This military audio engineer was told by an outranking Sergeant Major that their help wasn’t necessary for setting up a VIP ceremony. They did as they were told and “f-ed off” which led to the ceremony being a disaster.
This thread was posted on Reddit’s r/maliciouscompliance subreddit by the audio engineer, Redditor u/tiredbut. They shared their story on the popular subreddit with the title “Don’t want to listen to me? Okay, enjoy ruining a VIP event.”
Readers appreciated the story and said so in the comments while other military personnel shared their own stories.
“Heck, military or not, this is a perfectly typical audio tech story,” said Aaron_Purr. “Happens with regularity in sound-world. The malicious compliance was delicious.”
“Brings back so many memories,” shared whiteswampoak. “As an E-4, I was once dismissed when I explained that setting up about a million dollars of sensitive electronic equipment on the bare ground wasn’t a good idea. In perfect weather, this should have not been on the ground, but even worse that the location was in a depression, with several days of storms in the forecast. In my case, sanity finally prevailed though it took a lot of work to find the right person to press this issue up the chain, cause what does an E-4 possibly know?”