There are a lot of reasons to quit a job, especially during a pandemic. Not being appreciated, being overworked, burnout—even simple boredom.
Staying in a job you hate is soul-sucking, so it's no surprise that a lot of folks have decided to move on to bigger and better things recently.
Reddit user daraand asked:
"Why did you quit your job this year?"
Too Many Hours
72 hour weeks, was stressed out constantly. Kept getting passed over for promotions.
72 hours weeks
Bloody hell. This makes me appreciate some of the employment laws we have in place. Anything above 48 hours is illegal, regardless if it's on your contract or not. Your employer can ask but you're in no obligation to accept.
This is in the UK.
All Around Better
Found one that is Monday to Friday, same hours as my wife so we can carpool, and paid more for the starting wage than my last job did after working there for 2 years and getting a promotion. Win win win. Plus the actual work is more personally fulfilling. Goodbye retail!
Because Retail Sucks
Because working retail is crap and working retail during a pandemic is just life-draining.
I was so tired of the politics, racism, and anger there. I just finished my second master’s degree and have decided after 20 years I’m switching careers and could not be more excited!!!
What's My Job Again?
- Got taken off a team I started and was on for 4.5 years and moved to a newly created team with 0 notice.
- New team is under a different director and also had other people pulled onto it.
- "This team was put together to work on a project that's very close to the CEO" we kept getting told.
- My experience is in a completely different tech stack. No idea why I was moved to this new team.
- Spent a month doing courses and trainings to learn this new tech stack at the behest of my manager and our lead engineer.
- Business kept changing their mind on what we were doing, so I had to keep changing what I was learning. (Flutter, Android, iOS, Kotlin, Spring) I was learning all of those from the ground up mostly. Nothing I was experienced in was useful on this new team.
- Lead engineer submitted his 2 weeks. Was tired of dealing with our management chain.
- After that, director pulls me into meeting. Says I'm not performing at the expected level. Why don't I have as many tickets done. etc etc. I explain that I've been doing courses and pair programming with our lead to learn the new code base. That I'm from a completely different tech stack. He doesn't believe me, says I should be learning outside of work hours. wtf.
- That's not how our company culture is at all.
- Lead engineer hears about this, pulls director into a meeting and yells at him for accusing me of not performing and lays out all the reasons as to why I am.
- Director pulls me into a meeting the next day to say "I guess I didn't have the full story", doesn't even really apologize. Like bro, I f**king told you the full story...
- I had a couple break downs during that whole week, so after that I took 2 weeks of vacation to think about sh*t and to de-stress.
- Came back, finished a small project in 2 days and submitted my 2 weeks.
And that is how I came to quit a company I had worked at for nearly 7 years that I really enjoyed working at. And how a tool of a director lost a Senior & Staff engineer from his 5 person team in the span of a couple weeks. I hope it reflects poorly on him.
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Bad Management Has Consequences
Quit a job last year. The ceo/owner blatantly attempted to leverage Covid to permanently reduce salaries. Outright lied to our customers to get their business then dumped the responsibility of disappointing them on the teams assigned to do their implementations. Did other shady stupid s**t too.
Over about three weeks they lost 8 senior consultants and had to give the ones who stayed large incentives. Three of the ones who left were the entire leadership assigned to their largest customer. We loved our client and were very transparent with them before we last about what exactly had happened and why their project was going to miss all their deadlines. They used this to claw back much of what they paid. Many other customers did as well.
This year the company was acquired. They had been setting themselves for several years to be acquired, but we heard from friends who stayed that they were stuck taking far less than they could have because they had so royally screwed up last year.
Tl;dr idiot CEO assumed Covid would make his developers so thankful for their jobs he could cut their salaries. Backfired spectacularly ended up forced to sell his company for a lot less than he had been on track to sell it for.
Nothing But A Shade
They slowly sucked my soul everyday for 8.5 years until I was a shallow shade of myself
I feel that
Mental Health First
I was in middle management, desperately trying to keep my small team together with no help or support from the higher ups who were content on playing golf and smoking their cigars. My team was overworked, stressed, yelled at constantly by internal and external clients, and were given tools from 1998 to fix 2021 issues.
Luckily a former co-worker asked how things were going, I might have an opportunity for you...he's now my co-worker again, and I'm making 40% more than I was, no longer managing people, and back doing what I like doing: Learning new things and helping people.
Two things I learned:
Be nice to people because you never know what can happen down the road. They might call on you or you might need to call on them.
Mental health first. I had a mental breakdown and my former company said, "Are you quitting?" as their opening statement when I opened up to them. If you're not getting the support you need, go find it. I promise you, everything else will work out.
Worked so many hours, took so much on, and then was told I "wasn't engaged" so I found a job where they are thrilled to have me for 40 grand more a year. I feel like I've been de-programmed from a cult. I even have the energy to join a gym.
Took a few people to tell me I deserved my success before I started to believe it myself.
So Unprepared They Begged Me To Stay
I didn't have any opportunity for personal career development because the business refused to hire another developer for 2 years to help share the load.
I was constantly needed to help support legacy systems that were "going to be replaced soon" rather than allowed to work on anything new or things that would've helped me to improve.
After I gave my 2 weeks, they begged me to stay because they didn't have anyone left at the company who had looked at the legacy code base within the last 2+ years.
Even if you have to keep a job you hate because it pays the bills, there's no harm in shopping around while you work there. Submit a few resumés, you might get a great opportunity.
Quitting your job, ideally, should be something done with forethought and planning. It's a career shift that can take months, if not years to make and that "minimally requires" two weeks notice.
Now ... you and I both know we absolutely do not live in an "ideal" world and sometimes sh*t happens.
Reddit user Broad_post-6496 asked:
Spoiler alert: It pretty much boils down to terrible bosses.
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"I worked at a dry cleaners when I was in high school."
"The owner refused to turn the heat on in the middle of winter. She literally locked the thermostat with a key and I had to wear my winter jacket inside the whole shift. It got to the point where I could see my breath inside."
"After this happening multiple times, I called my city's health department to 'anonymously' report unsafe work conditions."
"Health inspector came that day and did a full inspection. Ended up writing multiple violations (fire hazards, unsafe worker conditions, etc.) which all came with a hefty fine."
"I was fully aware the owner would watch the cameras and see me giving the inspector a full tour. I never came back after that day and don't feel bad at all." - ta1234560
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"The wide spread nepotism and narcissism."
