07 Oct
Have a Lazy Coworker? Tuna Juice is the Best Revenge

Dear Mouthy Housewives,

A colleague of mine hates her job and hardly does any work, which means that the rest of us have to compensate for her shortcomings. If I tell the manager, I’ll not only look like a tattletale, but I’ll have to admit to monitoring her activity, which is frowned upon. If I talk to her directly, she’ll tell me to “Go to Hell.” (She’s not the nicest person.) What should I do?



Dear Paid-To-Do-Her-Job,

I’m remembering back to my elementary school days when there was a real jerk in my class. Another classmate put a thumbtack on that jerk-kid’s desk seat. So you could always use that as an option, however, the student who put the thumbtack on the seat got caught and had to do a bunch of research on why it was wrong. So acting like a 10-year-old may actually cause you even more work.

Now I’m remembering back to my full-time working days and the jackass we had for boss.   I was 24 at the time, so you’d think I would have learned a lesson from that 10-year-old classmate. And I did! I learned how not to get caught. We did things such as hide his eyeglasses from him and TP’d his house.   This is all very passive-aggressive behavior and I know as a mature adult I should be remorseful. But I’m not! He was such a jerk that I still laugh at our antics.

I feel obliged to remind everyone that Karma has a way of balancing these things out. I should tell you to do the right thing. She’ll get hers in the end. Take the high road and when you’re an old lady on your deathbed, you can feel very holier-than-thou.

Or you can do things like hide the toilet paper from her, leave a pair of tuna juice-soaked panties in her desk, or pour salt in her coffee and still be laughing it up 12 years later, just like me.

It’s your choice.

Heather, TMH

10 Responses to “Have a Lazy Coworker? Tuna Juice is the Best Revenge”


Comment by Betty Herbert.

If I were you, I’d just stop compensating for her shortcomings. Sounds awful.


Comment by From Belgium.

Stop compensating and laugh your head of when she gets fired. If you can hardly wait for that to happen frame her (but make sure you don’t get caught)


Comment by Desperate Dietwives.

If you say “the rest of us has to compensate for her shortcomings”, this means there are more people involved in this person’s laziness.

Why don’t you coalesce and decide TOGETHER non to compensate for her anymore?


Comment by Wendi.

Sorry, but the line “the rest of us have to compensate for her shortcomings” makes me think of them all driving around in a Porsche.


Comment by hokgardner.

When I was in grad school, one person in our project group consistently didn’t do his share. When it came time for our presentation, we all stood silent while he mumbled and fumbled through his section. He got a C, we got As.

I say you and your co-workers should stop compensating for the lazy slug.


Comment by Heather, TMH.

I think everyone is under-appreciating the fun value of tuna juice.

Plano Mom Reply:

I’m with you Heather. If you get the oil-packed, you can make some serious stink.


Comment by N and Em's mom.

Continue to do her work if she
(1) sleeps with the boss
(2) is best friends with the boss
(3) is related to the boss.

Otherwise, make sure you know what you are supposed to do, do it well, and ignore her stuff unless it is essential to make you look good. Wish I could do the tuna juice/pantie thing without feeling guilty.


Comment by Ace.

Our manager has got to the point that she is kind of on auto-pilot. If people show up for work, that seems to be good enough for her. I definitely compensated for my former co-worker’s shortcomings, because they made our entire workplace disgusting when she didn’t take care of her duties. We all tried communicating with her in person, through a book we use to communicate among shifts, and even made checklists for required duties by each shift. Finally, I filed a formal complaint I letter form for our manager, who had to keep it with my co-worker’s file. It outlined her improprieties (customers! Seeing her sleeping!), how it affects the workplace as an environment, an explained that it is frustrating knowing that we all are paid the same even though it’s been overlooked that she was found sleeping on the job more than once, watching movies on her phone when customers are trying to talk to her, and a number of other things. I didn’t let it get personal, just layer out the facts in a formal way. She was fired two days later, after she slept 7 hours on an 8-hour shift when she was supposed to be training a new employee. I don’t mind being a tattle-tale when one person’s lack of professionalism threatens the integrity of the entire business. A good manager can’t ignore that stuff. Good luck!


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