4. GEORGE PULLMANAnd you thought work-related retreats were a drag. In the 1880s, railroad titan George Pullman took his dreams of becoming a super-boss way too far, nudging all of his employees to move into a 4,000-acre stretch of land that the megalomaniac purchased and made into his own, self-ran town. For his employees, the commutes to and from work were made much easier, no doubt, but that’s where the perks ended.
Pullman, in real tyrant fashion, ran the town with a shitload of strict rules and swift action against insubordination. His workers, having unknowingly relocated into domestic prison, weren’t allowed to meet publicly or read newspapers; for currency, they were only permitted to spend Pullman Scrips, which had the financial value of Monopoly cash outside of the town’s perimeters; and, perhaps sickest of all, Pullman would send goons into homes unannounced to make sure each of the houses was fresh and clean, kicking the dirtier residents out of dodge without a chance to tidy up.
Unsurprisingly, Pullman’s employees eventually went on strike in 1894, historically known as the Pullman Strike, during which federal troops were sent in to dissuade the violence. But here’s the best part: After Pullman died of a heart attack in 1897, his body was buried in a coffin fastened with lead, which was placed inside a concrete vault, just so still pissed-off former workers couldn’t desecrate his remains. Even in death, George Pullman was a douche.