"As a result, I'll never work for another family-owned business ever again, especially if they promote themselves as being a 'family-like' working environment."
"It just amounts to a lot of unpaid overtime, requests severely outside of your job description, and lots of begging for a minimal raise while the family members get fat checks." - ThatReaperGuy
"To avoid arbitration, our company's HR representative sent out a poll to unrelated departments asking them to 'vote' on the next admin assistant. The choice was between two women."
"The woman who 'won' was the HR rep's best friend." - LudwigWhitecollar
"I just assume everywhere that says they have a 'family-like' workplace means a highly dysfunctional and toxic family lol."
"No thanks. I've got my own family to deal with, I'd rather not add yours." - CappuccinoBoy
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"Not getting a raise."
"The 'seniors' that knew less and used me as a resource 24/7 for their important client meetings were all making $20k above me. I was also assigned the more technical and hard assignments."
"I asked for a raise and outlined why it was deserved. Boss said I made good points but his 'hands were tied' and I needed to 'Wait til annual reviews and we'll see what we can do.' "
"I put my two weeks in on the spot."
"Within 6 months all my peers, except for one person, were gone."
"Their reasoning? 'We knew if they wouldn't take care of YOU there was no way they'd do anything for us.' "
"They saw how little company valued an employee they heavily relied on, and decided they had no future there." - technical-reality-39
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"Once upon a time I was working as a delivery driver for Pizza Hut. My boss, F*cking Dennis, liked to say that he didn't have to go to college because he went to Pizza Hut University. Yeah, he was THAT GUY."
"I had an old truck that was having some issues and I couldn't deliver pizza. He told me to let him know when I had a working vehicle and he would put me back on the schedule."
"This was right around the Super Bowl."
"He wrote me up for not showing up the day of the game. Another week goes by and he says if I can't show up, he's gonna terminate me."
"At this point, I had just managed to buy a used car and luck would have it, I found a much higher paying job. So I go in and tell him that I'm going to put in my two weeks."
"He replies, 'You got fired the moment your truck stopped working.' and hands me a piece of paper I have to sign to get my last tiny bit of pay."
"It says I was negligent, blah, blah, blah. So I rewrite it and say that he told me to call him when my truck was fixed."
"He flips out and almost comes to blows with me. So I call the general manager and tell him the whole story."
"Sad ending - Dennis lies and gets promoted. F*ck you Dennis; and your stupid dumb mustache." - jimmygibbler
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"In my case it was executives that drove me out."
"Managers were tolerable. My Local leadership was fine. Middle management could be at times Micro-managing but tolerable."
"It was when an Executive VP was calling me to yell at me cause he didn't like something I said in an Email to another employee - an email which this VP nor his staff were involved in. Guess they actually do go through all our Emails."
"That call is what made me start resenting that place. It showed such a lack of trust or respect and exactly how incompetent those execs were if they were spending their time reading low level employees emails rather than literally anything else." - AWACS_Bandog
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"I called my boss from the hospital to let her know I'd been rushed in because I stopped breathing and turned blue."
"I explained that I was, at that moment, sitting with a cannula in my nose and hooked up to multiple machines, which I know she heard because they kept going off because my oxygen was low and I was tachycardic."
"She yelled at me about how disrespectful it was for me to call in two hours before my shift, after I'd worked 12-14 hr days for three months straight. I hung up and emailed her my letter of resignation right then."
"I was a teacher at the time so taking abuse was a normal part of my routine, but I couldn't do it anymore."
"I had bruises from my students, I was so sick I couldn't move (they had to take me for imaging at one point and they had to transfer me onto the MRI bed because I couldn't lift myself), I was coming home in tears every day and dreading going to work."
"The hospital released me saying they couldn't find evidence of anything to explain why I couldn't breathe. I was at another hospital less than a week later where they found 'severe acute bronchitis.' My lungs were almost completely white on the image (which apparently means BAD)."
"I ended up with pneumonia a couple months later and I'm pretty sure it's because bronchitis went on for three months with no treatment because I couldn't get time out of the classroom to see a doctor."
"I'm an office admin now for a construction company and I'm 100% happier." - itsbadtonight
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"It's been bad bosses time after time."
"1st job - they stopped giving me hours to force me to quit."
"2nd job - boss got involved in my personal life and told me if I didn't apologize to a friend of hers, I'd have no more hours."
"3rd job - Company went bust, but I stayed til the last day when the doors closed for the last time because that's how I work."
"4th job - I was severely over worked and underpaid. I was trained as a receptionist and still expected to do that while taking over for a contracts administrator - with almost no training. Oh and all the IT work too. No pay raises despite doing 3 jobs."
"5th job - still here :) Hopefully I'll get to stay a while." - InnocenceBlue
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"One, the 80 hour work weeks."
"Two, the 2 hour commute, and after having proven that I'm efficient AF working from home, still refusing to convert my position to a fully work from home one."
"But the final straw was my boss's boss's inability to promote me. When there was a vacancy at my boss's level, I worked my a$$ off and had more-than-proved that I could do my boss's job."
"Even so, when I applied for the position, I was told 'You're invaluable, but only so far as helping us hire the person goes.' Meaning: you're amazing at what you do, but you don't kiss our butt nearly as much as you should, so suck it."
"Joke's on them. I found a job that pays 40% more, is completely work from home AND at the level of my boss's boss. Exactly where I should have been. Who's sucking it now?" - sortitall6
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"My boss constantly micromanaging my toilet breaks."
"Switched jobs where, surprise, boss doesn't give care about toilet breaks as long the work is in his inbox by the time he asked for it."
"Strange thing, now that I think about it... I don't really know WHAT my old boss wasn't happy about other than the fact that I went to the toilet occasionally and didn't respond within a minute after he messaged me."
"I mean, I still did all the reports he wanted within the time he wanted it, I joined all the weekend overtimes during crunch (also not during crunch)... Guess he just wasn't happy that he employed somebody who had a bladder." - TheDoorDoesntWork
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"My boss started dating my mom."
"We all worked for the same company, but my mom at a different location. Co-workers suddenly assumed I was getting special treatment- many left the location, always leaving us short staffed."
"Anytime my Mom or my Boss were fighting, my Boss would have a massive attitude change towards me and be cruel. I had a mental breakdown because of it."
"She made me work more doubles, too, and I missed a few therapy appointments (that she was very aware of) and didn't come to work for a few days, so she took me off the schedule. Had to get back on medications during this time."
