The last straw should be a life mantra. It probably already is, especially when it comes to our careers. It's unfortunate that life is life and finding the dream job isn't always part a guaranteed part of the life plan. Bills have to be paid, food needs to bought in order to survive, so sometimes we suck it up with jobs that drive us beyond the point of crazy. But eventually that moment is going to occur. That time when the situation or the people you work with bring you beyond the brink and you know... THIS IS IT!!!
Redditor u/GameHackBot wanted to hear some crazy stories dealing with career changes by asking... Workers of reddit, when have you said "F**k this, I quit?"
Reassign THIS honey!Giphy
I worked as a server at a bar during college.
The head bartender each day was in charge of assigning tables to the server. There was one bartender who really didn't like me and every time she worked, she would give me the worst tables so that I wouldn't make as much in tips. She also did the scheduling. She started only scheduling me for slow times early in the day, like during lunch when we would have 50% off lunch specials. It sucked, but fair enough, she does the scheduling and I needed the money. Well it just got worse and worse until I was barely making minimum wage even though I was making close to $20 an hour when I started.
One day, during a slow lunch, I was working with a different bartender. When the bartender's shift ended, the other bartender who did the scheduling came in to take over. I was serving a large table of probably 15 people, probably the best table I had had in a week or so. She saw this and decided to "reassign" tables and work as a server as well as bartender. She of course took my table and said it was now hers, even though I had been serving them for about an hour and they were almost done with their meal. This wasn't the first time, but it was it the last straw for me. I went up to the table, explained the situation, and instead of just transferring the table, I cashed them out, which they were happy to do. So I collected the cash tip, told the bartender "F**k you. I quit," and walked out with the tip from the table and never talked to anyone at that bar again.
I found a better job the next day. ABrotherGrimm
Years ago I worked in a restaurant and it was Christmastime. This place was supposed to function with 4 waitresses, a busboy, dishwasher, manager and 2 cooks. Only the manager and I showed up. He did the cooking, I took orders, served, bussed tables, washed dishes and so on.
During this I accidentally dropped 2 bread plates and they broke. Manager says to me "I'll have to take those out of your pay." I told him that was funny, thinking he was joking. He wasn't.
I turned around and grabbed a stack of dinner plates, threw them on the floor and said "take those out of my pay too" and walked out to leave him with the whole mess. seagoingcook
We are 1!
I spent almost a year working in the office at a place where, in the interview, the manager admitted that they have to replace their entire office staff on pretty much a yearly basis because everyone tends to quit at once. (I was in a really unpleasant job situation at the time and looking for any way out, so I studiously avoided paying attention to that giant red flag.) 10 months later, as I hand in my notice a week after my desk mate hands in hers, my boss sighs and goes, "Here we go again." Turns out when you treat people like crap at a busy, stressful job they tend to burn out in mass. scarrlet
Invest in Depends...
I quit after working for four hours at a sushi restaurant. I asked where the bathroom was and I was told "we don't really get bathroom breaks." I left right then and never came back. It was pretty sad the manager said he understood and wasn't mad at all. magicthelathering
I'm one person...Giphy
Previous workplace gave me a promotion to "Sales Lead." Buried in the fine text was a line that read something to the effect of "if there isn't an actual manager around, you become the manager on duty."
Didn't think anything of it until they conveniently fired my direct manager a week later, didn't replace her, and expected me to do all the work she used to without a promotion or pay raise. ScubaScoober
I got hired at K-mart to work in sporting goods. Was told to wear the traditional black pants and red polo.
Day 1 - "Sorry, we can't train you for sporting goods today, we need you to help unload trucks."
It's summer in SC. It's 100 degrees and 80% humidity. I'm wearing black pants and a thick polo. No change of clothes.
End of Day - "Sorry about today. We'll start training you tomorrow. Come to work in uniform again."
Day 2 - same thing
Day 3 - same thing
Day 4 - same thing
Day 5 - same thing
Day 6 - same thing
Day 7 - I came in on my day off to quit.
If I wasn't dumb and 17 I probably would have just wised up and brought a change of clothes. I didn't mind unloading the truck, although the sweat drenched clothes weren't ideal. The real reason I quit was the obvious lack of planning and management. Semlohwerd
Signed, Sealed... Delivered....
Worked at a mall retail store in college for a couple years. When I was just a lowly peasant the manager was great to work for. Once I became a key holder is when things changed. I learned very quickly why the other key holders didn't last. The manager would make rash decisions that would then be blamed on everyone but her...
Last straw was when the evening shift didn't change out some signage and I get in the next morning having no idea there was new signage to be put out. She came in and berated me about the signage not being updated. I walked in the back dropped my keys off told her I quit and went to walk out. She grabbed me and told me I need to give a written notice and fax it to corporate.
"To whom it may concern,
I Mike Oxsbig terminate my employment effective immediately due to managers inability to properly treat staff."
