5 Worst Co-Workers of 2009

Rachel Zupek, CareerBuilder.com writer

coworkersCo-workers are always a great topic of conversation. You never run out of things to say when it comes to talking about the different types of people you work with, what you love, what you hate and how you deal with it all.

We thought we'd do a little research into some of the best -- and worst -- co-workers out there. Not just the different personality types, but real people, who do real things -- good and bad.

What we found is that too many co-workers turn to violence when they're angry, and that perfume and high heels can be dangerous weapons. But, what we also found is that many workers out there are generous, kind people who put their colleagues' lives before their own without hesitation.

Here are five of the most rogue co-workers.

1. "Exotic dancer, 52, attacked with stiletto heel"

On her first day on the job as an exotic dancer, a 52-year-old woman was attacked by her jealous co-worker, Chetania Davis, 22. Davis attacked her new colleague with a stiletto heel, repeatedly hitting her in the face with her heel as she walked into the dressing room. Davis apparently didn't think the club needed more dancers, which was her reason for the attack. The woman received seven staples and Davis was sentenced to one year of probation. (MSNBC.com)

2. "Derby police: man attacks co-worker with saw blade"

Two men working as subcontractors for a renovation project got into an argument over a saw, with one accusing the other of taking it. As a result, Robert Espinosa, 33, allegedly hit Russell Cruz, his 43-year-old co-worker, over the head with the 4-inch saw blade. Cruz suffered cuts to his head and was charged with breach of peace, while Espinoza was charged with second-degree assault and breach of peace. (The New Haven Register)

3. "Woman attacks co-worker with stun gun"

There's never a dull moment in some workplaces, especially when there's a stun gun involved. Kathleen Bennett, a dancer at a club in Fort Worth, Texas, and a waitress at the club, Jennifer McReynolds, got into an argument one night at work. The manager of the club says he fired Bennett when she wouldn't calm down. After gathering her things, Bennett allegedly walked up to McReynolds from behind and shocked her with a stun gun. McReynolds went to fight back and was stunned two more times in the face. (CBS11TV.com)

4. "Bistro employee accused of stabbing co-worker"

Two employees of Metro Bis, an eatery in Simsbury, Conn., got into a fight one evening that landed one employee in the hospital and the other charged with attempted murder. No one seems to know what the argument was about because there were no witnesses; the only confirmed detail is that the victim was stabbed in the stomach by a large kitchen knife. (NBC Connecticut)

5. "Tire shop employee attacks co-worker with tools"

Sean Trembley, an employee at a tire shop in Salt Lake City, was charged felony aggravated assault after getting into a fight with a co-worker. During the argument, Trembley held a co-worker by the neck with a pair of pliers and struck him with a pneumatic air tool. (KSL.com)

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Rachel Zupek is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com and its job blog, The Work Buzz. She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues. Follow her on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CBwriterRZ.

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You missed the stripper who lit a co-worker on fire...she easily beats out the stiletto stripper

December 30 2009 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why don't you work on getting a few more advertisers
on these boards?
Obviously, reporting them means ABSOLUETLY NOTHING.

December 30 2009 at 1:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hay a girl out there who has morals how did that happen?

December 30 2009 at 12:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow, some people are just STUCK ON STUPID.... including the people who have answered this blog... Sad what this world has come to...

December 30 2009 at 9:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It is sad, Mag. Hopefully there will be a more honorable alternative someday.

December 30 2009 at 12:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joan Robinson Hill

Bigdaddy, Thank you. I have not laughed in almost a week. I just made up for it though. I am literally crying. I have tears streaming down my face. There are a lot of women that do not look their age. I actually use to work with a lady who was close to 50 and we all thought she was in her 30's. Our boss drove almost 20 miles to the main office and looked at her file and still did not belive it until another supervisor said that if it wasn't true it would have came out in the background check when she was first hired. I asked him what type of woman would lie about there age being older than they really are. The answer is no type they will lie and say they are younger but not older. Those young guys and even the bosss had the hots for that lady. Some of them stopped when he told them she was indeed 47 but the boss and two other employees did not. That old lady had a nice shape and they just stared at her. The lady quit and the two guys was terminated and our boss quit and got a job at a high school where the real young girls were. I'm surprised I havent seen him on the news yet.

December 29 2009 at 8:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

52 and as a strippa ??? .....WTF !!!!
what happen .........Walmart and Publix not hiring ?
who the fuck wanna go SEE somebody that looked like ya' grandmother damcing and taking off her clothes ?
there's men out there that will paid ya' OLD ass to keep ya' clothes on ......nobody wanna go blind from seeing that shittttt . TRUST me....!!!!
when ya' noticed that ya' skin is wrinkled up and ya' tits is Sagging .......then it's time to get a real job.

December 29 2009 at 8:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Omg dats crazyy. I hope dey r o-kayy !!!

December 29 2009 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the dancer was 52 thats about average for the dancers in Akron ohio
which is where I live and it happened. One day a dancer came to me
and asked if i wanted a dance I asked her age she said 58 I told her
she reminded me of my grandmother who died in 1963! She said Ill take
that as an insult I told her good it was ment to be one.

December 29 2009 at 7:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

here we are

December 29 2009 at 7:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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