This manager found their workload increased dramatically when their co-manager was fired for a ridiculous reason. They then had to operate the entire store alone, which was rife with unique issues. The boss continued to be pettier and pettier. When they finally hired a replacement co-manager, they expected the manager to “cut their hours” immediately, which led to the titular confrontation.
This thread was posted to r/MaliciousCompliance by the manager in the story, Redditor u/A-Stackhouse. When they found themselves in this tricky situation, they knew exactly what they had to do… Comply maliciously.
Nobody likes a boss who justifies their own position by finding needlessly petty things to harass you about. Often they are doing so because they are being harassed by their superior as well, and the only solution they can find is to pass the buck down the line. After all, “it” flows downhill…
Next, check out this TA who schooled her professor.