February 28, 2024 | Laura Bergen

"I Quit On The Spot" 😬


Starting a new job is nerve-wracking, but it can be downright horrifying if you realize it's something you did not sign up for. Here are some true stories of people who quit on the spot.


1. Signed, Sealed, Delivered

I got fired from a pizza delivery job once and was told I had to finish my shift on a Friday night. They said I was a “no call, no show” the previous day. There was just one problem. I hadn’t been scheduled. They wrote me in but didn't call me.

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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 screw that—and made the best decision of my life. I walked two doors over to the Chinese place and asked if they needed a delivery guy.

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I was hired on the spot. Plus I got free egg rolls.

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2. Got Burned

I was a restaurant manager, and the owner spilled scalding chicken noodle down the length of my entire body. It was so hot and painful to the point I had to strip my soaking boiling shoes.

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My reaction was to run around and scream. He told me, "If you keep cursing, I'm going to have to fire you"! But that wasn't the worst part.

I definitely needed medical attention, 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.

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I explained that it was against the law and gave him an ultimatum: either he fix it by paying my medical bills or I walk. 

He laughed, saying I had no control over it. So I walked. But I eventually got my revenge. Three months later after filing a suit, I supplied all the information needed to indict him on tax evasion, failure to properly insure, and failure to maintain a safe workplace.

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This and his other businesses had to be sold for him to afford the legal costs, my medical bills, and the mandatory restitution payments. The stupid idiot is still paying me out, and now that he's fulfilled his sentenced time, he lives in a relatively medium-sized town and we frequent the same locations, I consistently remind him of when his next payment is due.

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3. The IT Crowd

I quit a job on the first day. My role was supposed to be IT tech—but this idiotic company had no clue what IT techs were actually responsible for. 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 shattered on me and cut my hand open.

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I knew just what to do to get back at them. I dropped the box of fluorescents, shattering literally all of them, and walked out. 

I told my supervisor he needs to hire actual maintenance cause IT fixes computers.

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4. A Groomer's Nightmare

I worked at a dog grooming place for one day.

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My job was to give the dogs baths and dry them, and there were about five other, older employees back there with me. I have never seen such terrible treatment of animals in my life. The dogs were SCREAMING. The whole experience broke my heart.

The other employees would squirt shampoo and water straight into their eyes.

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The dogs were so desperate to escape the tub, they were pulling at the leashes until they literally choked. I got yelled at for not getting a Pomeranian dry enough, and the groomer took the dog herself and blasted it with hot, concentrated air. 

The dog obviously flipped out and started screaming and biting while trying to get away.

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She put the drying hose directly against the dog's skin, and the air was so hot it hurt my own hands. I quit that day and never went back.

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5. All Work And No Play

A large corporation I worked for kept “downsizing” the workforce but not the workload. Those of us who were left (team of 15 reduced to two) felt so lucky to have a job that we didn’t complain about taking on the jobs of three people, and we worked 60+ hours per week. 

The company hires a new department head and a couple of months later I have my annual review where he says, “We just need you to do more". My response caught them completely off guard.

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I stammered an abrupt "NO". No forethought. No plan. I just knew I couldn’t take on more. I couldn’t believe “no” came out of my mouth. 

We were both stunned. But that was effectively my two-week notice.

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6. Pitiful Promotion

I was working as an engineer for a big corporation.

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I was supposed to get a promotion to Senior Engineer at the start of Covid lockdowns, but they told me I wouldn’t get one because of Covid. Fair enough, but a couple of weeks later they told me our salaries would be reduced because the company wasn’t doing well. Not nice, but nothing I could do.

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A couple of months later, the company did something that made my blood boil. They promoted two Vice Presidents to Senior Vice Presidents and gave them a massive bonus. I then asked for my promotion and they told me that no promotions would take place under Covid.

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I waited a few more months until they finally gave me my promotion. It was laughable. The salary increase was £100 A YEAR. This 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.

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Screw greedy corporations. Of course, I forgot to mention that they removed all our bonuses during this time period, but management got it all.

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7. After Hours

My boss altered my schedule, but failed to tell me. When I showed up according to the previous schedule, I got reemed out.

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Someone had quit just before my three days off and I texted my boss to ask if he was going to need me those three days, and he said no. So Friday rolls around and I come in following the old schedule. 

The boss is there, he doesn't say anything about me being late, and I just work my shift like normal.

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Same thing on Saturday. On Sunday, I am ten minutes late because of traffic. It was my fault but I am rarely late so I figured I would apologize and that would be the end of it. My boss’s reaction was diabolical. 

He lays into me for being late three days in a row.

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Confused, I ask what he's talking about. He had changed the schedule on Friday/Saturday and apparently, I was four hours late for both those shifts. When I pointed out I wasn't informed the schedule changed and I even asked him on Tuesday if he needed me.

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He replied, "It's your job to know when you should be here". I just laid my keys on his desk and left.

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8. Too Old For This

It was a CNA job for a nursing home. I worked for my facility for three years faithfully. We got bought out in the third year—and the changes made were devastating. They cut staffing, supplies, and kicked out patients that weren’t “money makers”. I went through Covid with these guys and kept expecting things to get better.

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Then came the last straw.

