Reddit user PissedBrewer's incredible story of revenge made quite the splash on the r/ProRevenge forum.
One horrible boss is all it takes to make a workplace a living hell. While many of them are never held accountable for their horrible behavior, some are so exceptionally bad that employees are forced to revolt against them. Reddit user PissedBrewer had one such story to share last year when they recounted how they "destroyed a brewery" after the owner of the brewpub showed his true colors. "Nearly 20 years ago, I was a brewer at a brewpub. The owner was a complete lunatic and an utter A-hole. Before I was hired, he had already purchased the brewery equipment, used, from a closed microbrewery," they wrote in the r/ProRevenge forum.
"Problem is, it was literally four times larger than it needed to be for the size of the place, and to top it off he was selling Big 3 beers too. And it was a Pugsley system. But I made it work, even got the stupid Ringwood yeast to behave. But I only need to brew about 3 or 4 times a month, so I wasn't needed anywhere near 40 hours/week. And I was salaried," they explained. "So he decided I needed to work night manager at least two nights a week, to fill out my hours. That was fine, it was an easy gig." Although the Redditor bore with the brewpub owner's attitude for over a year, things got tense between the two when he asked for time off from work following their mom's death.
"There was to be a memorial service Thursday, and the interment for the family Friday. So I planned and made sure that the servers were full and I wouldn't need to brew for at least a week. That Wednesday the boss comes and tells me, he wants me to work the night shift on Thursday and Friday (normally I did Tuesday and Wednesday nights) to make up for the time off I'd taken to help my dad out (he wasn't handling it well). He wanted me to come in after my mom's funeral. I flatly refused, at which point he said fine, but I'd have to work a double shift Saturday then. I nearly lost it. I walked away, and after I cooled off I went back and told him I was no longer going to do the manager shifts, and that I wanted to switch to hourly for brewery work only. He was angry but stuck. He needed me in the brewery," they wrote.
However, after a few weeks, the brewer started noticing some discrepancies with their paycheck. "I noticed my paychecks were for less than I anticipated. I hadn't been tracking my clock in/clock out very closely, because prior to this I only clocked in and out so I was logged in to do manager functions, but I happened to have a couple of slips in my wallet, and because I still had manager access, discovered he had been altering my hours, eventually cheating me out of around 20 hours in just 6 weeks," they revealed. Thoroughly frustrated with their boss, they hatched a plan.
"I was done with this A-hole. Remember that Ringwood yeast? Well, in a brewery, you harvest yeast from a fermenting batch to use to brew a later one. And since we were slow, it often had to be stored for a while before it got used. But you had to use it within 30 days or it goes sour and starts dying. Normally I would take other steps to ensure it stayed clean and healthy, but not on the last batch I harvested. It just went into the cold room. And stayed there. I stopped going in very often, just logging tank levels to make sure nothing ran out and made him suspicious. I would even go in to make sure he wasn't in that day, and later message him that I'd brewed (I hadn't). And waited," they revealed.
"On day 45, after I got the check for the last hours I worked, I overnighted my keys in with a resignation letter. He called me the next day, screaming. I told him I knew what he'd done, and I wouldn't be back. I don't know what he looked like when he went into the brewery cellar and discovered he had empty fermenters, nearly empty serving tanks, dead yeast, and almost no grain. Pity really... I had heard they stopped brewing entirely eventually. About a year after I left, he folded. Staff showed up one morning to padlocked doors. Drove through there a few years back, not only gone but the building was torn down. I felt like stopping to sow the ground with salt, but I was in a hurry."
PissedBrewer's incredible story of revenge made quite the splash on the r/ProRevenge forum. "As an avid homebrewer myself (with a solera), that yeast thing especially gets me.
To those not in the know: Yes, you can buy more yeast (it's not terribly expensive) but if you have spent a lot of time cultivating a 'house' strain your beer will never be the same.
Congrats on getting out - I hope you are using your talents in a better place now," commented u/Integral_10-13_2xdx.