A man has shared how he was fired from his job and dumped by his girlfriend after making the wrong decision.
In a now-viral post on Reddit that has received thousands of upvotes and hundreds of comments, the user u/FlashasaurusJr told the story.
“I f***ed up picking my girlfriend, we’ll call her Maria, over my job,” he wrote.
“Maria and I have been working together for a couple [of] years now but she was in a relationship the whole time until a few months ago. She was dating a guy, we’ll call him Hank, who is one of the longest tenured employees at our job, is extremely well-liked, and is a really good dude,” he added.
While the Redditor admitted that he and Maria were not close, they did run in the same social circles and were seeing each other a lot both in and out of work.
“One thing led to another and we started dating,” said the poster.
“We immediately told Hank since we all work together and he didn’t seem to care, but we made a point to keep it quiet around the office to not start anything.”
According to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 50 percent of employees admit having had a crush on a colleague. Meanwhile, nearly 2 in 5 workers have been asked out on a date by someone they work with, while 1 in 4 say they have asked a colleague out on a date.
SHRM Chief Knowledge Officer Alex Alonso, Ph.D. said: “The average person will spend about 90,000 hours at work throughout their lifetime. With this in mind, workplace romances are bound to happen.”
The relationship continued until last week when the couple were spotted out together and the news made it back to the office.
“Our boss found out and he was livid,” said the Redditor: “He called me into his office and made a huge deal about me dating ‘a made-man’s’ girl and how I’m a scumbag and a backstabber and all this. I tried to explain myself and he wasn’t having it.”
As his boss tried to get him to admit that the relationship was a mistake, the poster said he instead doubled down on his commitment to his new partner. But this backfired as his boss told him that his contract—up for renewal in February—would not be renewed now.
“He said other things to cover his a**like I’m not producing any value for the company anyways, and that technically I’m not getting fired I’ll just expire my current contract and wouldn’t get picked up again,” he wrote.
After explaining that his new girlfriend had cost him his job, the Redditor revealed how things had continued to get worse when Maria decided that she didn’t want to be with him anymore.
“She told me dating me was a mistake, that I was a rebound for her after she got out of a long relationship, that she would rather live a single life as she travels the country for her role at our company,” said the poster.
Losing both his job and girlfriend within just a few weeks, the Redditor received advice from commenters who rushed to share their thoughts.
One reply said: “Honestly this is workplace harassment and you need to document everything that has and will go on,” while another said: “Two bullets dodged. I have a feeling that in time you’ll look back on this moment as the day your life changed for the better.”
“Sounds like you are now free to get a better job and girl,” said another reply.
Newsweek has reached out to u/FlashasaurusJr for comment. Newsweek is unable to verify the details of this case.