1. "I washed dishes and worked there for two weeks. The A/C for the kitchen and office both broke the day before I started. The office A/C was fixed the following day; however, the kitchen A/C 'wasn't a priority.' It was a heatwave in August, hitting 115° outside. The whole kitchen staff walked out."
2. "I quit on day two. The owner tells me that he pays taxes for us so he pays cash and it is after taxes. So $7.5 and not the $10/hour we agreed to. I walked out and called the IRS hotline to report fraud."
"I had a lady who owned a Subway do this to me, for, like, two weeks. She said she was getting my payroll straightened out, and when I got my check, she took out 'taxes,' and she actually never paid them either, so when I did my taxes, there was no record of me working for her. She literally stole my money."
3. "The entire waiting staff and I walked out. The new owner of the restaurant wanted to charge the staff for breakages."
4. "A temp agency sent me for assignment to a small factory making furniture. It was a 7 a.m. start time. At 7:03 or :04, while still waiting for some sort of foreman/supervisor to come over and say hello, a couple of dudes start shouting at each other, and it breaks out into a full-blown fight. Yeah, I'd seen enough. Funny how I have a completely crystal clear memory of looking at the clock in my car as I drove away. 7:12 a.m."
5. "I did Dell computer sales in 1998. They fired 90% of all the commission-making salespeople and replaced them with hourly workers from a temp agency. They then asked me to train them. I was like, 'Maybe you should have trained them before firing everyone — why would I train them so you can fire me in two weeks?' I then grabbed my shit and noped out of there!"
6. "I was a cook, and the new manager kept making me cover the dish pit because the dishwasher person was not showing up because they refused to hire another one and were making him work seven days a week. I told him if he kept making me close the dish pit, I was going to put my two weeks in. He said 'good' and went back to cooking. So I went and grabbed my shoes and backpack and got his attention. He turned around, and I gave him a peace sign and left. Keep in mind that I had been there for three years, working as a busser, dishwasher, server, host, and cook. I did everything they asked. He had only been our manager for two months."
7. "I was 17 and just finished mopping the floor at closing time and was walking out the door. The owner's son walked across the floor in boots covered in motor oil and told me to 'mop this shit up.' I dropped the mop on the floor and told him to do it himself. I was being paid minimum wage and wasn't going to deal with that shit."
8. "I was working at McDonald's. The first day, it was already two hours past the time I was supposed to go home, but they kept telling me I had to stay and wait (for what exactly?). Finally, they said to sweep the kitchen and go home. I swept it into a big pile and was about to put everything into the dustpan when the shift lead came by and said, 'Looks good!' and kicked the pile out. They said, 'Now do it again.' I made myself an ice cream cone and left."
9. "I got a job at a new grooming salon in Petco. It was a commission-based job, and they still had a sign out front saying: 'Grooming salon coming soon.' So after a week of making no money, I came to work, and the manager said, 'You can't wear jeans here.' 'Ok,' I replied, then I turned around and walked out never to be seen again. He called a week later asking me to come back. I laughed and hung up."
10. "Aside from being a firefighter/medic (it was a small volunteer department; NOT paid), we all had a regular day-to-day job. Mine was always working in bars, pizza places, etc. I was/am a cook. I had one particular manager at the time who would talk down to you like you were a piece of dog shit. I let it slide way longer than I should have. I eventually said something one day, and it got twice as bad. He eventually got in my face and was legitimately yelling. I told him to suck a dick and that he needed to learn how to talk to people. I walked out that night and left him by himself to run that whole kitchen with at least 10+ tickets that I know had not even been started yet."
"This was back in 2016-ish. I heard he called two other employees in on their day off, and I later found out he did the very same thing to them as well, and the end result was the same. They, too, walked out on him."