I arrived to work one day and there was just me and one other nurse to look after a whopping 29 patients. They expected eight baths to be done and almost half of my patients were in lifts. Three-quarters were incontinent. I called my boss in tears because there was no way I could take care of all these people.

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I told him it was against policy to do this. I told him it was poor treatment of elders. I begged him to send someone in to help me. His response was chilling. He laughed in my face and told me that our state doesn’t specify the number of patients a CNA can take care of so therefore what he was doing was allowed.

He told me, "There's no help coming, so just figure it out". I quit right on the spot.

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I told the nurse I’d finish my shift because I cared for these people for three years and they deserved more. I finished my shift and quit right after.

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9. Do It For The Dough

The very first day of pizza delivery job was a downright nightmare. It was my second or third delivery of the night.

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On the walk from the car to the apartment, in the apartment complex courtyard, I was approached by two men. They hit me in the head several times, knocked me to the ground, took the pizza and the money bag, and ran. Good thing they didn't take the car.

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This was in 1989, so it was long before smartphone apps. I went back to the pizza shop and quit on the spot—but I was in for another surprise. The owners were very kind, they took me to the ER to be checked out, they paid for the hospital visit, and they totally understood why I'd want to quit.

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10. In The Mines

Let me preface this by saying the mine was shutting down within four weeks anyways...Sand mines have things called "screen towers" which is essentially a tall (60-foot) sifter where the sand gets shaken and separated. It was a Minnesota January, -11 degrees out with 25+ MPH winds so it felt like nearly -40 degrees.

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That fateful day, we ran into some trouble.

The seals went out on the screen tower and we can't run without it. So the six of us went up there in the godawful cold, replaced the seals, and started it back up. About three hours total, 60 feet up in the air, howling winds.

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It was absolutely MISERABLE. 

Now, even though we pleaded with the mine superintendent that we need high-temp seals even though it was terribly cold (those things get to be a few hundred degrees), he made us use the low-temp seals as he figured extremely cold=low temp seals.

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...but they're typically used in water screens where near extremely cold water is constantly running over them.

About 15 minutes after it started back up, the seals failed....as we predicted, and he wanted to send us right back up there for another two to three hours because he was stubborn and didn't listen because he was the one with the apparently meaningless engineering degree, and we were just lowly heavy equipment operators.

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I went to my locker, grabbed my stuff, and just drove out of there. I didn't tell a soul. When he called about 20 minutes later, I told him there was no way I can fathom working for someone like him for another minute. I did have a job offer from a mine in Texas so I gave them a call on my way home, told them I accepted, and was down there two weeks later.

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11. Order Up

I'm not the first person to quit their fast food job and I won't be the last. We had two cooks and myself during the day shift. I was running front line, drive-thru, and fry station by myself for four hours straight. I couldn't keep up. For four hours, I was struggling and getting yelled at by customers because of their wait.

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My manager decided at that point to come out and help the two cooks...I watched her do that so she didn't have to deal with the irate customers for another hour, until I cracked. The last customer I spoke to was screaming at me in the window for having to wait ten minutes to get his food.

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I just walked up to my manager and gave her the headset and walked out. 

I sat in my truck in the parking lot and had a full-on panic attack for an hour before I went home. I was going through a very rough time at that point in my life and just couldn't handle it anymore.

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That was probably the only time in my life I ever had an actual panic attack. It was not fun at all.

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12. Schedule Scrum

I had rugby practices on Saturdays, so I told my bosses that was the only day I couldn't work. That was fine for months until I found myself rostered on a Saturday a few weeks in advance.

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I told the manager I couldn't do it and reminded her of my sports commitments. She said she would amend it. 

The following week I noticed I was still rostered on that coming Saturday. She wasn't in at the time so I left a message saying that there might be a mistake because I was still rostered on.

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I received a reply in capitals saying something along the lines of "You're rostered to work 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Saturday, come in then or don't come in at all". 

So, I left that afternoon and didn't return for another shift. I received calls and messages for about two weeks asking when I would be returning, but never answered or replied to any.

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13. Flapjack Faux Pas

It took me only five minutes to quite my job at IHOP. I applied for the job, got hired, and was told to come back a few days later to start. At the time, I had a full beard, and I figured it would be a good idea to trim it up a bit before my first day, so I shaved it down.

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I walk in on my first day, and the manager who interviewed me started telling me about how they were going to take X dollars out of my paycheck to cover the meal I was allowed to eat while working. That sucks. I come to work to make money, not give it away, but I can live with it.

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The next thing he said, however, was the nail in the coffin.

Then the manager kind of pulls me aside and tells me, "I told you to be clean-shaven during your interview. You need to take care of that". I was taken aback. He'd told me no such thing.

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So I calmly said, "No, you didn't mention that, but I'll”... and he cut me off with, "Yes, I did".

I have no problem being clean-shaven. I have no problem following the rules of the place I'm working. I do have a problem working with people who can't admit even the possibility that they made a mistake and then double down on it.

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If he'd said, "Oh, I thought I did mention that”... then everything would have been fine. 

I instantly saw what working for this guy was going to be like, so I took off my IHOP shirt, handed it back to him, and told him this wasn't going to work out.

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I never got paid for those five minutes, and I didn't eat at an IHOP again for something like 15 years.

