One day on the job is all it took to let these 25 netizens know that it just wasn't the right fit for them.
Sometimes, all it takes is one day on a new job. One day of getting to know the general lay of the land, how the place is run, the workplace culture, the boss's attitude towards other employees, etc., to figure out that it just isn't the right fit for you. While one might choose to stick it out for some time in the hopes that things might somehow get better, in most cases it's only destined to get worse. This is why some people cut their losses and walk right out of there before they lose their will to wake up in the morning.
Many such individuals recently revealed the exact moment they decided to call it quits on a new job in response to a question posted by Redditor redmambo_no6 in the AskReddit forum. Here are 25 of the most popular responses to "People who quit their jobs on the first day, what was your 'I'm outta here' moment?"
"Worked in a hotel for a day. No one told me where anything was. Got chewed out for it. Guests enjoying their meals told me to pay no mind/I was doing a good job and that my boss is a c**t. I told the manager that I was quitting and wouldn't be doing the next shift.
I arrived the next day, returning a work uniform and my supervisor approached me and yelled at me for being late. I told her I already quit but if i was working, technically I was 5 hours early for my shift." — O5CR
"I got a job at a Build A Bear knockoff at the end of a mall that wasn't very busy. My interview with the owners was interesting. They were an older couple who said that they had wanted to open a Chick Fil A, but you need about a million dollars to do that. My first day, one other girl was working, and she didn't really talk to me. I had basically no training and she disappeared into the back. I was standing at the register area, which was underneath a giant storybook mushroom. A mother and her young son walk in and start to look at the bear skin options. I greeted them and left them to look around. They ended up leaving after a couple minutes and my coworker reappeared from the back with the cordless phone and handed it to me. It was my boss. He told me that when a customer walks in, he wants me to come out from under the mushroom to them ('come OUT! from the mushroom!'). After he finished speaking to me, I hung up and went to my coworker and asked about the phone call. She said the place has cameras set up and the owners watch them from their house and call in a lot. I did not come back to work after that day." — pocketradish
"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 their dishwasher doesn't show up, so the kitchen manager asks me to stay on 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 time card 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." — sleepdyhollow
"My very first job was at a little drive-in restaurant close to my high school. I showed up to work the first day, the lady said I had to pay her $50 for training. She showed me around the place and said that my pay would be $4.50/hour as a carhop (this was in 2010), and all the tips I made went into a bucket with all the other girls' tips. At the end of the night, she counted up tips, kept 20% for herself and split the rest up evenly among EVERY employee. Also, part of our job was one day a week we had to spend 4 hours cleaning her house. It seemed super shady.
I literally left after listening to her go over all these rules. My dad was pissed until I explained, and another girl confirmed and my dad agreed I did the right thing." — tlr92
"Went into an Italian restaurant for my first day of work and I got 3 red flags on the very first day.
1- The manager said he had lots of hours for me and getting shifts would be no problem. Every single other employee told me that they were struggling for hours and that they had no idea why they hired me.
2- Everyone said the manager was an a**hole. Even the customers.
3- It was my first day there, and I actually had to teach the woman training me how to do one or two things." — Stevie-Avail
"'Salesman' for Kirby vacuums. First sale call was to a single elderly woman who was supporting her son in hospital (they got us in the door by offering a free carpet clean as a demonstration). The supervisor training me pushed and pushed to make the sale until this old woman was in tears. Just as she was about to sign the paperwork I asked if she actually wanted to vacuum and she said it was lovely but she couldn't afford it. I took the paperwork away from her and said not to worry. Outside I told the supervisor I quit to which he replied I would've been fired anyway. No love lost. I hung around for half an hour playing on my phone to make sure the supervisor left because he was a real piece of work." — Pokestralian
"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 shit.
