Employees Share Their Worst "They Don't Pay Me Enough For This" Moments At Work

Ain't no amount of money that make this ok.

We've all been there haven't we? We've all had to take a job or five that slowly poison our souls. That moment of employment we were in when in no way we were being paid our worth? It is the thing of nightmares. Eventually we all reach a breaking point and realize that the torment is not worth it for the money. The key is is to learn that tidbit before going homicidal.

Redditor u/sprite_is_spicy wanted workers out there to share about the jobs that did that weren't worth the money they were being offered by asking.... What was your 'I don't get paid enough for this' moment at work?

Poo. Poo..


I walked into the bathroom, and someone had smeared poop on literally every single surface, wall, everything except one small part of the ceiling they couldn't reach. Poocasso almost made me quit, but luckily my boss told me to lock it, not let anyone else use it, and he got someone to come with a pressure washer. Bangbangsmashsmash

Not my Sandwich! 

Worked at a fast food place about 13 years ago. This lady in the drive thru claimed she was missing a sandwich. Our policy was to ask for the bags back to verify. I asked to see the bags (3 or 4, decent sized order) and instead of handing them back like a civilized human being she instantly started raging and throwing the food into the window while cussing me out!

Guess what one of the items that she threw at me was? Yep, said missing sandwich. Im_a_mouse_duh


Direct Support Staff for people with minor disabilities. (13 an hour) Had a client go off the rails because he refused to take schizophrenia pills, was working night shift and he gets up in the middle of the night and starts yelling random things running around the house naked.... peeing on everything... asking for me to put a cowboy hat on him... he is now in a nursing home bless his soul. FirstRev97

So Many Words. 

I had an emergency, last minute 20,000 word translation that needed to be done in under 24 hours. The usual output for a translator is 2,000 words per day (including proofreading and editing). I don't know how, but I managed to bash it out. Not my best quality translation ever, but I got it done. funpowder_plot

Pennies from Heaven.


Got change thrown in my face at work because a man was upset we didn't have meatballs. Now if I'm working he'll come in, see me, and walk out. Mitchyrex

The Blowout!

I work in childcare. There was one time we had one kid who had a diaper blowout and one kid who puked everywhere. There's only two teachers so one has to handle the blowout and one the vomit, while also keeping the rest of the kids away from it all. krys678

In Writing. 

"I don't think you understand what a contract means, besides, this is an opportunity for you!" - when the new manager tried to move me to night shifts-weekend from my day shifts-working days despite my contract being very specific about when I worked.

"Hey, you were right, this is a big opportunity for me!" was how I opened when I told her I was quitting. The look of shock and 15 mins of silence on her part were hilarious and the best feeling interval of my entire life when she realized I had thrown her own stupid words back at her. TastyDuck

Chained to the Desk. 

The time I went to sleep under my desk at work at 5 am because I needed to be back at my desk for an 8am call.

I had promised myself a long time ago that I would never sleep under my desk. I would go home, or just work straight through, but I wouldn't do that. I only lived a 12 minute walk home, but that night I realized that getting those extra 24 minutes of sleep were worth not going home. I was so sad about it.

I am a corporate lawyer, we had been working (literally) around the clock for days on a deal that was going sideways. This was a Wednesday -> a Thursday morning, but I had been there until 3am Sunday night, 5am Monday night, 6am Tuesday night, and had been back in the office by 9am every day.

That's when I knew I needed to quit but, I'm still here a year and change later, oops. frnoss

Fertilizer Thrower. 

This was back in the late '90s. I was working at Wal-Mart as my first job as a teenager. I was floated to the garden department one day and there was a guy looking at lawn fertilizer. I walked over and asked if he needs help, he said "Not now, just looking at the different kinds you have." Pretty standard reply from the guy, so I said "Okay, let me know." I walk away, and then swing back about 5 minutes later.

Same guy has proceeded to rip open about 10 different kinds of the fertilizer all over the ground and is rolling around in the stuff. He is also taste sampling the stuff. I called my manger because I did not want to deal with it. Security escorted the guy out the store and called an ambulance in case the ingestion of the fertilizer hurt him. mrsheikh

Roll Call.


My boss insisted that everybody be at their desks at 8:30 sharp. She made me take roll on an attendance sheet and hand it into her everyday. She also made me do it at lunch time (when everybody left and came back) and when they left at night.

Took roll for a bunch of adults three times a day. I don't work there anymore. irishamerican

I'm Worth Coin. 

When I worked at McDonald's, I found out we didn't get paid for closing. We got paid until the store closed, so if it took us an extra hour or two to close, that was unpaid. I wish I knew what I know now, because that is an open and shut case, but at the time, I was young and dumb.