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14. What A Tool

I was working at Goodyear. It was well beneath my skill level, but they were hiring when I needed a job. Their lead tech had to leave because he tore his bicep.

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The same day they fired the guy below him on the totem pole for lighting up on his lunch break. I was assigned all the technician duties. Anything more complicated than an oil change came to me.

I asked if this came with a raise or a promotion and the boss said, "Bring me two ASE's, and three local seminars and I'll give you a promotion, a dollar raise, and a percentage of the work you do". I didn't have enough money for the racket that is ASE testing, and seminars were $200-$500 a person.

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They hired a new guy from a Firestone across the street.

He couldn't do technician work to save his life, he blew a couple of main fuses on some cars but could bust tires like nobody's business. Several times a week I was coming in to fix his mistakes or bail him out of a job he was not qualified for and did not have the tools for—but the madness didn’t stop there.

The boss called a storewide meeting.

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The new guy got promoted "In recognition of his service in the industry". No ASE's. No seminars. Something in me snapped. I gave my notice I was quitting right then and there. The boss called me later as I was leaving for the day and begged me to stay because he realized no one else was qualified to do work beyond tires and oil changes.

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He offered a dollar raise if I brought two ASE's in. I laughed and reminded him that's what he offered me several weeks ago, then told him just for that I was going back in to pack my tools.

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15. Not My Job

When I was 19, I worked as an assistant store manager at Papa John's, but was doing above and beyond my job description.

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I was doing nearly everything the General Manager should have been doing: scheduling, inventory, ordering, counting drawers/cashing out drivers, taking deposits to the bank, covering when people called out, working open to close on a regular basis…literally doing his entire job.

After a busy Friday night I just walked into the back office and had a fantastic conversation I will never forget:

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Me: "Hey man, unfortunately, I won't be able to come in tomorrow". 

Manager: "Oh, got plans or something"? 

Me: "Nope. I actually won't be able to come in Sunday either, or any day after that”. 

Manager: "What do you mean"?

Me: "I mean I quit. Good luck, see ya". 

I slammed my keys down on his desk and strode toward the exit sign.

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I never looked back.

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16. Money Talks

When I was 15, I started working at the local convenience store. It was only my third day. The manager patted me on the head as I cleaned shelves. Then later the same day, he called me into his office. What he told me shook me to my core:

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He accused me of taking money.

The cash register I had used the previous two days had not added up right because I had made a lot of mistakes in using it due to a lack of training. That and several other staff were dipping in and out of my till all day and I didn't know this wasn't normal.

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In hindsight, it was probably all a pretext to get me alone in a private space. Nooooooope. That awful wage was not going to keep me here around this creep. See ya. I ran down the street crying and have never worked for anyone except myself since.

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17. Every Day I’m Hustlin’

I managed the medical records at a retirement home. My micromanaging supervisor, whom I hated, had retired but not recommended me for her position even though I knew as much as she did. They hired someone with zero experience off the street. I asked for time off to go to a conference for my side hustle and was told no.

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They said the State might come in and do their yearly inspection, and the new manager had never been through one before so I needed to stay. They cut my hours due to a declining patient population, but the new manager reported I'd been missing shifts (not that she'd cut my hours).

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 I was so done with this place.

I walked in during the morning meeting, threw the keys on the table, told them I didn't work for liars and left. My side hustle went full-time. Never looked back.

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18. Brain Pain

I had a job mostly driving and a lot of heavy loading and unloading.

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I got a concussion while working (my fault, I wasn’t paying attention and was rushing) and was not feeling right while on the road. I got pulled over and asked to be picked up to go to see a doctor. But my co-workers were rude about it, and my boss gave me so much attitude, which was pretty discouraging.

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The doctor confirmed a concussion and told me no driving, heavy lifting, or repetitive up and down movements for two days. My boss then says he was putting me on light duty in the warehouse. That was the moment I knew I had to leave. The warehouse is absolutely not light-duty.

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They paid well enough that we had enough saved to cover a couple of months. So, my wife suggests I just take some time off and look for something new. I had a backup plan if nothing came up. I never showed up the next day. I’ve never quit a job like that before and probably never will again, but it was a pretty awesome feeling. 

I already knew I wasn’t going to stay, I was not a good fit and it was affecting my home life…the worst job I ever had. Plus I got to spend a whole month and a half off with our three-month-old.

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I feel like it did a lot for our bond…and the whole situation put me where I am today, I suppose.

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19. Bussin’

My mom helped me get a job at a brand new bistro in our neighborhood. I started out as a busser in hopes of moving up to a server position.

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The pay was horrible (tips were meh...and obviously under-reported), but it was a job while I was in school, and the hours weren't too bad. 

They had me work Easter (with a bonus) at their country club a couple of months in with a couple of the other wait staff from the bar/bistro.

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It was buffet style, so the wait staff and my single busser self were supposed to all be grabbing plates that were finished from tables. 

MOST of the wait staff from the bar/bistro hid in the kitchen and ate the food the whole time while I and some of the permanent staff from the country club cleared tables with one or two of the bar/bistro staff helping once in a while.

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There were over 40 tables for four people...plus the other three to four hiding. 

When I got my payslip, I asked the food runner what he was paid for the holiday. He told me a sum over $120 more than what I got (which was about $120) and about $100 off from what he overheard the wait staff getting.