Faxed it and walked out. She read it after I had already sent it and chased me out berating me more claiming I would never get another retail job in this mall... blah blah blah... Three weeks later I started at another store in that mall and always made it a point to smile and wave at her when I saw her. MikeOxsbig
I'm going to Wendy's....
Oh man, I had a McDonalds manager do that to me when I was 15! I refused to continue working closing shifts (5pm - 1am) during the school year. First of all, I wasn't legally allowed to work past 11pm because of my age. And secondly, closers made $1 more per hour than day shift, but I never had my pay adjusted.
Told her I wasn't going to come in for any more closing shifts unless my pay went up. It didn't and I didn't show up for a week until she finally scheduled me for a day shift. Immediately got pulled into the office with GM and DM so they could yell at me and tell me that I'd never find a job again and that I might as well plan on living with my parents for life. Jokes on her though, she's 40 now and still working there. It's been her only job since she was 16. im_twelve_
Where is the humanity?
I got a VIP contract to vaccinate a bunch of elite clients. they rushed, they brought on some extra nurses barely vetted them and began. Virtually no breaks, and piles of paperwork. They didn't finish ordering and setting up the computers and there was only one computer to chart on like >100 patients a day. Not all the nurses got their clearance for the computer yet either.
Scariest part was i had to stop someone from reusing a needle that she didn't realize she used on a previous patient. She told me she only primed it (pushed the air out) but i told her without alarming the patient that it was not "suitable."
i told her to go away and cleaned up her area, vaccinated the patient and never went back. I was already sick of them only thinking about the bottom line. Reddit
Hold my apron!Giphy
When I was 14, I wanted a summer job with my best friend. We went to the fast food shop at the beachside. It was quite popular since it was the only fast food around. We get there on a Friday afternoon and we meet the owner. 50-something man with a big belly from probably the fast food he serves. Tells us we can get there the next morning and people would show us around.
We get there at 9 am like he told us and there was no one. First employees arrive at 10.30 to open. They have no idea we were supposed to work. They tried to help us the most they could but they were cashier with no training for the food stuff. Both their "cooks" left that week and the owner was doing all the work.
We finish our first day without any trouble, slow day overall.
Sunday arrive and we are not prepared for the sheer number of customer. We still have about no idea how to cook the food and how the equipment worked. Owner arrive with a bunch of his friends. We were swamped with people but he shoved them around a bit and asked us to do "6 hot dogs, 6 fries and 6 diet cokes and fast." We knew it was for him so we told people to wait and we finished their order.
Not 30 seconds after the owner comes back behind the counter and begin to tell us we are crap at our job and that the fries were not cooked enough and that we messed the condiments on the hot dogs.
Mind you, there were a lot of customers waiting for their food at that point and they were all looking at us getting yelled at by the owner.
I look to my friend, he looked at me and we both knew what to do. We took our aprons off and told him to f**k off. We left him with all the orders right there and then, never went back there. They closed down about 2 years after. jewishpinoy
You are past the due date!
Made me clean dried out moldy milk that was turning black and icy, without gloves and paper towels. Did 5 mins my hands had ice all over them, told my boss I need gloves otherwise I can't do any more. He told me to get back to work and quit wining... F**k you Tesco, find someone else to clean your nasty milk...
PS: Boss said I was the first to clean it in over 2 years. Great work for a Christmas temp. Ashman901
Even Meredith Grey would peace out!
I worked in a hospital as a labor and delivery nurse, hired for the night shift. On New Year's Eve of 1987, I was the only one working in L&D, common there, but you had no help. It was storming badly that night with near white-out conditions. In twelve hours, I had 15 babies born during an electrical outage in which the generators failed. I delivered 5 on my own with a flashlight in my mouth while waiting on a doc to get there. Two were c-sections with only me to assist, serve as a scrub nurse, and circulate. I had 1 hemorrhage, 2 drug-addicted mom's, and 2 sets of twins. All babies and moms were alive, admitted to their floors, rooms cleaned, instruments on to soak, and paperwork finished by 7 am. My head nurse called me on the carpet for not clocking out to take a break. I told her that I didn't get a break, that L&D nursing is 1:2 ratio (1 RN to 2 patients) and she was violating safety codes. I threw my keys at her and told her I was called the state. I quit that morning. A week later, they were fined, OB had been shut down, and she was jobless. My next job was as a head nurse. She had no idea I was the one interviewing her when she applied but needless to say, I didn't hire her.CheesecakeTruffle
Kick her back!
HR wouldn't deal with a woman that started to hit me at work, It was a call center and this one woman just took issue with me because I had social anxiety and would kick me under our workstation, My leg was bruised pretty badly. HR did nothing and didn't take me seriously and thought I was "emotional" I walked out and was told never to come back.naturalluci
The Poop is hitting the fan!
I was working at a top bank in my country, and I'd recently finished an 18 month project to implement their new OH&S and Workers Comp system, when I was regularly pulling 60+ hour weeks, and I'd recently been passed over for promotion. Then my dept head at our yearly conference decides to ambush me with the announcement that we're completely scrapping the system I'd just implemented and going with something else. I flatly refused to be a part of that process so the working group for it started without me.
