Record-high numbers of workers quit during the pandemic, while more and more people spoke out about their toxic jobs and went public with their exits. Resignation notices and stories began circulating on social media, sparking a wave of others questioning whether they are really happy with their current job.

Following the trend, Twitter user Alissa May Atkinson from Brooklyn, New York shared a story of how “One time I was moving really heavy patio furniture for a restaurant job that paid me $2.63/hr and my coworker said '**** this,' walked away, and neither I or anyone I knew saw her again.” The tweet amassed 203K likes, resonating with many people on the platform.

The thread soon became a hilarious collection of real-life and unairbrushed stories about people having enough and closing the doors at their work behind them for good. Do you have a similar story to share with us? Hit us in the comments!

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DennyS (denzoren)
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2 months ago

She had the appropriate reaction.

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Id row
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2 months ago

I wonder what the fallout for the business was.

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UpQuarkDownQuark
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2 months ago

“Are you seeking the smallest moment of serenity on the clock?! Face your register!”

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It’s easy to get caught up in the heat of an issue, have tunnel vision and then just quit without thinking about the consequences,” Christine Mitterbauer, a licensed and ICF-approved career coach and serial entrepreneur told Bored Panda in an interview. “Before you just quit your job, you should take a step back and try to look at your whole situation objectively. Practise thinking before you speak. You want to make sure that it’s not your ego getting in the way.”

Christine suggests thinking about the following things: “If you quit your job right now, will you genuinely be happy with all the consequences for the coming days, weeks and months? Or will you regret it? Can you even afford to quit your job? How will it look on your CV?”

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Bushy
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2 months ago

She shall go down in history as a legend

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Lawrencium
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2 months ago

Good response.

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PandaRave
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2 months ago

3k worth of food? Damnit, where was I when this happened?

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“Once you have cooled down, you could take a look at all the pros and cons of quitting, and then decide what’s the right decision for you in the longer term. Never make any hasty decisions when you’re emotional,” she explained.

When asked whether it’s wise to quit a job on the spot in general, Christine said that generally “it’s not wise to quit your job on the spot, as this shows you haven’t thought through the consequences.” She added: “We don’t think rationally when we’re angry and frustrated, so you need to wait until those emotions have subsided, before you can assess your situation objectively.”

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JayWantsACat
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2 months ago

Took me a minute that "STUCK BY A TRAIN" wasn't a type for "STRUCK by a train" (thankfully) and was seemingly stuck at a railroad crossing because of a train. lol

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Lawrencium
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2 months ago

Hooray, our company now gives people PTSD! Management goals achieved! /s

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Hedgeh og
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2 months ago

Anything with "you people" - !!!!

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If an employee walks out of a job, the boss can think about how they could have handled the situation differently, so they avoid a similar situation in the future, Christine argues. “Did they act unfair or emotionally? It’s a healthy habit to always take a step back from difficult situations to learn how you could handle them better next time round,” she concluded.

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J Rob
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2 months ago

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Uber Mensch
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2 months ago

2-minute notice. Heh.

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PandaRave
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2 months ago

The Managers tried to block off the exits? Dear god they wanted his head for that

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Even though every employee is responsible for setting their boundary of just how much nonsense they are willing to put up with at work, sometimes you don’t see these problems until years into the job. In the beginning, we tend to idealize the job we fought hard to get, and so turn a blind eye to many red flags.

However, sometimes the red flags are so bright you cannot miss them. Especially if you've become the victim of pressure, poor treatment, bullying, or worse. In those cases, there’s no other option than to speak to your HR and the superiors. Their actions are crucial in solving the situation.

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Dave P
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2 months ago

I call BS, Lowes uses major corporate contracts for computer programs, big national contracts worth millions with big software companies. You son did not desiegn for them any program that he deleted and that caused them to go begged when he was working at one store. I call BS

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Paul C.
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2 months ago

Spit on you! They would have been using a straw to eat.

