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Reddit Discussion: "What Work Moment Made You Go From Proud Employee to "I'm Just Here For the Paycheck"



From Daily Mail:

Most of us have had the odd feeling of disillusionment in a job, but thousands have taken to social media to pinpoint the precise moment they stopped caring at work altogether.

Reddit users have taken to the site to answer the question: 'What work moment made you go from proud employee to "I'm just here for the pay cheque"? - some with shocking stories.

They include a man who suffered a complete lack of empathy from bosses when undergoing cancer treatment, another who wasn't allowed to drink water at work and one person who was told to go to work despite suffering concussion in a road accident which left their grandfather critically injured.

Answering the question, user LBJsPNS wrote: 'When the owners and GM looked at my prostate cancer as a major inconvenience - for them. When they bitched about me being out for cancer surgery - and I'd been out less than two weeks.

'When I was back after two weeks wearing a f****** diaper because I was afraid of losing my job because of cancer. Then they expected me to be concerned whether they made a profit. Yeah, that's likely.'

Equally unsympathetic were Cornelius4129's bosses. The user wrote: 'One day on my way to work I got into a car accident. Car totaled, grandpa - we wasn't sure was going to make it - me possible concussion. I called into my job to explain why I can't come in. 

'Their response was unless bones are broken no excuses get to work. From that day forward my job was just a cheque to me. I used to come in early and stay late with no thank yous and them trying to short my pay cheque. From then on no more.'

Forcing one employee to miss part of their grandfather's funeral also had users of the site fuming - especially since it also turned out to be the last time the person saw their grandmother alive.

FingersUser bubztwenty7 wrote: 'After seven years of service, going above and beyond my role and pay cheque, volunteering countless hours without claiming for them I asked for two days off for my grandpa's funeral as he lived four hours away and they only gave me one day. 

'I had to leave my grandpa's funeral during the service to get back home in time to go to work the next day and the last time I ever saw my grandma was at my grandpa's funeral. She died a few months later. After that I couldn't wait to get out of there.'

Meanwhile, Smooth_Meister complained that their strict bosses wouldn't even allow them the basic human right of hydration.

'I was told I couldn't drink water on the job without a doctor's note.' They wrote. 'Sounds dumb, but as a cashier, it didn't take much to push me over that line.'

Indeed, unscrupulous, uncaring or uninspiring bosses formed the majority of complaints. 

In a shocking tale about their previous job, kaces wrote: 'The owner of the company let go of a secretary due to hard times. It's sad but understandable. He then fires her husband who worked the night shift cleaning crew because "I didn't want any retaliation". 

'He took away both sources of income from this family at the height of the recession for no reason other than paranoia. The owner would say "we are family here"... sure.'

Meanwhile, Back2Bach, said: 'A change of boss. We went from someone positive and inspiring to work for a dolt without vision or concern for employee morale or motivation.'

Coldlikedeath wrote: 'When the CEO sneered at me: "Should I call your mother, and tell her you can't do your job? No one had bothered to train me and I wasn't getting paid. I took my things and left. Never went back.' 

But for max-peck, it was their boss's demands for them to go far beyond the call of duty that made them hate their job. 

'When my first job at a grocery store made me literally pick up human feces because someone s*** on the floor of the bathroom. Went from psyched to have a job to I hate everything about this reaaaal quick.'

A near death experience on the job, meanwhile, was the final straw for partridge69.

The user wrote: 'Nearly died from going overboard on a small boat while letting the lines go in stormy conditions. Complained to the safety rep who said an investigation in to the matter would be held. That never happened.' 

It was a similar story for mjmandi72, who was told to mix a dangerous concoction of bleach and ammonia to clean up a huge pile of rotten fruit - luckily they knew it could trigger a chemical reaction. 

Wages - or the lack of them - was also a big talking point on the thread, with one person even being told they were being paid 'too much' despite being on the minimum wage. 

Tank787 said: 'When I got told that my colleague and I already get paid too much when we asked for a little extra... We're currently paid minimum wage.'

A lack of appreciation was also a common complaint.

Csjohnson was appalled that they had been promised a bonus for promoting a 'huge concert' but instead got $10's worth of Applebee's vouchers. 

Being overlooked for promotions was another subject that had angered people in employment.

