Boss faces backlash after new rule punishing staff for being just one minute late goes viral

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A disgruntled employee shared an image of the poster on Reddit, sending it viral. (Reddit)
A disgruntled employee shared an image of the poster on Reddit, sending it viral. (Reddit)

A reddit post of a message from a boss telling employees they will be penalised if they arrive at the office just one minute late has gone viral.

The rule, which told staff they would have to work an extra 10 minutes at the end of the day for every minute they were late, sparked a backlash against unfair bosses.

The initial post was apparently posted by a disgruntled employee, who shared it to Reddit with the comment: "Shout out the worst place I ever worked (minimum wage, of course)".

The poster says: "New office rule: For every minute you are late for work, you will be required to work for 10 minutes after 6pm.

"For example, if you arrive at 10:02, you will have to stay an extra 20 minutes until 6:20pm. Thanks."

The poster hit a nerve with Reddit users, attracting 5,000 comments in just two days.

One person wrote: "That sounds incredibly illegal and wouldn't hold up in court."

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Another said: "Man, i would come like an hour late and insist i stay all night. If the boss said anything i would tap my non existent watch on my wrist and say rules are rules 🤷‍♂️"

One person speculated: "They're probably trying to get people to quit. Recession is here and they need to layoff 10% of workforce, they would prefer not having to pay unemployment.

"We're going to see a lot more of these dirty tricks in the coming weeks as layoffs increase."

Others suggested that if the rule was put into place, people should start arriving early and then finishing early for the day, while some suggested it was a great way to earn extra overtime.

Some questioned the legitimacy of the picture, saying a bona fide company announcement wouldn't be posted on a plain sheet of A4 paper and not dated and signed.

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