It’s tough for a single employee to hoodwink an entire company, although when CEO’s turn a blind-eye to rational, practical advice, rare opportunities can present themselves for the huddled masses of lower employees to get a slice of the pie. In this case, a graphic designer worked for a rapidly growing startup for two years, handling all of their design and web productions from the very beginning. Knowing his value to business, he requested a reasonable raise to reward his hard work, but the CEO denied the request, claiming their margins weren’t good enough (which OP knew was a bold-faced lie).
However, OP was able to get a little revenge. After months of reminding his CEO to purchase the .com domains to everything related to their company, in order to secure their trademarking for the foreseeable future, OP decided to take his pay raise into his own hand. OP put in his resignation, going after a bigger raise with a new job, but on his way out, OP decided to purchase all of his company’s domain trademarks with his own money.
Scroll for the full story on how OP turned a $1,000 investment into a $75,000 payout– perhaps they should have heeded his advice. For more petty vengeance, check out this tale of a bartender to snubbed a disruptive guest who broke all the rules of drinking and went behind the bar to serve himself.