New Corporate Bosses Slashed Vacation Days and Fired Important Workers at a Family-Run Company, but One Employee Soon Taught them a Seven-Figure Lesson

A man recently went online to share the brilliant revenge that his co-worker Jimmy took on the new owners of their company after they more-than-halved employees’ paid time off. Here’s his story.

The company looked after its staff

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“I worked at a company that gave out exorbitant amounts of vacation,” the man began.

They got 10 weeks PTO

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“Anyone who worked there for 25-plus years received eight weeks of vacation and two weeks of personal time. This was a large, family-owned company running three shifts with more than 250 staff.”

Enter Jimmy

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The man then introduced Jimmy. Jimmy was a grizzled old employee who had started with the company when he was just 20. He was now 63. He was one of only two people in the company who knew how to make a specific part for the product they made.

The family sold up

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One day, the company owner came on to the factory floor and announced that he was selling the business to a corporation, as he wanted to retire. He promised little if anything would change and wished all the employees well.

They made things worse

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The new owners immediately axed many of the company’s perks, halving the amount of vacation available and getting rid of personal time. They also began firing older employees, including the only person besides Jimmy who knew how to make the special part.

One other crucial rule they got rid of was that vacation no longer had to be authorized; you could just take it.

Jimmy got mad

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Jimmy was furious that his co-worker had been fired, and he knew that he was likely next. So he decided to teach the new owners a lesson.

He called their bluff

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The new owners had hired a young guy, and they wanted Jimmy to teach him how to make the special part. On the young man’s first morning, Jimmy rang in and said he was taking his outstanding vacation and personal time off at once—all 10 weeks of it.

They were okay for awhile

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No one in the company was unduly concerned, as there was a stockpile of the special part, but they were in for a shock.

Jimmy walked out

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On the day Jimmy was due back, he didn’t show up. The bosses tried calling him and even went to his house, but there was no sign of him. After three days, he called up and quit. He’d found another job.

They had no choice

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The company bosses began panicking. Jimmy was the only person left who knew how to make his specialized part, which was patented. They were soon forced to call the original company owner to come and teach the new guys how to make the part.

It cost way more than they’d saved

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The company’s original owner was so angry at the changes the new owners had made that he too took revenge by charging them a seven-figure sum for his services. They had no choice but to pay up.

The man said the moral of the story was to not mess with employee vacations.

The internet responded

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The internet loved the man’s story. “It’s stories like these that make me think there might actually be some justice in this universe,” said one.

“Jimmy is my spirit animal,” laughed another.

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