You might have the patience of saints when it comes to your work, dear Pandas, but even saints reach their limits at some point in time. Let’s face it, the past couple of years have been hell for many of us. The radical changes in the way we work, the job industry disruptions, the layoffs, the fights with management… we could go on and on.

But the fact of the matter is simple: a lot of people got so sick and tired of their jobs, they either put in their 2 weeks’ notice and quit or started to fight back against the status quo. Internet users started sharing the exact moments they became ‘radicalized’ and adopted the antiwork mindset in a viral thread on Reddit. We’ve collected some of their stories to share with you today.

Scroll down, upvote the ones that you could relate to the most, and let us know in the comments if you’ve ever experienced anything similar. The story about the sad retirement party is something that really hit us hard.

Bored Panda wanted to learn more about why people quit or become disillusioned with their jobs, so we reached out to Sam Dogen, the author of 'Buy This, Not That: How To Spend Your Way To Wealth And Freedom.' Sam is also the founder of the Financial Samurai blog and has left the job industry a decade ago. Scroll down to read what he has to say.

#1

30 People Share The Exact Moment At Their Jobs That Made Them Go ‘Radical’ And Join The ‘Antiwork’ Movement Friend died after not being able to afford insulin. They had a full time job

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DennyS (denzoren)
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6 months ago

Insulin needs to be free dammit it!

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“The pandemic has given all of us more time to think about what we really want to do in life. Furthermore, given so many fun things we used to do have been curtailed, there's been this huge increase in people being dissatisfied with life overall. With the help of government benefits, millions more people quitting suboptimal jobs is an inevitability,” he explained to us.

“Personally, I left my investment banking job in 2012 at age 34 because work was no longer interesting or fun. I was doing the same old thing for 13 years,” the expert opened up.

#2

30 People Share The Exact Moment At Their Jobs That Made Them Go ‘Radical’ And Join The ‘Antiwork’ Movement For me it was when/how my mom died. I had spent a few years in a new office job after escaping retail, thought I had finally like, “made it” or whatever. Real adult stuff, they offered health insurance, paid vacation, etc. All the stuff you’re supposed to look for in a job right. (I should clarify this was almost ten yrs ago now)

One day mom calls my while I’m at my desk, tells me she has cancer and not long left. I immediately started spending every weekend at her house (just about a 5 hour drive) until she got just too sick, and I had to make a decision.

She didn’t have health insurance. Small business owner, “self employed”. So her not being able to work meant no money on her part, no insurance meant end-of-life care was wildly expensive, and now I had had to leave my job and move in to wait it out with her to make sure she was as comfortable as possible until the end. So also no paychecks for me, because as soon as I started not being able to focus 100% on my stupid a** corporate bulls**t job, they said “welp… sorry bout that. Hope everything works out for you.”

So I never went back. To an office job, to that state, or even to retail honestly. Not a single entity had any sort of support to offer us, any kind of help, nothing… (I sincerely don’t mean the local community when I say this, her vast network of friends in the area were mostly amazing and kind but not exactly flush with cash). I lost my job, my savings, my entire plan for the future, my home, and my mother in the span of six months because there was less than zero support for a dying poor woman in this country. I’d leave here behind if I could, too.

Wow thank you guys, sorry I came here, overshared, and then left for the rest of the day, it was stressing me out that I even talked about it. Y’all are incredibly kind and supportive, thank you all.

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Alex K
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6 months ago

america , man... such a shithole

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#3

30 People Share The Exact Moment At Their Jobs That Made Them Go ‘Radical’ And Join The ‘Antiwork’ Movement Why is wanting fair treatment and fair pay for a fair days work "radical"?

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Vorknkx
Community Member
6 months ago

If employers had their way, you probably wouldn't get paid at all. "You are spending time indoors, not outside in the rain - isn't that enough, you evil radical leftist?"

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“I wanted to take a leap of faith, while I was still relatively young. Feeling regret for not trying something new is one of the worst feelings,” Sam explained to Bored Panda that young employees tend to have much more flexibility when it comes to career changes or doing passion projects.

According to the financial expert, there are some concrete ways to bring workers back to the job industry. “Not only could higher compensation entice more people to come back to work, but more flexibility as well. It's clear that very few people work or need to work 40 or more hours a week. There's a lot more productivity happening if you're able to work from home,” he pointed out.

#4

30 People Share The Exact Moment At Their Jobs That Made Them Go ‘Radical’ And Join The ‘Antiwork’ Movement Got into the same Industry my father raised me in, he was able to afford multiple houses, cars, and raised three kids.