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He told me my pay for what I did was abysmal, and I agreed with him.

So I went to the boss to ask why my pay was so low, considering I did the majority of the work while everyone else hid and ate except the permanent staff.

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His answer was demented. He told me I wasn't worth what I had received. I told the other busser I was sorry and I put my badge and keys on the counter and walked out of there leaving them with one busser for the rest of the day.

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Both of us (boss and I) were servicemen at the time, from different branches, but that level of disrespect from another service member was just another level on top of it all. I called my mom on the way home to tell her what happened, and she quit within a month after me.

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She was one of their best waitresses and a bartender.

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20. Head Count

In December 2019, the census was looking for part-time workers for the 2020 census. Some global things happened in early 2020 which postponed all the census work. I thought it would be a fun thing to do in the spring, but instead, we didn't get on-boarded until August.

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I did all the training, got the equipment, and did my first day. But it was the absolute WORST right from the start. It was over 90 degrees. I drove around (my addresses were spaced out, not walkable) for around three hours doing 30 addresses, and only had three people answer the door.

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The second day was more localized. It was 90+ degrees again. 

I walked to ten different houses with no answer before I told myself, "This is ridiculous. I don't need this job, this was supposed to be a fun little side thing to do but this blows". So I walked home and texted my field supervisor that I quit.

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She didn't even act surprised or give any pushback. 

She just set up a time that I could meet her to hand over all my stuff back to her. Little side thing about quitting: All the Census stuff was done on a Government issued iPhone. When I returned all of the items I did not include the headphones from the iPhone.

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She made me drive back home and get the (used) earbuds to return.

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21. Just The Tip

I used to be a server at PF Chang's—and working there was a wild ride. At the time, we'd gone through two General Managers in one year, and were on our third. He decided to make this rule that if you had a party of eight or more you had to have two servers and split the tip.

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It was this random rule he had made when we had a bunch of servers that sucked and couldn't handle large parties on their own. But for the veterans, we basically refused to do it because we would always be paired with a crappy server and end up doing ALL the work anyway.

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They just became glorified food runners. 

I have no problem tipping out my food runners but splitting the tip....no. So among the good servers/veterans we would pretend to partner up and just serve the table as normal. Of course, we would help each other if needed but no splitting the tip (unwritten rule).

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Now to the story. It was a lunch shift. Super slow. 

One of the idiot servers was "working", meaning she spent most of the shift in the bathroom or talking to BOH. A party of eight walks in. I had to partner up with her because the General Manager was standing right there.

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She got water for the table and then she disappeared. 

She reappears when they settle the bill and looks me straight in the face and says, "Ohhhh how much did WE get”? This is why I know she was high. "We?!?! No. I'm not splitting this”. She goes to the General Manager who KNOWS she didn't do anything.

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He watched me take care of the table myself.

He comes over to me and says, “You have to split the tip”. I said, “No, she didn't do anything but get water”. And he says, “I don't care, that's the rule”. I said, “She ain't getting nothin’ and cash me out now. I'm done.

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And if you don't give me the full tip, I'm calling corporate”. I waited for 10 minutes and then I just left with the full bank plus my tips. 

I later found out through my friends/coworkers that I only owed $30 or something so they weren't going to charge me for taking the cash or anything.

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The "I don't care" comment made me so angry. It's literally your job! I don't regret it to this day!

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22. Prime Time

I was working for a small warehouse business which is the middleman between Chinese companies and Amazon (ie, they put the barcodes on Amazon Prime shelves). It was run by three females and one man.

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This place was a gong show with no health and safety and no system for their warehouse racking or storage for items.

Two of the females (one being the wife of the man who owned the company and co-owner) moved some things around and the next thing I knew he came up to me and started shouting at me calling me an idiot.

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That was strike one—but it was about to get worse.

As well, three of the girls I worked with were like a high school clique. They were super mean and often spoke to me like I was an idiot. The next week, I was using a pump truck to help put pallets in place so the forklift could come along and put them on a lorry.

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The male owner snatched my pump truck from me whilst I was in the middle of doing this job, whilst calling me useless. I went, "You know, what screw you! Screw this place", all whilst holding my two middle fingers up at him and I walked away. They conveniently forgot to pay me when payday came and I only got my money when I threatened them with ACAS.

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23. Tech Talk

I worked at a company where, every time I pointed out something incorrect about an interpretation regarding how technology works, they would always argue with me, their HEAD OF IT, that I was wrong, and I would always be proved correct. Quite often this would relate to stuff like how Google Ads works or algorithms, etc.

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Often they would still not heed my advice which would either result in me having an extra ton of work to do or in the company spending unnecessary money for services that weren’t needed, all because they don't listen to me. 

One day, I brought this up and the Managing Director of the company said, "When you don't agree with me, I don't trust that you are telling the truth". I knew just what to say.

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I told him, "If you don't trust me in this capacity, then you shouldn't still retain me to work in this capacity and I'll be tendering my resignation effective immediately". 

I just walked out of the office. Six months later, I ran into the Managing Director. He told me, "We regret not having you around because every IT guy we've hired has been a bust, and any other IT service we've tried is nowhere near as effective as we'd thought they'd be".

I dropped a final, "I told you so," and haven't seen any of them since.

