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The first day of a new job is characterised by a nauseating cocktail of feelings: anxiety, excitement, hope and fear.
Ordinarily, you start off thinking the future is bright, your colleagues are great and your boss is the best; then over time you get fed up with it, realise your colleagues are annoying as f*** and your boss is a mega b******.
If you're really unlucky (or lucky, depending on how you look at it), it can become immediately apparent that a workplace ain't for you, in which case, there's no point in hanging about.
Over on Reddit, people have been opening up about the 'I'm outta here' moments that led them to quit a job on day one. Hopefully their tales will inspire you to walk out if something's off, or at least make you feel better about your job.
One person recalled: "Summer job working for a landscape architect. Got to the job site and he asked me to dig a hole in some rocky dirt. I asked for a shovel. He didn't have one. I asked for a hand spade. He didn't have one.
"He told me to just dig the hole with my bare hands and then he drove off to another site leaving me completely alone. I dug for a little bit and then said 'f*** this' and left.
"Had the job specified that I needed to supply my own tools I could've but it didn't and I wasn't going to work for somebody that expected folks to dig through hard, rocky soil with their hands."
Well, they say a poor workman blames his tools, but if he isn't given any, I think he has every right to blame his boss - and then quit immediately.
Meanwhile, a former warehouse worker quickly clocked that the working environment wasn't gonna be particularly hospitable.
They said: "The managers broke down to everyone how a 15 minute break works there. Walking to the break room is 2 1/2 minutes. 10 minutes of actual break and then 2 1/2 minutes to go back to your stations. It took me 2 1/2 minutes to walk to my car and I took a forever break."
For another, they figured out they didn't wanna be there before they even got a chance to have a first day.
"I noped out of an interview one time. Thanked them at the end and said it wasn't for me," they recounted.
"Those interviewing, management level folks, started arguing with each other in front of me during the interview.
"I figured, if this is the vibe at the management level then I sure as hell don't want to be your employee."
For another user, it was the boss at an alarm company that set his alarm bells ringing.
He said: "Had an orientation for an alarm company. Next day manager calls and says don't worry about going into the office and to meet at Planet Hollywood. They like to get to know the employees better over lunch.
"Next day I go into the office and another employee whom I had not met says 'You must be Scandal929.' I was like 'ha?'
"They responded 'Light skinned, pretty boy' is how the manager described me.
"In the same conversation I found out no one else had ever been invited for a 'get to know you' lunch.
Fair flipping dos to the lot of 'em.
Let these stories serve as a reminder that we all deserve proper equipment, proper breaks and non-creepy bosses.
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