Reddit user BITE_AU_CHOCOLAT asked: 'People who wouldn't quit their job even if you won the lottery, what's your job?'
A lot of workers daydream about some day winning the lottery and being able to say goodbye to their job.
Far too many workers are unhappy with their job duties, workplace dynamics or company culture.
But with a taste for luxuries like housing and food, they keep plugging away, year after year.
However not everyone feels that way about their job.
So what are these compelling careers?
Reddit user BITE_AU_CHOCOLAT asked:
"People who wouldn't quit their job even if you won the lottery, what's your job?"
Cup Of Joe
"Barista is my main regular job."
"I f*cking love it."
"I love being able to talk to people all day and making cute little swans or whatever in people's drinks."
"Hours are good, work is easy, people are mostly nice."
"Something to keep me busy."
Fun With Chemistry
"I develop chemical sensors."
"I would buy the company and work half time."
"The joy of solving the types of problems that come up is fun."
"When I win the lottery I’ll still work but I’ll probably go to part time."
"I work with children with special needs—my job is rewarding and special."
"I love working with kids."
"Plus I’m too young to 'retire' and not work, I’ll get bored."
"I do hair."
"Gives me purpose."
Feeding The Hungry
"I'm actually a chef at my local homeless shelter."
"My dream job, even with an advanced degree."
"I'd not quit this if I won 3 lotteries."
"I would, however, cut a fat check to my organization and my sister organizations."
Angel Of Mercy
"I kind of still like it."
"I'd probably back off to part time if I won big."
"I'm a musician."
"Basically I have what for most people is a dream job, which makes me a non-representative specimen."
"On the other hand, I still occasionally work as a paramedic, and as rewarding as that job can be, I'm mostly doing it when I want to grab some extra cash."
"I'd probably let my certs expire if I was rich."
"I'm a doctor."
"A great portion of my income is already donated to my hospital's program that expands access to low-income patients."
"I'd probably give 100% of my income to the program if I won and use the lottery winnings for living."
"I recondition (light remodeling) apartments after tenants move out."
"I’m alone all day and I can listen to podcasts or books, the work is very satisfying to me, and as a woman I’ve loved learning HVAC, plumbing, and electrical work as I use the experience in my own home when things break/need updating."
"I would go crazy without working anyway but I really do love my job."
All Creatures Great And Small
"I’ll never willingly turn my back on these animals."
No Business Like Show Business
"I’m the Assistant Director for a Children’s Theatre."
"It’s really not something you do for the money."
"You do it because you love it and can’t imagine your life without it."
"I work in addiction recovery."
"It means a lot to me."
"I wouldn’t quit if I won the lottery, but I would go part time."
A Stitch In Time
"I teach people how to sew, mostly kids but we have a few adult classes as well."
"It is stressful but also so rewarding to see a room full of people who have learned a skill from you and can take home a bunch of goodies."
"Sewing is a dying skill so we need to teach it more!"
"National Suicide Prevention Lifeline."
"I love the job. It’s stressful at times but also very rewarding."
Many people stated they might cut back to part-time or donate their salary, but a significant number of people had no plans to stop working.
However some would change their job focus or profession.
So, would you keep working after a lottery win?
Reddit user KJ-The-Wise asked: 'People who quit a job on the first day, what happened?'
At one point in our lives, we've all worked jobs that we didn't love, or even hated.
Most of the time, we'll persevere till the allotted time on our contract is complete, just to have money in the bank.
Other times, we give it our best shot, but find the job, boss, or work environment so toxic that we hand in our notice in a matter of months, weeks, or even days.
Then there are the very rare occasions where we follow our gut instinct, and make our first day on the job our last.
Redditor KJ-The-Wise was curious to hear stories of why people felt compelled to quit certain jobs on the first day working them, leading them to ask:
"People who quit a job on the first day, what happened?"
Not By The Book
"I was hired as a cook at a Huddle House."
"On my first day I learned that they lied about which shifts I'd have in the interview, I'd be expected to basically run the restaurant alone on graveyard shift after only a week of training, and this place was violating health codes left and right."- kylegilliscomedyClosing Time Waiting GIF by Still Not A HippieGiphy
"Sweating my a** off in the kitchen on a hot summer day."
"Asked for a glass of water and the owner made me pay for it."
"Finished my shift and never went back."- bigfatgeekboy
"I worked at Home Bargains and did my first shift on a Saturday, I was off on the Sunday originally, and they waited until 11pm on the Saturday to call me and not ask me but tell me to cover a Sunday but the conversation went as followed.'
