15 People Share Their ‘F**k This, I Quit!’ Stories

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I’m not one for quitting, but sometimes things at a job become so unbearable (or maybe even dangerous) that you have to say, “Fuck this, I quit!”

And then you storm out like a boss…or something like that.

Here are stories about getting incredibly fed up and quitting from people on AskReddit.

1. That’s a good reason to leave.

“I was fractured my orbital socket in an industrial accident. Another employee lost focus at the wrong time was supposed to wait for a hand signal and didn’t. We had been working over 90 days straight of 13-14 hour shifts and living in crappy motel a 45 min drive from out worksite.

We were supposed to be on a rotation were we didn’t work more than 3 weeks at a time. It was a close call and could have been alot worse. I’m glad I “saw it coming” and had time to at least try and get out of the way.

I got sent away after a night in the ER while the rest of that crew continued to work. After spending 2 or 3 days at home the boss called to say that he “needed me in Alaska” in 2 days and that my flight was already booked. Told him I quit right on the spot.”

2. How could you quit Spencer’s?!?!

“Worked at a Spencer’s Gifts for a bit during uni. I was working and saw that I was scheduled for an evening shift the day before a morning exam, so I asked the manager if I could switch. She said no, the schedule is already made up.

Went back and forth trying to negotiate with her. She ended with, “You’re going to have to decide what’s more important, the shift or your exam.”

3. My father’s story.

“My fathers story: he was a 22 year old millwright and he had been working for the company for 4 years. He asked for a raise because one was given to a coworker who had the same job.

He was told that his coworker has kids and a family to provide for and that’s why he was given a raise, and since my dad had no children at that time he didn’t need one.

My dad applied for a job that paid almost twice as much with great benefits, he gave in his notice and the manager said “will you stay if we give you the raise you wanted”… he declined and worked for the second company for 35 years and retired last December :)”

4. Shady people.

“Joined a call center with the obvious shady pay structure. They said the calls are inbound so I thought hey that’s not too bad then. Turns out the inbound calls were generated by their robocall system indirectly implying that they were google but never saying so and we were directed to use some dubious answer if someone asked ‘are you google?’

After getting yelled at and cussed out and constantly getting people who had been called many times before and were clearly irate, I just got up and left in the middle of the day.

I also complained to google that these guys were pretending to be google. And these guys were shit scared of getting complaints like that. Seriously fucked up people.”

5. I’m done.

“My first job was at a fast food restaurant. I only lasted about three months. The manager was sleazy, the employees were straight up lazy. I had to mop up one day. There was an area in the kitchen where you kinda have to lean forward so you can slide the mop under a counter.

The manager decided to come out of the office and just stand behind me and watch. I looked at him and asked “is there something wrong?” He said no but just wanted to make sure I cleaned correctly.

Right, because there was no worry about how well I cleaned the rest of the kitchen, but now that I’m bending over there is. I immediately stopped and walked out.”

6. Couldn’t take it anymore.

“I was a truck driver working a regional route that required me working nights. So basically I would drive all through the night, deliver a load, sleep through the day, and take a load back to my original place the next night.

The thing is, sleeping during the day at a warehouse where yard dogs (the guys that move trailers around the lot of the warehouse with little tractor deals) were constantly moving shit around, knocking into my truck, and often times literally waking me up to move my truck.

I was barely getting any sleep and the only time I had to ever get a good nights rest was during the weekend.

So driving to my first delivery, I told my manager I’m taking an extra day off because I’m exhausted and I have to get a few days of sleep. I was literally getting maybe 3-4 hours of solid sleep a day and energy drinks were worthless at this point. They gave me the go ahead, I dropped my delivery, slept as best as I could at the warehouse and picked up the load to take back with a message from my managers telling me to have a good weekend and rest up.

When I was about an hour and half away from my destination, after driving all night for about 8 hours reaching pure exhaustion, I get a message saying “never mind We need you to work this weekend”

Mind you, I know this stuff happens and you sometimes have to pick up the slack of other employees at times. Things happen, I get it and 99% of the time I’m all for helping out other employees and my managers if they need it.

