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Most Embarrassing First Day Stories Revealed

Most Embarrassing First Day Stories Revealed

We all have a horror story of our first day at a new job going
wrong. We’re dressed to impress and raring to go, but sometimes we run into the
worst of luck and end up in an embarrassing situation.

Thankfully, time heals all wounds and we can think back on our stories and laugh. In fact, that’s just
what we asked people to do on Facebook! In the hopes of winning a brand-new
iPad, people from all over the UK told us their most embarrassing stories from
their first days at work. We heard many hilarious stories from our entrants, from falling out of their chairs in the middle of meetings to arriving at work in mismatched shoes. Some of them were so good, we just had to share them
with you!

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“My first day 28 years ago resulted in my boss’s little Yorkshire terrier going to the vet with a
broken leg. I didn’t see him on the floor underneath the desk and I stood on
him. Not the best start, but I still work there!”

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“On my first day, I was at the reception desk and was observing
the receptionist pressing a button to open the doors and let people in. Later, I
noticed a colleague who wanted to be let into
the building so I pressed a button underneath the desk. Little did I know, the
button I pressed was a panic button. Within four minutes, the police and fire
services arrived thinking that there had been some kind of serious incident.”

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“I set the microwave on fire the first day in my new job. I
forgot to remove the foil from my dinner as I had been rushing around. Everyone
knew me thereafter as ‘the arsonist’ and I never lived it down.”

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“I was feeling terrible from a stomach bug but didn’t want to call in sick on my first
day. I proceeded to projectile vomit over the reception desk, including the
receptionist! I’ve never been so embarrassed or ill in my life. They did let me
come back, though.”

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“I was trying hard to make a good impression on my first day
but needed to excuse myself for the bathroom. Unfortunately, the door jammed as
the lock was faulty and I couldn’t get out. About an hour later the boss
himself came looking to see where I was, and I had to be rescued by some
workmen which took another hour to get the door open.”

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“My first day in a new job, I was asked to wait in the
manager’s office. I was desperately uncomfortable as my tights were twisted
when I put them on and the seam was rubbing in a rather delicate place! I
couldn’t stand it anymore, so I very quickly lifted my skirt up and sorted
myself out just before the manager came in. After a quick chat, she said she would introduce me to the
rest of the office. As I turned around I realised the front of her office was a
wall of glass overlooking the whole of the company!”

All illustrations by Wren
McDonald

Do you have your
own embarrassing story from
your first
day at work? Why not share it with us on Twitter at
@viking_chat or on Facebook?

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