Jason2 036Reddit user nikidilla wrote: 'Was told they'd be hiring someone full time with higher pay to do my exact same job, and I would no longer be qualified. New me apparently wasn't as good as I was. Boss said she "forgot how much was involved with the job"... Well yeah, that's easy to do when you give someone else all the work.'

Meanwhile, a furious retroverted_uterus said: 'I got denied a promotion I was well overdue for because, verbatim: "we just really need to get Stephanie off the sales floor. 

'I don't think she's good at her current position and it's just much more complicated to write her up or demote her than it is to move her to a department where I don't have to work with her. But next time you're in line!" 

User adirtygerman simply said: 'When the new guy that relies on you to do his job gets promoted.'

Office temperature often forms a big talking point in any workplace, but mysterious_baker said their employer's lack of consideration for air circulation was what left her wanting to throw in the towel.

'I asked for a big a** fan be put in our work area to help circulate air, since we were working in 120 temps with nothing to move the air around,' they wrote.

'I was told it wasn't in the budget to purchase another fan. Two weeks later I found out that not only did no one check the budget or put in a request for said fan, we had two sitting in storage gathering dust.'

Others, like nliausacmmv, just got straight to the point. 'It's usually right around when I clock in,' they wrote.

Another person who is clearly in the wrong profession if their post is anything to go by is NewsiesOnAMission, who perhaps made the most comical entry.

'I work at a gym that hosts child's birthday parties, which should be enough for a "I'm just here for the pay cheque" attitude on its own.

The moment that made me hate that job with every fiber of my being was the day a kid threw up in the bounce house after eating three blue frosted cupcakes. Children continued to play in it and tracked the vomit everywhere. 

'After the party left (early, might I add, due to blue puke damage) my manager went into the bounce house to try to clean it. Well, she threw up on top of the blue throw up. I was the only other employee there that day, so guess who got to clean all that? Me. I make minimum wage.'

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Mine moment became when after working at my job for three years (which every year someone who started working after me got promoted over me) I finally tell my boss that I would like to be considered for a promotion. His response, "Oh I never would've thought of promoting you. I just thought that you would be happy being a GA (entry level job)." That was when I just thought "Screw it. Why should I even bother?"


I worked for the gym & swim made famous by the Village People. This incident took place on the first day of summer camp one year. Our camp counselors were trained and certified in CPR and First Aid every year before camp started.

The son of our Aquatics Director (my boss) arrived at the pool with his camp group. 8 year old boy, scarlet-faced and in tears complaining about his headache. Camp counselors did nothing, we lifeguards immediately recognized that he had heat exhaustion and took him into his mother's air-conditioned office where he was given water and cooled down. When he didn't appear much better after first aid, his mother took him to the ER where he received IV rehydration and was observed for about three hours. They left the building about 2pm.

Mother came back to work the next day, leaving him with his father (her ex) because he wasn't medically cleared to return to camp.

Management made the mother take a half vacation day for this, even though she had 42 hours on her timesheet for the week. For a medical emergency that was exacerbated by their camp counselor employees ignoring their first aid training they had taken weeks before.

This was the defining moment when I stopped caring. The dysfunctional management structure and attempts to make part time hourly workers perform management functions were just the icing on the cake.

Tech Support Survivor

When, the day before I was booked to fly home to see my dad for the last time, he had terminal cancer, and we knew it was weeks left. My supervisor came up to me and said there was an issue with the time I had requested off.

I told her my tickets are booked and I'm flying out tomorrow no matter what. I never thought much of the job, but this clinched it.

For the record I did get to see my dad, spent the whole visit sick (I'm pretty sure it was from the shock of seeing him looking like that). And the rest of the time crying. I ended up quitting within a couple months.


Rules for a Teacher's Discount were:

1) classroom supplies only

2) Not on magazines at all, forever, throughout the universe. The discount wouldn't even apply to a magazine in the registers.

I was assaulted at work by a customer; he didn't like that we couldn't apply his teacher's discount to a gun magazine. (And anyone with any experience at all, knows that "gun" anything is NOT allowed in school.)

When I told him that his discount didn't apply to magazines (I did NOT mention anything about the guns), he decided to take personal offense to the "attack on mah gunz," slammed his hand down on my wrist, pinning it to the counter and refused to let go until I gave him an apology that he was satisfied with.

We were at the register the farthest away from the ONE security camera aimed at the row of 6 registers, so he wasn't on camera. By the time the managers decided to saunter (not walk, not run, but saunter) over to see why this man was yelling in my face, he decided to storm out of the store with his magazine.