I make the same as he did 40 years ago. Can’t afford rent.

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Josy Bannon
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6 months ago

THIS is what our economy has become..and what leads to the false assumption that the older generation worked harder and the younger generation just doesnt work hard enough/is lazy.

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#5

30 People Share The Exact Moment At Their Jobs That Made Them Go ‘Radical’ And Join The ‘Antiwork’ Movement After I turned 26 and had to get off my parents health insurance i applied for it at the office I had worked at for five years. The owner of the company told me that providing health insurance for employees was "a huge burden on the company".

My team had performed so well that year that the owning family rewarded themselves with new cars paid for with company money. The employees received, and I s**t you not, a bag of chips and a candle. I realized then that employers are NEVER your friend. They will climb over your dead body to make a nickel of profit.

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Ms.GB
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6 months ago

Our business was up 40% for the year, we did not get a Christmas bonus, a party, or even a couple pizzas or a Christmas card. My coworker was in tears because she couldn't afford gifts for her family. We had expected a bonus because in the years prior we had gotten an extra hundred bucks at least, that year they just decided to stop giving bonuses and not say anything about it. Most of us were working paycheck to paycheck.

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#6

30 People Share The Exact Moment At Their Jobs That Made Them Go ‘Radical’ And Join The ‘Antiwork’ Movement Seeing my coworker almost cry at his retirement "party" which was nothing more than crappy catered Italian food.

Dude was here for 42 years and the owner of the company didn't even bother to show up. The HR manager came and said, "Thanks Scott. Now go eat."

And that was it.

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Vorknkx
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6 months ago

That's pretty rude.

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A large part of an employee’s job satisfaction relates to what their coworkers and bosses are like. When you’re part of a friendly, talented, and passionate team, you can’t help but adopt their enthusiasm.

On the flip side, if you’re constantly being micromanaged, overworked, and underpaid, you start looking for greener pastures. They say that people leave managers, not companies. Whether you agree with this or not doesn’t change the fact that for some people this is the reason why they go elsewhere.

#7

30 People Share The Exact Moment At Their Jobs That Made Them Go ‘Radical’ And Join The ‘Antiwork’ Movement I got really sick as a teenager. My mom’s insurance wouldn’t cover the treatment that the docs thought could save my life. We were well off and she was able to pay for it out of pocket. But the other kids I met/befriended at the hospital and in the local groups did not have the same privilege and died. For a long time I carried that weight as a guilt, but now it burns like a red hot anger. “Let this radicalize you, rather than lead you to despair.”

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Eric Law
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6 months ago

The USA... where thinking people should get the health care they need is "radical".

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#8

30 People Share The Exact Moment At Their Jobs That Made Them Go ‘Radical’ And Join The ‘Antiwork’ Movement Seeing people that work their entire life and get completely railroaded when bad health comes knocking. If it's like that, then what the f**k's the point?

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Vorknkx
Community Member
6 months ago

Unless you live in Europe, where healthcare is affordable and spending time in hospital doesn't ruin your life...

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#9

30 People Share The Exact Moment At Their Jobs That Made Them Go ‘Radical’ And Join The ‘Antiwork’ Movement I was 20 and a bank teller. One day a week my shift started at 11 instead of 9. I walked to work like I did every day and when I got there, police tape is everywhere. The branch was robbed just before I arrived and a coworker held at gunpoint. He handed over the cash and thank goodness, no one was hurt.

In the series of meetings that followed, HR proceeded to berate him for giving the robber too much money (i.e., bank profits). He went on stress leave and never came back.

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DennyS (denzoren)
Community Member
6 months ago

"You just gave him the money? What would he do, shoot you?" Also....isn't this supposed to be covered by insurance.

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Eddy Ng, the Smith Professor of Equity & Inclusion in Business at Queen’s University, explained to Bored Panda during a previous interview the difference between strong and weak leaders.

For him, a strong leader in the workplace is someone who is principled, moral, and who always does the right thing. Meanwhile, weak leaders are those who dither or only ever do the things that make them popular.

