Whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure, one thing’s for sure – getting into a sticky situation far away from home is stressful on another level. And if your goal for getting out of the city is to relax and come back with a weight lifted off your shoulders, travel woes will more or less have the polar opposite effect.
On top of that, even normal, everyday interactions can leave travelers a bit more on edge than normal: navigating a foreign place, speaking and being spoken to in a foreign language – and knowing that if you lose anything, you aren’t going to make it home anytime soon.
That makes knowing where things are, making sure they’re protected, and being comfortable while on the move all the more important. But far too often, people head into the great unknown ill-equipped for their journey, headed more for disaster than detox.
So what can you do about it? Make sure the ones you love aren’t one of “those people!” This list is full of travel gifts that offer maximum comfort and security anywhere in the world, that the average traveler not only needs, but will totally love.
1. An all-equipped suitcase
Suitcases these days come with their own layer of practically bullet-proof protection – you know the ones we’re talking about. Shiny and box-like, they clank their way down the conveyer belt and look like armed warfare might come spilling out if anything could penetrate their exterior in the first place… Look for one that covers all the bases: armored exterior for protection, an easy-access front pocket, optional locks (because that hassle should be a choice), and perhaps most importantly, an internal portable charger.
2. Collapsable travel cup
Okay, everyone needs one of these. But especially travelers. For coffee while running late to the train or water without the wasteful plastic, these cups are there when you need them – and practically disappear when you don’t. Plus, they encourage you to finish one drink before starting the next!
3. Belt Bag
Going through airports is always annoying, but nothing more so than needing to take off and digging into your bag every 5 seconds for this and that. A belt bag is perfect for the things you need to grab in a moment’s notice (and keep within eyesight at all times) – and they’re pretty chic, too.
4. Traveling shoe bags
Shoes are one of the most necessary travel items, but also easily the dirtiest. That makes packing them in with the rest of your stuff pretty problematic. But these thin bags organize and protect your shoes (and everything else from your shoes). Plus, they don’t take up any extra room.
5. Ultra-Light Down Coat
A water-resistant, unbeatably warm, super-compact jacket that doubly functions as a portable blanket and fluffy pillow.
6. Universal Adaptor
Spending a vacation with only one machine charged at a time is not going to feel like much of a vacation. But these adaptors will solve that, anytime, anywhere. And the plugs even work both ways, in case you buy something overseas that you want to use at home!
7. Tech-friendly gloves
It’s cold out here! Where, where is here? In order to find out, you’ll probably have to use your phone – which can make having gloves on quite a nuisance. But not with this gloved travel. Keep your fingers safe and warm, and your sense of direction intact.
8. A real-deal toiletries bag
This is no plastic airport scrap. It has all the compartments no one knew they needed – separating the toiletries that can damage each other, confining potential spills, and it’s even washable between trips.
30 Times Employees Got Revenge on Their Bosses – And Took Things Too Far
Countless workers have found themselves taken advantage of and exploited by their higher-ups. For many, simply leaving the workplace is not enough and they went out seeking revenge! Here are 30 of the best workplace revenge stories…
Matter of Principle
This Redditor was doing freelance work aged 15, but was already too smart for a small business owner to take advantage of him. They wanted the menu emailed, not printed, “just to look at it.” There was no payment, the Redditor wrote. “They made it pretty clear they just wanted to start printing copies and not pay me. So, I make the entire menu have a watermark superimposed on it. Not with my name, not with a logo. With the word ‘POOP.’ I explained that it would be removed when I got my money, which I did.”
Down under in a suburb of Sydney, a former café employee posted a fake job notice that painted their previous employer in a chauvinistic light — he was looking for a waitress that could just “as easily be in a bikini on beach spinning heads.” Residents in the neighborhood were furious, so the owner, Andrew McNamara, was forced to do serious damage control. The café lost business because of the perceived misogyny, and McNamara held a “free coffee day” for women, who were understandably furious at him.
Serves Them Right
One tire shop withheld paychecks to a broke 17-year-old. As he explained on Reddit, he finally got paid by the register after weeks of insistence. Corporate approved on condition he wrote his name down and agreed to return the money when the checks came. But when the problem continued, he finally told them he wouldn’t be back. Despite expecting two checks to be mailed to him, he ended up with seven! The shop tried to claim the money back, yet the shop had changed ownership in the meantime and threw away the papers proving he owed them money.