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24. Double Up

I didn't quit on the spot as I gave a two-week notice.

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However, my co-worker did quit on the spot. He handed me 100% of his projects because they were punishing the other two PMs for lack of performance by scaling their projects back. He quit because he was way too overworked and got a $25k upgrade for 1/4 the effort.

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Too much is too much. The company got the Covid money, still laid off 30 employees, and left just four of us to run the company. They took the money and bailed on employees. I didn’t see them for a year and they came back with $100k+ cars and bragging about new vacation homes they were both building on a golf course in Florida. 

Of course, they sold the company and it is officially a dumpster fire.

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Only three original employees are left and sales will definitely not break $4m after it was at $25m when they bailed.

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25. Garbage Man

I'd been out of the Marines for a couple of years, and I had previously done IT work in California. I couldn't afford to live there anymore so I moved back to Ohio.

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I couldn't find a job in the dinky town I'd moved to and had burned through everything I had saved, so I went to a staffing agency. 

They got me set up with a job doing picking at a recycling center. It wasn't bad—but there was one part of the job I just couldn't handle. There's basically a conveyor belt that brings a bunch of garbage through and you have to pick out all the things that aren't specific metals.

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It was 12-hour shifts standing in the same spot bent over all day, and my back couldn't handle it. I think I lasted two or three weeks. I was ashamed and embarrassed but I am grateful I had gotten that job. The paycheck got me through until I could find something more suitable for me.

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26. Power Trip

Covid turned my boss into a megalomaniac. He didn't have Covid, he just wanted to jump on every possible opportunity to exploit it. He had become increasingly unhinged over a period of weeks. One day called me out of the blue for the dumbest reason.

Apparently, I hadn't completed a checklist or something he had sent me, and he treated me like a child caught by a teacher.

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Incredibly patronizing and nasty. Something inside me just snapped. I quit on the spot, and that is how I went from a work-from-home job to a warehouse job in the middle of a pandemic. 

Naturally, he immediately went into the whole, "Let's not be hasty, maybe we can work something out" routine, but I wasn't having it. Was it worth it?

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1,000 times over. Now I'm back in my old profession working for a competitor.

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27. Workin’ 9-5

I worked at a restaurant for about six months, working my way up from dishwasher/salad maker to line and prep cook. The head chef was always talking about how he is "worker-friendly" and "will get you the schedule you want". It wasn't long before I realized that this was a downright lie.

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Six months later, and had not had more than a few days off with my fiancée despite multiple requests. She worked 9-5, I worked 4-11, so we barely saw each other. Finally, a full-time prep position opened up which allowed me to work days instead of nights and have full days off with my partner.

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I was thrilled. 

I told friends and family about it. I was working on new recipes at home. It lasted a week. The head chef hired someone that they knew to replace me on the line working nights. One week later he sent me a long text saying how "going forward" I was better working random nights on the line and the new guy was taking my prep shift. 

I texted back "I quit". They were like "What! Why"? I couldn’t help but laugh. A few months later they fired the guy they replaced me with.

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I got a kick out of that. I have a much better job now too.

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28. Curtain Call

I used to work for this small drapery shop as a warehouse guy. I had only been there a year, hired as a cutter/shipping guy, but due to others leaving, I had effectively become the warehouse stock manager.

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But the pay never reflected that. There was a weird lull in the year where others had quit and new people needed to come in.

I live in a college town and the owner liked to only hire cheap college students. When it came down to just me running solo, I asked for a raise to match the work I was doing.

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All he offered was a 25¢ raise. I quit on the spot after he told me that. The same boss spent months on vacation but couldn't afford a legitimate raise for his best—and at the moment, only—employee. Screw that guy.

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29. On Your Knees

I was in a supermarket, stocking shelves with newly delivered products.

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The manager insisted people not sit on anything to reach the lower shelves, so we had to sit on our knees. This turned out to me a disastrous decision for me. At some point, this caused a lot of fluid to build up in my knees, making them quite painful.

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I called in sick for my shift and went to the doctor who confirmed it was likely due to the work conditions. Later that evening, I went to a theater play my mother was in—sitting on a chair, was OK'd by the doctor. Apparently, the manager had come to our house and noticed I wasn't home, so he left a letter requiring me to come in early the next morning to explain myself.

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He never saw or heard from me again. I had my work clothes at home and they were technically company property. I never got asked to return them and I never did. Sometime later, I started the same job at a different supermarket and when the floor manager saw me clumsily trying to fill a bottom shelf he asked me why I didn't just grab something to sit on from the storeroom.

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I immediately made a much better impression and I worked there for quite a while without any complaints.

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30. Snooze Fest

I worked in a factory, with three-day shifts, one free day, and then three-night shifts. It's a cycle, every shift is 12 hours. We were working with very old machines.

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Time is money in that factory, you can't sit around and do nothing, you have to work non-stop. But that wasn't why I quit.

I left because the machine was always breaking, and the mechanic was always sleeping, he wasn't there on the spot when we needed help, and my colleagues were always taking smoking breaks—like eight in a shift, and for 10 minutes, on top of their 20-minute lunch break.

When the machine had a bad day, we made about $14 per shift.

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The highest per shift was $50, and that was only once every two months. The average per shift was $27. There were months when I got only $450. I worked there for eight months, walked into the office part of the factory, and told them that I quit. 

