Job hunting is weird. You spend so much time searching for and desperately trying to obtain a position, often just to get there and realize that can’t stand it.
That’s what happened to these folks on Reddit who quit their gigs immediately.
People who quit their jobs on the first day, what was your “I’m outta here” moment? from AskReddit
You can’t fire them, they QUIT.
1. I’ve been framed
I used to work at a craft store as a cashier, but quit when I moved. Ended up going back a couple years later to make some extra cash, but this time in the framing department.
During the interview they swore up and down I would only ever be a backup cashier because I said I refused to have full cashier shifts. First shift after interview is listed as framing, but I’m put on cash and told that actually most of my shifts would be cash since they’d found someone else for framing.
I spent the next six hours giving everyone who came to my register 20% off of everything and then never went back.
2. Kiss the cook
Wasn’t exactly the first day but I didn’t show up after the second shift. It was a rather popular cafe chain in my country. I was hired to work in the kitchen as a cook along with another, senior cook.
Let’s put aside the fact that I had zero cooking knowledge whatsoever, the senior cook was leaving the kitchen every five minutes to smoke. So there I am, alone in the kitchen, orders are printing FAST, and I’m standing there not sure what to do first, and the waitress comes over yelling at me to cook s**t I don’t have any business cooking, definitely not on my own.
Later on the senior cook told me they had at least two rats running around the kitchen. Showed me they pooped on a plate.
I never came back and I’m glad the place got shutdown.
3. Don’t be a wimp
I was 17 and working Pre-cast concrete. Refused to use a rusted to s**t ladder. Supervisor called me a p**sy, got up about 7 rungs before his foot went through one, heard his foot snap as he fell.
I called an ambulance and walked to my car in the parking lot
4. The forever break
On the first day of working at Amazon warehouse the managers broke down to Everyone how a 15 minute break works there.
Walking to the break room is 2 1/2 minutes. 10 minutes of actual break and then 2 1/2 minutes to go back to your stations.
It took me 2 1/2 minutes to walk to my car and I took a forever break.
5. The right tools for the job
Summer job working for a landscape architect.
Got to the job site and he asked me to dig a hole in some rocky dirt. I asked for a shovel. He didn’t have one.
I asked for a hand spade. He didn’t have one.
He told me to just dig the hole with my bare hands and then he drove off to another site leaving me completely alone. I dug for a little bit and then said ‘f**k this’ and left.
Had the job specified that I needed to supply my own tools I could’ve but it didn’t and I wasn’t going to work for somebody that expected folks to dig through hard, rocky soil with their hands.
6. The argument
I noped out of an interview one time. Thanked them at the end and said it wasn’t for me.
Those interviewing, management level folks, started arguing with each other in front of me during the interview.
I figured, if this is the vibe at the management level then I sure as h**l don’t want to be your employee.
Swept under my station when we were closing.
Giant brown pile came out with broom from under low-boy fridge.
Pile began to scatter.
It was hundreds of roaches.
8. I’m sensing a pattern…
Restaurant line chef. Worked a 12 hour shift, was given 2 breaks of about 10-15 min each. Burned my hand numerous times because they gave me plates that came right from the oven and never said a word.
End of the shift I told the head chef I was done.
He called me soft and Said I was the third person to quit on him after a day.
I said “maybe it’s the way you treat people”.
9. Don’t wanna know
I got hired at a very small knock off dollar store in an old, failing mall. The owner was foreign with a very thick accent. He told me I’d get $6 an hour but neglected to mention it was under the table. I spent about an hour stocking the very overly cluttered shelves before I was told to get more chips out of the back storage area. I walk back there and there’s about a dozen men sitting on boxes all crammed into a small back room. I asked where the chips were and these guys all glared at me. They started speaking in another language and rapidly motion towards me. Then one guy got up and asked what I needed.
I told him I was supposed to get a box of chips and he got a box out of the pile and handed it to me. The entire time these guys are all staring at me. Everything back there looked shady as all h**l and it was very uncomfortable.
