We’ve all had those feelings…
You shouldn’t be in a certain place, this isn’t a good person, you should leave right then, or not go somewhere in the first place – but we don’t always listen to them.
Too many people have paid a steep price for dismissing their gut, but after these experiences, these people will never ignore theirs again.
1. Always check your stubs.
I worked in a bookstore and was about to get a monthly-hour contract instead of just a call-up contract. Everything seemed to go fine, i even called up one of the higher ups to confirm stuff was in order after some discussion about the amount of hours i should be working, until i realized i wasn’t getting any wage decelerations (or whatever they are called) anymore and my paychecks seemed rather low for the amount id been working.
Fast forward a few months later, covid had hit and i wasn’t able to work anymore due to regulations, and i had been sending a mail every week about the paychecks, cause i didn’t get a response. I finally get notice that there was an accident because there was “confusion over my contract”.
I wrote up a quick mail to the higher ups about some questions i had regarding their policy of payment through inability to work and their lack of communication. I was expecting the boss to send me a mail, but after two weeks of nothing, he came by the store while i was working with customers without any indication and asked me what my problems were.
Shaking and angry i quickly listed my issues, and he dismissed all of them. Saying the info was either none of my business or that it was outside of his control and could therefore not do anything. I was flabbergasted, and felt isolated. My manager was willing to help but was scared to speak up to the guy out of fear of losing her job.
I decided to call up a public lawyer, and help me out. A month later i get a mail from the boss still claiming that everything was correct and that he would pay 250 euros to stay hush hush.
I was fuming at this point, and didn’t give in. Two weeks later and i he finally conceded in paying my wages correctly for that half year. Amounting to almost 1500 euros.
I had already written my resignation letter at this point. But boy did it feel good.
Turns out they payed me for about 7 hours less per week for almost four months
2. Hindsight is 20/20.
Got injured on the job to the point I had to be off to recover while receiving physical therapy. Went in one day just in time to have my HR call the physical therapist to tell her they’d canceled my insurance. My physical therapist, to their credit put the phone on speaker to let me hear what was going on.
I’d been with the organization 16 years, had pulled numerous all-nighters, sacrificed events with my family and holidays, vacation time, you name it AND put up with a ton of s**t from my boss and her cronies, the grown version of the Mean Girls if you will. According to them I was often the most incompetent lazy terrible person there. I put up with it for way too long, because I loved the clients I worked with and I believed in what we were doing.
But that day was my, “F*ck this sh%t, I’m out,” moment. I cussed HR out over the phone and never set foot in the place again. Not even to pick up my last paycheck, which was all of a measly $10 I’d earned the day I went back to work part-time only to get yelled at for not writing someone else’s press release to their liking.
No regrets except I should have quit sooner. It’s just not worth giving 200% when all you get back is the kind of criticism and backstabbing that makes you cry every night when you go home and cry every morning getting ready for work.
Life is good now.
3. Back in the day.
I was the assistant manager of a local pizza franchise that barely exists anymore (I wonder why!). The manager found a better opportunity somewhere else and left, and the woman they replaced him with was probably one of the dumbest people I’ve ever worked with.
You see, we had this deal at our pizza chain where you always got two pizzas with your order (no it wasn’t Little Caesars). Basically, all that was offered on the menu was a two for one deal for all pizzas.
Well, we had one older gentleman who was living alone after his wife passed away and he loved our pizza. He came in like twice a week, paid full price but only had us make one pizza for him. He always firmly insisted on paying full price and only taking one pizza.
So he comes in for his usual pizza run on this stupid manager’s second day and I grab his single pizza and hand it to him. She comes flying out of the office and starts yelling at me, “Where is his other pizza?!? Why are you trying to cheat this man?” So I calmly explained to her that this was his usual routine and he even told her he was happy with it.
She flies into an even bigger hissy fit yelling something like “Well that’s not company policy, he’s only allowed to order what’s on the menu, and we don’t make special deals with specific customers.”
I looked at her and said, “You realize we’re saving the company money by only making one pizza, and he’s fine with that, right?”
She screeches, “I don’t care. I’m going to report you for this.”
