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‘Boss from hell’ burned by firing contest

An employee of the “boss from hell” will be awarded unemployment benefits, an Iowa judge has ruled, because a “Guess The Next Cashier Who Will Be Fired” contest was “egregious and deplorable.”

Some horrible bosses are better than others.

Some horrible bosses are better than others.

The Des Moines Register reports William Ernst, 57, the owner of QC Mart, a chain of convenience stores, sent all of his employees a memo outlining the contest for a $10 prize.

The memo read:

“Guess The Next Cashier Who Will Be Fired!!!!

“To win our game, write on a piece of paper the name of the next cashier you believe will be fired. Write their name [the person who will be fired], today’s date, today’s time, and your name. Seal it in an envelope and give it to the manager to put in my envelope.

“Here’s how the game will work: We are doubling our secret-shopper efforts, and your store will be visited during the day and at night several times a week. Secret shoppers will be looking for cashiers wearing a hat, talking on a cell phone, not …

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