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‘Dumb boss’ poll: Recognize yourself?

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Here are a few highlights from an ABC News Web poll asking readers for the worst thing a boss ever told them.
  • “Putting 10 dummies together into one room does not make one genius!”
  • “I’m not half as mean as I’d like to be.”
  • “Tell your wife she looks really hot driving that minivan.”
  • “Terror is a great motivator!”
  • “With so many able-bodied women around here, why am I getting my own coffee?”
  • After firing someone: “Do you know anyone who might be interested in your job?”
  • “I spend more on cigars in a day than you make!”
  • “Don’t do what I do, just do what I say. I’m the boss. I can do whatever I want.”
  • “Yes, there will be layoffs. Just don’t go running down the halls slitting your wrists yet.”
  • “You are getting a hysterectomy just so you can have a vacation.”
  • “Monkeys could do this job!”

One more eye-opener:

“My boss consistently says stuff that is …”
  • Insane, 16.2 percent
  • Insipid, 19.1 percent
  • Insightful, 28.1 percent
  • Insulting, 36.4 percent

— Adapted from “Workplace Best and Worst: Wrath of the Boss,” Bob Rosner, www.ABCnews.com.

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