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Take This Job and Shove It

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by SalixIncendium, Sep 14, 2021.

  1. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium अहं ब्रह्मास्मि
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    Tell me about a time you walked out on your job and why…
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  2. dybmh

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    I've never walked out on a job. But I worked 1 shift at sports bar as a cook and quit at the end of the day.

    The kitchen layout was a disaster; the dishtank didn't work properly, it only sanitized. So all the dishes had to be washed by hand then run through. I could just tell that working there was going to be nothing but frustrations.
     
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  3. Meow Mix

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    Long long ago in the before times, I had just moved out on my own to start college. I took a job at a call center (not my first job, I had a year between HS and college where I worked, I worked during HS as well). This was obviously before aphonia.

    It was the most awful job I had ever done. 8 hours a day of taking calls, just one call after the next, only ever stopping for two 15 minute breaks and a too-brief lunch. It never stopped: there were always people in line, so you knew as soon as you finished one, you'd get another.

    I remember hating it so much, it was so soul-sucking and mind-numbing that I dreaded waking up to go do it. I vividly remember how miserable it was and I use it as a measure today (if I ever feel like that again I'm changing something: people shouldn't wake up dreading existence every day, it's unconscionable).

    So one day I was finished with my too-brief lunch and I almost started crying when I realized I only had a minute until I had to punch in and take calls. I realized then that it wasn't worth it when I almost cried over just wishing for 60 more seconds of peace. A person shouldn't hate their job that much.

    So I just didn't clock in, and I felt relief wash over me. I gathered my things. Walked by the help desk, told them I was sorry, but that I was quitting, and I just left. The fresh breath of air when I walked out of that place was the sweet, sweet aroma of release.

    I got a serving job after that, which was also difficult at times, but despite being hard work, it was never even close to being as soul-draining as that call center job.
     
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  4. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Rival's Creepy Uncle
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    Never walked out on a job.
    I always gave notice, & left on good terms.
    Well, once....merely good enuf terms....which was useful
    later when working on a job elsewhere, I had reason to
    involve that former employer.
     
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  5. Debater Slayer

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    I once worked as staff on a forum called RF, and...

    Oh, never mind.
     
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  6. lewisnotmiller

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    Walked out on teaching, although I did it in the proper way. Burning bridges just isn't my thing.
    But I was 4 years into a career where I liked some aspects (working with kids) and didn't like others (some parents and some teachers were pretty annoying to me).
    I was getting paid based on years of experience, and getting responsibilities based on how well I was doing...those 2 things didn't mesh well, and I could see some burnt our senior teachers, and some others who cruised through.

    I didn't want to be either, and figured I could switch to IT (despite no quals...I mean...it was 2k) and eventually earn more, despite taking a massive paycut to get in the industry.
     
  7. Rival

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    I swear, teachers can be the absolute worst. They make the kids look like darlings.
     
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    I walked out on McDonald's when a manager was kicking sandwich wrappers around the floor and told me to sweep them.
    Arby's I walked out when a manager was barking out orders and making absurd demands, including "get down on your bands amd knees and scrub the pipes and tiles with that toothbrush." I went in the next day to discuss it with the store manager, and that manager got shipped out (lots of the crew had problems with her).
    I quit abruptly and without notice at a gas station when I got tired of being lied to, jerked around, and I found out I was cheated out of a lot of money.
    And the last time I did, I was working inventory, things were going bad, we had a lot of workers not show, all the team leaders and supervisors are trying their hardest to get help in there and my boss was sending people out. I told him to quit, that if he sent another car home I was going and he was finishing the inventory on his own. I walked. But I was high up in the company and he lacked a spine so I was fine.
     
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  9. Xavier Graham SA

    Xavier Graham SA God is Love, is love, is love. OM, AV KAH AHH!

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  10. Evangelicalhumanist

    Evangelicalhumanist "Truth" isn't a thing...
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    Have never walked out on a job.

    Once, though, when I was a Manager of IT in an insurance company, there was a Director who was, from what I learned from several employees, failing miserably. I took the Vice President out for a very good (and expensive) steak dinner and let him know that by the next day, he had two choices -- fire that Director or accept my resignation. I spent over 2 hours walking him through everything I knew.

    The next morning, when I got to work, all of the managers of my department were called to the boardroom, and it was announced that that Director had been dismissed, and that I was his replacement.

