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15 Stupidest Ways to Lose Your Job

Zac Frank and Tania Khadder

June 11, 2010

13. That’s Not Mud on My Forehead



Of all our nominees, this one fell the farthest. Niklaus Leuenberger was the managing director of The Palace, one of New York’s most exclusive and luxurious hotels. On Wednesday, February 25, he spotted an employee with something on his forehead. Rather than try to figure out what it was (or think for a second what the day was), Leuenberger told his employee, “Wipe that f*****g s**t off your face!” The bell captain, a Catholic, had ash smudged on his forehead in observance of Ash Wednesday.

Moral of the Story

Think before you go ballistic… Or at least have some basic knowledge of religious observations, especially if you’re a manager.


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