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Your best comeback stories? Ever had someone fuck you over, only to find yourself in a position of power over them years later? How sweet is sweet revenge?

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Had an agency ghost me for an internship, now I’m taking them for a brutal day rate.

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Not super juicy but def a comeback. Got fired from tiny agency in South America, used my severance to move to the US, 3 years later I have 2 super bowl spots.

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Laid off. GCD said “We didn’t lose your account, but we had to prioritize Dave and Sarah because they have families.” and “If you’re not going to have a family, (I was only 26 and engaged) maybe consider a bigger, more Business-Motivated Agency.” Six years later, I’m at major agency in NYC, boss sends me his sons portfolio (who’s about to graduate) and says he’d “appreciate any strings I could pull.” I tell him our internships are based on merit, and that he might have better luck at a more Family-Motivated Agency.”

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Correction: his son won’t get the gift of special treatment for the sins of his father. The kid can still apply. He didn’t lose anything he had or was deserving of. In fact he still has his fathers connections, which is more than most. I am just not one of said connections. If I needed a job, I would turn my ally’s. I’m not entitled to receive a favor from every individual I’ve encountered.

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Terrible boss at my first agency, small shop no one had ever heard of doing cookie cutter work. I leave and climb the ladder at big agency. One day, head recruiter asks me for my opinion on a candidate they had been presented for a senior leadership role since they’re from my old agency — it’s terrible boss. I skewer them in the most professional way possible. Recruiter throws their name into the blackball list.

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Also in defense of this behavior it isn’t revenge it is having a positive influence on the culture of my agency. I refuse to support toxic people in leadership much less anywhere else.

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Client asked me off a piece of business then later asked me to come rescue them in an important meeting six months later when my replacement was obviously incompetent. They got a flat no

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I left my shitty shitty job working under design directors that were so awful we had a support group. My self-esteem was almost destroyed by the time I left. I was unemployed, borrowing money from my parents, barely staying above water mentally. Was getting no where in interviews. I decided to make one last attempt and throw all caution to the wind and apply everywhere I wanted to work. Somehow got an interview at 4 out of the 5 places I sent my book to (no idea how/why/what magic happened there). And because I was like fuck it, I have nothing to lose, I was wildly confident and unabashedly myself. Now I work at W+K, which is not perfect by any means (don’t go making it a magical unicorn people!!) but it feels like one major comeback regardless. I could have landed any one of the places and it would have been great.

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👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

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I had a ECD be horrible to me when I was an entry level assistant at an edit house. Like truly demeaning stuff. Couple years later he got fired and I was an editor by that point and he asked me to pass along his resume to a famous comedy writer I was editing with. I smiled and said sure. Tore it up the second he left (yes. He gave me a paper resume.)

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Following so hard

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Had a guy destroy my book in front of my face and teachers, because he didn’t like that I wanted to be a TV creative. 2 years later he was freelancing at my TV agency and we were on the same brief for a big project. My idea was produced, he had no work that moved forward. Felt great.

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Yes. I’ve had people that have done that to me. To show them that someone in a position of power needn’t be that way, I helped one of them find a job, and I few others I was able to hire as freelancers. I won’t deny having revenge fantasies with some of them, but when it came down to it, helping them was the right thing to do IMHO.

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I had a CD tell me (as he was firing me) that I was a good enough writer, but not cut out for advertising copywriting. He should’ve just told me that I was an alcoholic/addict, and that I needed rehab. Eventually, I sobered up and made a decent career for myself. Hired him for some freelance once, and made amends. All is well that ends well. Especially when you do the “right thing.” But, yeah, it sure felt good to be his superior for a minute lmao

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Damn, I’m happy it happened like that for you and them. Thanks for sharing.

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Manipulating fool that could never sell through anything talked himself into an ECD role. Poisoned the agency. He left. Months later everyone started doing the best work the agency’s ever done. 30+ entries to Cannes, etc (from a small agency). Lesson: One person can bring everyone down, be very careful who you promote

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Had a terrible ECD who found out I was interviewing with another agency and told them not to hire me. I ended up getting a job at another equally good agency and he got fired.

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A comeback story is not a revenge story. Two completely unrelated things.

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They both feel pretty good...

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Had my own agency. After presenting to the CEO and VP Marketing of a prospective client, set a leave behind on the table. VP slid it back across the table saying, “You’re going to need this more than we will.” Eight years later, he was now Account Director at an agency and I was in a senior position at a client they were pitching. To his credit, he owned it and met me at the door saying, “I think I owe you a beer.”

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Great story. Hope you replied ‘You’re going to need it more than I will.’

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How is it that in so many stories the former bosses/bullies/etc think it's OK to ask for favours from someone they've treated so badly in the past?

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My theory is that they lacked scope or self awareness at the time (likely still). The way they treated people was simply “how people are treated” and asking for favors is “how business works.” Therefore your (my) events don’t seem in any way remarkable to them.

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I wanna hear comeback stories like...i was fired and then became VP of ____ etc etc go

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I was let go and within weeks was hired at an SVP level to run a massive piece of business which I ran successfully for several years...and I have had continued success. While they just have a shitty reputation as humans and at the agency. I’m so much better off and truly believe that some things happen for a reason!!

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Feel free to check out r/ProRevenge for templates y'all 👀

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Or r/NuclearRevenge 🔥

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Having several former (and terrible) bosses ask me for freelance. Pass!

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A client complained about a recommendation that I put together, noting that it wasn’t innovative etc. making a big deal about it to management. Next day client gets fired.

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