Today Keith Zakheim, President of Beckerman PR, a multimillion-dollar public relations firm in New Jersey, sent out a scathing e-mail to his employees reprimanding them for not replacing the milk in the communal kitchen. He said this was a fireable offense:
“If I catch someone not replacing the milk, or at least, in the case where the downstairs store has close already, not sending an email to the office so the first person that arrives (usually Christa or me) can pick one up upon arrival – then I am going to fire you. I’m not joking. You will be fired for not replacing the milk, and have fun explaining that one to your next employer. This is not a empty threat so PLEASE don’t test me.”
He has a good point. Imagine explaining on a job interview that you had to leave your last job because you didn’t replace the milk carton. Yes Zakheim might not look good in this case either, but neither will you. Let’s look at a few other really stupid, careless things that will be very embarrassing to you to explain to people as well as potential employers.