"Asked her to place me back on the next week; she called me in one morning because someone quit, so I went in to cover with her. It was such a depressing morning working with her."
"She was so nasty to me for the two hours I had been there, then she sent me home because my 'attitude sucks.' I asked her to transfer me to a new location, but she told me that she didn't want another manager to deal with my mental problems because they're too problematic, so she refused my transfer request."
"I quit on her after she gave me 5 doubles for the next week, forcing her to work them all."
"I tried to complain to the district manager about my experiences working with her, but nothing happened because they didn't have anyone to fill her position." - AstronomicalArtisan
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"The company never really cared about its US branch, and always showed blatant favoritism towards the Singapore office."
"The CEO was toxic, and would always complain that we didn't work hard enough, and that he wanted everyone to work 9-9, and would mandate it for the US offices if he could."
"I saw the writing on the wall when they stopped hiring replacements in the US office. The last straw was when they said that we were no longer using C# for our software, despite the fact that it's what all the developers specialized in, and what all our software was written in."
"Apparently, the .NET runtime was just too much of a hassle to deal with, so we were switching to C++/JS effective immediately. There was some backpedaling when they realized how long it would take to migrate some of our larger services from C# to C++ (I guess they thought it would be a straight-port or something?)"
"Anyway, it was a good idea to jump ship. 6 months after I left that (during Christmas time) that they announced they were closing the US office, and moving all development to Singapore/China." - VeloxFox
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"I was moving away for college."
"I actually left earlier than I'd originally planned because my coworkers started teasing me and being passive aggressive just because I was going to college and leaving them. I realized just how bitter they all were."
"I'm fortunate enough to get an education while they're spending their lives in a dead-end, minimum wage job, wasting all their money on booze and drugs. I'm glad I found out just how toxic a place that really was."
"It was a pit of misery, but I thought I at least had friends. I was fortunate enough to get out of it. If your wondering, it was just a local grocery store, but after working there I refuse to shop there anymore." - Arcinbiblo12
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"Worked at Wendy's - it was the first and only job I've ever quit. Nothing catastrophic, but they gave me like 4 hours a week during the summer when I requested more, and just stopped my training right in the middle of it."
"You're supposed to watch this series of videos; they start with basic stuff like food safety and sexual harassment, then go from there. Once I watched the one about manning the fry station they handed me a uniform and said 'ok get to work.' "
"I hadn't learned how to do anything else. Other employees rotated positions daily, making sandwiches and being at the register and whatnot."
"Quitting was frequent, and a lot of new hires came in during the brief time I worked there. I talked to them; they had all been trained on how to do everything."
"Not me. I spent my entire shift scooping fries and putting them in the containers, and they would yell at me because I wasn't fast enough."
"I had a panic attack once during a lunch rush and asked if I could go on break, they sent me home."
"It just was not worth the $15 per hour pay that was my sole motivation for accepting the job. Other duties were dull, but it's really demeaning to just scoop the whole shift." - chrisb0302
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"Spent 6 years recovering from a bad fall. Could have died. Nearly lost my leg. Still have almost constant severe pain."
"Boss was the CFO. I'm middle management."
"After a board meeting, my boss tells me I needed to 'improve how I sit in a chair and stop fidgeting.' I reminded the boss that I am disabled and fidget because I am trying not to scream in pain."
"Boss feigns regret, then essentially repeats the advice. Stop fidgeting."
"I live in a small town, so word gets around. This wasn't worth suing over; I just went to the nearest competitor, got hired, and dedicated myself to making my new company successful."
"New company CEO says I'm the best he's ever worked with. I apologized for being fidgety and he gave me the biggest 'so what?' look I've ever seen." - Powerful-Care-9964
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"With my last job, it was definitely my manager."
"She insisted on having very graphic, adult conversations about sex and stuff which I tried to avoid and when I did, she would be like, 'What's WRONG with you? What, are you some kind of prude?' "
"She was also very passive-aggressive when it came to my husband and our relationship. She once asked me about my husband's job, how many hours he worked, etc."
"When I told her, she said, 'Well if that was MY husband, and he worked THAT many hours, I would tell him to just get the f*ck out, because I need him to be home more than THAT!' "
"My husband had a 2hr commute every day at that time, and worked about 50 hrs a week. This didn't bother me one bit because that had been the case for most of our marriage up to that point."
"She also acted like it was a crime for us to go on vacation (gasp!) as much as we do (2-3X per year) because she was (when she wasn't at work) a 'travel agent' and didn't get to go anywhere."
"She also kind of acted like there was something inherently wrong with me because I only have one kid."
"My body just did not handle pregnancy particularly well, getting pregnant wasn't ever easy for me and the second (and last time) I got pregnant, I had a miscarriage."
"I had accepted at that point that I was only ever going to have one child and was (and am) mostly OK with that."
"She acted like how dare I only have one child, that my son was going to grow up to be some kind of weirdo psychopath because he didn't have any siblings."
"She was 100% directly the reason I quit." - knockmeyourlobes
Response after response - Reddit basically just gave us different takes on the old idea that people don't leave jobs, they leave bosses.
So ask yourself, what was the reason YOU quit? Was it a management issue? Sound off in the comments!
We in the United States are in the middle of an "employment crisis" - and some people believe the narrative that it's because people don't want to work. Data hasn't supported that, but it has absolutely found that people learning to support themselves means they are no longer willing to work under certain conditions.
Let's take a look at what those conditions might be.
Reddit user "Sketch99" asked:
There are some things more important than money. There are things people just will not tolerate.
Employers and future-employers - pay special attention here. It's important to learn what not to do or allow in your organization.
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"After working my butt off during the pandemic and promised an additional bonus. I received a 'low performance' review conveniently timed a day before my bonus was to be paid."
"The low performance feedback canceled my bonus. Given all the other BS I was putting up with, I broke and quit."
"I had a nice month off and my new job pays significantly more. Never work for people that don't appreciate you, there are always others that will." - grasshenge
"I unfortunately work for a company that is currently doing this to me. I can't quit yet, but I'm already gone mentally."
"Busted my butt all through the pandemic (I work on healthcare equipment), working 12-15 hour days regularly. Got the attaboys from the company and managers and was promised a pretty substantial bonus."
"The end of the fiscal year rolls around and we got our overtime cut instead of the bonus due to 'unprotected expenditures' yet the corporate guys and managers got 5 figure bonuses for 'weathering out the storm of the pandemic and succeeding beyond expectations.' "
"This was the final confirmation I needed to start looking for a different position." - acidbass32
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"I used to cut grass in a cemetery."
