Problems With Authority

The weird, wacky and just plain mystifying things bosses do and say

With files from Kent Bruyneel / Illustration by Rodrigo Lopez Orozco

Taking a page from author-illustrator Graham Roumieu's biting comics in
101 Ways to Kill Your Boss, we hunted down all the weird, wacky and just plain mystifying things bosses do and say.


And a few more…

“I used to have this boss who told other people what he thought of his employees right in front of the employee.”

“I used to have this boss who said, ‘It’s all about relationships.’ Until he took his advice and got canned because he was having way too many.”

“I used to have this boss who went to the bathroom and left the door open.”

“I used to have this boss who talked about himself in the third person.”

“I used to have this boss who was obsessed with filing things, even wanting the files filed under ‘F’ – for files…”

“I used to have this boss who, after every sip of a coffee, exclaimed ‘Ahhhhhhh’ loud enough for the entire office to hear.”

“I used to have a boss who said, ‘You can’t have your cake and eat it, so you have to step up to the plate and face the music.’ That moment I knew I had to resign before somebody got badly hurt by a pencil.”

Tell us about delinquent bosses, supervisors without a clue and other tales about upper management. Finish this statement: “I used to have this boss who…”
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Toronto-based author-illustrator Graham Roumieu’s other books include Bigfoot: I Not Dead (the follow-up to his popular Me Write Book: A Bigfoot Memoir) and he has contributed to the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Men’s Journal, the Globe and Mail and more. See his latest work and read his blog at

0 Responses to Problems With Authority

  1. @stella4me says:

    I use to have this boss who… demanded his coffee (4 crm 4 sgr) and a protein bar delivered to him even tho he walked right by the kitchen every morning

  2. pinkLemonade says:

    I used to have this boss who.. had a “get to know you” meeting on her first day. It lasted an hour and 45 minutes and we only got to hear from one person, herself.

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