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patriot45
08-27-2009, 03:00 PM
Six of the worst bosses ever (http://www.cracked.com/article/89_the-6-most-horrific-bosses-all-time/)

Nasty pieces of work!




Who?

Henry Clay Frick was the Chairman of Carnegie Steel, and also proud owner of the titles "the most hated man in America" and "Harry Cock-Bag."


Not to be confused with this hairy cock bag.

Here's a fun story about Frick: He started a fishing club for himself and his wealthy friends, buying up a lake in Pennsylvania, just for them. Its dam was constantly leaking, but not wanting to spend the cash to fix it, he let it go until the day it broke and flooded a town, killing 2,000 people.

At which point Frick admitted responsibility and... oh, wait, no. He hid behind his lawyers and spent the money on legal fees instead.

Why He Was An Asshole Boss:

In 1892, the world was just figuring out that everything was more awesome when it was made of steel. Prices were going up and the steel producers of the world (like Andre Carnegie and Mr. Frick) were living in houses made of bling. It just so happened the union's contract was up at a plant Frick was in charge of, and they came to the table asking for a raise.

Frick lit a cigar with a million dollar bill and counter-offered... a 22 percent pay cut.



When the union rejected the deal, Frick's counter-offer involved locking out workers, then installing sniper towers around the plant and cannons that could shoot boiling hot liquids on anyone who approached. He also put up a huge barbed wire fence, though that kind of seems redundant with those first two in place.


Vehicles and maniacal lust for power sold separately.

Thousands of angry employees picketed outside the building, and Frick decided to truck in some nice low-wage workers to replace them. Of course there was the problem of the giant crowd of screaming men outside the plant, so Frick hired 300 Pinkertons--old timey mercenaries with a terrible name--and unleashed them on the crowd.



All hell broke loose. It turned out the striking workers had guns, too, and dynamite, and a cannon. Several people were killed on each side, and dozens more wounded, before once again the military intervened to break things up.

Figuring that this Frick asshole was the real problem, a few weeks later a guy broke into Frick's office and shot him in the neck. Twice. At this point Frick rose up (presumably laughing deeply while his wounds suddenly healed before the assassin's eyes) and fought back. The cops came and arrested the assassin, and Frick was back to work in a week. And by "back to work" we mean he quickly fired 2,500 workers, and halved the pay for the ones who were left.



Frick wouldn't die until 27 years later, when somebody presumably remembered to put a stake through his heart.

stsinner
08-27-2009, 03:10 PM
I love the way he offered a 22% pay cut to the union! Unions suck, and they strong-arm the company into accepting unreasonable contract terms... And doing it while kicked back smoking a stogie... Nice..

I actually went to the page and read-that's an entertaining page!

Gingersnap
08-27-2009, 03:23 PM
Guys, there's never been any such thing as a "million dollar" bill. For sure, a guy like that would never torch part of his own fortune to impress some peon union dudes.

Shannon
08-27-2009, 07:50 PM
Guys, there's never been any such thing as a "million dollar" bill. For sure, a guy like that would never torch part of his own fortune to impress some peon union dudes.

Right? That just screamed bullshit.

Rockntractor
08-27-2009, 07:56 PM
The largest I know of.
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/vv230/upyourstruly/large_bzcoin13015.jpg?t=1251417331

Rockntractor
08-27-2009, 08:32 PM
Our future money!
http://dailycapitalist.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/zimbabwe-note.jpg

BadCat
08-27-2009, 08:35 PM
Our future money!
http://dailycapitalist.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/zimbabwe-note.jpg

Yeah, next week.
But what about in two weeks?

Rockntractor
08-27-2009, 08:36 PM
Yeah, next week.
But what about in two weeks?
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/vv230/upyourstruly/screwed-1.gif?t=1251419765

BadCat
08-27-2009, 08:37 PM
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/vv230/upyourstruly/screwed-1.gif?t=1251419765

No, that's EVERY week.