My first paycheck, I noticed I had a ton of missing hours. So when I asked my boss about it, she told me we only get paid until the store closed.... So that night, I walked out when the store closed. They tried to guilt me into staying, because "the other team members need me" F**k. That. I don't work for free, sorry. Especially when I'm already making minimum wage. No thanks, not gonna happen. kadno

Dental Issues are Dangerous. 

Used to work as a dental nurse. First patient of the friggin' day, bloke said he felt sick after having a local anesthetic. He looked it. I grabbed the bin and told him if he needed to vomit, take the bin. He held it in his lap and turned, vomiting down the side of the chair and all over my pants and shoes. Of course I had to clean it up and of course they wouldn't let me go home to change. CityoftheMoon17

Evil Barb. 

Psycho camp director lost her mind on all of the lifeguards because we said we weren't coming back next summer. Reality was we all had legit reasons. I was going to take summer courses to graduate early, another guard was moving to university and was going to work in that city, another guard got offered a head guard spot at a camp near her house, etc. Nothing that said we hated the current camp, just other things going on.

We were told in a group meeting if we weren't happy there we could leave and she would find other guards.

Following Friday she calls us all in to tell us what a great job we are doing and how happy everyone is going to the lake.

Tuesday after that she calls us in individually to tell us we aren't working hard enough and she sees us slacking off all the time.

Lunchtime Tuesday all the guards walked into her office, told her to go fuck herself in front of the owner of the camp, and we all piled into my Ford Focus and went for beer.

Went home that night to message from camp owner asking us to give him a call back (we all chatted and realized he had called all of us). Called him the following day, told him what went down. He asked us to reconsider and that he would give us a $5 an hour raise and report directly to him.

We discussed it and agreed on the condition that psycho director apologized to us at a collective staff meeting. She refused and had a tantrum. Camp owner fired her on the spot, escorted her off the property and we opened the lake back up.

F**k you Barb. Morningdeuce_oTQ



When I walked in to the room of a confused patient on blood thinners who had ripped out his IV and catheter, and had shit and blood on every surface of his room. It looked like a murder had been committed. I've been through a lot as a nurse, but that was like going into a war zone. Pixelfrog41

NYC Late 70's. 

I manage a fast food restaurant and for me it's always things that have to do with the bathroom. From having to clean up porn magazines w/ semen on the floor or walls, to people either purposely sh***ing on the floor, even used hypodermic needles. TheOfficialSoulBeat


I was working late, like 2am in the office.

My manager, said let's go to the convenience store to buy some snacks and smokes. She sits in the back and we drive there. After we get our s**t, she says can we swing by (this street intersection) real quick.

When we get to that intersection, I guess she see's a car that belongs to someone she knows, parked in front of her boyfriend's house. She starts to wail, cry and kick around in the backseat. While my bewildered ass just holds the steering wheel, with a stupid look on my face.

After 20 minutes of that crap, we drive back to the office, I drop her off and I go home. WTF!! MeatSpace2000

Hey there Ed. 

I worked for the University's horse barn as a teenager. They had some pretty strict rules that I was not used to at other places. Like the horses were only allowed outside for 2 hours, no matter what. Could be the most beautiful day and we would have to stop everything we we're doing to bring them into their stalls.

They were only ever allowed 2 squirts of fly spray, which didn't cover their butts. Required to have their halters on 24/7, even when in the stalls at night. Our "boss" had clearly zero experience with animals or if he did he just didn't care. One day while one of the horses was having his feet trimmed my boss went to pull out a weed whacker from the bottom of the shelf directly next to where the horse was standing.

A lot like Jenga the entire closet of machinery fell onto the horse, causing him to kick the farrier and run.

Ever since that incident the horse was a mess, so instead of hiring a trainer to fix the problem, they just locked him in the stall. All day 24/7. I quit shortly after that, I still wonder how that horse is doing. hollydaytrend19


I work in security, and a bit under a year ago, I worked at some kind of public TV event. My job was to keep people without passes out of a specific area which was intended for those working behind the scenes to kick back and relax and get their lunches and all that.

Anyway, only ones I was allowed entrance were people with passes and other security folks. But then word from above came that the exception was to be made for some kind of supposedly famous child music group. I had no clue what they looked like, so 4 kids and their parents walk up and I stop them.

"DON'T YOU KNOW WHO THESE ARE?" quickly followed, eventually it got cleared up.... and every time after they kept bringing in more friends and family members and the same song and dance continued. Eugh. Morganelefay

Y'all too Much! 

When my boss screamed at me for something they got wrong..

This was a couple hours after two coworkers almost came to blows because one of them left their phone overnight and the other, the first person to arrive in the shop, used it to send a prank text to another co-worker but didn't want to admit it. God_Emporer_Leto_II

The Everyday!


I make $13/ hour. On an ambulance. Everyday is an "I don't get paid enough for this" moment. salegarce


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