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Management Brushes Off This Guy’s Concerns About A Certain Employee, So He Places Every Possible Restriction On His Computer
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Management Brushes Off This Guy’s Concerns About A Certain Employee, So He Places Every Possible Restriction On His Computer

Workplace procrastination is not an unusual phenomenon.

Whether it’s the overall culture of the place that makes it hard for you to concentrate, colleagues that don’t miss an opportunity to chit-chat about everything and anything – whatever it is, chances are you’ve dealt with it yourself.

It could be anything: chronically scrolling through social media hoping to find yet another dog video, spending hours looking at that sparkling white ceiling, or simply engaging in non-work-related activities that are bound to get you in trouble.

Sooner or later, we’re all going to get overworked – and when you can’t afford to go on temporary leave, sometimes life calls for creative solutions, even if it means putting off your deadlines and hanging around the water cooler for a tad bit longer.

However, there’s a limit to everything, and abusing your work’s assets can lead to unnecessary issues that might make other members suffer.

More info: Reddit

You know what they say – “make friends with IT, not enemies”

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Leveraging my job description to put an end user in his place” – this netizen turned to Reddit’s r/MaliciousCompliance community to reminisce about the time he put a computer-misusing salesman back in his place. The post has received over 15K upvotes and 347 comments discussing the story.

Salesman abuses company’s computers, so IT guy installs restrictions, leaving him with limited access

Management Brushes Off This Guy’s Concerns About A Certain Employee, So He Places Every Possible Restriction On His Computer

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The man began his post by revealing that he used to manage a Cadillac dealership’s network a few years ago, and there was a sales worker who liked to study computers in his spare time – however, according to the OP, this meant that the guy knew way too much to be “absolutely dangerous.”

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The OP would get constant complaints about the employee bunking down at a specific floating desk and locking it out from anyone’s use but his.

Naturally, the man reached out to his management hoping that they’d be able to sort the issue out, but – surprise, surprise – they didn’t want to do anything about it and blatantly hinted that the problem was his responsibility.

It’s unfortunate that the higher-ups couldn’t care less, because it is said that the guy was bypassing many security features.

Image source: pancubano159

But, as we all know, there are boundaries to everything; so, when the author got incredibly tired of all the daily messages complaining about the guy, he decided to take initiative and handle it on his own.

Since the author was dealing with an above-average user, he thought it’d be best to go to the furthest extreme. He took the machine, imaged it to the same image as the floating desk and let his creativity take over.

Image source: pancubano159

Once he was done, he brought all the changes and purchase requisition for the locks over to his bosses to approve, which they did with no question. He introduced it as a “necessary security measure” and didn’t forget to mention how it was in his job description to do so.

The OP then spent an early Monday morning placing all the changes. Afternoon rolls around, and the infamous salesman shows up, and although the man was off the clock, he decided to stick around and see the consequences of his tasty malicious compliance.

Seconds went by, and the office was blessed with: “I can’t log out,” “I can’t boot my USB,” “I can’t do anything at all!”

Image source: pancubano159

Image source: Aine (not the actual photo)

The man was pumped to see the guy walking around the sales floor hopelessly, with nothing to do. However, there was also a bonus part – whenever a different sales worker complained about the changes to the company’s software, all he needed to say was that it was necessary due to one of their colleagues misusing the computers; and although he wasn’t allowed to mention his name, everybody knew exactly who he was.

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Krzysztof Szypuła
Community Member
1 week ago

I can't belive people in comments here belive it's fine for end user to breach windows security, bypass webfilters and to run not approved applications. OP at end finally did his job and secured machines properly but apparently he's the bad guy according to some? What is this backwater logic??

Seb Benson
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1 week ago

I know right!

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Binary Zombie
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1 week ago

As a person in the same field. I manage many dodge dealers and body shops. I have found that you just ignore all of the holes and just secure the POS systems. If they mess up a machine I give them a day of down time. If they are remote they have to ship it into my location. Within two years my requests have dropped to almost nothing. Granted if it's a hardware failure those get replaced immediately but data can take a day. The thing we are currently working on is everyone putting data into our cloud of services instead of locally

Mason Kronol
Community Member
1 week ago

As a non IT person that has worked for many car dealerships I can say most people have no clue what they are doing or what IT can see. Especially management. People were always confused why IT responded to my requests and got new equipment. Because I didn't page and email IT every day when the printer acted up, my pc froze or my email wouldn't load. Restart, unplug, check your plugs, clear your cache, stop looking at p o r n... So also know that the sales people and managers who have your social security number and credit report aren't smart enough to not use work computers for dating websites!

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Jason Jenkins
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1 week ago

Fashion Life, the site that basically writes the same story three times on one page

Gary Noonan
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6 days ago

The same story three times in the same story. I find that really annoying.

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Krzysztof Szypuła
Community Member
1 week ago

I can't belive people in comments here belive it's fine for end user to breach windows security, bypass webfilters and to run not approved applications. OP at end finally did his job and secured machines properly but apparently he's the bad guy according to some? What is this backwater logic??

Seb Benson
Community Member
1 week ago

I know right!

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Binary Zombie
Community Member
1 week ago

As a person in the same field. I manage many dodge dealers and body shops. I have found that you just ignore all of the holes and just secure the POS systems. If they mess up a machine I give them a day of down time. If they are remote they have to ship it into my location. Within two years my requests have dropped to almost nothing. Granted if it's a hardware failure those get replaced immediately but data can take a day. The thing we are currently working on is everyone putting data into our cloud of services instead of locally

Mason Kronol
Community Member
1 week ago

As a non IT person that has worked for many car dealerships I can say most people have no clue what they are doing or what IT can see. Especially management. People were always confused why IT responded to my requests and got new equipment. Because I didn't page and email IT every day when the printer acted up, my pc froze or my email wouldn't load. Restart, unplug, check your plugs, clear your cache, stop looking at p o r n... So also know that the sales people and managers who have your social security number and credit report aren't smart enough to not use work computers for dating websites!

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Jason Jenkins
Community Member
1 week ago

Fashion Life, the site that basically writes the same story three times on one page

Gary Noonan
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6 days ago

The same story three times in the same story. I find that really annoying.

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