People have revealed some of the most interesting reasons that made them put their papers down and walk out of their offices.
It's tough when it comes to finding your dream job. Even if you end up scoring a high-paying job opportunity, you might end up feeling burnt out at your office. Or maybe you are overworked and underpaid and simply mistreated by your superiors or co-workers. This can make you deliberate about quitting your current job and looking for better job opportunities. Sometimes certain situations might even push an employee to walk out in the middle of their work shift. u/dativy asked the Reddit community to share their stories of simply getting up and quitting their jobs in the middle of a work shift and why they did that. Here are ten of the most interesting responses left by the netizens who did just that and they have zero regrets.
Day 2. The owner tells me that he pays taxes for us so he pays cash and it is after taxes. So 7.5 and not the 10/hour we agreed to. I walked out and called the IRS hotline to report fraud. u/Dyslexicideas. I had a lady who owned a subway do this to me, for like two weeks. She said she was getting my payroll straightened out and when I got my check, she took out “taxes” and she actually never paid them either so when I did my taxes there was no record of me working for her. She literally stole my money. u/Novel_Newt5251
I was looking for work and took anything I could find, unfortunately, the job I found was telemarketing. I hate myself too. Anyway the work sucked and I hated it, I always took no for an answer and that got me in lots of trouble. They kept putting me in a room with this old VHS tape on pressure tactics and never taking no for an answer. The tape went for an hour so I just had a nap instead. Thankfully I was also looking for work on the side and found/got a job at the local supermarket, so I knew I had a backup plan. The next time they put me in that room with that tape, I had a nap again and then when I came out they said, "If you have to go in there again your position will be terminated." I just said, "I'll save you the trouble, I quit." That really pissed them off because they were already understaffed. u/TheRealReapz
Dishwasher. I worked there for 2 weeks. The A/C for the kitchen and office both broke the day before I started. Office A/C was fixed the following day, and kitchen A/C 'wasn't a priority'. It was a heatwave in August, hitting 115° outside. The whole kitchen staff walked out. u/handandfoot8099. Honestly...maybe it was a '90s thing, but quitting seemed like being "lazy." Nobody ever told me you can just quit a bad job and companies will use people's hard work ethic (like mine) to exploit them. Working a job for two days and quitting was what "losers" did. No matter how hard or how dangerous the job, you worked. u/humanclock
Temp agency sent me for assignment to a small factory making furniture. 7 a.m. start time. At 7:03, while still waiting for some sort of foreman/supervisor to come over & say hello, here's what we do here, a couple of dudes start shouting at each other & it breaks out into full-blown fisticuffs. Yeah, I'd seen enough. Funny how I have a completely crystal clear memory of looking at the clock in my car as I drove away. 7:12 am. u/thrwawaythrwaway_now
I worked at a car wash during the winter in the wet tunnel. The manager got in my face for wearing a coat that didn’t have the company logo on it, but they didn’t make uniform coats. I cursed at him and then left. It gets below zero here regularly, I’m not risking my life or even my comfort for $12 an hour. u/BoobsCirca1942. I came to comment about the only job I ever walked out on. It was also a car wash, in the tunnel. The dude kept getting on to me about dumb stuff so I handed him the hose and said "Well here, now you can do it your way until you can find some other dog to kick" and walked off. u/OfferChakon
Dell computer sales 1998. They fired 90% of all the commission-making salespeople and replaced them with hourly workers from a temp agency. They then asked me to train them. I was like, “Maybe you should have trained them before firing everyone— why would I train them so you can fire me in 2 weeks?” I then grabbed my shit and noped out of there! u/Raspberies-Are-Evil. A similar thing just happened to them again. They laid off 6.5K workers many of whom were on my team when I worked for them (2019-2020, I saw some writing on the wall and bounced, maybe early but justified). They then brought in a ton of fresh college grads because they understood they could work these people to the bone. This layoff affected people who were there for 20+ years and it's all they'd known. u/Winstonpentouche
I was 17 and just finished mopping the floor at closing time and was walking out the door. The owner's son walked across the floor in boots covered in motor oil and told me to "mop this shit up" I dropped the mop on the floor and told him to do it himself. I was being paid minimum wage and wasn't going to deal with that. u/Dead_Hours. Similar situation. I started at a McDonald's because I was desperate. The first day, it was already 2 hours past the time I was supposed to go home, but they kept telling me I had to stay and wait (for what exactly?). Finally, they said to sweep the kitchen and go home. I swept into a big pile, and was about to put everything into the dustpan when the shift lead came by and said "Looks good!" Then she kicked the pile out and said "Now do it again." I made myself an ice cream cone and left. u/dark_wolf1994
I got a job at a new grooming salon in Petco. It was a commission-based job, and they still had a sign-out front saying "grooming salon coming soon." So, after a week of making no money, I came into work and the manager said, "You can't wear jeans here." "Ok," I replied, then turned around and walked out never to be seen again. He called a week later asking me to come back. I laughed and hung up. u/StrangeCitizen
Yes. FedEx Ground. Was a package handler making $12 an hour. The requirements were insane for the conditions they had us working in. One day, I told my sort manager that I was running to the restroom and he was like “C'mon, man. Can you hold it for another 45 at least?” I told him no, and went off to the bathroom. I was already fed up with the job, but that was the tipping point for me. I got out of the bathroom, walked to the time clock, clocked out, and left. A month later, at my new job, I got a call from FedEx Ground. They were wondering where I’d been since I hadn’t been seen at work in over a month. They told me to give them a call back if I was still interested in working. u/StarsCanScream
Yes, I've done this three times. The first time, it was a contract position. The boss asked me to "put in more effort," which translated to "I want you to work more hours for free." No, thanks.
In the second one, The owner and her husband (my boss) called me into a meeting to yell and curse at me (put the fear of God in me, I guess), then told me how I was going to report some false information to the customer. Nope, I said, "People don't talk to me like that," and left. In the third one, I agreed to work part-time (no more than 4 hours a day) while my wife was hospitalized. The first day, they asked me to work 6 hours, then told me to be ready to work 8 hours the next day. I just left. u/Azzizzi