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What was the shortest amount of time you have lasted at a job? What was the reason why you left so soon?

After graduation my parents immediately forced me to either go to college or to get a job. Not knowing what I wanted to study I decided to get a job. I worked at a sub shop and I lasted not even two months due to being dumped on by the other employees. I was one of the youngest there by far and I felt completely dumped on by the other employees. The majority of them liked to hide in the back and laze about and I was forced to be out there by myself on the floor because someone has to be out there. I was hired as a closer which wasn't a huge deal but I got saddled with doing the lobby every night on top of the lions share of closing tasks. There was this one guy in particular who gave me the hardest time over every single thing under the sun and even the moon and stars. He would nitpick my sweeping and mopping even though I did nothing wrong. He would make me redo it or yell at me for having too much water on the floor when I rang out the mop to begin with prior to mopping. He yelled at me for not taking apart the tea containers which I had no idea about because I was never told nor shown. He yelled at me over how I did the dishes because I accidentally missed a spot on a large bin that held shredded lettuce during the day. This kid thought he was a hotshot and he was the same age as me if memory serves correctly. Every chance he got to make me feel stupid he happily took.

I decided to put my notice in because I was sick of being treated like a whipping boy and I had found another job elsewhere that paid more. My boss was shocked I put my notice in and asked me how come and when I told him he couldn't believe that the guy in question was a problem because nobody else complained about him. He said I didn't have to leave because of him and he wanted to keep me on but my mind was made up. On my last day there I was stuck doing dishes like usual and accidentally dumped water on the ground pulling the tea container out of the soapy water to rinse and scrub. It was accidental and of course bully boy saw it and shouted at me for it. I told him it wasn't intentional and that he was lucky I even showed up for my last day and that I could leave right now. After I clocked out for the last time I never went back to that place not even as a customer. Nope.
iamnikki · 31-35, F
About 2 weeks. It was a warehouse job.
I was in-between jobs so I took a job at a warehouse for the time being.
I hated how menial it was and none of the other workers spoke English. None around my work station at least. Couldn't listen to music or anything but just work all day with no one to talk to. Don't even have somewhere where you can go be alone and work. Just stand there working for 8 hours listening to people talk in another language all day.
Crimsondrops · 36-40, M
@iamnikki I've always wondered what working in a warehouse was like. I imagine it being backbreaking and very physical which honestly scares me.
iamnikki · 31-35, F
@Crimsondrops depends on the type of warehouse. I've worked at one where we didn't have anything heavy there. Lots of small stuff. I've worked at warehouses that had nothing but cell phones and cell phone accessories. Nothing heavy there either.
GlitterEater · 36-40, F
I quit being a cashier at a supermarket after a few days. I was standing there scanning shit wishing I was full of heroin so I took out my drawer and brought it to the shift supervisor and I was like "I'm going to quit, here's my drawer."

Then she's like "who told you to take out your drawer?"

So I'm like "No one, I'm trying to quit."

"You can't just take out your drawer, you have to wait for someone to tell you to."

"Okay, but I don't work here anymore. The rules don't really matter to me."

"Let me get the manager."
iamnikki · 31-35, F
@GlitterEater you should have just left your drawer. I've left the keys in the managers office, went to lunch and never came back once
Crimsondrops · 36-40, M
@GlitterEater I was going to say are you me? I've gone to work on heroin too.
GlitterEater · 36-40, F
@Crimsondrops I assume most junkies have/do.
JRVanguard · 26-30, M
3 weeks or so from a petroleum testing lab
The job was the exact opposite of what I was looking for but a family friend got it for me so my parents were really pushing for me to stay but I was miserable
The absolute worst job I ever had
They didn’t train me at all and then would try to hold me responsible for not knowing the things they didn’t train me (and these weren’t like obvious things, some of these tests were ridiculously convoluted) and I did bring up my concerns and they said they would address them at the end of week meeting we always had and when the time came they tried turning it all back on me
So I left
FloorGenAdm · 51-55, M
Doing temporary work the agency would call you whenever something opened up and you'd go where ever always seeing a lot of the same faces. So I showed up to a job site out in the rain in a field that was mostly mud, there was an old silo and they wanted me to climb into a small hole in the mud at the bottom and clean the mud out. Took one look at that mud hole death trap and I walked to the nearest gas station and called a friend to come pick me up...nope!
dancingtongue · 80-89, M
I assume you are not including piece work, like picking cotton and cutting apricots. There were part time jobs during high school and college, a couple rather short, always because I moved on to something a little better. On real, full-time jobs, it would have to be my post office job after graduating work. Only thing I could get because I was classified 1-A since my student deferment was over. Why did I leave? I got drafted.
ffony · M
@dancingtongue Oh that deferment thing! It gave some arrogant authoritarians a threat to hold over me in the face of their humiliating attitudes. (This was in the UK) I sometime think I should have told them to go to hell and just enlisted for National Service.
dancingtongue · 80-89, M
@ffony Student deferment was good in that it assured you an opportunity of an uninterrupted college education. But then on graduation, when you lost it, no one in your field wanted to hire you knowing you would soon be drafted.
ffony · M
@dancingtongue Ah, catch 22 for you. In my case, UK compulsory national service was being phased out. If I could stay 'deferred' to the end of my courses, I'd avoid it all together. If not, it looked as if I could be almost the last man compelled to sign up for 2 years in the peacetime (!) forces.
GeorgeTBH · 31-35, M
1 shift i worked as a dishwasher from like 2pm to 2am they gave me 1 10 min break near the end and basically forgot i was there
atlantic59 · 61-69, M
@GeorgeTBH but they did feed you
GeorgeTBH · 31-35, M
InHeaven · F
One day 🤭 didn’t like the boss and didn’t want to put up with her bs for another day 🤷‍♀️
Mellowgirl · 31-35, F
Not me but a studio manager started at my work after they looked and interviewed candidates over a 5 month period. Anyways she lasted 36hours!

