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“I Took Out My Store Keys And Handed Them To Her, Much To Her Surprise”: Employee Quits On The Spot, Boss Calls The Cops For Some Reason
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“I Took Out My Store Keys And Handed Them To Her, Much To Her Surprise”: Employee Quits On The Spot, Boss Calls The Cops For Some Reason Interview

If you have ever had a job you hated, you may have spent a few shifts daydreaming about dramatically quitting and disappearing in a puff of smoke. Of course, in real life, it is more likely that you will have a tense or awkward, but overall anticlimactic, conversation with your manager and then be required to work two more weeks before you actually taste freedom. If you are extremely frustrated with your employer, you can quit on the spot. But even this does not usually cause a scene that could have been straight out of a film script.

One former employee of a cell phone carrier store, however, recently detailed how quitting that job became much more dramatic than they would have ever anticipated. Below, you can read the full story that PosterMcPoster shared on the Antiwork subreddit, as well as an interview between PosterMcPoster and Bored Panda, and then let us know in the comments what you think of the situation. Enjoy reading this story that might inspire you if you’re currently working a job that makes you want to rip your hair out, and then if you’re interested in another article featuring r/Antiwork, check out this story next. 

This former cell phone store employee recently shared how quitting their job became much more dramatic than they anticipated

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The employee intended to quit and be on their way, but their boss felt the need to escalate the situation

Image credits: Daniel Borges (not the actual photo)

Image credits: PosterMcPoster

We reached out to PosterMcPoster on Reddit to hear if they ever received any updates from the store after they left. “I returned to the store every once in a while to see some of the few friends left; they were okay but conditions didn’t get any better,” they explained. “In fact, one of my coworkers who has a disability could not stand for 8 hours and simply required a chair to sit in while behind the desk. If you were caught sitting, management had a habit of reprimanding you. Even if there were no customers in the store.”

They went on to explain that the manager even tried to pressure the employee into quitting. “This employee had previously been verified disabled from injuries sustained while serving our country in the military. The fact that the manager thought that behavior is okay is beyond me,” PosterMcPoster continued.

Thankfully, PosterMcPoster was able to easily find employment after this situation, though. “Of course, there is always the question in the interview of how your last job ended,” they noted. “I had to explain the best I could, but I stuck with my guns and said it ended with my old boss being insufferable, and for my health I had to leave.”

We also wanted to know what the most important factors became for them when searching for another job. “Finding a place that treated me like a human being and not like some cog in a machine or like a workhorse,” PosterMcPoster shared. “I needed to feel respected and valued. Management needs to embrace and advocate for their people because the higher ups, the corporate overlords, they don’t care or understand, they just want results. If you want to win the Kentucky Derby, you don’t treat your horse like garbage, you prize it and take care of it.”

We then asked if they had any advice for people in similar situations at work. “Focus on what makes you happy and spend time on what is important,” they said. “Find a job that suits you and treats you fairly, don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself or OTHERS. It’s when we stand together against bad workplace practices that the real change occurs. Ultimately, we teach employers how we should be treated. If you work in fast food, hold your head high, without the quick coffee and breakfast, corporate America would fail. Those entry level jobs are the very foundation of the corporate pyramid. Sadly, many of the corporate fools don’t realize they are literally taking there own legs out from under themselves. You are a person and just as valuable as any Elon or Jeff.”

Lastly, they added some sage words of wisdom, “At the end of the day, I lost my job, but I found my dignity. I am stronger now than ever, and I charter my own course. To those who feel that oppression, I am with you, and I urge you to know you too can be free and you do have that power.”

What do you think of this dramatic quitting story? PosterMcPoster never intended to cause so much of a scene, as they had no part in calling the police, but they were pushed too far past their comfort zone at work. It is vital that bosses take employee feedback seriously and do not end up running all of their workers off without any self reflection. Otherwise they may end up with a line of 15 people trying to purchase cell phones and nobody around to help except a few confused cops. Let us know in the comments if you have ever dramatically quit a job on the spot or how you would have responded in this situation. 

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Stevie W.
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2 months ago

Back in the 70s, i went to work in a floral shop bec I wanted to learn the trade. Minimum wage at the time was $2.50/ hr. In training for at least 6 months (boss said), my wages were 1.25/hr..Seven or 8 months later I was opening, running the store alone, doing all arrangements (except weddings & funerals) and deliveries. Asked for a raise to minimum wage. Nope. Not enough profits. Then a new clerk appeared, an 18 year old (I was 23). We got to know each other & 1 day I asked her how she started there. She said she was my replacement & was surprised I didn’t know. I asked how much she was earning. She said she assumed 2.50/hr. I suggested she make sure. Turned out she was getting 1.10/hr as a trainee. Next day, she said her boyfriend didn’t want her to work for that On a Friday we met for breakfast & went to work together 3 hours late. Boss' son jumped up from his chair and screamed “where the hell have you two been?” I said, “We quit. We want our checks now.” We got them & 😁😂🤣

Bella V
Community Member
2 months ago

Karma at it's finest, I'm curious as to how long she lasted.

Christoph
Community Member
2 months ago

companies definitely overvalue their appeal. Not many jobs are worth constant criticism and humiliation. Absolutely not sustainable. I wonder how people forget what it is like to BE managed.

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Stevie W.
Community Member
2 months ago

Back in the 70s, i went to work in a floral shop bec I wanted to learn the trade. Minimum wage at the time was $2.50/ hr. In training for at least 6 months (boss said), my wages were 1.25/hr..Seven or 8 months later I was opening, running the store alone, doing all arrangements (except weddings & funerals) and deliveries. Asked for a raise to minimum wage. Nope. Not enough profits. Then a new clerk appeared, an 18 year old (I was 23). We got to know each other & 1 day I asked her how she started there. She said she was my replacement & was surprised I didn’t know. I asked how much she was earning. She said she assumed 2.50/hr. I suggested she make sure. Turned out she was getting 1.10/hr as a trainee. Next day, she said her boyfriend didn’t want her to work for that On a Friday we met for breakfast & went to work together 3 hours late. Boss' son jumped up from his chair and screamed “where the hell have you two been?” I said, “We quit. We want our checks now.” We got them & 😁😂🤣

Bella V
Community Member
2 months ago

Karma at it's finest, I'm curious as to how long she lasted.

Christoph
Community Member
2 months ago

companies definitely overvalue their appeal. Not many jobs are worth constant criticism and humiliation. Absolutely not sustainable. I wonder how people forget what it is like to BE managed.

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