- A resentful ex-employee places a padlock on the main door of his former workplace, unintentionally confining nine colleagues inside.
- The man is caught on CCTV and subsequently fined S$4,000 for wrongful confinement.
- He also faces charges for sending an abusive message to an ex-colleague.
CNA reports that a disgruntled man who had been let go from his job, took out his frustrations in an unconventional manner – by padlocking his former workplace.
A Chained-Up Tale
People have unique ways of dealing with anger and frustration.
However, a man in Singapore took his resentment to a new level when, after being terminated from his job, he decided to vent his anger by padlocking the main door of his former workplace.
Unfortunately, nine colleagues were inside at the time, he’d misjudged their lunch breaks.
All Chained Up With Nowhere To Go
The ex-employee, nursing a bruised ego and an axe to grind, assumed his ex-colleagues would be out on their lunch breaks.
His timing wasn’t right – the lunch breaks were staggered, and there would always be at least one employee on the premises.
This rash act was discovered when an employee, trying to leave for a toilet break, found the main door padlocked from outside, effectively trapping them all in the office.
A Locksmith’s Day To Shine
Eventually, the company owner was informed of the predicament and hired a locksmith.
About an hour later, the padlock was removed, setting the employees free.
The ex-employee’s vengeful deed had been recorded on CCTV, leaving no room for debate about who was behind it.
The man was fined S$4,000 for his misdeed, marking a pricey act of revenge.
In addition, he pled guilty to one count of wrongful confinement and was charged with sending an abusive message to an ex-colleague, adding salt to his own wounds.
One could say, his attempt to lock away his frustration, only ended up locking him further into trouble.
- Dealing with job loss and resentment in a constructive way is of utmost importance, seeking professional help if necessary.
- Respect for others is essential, regardless of personal emotions or circumstances.
- Vandalism or illegal acts can have severe consequences, including hefty fines or jail time. It’s always better to choose a lawful path to express one’s disappointments.
In a Nutshell
Our disgruntled man learned a hard lesson that day, as did the company.
It’s a reminder for all of us to handle our emotions responsibly, even in the face of perceived injustice or hurt.
And an office padlock? Well, it should be used for securing the office, not for an outlandish act of revenge or petty spitefulness.
So, how would you handle a similar frustration?
Have you ever felt the urge to make a grand gesture like that?
Share your thoughts with us!