But this was about the third time this happened. I haven’t had a good nights sleep in 3 weeks at this point and I kept trying to call my managers or anyone who would answer me, but it was the weekend and no one would respond to their messages or phone calls. I was literally being ignored and I just snapped.

Luckily, the demand for truckers is massive. I mean I get texts non stop asking if I’m in the market because a company needs drivers. I haven’t even been in the industry for two years currently and my phone still gets blown up with calls and texts asking if I want to drive again.

So literally all I did was call one of the numbers that would contact me constantly and immediately was hired after 5 minutes of talking on the phone. Sent in a message saying I quit and good luck.

Funny enough THEN they started responding to my messages and tried calling me.

I know it was probably a dick move to fuck them over and I normally would never do that, but I just broke and could not take it anymore.”

7. Hand in that notice.

“My mom’s: I was studying overseas and my parents booked a trip to come out at the end of the school term, bringing along my 2 siblings – 1 who lived away from home, the other about to start college. It was a month long trip, with lots of pre-paid flights, trains, hotels plus it would likely be the last big trip we all took together.

Obviously, both my parents requested and secured approved PTO months in advance. It was the month of June – typical summer vacation.

A couple days before the trip was to happen, my mom’s boss hands her an assignment.Mom hands it back, saying she can’t take it on as she has a month long vacation about to start. (My folks don’t believe in hyperbole, but trip of a lifetime would be a fair description). Boss says, oh yea, sorry, you can’t take vacation anymore. Mom says if you cancel my PTO, I quit. Boss, blank stare.

Mom handed in her notice and left. We had an amazing trip. She got a new job on return.”

8. No pay for training.

“A little Greek Restaurant I worked at early in high school.

Got hired, and spent the first two days cleaning everything the owner and son were to lazy to clean. Years worth of old grease in the deep fryer’s interior, mold in the fridges, stains in the bathrooms etc. Just fucking gross.

Ask about payday on the end of the second day and it went something like this:

“So, how does payday work here? Is it weekly, bi-weekly, what?”

“you are on training, if we like the job you do we will hire you with pay”.

Confused, I ask “so you’re saying that you’re not going to pay me for cleaning years worth of mold, grease, and bathroom stains?”

“No, you will be paid for work once your training is done”

“Oh! Ok. Fuck this, I quit””

9. Don’t worry, I quit.

“My first job… I was assigned to a specific area, and I thought I was doing my job well. One Monday, I was pulled in to the office and asked why (whatever thing it was, I don’t remember) hasn’t been done for the last two weeks. I replied i wasn’t aware it was part of my duties.

My supervisor said he was putting me on a “mandatory non-paid vacation” for two weeks. No warning, no explanation on why I all of a sudden had to do work for a different department. So I said “don’t worry about it, I quit.”

It was a lousy job anyway, I was only getting paid 18 hours a week but was doing more than that! Sixteen and stupid, I guess!”

10. That’s weird.

“Got a summer job while I was in high school at a place that made fibreglass tanks. I was told I’d be doing groundskeeping and yard work. Figured I’d scored an easy gig of bombing around on a ride-on mower and whatnot.


The first day I show up, in a t shirt and jeans, I was told the yard equipment ‘wasn’t ‘ready’. So they had me cut raw fibreglass for 8 hours with an exacto-knife and no ppe. Being a dumb shit kid I didn’t immediately quit and did this for three more days. At least after the first day I’d brought my own gloves and long sleeve shirt.

However on said fated day three was when they were doing tank coatings. So about ten feet away from me are two dudes in full PPE. We’re talking coveralls, rubber gloves, glasses, face shields, and respirators. Ten feet away from me. In a poorly ventilated room. Spraying the exterior of a tank with presumably fibreglass coating.

