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Manager orders ex-employee to work even after their official last day. They had the best response.

Quitting one's job is a huge step and it takes a lot of thought before we decide to do this, but not all endings are conclusive.

Manager orders ex-employee to work even after their official last day. They had the best response.
Representative Cover Image Source: (L) Pexels | Photo by Andrea Piacquadio; (R) Reddit | u/Alkuna

Editor's note: This article was originally published on August 23, 2023. It has since been updated.

Quitting one's job is a huge step. Generally, a lot of thought goes into the decision. Then, we move on and look for better opportunities for our overall well-being. But not all endings are happy or even conclusive. u/Alkuna shared one such story, where they had given their two weeks' notice and resigned already when their floor manager tried to make them work for some more time.

The author had an interesting reaction to this and they shared the full story on Reddit. They began the story with, "The year was 2016. I had worked as a stocker for a craft store for over a year. But when my dad retired, we were moving out of state. I handed in my two-week notice, slating the 18th of the month (a Wednesday) as my last day of work."

Image Source: Pexels | Shora Simazaki
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Shora Simazaki

They added, "I double check my schedule to make sure I'm taken off, and I see that I'm scheduled until the 20th; that Friday. Me: 'Hey, [Store Manager], I can't work the last two days. The 18th is my last day.' Store Manager: 'Oh, really? I thought you could work a few days after that...' Me: 'No, I'm moving out of state. We're packing up our last bit of stuff and leaving. It even says on my notice that the 18th is the last day I can possibly work.' Store Manager: 'Oh, okay. I'll fix the schedule.'"

u/Alkuna explained that although they were mildly irritated to have to argue their case, they chalked it up to their store manager getting things mixed up as usual and let it go. "I work my last few days, get hugs from the coworkers I'm friendly with, say goodbye to all the staff, and go home for the final time," they shared. However, that wasn't the end of it. "Thursday, the 19th, I get a call on my cell phone from the craft store's number," they revealed.

Image Source: Pexels | Photo by Anna Shvets
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Photo by Anna Shvets

OP continued, "'Floor Manager: '[My Name], where are you?!' Me: 'Home, packing the last of my stuff. The 18th was my last day. I told [Store Manager] to take me off the schedule.' Floor Manager: 'Well, I put you back on there myself. We need you for a few more days. You're supposed to be here now!' Oh, so it was [Floor Manager's] fault. She and I had butted heads often, to the point I reported her to corporate for trying to make me work off the clock."

The former employee was understandably irritated by this turn of events and once again made it clear that they would not be coming in to work. They also pointed out that the managers had two weeks to rearrange the schedule and have someone cover their usual shifts. However, the floor manager was not one to admit their mistakes. "The store does not arrange itself to YOUR schedule. This is a job, and you need to work when needed," they barked at the Redditor. The ex-employee responded: "Not anymore. I don't work for the store anymore. [Store Manager] even gave me my last paycheck."

"Floor manager: 'You don't get your paycheck until Friday, so you can knock off the lying. Get in here, and I'll THINK about not writing you up for this,'" they continued. "I was silent for about a heartbeat, stunned by the sheer idiocy. Then I burst out laughing. Loudly. And at length. The Floor Manager tried to yell at me, but I was laughing so hard that I couldn't stop to hear anything she said, so just laughed over her. When I caught my breath again, I said into the seething silence. 'I quit on Wednesday. I don't take orders from you anymore. Goodbye,'" the Reddit user concluded the post.

In all honesty, OP handled the situation quite well and did not tolerate unfair expectations from their previous workplace. 

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