#10

30 People Share The Exact Moment At Their Jobs That Made Them Go ‘Radical’ And Join The ‘Antiwork’ Movement In 2020 I worked at Wal-Mart. There was a Deli worker who was recovering from major liver surgery due to a car wreck. She was 72 years old and still healing. The doctor gave her an order stating that she couldn't stand for more than 20 minutes at a time and she wasn't supposed to lift more than 5 pounds. They had her at the door counting people to make sure we didn't go over capacity. Then the store manager came up to her and told her that she couldn't sit at work and accused her of being lazy and took her chair away. She was in so much pain in her abdomen about an hour later that she had to run to the restroom to puke. I was furious. I went to Susan's (store manager) office on my lunch break and informed her that what she was doing was not only unethical, but Illegal. And violates labor laws. I let her know I had informed corporate and the TIPS hotline about what she was doing. She told me that I was just a greeter and needed to mind my damn business. I reported what she had done to the district manager and two assistant managers. The lady that I will call Sara. Got her chair back 3 days later, after justifiably refusing to work under those conditions while recovering from surgery. Nothing happened to the store manager so I quit a week after reporting the incident to as many people as I could. When I realized they could abuse a disabled elderly woman for no reason and get away with it, I was too disgusted to work there. And I will NEVER work for a Wal-Mart again.

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Jaguarundi
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6 months ago

I'll never shop in a walmart again after what my staff and I were subjected to when I worked for them.

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#11

Being disabled.

I was forced to work full time (as practice to come back from full time disability) at a place that refused to hire me (even though that was the goal according to my plan with the disability-services).

Why? Because the state paid THEM $34/day (not taxed) to have me there. While I had to survive off $5/day, paid by the state (and which I paid taxes on, so it was less than $5/day in the end).

Disabled people are abused by the entire system, yet seen as some kind of freeloading tax-stealers? Companies are tax-stealers. Not the sick.

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Ozacoter
Community Member
6 months ago

Governments only see us disabled people as burdens and not human beings that need respect. All I got from my government in Spain was indiference and all I got from Belgium was threats and lies. I wont even be able to ever become a citizen (and have rights) because I cannot work (so i am not a person, just a burden).

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#12

30 People Share The Exact Moment At Their Jobs That Made Them Go ‘Radical’ And Join The ‘Antiwork’ Movement I don't think believing that people have a right to a comfortable life and be compensated fairly for the exchange of labour is radical...

If a business needs slave labour the business should fail. If billionaires paid fair taxes and we use that money to better society, I'd hardly consider it radical...

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Libstak
Community Member
6 months ago

It's not radical, it's basic human decency.

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“The notion of servant leadership is gaining attention in the workplace. Although it is associated with many of the strong leadership traits such as empathy, selflessness, and humility, the focus is on the leader’s propensity to serve (or support) their followers. Servant leaders empower and lift up followers (employees) to motivate and fuel their passion,” the professor told us.

According to the expert, at the core of leader-follower relationships lies the principle of exchange. “Employees can manage that relationship to have work satisfaction. In this instance, employees need to communicate what they need (tools) or work conditions (autonomy) in order for them to perform optimally when working with a controlling boss. Employees need to convey what they can and are able to perform,” he stressed the importance of clear communication.

#13

30 People Share The Exact Moment At Their Jobs That Made Them Go ‘Radical’ And Join The ‘Antiwork’ Movement My rent went up +$200. My raise was $0.40. CEO raise was 7 digits.

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Kanuli
Community Member
6 months ago

Similar. But I had a happy end. They waste millions in all corners, and I was like: there IS money for me. I am doing a good job. So I got in touch with a friend who could hire me on the spot, told him about it and all. He made me an offer he would keep, if I wanted it. Went to my boss and told him about it. Resulted in 15% raise.

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#14

30 People Share The Exact Moment At Their Jobs That Made Them Go ‘Radical’ And Join The ‘Antiwork’ Movement Getting a write up for pumping breast milk on my breaks in which they had me using a public restroom to do so. Both were illegal. I have not worked a traditional job since. I worked in Healthcare.

Edit to add that the same employer also got upset with me for having my baby. They made sure to tell me how much of an inconvenience it was for them. They also got upset for my time off when my dad died and kept texting and calling during his funeral. I should have quite right then and there but I just needed a job so bad and felt stuck.

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Tina Girard
Community Member
6 months ago

Why is the default always - use the bathroom? I mean, I have yet to see people eating their lunch in the bathroom, so why would you expect me to obtain MY KID's next meal in there? That, and people complaining about how much time you spend pumping (30 minutes total for me) and yet they take frequent 10-15 minute smoke breaks or make runs to the mini-mart.

