Have you ever had a colleague or boss who treated you poorly for no reason? Perhaps you felt powerless to do anything about it… but what if you had the opportunity for some sweet, sweet revenge? In this story, one man takes matters into his own hands after being constantly belittled by his driving instructor during a military course. How did he get revenge? Keep reading to find out.
It Was Time to Get His License
Anthony had been a mechanic in the Air Force for nine years, but it wasn’t until his third year that he finally managed to convince his command to send him to get licenses to drive the vehicles he had been working on. The driving courses were held at an army base and lasted for ten days.
A Bad Omen
It was mid-winter when Anthony arrived at the base with a driving instructor who hated the Air Force and took every opportunity to talk down to him. While he expected some friendly rivalry, the instructor’s behavior was something else.
A Jerk of an Instructor
On the first day of the course, the instructor singled Anthony out, saying, “As you can see, we have a Chairforce lad here, and he turns out to be a mechanic!”
The Instructor Persisted in Pushing Him Relentlessly
After a sarcastic comment about being careful with rigs, so Anthony wouldn’t have to fix them, the instructor persisted in pushing him relentlessly over the next two days.
Anthony Was Getting Annoyed
He would point out small things he deemed critical, forcing Anthony to crawl around in the mud and snow. He was there to get his license, not to be a mechanic.
His Instructor’s Rude Request
On the third day of the course, Anthony got a call on the radio asking him to have a look at the instructor’s vehicle.
“Chairforce! Get Yourself Here!”
The instructor said, “Chairforce! Get yourself here! I have a coolant leak in the cab. Let’s see if they teach you anything other than how to drink coffee and stand around.”
He Acknowledged the Call
Anthony acknowledged the call and headed over to the vehicle.
A Lucky Leak
Using the onboard tools, Anthony took a look at the vehicle and discovered a split heater core hose that was dripping coolant into the cab.
It Was Made Worse by the Snow Outside
For those unfamiliar, the heater core is responsible for turning hot coolant into heat for the cabin. The situation was made worse by the snow outside.
Time for His Petty Revenge
Anthony knew he could shorten the hose and fix the problem, but he chose to disable the heater core completely. He told the instructor, “Sorry, SGT, the heater is busted, and I can’t allow the coolant to leak, so I had to disable it.”
He Was Furious
The instructor was absolutely fuming, knowing full well that he would spend the next week driving around in his ice-cold vehicle, looking utterly miserable.
He Took Every Opportunity to Complain
He took every opportunity to complain about the cold and the “rubbish Air Force mechanic.” Anthony, on the other hand, just laughed from the comfort of his warm truck.
A Satisfying Act of Compliance
Anthony’s act of malicious compliance was satisfying, to say the least. The instructor had treated him poorly and used every opportunity to belittle him. By disabling the heater core, Anthony had turned the tables on him, giving him a taste of his own medicine.
He’d Leveled the Playing Field
He had forced the instructor to endure a cold, uncomfortable week of driving, all while Anthony sat comfortably in his truck. It was a small victory, but it felt good to get the upper hand.
He Wasn’t There to Be Mistreated
As a mechanic, Anthony knew that he had the skills to fix the problem, but he chose not to. He knew that he was there to get his license, not to be a mechanic, and he refused to be treated poorly by the instructor.
Anthony Got His Revenge
By disabling the heater core, he had shown the instructor that he wasn’t going to let him push him around, and he had gotten the last laugh. Sometimes the best way to handle difficult situations is to take the high road and use intelligence and wit to get the upper hand.
A Small Win
Anthony’s act of malicious compliance was a satisfying victory over an instructor who had treated him poorly. It was a small act of rebellion, but it felt good to get the upper hand.
It also served as a reminder to Anthony that sometimes the best revenge is to let someone suffer the consequences of their own actions.
Be Smart About It
It’s important to stand up for yourself and not let others treat you poorly, but it’s also important to do so in a way that doesn’t harm anyone else.
By taking a thoughtful and strategic approach, it’s possible to come out on top while maintaining your own integrity and dignity.
Quick Thinking Helped Anthony Out
Anthony’s story is a testament to the power of clever thinking and quick action in the face of adversity. It should serve as inspiration for anyone who has ever been treated unfairly.
“He Sounds Like a Gem”
Redditors loved Anthony’s story. One user said, “He sounds like a gem. An ice-cold move considering defrost would also be nonfunctional.”
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