So I pulled my apron off, threw it in her chest and said, “Don’t bother, I quit. You’re too stupid to work for” and walked out the door with the customer. We had a good laugh about it in the parking lot.
Anyhow, I got a job at Blockbuster video right after that, and that was an infinitely better job in every way.
4. I hope he gets in trouble.
Recently worked for a dentist who was committing all kinds of insurance fraud. Now I’m as honest as they come, and this wasn’t okay with me. Especially knowing my name would be on some of the correspondence.
Add to that, this guy was a complete jacka**. He thought nothing of berating me in front of patients. I’ve been doing what I do for a lot longer than him, and that kind of disrespect I won’t tolerate.
I left for lunch, sent a text saying I was done and I went home.
5. We’ll just see about that.
When my boss told me I didn’t have the nerve to quit my job.
Handed my notice in 10 minutes after he said it.
6. The woods are never safe.
Was in a forest with a few friends having some fun being oblivious kids. We had just crossed a small river with a large incline on both sides. We go to the other side and started to walk.
I looked at a tree and stopped (I still have no clue what made me feel like stopping) a guy in full gray clothes stepped out from behind the tree and pulled what looked like a g** from his back. For people that may ask it was just a handg**.
Safe to say me and my friends ran as fast as we could without looking back through the forest crossing the river without caring about the makeshift bridge we built and ran straight through. When we got out I realized how bad that could have been.
7. Good for her.
I was working a particularly awful nursing home as a CNA. I was bullied by some of the other CNAs as well as one terrible nurse. I put up with it for a year and put in my 2w notice. I only told management, not the other staff. On my second to last day there, that nurse decided to scream in my face about some imaginary infraction.
About an hour later I learned that the company that had bought the facility earlier in the year had decided anyone who’d been working there less than a year on the sale date would not get any vacation days. I’d also only be getting half my sick days paid out when I quit. That meant 2.5 days of pay.
And I learned that if I didn’t complete my 2 weeks of notice, I’d forfeit those 2.5 days.
I realized 2.5 days of pay wasn’t worth the abuse I was having to endure and I told the DON at the end of that day that I was never coming back. She tried to talk me into it, but it didn’t work.
8. Never going camping.
My grandpa was born in 1915. When he was a kid sometime in the twenties, him and his grandpa went squirrel hunting in the woods of Kentucky. They were hiking through the woods and found a clearing with a still. They heard from the trees,
“What y’all doin?”
“Just out squirrel hunting”
“Ain’t no squirrels round here”
They proceeded to swiftly nope the f*ck out of there.
9. Someone has regrets.
Worked for someone who hired her lazy brother-in-law as part of my team. I had to do all the work on my own, but not only did he take credit for my work, he threw me under the bus. (Boss wanted to upgrade the antiquated system we were using, but the lazy BIL said there was nothing wrong with our current system and blamed me for not knowing how to do it right even though I was the one who made it work at all in the first place.)
Boss took his word for it and then told me I should learn how to do it properly under Lazy’s guidance. So I said f*ck this and I turned in my resignation letter the next day. I offered to help train whoever they were gonna hire to replace me. Boss said, “No need. (Lazy) can handle it.”
A couple of months later, I get a text message from my old boss, who has never texted me before, acting like an old friend wanting to catch up before asking me to come back…
10. Why not all three?
Me and my brother were chilling outside a 711 talking to a homeless guy and he offered to take us into an alley and let us try some crack.
Still not sure if he wanted to rob us, let us try his crack, or let us try his crack lmao.
11. Red flag.
I was at a party, it was a bunch of suburban teenagers like myself at the time.
There was this dude I didn’t recognize walking around and acting super hard, even though he was really scrawny.
He finally got to me, and was like, “yo, I got AK47s for sale, you want one?” I was like, dude, shut up, you ain’t got sh%t.
He takes me out to his car and opens the trunk. It is FULL of g**s piled on top of one another. Handg**s, assault rifles, shotg**s, you name it.
I ended up sneaking out, hopping in my car and heading home.
This dude ended up being a known foot soldier type for a gang out of the nearest big city. He got arrested a few days later when he got stopped for speeding, the cops searched his car and found the g**s. He was only 16.