She asked why, like she didn't know anything about the situation.

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31. Tax-Free

Day one, I quit on the spot. The manager/owner was so weird and I was convinced there was no way he was going to pay me. He hired people who were very slow and struggled. I think he was hoping I would be their leader. It was a general labor-type job.

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He was “managing” the money for the employees and gave them cash when they needed it.

I confronted him when I realized I started but never filled out any tax forms and he didn’t even have my SSN. He said he would work the same deal with me and I wouldn’t have to pay taxes. I quit on the spot and demanded my money.

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He refused and said I didn’t work there. I said I was walking to the parking lot and I was calling the IRS. 

He handed me some money. However, that wasn't enough to stop me from getting my sweet revenge. I called the IRS and reported what was going on anyways.

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32. No Show

Fresh out of college, I went to work for a company where I had spent every break of at least five days over the prior three years, doing good stuff and improving their processes. This was back when 8-bit machines were common office equipment, and knowing how to do anything more complex than basic typing or Lotus 1-2-3 data entry with them made you a wizard.

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And I was very good, creating complex spreadsheets, writing custom software that let account reps do in five minutes what had previously taken half a day, etc. At the end of my final spring break, they said to come back in June and they’d create a role exclusively for me to continue doing my magic to make them better competitors.

I went back in June.

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.. I was in for a world of disappointment. They made me a file clerk. A) Not what was promised. B) Not what I enjoyed. C) I really wasn’t good at it. Told the office manager I wasn’t happy a couple of weeks in, and he told me to give him a couple more days and then we’d chat. 

He set up a meeting specifically for that chat.

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The day came…and he wasn’t in. He wasn’t sick, he didn’t reschedule. He just wasn’t there. I let the office’s HR person know about the situation and then left. The office manager was furious when he found out, he called me and tried to beg me to come back, and was apparently stunned when I said no.

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A few months later I walked in off the street and got a job at the place I have been ever since.

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33. Big Ask

I worked for a generic parcel delivery service. I'll never forget when my boss tried to ake advantage of me. He told me before starting my shift that I owed the company $800 for damages to company motor equipment, which is against the law to ask where I am from.

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Nevertheless, needless to say the puppet had a REAL good double shift that day. 

I immediately ran to the work court to submit a complaint. I didn't even have to go up to the judge. The thing was settled in no time and they don't do that anymore.

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34. Extra Credit

I loved working for this company, and I'd been with them for four years. I would go in early every morning, stay late if need be, I came in on my days off and worked six days if they needed the help. I was good at what I did and I loved the company so it never bothered me.

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My manager had hired her own daughter a couple of years back and when her daughter got a new job, my manager kept her daughter on the payroll books just in case her new job didn’t work out. Her daughter was coming back to work for the company and I happened to be offered a job elsewhere where the opportunity was too good to pass up.

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I sat down with my manager and gave her a month's worth of notice left of me working for her full time, though because I loved working there so much I asked if it was possible to take her daughter’s old position of still being on the payroll and I could work a weekend here and there to help them out. Her reaction was brutal.

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My manager told me the position suddenly no longer existed!! She typed up my resignation and made me sign it on the spot and made arrangements to promote a different staff member straight into my role. 

I was devastated and hurt that the company would hate on me like that.

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Instead of fighting it/arguing my case, I wished them good luck as Christmas was two weeks away, and I walked out on the spot and enjoyed my Christmas break before starting my new job. It was the best thing I’ve done for myself.

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35. Wood-Work

I was a cabinet maker by trade at the time.

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I accepted a contract role fixing shoddy installs in a building with 16 apartments to go through. I did a walkthrough with the supervisor—and I couldn't believe my eyes. Believe me when I say it was some of the worst work I had ever seen. 

Some of the kitchens would literally have to be completely pulled apart and reinstalled to make them acceptable.

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He gave me a timeline that was so unattainable I literally laughed when he told me. I asked how many others would be working on them with me and I was told I was the only one. 

I asked if he was "freaking kidding me"? He was completely serious.

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I told him he had no idea what he was doing and left. I didn't even get my tools out of my car.

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36. The Checkup

I'm a welder/ fabricator and quit my job after about four or five work days. This place had a fairly large workforce (over 100 people on the shop floor) and had recently moved workshops.

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Some corporates came from another state to do a health and safety audit on the place and decided to ask me why certain things were not up to standards.

After trying to explain to them that I was a temp worker who had been there for four days, and I felt like this was not my responsibility, they carried on trying to berate me.

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I was already done with this job, but I made sure to wait around in the break room until th eend of the day. I wanted to get paid.

Also, the health and safety officer who worked full-time at the workshop happened to be off on the same day.

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37. Road Trip

I had just got a new girlfriend a few weeks prior. My job was as a delivery driver for aerospace parts. Most of my driving was in metro LA and our shop was more inland empire. I was coming back from my last trip a little early around 7:

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30 pm, and along the way, I called my new girlfriend and told her I'd be at her place in about 30-45 minutes.

I pulled into our shop, and they wanted me to run back down to LA with some parts that were getting expedited. I told my immediate supervisor that would bring me back late, and I got PLANS.

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His response made me see RED: "I don't care, we need to get these down there ASAP". 

