Dumbest Employees Caught On Camera in 2012 [Video]
Each year brings with it plenty of examples of employees caught doing dumb things while on the job, and 2012 was no exception. From the auto-dealership worker who was accused of faking her own kidnapping to the small-town clerk who stole $53 million from taxpayers to the teacher who allegedly ordered her students to bully another child, workers proved yet again that there's no shortage of ingenuity when it comes to behaving stupidly.
What's more, advances in technology mean that many more such examples are being caught on video -- whether by cameras on cell phones or through surveillance -- and increasingly winding up on social media sites, such as Facebook and YouTube, or shared with the media.
With that in mind, AOL Jobs has compiled a list of the five dumbest things employees did on video this year. The compilation is by no means comprehensive, but these examples do represent some of the more entertaining stories we've reported this year. Take a look and tell us: What's the dumbest thing you heard (or saw) an employee do this year?
It's no secret that many Walmart workers are unhappy about the wages they earn and hours they work, which is what led to several protests ahead of Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year. Earlier this year, though, four workers at a Walmart in Pikeville, Ky., felt that they had better way to express their job frustrations -- by tossing and purposely dropping iPads in the store's stockroom, while recording the destruction. The video of the incident, which reportedly happened in August, found its way on to YouTube, and the workers were fired.
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David Schepp has spent more than a dozen years covering business news for the electronic and print media, including Dow Jones Newswires, BBC News, Gannett Co., and most recently at AOL's DailyFinance. Nearly 10 years ago, he started writing a weekly People@Work column, looking in depth at issues facing workers in today's workplace. Follow David on Twitter. Email David at email@example.com. Add David to your Google+ circles.more...