I was suspended from work for 1 day 5 years ago. Memory chip was missing from one of the computers in my building (5 000 users). Since I was the lead technician the blame was on me that I stole it. My f$@$#!en boss called late afternoon meeting (4:00pm) for all employees. On the meeting she said that she just wanted to say thank you for our hard work on the contract. After this BS
meeting she said that myself, and another guy (programmer, but my best buddy in our office) should go to her office.
I didn't suspect anything - I went to her office and saw 3 people in suits. I went in and she told my friend to go to our vice-boss, so he went there.
They closed the door in her office and told me that I'm being investigated about theft. That scared the living f@$#! out of me. Then my boss left somewhere and I was there with those 3 attorneys hired by my company. I was questioned stupid questions, like what I would do if I would found wallet on the street, or what I would do if I lost this job. I was questioned for almost 3 hours. When they were done I had to go to my project director's office and wait there (it was geting close to 8pm). When I went there I saw my friend sitting there with my second boss.
I had to go to bathroom to take a leak but was denied permission to leave the room (at age 24). I was f$@# pissed. But after 8pm when my boss had to go too then he escorted myself and my friend to the john.
We went back to our office and my main boss came. (9pm) She said that we were suspended until further notice. They escorted both of us from the building, taking our office keys, and ID
That day my friend started smoking cigarettes and his smoking till now
We were both pissed, scared, angry and hell knows what else.
Next day my boss called me at home and told me that I can come back to work next day. I called my friend and he said that nobody have called him yet, he was really scared that they will fire him.
When I went to work my boss took me to her office and appologized for the situation. She said that nobody in the office knows about it so I shouldn't worry. F!##@ her! I've told everyone in our office about it. I wasn't guilty nor my friend. He came back to work after 3 days of suspension. My company spent over $20 000 on those lawyers to do this investigation for a month.
I could see that my computer at work was checked in every possible way, also my stuff in my desk and office were checked for possible theft.
Few days later I invited my boss to my office. I opened one of my hardware supply cabinets and I showed her over 100 identical memory chips (the same kind that was missing), and told her that if I ever wanted to take something from this office I would take it from my cabinet, I wouldn't be that stupid to take it from working/functional computer.
Till today I hate my boss - she's fake. People at our office joke about it that she did it to us (I'm Polish and my friend is also Polish) because she's German
In couple of months I will celebrate 10th anniversary of working in the same place/company. That was my horror story