12. She did think about it.
I was in my mid-20s, working myself to absolute d**th in a small-town office supply store. I mean, the amount of work I was doing as a department specialist was staggering. I was basically working and running half the store myself, so the store manager didn’t have to – while the assistant manager above me was doing nothing but taking a paycheck, stealing digital cameras, and lying about being a trained ninja, and staff was kept to a minimum to make store numbers look better. I was just straight-up in retail hell.
It’s also important to note that my store manager was an arrogant, incapable a**hole two steps from heart failure, who had been shunted to that small-town store just to get him out of the way – twice. They’d had to remove him for a while based on employee and customer complaints, some of them in the vein of s**ual harassment. I don’t know how he managed to keep his job.
Anyway, one day, he comes up to me. He’s concerned about my attitude. “Customers love you. You know what you’re doing, you do great work. But as soon as you’re not talking to a customer, your whole attitude changes. You never speak to me with respect or enthusiasm. I can see on your face that you don’t want to be here. I mean, look at me! If you just improved your attitude and wanted to be here, you could be me in a couple years! Think about it!”
So I did. And that night, I went home, applied to go back to school, and quit my job the next day.
13. All for the best, I suppose.
I was roofing and getting paid by the day, after a few months I asked to get paid piece work.
My pay for that week was about double and the boss said he had to put me back to daily rate next week….I said goodbye and started my own business.
14. Middle schoolers, man.
When 8th graders had me crying into my pillow every night and drinking wine every time I could.
I quit teaching and joined a lab.
15. Sometimes people are the worst.
Worked at a pizza place for seven years, and the last two it was getting annoying. The new manager was a jerk, pathological liar and got upset at others for leaving on time when he always left 2-3 hours early from openings.
There were a couple of near-quits, one especially on a very busy morning where I was trying to finish day prep, answer phones and take deliveries. I get back from a double and the boss is at the salad line trying to finish up a salad and there are no black olives, and asks me ‘Are there olives in the fridge?”
I say not yet, haven’t gotten to them yet and he angrily replies “You know it’s your f**king job, right?”
I sigh and he adds “DOn’t take back to me!”
I let it slide.
But the last draw was when my mother passed away.
When she went in to the hospital (30 days before her d**th), I informed work I would be up there with her anytime they scheduled any sort of procedure. It seemed okay, at first, but now comes a Saturday I had requested off and got scheduled anyway. I was like, fine, whatever… for the week.. but then on Friday I was told my mother was going in for a serious procedure on Saturday, so I told my boss. His reply “You asked for the day off, so you’re just using her as an excuse.”
I replied, “No, but you’re the reason I quit.”
That was that. Mother passed away with in a week and I am grateful I was with her instead of at work.
16. Their loss.
I was hired as a temp, on day 91 I was told that they in fact didn’t have to hire me after 90 days and they were gonna keep me on as a temp.
I clocked out for lunch and never went back.
17. You gotta watch your own back.
I was at the first day of a job at a fiberglass place. I was working in a section unloading trailers.
There was an incident with a forklift that resulted in a broken hand. Then I got absolutely covered in fiberglass dust. They didn’t provide masks and I could feel the grit on my teeth. Everyone acted as if this was normal and even said the forklift driver was one of their safest drivers.
By lunch, I said to myself, “If one more thing is blatantly unsafe, I’m not coming back for a second day.”
Then we started putting stuff away in a different section. It involved people climbing up storage racks while people were working underneath.
I didn’t return.
18. A watershed moment.
I worked at produce market when I was in college. I really, really needed the job. I literally had empty cabinets and only one shelf of food in the fridge on a regular basis. I had been working weekday evenings only for a couple of months, but picked up a Saturday shift.
I was helping a customer and the owner walked up and interrupted our conversation: “Is that your yellow car in parking lot?” Me: “Yes”. Her (with the most demeaning tone) “On weekends, our parking lot is reserved for customers only. If you value your job you will go punch out, move your car to the lot across the street, and never park in the lot again”
I was astonished. I had full-time jobs every summer since I was 15. I picked up holiday jobs. I had a lot of working experience. I had NEVER been talked to like this by any coworker or boss before. Particularly in front of a customer.