Then they wrote me up for speaking speaking inappropriately to a customer.

I was later terminated under an avalanche of write ups involving incidents that never happened until they had enough "evidence." ("Sign this to say we showed this write up to you, whether or not it's true.")

I fought for unemployment and lost because they had all that evidence to "prove" I was just a bad employee.

I laughed hysterically the year the entire chain shriveled up and died.


For me is was at Soul's when we have a management change just in time for yearly review. Previous to the new manager (NM), I always got excellent reviews and the top raise percentage. NM started 2 weeks before the reviews were put out, so the previous manager (PM) had written up the reviews. I went in for my review, expecting similar to past years. NM said she couldn't understand why he thought so highly of me. I watched her cross out all of my "exceeds expectations" and change them to "meets expectations". This meant that I got a bare $.08 raise instead of the $.41 raise the PM had promised. Yup. That was the moment. Turns out all of the long-term workers got similar treatment. NM tried to get us all to quit so she could hire cheaper minimum wagers. I ended leaving as soon as I could. She was fired about 2 months later for cutting too many corners.

Late Night Geek

I knew this was job was just going to be one, but I tried busting my ass to help others. First blow? No matter how many circles I did around people, I "wasn't" a good employee to the former manager. Namely, I wasn't a size six or less and spend more than I make on beauty products. Second blow? Him lying on why his best employee not only left, he promised her a few things, like a raise, that he going to keep.

I got into a financial bind shortly before he "left," I was desperately trying to get out. (Still trying, like to have another job lined up.) Lime tried to start a massive fight with me. I managed to pop her balloon and she backtracked in under thirty seconds. I talked to him about it, it became a point where I wished him the best of luck if she tried again. (She was in the wrong and they both know it. He simply was going to let her do whatever she wanted.)

Late Night Geek

^ I probably should mention that I only planned to work a few more months after getting out of the financial bind if I didn't rage quit before then. I did get out of it. A week later, he "left." They have been warned that I will hand Line's ass to her while doing my best Regan from Exorist impression.

I did quit a job shortly after switching stores to help. I highly doubt that I will give the best customer service if forced to work right after getting the call that someone I'm close to has passed. Luckily, it never happened while I was I work and someone else intervened on my behalf.


My moment came very recently actually, though I've been tiding myself over with "It's only until I graduate, it's not THAT bad..."

Recently I discovered that new hires (often with absolutely no retail experience and in many cases, no experience at all) are being hired at minimum wage, which in my state was recently bumped up to 9.00. And now all new hires take an exam to become order writers, in case of some freak accident where every OTHER order taker is sick or out or on vacation and they HAVE to be able to do orders, which comes with a quarter raise.

So the new kids coming in who take this exam? They make MORE than me, with 7 years retail experience (5 of which are IN THIS EXACT STORE).

100% done, thanks.


When I worked for HAL, at one point I got pulled into an office for a talking to, for all the calls I screwed up. "Which calls? Let's see the tickets, and tell me what I did wrong." "That's not important." "Uh, yeah, it is, if you're threatening my job over it, it's kind of the point." "We'll tell you later, just sign this writeup." "Nope."

AOhelL was never anything but a paycheck, but the day I seriously entertained thoughts of arson was when they fucked my manager over with some trumped up bullshit. Half the team quit on the spot, and the rest of us left for the day. About 2/3 of those came back. My boss had been grooming me to be a supervisor, and the training department asked for me by name... but because my manager's manager didn't like him (hence the trumped up bullshit), everyone else was tarred with the same brush. I was told I'd never be anything but a phone monkey. They put two people over the team who together had less experience than I had at that job, let alone the five years with HAL before that.

When I worked for the Big Red Z phone co, it came when they started a big hiring push, converting peons -- I mean contractors, to employees... I interviewed twice. First time, they hired one who'd been there longer than I had. Fair enough. Second time, they hired someone who had been there less time, and he lasted less than a week as he'd lied on his resume.

Then a new CEO took over, who decreed that everyone who worked for them had to have a college degree. A manager that had been with the company more than 30 years was forced into retirement. My 16 years of experience was no match for someone who had never owned a computer, had to be helped to turn it on... but she had a degree.

In culinary arts. For a COMPUTER HELPDESK.

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