I spent my entire day inside a Starbucks applying for other jobs and went home, got paid, but never went back." — unelune
"Not me but I was training a new lifeguard. After our shift was mandatory staff training for our entire crew, where we practice rescues. Once she found out we actually had to practice and go in the water, she just... walked out. Not really sure what kind of job she thought she had signed up for." — PoolMermaid
"I technically quit before my first day. I got hired at a well known gift store. I was hired with the understanding that I would work Saturdays, Sundays , and a grand total of 8 hours a week (so two 4 hour shifts). Also at minimum wage. Not a problem with me, done that before, I would just pick up a part time job for rest of the week. Nope, apparently that wasn't allowed. The manager thought that was a horrible thing and 'disrespectful' to her. I should only work for them and only them and I should have better control over my money if I can't survive on $64 a week before taxes... Yeah, didn't show up cause f**k that noise. She called pissed off that I wouldn't show up to such a opportunity." — Hall5885
"I was a cashier at this cafeteria for a large company in my town. The people that worked at the company would put their tips in a bucket and the people made a lot of money so there was like 10s and 20s. The manager of the cafe wouldn't let me have any of tips because she said that cashiers couldn't be trusted so she would ship the tip money to a church in El Paso. I immediately knew that this was a load of bulls**t and I just never went back. It's also illegal (I think) to collect money for one thing but do something else with it without disclosing who/what it is for." — CutCornersNotWrists
"I had a job for one day selling home security equipment door to door. The whole idea was basically to make it seem like you're doing them a service and then lock the customer into 5 year contracts.
My supervisor and I were in this one home of a family that hardly some English. The father said they had been struggling with finances but my supervisor kept pushing it on them, and the customer seemed like he didn't fully understand what was going on. I couldn't in good conscience take these people that were already struggling and put them in a worse position." — Genocide_Fan
"I answered an ad for a baby sitting job. I was already working on a casual basis but it was sporadic so I thought some after hours babysitting would be welcome extra cash. The couple were both in the military and proceeded to tell me that I would be staying in the spare room and looking after their 6-month-old child around the clock as well as doing the housework. I would have one day off every two weeks. They said it is cash in hand so I could sign onto the dole (unemployment benefit) to make up the rest of the money. I left on the spot. They wanted a live in housemaid and nanny not a babysitter and they were not able to pay for one. Why they thought it was up to me to illegally collect the dole to subsidise them I don't know." — battleangelred
"It was a petrol station and the manager wanted me to work for free until I had learned their computer systems to what he deemed a satisfactory extent. I agreed to do it, because I needed a job, and he brought me in at 7 a.m. on my first day, however he was not present to go through the training with me, so I was just standing around kind of helping out on the forecourt but not really knowing what I should be doing. Not learning anything. After about an hour and a half without the manager showing up or anyone training me on anything, I decided that I wasn't going to continue to be taken advantage of and told the cashier to pass on the message to the manager that I had quit." — existentialgoof
"It was a waitress gig for a local restaurant. I finished my first day, then was told that training would continue for six weeks. While I was in training, all of the tips I got had to be given to my trainer. I was being paid less than $2 an hour.
I called the next day and said it wasn't gonna work out." — imagisnarf2
"Young and naïve right out of college took a 'marketing' job. My interview was great, nothing shady seemed to be going on and no immediate red flags. After 4 hours of training, my first day consisted of going door to door in a suburban town trying to sell cable to older people. We were told to dress for business, so I'm hiking around for miles in my best skirt, suit jacket ,and heels. Hours were from '9-5' but we didn't get back to the business until well after 10 p.m. Not to mention, the person I was shadowing was able to make a sale to an older gentleman who seemed to have memory issues. I noped the f**k right out of there." — Facetiously_Serious
"I went into orientation for a new job as truck driver. Obviously you know you will be away from home but this was shitty. Out on the road 30 days at a time, then only 36 hours, or 1.5 days at home.
You only work 6 out of 7 days. So 4 of those days you just sit at the truck stop unable to move. And not getting paid.
Can't bring a pet of any type.
So I would only be home 18 days a year. On the road for 347 days a year, and unpaid for 52 of them. The no pets rule was the final straw for me. I will not be out 30 days alone with no little friend to keep me sane.
I noped out of there." — lightwell