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Playing off the Rod & Mario thing............

I once had a guy deliberately stomp on my foot so I punched him in the.........sensitive area............but that really wasn't a fight because we were goofing around.   It was one of those things where you are playing but the other guy gets you good and for a second you lose it and respond for real.    No hard feelings, a mix of groans and laughter.   

One time I and a couple other guys had to hold back our morning DJ from wanting to beat the **** out of the station sales manager.   If we hadn't held him back he would have really hit the guy.   He got fired and the sales manager took the 3 of us out to dinner.     Then the same morning guy went after one of the other guys that held him back when he saw him at a concert a few weeks later and took a swing but missed.   He was angry that he stopped him from hitting the GSM.      None of these actions involved sobriety on the morning guy's part.   Yes, our morning guy was Jim Aducci.   

Another time,  many years ago, I worked at Fairlane Mall at a record store and a couple of guys who worked at another store got into an argument that drew everyone's attention.  This store was upstairs.   When the one guy said his peace and walked away - as soon as he got to the top of the escalator the other guy shoved him so hard that he probably missed the first five steps on his way down.   He tumbled about halfway down before a shopper, a lady, actually turned around and stopped him.  He had cuts all over.   The guy shoved him so hard that HE actually almost fell down the escalator too.   That got paramedics and cops out and the shover got arrested.       When the guy went to the escalator my co-worker Tony just said "he better not turn his back" and he was right. 

 

 

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I have witnessed a few. A guy went through a windshield a few years before he started a position at my current company and was a ticking time bomb when he was off his meds. He nearly fought several people (including me) for really silly reasons. He no longer works there thank goodness..

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Not sure if these qualify...

At a previous production company our head of post was outside smoking a cigarette like he did 5000 times a day and a crazy guy walked up and punched him in the face and walked away.  It was pretty random and jarring, but funny days later.  I think he stopped going for smoke breaks for a few days which said a lot.

I had an old EP throw a prop from his office during a yelling match that hit someone and they had to get stitches.  The person wasn't in the argument.

There was almost a fight in the gallery after some pushing when I was clerking for a judge in the Philadelphia criminal court system.  I was actually surprised it didn't happen more with how rowdy some people got.

This is even more of a stretch, but during my summer after freshman year of undergrad I worked at a local theme park who also imported young adults from eastern Europe for cheap labor.  After hours someone somehow convinced two of the female Europeans to wrestle in a kiddie pool filled with chocolate sauce?  That got pretty physical. 

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As the office "Big Guy"  (6-5, 300)  I've been asked to "please stick around" by management on days when someone was going to get fired.  I never got to shove anyone's head in a toilet or anything...I just kind of stood around being...big

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I have never witnessed any physical confrontations at work. I work in an incredibly mild environment. I am the most "violent" person at my work place.  I have been known to pound my fist on my desk or throw stuff on the floor, something of which I am not proud.  It doesn't happen often and is never directed at anyone. 

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2 hours ago, Tenacious D said:

No punches thrown, but I did “crop-dust” our office manager once.

At this moment I have never been more proud of you.   

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10 minutes ago, tiger337 said:

I have never witnessed any physical confrontations at work. I work in an incredibly mild environment. I am the most "violent" person at my work place.  I have been known to pound my fist on my desk or throw stuff on the floor, something of which I am not proud.  It doesn't happen often and is never directed at anyone. 

I've worked in radio for 32 years.  It's the opposite of mild sometimes.   You get artistic types and then you get sales  types and they don't always mesh.  But more often then not 2 artistic people are the ones who battle.   A lot of big personalities,  big egos and low self-esteem in the air.  

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I’ve never worked in a place where I was involved in a physical act of violence or saw one committed.  I once shot a man in Reno just to watch him die, but I was on vacation so that doesn’t count.  

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I worked for the Canadian subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric from 1979 to 1995, Westinghouse had 100,000 employees worldwide, and it was a Dow stock with perpetual *****-envy of GE.  Westinghouse is gone now, it does not exist anymore.  That said, the Canadian company with about 7,000 employees was a terrific place to work and there were never any physical confrontations that I was ever aware of.  However in 1988, thanks to free trade, I started to report to a paper-shuffler in the corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh and I would have gladly punched him unconscious with only the slightest provocation at any time during the next 7 years and so would have anybody else that was working for me in the Canadian company, because he was a complete ***hole..  We hated each other.    