Another Redditor recalled an ex from high school’s revenge — a manager at the fast-food restaurant he worked at was abusing his power by leaving early and letting the friends he hired leave early as well. The ex had to clean up and do preparations by himself, despite living far away and being in school. One day he had enough: “He lined up ketchup packets from the front counter, through the kitchen and out the back door and ran, stomping all of them on the way out. He ran all the way home.” The manager was left alone to clean up.
Australian Chainsaw Razing
In another case that made the news in 2016, Australian construction workers decided to unmake the home they built because they weren’t paid by the contractor. The revenge they posted online taught contractors who don’t pay invoices what happens “the hard way”: using chainsaws, the Australian workers tore through beams and studs in the half-built home. On the plus side, they got revenge on someone who screwed them over, but there was a minus side, too – they just ruined someone’s dream home that did nothing wrong and won’t ever get paid now.
Wayne Crook went full-Thor on the Bristol Flying Centre after he was fired. Writing “Gross Misconduct” in blood on the wall was far from the most dangerous part of his retribution for getting laid off. He was fired for moving an aircraft in a hangar without the qualifications needed, but his response was so over-the-top. He was Furious after his employment was terminated that he took a hammer and smashed windows, toilets, computers, sinks, and more. He caused the equivalent of $280,000 in damages in 2012, which gave him 20 months in prison.
Modern Day Robin Hood
Ex-Marriot Hotels employee Juan Rodriguez confessed to hacking into their system to change the tariff of the rooms, which should have been between $159 and $499 a night. Instead, the website listed the 3,000 rooms at between $12 and $59 a night, costing the company over $50,000. He had previously been fired and had been told to stay clear of their computer network, but he had accessed it remotely anyway. He was caught because the police were able to trace the perpetrator’s IP address back to his home.
A Reddit user shared that his father worked for IBM back in the day as an expert for large microcomputers. Right before his elder brother was born, his father’s boss refused to give him personal leave. In response, his father flew off the handle, told his boss “how incompetent he was, how he was riding on other people’s talent, quit right there and then and left for the hospital.” After a few days of uncertainty, IBM’s owner called him and offered him his boss’s job, while his old boss now had to report to him.
Poor Man’s App
Snapchat was in dire straits when it was revealed that CEO Evan Spiegel thought that “Snapchat is for rich people” and, for that reason, they “don’t want to expand in poor countries like India and Spain.” Indians flocked to uninstall the app and caused its rating to go from five stars to one star. But then it turned out that this wasn’t true at all, and the alleged statement originated from a disgruntled former employee that was involved in a lawsuit. That didn’t stop Indian hackers from leaking data from some 1.7 million Snapchat users, though.
Spam Mail Revenge
Another Reddit user revealed how he got revenge on his first boss out of college, who was a jerk. “I was in charge of taking orders and sending out spam mail to our old customers,” he said, working from an Excel sheet that the boss repeatedly told them not to let anyone see. So this employee backed it up to their personal email address, which came in handy after they were fired without any notice. He released the information from a fake account and let his former company deal with the consequences.
Holding Up the Company
A Redditor left a company on less than good terms, so they didn’t leave very good instructions for their replacement. Admittedly, there were fairly complex instructions that needed to be followed, and this information was quite important because things went sour for the company after they left. They felt bad learning from a former coworker that 200 former colleagues had been fired, as the company folded six months later. “Things kept failing that I used to maintain and fix,” they explained.
Typesetting is an obsolete profession now that we have computers, but a Redditor recounted how important of a position it was back in the day. They agreed to take a job for less pay for six weeks while learning the system, but six weeks came and went with no raise. One day the paste-up artist called in sick, which meant they were forced to do both typing and the layout. They put their personal belongings in a box as if to leave and reminded the manager and owner about the unfulfilled promise, which happened to come before 5 pm.
Richard Neale founded Esselar, yet found himself being forced to leave after a dispute about an insurance payment. Furious, he took revenge on his former colleagues by sabotaging the company, which had a deal with Aviva, an insurance company. Neale caused them to lose their contract when he hacked Aviva’s employees’ phones, right when they were showcasing their capabilities to Aviva at an event. This cost Esselar some $800,000 back in 2014 and the firm got back at Neale in court. A judge sentenced him to 18 months in prison.