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30 People Share The Exact Moment At Their Jobs That Made Them Go ‘Radical’ And Join The ‘Antiwork’ Movement Former employer pushed many of us to the point of hospitalization, under the threat that "if you don't do this, the business will close its doors." Many of us worked 80+ hour weeks for months and months on end, sometimes peaking at close to 120 hour weeks. That means, you literally only get 3-4 hours of sleep a night and you're working for ~16-17 hours a day. I was actually in management, but I was working alongside my team, putting in even more hours than they were. I actually cared about my team and defended them. I put in a rotating schedule so they could have time off, and I took their work home with me. When my boss found out, I got chewed out and screamed at since I was "being insubordinate" on the hours mandate. I got HR involved, but HR was corrupt as all hell and actually buried everything- all I did was bring to light what they needed to bury.

After years of this bulls**t, the company decided to clean house. Many people I respected were fired with zero notice. Some were in the middle of business trips, and the company actually told them "yeah, you're fired, find your own way back home, chump." I was retained, but demoted, pay cut, and kicked out of the department I built and was managing. It was insulting beyond all belief. New management was terrible and was treating the legacy guys like garbage just to make them all quit so there would be no opposition. I had enough and quit. As I mentioned in another post, they went far out of their way to screw me over once I put my notice in. I actually had to take several days off during notice because of how cruel the ridicule had become.

NEVER TRUST HR. NEVER TRUST HR. NEVER TRUST HR.

I run into one of the HR backstabbers in public quite often. She refuses to make eye contact with me and will even walk out of a restaurant if she sees me. Spineless cowards.

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
6 months ago

Never trust HR.

Scagsy
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Nope. HR are just the bad-news-buffer-zone between staff and management. They are as unscrupulous as they come.

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GirlFriday
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6 months ago

HR isn't there for the employees. HR is there to protect the company from the employees.

Naesil
Community Member
6 months ago

HR is still working for the company, and if the company itself is rotten, its highly likely that the HR department is too.

Alma Muminovic
Community Member
6 months ago

HR is not there to protect you, but the company. If they refuse to do their job report the company and involve a lawyer or at least threaten to. Also if your being abused during your 12weeks notice, just leave. F**k them.

Oopsydaisy
Community Member
6 months ago

What in earth could be so important that people have to be worked like that? I mean, I get that this might happen to healthcare staff and first responders in an emergency, but selling widgets or whatever? Wtf?

Mindghost
Community Member
6 months ago

For some health workers, this is the new normal right now :(

Josy Bannon
Community Member
6 months ago

Omg a lot of that is illegal in my country...I wonder, was it that suing would be too exhausting and expensive or were there no workers rights?

Matthew Fox
Community Member
6 months ago

Negan in the Walking Dead universe made it clear: "people are a resource." You're not a person to the company, you're an expense. And HR works for the company, not for you (in many cases.)

Clemptor
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1 week ago

HR is there to protect the company.

Jaybird3939
Community Member
6 months ago

At least you know that THEY know what they did was horrible.

PCW10101
Community Member
6 months ago

HR are there to protect the employer not the employee

Steve Goodman
Community Member
6 months ago

HR Exists to protect the company, not employees

Rick Hoppenbrouwer
Community Member
6 months ago

Confront the b***h head on

Ti Wa
Community Member
6 months ago

At least I hope people clocked in every second they worked? No point in gifting time to your employer free of charge.

Micah
Community Member
6 months ago

Even if it's legal to abandon workers that are on business trips (I hope it isn't), it's certainly unethical.

Spittnimage
Community Member
6 months ago

I hope those on business trips that got fired didn't finish the rest of their meetings which would give the company a big black eye.

Brett Layton
Community Member
6 months ago

I wouldnt say its HR so much its teh executive team running the company. I was at a company that had the HR lady fire 20+ people in a single day, when she was finished ( and it was hard for her many of them were her friends) they fired her after doing their dirty work for them.

WoodenLion
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Never trust HR. - credit = LvWolfen

Kanuli
Community Member
6 months ago

Even if you rub the law in their face. Even if another institution (some official bureau of employee rights) says they do it wrong. They go out of their way to tell me I am wrong, then cover up everything, for years, until they know how little it will cost them to finally say I was right and change the rules. The HR quit, right then, and I went on to fight again for 5 years hours back, but they only wanted to give 1 year backwards to the employees they cheated...because in that year they made sure everyone worked according to the actual law, so almost no one got anything, when they cheated all of them of a few thousand hours a year... „If you dont like it, you can leave?“ Left.