    In a financial institution, with all the rules about termination, that was incredibly fast. It would have kept the President of the company up until well after midnight, and involved several other people as well.

    Oddly, I slept well after my dinner -- I knew I had done the right thing, and I was fully prepared to be unemployed in the morning.
     
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  11. Orbit

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    I've never walked out on a job without notice.
     
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    What a coincidence. A coworker and I were talking about that song because that's how we felt today.

    Anyway, I haven't literally walked out but I quit my first job over the phone with no notice, due to how they were treating me since I was injured.
     
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  13. The Hammer

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    I walked in one day and just told my boss I wasn't showing up for work, ever again.

    Between full time college classes (all STEM at the time), and still working 37 hours a week, I couldn't keep up. My mental health started to tank and my boss refused to reduce my hours like I had asked.

    So I left.

    Don't regret. Don't plan on working for Starbucks again anytime either.
     
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    One thing to bear in mind when you are tempted to tell your boss where he can stick his job; he’s still got his job, it’s you that’s newly unemployed.

    That said, I walked out on a few. Only regret one of those times, and that’s because the firm I walked out on deserved better from me tbh.
     
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    Not always. Shortly after I left the gas station it was discovered the store manager was stealing from the store and pinning some of it on employees and vendors. And it what made it great was though he got away with stealing food, drinks, and even cartons of cigarettes, it was tubes of styrofoam cups he got busted over.
     
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    I remember there was another job. This one being an on call 24/7 driving job. Wasn't actually supposes to be like that and I never did get the promises one day off a week, and I was rarely cleared off the board (even when I should have) which made it so I was basically always on standby and not being able to do much.
    This was also when I first developed IBS, which means I hadn't discovered yet the foods making me sick. I also discovered I can have issues with low blood sugar. I called my boss one day practically pleading to be taken off the board at least until the afternoon the next day because my health wasn't doing well and I needed rest to recover (even for me I was very pale). That didn't happen.
     
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    I only had one job. It was common for people to leave before a year was up. It was almost unheard of that people stayed more than two years. I was there for more than ten.

    I warned my boss casually. Told her I was thinking of taking my husband up on his offer to be the breadwinner. Said I had a feeling my two weeks were coming. She gave me a strained smile and said I'd lose my seniority number(the one that lets you grab extra hours, that I had not used once in my ten years). "Lets be honest... when did I ever use that?" She shrugged and sighed. I put in my notice the next day.

    No hard feelings on either side, though. I was relieved to leave, but I missed some of the people I worked with. On my last day, I had a much larger coworker crawl in my lap when I sat in the old rocker in the main room. I had to pat his back and rock him like a baby and assure him everything would be alright.
     
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  18. Mock Turtle

    Mock Turtle Silent Generation - so don't expect much
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    Never walked out on any work but I did so when I was in the Scouts. There was a silly incident about some food at a summer camp, and where as a patrol leader I was supposedly responsible, such that later I was demoted - which I found rather humiliating and unjust. Later, and not so long after, I was again made patrol leader, but where I promptly left without a word. Vengeance is a dish best served cold was appropriate for me at the time - and often is. :oops:

    PS I was probably about to leave anyway since I was getting too old to be in the Scouts and had better things to do.
     
  19. Terrywoodenpic

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    I have never walked out of a job or been sacked. I have always found a new position first, and given notice.
    It is always far easier to find a new job when you are already in one.

    however I was once made redundant. but had a new job in a few days.
     
  20. ideogenous_mover

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    I quit McDonald's after a half day shift at 18. It wasn't too good, but I kinda wished I would of stayed. The problem was, they threw me right on the cashier / people job right away. And then, someone left, so I had to pack orders and do the cashier job. I just couldn't go back the next day after that

    This was before digital touchscreens, and all the buttons were worn out on the order selector, and it communicated to you in obscure abbreviations, like an old calculator.

    The problem with me not doing that, however, is now I'm stuck doing physical labor. If I'd have have stuck with mccdonalds, I could make money with my mouth instead of my precious hands, which are supposed to play music. I'd be better off if I could have worked my way into being a head car salesman or front of house person in a fancy restaurant. But here I am anyway with the manual labor stuff, might as well be grateful I got promoted with what I do now
     
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