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31 minutes ago, Charles Liston said:

I worked for the Canadian subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric from 1979 to 1995, Westinghouse had 100,000 employees worldwide, and it was a Dow stock with perpetual *****-envy of GE.  Westinghouse is gone now, it does not exist anymore.  That said, the Canadian company with about 7,000 employees was a terrific place to work and there were never any physical confrontations that I was ever aware of.  However in 1988, thanks to free trade, I started to report to a paper-shuffler in the corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh and I would have gladly punched him unconscious with only the slightest provocation at any time during the next 7 years and so would have anybody else that was working for me in the Canadian company, because he was a complete ***hole..  We hated each other.    

I'm sorry for your suffering, you'd never before told us how you met Shelton.

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Never between two co-workers but I was doing an electrical job at an elementary school several years ago and I saw a Mom slap a female teacher and try to go after her but it was broken up before she could do any more damage.    Apparently the little rugrat could do no wrong in the Mom's eyes and if was all the teacher's fault for giving them bad grades or disciplining them. 

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9 hours ago, Motor City Sonics said:

I've worked in radio for 32 years.  It's the opposite of mild sometimes.   You get artistic types and then you get sales  types and they don't always mesh.  But more often then not 2 artistic people are the ones who battle.   A lot of big personalities,  big egos and low self-esteem in the air.  

One of the stations I worked in the late ‘70s had a news guy that was very intense. I had to duck flying carts a couple of times when he blew a recording.

Then there was the time during a newscast he mispronounced something or a cart misfired. He spent most of the 60 seconds of the commercial break banging on the news booth walls.....

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As a manufacturing supervisor in North West Lower Michigan for many years ..I have personally experienced a couple physical altercations with disgruntled male employees.  One time, had to fire a young man ..and he meekly shoved me at the door as I escorted him out of the building, ..which a lightening-quick responsive shove back by me had him turn tail and run.  The other time a male employee took a swing at me over a disagreement about job responsibilities.  I quickly evaded his fist but it did glance upon my glasses and knocked them to the floor.  A quick iron-grip one-hand choke hold put him up against the wall where he decided it wasn't worth it to continue his scuffle. I did not fire him ..and we actually became good friends.

I have helped break up a couple other physical confrontations between other employees.  Always had immediate assistance from other nearby employees without anybody getting hurt.  The worst potentially dangerous incident was when one employee pulled a pocket knife on another employee while they were engaged in a very loud shouting match on the manufacturing floor.  Several of us quickly broke that up and no blood was spilled.  Both were fired and escorted out of the building.

I cannot even recall all the shouting matches I have witnessed and assisted with that had no physical incident, ..but easily more than a dozen.

In my experience, disgruntled male employees usually have bigger mouths than their actual physical intent ..and/or their agility is a bit less athletic than they think it is.

On an entirely different front, ..disgruntled and/or angry female manufacturing employees are an entirely different story.  While no physical altercations, ..they have clearly proven that they can be experts on crying and/or lying for the sole purpose but to 'get their own way' ..even if it means come tear-eyed into my office to complain about something or somebody ..and/or falsely accusing another employee in attempt to get them disciplined in some manner.  But then again, most often they can be more productive and more loyal workers than their male counterparts.

 

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20 hours ago, Motor City Sonics said:

Playing off the Rod & Mario thing............

I once had a guy deliberately stomp on my foot so I punched him in the.........sensitive area............but that really wasn't a fight because we were goofing around.   It was one of those things where you are playing but the other guy gets you good and for a second you lose it and respond for real.    No hard feelings, a mix of groans and laughter.   

One time I and a couple other guys had to hold back our morning DJ from wanting to beat the **** out of the station sales manager.   If we hadn't held him back he would have really hit the guy.   He got fired and the sales manager took the 3 of us out to dinner.     Then the same morning guy went after one of the other guys that held him back when he saw him at a concert a few weeks later and took a swing but missed.   He was angry that he stopped him from hitting the GSM.      None of these actions involved sobriety on the morning guy's part.   Yes, our morning guy was Jim Aducci.   

Another time,  many years ago, I worked at Fairlane Mall at a record store and a couple of guys who worked at another store got into an argument that drew everyone's attention.  This store was upstairs.   When the one guy said his peace and walked away - as soon as he got to the top of the escalator the other guy shoved him so hard that he probably missed the first five steps on his way down.   He tumbled about halfway down before a shopper, a lady, actually turned around and stopped him.  He had cuts all over.   The guy shoved him so hard that HE actually almost fell down the escalator too.   That got paramedics and cops out and the shover got arrested.       When the guy went to the escalator my co-worker Tony just said "he better not turn his back" and he was right. 

