A younger man might have been bitter. The scary part is that the absurd novel disciplinary actions should have set off an investigation but didn't. The sad part about workplace bullying is the utter lack of accountability that managers have. This behavior was tolerated long before I got here. I did stand around and see it end. Oddly the person responsible for my ordeal has spent more than three years in the rubber room.
It is not sufficient punishment for behaviors that were deliberate and malicious. One key thing with bullies is their lack of comprehension of the magnitude of their crimes and they continue to blame others for their failings.
Small gestures don't seem like much but they are appreciated.