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Old 01-15-2022, 07:43 AM   #21
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OP's story is the best! I have no stories about myself. I have witnessed things. The best being the following.

While on vacation, in a small city, we're waiting in line at a fast food place. In all the customers' sight, the manager blesses out a worker. Mgr and wrker were 30 somethings. It went down like this:
Mgr: You have to put the fries under the lamp. This is the third time you forgot! Get your act together.

Quitting Wrkr: Alright, that's it. You know what? This gig ain't gonna work out. I'm gonna end up in jail. <walks out>

Mgr to wrkr 2: Make sure he punches out. Remember what happened last time when Sally didn't punch out?

Wrkr 3 comes to the front and asks Mgr: What happened? I saw Jim walk out the door?

Mgr: He quit

Wrkr 3: Did he punch out? <in my mind, I always hear a rim shot>

There's such a rich back story here that we got from context. Clearly, this manager has issues.
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Old 01-15-2022, 08:13 AM   #22
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My buddy, always called it "dragging up", which means quit on the spot, pack up your welding tools, and go get a new job down the street. His favorite story, was dragging up one time Off-shore when he couldn't find a place to sit to eat his lunch. "Get me a d*mn chopper, I'm out of here".

I googled it and it actually showed up in "Urban Dictionary"
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When I was a kid I worked in a sawmill. We had contract laborers for excess work, many of these guys worked on my crew inspecting/sorting lumber. To be truthful most of these guys werre homeless alcoholics who couldn't work a regular 40 hour job because it got in way of their drinking. They could sober up a couple days, work, get a bottle and not show for a while.

This day the regulars were getting out of the van when I saw a new face. Apparenty coming off a multi day drunk, looking lost, dazed and confused he asked someone "where he was?". They responded back "you're at XYZ lumber company. You're here to work!". "Oh hell no", the guy responded as he took off on a dead run down the road. Never saw him again.
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They responded back "you're at XYZ lumber company. You're here to work!". "Oh hell no", the guy responded as he took off on a dead run down the road. Never saw him again.

I'm glad I was between sips of my coffee or I'd be cleaning up a mess instead of replying.


Love this thread. I don't have any good stories of epic walk outs but maybe a toxic boss thread someday. I left because she would not approve my vacation for my honeymoon planned a year out because I was "too important" but then assigned me to a longer time traveling to support a source selection that would have me sequestered. When I did leave (for essentially another department) very politely and negotiating working in both offices during transition she called me an "F'ing traitor" and proceeded to cut of her nose out of spite a bit. I left because she would not approve my vacation for my honeymoon planned a year out because I was "too important" but then assigned me to a longer time traveling to support a source selection that would have me sequestered. Good times, I love being FIREd.
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This day the regulars were getting out of the van when I saw a new face. Apparenty coming off a multi day drunk, looking lost, dazed and confused he asked someone "where he was?". They responded back "you're at XYZ lumber company. You're here to work!". "Oh hell no", the guy responded as he took off on a dead run down the road. Never saw him again.

Good one. There's always a backstory. Imagine his drinking buddies somehow getting him on that van before he completely came out of his haze. I'm sure they had a good laugh and a couple of shots (bottles?) to celebrate their prank.
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OP's story is the best! I have no stories about myself. I have witnessed things. The best being the following.

While on vacation, in a small city, we're waiting in line at a fast food place. In all the customers' sight, the manager blesses out a worker. Mgr and wrker were 30 somethings. It went down like this:
Mgr: You have to put the fries under the lamp. This is the third time you forgot! Get your act together.

Quitting Wrkr: Alright, that's it. You know what? This gig ain't gonna work out. I'm gonna end up in jail. <walks out>

Mgr to wrkr 2: Make sure he punches out. Remember what happened last time when Sally didn't punch out?

Wrkr 3 comes to the front and asks Mgr: What happened? I saw Jim walk out the door?

Mgr: He quit

Wrkr 3: Did he punch out? <in my mind, I always hear a rim shot>

There's such a rich back story here that we got from context. Clearly, this manager has issues.
Absolutely hilarious
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Old 01-15-2022, 09:17 AM   #27
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Agree. I think bad management is behind the great resignation.
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Yes, that was reason for me, management sucked...

...Management just chose to spin it and lost many good people.
This seems to be a common thread in the corporate world.

Funny thing, I've been very fortunate that most of the people I reported directly to were competent and respectful people, whom I learned a lot from. Occasionally there would be a nut-case one or two rungs up from them, but the good ones always saw their job as helping their direct reports get the job done, while insulating them from the management BS which went on above.