And sent an email 9 minutes before she was due to start saying she wasn't coming back. Nothing else!

Totally bizarre!
Crimsondrops · 36-40, M
@Mellowgirl Makes you wonder if there was something going on behind the scenes or if she got a better offer.
Mellowgirl · 31-35, F
@Crimsondrops probably a better offer. But in all honesty, I think she would have taken the piss. On one of the days she mentioned needed to take a call to me as it was her nephew who's on an oil rig. I thought it was weird since she's supposed to be my manager. But OK... She was late every day that week and even asked to leave early.
Didn't start well.
I was hired to create new menue items for a restaurant - five weeks in the Boss made me chat about the great creations and the lovely creative control I had with investors and customers all day, but at the end his partner told me never, ever to make new unauthorized recipes and never ever talk to customers about the job. I threw off the apron and never went back.
Six months on an admin position for a maritime academy. I met all kinds of interesting people and went with my boss everywhere, even on cruise liners docked at the harbour. Sadly, I had to leave for a job that pays more and aligns more with my passion, interest in science and qualifications
Crimsondrops · 36-40, M
@DrScissorhands That is a totally understandable move.
smiler2012 · 56-60
@Crimsondropsit was in the united kingdom in the very early eighties on a youth training scheme i lasted a week . 😆i was working for a firm that repaired television and aerials and that was the unforetunate time i discoved i was fright of heights lol
DeWayfarer · 61-69, M
Day labor! Got there and found out the job didn't exist. Got paid for gas money though.

This actually happened more than once. I had worked through many day labor agencies over decades of time.

First such agency was the state of Wyoming in 1982.
Pinkstarburst · 51-55, F
Four hours. The third time the boss grabbed my ass I walked out the door.
Pinkstarburst · 51-55, F
@iamnikki I was supposed to be the receptionist at a legal office.
iamnikki · 31-35, F
@Pinkstarburst hope you reported him
Pinkstarburst · 51-55, F
@iamnikki Yep!
Probably less time than it took you to type all that. Jack n the Box. Jumping off a cliff would have been preferable.
Crimsondrops · 36-40, M
@OlderSometimesWiser Food service is most definitely one of the levels of hell.
Thevy29 · 41-45, M
1 week. The week was for training and orientation to the job, But it looked too dangerous and I quit.
iamnikki · 31-35, F
@Thevy29 lol, what was the job?
Thevy29 · 41-45, M
@iamnikki Maintenance for the Silos. I was accredited in Abseiling, Scuba breathing apparatus and, Confined Space and Safety.
I was supposed to abseil into the Silo bin and wash the walls. The dust would make it impossible to breath unaided. The breathing gear was attached to a tube for the air that was sucked in from outside, right above were the trucks were parking to dump their contents. So more dust and exhaust fumes...
Bleak · 36-40, F
4 months

It was a teaching job.

I quit because it was tough for me to manage my studies at the same time.
15 days at walmart, after being sexually harassed 3 days in a row i was done.
QueenandCrown · 41-45, F
3 days at a nursing home... really hate those places
Crimsondrops · 36-40, M
@QueenandCrown They're depressing
atlantic59 · 61-69, M
I hate people and, eventually, it shows
An hour.

Had my induction. Told them it wasnt what they said it would be and left.
iamnikki · 31-35, F
@V00doo what was the Job
@iamnikki It ended up being a door to door sales one. I was told I'd be introducing clients.
6 mos, then all the teachers within our district with less than 5 years were laid off. We were told that based on seniority there would be callbacks to return as jobs became available.
I found a non-teaching job with another company and by the time the school district called me back, I was making much more money. Eventually in that company I was promoted into a position training sales staff. So I got to teach, after all.
NinaTina · 26-30, F
Got the job Wednesday, just didnt show up Thursday morning
iamnikki · 31-35, F
@NinaTina how come?
NinaTina · 26-30, F
@iamnikki dont really know
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