I I
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6 months ago

doors would be shut , 40hrs is all theyd get out of me

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Another part of doing well at work is very individual. It requires that employees focus on their physical needs by getting enough rest, movement, and having good diets. Fitness expert Jack Bly told Bored Panda that “to increase our work output, the #1 place I look at is health.”

“Better health leads to more energy, more focus, and more productivity. To improve our health and ultimately our output, we need to make sure we’re doing things like sleeping 7-8 hours consistently, [having] good nutrition, [and maintaining] consistent exercise,” he said.

“Prioritizing things like workouts actually give us more energy rather than take energy,” the expert said. He highlighted the fact that sleeping and eating well, and exercising make a “night and day difference in our output.”

#16

30 People Share The Exact Moment At Their Jobs That Made Them Go ‘Radical’ And Join The ‘Antiwork’ Movement I've been sympathetic for a long time because so much of what I see here is really just a call for basic human dignity and respect. The thing that radicalized me is becoming friends with Thomas through my church's homeless outreach; he has three jobs but can't afford an apartment. I cannot support such a cruel system.

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James016
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6 months ago

Having 3 jobs and not being able to afford a place. Something has gone very wrong

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#17

30 People Share The Exact Moment At Their Jobs That Made Them Go ‘Radical’ And Join The ‘Antiwork’ Movement My gastritis that has turned into a bleeding ulcer from work stress. Can’t quit though because food and shelter are important to me.

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Venic
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6 months ago (edited)

I don't mean to sound unsympathetic or like work stress doesn't absolutely, 100% legitimately suck, but the "stress cause ulcers" myth has been disproven. It's caused by H. pylori bacteria, or side-effects of some medications (generally when overused). I'd let it slide, but the scientist who proved this (Professor Barry Marshall) infected himself with H. pylori to do so and suffered the consequences, so I hate to see his discovery disregarded. (Credit of course to his colleague Robin Warren as well)

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#18

Got fired for mentioning I had autism

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Jaguarundi
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6 months ago

I will never, ever admit to that. I will shadow, mirror and cover until the day I die before admitting that to my employers! I'm lucky that I'm high-functioning and my bosses have been high ignorant!

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30 People Share The Exact Moment At Their Jobs That Made Them Go ‘Radical’ And Join The ‘Antiwork’ Movement US Military service (also worked as a recruiter) during the Iraq/Afghanistan campaigns is what radicalized me. Especially returning from deployment and seeing what was happening in America. US playing resource pillager and coming home to see people zombified by consumption. The whole experience sent me pretty far left.

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aaaggg hhh
Community Member
6 months ago

Being "sent me pretty far left" means that despite the system, you're still a human being with a conscience. Be careful. The bigshots love to find such "deviants" and make examples out of them.

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#20

Having kidney disease.

I've struggled my entire life only to have the rug yanked out from under me, time and again. I'm not lazy or stupid my any measure but now...I'm just f*cking old and sick. This is presenting a slew of new hurdles and to be honest, I'm tired.

I'm really tired.

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Paul Werner
Community Member
6 months ago

I did the math and it actually made more sense to quit work collect disability and get state insurance than to work pay for insurance which I needed for prescriptions (still very expensive under employer insurance)

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#21

30 People Share The Exact Moment At Their Jobs That Made Them Go ‘Radical’ And Join The ‘Antiwork’ Movement I had a stroke at the office. Like a legit full I could die stroke. And all I could think was I need to get back so I don't get fired.

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DennyS (denzoren)
Community Member
6 months ago

This is horrible. I don't like when I feel bad to take a sick day...I don't like that mentality that has been promoted throughout my work life.

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#22

Honestly it was about 20 years ago. I was antiwork long before it was a thing. There was this woman on contract as an office admin in a big company I worked for and she was amazing. She literally ran the office, helped everyone, did tons of after hours work. I was young and really thought she was a shining example of a great employee. Then she was told on a Friday that her contract was up and she didn't have work Monday. She was then escorted out of the building which was absolutly humiliating for no reason whatsoever. It was then I fully realised people in buisness can be sociopathic f**ks. So my entire career has been based on NOT going that extra mile. Not being like that poor woman. Doing what I need to do to benefit me. Since then I've had a LOT of confirmations that this philosophy is correct. S**te managers will excel because corporate culture promotes the ruthless that say what their managers want to hear and will trample on anyone to meet their personal targets.

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#23

30 People Share The Exact Moment At Their Jobs That Made Them Go ‘Radical’ And Join The ‘Antiwork’ Movement I worked 40+hrs a week every week from the age of 19 to 24 and never made more than a dollar or 2 above minimum wage. Then I found out how much profit I was generating for those people and I absolutely lost my s**t.

