and the top-voted by you, our readers below! If you think we missed any NAW classics, please let us know in the comments!


Editors’ Picks – Our Top Fifteen NAW Stories

Fart Jokes Exist In A Vacuum – Hits from the comments: “Was the new vacuum gas-powered, or just the old one?”

The Early Bird Counts Its Chickens In The Bush – Hey, better the devil you know than a beggar on horseback.

May We Suggest Hire Education – To be fair, half the time, the application makes you copy everything from your resume anyway.

Stress About The Dress – Sometimes the jerk apple doesn’t fall far from the jerk tree.

Driving Up Prices And Driving Down Business – I’m not from England, so stupid question: is that even legal?

A Debtor Way To Deal With Them – We’re jotting some of these gems down for later.

Real People With Real Problems – Hits from the comments: “It is always glorious when Karma hits the deserving in the face with a complete encyclopedia.”

Fit For The Job – Some people just need a leg up.

Delivering Some Stupidity – Here’s a tip: LISTEN BETTER.

Secure In Her Ability – Hits from the comments: “Dynamite comes in SMALL packages.”

She Was Eating A Whole Different Kind Of Lunch – How dare you interrupt her three hours into her ten-minute break?

An American Tale In Reverse – I’ll be right back. I need to go hug my cat.

That Is One Powerful Candidate – Hire her! Hire her!

They’re Not Russian To Pay You Any More – It pays to know your worth and stand your ground!

He Has A Very Particular Set Of Skills – And those skills speak for themselves!


Readers’ Choice – Top Fifteen Voted NAW Stories

The Speediest Way To Get Fired – Look who’s speeding to the unemployment line!

Driving Miss Daisy Will Drive Them Crazy – Join me in a slow-clap for these folks, would you please?

Very Bad Reception – Geez, a kid can’t even call their dad anymore.

Grammar Is Not Their Calling – Hits from the comments: “This man has the infallible logic of a five-year-old, and I mean that as a compliment.”

Very Personal Shopper – Did that guy just get adopted?


They’d Like To Look At The Kid(nap) Menu – Just when you think you’ve seen the grossest behavior…

Speaking Up For Those Who Can’t – Annnnd good triumphs over evil!

Making Up And Breaking Down – “Don’t touch me” means DON’T. FREAKING. TOUCH ME.

Consider Yourself Ameliorated – Hits from the comment: “It’s so cute how the boss thought he could be condescending to an outside person.”

Home Improving Attitudes – It’s sad this incident is so unique.

The Only Thing He Should Be Running Is Scared – Hits from the comments: “That moment when you realize that you’ve spent the past several minutes making a complete a** of yourself in front of one of your superiors.”

Fly The Friendliest Skies – This story’s so delightful it may make you gasp!

How To Make Them As Silent As A Mouse – It’s awfully handy when the idiots on the phone are just down the hall.

Inter-Screwed – Hits from the comments: “Interviewer: ‘Wow, you even failed your interview for the office d****e position. We weren’t even hiring for that.'”


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