When I was much younger––and far less sure about my standing in the world––I left a job after two days. I just knew it wasn't the right fit for me so I didn't bother to stick around. It was a shame to go through training and all that good stuff only to leave; my boss wasn't a bad guy. There's a sweet ending to this story though: I got someone who really needed a job my former job (and they ended up staying there for a few years).

"What's the shortest time you've ever stayed at a job? Why was it so short?" –– This was today's burning question from Redditor Sir_Baconstrips and the stories are fascinating.


"I needed the job..."

Half day.

I needed the job and they knew it. I've never in my life have been treated the way I was there. They cussed at me for not knowing where the items were (maintenance job at an apartment complex), told me to hurry the heck up (2 hours in, not knowing where the apartment was that I was supposed to work on), would not supply the items I needed to complete the repair saying "it's your problem, not ours".

This was the apartment building management treating their maintenance guy like this. No wonder the one before me left. I plopped the few tools they gave me on the managers desk, told them I refuse to be treated that way, and left.

They tried to not pay me for the half day, saying it was during my training period so didn't count. I told them I would have the department of labor get it, if they weren't willing to. Got cussed out again, and given the check. $60 bucks never felt better after being treated like a dumb@ss.

Rednecknrusty

"I took a job..."

I took a job at a cell phone store and they showed me all the money they could make on commission. At the hiring event their best salesman brought in his scores to show he was set to make like $90,000 that year.

I worked a half day and made a lot of decent sales by noon on a Tuesday. Then the manager said "Man, you're gonna be making bank when your commission starts".

Turned out the commission only started after you worked there for two years. They failed to mention that. So basically it was a minimum wage job.

I walked out right then, in the middle of setting up a new contract for a couple.

Smooth_Bandito

"I worked at a telemarketing company..."

I worked at a telemarketing company for one day, and it was the single worst job I have ever had. I was in college and the money they offered was good but it was just an absolute s*** job.

BasilHedgerow

"CEO was a rich kid..."

Internship for a small "videogame" company. They never released anything because the company didn't even last long enough to finish its first "game" which was just a reskin of Candy Crush (this was around 2013-2014). It went under after my internship ended. I was offered a part time position for crap pay, and after my experience there (only 30 days) I had to give them a pass in the form of "I don't have the time. So sorry."

CEO was a rich kid using loan money that his parents secured. He had a couple friends employed that were constantly "taking sick days" or "working from home." CEO would always give speeches about how he prides himself on his ability to treat employees equally, without bias. That was a blatant lie. So the 2-3 employees that did show up had to take the brunt of the work. The CEO would also go on these tangents about his workplace being "such a cool GAMER SPACE," with yoga balls in place of office chairs, a little break room with a couch and beanbag chairs, and a big flatscreen with (I think) an XboxOne and some games. There was also a pool table and some Nerf guns laying around.

I don't really know what happened to make the place disappear, but here's a wild and crazy theory: mismanagement.

Nofreeupvotes

"I got the news..."

1 week. I got the news halfway into training that my dream job (at the time) had offered me a position. I explained the situation to my manager, and he was fully supportive. Offered good review of me in the future and all.

Embrrrose

"I was a fresh faced..."

I worked at a club for one night collecting and cleaning the glasses. It was hectic, I had already worked in a kitchen though so I was ready for the pressure.

I was a fresh faced 18 year old that probably looked 15 and I got a lot of comments from patrons that I looked really young.

I'm assuming that's why I never got called back because the boss told me no one ever does that well on their first night, paid me some cash and then never called me again.

anti-clockwise

"Was put on register..."

One day, at a fast food place. Was put on register about 15 minutes after clocking in, was told that there were no bathroom breaks or lunch break for an 8 HR shift, and left alone with the lunch rush. Turns out the manager was stealing quite a lot of money from the company and was arrested a few weeks after I walked out.

thefiercestcalm

'They pulled a bait and switch..."

One day. They pulled a bait and switch on what they told me the requirements were, and when they unveiled the switch, I nodded, smiled, and accepted another job offer. Left my brand new badge on my desk at the end of the day, and dropped my parking pass off at the security gate.

notagoodboye

"I had signed up to work..."

Got offered a role whilst at Uni. Supermarket job on Saturday and Sundays 4 till 10 and paid like £12 an hour so was a decent uni job. However, after receiving my first shift timetable. I realized that due to me being an ignorant moron and the advert being unclear. I had signed up to work 4am to 10am. Waking up at 3am 2 days a week is not worth it. I rang up and cancelled before my first shift and got a job in a coffee shop a few weeks later.

AndrewJimmyThompson

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