Getting Their Due
A technician working as an installer for a big company revealed on Reddit that he had to travel for work, but for years his boss compensated satisfactorily. When the company fired about 100 people and a new boss came, though, there was no workers’ compensation and no overtime, which is illegal. The worker got a lawyer and, four months later, settled out of court for $40,000 in unpaid overtime over five years. In addition to a severance package, he also had an exit interview where he told off the new boss.
Another Redditor shared an experience working for a logistics company, where a boss named David was almost comically terrible — riding around in a golf cart, looking for temp workers to slip up so he could fire them. David didn’t do anything and relied on workers like the Redditor to fill out reports. A few years later, after the Redditor got promoted to head another department, he was brought in to become David’s new boss. David struggled as his new boss watched him, noting everything. But in the end, all he said was, “David, it’s just not working out.”
The Plough Pub
In a story that made the news, a chef named Jim Knight got revenge on his former workplace, The Plough, a pub in Oxfordshire, England. The company fired him after refusing to give him a weekend off and Christmas Day to be with his 7-month-old daughter. Still armed with access to their Twitter account, he shamed them in a series of tweets that remained there for almost 24 hours. The Plough didn’t appreciate this, especially considering their former head chef accused them of selling low-grade meat as premium.
Another Redditor explained what happened with a particularly bad boss that was hated by multiple employees. In the end, this boss got just what was coming to him. It just so happened that this Redditor was responsible for doing a biannual internal survey at the company for all employees, which was the perfect way to get revenge. After giving him an absolutely terrible survey, where they allegedly “blew him up,” corporate made some changes and “mysteriously moved him to another city not long after that.”
Lennon Ray Brown
Lennon Ray Brown, a Citibank contractor-turned-employee, got some flack from someone in a senior position about his poor performance, which absolutely infuriated Brown in 2013. For revenge, he tampered with the Global Control Center routers and effectively blocked 90% of the company’s connectivity in North America. Brown told a soon-to-be coworker that he didn’t do this for personal reasons, but to stick up for employees who are mistreated by upper management. Citibank apparently didn’t heed his words — after litigation, a judge sentenced Brown to 21 months in jail and a fine of $77,200.
Triano Williams worked at the American College of Education (ACE) until he was fired in 2016 for refusing to move to Indianapolis. In revenge, he refused to hand over the school’s Google account, demanded $200,000 for alleged racial discrimination, and effectively blocked 2,000 students from accessing the curricula for their classes online. At the conclusion of legal proceedings in both Indiana and Illinois, where Williams lived, a judge ordered Williams to pay the college $248,350. The ACE said they would not be collecting anything from their former IT worker, though, as they just wanted the password.
You know the type of boss that won’t lift a finger to help you but will scrutinize everything you do? A Reddit response to such a boss may be one of the raunchiest — after getting fired following a particularly aggravating encounter during a 20-hour shift, one poster claimed he signed up his old boss to adult websites. The sheer quantity was so much it attracted the attention of upper management. They fired him from the position and transferred him somewhere else where he had far fewer responsibilities and, most importantly, employees.
Caught On Camera
The next revenge story is less funny — in fact, it’s criminal, but what earns it a place on this list is the extremity of this one from Pune, India. A business process outsourcing (BPO) company fired an employee for harassing female employees along with his friend. To get revenge on the company, the two friends set the company offices on fire by igniting the furniture inside. The conflagration even destroyed a CCTV camera, but another camera caught them in the act, fortunately.
Raising Cane’s Secret Sauce
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers had their secret recipe leaked, allegedly, by a former employee who was sore about getting the ax. She claims that the sauce is nothing but “mayo, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, & garlic powder.” It’s said to taste just like it, yet Cane’s released a statement claiming that this disgruntled former employee never learned the recipe, as only a select few managers actually know it. Taking any legal action would admit that she was, in fact, privy to this information. Who’s right? That’s up to your taste buds to decide…
This boss was the definition of a nightmare. From skipping shifts to the sexual harassment of underage employees, this boss pulled out all the stops to be an all-out hassle to anyone and everyone working there. Unfortunately, he took to stealing from the company as well. Since he had access to electronic records, it was hard to catch him – until this employee got him to admit it via text message. With the evidence in tow, they managed to get the boss fired.