"I used a push lawnmower and had to lift it up onto the elevated graves, and then back down and on to the next one. Over and over and over."
"Minimum wage was $4.25 an hour."
"After an hour of cutting grass in the August heat, I sit down for my break, and this guy named Leroy asks, 'Was that worth $4.25 to you?' I quit the next day. Thanks Leroy." - nobodytoldme
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"Asked for a raise and was told okay. Next morning (Friday) I was told by the same person who agreed with the raise that I should put a few more years in and then we'll talk again."
"Locked my toolbox at the end of the day and called a tow truck to pick it up. Shop manager was shocked that next Monday to find a empty spot where my tools were and couldn't understand why I left." - NotSurprised92
"Lol, sure I'll give you a raise. Wait, no raise. We will talk in 6 years."
"That's some ahole sh*t. He had to realize mechanics can find jobs super quick. I walked out on a Thursday, had a job by Saturday. Started work on Monday." - xabhax
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"My grand-father, who I considered like a father, passed away after a long stay in hospital. We were closer than he was with his own kids, and our bond was quite special."
"I spoke to my manager about getting the day of his funeral off, since I was organizing part of the arrangements, and having a day or two of bereavement leave, and he agreed."
"The day of the funeral finally comes and the staff start calling me, leaving me messages asking why I'm not at my shift, and telling me, while I'm in a suit hosting family members at the funeral home, that I have to find someone to replace me or face repercussions."
"Needless to say, I told them to figure it out, and never looked back." - Cavalleria-Rustica
"This happened to my wife. She was at work when her mom called to say my wife's grandma had died."
"My wife, sobbing, told her manager that she needed to go home. The manager said 'if you leave now, don't bother coming back.' "
"My wife took off her work apron, handed it to the manager, and said 'I'll come by for my final paycheck.' "
"The manager had the nerve to call and pester her at home: 'so you're not covering your shift tomorrow?' No, Frank."
"This was a summer job when she was in college way back when. I'm proud of how assertive she is." - GummyKibble
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"Walked in to the interview, everything went well, accepted the job offer."
"Went to the front desk to do the paperwork and noticed that the contract had a different pay amount, and that I would be 'interning' for the first month for $100/week."
"I asked first about the amount difference, was told 'oh, this the standard contract, it just hasn't been updated for your specific offer.' "
"I told them they'd need to edit and initial the changes before I would sign. 'Oh...that's not how things work here." "
"I thanked them for their time and left without signing anything. They called me back on the day I was supposed to have started asking where I was."
"I told them because didn't sign the contract, I was never an employee....hooo boy that was a fun call." - CowboyFleeborg
"Similar situation for me."
"Back in 2012 I was looking for a job in anything other than food, but got desperate. This burger place had just opened up and was desperate for workers. They advertised on their window $11.75 and hour starting for all positions."
"I applied, had an interview basically the second I turned in my application and got hired 20 minutes later. At the end of my shift (which was about 3 hours), they said they would start me at minimum wage, 'because you haven't finished your bachelor's degree yet.' "
"I was speechless. If I had finished my bachelors degree why would I be working here?! And for such low pay!"
"I told them to cash out my pay immediately and I would not be returning because of their deceit. There weren't any stipulations anywhere on the sign that said anything about needing an undergrad degree for that much pay."
"They cashed me out at $11.25 per hour and I left. They closed down back in 2018 and every year Spirit Halloween takes over the location. F*ck'em!" - Embershot89
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"Worked for a privately owned bakery for exactly 1 week."
"The owner's son comes in, walks passed the counter and into the bathroom. He comes out a few minutes later without acknowledging me or my coworker, gets into his car and drives away."
"We both looked at each other then opened the door only to find this guy literally sh*t all over the toilet seat and the toilet paper holder."
"I called the owner, told her what happened and she said to 'Deal with it.' So I asked my coworker if she wanted to clean it up because I wasn't going to."
"She declined and I told her I was walking out. She did as well."
"We locked up the store and told the owner we quit, but would reconsider staying if her son came back to clean up his own mess. She yelled and berated us for 20 seconds before I said goodbye and hung up."
"He was 22 at the time and I'm pretty sure he had a drug problem. When I started working there he was an employee for a day or two before his mom came in and told him to leave after finding out he was taking money from the register."
"I think on that day he had enough and decided to do what he did to get back at her. My coworker and I were caught in the crossfire and bailed out of that situation fast." - Edge80
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"I worked for a T-mobile store (authorized reseller, not an actual dealer). One week, I had an amazing week (sold 55 phones, brand new activations on a business account with 55 high end phones at that time)."
"When I got my next check, they said my paperwork was not in order and thus they couldn't pay me."
"As a side note, they always told us to make copies of all paperwork in case this happened so you can show it to the manager and get it resolved within a day."
"I went over my back up paperwork with my boss, he said everything looked to be in order and he would have the office cut me a check."
"I went to the office, and they told me it was still not in order. I immediately gave them my store key and quit on the spot."
"I did go through collections and they did settle before I took them to court."
"The company did go out of business after a few years because they tried that with many other employees and eventually lead to an investigation by the government (according to an old coworker I bumped into years later)." - Jim105
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"Worked as a cashier in a local shop, one night 2 guys came at me with knives trying to get in the till."
"I just walked away and said have at it as it wasn't worth the minimum wage to get into it with a couple of guys waving knives at me."
"After they ran out of the store, I picked up my mobile and called the police then called the store manager."
"The next day, the district manager meets me as I turn up for my shift the very next day. Her first words were not to ask if I was okay, but to tell me that it was 'very unprofessional' of me to have been on my phone while at work."
"I laughed at her and told her she could take this as my notice and walked out. I never had a problem with being held up but the sheer gall of that got me."
"I later got a message from the supervisor that was scheduled with me that evening. They were asking why I wasn't there as it wasn't like me to miss a shift. (Only time I dipped was when I got took to hospital for a night)"
"After I explained to him what happened, he and his partner put their notice in within the week. Along with the other cashier they got in to cover that shift."
"That district manager got made 'redundant' the following month, the manager of the store messaged me explaining that they have been looking at getting rid of her for a while and me walking out was the catalyst."
"Near enough sunk the store." - Voidsleets
Hopefully, more and more businesses truly lean in on the idea of people as actual humans rather than resources. If they don't, we expect to see a lot more of those angry "nobody wants to work" signs - so at least we'll get some laughs.
