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New employee deletes all work files before quitting and makes the company regret for pay cut

The employee gets sweet revenge on the company after they deduct a significant amount from their salary without informing them.

New employee deletes all work files before quitting and makes the company regret for pay cut
Representative Cover Image Source: (L) Pexels | cottonbro studio; (R) Reddit | u/Chuawkuy

While starting a new job, employees usually get excited about their first payday to see their month-long effort being rewarded. But, the same payday would turn out to be a bummer if the employer does not pay what was agreed upon initially. One such incident was posted on Reddit by u/Chuawkuy who became a pawn in the game played by their employer. As newly joined translator in a company, they were expecting to receive their full salary on payday but were outraged to find that only around 10% of the discussed salary was paid.

Representative Image Source: Pexels |Andrea Piacquadio
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Andrea Piacquadio

The new employee wrote, "So, I've just been hired for this company, we agreed on 35,000 bht/month (Thai baht currency which is approx $984), and today is my payday, and they paid me '4,000 Baht' ($112), I asked 'why?' They said, because I'm on my probation." They were never informed by the Thailand-based employer about the salary cut for the probationary period and did not find the same in their contract either. "It is not stated in the contract (and they did not tell me when hiring) that on the probation period, I only get 300 (10 USD) a day for my 8 hours of work," they wrote. So, rather than arguing with the employer or succumbing to their conditions, the employee decided to seek some sweet payback for what happened to them.  

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Pixabay
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Pixabay


Not just the company, but the employee also found a favorable loophole in the contract. "So, I checked the contract, and they didn't say f**k about me deleting all the work I have done for them," they wrote. They mentioned how their work involved translating contracts, loans, etc. which were of high importance and urgency. Sharing how they went about taking sweet revenge, the employee wrote "So I deleted every f*****g file I've translated, some due for the government and loaner for view tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow, so it's very urgent."

Representative Image Source: Pexels | cottonbro studio
Representative Image Source: Pexels | cottonbro studio

The individual didn't show the company a shred of mercy knowing that the company solely relies on the work saved in their computers and does not use any cloud storage. "I deleted them all and formatted the damn computer (they don't have clouds so nothing is stored) and f***ed myself off," they wrote. The company clearly did not realize the dependency on this translator who now has quit the job and broken all ties leaving no way for the employer to retrieve those files.


Reddit | u/poilbrun
Image Source: Reddit | u/poilbrun


Reddit | u/DHKdohyun
Image Source: Reddit | u/DHKdohyun

This post was relatable to many users of the community and u/Dadzia246 commented "They got what they paid for." Some users shared similar payback instances. u/PlayfulWithYou mentioned their experience as a fresher where the business owner "closed" the company after taking customers' money. "I locked the web server and took all the files I had created," they wrote. One user, u/Unindoctrinated, wrote, "You should probably have left them ~12% of the files, seeing as you were only paid ~12% of what was in your contract. It would have made a good point. Do you think they were just scamming you, like maybe you'd be 'on probation' until you quit?" Another user, u/Coolshi00, suggested, "You should join that meeting you were invited to, just to point out why you did what you did, breach of contract, and record the meeting for safety as well as for us Redditors."

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