Be Careful Who You Berate
When this Reddit user’s mother went into labor, their father asked his boss to leave work. Unfortunately, the boss told him to stay – no matter what the circumstances. Things got heated and the father told him off, telling him he was riding on other’s talent with no talent himself. He continued on to meet his wife, congratulate her, and let her know he quit his job. However, he didn’t have to worry for too long because he was hired back the next day in a position above his former boss.
An Eye for an Eye
This Reddit user liked their original manager but when he was replaced by an internal hire, things went sideways. The new manager, who’s given the false name Mike in this story, eventually falsified a scenario in which the employee lost his job for messing up a customer order – which he didn’t do. When he got a job at another tech repair company, he realized that they had a contract with an old company. Since Mike was such as stickler for the numbers – and even managed to steal other employees’ tickets for himself – this user made sure every computer his new company sent to him was stuck with extra charges.
Kill Them with Kindness
When this worker’s company fell under new management, they started to take advantage of his hardworking demeanor. In addition, they lowered the safety conditions which resulted in plenty of problems – probably including this worker’s collapsed lung! They kept the employee on but decided to make their life miserable. Instead of blowing up, they decided to carefully log every OSHA violation in the building. Later, they turned it into the safety manager which got the boss in plenty of trouble. When he finally did quit, they replaced him with 5 people who still didn’t do the job as well.
This is another tale of an employee who suffered at the hands of new management. Under a manager, who they gave the pseudonym Albert to, employees were constantly berated and heckled. One day, after they stood up for themselves, they were even manhandled to the door and eventually had their leg slammed in it. While the incident only ended in some nasty bruising, they decided to take it to the limit. They had the cops visit Albert and managed to spread the word to local businesses of what he did. The cafe closed shortly after that.
This Reddit user was wrongly accused of theft at their old job. He was called one day, finding himself in a disciplinary meeting in which he was immediately terminated and banned from the store for life. Not happy with this turn of events, he appealed to the higher-ups, including citing all employee rights laws breached. When upper management saw this, they promptly investigated the claims and found out not only they were false but it was the boss that actually stole from the company too!
Careful Who You Confide In
When this person started working at his job, he and his boss got along well. Well enough that his boss admitted to a tax scheme over drinks one night. At the time, the employee laughed it off and ignored it. After all, they were friends. Later, when he decided to leave the company, he heard that his boss was badmouthing him, trying to ruin his reputation within the industry. So, six months later, he reported the crimes he knew about to the authorities. He says he regrets putting so much energy into it now, but it’s definitely a strong way to get revenge.
Bye-Bye Bad Manager
This employee saw many managers come and go during his tenure at a popular fast-food chain. According to him, though, this manager was the worst. Not only was he a pain to employees, but he was also quick to make health code violations. After watching this, the employee had enough not only of his treatment but of the danger this manager posed to customers. He gathered his evidence of the boss’ indiscretions, including a holiday celebration against company policy. Upon turning it into upper management, the boss was promptly fired and replaced.
After working in the service industry for some time, this Reddit user was ready for a promotion and he had earned it. That was when his boss blocked him from getting said promotion because he didn’t want to hire someone new for the night shift. The employee was justifiably angry but didn’t want to stir the pot and paint a target on his back. This paid off later when he got a new job and an application came across there desk – from his old boss. It was a quick rejection.
Night Shift Nightmare
This night shift hotel worker was dismayed when the hotel they’d worked for years came under new management that wasn’t too fond of her. When she saw an email saying management wanted to fire her, she made sure to save a copy and call her uncle who was a lawyer. When things started to get worse, she also went through the hotel to take note of every safety violation present. So, when she was finally fired, she not only had enough evidence to file a lawsuit but to have the hotel shut down as well.
Employee of the Year
This time, an employee dealt with a boss that often dumped all the important tasks on them. All the while, he did his best to put all his effort into the company. He took on extra work, worked overtime, and basically ran the company. Later on, this work paid off. His lackluster boss ended up giving him half ownership of the company, effectively making the employee an equal to him as well as the next CEO.
