Having to work when you are sick is a bit ridiculous. After all, you may get someone else at work sick. But what if you are in the hospital? Surely, your boss would understand this unexpected matter, especially if you had proof. Instead of ridiculing the ill, they could close the shop, but then what about the customers’ happiness?
Loopy143 said, “I worked at a spa for a while. I ended up getting really sick to the point that I was in the ICU with lung failure. I told my boss, and they replied with, ‘You have appointments this weekend, it’s my birthday, and the other lady who could cover is getting married.’ Sorry that almost dying and being in the INTENSIVE CARE UNIT was so inconvenient for you.”
Username913 wrote, “My manager laughed as she told me our bridal shop had an earwig infestation, then my coworkers laughed at the panic attack I had over finding dead bugs in the lace of a dress.” Tiafranco also shared a gross story: “The FASTEST job I ever quit was a meter-reading position I took three years ago. They were severely understaffed, and we had over a thousand meters to read with just a team of 12 people. The meters we had to check were under street lids that weighed 40–50 pounds. It was a back-crusher to repeatedly stoop and lift them, especially in extreme weather.
“The day I started, it was close to 90 degrees outside. They told us to come in at 6:00 a.m., but they didn’t actually START until about 8:00 a.m. The meters are underground, so they are often filled with water, caked with dirt, or covered in insects (PILES of ROACHES) or snakes. The WORST moment I experienced on this job was when the girl who trained me told me to clear the dirt off the meters by licking my finger and wiping it off. I watched as she slobbered on her bare finger, reached into the dirty ground, and wiped it off. She said she had been severely sick several times before, too. I quit after ONE day.”
u/grasshenge shared on Reddit, “After working my butt off during the pandemic and being promised an additional bonus, I received a ‘low performance’ review conveniently timed a day before my bonus was to be paid. The low-performance feedback canceled my bonus.
“Given all the other bull I was putting up with, I broke and quit. I had a nice month off, and my new job pays significantly more. Never work for people that don’t appreciate you; there are always others that will.”
Alyxpd wrote, “I worked as a receptionist for a very unethical therapist. It was common practice for us to do reminder calls to patients less than 24 hours prior to their appointment so that we could bill for missed appointments AND schedule another client in their place. One day, they made me drive to work in a flood so that they could charge clients if they missed their appointments.
“I wasn’t able to get there because of said flood, and when I called the therapist to let them know, they informed me that they hadn’t even gotten dressed for the day yet. I put in my two weeks’ [notice] the next day. It took me years to trust therapists again after that nonsense.”
u/evan2621 shared on Reddit, “Worked a retail job as a cashier. One part of that job was to sign customers up for our (rather predatory) credit card. We were supposed to ask every customer. Well, I was helping a woman and told her she could save money if she signed up for the credit card. She seemed interested, but I could clearly tell that English was not her first language.
“I grabbed a pamphlet and made it abundantly clear that it was a CREDIT CARD, not a rewards account. When she understood, she said, ‘Oh no, not today.’ Understandable. Well, I didn’t know a supervisor was standing behind me. After she left, he asked why I did all of that and if I tried to talk every interested customer out of signing up. When I explained myself, he said, ‘Next time, sign them up. They don’t know any better.’ I handed him my red vest. That was it.”
u/Voidsleets shared on Reddit, “Worked as a cashier in a local shop. One night, two guys came at me with knives, trying to get in the till. I just walked away and said, ‘Have at it.’ It wasn’t worth the minimum wage to get into it with a couple of guys waving knives at me. After they ran out of the store, I picked up my mobile and called the police, then called the store manager.
“The next day, the district manager met me as I turned up for my shift. Her first words were, ‘It was very unprofessional of you to be on your phone while at work.’ I laughed at her and told her she could take this as my notice and walked out.”
u/Minimum_Reputation48 shared on Reddit, “I got mugged during a pizza delivery and came back to the shop, crying and panicked. I had my phone, wallet, and pizza taken. I told my manager what had happened. ‘Are you hurt?’ ‘No, but I lost my phone and wallet. I need to call the police.’ ‘No time for that, here’s your next delivery.’”
And then there’s lying. u/notsurprised92 shared on Reddit, “Asked for a raise and was told okay. The next morning, I was told by the same person who agreed with the raise that I should put a few more years in, and then we’ll talk again. I locked my toolbox at the end of the day and called a tow truck to pick it up. The shop manager was shocked that next Monday to find an empty spot where my tools were and couldn’t understand why I left.”
u/Knuckles316 shared on Reddit, “I was working at one of those stands that sell frozen ice cream droplets. You know the ones. It was at an amusement park. I scooped some ice cream balls into the plastic tray, slid my scoop over the top to knock off the excess ice cream, then handed it to the customer. A wild manager appeared! He told me I didn’t level off the ice cream correctly. Then he took the scoop and small bowl from my hands and leveled it off just like I had. He then dumped it out and made me do it again.
“Mind you; I still had a long line of customers. So I did it again. This time, he also was not pleased and berated me. So now, I was confused as to what I was doing wrong and had a line of customers staring at me, leaving me thoroughly embarrassed. I proceeded to overfill every container and hand them out to each customer while not taking any money from them. Then, I simply walked out to my car and drove home. There is no time when it’s appropriate to scold and reprimand an employee in front of customers.”
u/tvcky69 said on Reddit, “I worked as hard as I could to unload pallets of merchandise. I always thought I was so darn fast. I studied the process, and I believed I perfected it. EVERY SINGLE DAY, my manager came up to me and told me I needed to be faster. So I did, and the fast pace made me lose a little focus, causing me to break a finger.
“I let management know that I might be a little slower due to my injury, and they straight-up told me, ‘We won’t tolerate any laziness.’ They wrote me up when I didn’t meet their ridiculous standards. So I went home after my shift and never returned. Never called, never formally quit. I just never came back.”
u/Cavalleria-rusticana shared on Reddit, “My grandfather, who I considered like a father, passed away after a long stay in hospital. We were closer than he was with his own kids, and our bond was quite special. I spoke to my manager about getting the day of his funeral off — since I was organizing part of the arrangements and having a day or two of bereavement leave — and he agreed.
“The day of the funeral finally came, and the staff started calling me, leaving me messages asking why I wasn’t at my shift. They were telling me, while I was in a suit and hosting family members at the funeral home, that I had to find someone to replace me or would face repercussions. Needless to say, I told them to figure it out and never looked back.”