Having co-workers is a great thing…. people you can talk to…. vent with…. celebrate with… And sometimes, they can really surprise you with the kind of deeds they do, and here are 10 stories of some pretty amazing co-workers.

1. Imagine how you’d feel if everyone in your office pitched in to buy lottery tickets…. except YOU…. and they won. Ugghhhh…. that hurts. Jennifer Maldonado had just joined Keller Williams Partners Realty in Plantation, Florida., and hadn’t even received her first paycheck when she was approached by a co-worker asking her if she wanted to contribute and join in playing the lottery.

Well Jennifer politely turned the co-worker’s offer down, and that Saturday, the workers hit 5 out of the 6 drawn numbers for a million-dollar payoff. Jennifer KNEW she was the only one who did not contribute, so she would not be getting any kind of payoff.

But, to her surprise, her co-workers were so ecstatic about winning, that they decided to give Jennifer an equal share of their good fortune, which came to more than $83,000 after taxes.

Says one of her co-workers: “It’s about sharing the happiness.”

2. Andreas was a factory worker at a design company in Marburg, Germany. And he had already taken his allotted time off to be with his wife and young son, who was battling cancer.

But when Andreas’ wife suddenly died, he needed more time off. He had already used up his time off and was worried about being fired if he didn’t return. But his co-workers – all 650 of them – really turned things up by working overtime to make up for Andreas’ lost hours.

In two week’s time, his fellow employees had worked an incredible 3,000 hours in overtime to help their fellow worker out. Andreas was extremely grateful to his co-workers for helping him out during such a rough time.

3. 45-year-old Rob Pitts, a 16-year veteran of the Terre Haute Police Department in Indiana, was gunned down in early May by a suspect in a homicide case.

A few weeks later, his 5-year-old son, Dakota, returned to school. But he wasn’t alone. Some 70 officers lined the sidewalk to his school to watch over the young boy, who was wearing his dad’s badge on his shirt.

Says the fallen officer’s sister, Kelli: “He will definitely know that his dad was a hero. Blood doesn’t always make a family, and I think the blue family just went above and beyond.”

The suspect who claimed officer Pitt’s life was killed in a shootout a short time later.

4. In Philadelphia, Martin had accidentally sent off an email to a client with his female coworker’s signature. He was sent a rude response back from that client. Then Martin realized the mistake and told the client he was actually a man.

The client’s tone changed dramatically toward Martin, and was treating him much nicer. So Martin tried a 2-week long experiment with his co-worker Nicole. He would use her signature and she would use his.

After the two weeks, Martin’s productivity had dropped considerably, while Nicole was having the most productive time of her career. Martin was stunned by how terrible he was treated when people believed he was a woman. Unfortunately, Nicole said she’d been used to it.

Their little experiment showed the extreme sexism in the workplace, and gave others a good forum to talk about it when they posted about it on social media.

5. Working a 9 to 5 job day in and day out can be extremely boring. Trust me… I know… But some like to brighten up their own days by pulling pranks on unsuspecting co-workers. Now…. Not that I would encourage someone to take part in ANY of these escapades….. but I will TELL you about ’em.

One employee got their entire workspace COVERED in post-it notes;

another had a balloon burst on him when he opened his office door;

one worker had his desk phone strangled with more than a hundred rubber bands.

Then there was the old zip-tie on the toilet paper trick;

another worker’s office phone receiver was replaced by a banana;

and then one worker had a foghorn attached to a co-worker’s chair, so when that person adjusted the height of their chair, the horn would sound off.

And if you’ve never heard one of those things, it’s crazy loud. Lemme know about some of the pranks you’ve seen in YOUR office.

6. Jason McGonigle and his staff had never worked with a deaf person at their AT&T warehouse in Columbus, Ohio. But Kamal Nasser had had such a good interview with HR through an interpreter, that he was immediately hired.

Jason and his staff could only communicate with Kamal by writing on a white board. But Jason wanted the communication to be better, so he and his entire staff went through sign-language training at a local speech and hearing center.

Says Ann Walence, of that center: “This employer has gone way over the top. A lot of times people will learn some signs, but this company has done more than anyone has ever done.”

7. Angelina Castleberry was told her 3-year-old son, Matthew, was not going to survive without a new kidney.

Angelina had formerly worked with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in California. And when one of her former co-workers learned about Matthew, she had herself tested to see if she was a match. And she was.

Sheriff’s Deputy Alicia Lopez said she was more than happy to help her former co-worker’s son.

8. If you have one of those special 3D printers, I guess you can copy all sorts of things.

In April, while an employee was on vacation, some co-workers used one of those printers to make an exact duplicate of his desk… only a whole lot smaller.

They hid his normal desk away, so when he returned from vacation, he had quite the micro desk to work from.

9. In Lawton, Oklahoma, Chik-Fil-A employee James, who is deaf, had a birthday coming up. So all of his co-workers learned sign language to the song and sang and signed it for him on his special day.

We had the best time learning to sign the “Happy Birthday” song for our fellow team member who suffers from hearing loss. We love you, James, and we are so thankful that you are a part of our team! We look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with you! 🎉🎁🎂❤

Posted by Chick-fil-A Cache Road on Thursday, 11 May 2017

James was overcome with sincere appreciation for what they had done for him, and signed “Thank you” to his fellow employees when they were finished.

10. Couple of years ago, in Youngstown, Ohio, the health department released birth records for those born over a 32-year period. That was really good for Sonya Mitchell-Clark, who was 38 and really wanted to know her biological mother’s name.

She found out it was a woman named Francine Simmons. So she looked up the name on Facebook, and she found that there was a Francine Simmons who worked at InfoCision… same place that Sonya worked.

When she told co-workers about it, they contacted Francine, and a day later, Francine called Sonya. Was she really Sonya’s mom? Turns out…. she was, indeed.

Francine had to give up Sonya when she had her at only 15 years old. Both Sonya and Francine were thrilled to have reconnected. And Sonya also found out she has three sisters… one of whom ALSO works at the same company.

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