I took the truck fuel card and my badge and threw them on the flatbed trailer, and said, "I'm not going back down there tonight". Supervisor: "Are you sure you want to do this”? Me:

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"NO, but I'm NOT going back down there TONIGHT". He said "OK", took my cards, and jumped up in the truck, and did it himself. 

I went in early the next day to get my last check and bounced.

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38. Sharing Is Caring

I get an interview for a data analysis/mining job.

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I go to the interview. After repeatedly dodging my questions about their business, they finally admit they are one of those companies that advertises timeshare properties—come and listen to our sales pitch and win a free gift. 

They need someone to mine prospect data and create their mailing and phone list.

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I got out of there. I didn't even collect my free gift.

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39. Injury Free

My job was cold-calling people about injury claims. "Have you been injured in the past three years"? That kind of thing. The thing that really irked me was that all of the people I called in those 20 minutes were polite, said they're not interested, and they were just sitting down for dinner.

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I knew in my bones that this was the worst job ever. I just wasn't cut out for it, and knew I never would be. I left after 20 minutes and just walked out the door without a word.

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40. Birthday Bummer

I worked at a grocery store when I was in high school and told management I needed a day off for my girlfriend's birthday.

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I told them about a month in advance. No worries, right? WRONG.

The manager leaves and the new manager tells me I have to work that day. I told him I had already requested the day and made plans so I wouldn't be coming in. His response was that I was fired if I didn't come in.

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I told him if that was the case then I just quit.

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41. Super Man

A while ago, I used to work as a line cook at a very trendy sports bar. On the first day they had me train with a guy who didn’t speak English for two hours. Not a huge deal.

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Mostly you observe people in a kitchen and that’s how you learn. The owner came back and said she was scheduling me to be alone the next day....which was Super Bowl Sunday. 

I got out of there so fast. Left right then and there.

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42. Knock Knock

I went into an office for an interview.

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They said they had several positions available and I wanted to do some admin stuff...well, after the interview they told me to get in a van to do the next part of the process. Turns out we drove an hour away so I could shadow one of their door-to-door salespeople.

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They would ask residents to go into their basement to check their hot water heaters to see if they were eligible to replace them with their companies own. I felt pretty uncomfortable about this and pretty annoyed that my whole day was gone doing this. 

The worst part was the girl I was shadowing spent half the day sitting around in the truck reading magazines and waiting for people to come home from work.

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I was sort of asking questions about the job and she got defensive and said, “Well I decide if you get this job or not”, to which I replied, “Yeah I don't know if I want to do this”. 

But she kept insisting that it was her who decided if I worked.

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I don't think she understood I meant that I didn't want to do this stuff. Just a waste of a day.

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43. Got Schooled

I found out that the educational assistance they touted in their advertisement applied only to full-time employees and that they defined full-time as no fewer than 40 hours, and kept anyone who would apply for that assistance from ever being qualified for it.

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Unfortunately, none of this was advertised and the people I interviewed with assured me, a college student, that working 21 hours a week would get me the benefits. It was all a lie. Too bad I read my contract before signing it and called them out. Don't lie to your employees, especially during an interview on something that can be easily and swiftly disproven.

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If you're willing to lie to me about this, what else are you willing to lie to me about?

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44. Game Boy

I was interviewing for a contract position at a very small game development company, and they told me they were looking for someone to help finish up an existing project.

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But then I saw what they were talking about. Literally, the game looked like it was made in MS Paint. As if they had just hired some random guy off the street and asked them to make some art for them.

Granted it's a mobile game and sold for the standard 99 cents, so maybe that's not the worst, but the game itself doesn't look engaging at all either.

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But I figured, worse comes to worst I could make some money on the side with some low-effort work. Then they told me that my pay would be a percentage of the sales. I got right out of that one.

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45. Secret Ingredient

I worked in a bakery. It was my first day, so I got there in the morning to meet everyone.

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Then they have me grease up baking trays for the others to fill. I lift up the first tray and like ten to 15 cockroaches just scatter everywhere from under the tray. I told the guy showing me the work that there were cockroaches and he just shrugged.

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This was all in the backstore, and customers were about ten feet away. So I tell the guy that I'm not feeling too well after about an hour of doing that and I head to the bathroom. When I came out I told him I couldn't do that job and he told me to get a real job then, so I left and got myself a “proper” job somewhere else.

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46. Peep Show

I had an interview at what I thought was a regular steakhouse in a new town I had just moved to.

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The interview went well. It was just before the restaurant opened so it was pretty empty. At the end, a waitress starting her shift walked by in chaps and a thong. Turns out that was their uniform. The manager called like 30 minutes later saying I got the job.

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I had to politely decline that one.

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47. In Hot Water

I worked for a well-known Australian plumbing company in the call center, booking jobs. I had a call come in from a desperate single mother. Her pilot light had gone out on her hot water system and she hadn't had hot water for over a week.

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She couldn't afford the repairs and had just been doing her best to cope. One of our technicians was already at her neighbor’s property, so she approached him for help.

He followed procedure and gave her the number for the call center, assuming since he was already next door, that we could waive the $150 call-out fee and he could, at the very least, assess the problem and give her a quote for repairs.

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Well, my operations manager refused, saying she would cost the company, etc, etc. But then it got even worse.