We are living in times when job opportunities have been scarce due to global health concerns. And when an opportunity for employment arises, we go for it.
But there are those jobs that are not worth holding on to. Maybe the job description was deceiving. Or it could be the boss is a tyrant who views their workers as than human beings.
Are these conditions worth the weekly paycheck? Not always. Sometimes, maintaining one's dignity is more valuable than being a cog in a machine.
"People who've quit their job on the spot--what did it for you?"
Bosses are supposed to be the ones setting good examples. Not these bosses.
"Worked at Best Buy years ago. This was my second job, that I worked at for fun and the discount. I only worked weekends because I had a full time job during the week."
"Back then, when the next weeks schedule was done a manager would hand it to a person on the team and they'd put it in our little media backroom. Well, I didn't have my schedule for next week yet and it was Saturday. There were none to be found which was odd. I asked a manager for a copy so I knew when to come in and she refused, 'I'm tired of printing out new copies for people.'"
"Well, I can't come in if I don' t know when I'm supposed to be there. So, I just never showed up again. Best part was that I still got the discount for like 6 months."
The Bad Boss
"Worked at Staples when I was a teen, I had never called in sick before to this job. In fact, I covered other people's shifts when they were sick quite frequently. I would get called in at least once every couple of weeks to work for someone who had called in."
"So the one time I'm sick and call in, the worst manager was working... total b*tch... she told me I had to come in or bring in a doctor's note. I told her to go f'k herself and quit."
"Later that day, the general manager called me to ask me to stay... so I stayed. The s**tty manager lasted another 2 or 3 months, I lasted about 6 months after that and quit for a better opportunity."
Unsatisfied Store Manager
"I was the overnight assistant manager at Walmart a long time ago and was scheduled for 12 hour shifts with only 6-8 associates a night to stock an entire store. It was a pretty high volume store so it would get a GM and grocery truck every night. GM trucks would have about 2000 boxes of merch and the grocery would be about 1300-1500 pieces. You have to prioritize grocery obviously because it expires, so I would put every employee in grocery. Every one of them had their particular aisles and refused to go anywhere else. If someone called in, I did their job on top of managing the entire store. It f'king sucked, and I got regularly yelled at by the store manager for not getting everything done. This meant working 2-4 hours past the end of my shift to finish stocking and scanning overstock."
"One night, I had 4 call ins, this meant I only had 2 employees working and me. I stocked 4 aisles by myself, faced the store, scanned overstock, and still had to run the overnight operations of the store. I messaged my co-managers (the management structure was so convoluted) that I had literally no one and I was doing everything I could. They got the department managers to come in early to help stock their sections, but that meant there wasn't as much coverage for the day."
"The store manager comes in at 7:30 every day to inspect work and give notes to assistant managers for what needs fixed for the day. He came in and saw all the department managers stocking their merch, and flipped his sh*t on me. Called me into his office and put me on with our market manager and they both just ripped me apart. I explained the situation and they literally said 'that's not a f'king excuse to not do your job. You should have told them to come in and do their job or write them up.' I looked at my store manager and said 'nope. I'm done.' Threw my badge and keys on the table and walked out. Said goodbye to my (now former) employees and friends, got in my car, and never looked back."
Absolutely No Sympathy
"I worked at a customer support centre for a pretty big company. Employees were just numbers and our manager was a total d*ck."
"An employee's mother had an operation for the removal of a tumor (don't know what kind or where) and it was only a 50% chance she'd survive."
"When he asked for 2 days leave, the manager said no because the influx of calls and emails was too high. The man quit on the spot and so did half the team and I."
"I work at a better company now with a manager that appreciates good work and tells us to take time off himself if we look like we need a break."
"Boss was arrested for murder. Turns out he burnt down one of his buildings for insurance money and someone died. I had been there for only a couple of weeks, he was the most abusive person I've ever worked for by far. I was debating it, so when the police burst in and arrested him, I locked up and left."
Leaders are supposed to set good examples but also have moral codes. These bosses' personal lives were out of control.
"My boss not letting me have a weekend off for my best friend's wedding because a co-worker wanted a dirty weekend away with the married guy she was having an affair with. The married guy was my boss by the way."
"I was a bridesmaid and had booked the weekend off 10 months in advance. I quit on the spot and told my boss' wife he was cheating on her. My best friends wedding was lovely."
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Refusing Illegal Tasks
"Company asked me to forge documentation so we don't get in trouble with health and safety. They choose me cause I needed and love the job. When I said no it got worse. Other started bullying me too. I walked out not knowing how will I pay bills next month. on Thursday evening. Even though I am not religious and I haven't been in church for decades for some reason last thing I thought was 'be the stone that breaks the waves' from old testament. I am ok now. Got new job and long term contract. Half of the management got fired 6 months after that."
"Got food poisoning the night before a shift at a family-owned farm/farm stand/plant nursery. The protocol was to call or text the manager who was on duty the next day as early as possible so they had time to find someone to cover. Well what I got back was a tirade from said manager saying that she feels like shi*t every day and that it's no excuse for missing work, even though I was really the only one busting my a** on the daily - there at 4 am to prep for market, staying late to help fix things and care for the animals, etc. The next day I went in to pick up my last paycheck and told the owner that I would not be returning to work because her daughter was way out of line and I refused to be treated like I had been. Apparently I wasn't the first person to quit because of this."
"My boss in an electronics department told me (and my coworkers) that if my customer was black, don't let them buy the new iPhone with cash and insist that credit is the only option, because that way he can record their names and it prevents them from using 'all the stolen drug money', which is what he called cash whenever it was from a black male."
"I protested, he thought I was joking. My coworkers thought this was run of the mill and just did what he said. Ethics department never raised a finger. I never showed my face there again."
"I worked with that company for 5 years and that was my dream job. Still haven't recovered from the whiplash."
The pressures of the job itself made these Redditors put in their notice.
"I was made to take care of 20 toddlers under 3 with about half an hour of training at a daycare. I quit day 2."
Italian Restaurant Stresses
"Was working a high volume Italian restaurant chain on garmo (salads, appetizers, flatbread pizzas, desserts). Easily over 1000 covers a night. Had been there about a year and the last few weekends I had to solo the station when usually there were 3 of us. One beautiful summer Friday evening I found out I was soloing again, so I asked the chefs if anyone was available to give me a hand. They said they called a guy who'd be in by 6pm. 7pm rolls around and still no one. I was way too burnt out to do another weekend of this alone. I tell the chef right at the window I'm putting in my apron and towel - I'm done. Walked out, waved goodbye to the servers on the patio, and drove home. Best feeling ever."
