This American Life: Petty Tyrant

A friend of mine told me about This American Life back in July/August. I’ve been working through the archive for a short while and I’ve been listening to this story about Steve Raucci on my way to work over the last couple of days. Steve was the head of School maintenance in NY, he used his power to abuse his employees. If you’ve ever had a particularly angry or horrible boss, Steve is probably 100 times worse. At one point an employee was sitting on the toilet and a burning newspaper comes flying under the door. Needless to say the employee wasn’t on the toilet any longer. This is just one of many incidents that got worse and worse.

Anyway, here is the blurb and link, you should definitely listen if you haven’t already.

In Schenectady, NY, a school maintenance man named Steve Raucci works his way up the ranks for 30 years, until finally he’s in charge of the maintenance department. That’s when he starts messing with his employees. Teasing them at meetings. Punishing them with crummy work assignments. Or worse things, like secretly slashing their tires in the middle of the night.

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