I only made it a few hours before having to go to the bathroom to puke. Was told to quit being a pussy and go back out on the floor so I fortunately had a moment of not being a stupid kid and said I quit and walked home. Both parents were mad when I told them I’d quit.

Joke’s on them though because a few years later that company killed two dudes. A guy asphyxiated while working inside one of the tanks and the person that tried to rescue him also ended up dying. Whole place got shut down permanently.”

11. Take care of your mental health.

“I worked for a group home. We had a difficult group of residents, but the company things so much worse.

Every resident was 14-22 years old. They had moderate mental development delays (65-75 IQ range), they all had a psychiatric disorder (from severe ADHD to schizophrenia), and they had also all been convicted of a violent sexual crime.

I worked 3rd shift. My normal hours were 10:30pm to 9am. Four days a week.

About six months into working there, they did a massive layoff.

They went down to bare minimum staff to student ratio each shift, with nobody extra to call in if needed. That meant if someone called out, a person on the previous shift was forced.

It got to the point, where I was being forced 3 out of 4 shifts per week. And not just a few hours. I was working 10:30 pm to around 4:30 pm the next day, and still having to come in for my following shift. I had an hour commute each way.

So I’d get home at 5:30 pm from a 16 hour shift, and have to leave the house again four hours later.

Managed that for about a month. Then one morning I was told last minute I was being forced. Told them I was fucking done and walked out.

That month took a huge toll on my mental health. Swear it took me like a year to recover.”

12. Done and done.

“I worked for a big chain tire store in a very rich part of town for a while. I was overqualified for the job, but its what was hiring. One day I get a call saying another tech got fired for failing a piss test.

I get in and our lead tech comes in with a torn bicep and has to be gone for a few months.

So I’m now the most knowledgeable person in the shop, taking on a ton of extra duties and extra hours. So working 60+hrs a week as the only tech with ANY diagnostic abilities I ask for a raise/promotion.

The guy that was hired on a week earlier, amazing tire buster but can’t do any mechanical repair past changing an air filter, get a double promotion and a dollar per hour raise.

Put in my notice on the spot.”

13. First job.

“First job at McDonald’s. 3 different managers all telling me to do different things, and getting mad when I listen to the others. I overheard the worst manager say to the people at the register (and customers behind the counter) that ‘Someone needs to teach Alice
how to do her job.’

I didn’t even say anything. Just walked out.”

14. That is WAY over the line.

“My first job (at a pizza delivery place), I was almost 18 and I overheard my manager (in his 40s!) and a few delivery drivers talking about throwing me a birthday party and spiking my drinks so they could “do things” to me.

They had no idea I was around the corner listening. Maybe they were joking, maybe they weren’t, I didn’t care I quit right then and there.”

15. “The worst boss I have ever had.”

“I used to be a server at a restaurant that was a quarter mile down the road from a large concert venue in northern Michigan. Concert nights were always fucking crazy but paid well so it was all good. I was assigned patio which had 13 tables split between two servers. The issue is, my other server didn’t show up so I had the entire patio to myself for ZZ Top night.

On top of this, I had a 21 top come in and take up half of my section. They weren’t attending the concert and I told them that due to it being super busy and them being a large group, food would be at least an hour. They were fine with this. I’m with them every 3-5 minutes filling drinks and bringing booze/wine.

It took about 1:30 for them to get their food and everyone was in good spirits the entire time. They ended up staying for 4 hours raking up a 4 digit bill (thank you booze for that) and everything was fine until I bring that out. It was like a switch flipped.

They started yelling and complaining that I was horrible and all went inside to speak to my manager who mind had not helped out a bit during the entire ordeal. She comped everything but alcohol, removed the 20% auto gratuity, and the table ended up leaving me 12 bucks.

My manager then pulled me aside and gave me a warning telling me she didn’t think I could handle being a server. Yeah I was pretty well fucking done. If you are reading this Barb, fuck you. You were the worst boss I have ever had.”

Those are pretty good.

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