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Pink Dahlia
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2 months ago

Call center jobs are the WORST. You're treated like dog s**t on the bottom of the supervisor's shoe.

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In some cases, you may feel like no one is listening to you. "If you feel that there's nothing you can do to change the situation and the company or people involved are unwilling to change, then you have to decide whether you're willing to stay in that environment or not,” Eddy Ng, the James and Elizabeth Freeman Professor of Management at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, previously told Bored Panda.

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Kris
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2 months ago

Thats awesome! 🤣

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Madre_Dr4gnZFly
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2 months ago

Should a hung around after eating those hotdogs...you could've returned the "gas" in spades!!

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shodokai
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2 months ago

Yes! Good on you!

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Such a decision may be hard when you have just been hired and are only getting warmed up in your new job. However, making the decision to quit before you’re trapped in the workplace for years to come may be a crucial step to protect your sanity and wellbeing. In fact, we only have two options and it’s either choosing to find contentment in the position you're in now or looking for a way out.

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TKFitzy
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2 months ago

Well that’s just fracked up

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Lawrencium
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2 months ago

Why do people do this??

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Lsai Aeon
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2 months ago

How did you not see a naked man leaving the theater?

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Many people who feel that their workplace is toxic may indeed feel imprisoned by the fact that there's a global pandemic going on and it’s going to be hard to find a new job. But such an idea can be very limiting and so it’s better to stay in a positive mindset. In reality, the world just didn't stop one day, companies are still hiring and you can always make money on your own.

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152 Sukriti
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2 months ago

That's it!! Show them!

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Kyndal T
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2 months ago

FedEx is the problem. Not the employees. In case anyone is wondering, most of the employees aren't working for FedEx. They're subcontractors to contractors who get paid absolute garbage. The contractors frequently sell their subcontractors to new companies. The contractors own sections of routes and pay (poorly) for subcontractors to deliver. No benefits. No bonuses. No equipment. Forced to wear the uniform (provided few sets but never got anymore in 10 years and forced to buy ridiculously expensive shoes), overtime for no pay, and treated like garbage. Experience? Husband worked there 10 years. 4 separate companies he was sold to. Some contractor companies are better than others but when you don't get home til 11pm when you have to be in at 6am, it doesn't matter anymore. My husband finished his route early every single day and would have to help other drivers. Most of the time, his boss sent him to other company's drivers and got paid for his labor. He never saw a dime.

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Inflatablelover
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2 months ago

That is NOT okay 🚩

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Meanwhile, Professor Ng from Bucknell University said that if the problems in the workplace concern derogatory comments (like unwanted or unwelcome jokes), a human rights complaint might be the right course of action. "Employers (managers and HR) can be held responsible for inaction," he told us and added that “if repeated complaints about the toxic workplace to the manager or HR fall on deaf years, then it is indicative that the employer is not taking the concern seriously and it's the cue that you should switch employers/workplace.  

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shodokai
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2 months ago

Never ride those traveling carnival rides, unless you're looking for a disability/death claim.

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Jose Antonio
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2 months ago

But....But.....Religious people are the BEST tippers!!! /s

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Debbie Diskey
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2 months ago

Kohls still treats their employees like s**t

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"On the other hand, "if management makes an effort for change, then it would be an opportunity to assist with that change. Many organizations are not addressing systemic discrimination and are engaging with employees with this change," Professor Ng said. In more severe cases when the toxic workplace environment becomes a health concern and the employer is still not willing to act accordingly, the employee can always quit and sue the employer for constructive dismissal.

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Lawrencium
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2 months ago

Because wrinkles TOTALLY RUINED the upscale swanky vibes Hollywood video definitely had! /s

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TKFitzy
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2 months ago

Oh my gosh, don’t tell me you called him out 😂😂😂

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Samantha Mannion
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2 months ago

Lmao this sounds exactly like my last job..

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