“'Hey we’ve changed the rota and you’re working tomorrow 8am-5pm'.”
'I was busy on the Sunday as I had family commitments since I assumed I was free being my day off."
“'Oh I can’t work tomorrow I have plans'.”
“'Well that will go down as an unauthorized absence if you don’t turn up'.”
"'Alright then I quit'.”
"I then hung up and never went back."- Lochan2468Bye Bye Goodbye GIF by Pudgy PenguinsGiphy
Lead By Example...
"I took a phone sales job once."
"It was cold calling people to sell tickets to a country western show to supposedly benefit the local police department."
"The foreman had me sit next to someone named Joe and said 'now you watch Joe for a bit, and see how he turns the no’s into yes’s'."
"First call Joe starts his speech and then slams down the phone and shouts 'F*CK!'
"Second call is pretty much the same and he instead shouts 'F*CKING B*TCH!' while slamming down the phone."
"This goes on for about 3 more calls and then the manager comes over and says 'Ok, so you see how it’s done?'"
"Let’s get you started'.”
"I made about 4 calls and then asked if I could take a smoke break (even though I didn’t smoke), and left and never returned."- dma1965
Want To Get Paid? That'll Cost You...
"When I was around 14 I worked for Dickie Dee Icecream (Think Canadian Good Humor) for ONE DAY riding a bicycle/cooler."
"You were paid a commission based on what you sold, but you had to pay for your dry ice."
"Long story short, you had to ride that thing all day in blazing heat to make virtually no money."
"This was the in the mid 80s, I hope this is illegal now."- Robbie-R
Technically, There Wasn't Even A Job To Quit...
'Turned out the ‘company’ was not registered business and has no license to operate."
"They also threatened us we’d have to pay them an amount if we quit during the 60-day training period."
"Few months later, they were shut down."- Low-Whereas8182
In Fashion, One Day You're In, The Next Day You're Out...
"I was working at Zara."
"They didn't do advertising at the time and instead are very particular about how they set up the store."
"My last hour was being screamed at by the woman in charge of the store's appearance for not folding clothes fast enough."
"She was screaming at all of us."
"Imagine an hour of a woman standing on the top floor alternating between 'Let's go, people!' And shouted insults."
"We finished 15 minutes early."
"Which means we got paid less for doing what the screaming lady wanted."
"Then we were asked to clock out for a 'team meeting'."
"We did and the woman screamed at us so much she drove herself to tears."
"The woman who hired me apologized on my way out and I told her I wouldn't be back."
"I didn't even pick up my check."
"Nor have I ever, ever, ever bought anything from Zara ever again."
"Even secondhand, I won't do it."
"I have like a PTSD reaction to that store."- BaseTensMachine
Talk To The Manager... If You Can Find Them...
"I got hired for the local Taco Bell."
"On my first day it was a busy Thursday night and everyone was stressed and yelling at each other."
"I was asked to come in at 3 but never told when I was supposed to leave so I asked, because if I was going to be there for a long time I also wanted a break."
"The person in charge wasn’t even a manager and they told me they didn’t know what to tell me because they don’t have a manager right now to make schedules."
"She mentioned they were open until 3 am and asked me how long I would stay."
"I got really sketched out so my next question was about how they were counting for my labor since I was new and wasn’t in the computer yet, and there was no manager on site to input my labor manually."
"She had no idea what I was talking about. I never walked out of somewhere so fast in my life."- No_Significance6785
"You may think that I am exaggerating but Venezuela is the land where everything is possible and not exactly for good things."
"A few years ago, I was hired to help run the account of a store that sold online through Mercado Libre (basically the same as Ebay)."
"I was excited because it was in a mall so it would be a nice store I figured, silly me, I had to go through the basement to get to a sort of warehouse that had been converted into something like a store."
'If you are claustrophobic you couldn't work there."
"The owner wanted us to work non-stop, just a few minutes for lunch and we had to do it in the same store and there was no water to drink, we had to respond to the customer in less than 2 minutes after the message arrived."
"I wanted to leave that same day but I needed the money because things are really difficult here."
"When I was about to leave, the owner told me not to forget to bring my own toilet paper because everyone uses their own and he was not going to buy it."- ExiledEverywhere
What's Surprising Is That They Ever Opened
"I worked at a daycare for one day."
"They put me in the 3 year old room with two other staff members."
"The staff members were so mean to the kids."
"They yelled at one child for 'being late', as if she had any control over that."