6 months later we're all working on our projects and at an interim managers all-in I was presenting my project (a different system implementation) and the replacement for my old system was also being presented. My presentation was basically talking through the challenges I was facing and being realistic about what could be achieved. Their presentation was basically a fairy-tale about how easy this was going to be and how the new system would be in by Xmas (about 5 months). This was hilariously laughable given bureaucracy at the bank, they'd be unlikely to even have provisional sign-off for funding by then, it took 5+ years all up for mine.
My presentation was universally panned, theirs was deemed amazing. I walked out, called a friend to see if he'd talk me out of it and make sure I wasn't being a complete idiot, and when he didn't I quit the next day. The managers were still in their all-in, and from what I hear poop hit the fan when they realized that their only sys-admin for the current system was leaving. When everyone else found out I wasn't leaving for another job and had just quit flat out, a lot started questioning their own experiences and I think within 12 months there was 80%+ turnover. Only person I know that stayed was a senior manager getting way more money than she deserved, and a friend who was planning on having a child and wanted to cash in on the generous maternity leave.
Good times, would recommend. IamSando
No Bagels for me!Giphy
Actually I had a "F**k this. I'm glad I quit." instead.
I was 14 and worked at a small local bagel shop after school. I was supposed to come into work but instead I called them and told them that I was quitting. A couple hours later (during what would have been my shift), the shop got robbed at gun point. They held a gun to the 17 year old manager's head and demanded money from the safe. I didn't know the combination to the safe so if he did that to me, maybe he would have shot me. That manager went to my school and it seemed to have traumatized her. AwkwardSummers
I once worked in a (pretty fancy) hotel as a waiter. They had these crates that go through these industrial dishwashers and they were in really bad shape. The palstic was all scraped up and had sharp edges. So one time, like the retard I am, obliterated my finger on them. Getting my finger stuck in one of the holes and peeling the skin of like a carrot about to be turned into a salad. I played it cool and went to the kitchen staff to ask for a bandage. They opened the first aid kit which was empty, so they proceeded to give me a paper towel and some duct tape (which was okay imo, I'll treat it properly at home.) But the boss decided I could still work the remaining 5.5hrs of my shift serving people plates with a blood soaked tampon that was my middle finger. Zentuxal
Not for $5 and hour!
I did roofing in during the summer in middle School. And btw roofing sucks. It's hot as hell. I was getting paid $5 an hour, cash under table. Well I found out at school that roofers are supposed to make a lot of money. I thought I was doing good for my age so didn't make a big deal about it. That weekend I'm at a job, carrying shingles up a ladder to the other guys. The home owner is laying on a float in his pool, and yells "I hope y'all aren't hot up there?" And starts laughing. I told my boss he need to find other help and climbed off the roof. Walked over the pool and Cannon balled in. Home owner was pissed. I got chewed out by my parents. I felt great about it. Justin_inc
Not in MY mouth!
My first job working at a butchery in New Zealand:
I was employed for 3 hours after school each day to come in and clean the Block (Large wooden object used to cleave meat), all the knives, the floors etc etc.
The main counter for the shop was one of them large windowed, chilled display case, in the centre of this display case was a drain for water and blood, the drain lead to a large bucket that needed to be collected, emptied and cleaned every day....
One fine day I finish cleaning the knives and the block and the floor and I head into the front of the shop to collect the bucket but its only half full today. I have no idea why, but I say "its half full today," the boss came over and said "yep, I bet she's blocked again, looks like some meet got stuck int he drain".... he then proceeded to hand me the end of the hose pipe running from the counter to the bucket and says "here suck on this to get clear the pipe."
I said to "you are not paying me enough to put that in my mouth" he got upset and said I was lucky to have a job close to school, I just put my stuff down, took off my oversized apron started to walk out, didn't say a word or come back ever again..... flappy_cat
No AC? No Way!
I worked at Sonic Drive In while I was in high school. It was absolutely terrible. Every summer the AC would go out and it was absolute hell working in the cramped kitchen in between a 400°F fryer and grill. The cooks in the kitchen made at most $8.50 an hour while the car hops (waiters / waitresses on roller skates) averaged around $18 an hour after tips, there was no tip share. One day in the middle of my shift I got a call from a friend asking if I wanted to come work with him detailing cars starting at $10 an hour, I asked him if I could start tomorrow and he said yes. I immediately went to the manager and said f**k this, I quit. BoostedLegacy
I was hired by a company that recruited me hard. During the interviews they kept telling me I would be a great fit and was the right man for the job. I truly believe they thought that because they paid me a ton of money which is why I accepted the job. It's a long story but after a month I knew I wasn't capable of doing the job and they decided to leave a lot of those job descriptions out during the interview.
I was confused, angry, annoyed, etc. I spent the next 4 months applying for other jobs and going through interviews while I was still working there and I just told them I was visiting customers. I started at a new job and they kept paying me until they realized I didn't work there anymore.
I have no shame. donutshopsss