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We asked you to share the worst mistake you've made in work, and we've picked our favourites

Yeah, these aren’t ideal.

SHOW US A person who hasn’t made a mistake in work, and we’ll show you a spoofer.

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Whether it was a first week slip-up or a career-defining mistake, no one has an impeccable record.

And let’s be honest, there’s nothing like hearing about other people’s blunders to help put your own into perspective.

So, without further ado, here are some of your most epic workplace woes.

1. That’s not ideal.

When I worked for a college paper, I accidentally published an article that said one of the SU Officers was supplying students with free pregnancy, rather than pregnancy tests.

2. Easily done… right?

Two kids in my class had the same first name. One of them was feeling sick and needed to be sent home. I rang the parent and said ‘You need to collect [name redacted]. Mammy arrived in only to tell me it wasn’t her son. She took him home anyway because they lived near other and were family friends.

3. Oh, fantastic!

I designed a calendar with a very short turnaround. Thousands were printed before I realised it was the wrong year.

4. It’s all about hiding the evidence.

I ripped the binding off of an official (and original) document, probably ruining it forever in order to photocopy it easier. I did this to four documents until someone told me I wasn’t supposed to. I’ve put them back where I got them and I’m currently waiting for someone to find them and ask about them.
5. Oh, and that’s not all…
I accidentally pressed ‘copy’ instead of ‘scan’ when I was scanning a huge pile of documents, so I ended up with almost 200 pages of useless paper, and the rule is anything you don’t need has to be shredded. At the time I didn’t have a desk, so I had to carry it around with me until I could dispose of it in the designated shredding bin (I was waiting for people to leave the room.)

6. Then we have this very brave beauty therapist.

I accidentally set myself on fire in an attempt to save my ‘sleeping’ client from also being set on fire. It was a mixture of flammable products and candles to set the ambiance. She got away unscathed thanks to me… although she did have to suffer the stench of my singed forearm hair.

7. And honorable mention goes to…

Not mine, but Ridey McRide of a boss asked my colleague to call him, and she replied ‘one sex’. It wouldn’t have been nearly as embarrassing if he wasn’t such a lash.

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