Let’s be real… We’ve all had that one coworker who is always coming in late and leaving early to pick up their kids. No big deal, right? Everyone deserves to have a flexible working arrangement. But, when that flexibility and those considerations aren’t offered to other workers, and it places more work or undesirable shifts on those workers’ shoulders, it becomes a problem.
Reddit especially champions the idea that those with kids shouldn’t expect special treatment over their coworkers who are childless and this sentiment also extends to the topic of scheduled leave from work. A lot of workplaces schedule leave on a “first come, first serve” basis, leaving chronic procrastinators like myself permanently out of luck for hotly-contested weekends. Disputes will then often emerge around these dates as to who has the best claim or best reason for wanting to take leave, with claimants almost always trying to distract away from the fact that they weren’t the first to claim.
Enter: This guy—who booked leave just before Mother’s Day weekend so that he could play the new Zelda game all day when it drops. This drew the ire of his coworker, who wanted the day off to spend a three-day Mother’s Day weekend with her kids. The confrontation caused the guy to turn to Reddit’s r/AmItheA**hole subreddit to see whether or not he was in the wrong for refusing to relinquish his claimed day.
Readers seemed to predominantly take his side, declaring him not to be the a-hole in this situation. Read on and let us know your take.
Afterward, check out this worker whose “prankster” coworker was causing them to lose their sanity.