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16 Times People Quit A Job On The First Day For Valid Reasons

Updated June 10, 2021 30.1k votes 3.6k voters 136.6k views16 items

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Landing a job can be one of the most tedious and difficult things. And often times, the process is so worth it for a job that someone loves. But, sometimes, people may show on the first day, and the job is not at all what people expected. Reddit user u/redmambo_no6 asked: "People who quit their jobs on the first day, what was your 'I’m outta here' moment?" and we are cheering them on.

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    Paying For Training And Having To Clean Their House

    From Redditor u/tlr92:

    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 p*ssed until I explained, and another girl confirmed and my dad agreed I did the right thing.

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    Only Being Allowed To Work An Eight Hour A Week Job

    From Redditor u/Hall5885:

    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*ck that noise. She called p*ssed off that I wouldn't show up to such an opportunity.

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    Having to Work After Clocking Out

    From Redditor u/thelonecedar:

    It was my first day at Five Guys, it was around 10:30 PM and they told me it was time to clock out, despite not having finished closing. I then worked until almost midnight. I did not return.

    From Redditor u/fredemu:

    One of the people I hired a couple years back asked me what time she was supposed to clock out for her shift.

    Part of the job is the cleanup after we close, which can take a variable amount of time depending on how busy the place was that night, how much we need to restock, and so on. So it really depends. After explaining that, she looked at me with a kind of sad expression and said "ok. So clock out at 2:30 and then leave whenever I'm done?"

    I actually helped her report her previous employer after that. She thought it was normal that you kept working after clocking out, and had been doing it for about 3 years.

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    Asking Them To Work For Free

    From Redditor u/existentialgoof:

    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 7am 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.

    Reddit user u/DORIMEalbedo replied:

    Yeah red flag: If it's not a volunteer position, such as at a charity store or an animal shelter, and they ask you to work for free? It's never worth it.

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