I told her I was not aware of the parking rules since I always worked weekdays, took off my apron, handed it to her and said I will be punching out, but not punching back in. I quit. I told the customer I was sorry I was not able to finish helping him and walked out.
I really needed the job, but was so pissed off I could not stand the idea of working there. My supervisor called me that afternoon and tried to get me to come back, but I just couldn’t.
My college roommate and I were in a Mexican border town, walking back to Texas when a guy in an alley opened a door and told us to come on in.
Free drinks, beautiful women.
My roommate started into the room, you could see a couple girls across the room, as soon as I hit the doorway I caught a glimpse of several guys with their backs up against the wall to the left that we couldn’t see from outside.
I grabbed roommate by the collar and we ran back to the border. There were a lot of kidnappings in that area in the mid 90s.
20. I’m not so sure it was nothing.
I was about 17 and lived in a rural area. Used to hitchhike everywhere. One day I’m in the back of a car, 2 guys up front. They’re talking kinda quiet. After a minute or two I hear one say ‘ok but this time we’ll go somewhere else’.
Then he looks in the mirror at me.
I looked away out the window, proper sh**ting my pants. As we went through a village we had to stop at a junction and I blurted something about a friend living nearby and I opened that door and ran.
Probably nothing in it but I still get chills remembering it.
21. What a jerk.
I was a temp worker in a factory that made mayonnaise, during my break I get a call from my mom’s work. She’s had 5-6 strokes at the same time. I went to my supervisor and told him what happened. When he replied with “can’t you wait until your shift is over?”
I took of my uniform and left the building without another word.
For those who are interested: ER doctors told me my mom only survived because her coworkers reacted fast and because the clumps of blood cutting her blood flow to her brain were rather small.
22. Wrong on so many levels.
I’m a middle school teacher, and it’s also worth mentioning that I’m a very petite woman and most of my students are bigger than me. Many years ago when I was considered one of the young and pretty teachers, I was walking down the hall. An 8th grade boy slapped me on the a$s and mentioned my car’s make and model, implying that he was going to wait for me in the parking lot.
I immediately went to my principal who told me that reporting the incident would “reflect poorly on me” and I “don’t want a complaint like that in my file.”
I put in my resignation from that particular school the next day. The more I mention it, the more I realize that many teachers have similar experiences.
23. So, so creepy.
I was on the third date with this guy I really liked. We started making out on his couch, things started steaming up and that’s when it began.
The baby voice. He couldn’t stop talking to me in a baby voice. I was out.
24. No sleeping after that.
Some young woman and an old lady were arguing about stolen underwear in our communal laundry room.
Young woman called for her cracked out boyfriend who came running in with a g** drawn screaming bloody murder.
Noped right out. Then moved out that weekend.
I was a shift lead at a fast food joint located inside of a gas station. Our manager was worthless at hiring people, so we were perpetually understaffed for months. I was working 50-60 hours a week. Absolutely ridiculous. However, company policy was that there HAD to be two people working at all times.
This particular day, someone called out. Nobody would come in to cover the shift, so the manager was forced to stay and work a double. She decided that since the only reason she was there was because we would have to close otherwise, she was just going to hang out in the office and chat with the gas station employees.
3 hours into my shift, and I have been single handedly running the front counter, the drive thru, making all the food, doing prep and doing dishes. The dinner rush hit, I had like 4 cars in the drive thru, 8-9 people inside, and then I ran out of onions. (Because I couldn’t get the prep done) My mind just quit. Brain turned off, emotions went cold.
I ripped off my headset, told the people inside that they weren’t getting their food, walked into the office and tossed my name tag, manager card, and hat at my boss. When she turned around in shock all I said was good luck and walked out the back.
26. Sometimes people are the worst.
I was working as a postie..
Normally when a postie gets sick, the other posties have to cover his route. There were 7 of us so it was annoying but not too bad.
I’d been there for a couple of years and had covered other people’s sick days several times.