"I was working as an assistant manager for a large Taco Bell franchise. We were required to work 60 hour weeks (5 twelve-hoir shifts), on a shifting schedule. Each assistant had a roaring schedule (mine was opening Tue, mid shift Wed & Thurs, closing Fri & Sat). We had no general manager, so I was doing a lot of that work."
"So, here I am with no real, healthy sleep schedule, newly married and never seeing my wife, working insane hours."
"Well, the other assistant (there were only two when there should have been three) was young. Very young. Like, fresh out of high school young. So very immature with a lot to learn."
"I came in on one of my closing shifts (we were open until 3am, so shift was 4p-4a). Store was a disaster. Again. Dirty as f'k. Sh*t all over the lines and the floor. No food prepped or cooking. Again. As it was every day I came in behind this other guy."
"I stood there for like three minutes. Just...in shock. Furious. About to snap."
"Instead of carefully took my store key off my key ring, gave it one of our team leads, and asked him to go back to give it the other manager, and walked out."
Overworked And Underpaid Nanny
"I worked as a nanny during the day and a waitress at night. I nannied for two kids, a 3 month old and his 5 year old brother who was severely autistic. Needless to say it was very challenging but the 5 year old and I eventually got into a good groove. His parents did not offer any support to me or their child. The dad "worked from home" which meant he played call of duty on the couch all day while I took care of his kids and the mom was at work.
Eventually I noticed my paychecks were gradually becoming smaller and smaller so I brought it up. The dad told me he didn't believe I should get paid for the times he was in the room. THEN he asked me to choose between my waitressing job and my nanny job, as they were concerened my waitressing job was making me too tired. I was tired, but I was tired of trying to single handedly handle their son's autism without any support. I immediately handed him his baby and his housekey and quit. The look on his face was priceless."
"Got in trouble working at Walmart one time. Christmas season in the toys dept. Everything was everywhere. Didn't have enough time in the night to put everything away and restock all the shelves. I was given 3 days off without pay (which I probably would have put up with), but then they also wanted me to write an essay on what I did wrong and how I would correct it. I just told them to f'king do it themselves then, and walked out. Best thing, really."
I should have quit my first job working at a video game store inside a mall.
I barely started working there and my co-worker would always "take breaks" that ended up being her private shopping time.
And all the advanced transactions – some of which I wasn't trained for, like returns and exchanges – transpired when she was on her private shopping spree...I mean, break.
One time, a kid leaned over while I was helping another customer and stole one of the games. Of course, this happened when I was manning the tiny store by myself because my co-worker was on her over-extended thirty-minute break.
I called security and dealt with the little crook's angry mother who refused to believe her son helped himself to a five-finger discount on my watch.
When I found out my co-worker was on her hour-and-a-half lunch date with our boss when the theft happened, I was livid. But as a 15-year-old, I hadn't developed the guts enough to make a dramatic exit. So I suffered for another month as an employee and eventually quit when school and band practice resumed.
The labor of workers is what keeps the world running. As we entered into the pandemic in 2020 it became clear just how essential workers from even less glamorized jobs are to our everyday life.
While we had brief shows of appreciation and special weeks for different jobs, there are two basic things employers quickly forget would show the best appreciation of all—treating employees with respect and fair pay.
In my early twenties I had a job working at a fast food style coffee shop. The owner —former now— always worked way too close with the ladies in the drive thru. He did this so he could monitor us during peak hours. Not for our performance really, but so he could berate his female workers who had to use the bathroom anytime between the hours of 5am-10am.
He would tell us to not drink water before bed prior to an early morning shift and become upset if we stopped to get a drink of water during work. He would make comments daily along the lines of “I’ve never seen a group of women who have to pee so much” or “women must all have weak bladders”. It was humiliating.
To this day none of us ever figured out what his fixation with women and bathrooms was about, it wasn’t the time as we were always fully staffed. It was creepy and I hoped right out of there after a short time.
Knowing there were many other people out there with horrible first-day experiences, Redditor redmambo_no6 asked the question:
“People who quit their jobs on the first day, what was your 'I'm outta here' moment?"
People from all different types of work shared the moments that made them nope right out of the job.
This was a job , not volunteer work...
“It was a petrol station and the manager wanted me to work for free until I had learned their computer systems to what he deemed a satisfactory extent. I agreed to do it, because I needed a job, and he brought me in at 7am on my first day, however he was not present to go through the training with me, so I was just standing around kind of helping out on the forecourt but not really knowing what I should be doing.”
“Not learning anything. After about an hour and a half without the manager showing up or anyone training me on anything, I decided that I wasn't going to continue to be taken advantage of and told the cashier to pass on the message to the manager that I had quit.”
“...and pull me around like it was a leash."
“I was a waitress, the only waitress, at a just opened diner. The boss didn't have me sign any paperwork. Everything was under the table. But that wasn't what made me quit at the end of the night. In order to get me where he wanted me to go, he would pinch my skirt at my upper thigh, not quite the butt but very close, and pull me around like it was a leash.”
“Needed me in the kitchen? Rather than call me. He would come out, pinch my skirt and pull to the kitchen. Needed me at the cash machine? Again, come over to where ever I was, didn't matter if I was serving a customer, and would grab my skirt to pull me.”
“That act in itself, made some customers uncomfortable. Mind you, one couple left an almost 50% tip in the end. But I think it was more out of pity and embarrassment on my behalf.”
“I was supposed to come in the next day but I called that night and said the job wasn't for me. I came in a couple days later to turn in my apron and he just took a wad of cash out of his pocket and paid me then and there. God, he was creepy. I think it was a smart move to quit.”
They wanted the nanny without the pay...
“I answered an ad for a baby sitting job. I was already working on a casual basis but it was sporadic so I thought some after hours baby sitting would be welcome extra cash. The couple were both in the military and proceeded to tell me that I would be staying in the spare room and looking after their 6 mth old child around the clock as well as doing the housework.”
“I would have one day off every two weeks. They said it is cash in hand so I could sign onto the dole (unemployment benifit) to make up the rest of the money. I left on the spot. They wanted a live in housemaid and nanny not a baby sitter and they were not able to pay for one. Why they thought it was up to me to illegally collect the dole to subsidise them I don't know.”