"They made another child cry by telling her she was going to be sent to the directors office for asking to use the bathroom during outside time."Maggie Simpson Episode 20 GIF by The SimpsonsGiphy
"They also bragged to me multiple times about how the daycare didn’t have cameras and 'never will'."
"Then they both fell asleep at nap time."
"I never went back and told my sister in law to pull her baby from that place."
"For everyone concerned- this daycare closed a few years ago."- nannerbananers
There's no denying that everyone needs money to live.
But your self-esteem and peace of mind should always take priority over a paycheck.
And if your health, safety and well-being feel threatened on the first day, always go with your instincts, rather than "give it a few weeks".
We've all worked in jobs that have left us feeling a little less than fulfilled.
Where we spent more time at our desks or in our cubicles contemplating the best way to leave this job, rather than focusing on our work.
Of course, many people never actually go through with these fantasies, choosing instead to stay the course and suck it up for the paycheck.
Others, however, eventually come to decide enough is enough, and say sayonara to their soul-sucking jobs.
Sometimes, in a manner which is anything but dignified.
Redditor Nikhil_88 was curious to hear what people thought were the absolute worst ways to leave a job, leading them to ask:
"What could be the worst way to leave a 9-5 job?"
Alive Is Always Ideal...
"In an ambulance because you’re having a heart attack."- Amishoutkast
"In a coroners van."- _Daryl_Dixon_
Know Your Worth
"Without being paid."- a_jar_of_happiness2 Chainz Pockets GIF by MOST EXPENSIVESTGiphy
Not A Minute Too Soon...
"I enjoy my family time and don't get paid OT."- thatguy32503
Timing Is Everything
"One day before being eligible for a pension or large financial payout."- TheDadThatGrills
"At 5 and have to be back the next morning at 9."- Olorin919See You Tomorrow GIF by South ParkGiphy
"Family Guy style, "… and there's a poo on your desk"- roastedjam
"Diarrhea dripping on your legs."
"Huhuhu just please not this one."- sempaisempaisemHappy Poop GIFGiphy
Ending On A High Note Always Pays Off
"Maybe not the worst.....but the way I did it."
"Having a massive panic attack and meltdown, crying uncontrollably, and finally just getting in my car and driving home."
"It was NOT unprovoked."
"Nevertheless, I wish I had been able to handle it in a calmer manner."
"But I have PTSD and I don't always get to react the way I wish I could."- clumpypasta
"Maybe burn down the building."- DirectorLow7023cinemagraph GIFGiphy
Not The Legacy You Want To Leave
"In handcuffs?"- EnigmaCA
“'F*ck you, f*ck you, f*ck you, you’re cool, and f*ck you I’m out'.”- BrodaciousD
"Tell your boss to go f*ck him/her self then leave the premises (I have done this)."- darkheartshadowsAngry Season 4 GIF by The OfficeGiphy
When you can actually start to feel your soul being sucked out of you, then it's probably time to move on.
Whenever that time comes, it is always a good idea to take the high road.
Or at least save the vitriol for the exit interview.
Customer service jobs are not for the faint of heart.
Dealing with people at their angriest and rudest does not breed a positive work environment.
Customer service can be a downright toxic job.
And if it's not the customers setting your spirit on fire, it's the companies themselves.
Some companies seem to revel in creating discontent.
That's why these types of jobs have such high turnover.
Redditor Psychological-Name15 wanted the customer service reps out there to give us some truths, so they asked:
"Customer service workers of Reddit, what secret can you reveal from your former company?"
I want to know about the inner workings of Comcast!!
I loathe them!
Oh DearJennifer Lopez Smh GIF by American IdolGiphy
I used to work in tech support for Citi Bank. The people working there are not intelligent. My favorite interaction went like this..."
"Banker - How do I type the upside down I?"
"Me - Ma'am, that's an exclamation point."
The Crappy People
"In every CS job I’ve ever had: we will bend over backward to help a nice person. We will expedite any complaint, give maximum compensation, and harass other areas of the business for you."
"We will do the absolute bare minimum to help a shi**y person and if you’re really bad, we will do everything in our power to make sure you get nothing but what you’re legally entitled to and it will be a process to get that."
"I don’t work in CS but 100% the same for us in IT a nice person will get new stuff while a shi**y person will get questionable secondhand crap that will take 12 months to fix! I will make sure that you wait as long as humanely possible to have anything fixed!"
