My Story About The Leaked Payroll File That Made Me Bitter

Get to know the 4 steps I did to completely recover

Dennis De Silva
6 min readSep 29, 2020


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I have been working as an accountant for the past fourteen years of my life. Being an accountant, you are probably imagining me wearing those thick glasses, looking haggard after a day’s work and living a gloomy life.

Well, enough of those speculations — I don’t wear glasses and my life is indeed fulfilling but certainly, I feel very tired most of my days previously.

Eleven years ago, I would clearly remember this particular instance with a sales manager who teased my entire team by this simple welcome — Good day to the most boring people of this company!

Surely this kind of greeting from a colleague was obviously not pleasing but it actually put a smile on our faces because she uttered it humorously. I can’t really blame her because whenever other people drop by our station, they would all see us hooked into our respective computers.

But there’s this one thing, which is interesting about my work, the fact that I get the chance to know sensitive information, which is not actually available to all!

One day, I was scrolling over this usual report until I came to notice a new tab located in the rightmost part of the work. Then I curiously opened the additional sheet to see what is in it and to my surprise it contained the entire list of employee salaries of my previous company.

Deep inside I know that it was mistakenly sent to me so it was not right for me to pry on somebody’s salary.

What would you do, if you were in my shoes?

I knew it!

It was none of my businesses to see what information was in that sheet but I wasn’t able to handle myself so I still proceeded to go over it. There was something in me that made me justify my wicked motive. I merely did it to confirm if the company paid me “fairly”.

But fairness was defined by my own specifications. In reality, I was just too proud of myself to believe that I must belong to the highest paid employees within my job grade and function.

The time that I found out that a number of people were receiving a higher pay than…



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