I realize this is NOT the norm. Other managers around me were screamers, back-stabbers, yes-men and generally kept the proverbial BS rolling down hill.

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...she called me an "F'ing traitor...
I did have this happen once. I got along OK with my boss, but when a much better opportunity came up within the company, I applied and got the job. Our relationship never recovered. He resented me as a traitor for years.

But indirectly, he set me on the path to ER. He was a couple of rungs above me on the corporate ladder. He had a nicer car, an nicer house, a nicer boat and a nicer paycheck than I did. But his whole life revolved around work. He was rarely home, and rarely got to travel in his car or boat.

At some point, I realized I wouldn't want to trade places with him. I wouldn't want his job, his paycheck, car, house or boat. I wouldn't want to give up my family time or my leisure time for the company. What good is a nicer boat if you never get to use it?

Maybe I'm not at the same level of FI as most here, but I did RE and I'm enjoying it. My old boss? He never did get to retire. He died young.
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I never walked off a job, came very close a couple of times, but never did it. These are definitely some fun stories to read.
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"One day my boss pulled me into her office like I was a high school kid and told me "Stormy, we pay you (minimum wage) to feed these people, not be their friends!" I said "I quit" before she said "you're fired" (not the good kind of FIRED). I took my uniform top off and placed it on her desk and walked out the building with no shirt on out to my truck in 30 degree weather and drove 10 miles home. I thought to myself I could buy the place and go back and fire her, but I didn't."


Hahahaha that is awesome!! You pulled an Antonio Brown!!!
NO AB, pulled a stormy...

very nice stormy, you could still go visit the people right? Just give the boss a hairy eyeball....

guess i was lucky, always had great groups i worked for and fun J.O.B.
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I have never quit a job abruptly but there in one time I almost did. After working 12 years managing field service computer techs in small national companies, I obtained a Branch Manager position doing the same for a major computer company. It didn't take long to determine that I wasn't a political animal and would not survive long in that environment. After 13 months I spent a long evening with some Regional twit giving me loads of grief about a customer outage which finally prompted me to give notice to him that very evening.

I did manage to maintain my composure enough not to tell him where he could stick his job so gave the customary 4 weeks notice. I had been interviewing for almost two months with another industry leader for an Individual Contributor position instead of managing people but had not received even a verbal job offer at this time. Fortunately, I got the job offer a couple of weeks later and made a smooth transition.

Here's the hook.

The Monday morning which was to be my first day at my new position, I got up early and fired up CNBC on the tube as usual. That's when I saw the breaking news story that the company I had just left on Friday had merged over the weekend with the company I was starting with on Monday. To make matters worse, I ended up reporting to the same Vice-President. To this day I am grateful that I didn't burn any bridges on my way out as my new position was the best job I ever had in my working life. It ended three years later, two weeks after 9-11 when another merger occurred and all similar positions in the company were eliminated. But that's another grim tale.
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Sorta fits here...

My parents were divorced and made a deal, I would live at my Mom's house and work part-time for my Dad while I went to college. Wasn't the friendliest of familial relationships all around.

On days I was at my Dad's small business at lunch time he would always send me out to get us both something. When I would ask him what he wanted his stock answer was "surprise me". Then when I would return to the office with lunch he would gripe about being tired of that particular food or not liking anything within a 20 minute drive. Always, everyday complained about anything I returned with.

So one day he says his usual "surprise me" and I go get lunch. I come back and sit down at the desk I work from and start eating and he came around the corner and asked where his lunch was. I said "you said surprise you...so surprise you on a bleeping diet".

He lost it! Started screaming and I just quietly pick up what was left of my lunch and said "now I know why she divorced you" and walked out.

For about six months every two weeks a check would show up at my Mom's house for about what I was making. Found out later she forced him to keep paying in one form or another for me some school money. Buried the hatchet and went back about six months later.

Part of the agreement to go back was I was no longer the caterer. We laugh about now.
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Over the years there have been a couple of polls about "Why did you retire?" and a very common theme, if not the top reason, was bad/hostile managers.

https://www.early-retirement.org/for...oll-95939.html

https://www.early-retirement.org/for...red-23816.html

Stormys's story is a howl!

I don't have a good story myself, there were only two jobs I really didn't like and not surprisingly I didn't last long at either. No drama though.
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Stormys's story is a howl!
Stormys' story is one of the best I've heard. It also gets at the undercurrent of a lot of problems in business. Some managers think the purpose of the company is to make widgets (dinner, in Stormy's case).

