13 People Share Their Holiday Party “Shit Show” Stories –




nickmcsnapz — ‘Consider this my two weeks notice’

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We went to the races for a Christmas party, one of the girls got on pingas, pissed herself on the members balcony then pulled her drenched underwear down and threw it off the balcony into the crowd. She never came back to work after that lol


Shas_Erra — Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, it’s because we had a coupon.

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HR had booked us into the function room of a hotel (one of these big, out of town places that do wedding receptions). Everyone had to pay £50 per head to attend, £75 for plus ones.
When we arrived, the room we’d booked already had another party in it. They’d double-booked the room and just assumed that one company wasn’t going to turn up. So there’s 300 people trying to share a space meant for 200 at the most. Not enough chairs or tables and no room to move.
When food came, we had to take turns eating our courses while people stood around us, waiting. The venue had lost our meal choices so it was basically “eat what we give you”. The food itself had clearly been microwaved from frozen – scalding hot on the outside, still frozen in the centre.
After it became clear that this was going to be the standard for the night, the UM ordered pizzas for just our party, to be delivered to the function room. Most of those who had already eaten the food provided ended up with food poisoning.
Afterwards, we all demanded a full refund. The company got its deposit back but employees got nothing. The following year, HR booked the same venue as they’d given us a huge discount and promised that it would be better this time.
It wasn’t.


HorseMeatSandwich — What a horrible boss.

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It was hosted at a really nice restaurant and there was an open bar. We all arrived, had a drink, started chatting and joking around.
Then the CEO arrived and promptly called us all to attention. We assumed he would just be congratulating us on a great year and wishing us a happy holidays, but instead he announced that we would not be receiving bonuses that year and that there would be layoffs in the near future. People were PISSED.
There was basically a mad dash to the open bar and we all said “No bonuses? Fuck it, I’m drinking my bonus this year then.”
The next several hours were an absolute shit show. More rounds of shots of top-shelf liquor than I can remember. The receptionist vomited onto her plate of filet mignon. Two coworkers had sex in the bathroom. The CEO’s wife ended up passed out drunk in a chair next to the coat rack and had to be carried out.
It was glorious.
Edit: Also literally half the company called in sick the next day, and those of us who actually came in just spent the day taking turns puking in the bathroom.


natvonbrat — Parties with limited toilets are asking for trouble.

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We had our Holiday party on a barge whose top floor was rented out to a different company. There was only one male and female toilet per floor and one of the female party goers from that party had had way to much to drink before the meal was even served. Between dinner and dessert she stumbled down the flight of stairs pee running down her leg and falls into the men’s toilet. Does her thing and falls up the stairs back up to her party. Next thing you know we hear her screaming fine then, I’ll just go, and she jumps overboard into waters we all know are shark infested. Her date, knowing there is no way she can survive given how drunk she is (not even considering the sharks), empties his pockets and jumps in after her.
They had to stop the barge, call the police and end the trip for the rest of us. No idea what happened to the jumpers and I didn’t get any dessert, but at least I have a good story to tell!


RobTheBanks — Blood vomit man may wanna get himself checked out.

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They hired out a members club so I thought it would be at least a decent standard facility. The bar was staffed by one rather grumpy older lady, someone brought a punch bowl and someone else spiked it and my friend went outside and vomited blood all over the place.
Six guys wouldn’t leave me alone the entire evening because they wanted to know how I had “kept that on a tight leash” because they found my wife attractive. There was a karaoke that only one person did and they wouldn’t stop doing it. Two people not married to each other got caught in the toilets together.
Oh and someone got drunk and tried to fight the boss, for the third year in a row. Different boss each year.


MisterShine — It only takes one horrible couple to ruin the fun for everybody.

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My employer decided that, on that particular Christmas and for the first time, staff could bring along their wives/husbands/SOs.
One of my close colleagues, slightly over-refreshed, nudged the woman he was standing next to, nodded at a male and a female colleague, both out on the dance floor, and said: “He’s been shagging her all year.”
The woman he was talking to was the guy’s wife.
There was “a scene” in which my colleague had his lights punched out.
Company never invited SOs again.


swampjedi — Unless he was the company Santa, then no.

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Secondhand story: Big boss kept asking much lower level subordinates to sit on his lap while his wife sat nearby and scowled at him. He “retired” soon after. This was 20 years ago – hopefully this wouldn’t fly today.


diesel-revolver — People need their alcohol.

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At the last company i worked for, one of the owners decided that it was not appropriate to spend company money on alcohol for employees. This rule covered the holiday party which was held at a hotel. Cue the entire company hanging out in the hotel bar and ditching the planed festivities.


Thriftyverse — Oh well, your prize is hopefully a different job with a better boss.

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1) The company decided on a double elimination pool tournament. They had no idea how to run a double elimination pool tournament. When the office staff were eliminated, the owner decided to restart the tournament.
2) Different company. They had a drawing for prizes. No one on swing or graveyard won a prize. A group of graveyard employees grabbed the can they were drawing names from and went through it. Only day shift workers names were in the can. When they protested, the company canned them for insubordination.


fresnel28 — That’s the way to go.

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Apparently one of the temps at my old work got completely wasted at the work Christmas party, then showed up the next morning at 8am (right on time), downed half a bottle of champagne in a single hit, said to nobody in particular “fuck you all. I never liked working here anyway.” and left.
Nobody ever heard from her again and her contract still had three weeks left. HR made a tactical decision to leave it for a few days until they could declare she had “abandoned” her job and then got another temp in, who never heard how her predecessor left.


I_RATE_BIRDS — Alright this one sounds not bad.

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Intern at a law firm christmas party. One of the lead attorneys gathered me and all the paralegals to take tequila shots with him. The top-billing attorneys, a husband and wife team, both got hammered, took off their shoes, and began chasing each other in the ballroom shooting nerf guns at each other and the paras. Someone gave firm-branded hazmat suits as a gag gift and two other attorneys put them on and began fighting with foam swords.This was pre-Uber, so the firm paid for cabs for everyone to get home if they’d been drinking.


Necro_lancer — And he was never seen again.

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We had our yearly christmas party at the home of our boss. She always provided plenty of food, alcohol and bedding for people too drunk to drive home (everyone is either a cop or affiliated with the police dept).
My supervisor got blitzed after eating way too much delicious spaghetti. He puked in the sink, overflowing it. Bosses husband is the retired police chief, he actually had to use a wet/dry vac along with a mop and bucket to get it all up.
The last coherent thing that came out of his mouth was “FUCK THE POLICE” as the current police chief was wishing us a merry christmas via facetime, while the camera was pointed at him.
The only pictures anyone has of him from that night is him passed out with a horsehead mask on


Luckboy28 — It ain’t a party til the Light Rats show up.

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We rented space at a big venue.
They had to stop the party because giant rats got stuck in the florescent light fixtures (between the bulbs and the plastic cover). So you’d look up, and see rats running in circles overhead.
This place was catering the entire meal from their own in-house kitchen.
Everybody quickly dumped their food and walked out.
When management was told about the rats, they shrugged it off, and sent a guy who just happened to have a huge ladder and a net. This was clearly a regular occurrence.

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