Following Doctor’s Orders
Many people have certain accommodations for work but, unfortunately, not every boss is as equally reasonable about these accommodations. That’s what this employee had to learn the hard way when she needed certain health accommodations. When she realized what was wrong, she was quick to take legal action against the company. In the end, the employee received four months of severance pay in addition to a settlement to help her out until she got her next job.
Never Underestimate a Friendship
This story doesn’t exactly revolve around the revenge of an employee but the revenge that his best friend got for him. Both worked for a chain bakery in which the manager was all-around unpleasant. After a few months, he got the news that his friend got fired. The reason was that the friend was accused of stealing money even though there was no evidence against him. This employee then took matters into his own hands and reported the health and safety violations of the bakery which shut down shortly after.
A Complete 180
Sometimes, the best revenge is your own success. When this employee had a CEO that was prone to treating everyone poorly, from employees to customers to investors and more, he decided it was time to move on. When he left, he took a few members of the software company he worked at with him, including the VP of software development and the chief architect. They started their own company that ended up performing better than the previous company.
Marie Lupe Cooley
Things aren’t always as they seem and prudence is often the best course of action, as Marie Lupe Cooley of Jacksonville found out in 2008. She stumbled upon a job posting for a similar position to hers and saw her boss’s number listed. She worked at an architecture firm, so she got revenge by erasing her company’s blueprints and drawings. They were worth some $2.5 million, so police soon arrested her. Cooley wasn’t even slated to be fired, as the ad was for the owner’s wife’s company, but they soon gave her the ax.
Full Speed On the Hershey Highway
A Redditor recalled exacting revenge on a former boss at a pizzeria after getting chewed out for just asking to get off early so he could make it to a date. When his boss later ordered him to pick up a chocolate shake at a nearby fast-food joint, this employee got revenge and laced it with a chocolate-flavored laxative. “Despite everybody knowing the true story, though, he never figured it out and blamed the fast food joint for his wild ride on the Hershey Highway,” he concluded.
This next story is from Vienna, Austria, although the true motivation behind the occurrence is unknown. A couple of years ago, a tram driver was getting back to his train after going to the bathroom when he realized it had gone missing. He had taken the keys with him, so local law enforcement officers were really puzzled as to how a former employee at the Wiener Linien transportation company got his hands on a set of keys to commandeer the train to go on a joy ride.
Graham Rust, feeling underappreciated after 24 years at a healthcare company, started snagging products he saw laying around and selling it through his own eBay account. How was he outed? The company realized items were missing and saw one of them listed on eBay. They made a purchase and traced the account back to Rust. Even though the grand total came out to over $25,000, he insisted he didn’t do it for the money, but because he didn’t like how he was treated. A judge sentenced him to eight months and 200 hours of unpaid community service.
His Little Secret
One Redditor decided to leave a family-owned computer retailer after five years, which did not go over well with them. They called the new boss to delay the departure by two weeks, even though the legally-required two-weeks notice had been given. Everyone at the old company spent that time telling him how much of a mistake he was making. To get revenge, he said, “I changed the entire internal networks’ passwords to ‘i dont know.’ When they called to ask me what the passwords were, I told the truth.”
One Redditor’s revenge on his “Boss From Hell” was diabolical: he installed a device that made “a random ‘BLEEP!’ at odd intervals, between a minute and ten minutes,” as if the battery was low. For the following weeks, he watched with glee as his boss “replaced her phone twice, her computer once, and never at any point stood a chance of finding the thing.” Those who knew relished in her misery the whole time the device was inside her monitor.
One nanny got revenge on “a nightmare couple” who fired her for punishing one of the “out-of-control children” who hit his sister. She shoved uncooked and unshelled shrimps into the curtain rod and closed it. “Within a week the room will have smelled, within a fortnight it will have been unbearable,” she revealed.
Kaylea Reid of the UK got into legal trouble for getting revenge on an old manager, with whom she was having an affair until she got fired. After getting laid off, Reid posted intimate pictures of him on his wife’s company’s Facebook page, tagging former clients and colleagues at her old job. Using intimate images to shame others has been illegal in the UK since 2015, yet Reid received just a suspended sentence and a fine instead of jail time.