Nope. It is to delight customers. Stormy was going above and beyond because Stormy knew the job was about hospitality to the residents, not just food. The mangler lost sight of this.

Same thing in my fast food story. It wasn't about the fries, it is about serving the customers. Instead, we got served a big heap of loud, dirty laundry. It did make for an interesting vacation memory, though.
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At my first job out of college, before I had started there, there was a legend. No one remembered his name, but his moniker was the "One-Day Wonder"... didn't even last one day.

We had high turnover and there was a really loud colored tie that was the "termination tie" that was worn by departing employees on their last day of work.
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In junior high school I was informed that one could make easy summer money picking watermelons. I showed up and it was all football players and me, a tall, skinny first baseman. We walked in a line through the field behind people with knives and, as we came to a watermelon with a cut stem, we snatched it up and heaved it to the left. You had to act quickly as there was likely a watermelon flying at you from the right. The guy on my right enjoyed trying to knock me down, sometimes successfully. We finally loaded the truck and the owner felt sorry for me, and let me ride in the cab with him. I wasn’t nasty about it but I took whatever I was paid that day and ran.

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This is a great thread, but also check out this over at "little brother"

https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/we...money-stories/
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Ok here is my story at the last company I worked for I was the Maintenance Manager of very busy Union Transmission Company. My job consisted of keeping over 380 machines running during my shift which I never knew which shift I'd be working so I had to get to know all the Craftsmen on all the shifts and we always made our rate per shift, but I had this piece of crap for a boss (Area Production Manager) that thought he knew everything about Mechanics because he was college educated LOL and I only had my Vocational Certificate along with lots of previous experience in other industries as thats why I was hired. I had issues with him for the 2 years I worked there and finally I had it so I had my 2 weeks of vacation to take and there was 2 weeks left in March so I put in for Vacation and I never came back as I had a new job already lined up and even had my house sold. So, on April fool's day they called to ask me why I wasn't at work for the off shift as my vacation was all done and I told them to make sure you tell my ass of a boss since he knows so much, he can keep those 380 machines running now that I'm not there and see if he makes the rate and he got stuck doing my job for 4 weeks and the rate on those machines went from 96% to 22% while he was there running the floor he texted me 2 weeks in and said will you come back I said hell no I already have some other company that wants my knowledge and told him he was an ass and said to him this is one April's Fools day you will never forget. LOL Oh and to this day I still will never let anyone as I don't care what position or title they hold talk down to me as if they do, I'll give it right back to them and walk again
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Wow, lots of good stories here. I am in awe.
Many years ago I took some qualifying written test, interviewed with a panel, and subsequently offered a job with the IRS, starting as a GS-3. After lots of hiring paperwork, I went to the distribution center that was wanting me. I was of course, flattered. Unfortunately the main duties involved handling a myriad of forms and documents, mailing them out to those requesting, and keeping track of inventory. Fun stuff. The manager (nice guy) shows me around, introduces me to maybe twenty new coworkers, buys me lunch in the cafeteria. Then shakes my hand and says, "why don't you head on home and I will see you here at 8:00 tomorrow." I nod my head, "Yes sir, I will see you tomorrow." Tomorrow comes, and I don't want this dreary job, and instantly decide that I was not going in, not going to call them to explain, and not even answer their calls and several messages. I was an ass.... and cannot explain my behavior. But.......about two years later I was audited by the IRS. I'm sure it was just a coincidence.
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Hahahaha that is awesome!! You pulled an Antonio Brown!!![/QUOTE]


HAHA.....maybe Antonio will come on this board and tell his story....
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Wow, lots of good stories here. I am in awe.
Many years ago I took some qualifying written test, interviewed with a panel, and subsequently offered a job with the IRS, starting as a GS-3. After lots of hiring paperwork, I went to the distribution center that was wanting me. I was of course, flattered. Unfortunately the main duties involved handling a myriad of forms and documents, mailing them out to those requesting, and keeping track of inventory. Fun stuff. The manager (nice guy) shows me around, introduces me to maybe twenty new coworkers, buys me lunch in the cafeteria. Then shakes my hand and says, "why don't you head on home and I will see you here at 8:00 tomorrow." I nod my head, "Yes sir, I will see you tomorrow." Tomorrow comes, and I don't want this dreary job, and instantly decide that I was not going in, not going to call them to explain, and not even answer their calls and several messages. I was an ass.... and cannot explain my behavior. But.......about two years later I was audited by the IRS. I'm sure it was just a coincidence.

So YOU were the one who started the ghosting trend? Thanks a lot buddy!
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