A while later I had to use the restroom which was also in the back. These guys all just wordlessly glared at me while I went into the woman’s restroom. While I was in the restroom, someone tried to open the door. I was the only woman there.
The owner told me he wanted me to come back that night late in the evening well after the mall closed. I didn’t show up. I came in the next morning and lied about why I couldn’t work there. He still gave me the few bucks from what little time I did work. I don’t know what in the h**l that guy had going on there and I didn’t want to find out.
10. My 40 bucks
applied for a job at my longtime favorite restaurant(celebrated my birthday there every year).
Owner asks me to come in for basically a try out, as I communicated i was looking at other job possibilities. I come in and they just stick me on dishwashing for an hour, no biggie. Then there dishwasher doesn’t show up, so the kitchen manager asks me to stay one for their lunch rush, says I’ll get paid for the hours. I do, kitchen staff was nice so I was happy to help out even though i figured i’d be taking a different job. I fill out a timecard at the end of the shift and tell the manager I probably wouldn’t be back, he understands and thanks me for the help.
Fast forward a couple weeks and he tells me to email the owner after I ask him if i should pick up my measly paycheck. I do, she basically tells me to f**k off over text. Tells me it was “staging” and that she told me i wouldn’t be paid, I respond that I understand that but that I stayed an extra 3 hours which I WAS told i’d be paid for.
She stops responding, I decide I want to be petty over the 40 bucks so I get the state labor department involved, dude goes in there and makes her pay me for the hours including the first “staging” hour. Couple weeks later I got my 40 bucks, never went back to that restaurant.
11. The creep
I was a waitress, the only waitress, at a just opened diner. The boss didn’t have me sign any paperwork. Everything was under the table. But that wasn’t what made me quit at the end of the night.
In order to get me where he wanted me to go, he would pinch my skirt at my upper thigh, not quite the butt but very close, and pull me around like it was a leash. Needed me in the kitchen? Rather than call me. He would come out, pinch my skirt and pull to the kitchen. Needed me at the cash machine? Again, come over to where ever I was, didn’t matter if I was serving a customer, and would grab my skirt to pull me. That act in itself, made some customers uncomfortable.
Mind you, one couple left an almost 50% tip in the end. But I think it was more out of pity and embarrassment on my behalf. I was supposed to come in the next day but I called that night and said the job wasn’t for me. I came in a couple days later to turn in my apron and he just took a wad of cash out of his pocket and paid me then and there. God, he was creepy. I think it was a smart move to quit.
12. Getting to know you
Had an orientation for an alarm company. Next day manager calls and says don’t worry about going into the office and to meet at “Planet Hollywood” they like to get to know the employees better over lunch.
Next day I go into the office and another employee whom I had not met says “You must be “Scandal929.” I was like “ha”?
They responded “Light skinned, pretty boy” is how the manager described me.
In same conversation I found out no one else had ever been invited for a “get to know you” lunch.
13. A true fossil
It was a small independent insurance agency in 2006. My first day there the owner (a true fossil) said email and fax were strictly forbidden as he only ‘believed in’ communication in person, by phone, or through mail. Left for lunch and never went back. I couldn’t imagine the inefficiency I’d have dealt with had I stayed.
They ultimately closed their doors so it was definitely the right decision.
14. Never look back
I interviewed for a “professional marketing assistant” and got the job straight away. I was under the impression that I would be an assistant to the man I was interviewed by. When I showed up for my first day, the same waiting room I was in the previous day was FULL of people. I quickly learned that we were all hired, and that I would be a door to door salesperson selling some pretty useless s**t.
I spent my entire day inside a Starbucks applying for other jobs and went home, got paid, but never went back.
15. Trust your gut
Gas station. The manager gave me a weird vibe. I made it through the first day but didn’t go back..
Found out later he cornered another girl in the back of the store and she had to fight her way out.
Trust your gut.
*shudders* Some of those are downright creepy.
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