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I I
Community Member
6 months ago

i use to make 500 spring rolls an hour every hour for 40 hours a week 20,000 spring rolls at £2 for 4 = £10,000 a week i got £176

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#24

I was at the mall pre-COVID with my young daughter and her favorite daycare teacher was working at the food court.

I literally sobbed in my car later. No one should have to work two jobs to support their family.

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Julius Zuke
Community Member
6 months ago

Many teachers have to work two jobs to stay afloat, especially in the beginning of their careers. And teachers don't get paid over the summer.

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#25

Working in bankruptcy law during the 08 crash. I saw people losing everything who had done “everything right” but got sick or lost their job due to the crash and their whole lives were falling apart.

It made me suddenly realize that there was no “middle class” safety like I’d been raised to believe. It was all a house of cards.

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Courtney Lunsford
Community Member
6 months ago

This is the scariest thing about our society. It all can change in an instant unless you set yourself up with real physical assets that will support you even if society collaspes

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#26

30 People Share The Exact Moment At Their Jobs That Made Them Go ‘Radical’ And Join The ‘Antiwork’ Movement Supervisor (nice guy, member of the union) was promoted to mid/upper management at a time when the company "needed" to make deep cuts across the board. He was tasked with being the axe man, deciding who got fired and handing out pink slips. You could see how it hurt him to have to lay off former friends and co-workers. As soon as the org hit their austerity targets for staff, they fired him. He never saw it coming. he thought he was going to work his whole life with that company until he retired.

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sofacushionfort
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6 months ago (edited)

It’s SOP to fire the “corporate out-processing manager” (aka hatchet-man) at the end of the bloodbath. Corporations really do run on the Stalinist model.

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#27

The '08 housing bubble crisis. How you could have done everything "right" all your life but the economy can still take anything & everything from you

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ZAPanda
Community Member
6 months ago

Not the "economy", gamblers and speculators f*****g with the stock market.

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#28

My mother worked 4 jobs to keep us afloat when my father was terminally ill. We couldn’t afford insurance for him in the pre-Obamacare days. When he died she quit most of her jobs, but the one she kept piled work onto her until she was working 80 a week. So she quit and found a new job, which began putting more work on to her until she was working 80 a week. I told her to quit, pursue her doctorate, while I breadwon for the house and figured out what I wanted to do professionally. I worked a year at Walmart through the pandemic, literally saw hell every day I clocked in. Worked up to 60 hours some weeks. I had a mental breakdown at work and was written up for it. I wasn’t the first I’d seen like that since I got there. I then switched to working taxes, where I never saw a w-2 for more than 80000 dollars, but I saw landlords and business owners raking in hundreds of thousands. Through out all of this, I spent more time without insurance than with it. All of my father’s pension and social security was eaten by the medical bills. One MRI of mine took 3 years to pay off. To say there was a single event for me would be incorrect. It’s more like the inequities and awfulness present in the system was beaten into me so many times that I started to notice.

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H Moore
Community Member
6 months ago

Funny this is trendy now, I quit several jobs in my like, walked out the door, despite the threats and looks of horror. You wouldn't QUIT! Hah watch me walking....and I"m old, it's not a new thing.

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30 People Share The Exact Moment At Their Jobs That Made Them Go ‘Radical’ And Join The ‘Antiwork’ Movement A call center coworker sobbing through phone calls after being informed that if she left early due to health issues she would suffer consequences that could get her on the path to termination. We depended on that predatory job because there was nowhere else to turn in our tiny rural community and the people running the place completely exploited that.

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Paul Werner
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6 months ago

And yet this isn't considered slave labor

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30 People Share The Exact Moment At Their Jobs That Made Them Go ‘Radical’ And Join The ‘Antiwork’ Movement Realizing that the salary I was receiving for teaching 12 students was paid by the fees of only two of them. The for-profit college was taking everything else.

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ZAPanda
Community Member
6 months ago

Fair enough though- the question is running costs. So someone has to cover electricity, building maintenance, maintenance guys' salary, admin staff salaries, grounds, municipal services and taxes, etc. I am friends with a school head and it SOUNDS like a super way to make tons of cash but it depends on the school fees and how high they are. If they're say, double a government school fee, you can be fairly sure that the school is limping by. If however they're over 3x a state school, you're fairly justified in thinking it's a serious for-profit school.

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