Sometimes you can win an argument but lose your job. I’m Amy E. Feldman.
A British man was furious when he got only three chicken nuggets at his company’s cafeteria and asked the cafeteria lady if she thought he was a child, giving him the serving size of a happy meal even though she gave others four nuggets. Because what better way to prove you are a mature adult than by asking: how come he got more? He shoved the plate right back at her. Did I mention that he was the company’s human resources manager? Yeah, he was fired, but he sued the company for wrongful termination—and won almost $7,000.
Here’s the thing: in the United States, unless you are covered by a collective bargaining agreement, you’re an employee at will. That means that you can get fired for any reason or no reason, and certainly for shoving a plate of food at the cafeteria lady when you are the one who is supposed to administer company HR policies. Word to the wise: don’t get hangry. No amount of chicken nuggets will cover the paycheck you will cost yourself.