By this time the woman on the phone was in tears, extremely upset, and my ops manager said, "Well, I guess she can decide what a hot shower is worth", with a big smirk on her face. I packed up my desk and walked out.

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48. Which Way

I was working as a personal assistant to an ad agency exec. He sucked at people skills, and he had a ridiculous rule. He expected me to sit at my desk until he went home at eight, despite me coming in at nine. He came in around noon.

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My father was sent to emergency for heart problems. I went to tell the exec that I needed to go to the hospital immediately.

His reply was, “No, I need directions first”. It was directions to a place he’d driven to the day before. Another power trip and I was done with them and him.

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I walked out of his office, and packed up my stuff. I walked out of the building as he paged me continuously. My coworkers knew I was quitting and all stayed quiet as they heard him calling my name. Screw you, Frank. And your snobby wife.

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49. It’s Been A Slice

Working at a late-night pizza place as a driver, the shift manager kept sending his BFF on double and triple runs, and sending me on single far away runs.

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I protested, but the shift manager blew me off, then sent his BFF to do the Ford truck plant lunch deliveries alone—it was like eight orders. That was my final straw. I spent the next couple of hours fixing myself pizzas and chicken wings and food and taking it to my car.

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I took like eight pizzas I wrapped in plastic wrap, several bags of frozen chicken wings, frozen bags of French fries, six 24 packs of sodas, six 24 packs of beer, and a large box full of family-size packs of Double-Stuf Oreos. I told the shift manager I didn't do anything for prep that I was supposed to for that night because he's a piece of work.

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I hope he enjoys the extra work. I quit.

They tried to screw me on my last paycheck, saying it didn't come in. I told the main manager he better pay me now or I'm going to report them for selling booze to minors—another thing the awful shift manager did for his BFFs. My paycheck manifested very shortly after that.

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The restaurant closed less than a year later.

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50. The Worst Students Imaginable

After months of no administrative support, I walked out of a high school science class. The students had all been throwing pencils at me while I was trying to teach and I just went numb. 

Every time I told the principal about the semester-long disrespect from students, she responded with, "Yell at them," or "It's a low-level course, so what do you expect"? or, "I just don't believe that behavior would happen". I began to gradually bring home personal items, and by the day the pencils flew, I had enough.

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So, I went to the office, resigned, and never looked back.

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51. I'll Never Forgive Him

The owner of the mom-and-pop store I managed amused himself by being horrible to us all. One day, I passed by an accident on my way to work. But when I got a closer look at the wreckage, my blood ran cold.

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I realized it was my fiancé's car, and turned around. 

The medic told me he was still alive but unconscious, and they didn't know the extent of injuries yet. They told me where they were taking him, so I followed them in my car. I called the owner crying while following the ambulance, and said I wasn't coming in that day and told him why.

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He said if I didn't come to work the very next day, he'd "bust me up as badly as my fiancé just busted his own body"! Direct quote. I will remember it forever. I hung up and never went back to work.

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52. An Inflexible Workplace

This happened to my first wife.

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We were married and she got a job working in the office for a local contractor. The job really stressed her out, and the pay was terrible. But she decided to stick it out.

Then, one day the owner came in upset—and the reason why was ridiculous. Apparently, an employee had a used a thin rubber band instead of a thick rubber band on the outgoing correspondence. He started lecturing the entire office.

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He was 10 minutes into his rant when my wife began to snicker.

Thinking the whole thing was just ridiculous, she started laughing. The old man got upset and said “you don't seem to be taking this seriously". She said, “I'm not. How can anyone take this seriously"? The old man said “Then maybe you don't really need to be working here". 

My wife simply said, “You're right. I don't.

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I quit". She picked up her stuff and left. They called her for months asking her to come back, but she just laughed and said no.

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53. Pack It Up

I was working in a warehouse job when I was 17 years old. We'd just moved into a much bigger warehouse and needed another store person.

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I had a friend, let's call him Greg, looking for work so I got him a job there. Turns out, this was a huge mistake. Greg was not very good at this particular job but Greg had a driver’s license to do deliveries to customers and I did not.

A month later, the warehouse manager gives me a heads up that apparently head office doesn't want to pay two people, and the head office wants to keep Greg because he has a license.

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This is a new warehouse with literally hundreds of pallets of items to unpack and put on shelves so I decided to just quite on the spot…good luck to them. But the cherry on top?

Greg only liked the job because he got to work with his mate, and with me gone, he felt no need to hang around.

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Greg emails his resignation that afternoon and leaves them in a lurch with 150,000 different items to unpack without a store person.

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54. Family First

A very well-known British fashion label pushed me out of seeing my ailing mother on her 60th birthday. I was put in an awful position and they knew it.

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My mum knew it and she was devastated but knew I had to. So I went to the stupid manager’s conference in Melbourne anyway—but their heartlessness knew no bounds.

When I returned, they tried to cheat me out of the time off I had booked to spend on our last-ever family holiday.

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I also needed to help pack up the holiday unit and bring the folks back—both had terminal cancer and weren't very well by the end of the week. After 15 minutes of back and forth with the area manager, I gave one week's notice. 

I informed them I was going to lunch.

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I walked to the local cafe, got myself a new job, and laughed with relief for the rest of the day.

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