Go to Holiday Inn
"If you ask for a supervisor calling Marriott you will just get another person who is not a supervisor, but say they are."
"Yep. I've seen this done numerous times across multiple industries. Usually, it only involves an actual sup if it's a genuine problem or if they want to make a point."
"The last job I had was in towing junk cars. Two of the inside buyers, one male, and one female, would bounce that sup card around constantly. Idk how no one ever put it together. We'd get repeat callers and repeat sellers so I don't know."
"Worked at a contracted call center for Centrelink. The manager told us to deny as many emergency payments as possible and they would back us no matter what. They were actively working towards a culture that despised the callers and churned staff to get heartless right-wingers who hated the poor."
"I feel ya. My best mate is a quadriplegic. Centrelink denied his disability pension because he wasn’t disabled enough."
Go to Home DepotYou Are Dumb Patrick Star GIF by SpongeBob SquarePantsGiphy
"I worked at Lowes. I didn't know anything about anything in the electrical department yet that's where they put me without any training."
Not training people is not just a Lowes thing.
There are too many unqualified people doing too many things.
SwitcharooDrag Race What GIF by TAZOGiphy
"Can confirm it's an unwritten policy for deli departments in Coles Supermarkets to change the written expiry dates on their tickets so they can sell out-of-code products at full price."
A Little Sunshine
"I worked at a call center for the billing department of a major internet and cable service provider. We were authorized to give up to $90 credit per customer on their bill but only as a last resort. Always remember to be nice to all customer service workers. You never know just how much they can help with a friendly attitude."
"Former call center employee here. Highly accurate. Use your manners, and well fix your issue. Anything else, just makes us want to take longer, and you won't get a credit. Just because we are authorized, doesn't mean you'll get the credit for being an a**hat. haha. I've been verbally abused a few times for asking them not to swear at me. Lol."
"I worked for a major telco company for many years in something called a ‘LELU’ which stands for Law Enforcement Liaison Unit. This 'unit' is pretty self-explanatory, but it essentially is a team who worked directly with the police/FEDS to monitor people's information for things such as obtaining communications history of call logs, SMS loss, etc."
"However, most importantly, the software we used, we as agents could directly see all your SMS texts, including MMS and their explicit imagery of whatever you were sending. This would include sexting, naked images, family photos, and everything. There were instances where people abused this position by stalking or 'monitoring' their SO’s comings and going’s."
"I worked at a cafe chain called 'The Cookie Man,' 95% of their cookies arrived in cardboard boxes layered with bubble wrap. The last 5% arrived as pre-made dough that we would bake on-site to make the place smell like fresh cookies."
"I also worked at a cupcake shop. It's literally just packet mix that you add eggs and oil to before baking/piping pre-made icing onto. Don't waste your money on these places, 90% of these chain shops are the same and most are severely underpaying their workers (this is for Australia btw). Just purchase some packet mix from the supermarket and call it a day."
Look in the Back
"I was a Store Manager for a very large grocery chain and I can tell you that 95% of the time when customers complain to the manager, we may be professional and show empathy, and even resolve the problem."
"But then we usually just make fun of or talk crap about the person who complained to the other employees. And when a customer is really rude when we go 'look in the back' for something, we legit just stand around and talk to other employees, and make zero effort to look for the item."
From the BoxKaitlin Olson Brunch GIF by The MickGiphy
"I once worked at 'the area's premiere day spa'; the mimosas were made with Sunny D and not real orange juice, and the wines came out of a box."
Sunny D and champagne?!?!
What in the name of Lucifer?
Who does that?!
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Nearly everyone has worked a job that they don't love.
Monotonous or soul-sucking as these jobs may be, people put up with them nonetheless, mainly because they need the money or to hold themselves over until a better job comes along.
In some cases, people find their new jobs so unbearable that they can't even wait to give their two weeks' notice.
Sometimes making their first day on the job their last... or even barely even make it through an hour of work before handing in their notice.
"People who quit their job on the spot, why?"
You Can't Fire Me, I Quit!
"I got fired from a pizza delivery job once and told I had to finish my shift on a Friday night."
"They said I was a no call no show the previous day."
"I wasn't scheduled."
"They wrote me in but didn't call me."
"The ink wasn't even the same color as the rest of the schedule."
"So when I showed up for work the next day they told me I was fired for no call no show, but I had to stay and work."
"I said f*ck that, and walked two doors over to the Chinese place and asked if they needed a delivery guy."
"Hired on the spot."