 

 

"Physical confrontations at work"

I encourage them between my employees.  Great system for weeding out the weak, and much easier and more entertaining than  traditional evaluation methods.  Two secretaries enter, one secretary leaves . . . .

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17 hours ago, IdahoBert said:

I’ve never worked in a place where I was involved in a physical act of violence or saw one committed.  I once shot a man in Reno just to watch him die, but I was on vacation so that doesn’t count.  

i'm still alive.  jerk.

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I worked in advertising media planning and buying which is predominantly female-oriented, so the workplace violence I experienced was passive-aggressive which, incredible though it may seem, can be much worse.

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7 minutes ago, chasfh said:

I worked in advertising media planning and buying which is predominantly female-oriented, so the workplace violence I experienced was passive-aggressive which, incredible though it may seem, can be much worse.

My work involves social policy research.  It is also female oriented which helps to explain why there has been no violence.  I don't notice much passive aggressive stuff going on though.  In research, people tend to be more interested in their work and less interested in what other people doing.  This is good for getting stuff done, but it also leads to a boring social environment.  When I am not teaching, I can go a whole day without interacting with people beyond "hi" as I pass them in the halls.  Maybe that's why I check out this site so much.  

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20 minutes ago, tiger337 said:

My work involves social policy research.  It is also female oriented which helps to explain why there has been no violence.  I don't notice much passive aggressive stuff going on though.  In research, people tend to be more interested in their work and less interested in what other people doing.  This is good for getting stuff done, but it also leads to a boring social environment.  When I am not teaching, I can go a whole day without interacting with people beyond "hi" as I pass them in the halls.  Maybe that's why I check out this site so much.  

Once saw a radio intern, hot shot college kid thought he knew more than the rest of us actually threaten a female promotions employee  (I will slap some sense into you, something like that) and she said let's step outside and settle it right now or you can never make any threat to me again.   When he backed down she said "your balls will be in a jar in my desk if you ever want them back".   The reaction from everybody else within earshot was similar to the guys on the Sopranos going  "Ohhhhh".      I don't recall seeing that guy much after that.  He didn't stick around.  

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My story is an odd one and I am somewhat hesitant to share, but for those who weren't aware, I worked in Japan for a few years about 15 years ago.

In any event, at my going away party, a co-worker became pass out drunk. So I and a few guys had to call a cab and carry him down a couple of flights of stairs to get him to a hospital.  We get outside and lay him on the sidewalk as we wait for a cab.

All the sudden there was commotion behind us, and another co-worker is swearing and making a beeline for the supine individual, clearly intent on assaulting him.  I stepped in front and held this individual back and got him to back down.

Apparently the passed out guy was talking **** about the other guy prior to passing out, and the other guy had just gotten wind of it.  I honestly think had I not stepped in front, he would have beat the living **** out of someone passed out and lying on concrete.

It was surreal.

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9 minutes ago, Mr. Bigglesworth said:

My story is an odd one and I am somewhat hesitant to share, but for those who weren't aware, I worked in Japan for a few years about 15 years ago.

In any event, at my going away party, a co-worker became pass out drunk. So I and a few guys had to call a cab and carry him down a couple of flights of stairs to get him to a hospital.  We get outside and lay him on the sidewalk as we wait for a cab.

All the sudden there was commotion behind us, and another co-worker is swearing and making a beeline for the supine individual, clearly intent on assaulting him.  I stepped in front and held this individual back and got him to back down.

Apparently the passed out guy was talking **** about the other guy prior to passing out, and the other guy had just gotten wind of it.  I honestly think had I not stepped in front, he would have beat the living **** out of someone passed out and lying on concrete.

It was surreal.

Did you ever tell the guy it was you that was talking all the ****?

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4 hours ago, tiger337 said:

Maybe that's why I check out this site so much.

Or maybe you just cannot get enough Tiger baseball.

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9 hours ago, tiger337 said:

My work involves social policy research.  It is also female oriented which helps to explain why there has been no violence.  I don't notice much passive aggressive stuff going on though.  In research, people tend to be more interested in their work and less interested in what other people doing.  This is good for getting stuff done, but it also leads to a boring social environment.  When I am not teaching, I can go a whole day without interacting with people beyond "hi" as I pass them in the halls.  Maybe that's why I check out this site so much.  

Is your field task-oriented, where individual contributors can excel? Media planning/buying is more relationship-oriented, where “soft skills” are most valuable. It’s also very hierarchical so there’s a lot of jockeying for position, which may be a necessary ingredient for passive-aggressiveness. 

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