“I imagined working my *ss off only to be told I couldn't have a chair.”
“Worked at McDonald's years ago in their Assistant Manager training program. Had gotten hired right out of the Army. First day I met with the Store Manager where I'd be working and training and noted that she spent the majority of the time doing entry-level work and then working OT to do store manager work. She told me this was pretty common because of the type of people they'd hire."
“Her 'office' was a counter and she told me she had bought a chair but corporate made her remove it. She was really nice, worked her butt off and was intelligent and told me she'd been at McDonald's for 10 years. I imagined working my *ss off only to be told I couldn't have a chair and decided that night I wasn't going to work for a company like that."
A searing response...fez burn GIFGiphy
“A long time ago, not long after getting my papers as a chef I had an interview at a hotel for a position in the kitchen. The Executive Chef and I chatted in his office for about 20 mins, at the time I remember him coming off as very arrogant which is quite common in this field, I didn't think much of it at the time as the pay was decent and the shift was what I wanted.”
“As I was leaving his office I turned to leave through the dining room (the way I had come in) which was closed at the time it was another hour or so before service started and he says to me ‘No not that way, go through the kitchen, you're not good enough to go through the dining room.’”
“I was so surprised by what he said, I just did what he asked without a word. Later on after I had got home I phoned him up and said that after having a close look I decided that his menu wasn't good enough and that I wouldn't be accepting his offer.”
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“...they got shut down after a riot...”
“I took a job at a lock down residential treatment center as I was desperate for a job. The interviewer said most of the kids were court ordered, and were a step away from juvie. The interview didn't go well so I was honestly surprised when they called me offer me the job.”
“The morning of training was going over all of the state and federal laws that governed the place, like resident rights and staff to resident ratios and the like. The afternoon was a tour of the facility where it became readily apparent that exact none of the laws we'd just covered were being followed.”
“I left at the end of the day and never came back. I had a feeling something bad was going to happen at that place. A few months later they got shut down after a riot that results in several serious injuries to both residents and staff. Glad I wasn't around for that.”
That’s got to hurt.
“I was 17 and working Pre-cast concrete. Refused to use a rusted ladder. Supervisor called me a p*ssy, got up about 7 rungs before his foot went through one, heard his foot snap as he fell. I called an ambulance and walked to my car in the parking lot."
“Me and 2/3rds of the rest stood up and walked out."Season 2 No GIF by BBC ThreeGiphy
“Answered an ad in the paper (this was the mid 90s) what seemed to be an office job making sales calls when I was in college. Did a phone interview and was called back for an in person interview."
“When I go to the interview I'm led into a room with about 50 other people and a small stage at the front of the room. We're all somewhat confused as to what is going on. Finally a guy gets on the stage and informs us that we've been selected for the opportunity to sell Cutco. Me and 2/3rds of the rest stood up and walked out."
“Anytime I see more than a dozen people for a job interview. I just nope right out. If it's not door-to-door sales paid only on commission it's some MLM. I wish some job interviews would be more forthcoming about that. Some places have outright lied to me."
Dig with your bare hands...what?
“Summer job working for a landscape architect. Got to the job site and he asked me to dig a hole in some rocky dirt. I asked for a shovel. He didn't have one. I asked for a hand spade. He didn't have one. He told me to just dig the hole with my bare hands and then he drove off to another site leaving me completely alone. I dug for a little bit and then said 'f*ck this' and left.”
“Had the job specified that I needed to supply my own tools I could've but it didn't and I wasn't going to work for somebody that expected folks to dig through hard, rocky soil with their hands.”
This company doesn’t like the U word for a reason...Strike Organize GIF by Industrial Workers of the WorldGiphy
“On the first day of working at Amazon warehouse the managers broke down to Everyone how a 15 minute break works there. Walking to the break room is 2 1/2 minutes. 10 minutes of actual break and then 2 1/2 minutes to go back to your stations. It took me 2 1/2 minutes to walk to my car and I took a forever break.“
“Some of the teens had set mattresses on fire in their cells."
“My first internship was at a Brazilian teen detention center (it's akin to a prison, but Brazilian law has some distinctions between crimes committed while as an adult or as a teenager - teens go through socio-educational measures). I was walking through a courtyard with my supervisor when some doctors came running flailing their arms and screaming while officers came running from the opposite direction.”
“I get pulled by my supervisor who just tells me to run back to our office. These teens as young as 12 had escaped their block. A few minutes later an officer comes knocking on the doors of the offices and yelling for everyone to run outside because a fire had broken out. Some of the teens had set mattresses on fire in their cells.”
“I didn't really nope out. My teacher did (she hadn't even been there that day). So i was forced by the university to choose another place to intern at. Oh well.”
Quit the bad management...
“When I was 20 or so I got hired to be a temporary floor member for Forever21 during the holiday season. My training started a week before Black Friday so the store was already kind of in chaos. On my first day of training, I walked in and the floor manager gave all the new hires a tour showing us the facility and layout of the store."
“After this, I was assigned to a veteran floor member to shadow and get an idea of what my job was and what my duties would be. As soon as I was assigned the manager dipped never to be seen again. An hour and a half into my shift my shadowee got an emergency family call and had to take off for a week."
“When this happened I found some other floor manager and explained the situation and asked them who else I should shadow. The manager's response was 'just do what you can by yourself you'll be fine, everyone else is busy.' Figured we'll ok I'll try…'"
“I don't know if any of you have shopped in the women's section of forever21 but during seasonal sales they will have multiple articles of clothing that all look almost exactly the same but with slight differences (ex. A white cardigan with 4 buttons that looked literally the same as a white cardigan with 5 buttons)."
"The best part was these different items were often placed in completely separate parts of the store and it was the job of the dressing room to return the unpurchased items to the correct section so the employees could put them back on the shelves. Well, these employees f**cking sucked and I didn't know if they were a part of my section or not."
"So I'd spend a ridiculous amount of time trying to find where they go before realizing 'wait this isn't even my section I've checked literally every rack' so I'd put it back on the sorting rack and move to the next item. More than 50% of the stuff I was told to reshelve wasn't my section. I just did as best as I could and got ready for my next miserable day."
"The next day I come in and the store manager pulls me to her office and tells me how slow I was the day before and if I want to keep working here I need to be very fast. I explained my lack of training and unfamiliarity with the store and she told me if I didn't know where the clothes were in sections I should come in my free time and memorize where stuff was at."
"I spent the rest of my shift putting clothes in random f**king places then never came back for a third shift. F**k that place and their management."