"Plus free egg rolls."- Artisanal_Sh*tposterYoung Ones Pizza GIF by YoungCapitalGiphy
Something Tells Me He Didn't Get It...
"Not me but the weirdest one I have ever seen."
"I am the electronics guy at Walmart."
"One night they drop someone new on me."
"He had gone through all the onboarding and training videos and sh*t which takes a few days."
"They tell me to point him at something to do."
"I take him to the ink aisle and show him how to zone it."
"Put everything in order line it up against the edge of the shelf, sh*t like that."
"He says he's cool he gets it so I'm like great and walk away."
"Like not even 10 f*cking minutes later I go to see how he's doing and dude is f*cking gone."
"We never saw him again."- TimeTravelMishapPumpkin Fail GIFGiphy
Unsafe Work Environment
"I had the owner of a restaurant I was managing spill literally boiling fresh made chicken noodle soup on my middle torso all the way down."
"So hot and painful to the point I had to strip my soaking boiling shoes."
"My reaction was to run and swear."
"He told me If I swore so vocally again he would let me go."
"I then needed medical attention, to which he refused."
"I went to the hospital anyway, came to work the next day with bandages, and was told I would work today's shift as repayment for missing my previous one."
"I explained that was illegal and gave him an ultimatum, either he fix it with him paying my medical bills or I walk."
"He laughed saying I had no control over it."
"So I walked."
"3 months later after filing suit, I supplied all the information needed to indict him on tax fraud, failure to properly insure, failure to maintain a safe work place, and he and his other businesses had to be sold for him to afford the legal costs, my medical bills and the mandatory restitution payments."
"Stupid b*tch is still paying me out, and now that he's fulfilled his sentenced time, lives in a relatively medium sized town and we frequent the same locations."
"I consistently remind him of what his next payment is owed and due."- Bigjerr2007Chicken Soup GIFGiphy
Not Part Of The Job Description...
"Quit a job on the first day."
"I was hired as an IT tech, however this company did not know what IT techs were."
"They thought 'IT does everything', including making sure their lights were replaced."
"I had one lady complain about me not changing her lightbulb fast enough because the burned out one shatterd on me and cut my hand open."
"I dropped the box of flourescents, shattering literally all of them, and walked out."
"Told my supervisor he needs to hire actual maintenance cause IT fixes computers."- TheLightningCount1
Passed Over For A Job They Were already Working!
"I walked away from a job in management once because they passed me up for a promotion for a role I was doing anyways due to it being vacant but needing to be done."
"When they passed me up I started looking."
"When they asked ME to train the guy who got it who was now my boss, I left."- SUTATSDOG·
Time Wasn't Valued
"Was brought in for a tryout shift and when I arrived I was told it wouldn't be paid since this was for them to see if they wanted to hire me and not the other way around."- picnic-boy·Super Bowl Ok GIF by PepsiGiphy
Enough Is Enough
"Large corporation kept 'downsizing' the workforce but not the workload."
"Those of us who were left (team of 15 reduced to 2) felt so lucky to have a job that we didn’t complain about taking on the jobs of three people and working 60+ hours per week."
"Company hires a new department head and a couple months later I have my annual review where he says 'we just need you to do more' to which I replied 'no'."
"I just knew I couldn’t take on more."
"I definitely caught him off guard."
"And I couldn’t believe 'no' came out of my mouth."
"We were both stunned."
"But that was effectively my two week's notice."- NewUserNameIsDumb
Fed Up With Greed
"I was working as an engineer for a big corporation."
"I was supposed to get a promotion to senior engineer at the start of covid lockdowns, so they told me I wouldn’t get one because of covid."
"But a couple weeks later they told me our salaries would be reduced because the company wasn’t doing well."
"Not nice but nothing I could do."
"A couple months later, the company promoted two vice presidents to senior vice presidents, and gave them a huge bonus."
"I then asked for my promotion and they told me that no promotions would take place under Covid."
"I waited a few more months until they finally gave me my promotion."
"And the salary increase was £100 A YEAR."
"Which is much smaller than what my salary was reduced because of Covid."
"I took home the letter indicating I had a promotion, gave my notice and began looking for a senior engineer role somewhere else."
"F*ck greedy corporations."
"I forgot to mention that they removed all our bonuses during this time period, but management got it all."- AnheruKiraTax The Rich Amazon GIF by INTO ACTIONGiphy
It's understandable to bear with a job you hate for the money.
But money can't buy back your dignity and self-worth.
If either of those are being threatened at your place of employment, it's probably time to move on.