A Woman Always Cut Her Coworker Some Slack for Coming in Late, but When the Woman Had to Tell Her Boss, Colleagues Became Combatants

A woman recently asked for advice about a situation involving her colleague. The colleague was frequently late to the office, but was the woman right to expose her when she had no other choice? Here’s what she had to say:

The Office Was Already Tense

step daughters
Photo Credit: pathdoc / Shutterstock.

“So there have been a couple of incidents lately that have led my coworker (Jen) to become very angry at me. For background, we are both scheduled to start work at 8:00 every day. I usually get there between 7:30–7:45. Jen typically gets in at 8:30 or later.”

The Woman Didn’t Challenge Her Colleague

Photo Credit: Sklo Studio / Shutterstock.

Although her colleague was frequently late, the woman never complained. As far as she was concerned, it wasn’t her problem when her coworker turned up. She wasn’t going to get involved in someone else’s business.

She Was Late

Photo Credit: Mix and Match Studio / Shutterstock.

One day, the woman was running late for a change. She notified the office even though she was only a few minutes behind. Whenever she’d been late in the past, all hell had broken loose, so she wanted to keep her colleagues in the loop.

The Coworker Was Rude

Photo Credit: pathdoc / Shutterstock.

“Throughout the day, Jen made several jokes about how lazy I was for being late. Then, when we were in the elevator together, leaving work, she said in a rather sharp tone, ‘You know, when you make a big show of telling everyone you’re going to be late when it’s only five minutes, it’s pretty obvious that you’re just trying to show everyone else up.’”

The Woman Didn’t Think Her Coworker Was Being Fair

Photo Credit: WAYHOME studio / Shutterstock.

The woman’s coworker accused her of being a teacher’s pet for telling the office that she’d be late. It didn’t seem like a reasonable reaction, so she ignored her colleague. However, their relationship was about to deteriorate even further.

The Office Access Cards Were Broken

Photo Credit: Fotosenmeer / Shutterstock.

The office where the woman worked required a security card for access. Unfortunately, her card sometimes didn’t work. She arrived at the office one day to find that she couldn’t get in. She had to wait for another coworker to let her in with their card.

Help Arrived

Photo Credit: Roman Samborskyi / Shutterstock.

Eventually, the woman’s boss arrived. When he asked her what she was doing in the parking lot, she explained that her card wasn’t working. But her boss wanted to know why Jen, her colleague, hadn’t already let the woman in.

The Woman Had To Spill The Beans 

Photo Credit: Andrey_Popov / Shutterstock.

She explained that she hadn’t yet seen her colleague, even though she should have been there. Her boss didn’t seem concerned and let her into the building. However, there would be consequences for her honesty.

She Was Confronted By Her Colleague

Photo Credit: Mix and Match Studio / Shutterstock.

Later that day, the woman’s colleague came into her office in a flood of tears. The coworker explained that since the woman had ratted her out, she’d gotten into trouble with their boss. How could she do this to her?

The Accusations Continued

Photo Credit: Krakenimages.com / Shutterstock.

Her colleague accused the woman of stage-managing both her lateness and the issue with the keycards in order to make her colleague look bad. As far as her colleague was concerned, the woman was sucking up and trying to cause trouble for everyone else.  

Who Was Wrong? 

Photo Credit: Trzykropy / Shutterstock.

Although the woman didn’t really believe what her colleague was telling her, she couldn’t help but wonder if she should have handled things differently. Should she have covered for her colleague when the boss asked about her?

People Weighed In

Photo Credit: ViDI Studio / Shutterstock.

One person supported the woman. They said: “You didn’t even tell your boss she was late; all you said was that you hadn’t seen her that morning. Presumably, she could have been there, and you just didn’t see her. Your boss knew something was up.”

Another Person Had This to Say

Photo Credit: Cast Of Thousands / Shutterstock.

“I don’t see how you could have handled either situation differently. It’s not you making Jen look bad Jen is making Jen look bad.” 

A Final Comment

Photo Credit: Cookie Studio / Shutterstock.

“NTA. If Jen could show up on time, there wouldn’t be a problem? “If anything, I’d take this AITA post to your manager/HR”

MORE FROM SMART GAMING LAB – A MAN RETURNED TO HIS ELECTRIC CAR AND FOUND AN ENTITLED WOMAN HAD UNPLUGGED THE CHARGER HE PAID FOR, WHEN CONFRONTED SHE CAME UP WITH THE MOST RIDICULOUS EXCUSE

Photo Credit: Krakenimages.com / Shutterstock.

A man confronted an entitled woman who had unplugged his paid-for electric vehicle charger. Showing no remorse, she continued to use the electric charging he had paid for right in front of him

A MAN RETURNED TO HIS ELECTRIC CAR AND FOUND AN ENTITLED WOMAN HAD UNPLUGGED THE CHARGER HE PAID FOR, WHEN CONFRONTED SHE CAME UP WITH THE MOST RIDICULOUS EXCUSE

A WOMAN INHERITED HER NEIGHBORS HOUSE, BUT THEIR ABSENT SON APPEARED OUT OF NOWHERE AND CLAIMED IT WAS RIGHTFULLY HIS CAUSING A HUGE LEGAL ROW

Photo Credit: Krakenimages.com / Shutterstock.

The woman was very close with her neighbors, and when they passed away she inherited their belongings, including their house. However, this caused tension with one of the neighbor’s sons.

A WOMAN INHERITED HER NEIGHBORS HOUSE, BUT THEIR ABSENT SON APPEARED OUT OF NOWHERE AND CLAIMED IT WAS RIGHTFULLY HIS CAUSING A HUGE LEGAL ROW

HER BOSS KEPT STEALING HER SALES FOR THE COMMISSION, SO SHE QUIT HER JOB AND ENACTED SWEET REVENGE ON HER FINAL DAY AT WORK

Photo Credit: nakaridore / Shutterstock.com.

A woman’s boss kept stealing her sales and taking the commission for herself. On her last day of work, the woman got revenge by having the final say.

HER BOSS KEPT STEALING HER SALES FOR THE COMMISSION, SO SHE QUIT HER JOB AND ENACTED SWEET REVENGE ON HER FINAL DAY AT WORK

SHE TREATED HER FAMILY TO DINNER AND HER NEPHEW ORDERED A $190 STEAK, HIS FATHER WAS FORCED TO PAY AND NOW SHE’S ACCUSED OF BEING UNREASONABLE

Photo Credit: pathdoc/Shutterstock.

A woman took her family out for dinner at an expensive restaurant. When her nephew ordered a large tomahawk steak he could not finish, she made an alternative payment method, causing tension within the family.

SHE TREATED HER FAMILY TO DINNER AND HER NEPHEW ORDERED A $190 STEAK, HIS FATHER WAS FORCED TO PAY AND NOW SHE’S ACCUSED OF BEING UNREASONABLE

A MAN INVESTED TIME AND MONEY INTO HIS PROJECT CAR THAT HIS GIRLFRIEND THOUGHT WAS A WASTE OF SPACE, WHAT SHE DID NEXT WAS UNFORGIVABLE

Photo Credit: Vikafoto33 – Shutterstock.

A man purchased a project car to work on during his spare time, but his girlfriend deemed it as occupying unnecessary space. What she did next was unimaginable.

A MAN INVESTED TIME AND MONEY INTO HIS PROJECT CAR THAT HIS GIRLFRIEND THOUGHT WAS A WASTE OF SPACE, WHAT SHE DID NEXT WAS UNFORGIVABLE

Images are for illustrative purposes only