“I’m Outta Here” Moments: Tales of Those Who Quit Their Jobs on Day One

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Sometimes, the earlier you quit your job, the better for everyone. You do not have to wait for one month to elapse, especially if the work environment is toxic. People have quit on the first day for their morals and health. Have you ever been in this position? 

A social media user posted asking people if they had quit their jobs on the first day, and the commenters showed up giving their experiences. 

1. Not About to Work on the Frontline

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Working in correctional facilities can be dangerous, even for the most experienced employees and wardens. One commenter who was to intern at a teenagers’ correctional facility had to quit after the first day over safety concerns. 

“I was walking through a courtyard with my supervisor when some doctors came running, flailing their arms and screaming while officers came running from the opposite direction. I get pulled by my supervisor, who tells me to run back to our office.

“These teens, as young as 12, had escaped their block. A few minutes later, an officer came knocking on the doors of the offices and yelling for everyone to run outside because a fire had broken out. Some of the teens had set mattresses on fire in their cells. The university forced me to choose another place to intern,” they narrated. 

2. When Working Tools Are Clearly Dangerous 

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Sometimes, bringing up work safety concerns to the supervisors never works. Many dismiss the concerns and have the employees continue working in hazardous environments. 

While many employees keep working with tools in bad condition, some wouldn’t take a chance. 

“I was 17 and working precast concrete. I refused to use a rusted ladder. The supervisor cursed me out and got up about 7 rungs before his foot went through one. I heard his foot snap as he fell. I called an ambulance and walked to my car in the parking lot. I never went back,” said one commenter.

3. No Onboarding Time Here; Hit the Ground Running

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There are a lot of entities that make new employees “hit the ground running” without taking time to onboard them. While it may work for people who have done the same job before, it is never a viable thing to do for those who are just getting into the profession. 

One commenter gave an account of how he got hired without experience, then received no onboarding, but was expected to deliver exemplary results on the first day. 

They said, “I didn’t show up after the second shift. It was a rather popular cafe chain in my country. I was hired to work as a cook with another senior cook in the kitchen. Let’s put aside the fact that I had zero cooking knowledge; the senior cook was leaving the kitchen every five minutes to smoke. So there I am, alone in the kitchen, orders are printing FAST, and I’m standing there unsure what to do first, and the waitress comes over yelling at me to cook things I don’t have any business cooking, definitely not on my own. I never returned, and I’m glad the place was shut down.”

4. When Every Minute Matters

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You would think you should be able to spend your work breaks as you wish. Maybe get a quick snack, take a walk, nap, or take just a break. 

You would be wrong because, in some places, every minute matters, and it is calculated down to the last dot. 

One employee who could not keep up with this said, “On the first day of working at Amazon warehouse, the managers showed everyone how a 15-minute break works. Walking to the break room is 2 1/2 minutes. There are 10 minutes of actual break and 2 1/2 minutes to return to your stations. It took me 2 1/2 minutes to walk to my car, and I took a forever break.”

5. No Working Tools Provided

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Imagine getting hired by a new company and not being given the tools for work, yet the job did not specify that you would need to bring your tools. 

One commenter asked for tools of work on the first day but was not given any. He tried improvising with what he had but soon realized things would not work for him. 

 He said, “Summer job working for a landscape architect. He got to the job site and asked me to dig a hole in some rocky dirt. I asked for a shovel. He didn’t have one. I asked for a hand spade. He didn’t have one. He told me to dig the hole with my bare hands, then drove off to another site, leaving me completely alone. I dug for a bit and left.”

6. Not Without Any PPEs

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Working in a potentially dangerous environment with no PPEs can be disastrous. When the employer and the supervisor do not care about your safety, it makes sense to exit before you injure yourself. 

A commenter who had to quit a job after the first day narrated how they were expected to move hot plates without using kitchen towels or oven gloves.  

They said, “When I burned my hands all night on the too-hot plates as a food runner. They wouldn’t let me use towels to carry them and said I just had to get used to it. Burned my hand numerous times because they gave me plates that came right from the oven and never said a word.”

7. This is Not What You Hired Me For 

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Many jobs fail to reveal the full job description during the recruiting process. This way, candidates only find out exactly what they are supposed to do when they start the job. 

That is not even the worst part; many recruiters lie about the job to lure in unsuspecting candidates. 

A commenter who got lied to and had to instantly quit said, “Answered an ad in the paper (this was the mid-90s) about what seemed to be an office job making sales calls when I was in college. Did a phone interview and was called back for an in-person interview. When I go to the interview, I’m led into a room with about 50 other people and a small stage at the front of the room. We’re all somewhat confused as to what is going on. Finally, a guy gets on the stage and informs us that we’ve been selected to sell Cutco. I and 2/3rds of the rest stood up and walked out.”

8. When Food Hygiene Is a Non-negotiable Priority

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Hygiene standards of restaurants should be top-notch. While cleaning is not primarily a chef’s job, they certainly have to ensure the kitchen surfaces and equipment are clean and well-maintained. 

One chef narrated how they immediately quit their new job after they discovered the restaurant’s unhygienic conditions on their first day. They said, “Swept under my station when we were closing. A giant brown pile came out with the broom from under the low-boy fridge. The pile began to scatter. There were hundreds of roaches. Never returned.”

9. We Operate Like It Is the 1800s 

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A lot of businesses are usually quick to embrace new technology. Those who resist new technology often lose out.

One commenter who could not take the inefficiency that comes with resisting new developments explained why they quit their job after the first day, “It was a small independent insurance agency in 2006. On my first day there, the owner said email and fax were strictly forbidden as he only ‘believed in’ communication in person, by phone, or through the mail. Left for lunch and never went back. I couldn’t imagine the inefficiency I’d have dealt with had I stayed.” 

10. Profits Before People: When All They Care About Is Making a Sell

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The typical salesman’s job is to coerce people into buying the items. While their job is to sell, no matter the case, it still can be done with some civilization. 

One salesperson who disagreed with shoving products down clients’ throats had to quit a new job that embraced this principle of selling. 

They said, “‘Salesman’ for Kirby vacuums. The first sales call was to a single older woman supporting her son in the hospital (they got us in the door by offering a free carpet cleaning as a demonstration). The supervisor training me pushed me to make the sale until this old woman was in tears. Just as she was about to sign the paperwork, I asked if she wanted the vacuum cleaner and she said it was lovely, but she couldn’t afford it.

“I took the paperwork away from her and said not to worry. I told the supervisor I quit, and he replied I would’ve been fired anyway.”

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