Internet denounces the district manager for taking several pizzas from his employees
Members of a popular internet forum have been outraged after an employee explained how a kind gesture from their employer turned out to be nothing but fools’ gold.
In a viral Reddit post posted to r/antiwork, Redditor u/NovelTAcct (otherwise known as the original poster, or OP) said that they, along with all of their colleagues, were looking forward to eating pizza provided by their resource department. people until a well-paid district manager grabbed several pies.
Titled “The District Manager stole all of our specialty pizzas from the break room,” the post received nearly 42,000 upvotes and 2,400 comments in the past day.
“We had all the ‘important’ managers visit yesterday,” OP began. “One of those exams where they try to catch you doing something wrong.”
Although their employer’s most senior officials are snooping, the original poster stated that at some point during the “visit”, a human resources representative informed staff members that she had brought pizza for the whole world.
And while the free pizza is often seen as a futile attempt to gain traction with exhausted employees, the original poster said they were happy to grab a slice later in the day.
Unfortunately, that excitement was quickly dashed.
“[Pizza is not enough]“, OP wrote. “But this pizza was from a locally famous pizzeria and we were all looking forward to having some during our breaks.”
“By the time someone took a break, there were no more pizzas or pizza boxes in the break room,” OP continued. “Reception staff confirmed that our District Manager TOOK EVERYTHING (4-5 boxes) when he left.”
“He makes $250,000 a year and he stole the one little thing we were looking forward to that day,” OP added.
For the past decade, behavioral economist Dan Ariely has set out to determine which is more motivating for employees: pizza or money.
With a control group working at a steady pace, one additional group was offered pizza and the other was offered $30.
For the money-driven group, productivity increased by 4.9%. For the pizza-driven group, productivity jumped 6.7%, seemingly proving that a company-provided meal is more desirable than cash.
Employees who feel appreciated are more likely to work harder than those who don’t, and for some people, a free share carries more weight than an extra $30.
The pizza vs. money debate, however, loses all meaning when there is no offer of additional compensation and a district manager takes between four and five whole pies before the employees can’t. have the chance to eat it.
Throughout the comments section of the viral Reddit post, Redditors expressed shock at such a blatant act of gluttony and offered potential responses to the original poster.
“I mean f**k,” Redditor u/jisuanqi wrote in the main comment to the post, which received nearly 12,000 upvotes. “As cliché as free pizza is, they take it from you.
“Why not just kick everyone out of the office too?” they added.
“Seriously,” Redditor u/Beopenminded16 replied sarcastically. “Like, here’s a pittance for your suffering. JUST KIDDING!”
Redditor u/1min_2_midnight, whose comment received nearly 5,000 upvotes, advised the original poster to let the HR rep know what happened to the pizza she brought for employees to eat.
“Someone needs to tell the HR lady,” they wrote.
“Tell the HR lady that [Mr.] $250,000 a year took all the pizza she specifically came from and told you about,” added Redditor u/GoodMorningMorticia, receiving nearly 4,000 upvotes. “The bonus she spent company resources on was not applied to the staff she acquired it for.”
Newsweek contacted u/NovelTAcct for comment.