“I spent the next six hours giving everyone who came to my register 20% off...”
“I used to work at a craft store as a cashier, but quit when I moved. Ended up going back a couple years later to make some extra cash, but this time in the framing department. During the interview they swore up and down I would only ever be a backup cashier because I said I refused to have full cashier shifts.”
“First shift after interview is listed as framing, but I'm put on cash and told that actually most of my shifts would be cash since they'd found someone else for framing. I spent the next six hours giving everyone who came to my register 20% off of everything and then never went back.”
Call the health inspector!dishes lol GIF by Disney PixarGiphy
“Wasn't exactly the first day but I didn't show up after the second shift. It was a rather popular cafe chain in my country. I was hired to work in the kitchen as a cook along with another, senior cook.”
“Let's put aside the fact that I had zero cooking knowledge whatsoever, the senior cook was leaving the kitchen every five minutes to smoke. So there I am, alone in the kitchen, orders are printing FAST, and I'm standing there not sure what to do first, and the waitress comes over yelling at me to cook sh*t I don't have any business cooking, definitely not on my own.”
“Later on the senior cook told me they had at least two rats running around the kitchen. Showed me they pooped on a plate. I never came back and I'm glad the place got shutdown.”
The unpaid internship stereotype fulfilled.
“Got what was supposed to be a prestigious political internship that came with a security clearance and everything. Found out at orientation that the ‘part time’ internship was really 40-60 hours, unpaid and that no intern had gone on to work with the organization and weren't really given a leg up for other federal posts.”
“We were supposed to facilitate meetings with heads of state, coordinate conferences and assist the actual employees with composing published research papers for which we would not be credited. They were definitely drinking their own koolaid so I bounced right on out of there.”
“This restaurant closed down a couple weeks after I got that paycheck.”
“Applied for a job at my longtime favorite restaurant(celebrated my birthday there every year). The owner asks me to come in for basically a try-out, as I communicated I was looking at other job possibilities. I come in and they just stick me on dishwashing for an hour, no biggie."
“Then their dishwasher doesn't show up, so the kitchen manager asks me to stay on for their lunch rush, says I'll get paid for the hours. I do, kitchen staff was nice so I was happy to help out even though I figured I'd be taking a different job. I fill out a time card at the end of the shift and tell the manager I probably wouldnt be back, he understands and thanks me for the help."
“Fast forward a couple weeks and he tells me to email the owner after I ask him if i should pick up my measly paycheck. I do, she basically tells me to f**k off over text. Tells me it was 'staging' and that she told me I wouldn't be paid, I respond that I understand that but that I stayed an extra 3 hours which I WAS told I'd be paid for."
"She stops responding, I decide I want to be petty over the 40 bucks so I get the state labor department involved, dude goes in there and makes her pay me for the hours including the first "staging" hour. Couple of weeks later I got my 40 bucks, never went back to that restaurant."
"Edit: Firstly, "petty" is not how I see it two years later. I'm VERY glad I did this and sharing the story with others in my city I learned this practice was very common with local restaurants. Hopefully, others learned to stand up for their labor too from my small experience."
"Secondly, this restaurant closed down a couple weeks after I got that paycheck. The owner made a long-winded complaint on the FB page about how the food culture had "changed" in the city and her restaurant didn't fit in anymore"
“I was a cashier at Lowe's during college for less than a full day. I made it through the multiple day training but there was so much stupid stuff going on I almost thought I was on a hidden camera show. All of the employees complained about how hard they had to work while simultaneously not getting enough hours."
“Nobody understood why they were hiring like 4 new people (I was one of those 4). Turns out it's because they were progressing through a sexual harassment complaint that required restructuring of the store and firing of some employees. This was known to HR and explained to new hires (against company policy), but wasn't known to the employees, apparently some of whom still worked there, including the f**king person doing the training."
“She was really inappropriate and said not to worry about the sexual harassment stuff, that everything would 'go back to normal' soon enough and we wouldn't have to 'be so uptight.' They fired her the day before I started, along with one of the cashiers who trained me."
"She also offered me terrible guidance for the application process. They were looking for part-time help and two of the three days they needed help on I had off from school. I told them I could work nights most nights, but if they needed daytime help it had to be on those days."
"She said if I was too restrictive they wouldn't keep me on, lied to my boss about my availability to make me 'even more attractive than I already was' wink, and told me to schmooze them a bit and I'd make it further. She said in the end it wouldn't impact anything, and I'd get those days."
"My first week's schedule I was working mornings every day that I was in school, and I wasn't given any hours on my days off. Aside from the fact that I was given 2 times the hours the position called for (when other employees were shorted), my work schedule way literally impossible to consolidate with my school schedule."
"I only went to work on my 'first' day to tell them I was quitting and that their application process was a mess. They couldn't figure out how so much went wrong and then they asked who trained me and everything made sense. They thanked me for 'at least showing up to quit' unlike the other 3 they hired, who just stopped returning their calls and no-showed their first days."
“'Salesman' for Kirby vacuums. First sale call was to a single elderly woman who was supporting her son in hospital (they got us in the door by offering a free carpet clean as a demonstration). The supervisor training me pushed and pushed to make the sale until this old woman was in tears.”
“Just as she was about to sign the paperwork I asked if she actually wanted to vacuum and she said it was lovely but she couldn't afford it. I took the paperwork away from her and said not to worry. Outside I told the supervisor I quit to which he replied I would've been fired anyway. No love lost. I hung around for half an hour playing on my phone to make sure the supervisor left because he was a real piece of work.”
Extra butter was his last straw?!
“I wasn't the person but I was training a new guy at a movie theater. A customer asked for extra butter. She was nice and normal. Not a mean or rude customer. The kind I would pay to handle all day long.”
“He puts the popcorn tub down, says I'm going to the bathroom, takes off his apron and walks out the front door and never came back.”
“Two times. Once I applied for and got a telemarketing job. I didn't know what it entailed. After an hour I knew it was a terrible fit...auto dialing people during their dinners, trying to sell them stuff they didn't want, reading a horrible script while sitting in a soulless grey cubicle.”
“I got up, went to the manager, apologized and said it wasn't a good fit for me. He seemed understanding. Another time I attended a ‘make easy money at this job’ seminar and it turns out it was selling knives door to door. Idk if I technically ‘quit’ or just noped out at the end”
Abusing an employee's need to work isn't ok. It's 2021 and past time employers step up and do better.
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