Anyway I got really sick. The sickest I’d been in my life up till that time. Had the flu but it wound up making me look gray and shrunken and I got a migraine.
Finally went back to work, I’d had three days off.
Piles of mail were waiting for me. I don’t know if they’d delivered ANY of it. Maybe they did. But there were huge piles waiting for me. And I was still sick, I only went back in because I was worried about the workload on them.
I gave my notice, finished the week and then quit.
27. How do these people sleep at night?
Recently I was hired by a company to be a foreman. My job was laid out in my interview as follows: Plant maintenance and welding. I would run a crew of 4 guys and do odd jobs at a potato plant 10 miles from my house. This is what I have done for other various companies for the last 15 years.
After taking the job they asked me to help another foreman doing the same thing at a different potato plant about 80 miles away. I agreed as it was for a few days.
Fast forward 3 weeks. I am still driving 160 miles a day and we have been doing concrete and asphalt prep for a week.(not my vocation) The boss casually mentioned at about 2 in the afternoon that we had to finish a particular part of the project before we left and that we would be there at least till 8p.m.
I told him I couldn’t work late on short notice because I had plans and still had to drive home. He said ” if you don’t pick up the pace you will be leaving earlier than that.” I told him I agreed and since this wasn’t the job I was hired for that I was done. He replied with ” see ya” and I said probably not.
28. Not the way to inspire loyalty.
I was working as a Network Engineer and due to mismanagement by owner who took lavish trips every 3 months, with family and kids friends. He had a payroll short fall. His solution was to reduce my medical benefit which included my family to just me.
Then 3 months later reducing my salary by 30%. When he told me he also said that he expects me to work 50-60 hrs a week until profits improve, then said what do you think. I said, I Quit. I worked for him 13 years.
He has called many times to get me to help with special projects for his clients, I have politely refused.
29. You gotta be able to smell a rat.
I was unemployed and had a job interview for a cable installer position. The position advertised for $20 an hour, 40+ hours a week, and benefits so it seemed like a pretty good deal. I get to the interview and find out its actually 2 interviews; a group interview followed by 1 on 1 interviews with the hiring manager.
In the group interview, HM explains that the position was actually minimum wage and commission. He also explains that we need to supply our own tools. He then tells us how they assign jobs and we have no choice over which ones we get.
Right before the end of the group interview, one of the other guys asks if there were any other expenses we were responsible for and HM tells us that we had to pay for our own gas, tires and repairs on our assigned company van.
I look out in the parking lot and saw all the vans looked like 20 year old clapped out pieces of crap. As soon as HM went back to his office, I left.
30. Sketchy as heck.
Some promoter literally gave me $80 to go into his Vegas strip club with my friends. Said he would “throw in the limo and VIP package” if we tipped the driver because his other reservation cancelled. When we got there, we got different color wristbands than other people and were told we could ONLY leave though their taxi when we left. That was our only option.
One friend tried to leave and the bouncer wouldn’t let him out. He came back and told us what was up. Nothing was adding up so we booked it out of the fire exit and down the street.
That was how I got paid $80 to go a strip club. Pretty sure we were going to get robbed when we left and would probably have been drunk.
31. Know your worth.
I recently quit my job as a call centre worker after 4 years. For background I worked in customer services for a popular retailer in the UK. During lock down when their stores were closed, we had increased sales from online which also means we got increased call volumes. I busted my arse off to ensure that customer’s were happy with their purchases and resolved any issues they had to the best I could.
One day, we got an email from our CEO saying that even though we had the highest volume of online sales we still would not be able to get a bonus due to the virus “affecting” the business as a whole. I only ever had a bonus once when I was working there and I am used to not getting a bonus. What made me pissed off was that we got absolutely nothing in return. Not a pay increase, not extra holidays, not a token of gratitude and not even a thank you letter for all the hard work.
We also found out a couple days later via the mainstream news that the big wigs at my company all got a pay rise. At this point, myself and a few other people went “f*ck this sh%t” and we all handed our badges at reception and left.
I got a new job a weeks later without any problem and feel even better as a person. This was the first time ever in my life I walked out of a job in anger.
These stories always make me determined to listen to my little voice.
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