30 People Share Reasons They Got Fed up and Quit on the First Day

When the microwave in the lunchroom was coin activated.

Worked in a hotel for a day. No one told me where anything was and I got chewed out for it. Guests enjoying their meals told me to pay no mind/I was doing a good job and that my boss was mean. I told the manager that I was quitting and wouldn't be doing the next shift.

I arrived the next day, returning a work uniform and my supervisor approached me and yelled at me for being late. I told her I already quit but if I was working, technically I was 5 hours early for my shift. Absolute nutcases.

I was interviewed for a 5 star hotel to do communications and event management. Spent 3 days washing the dishes - absolutely not a part of a job description.

After 3 days I quit and they were surprised as I was the 4th person to quit this position. Hmm maybe you want to advertize it differently

I got a job at a Build A Bear knockoff at the end of a mall that wasn't very busy. My interview with the owners was interesting. They were an older couple who said that they had wanted to open a Chick Fil A, but you need about a million dollars to do that. On my first day, one other girl was working, and she didn't really talk to me. I had basically no training and she disappeared into the back. I was standing at the register area, which was underneath a giant storybook mushroom. A mother and her young son walk in and start to look at the bearskin options. I greeted them and left them to look around.

They ended up leaving after a couple of minutes and my coworker reappeared from the back with the cordless phone and handed it to me. It was my boss. He told me that when a customer walks in, he wants me to come out from under the mushroom to them ("come OUT! from the mushroom!"). After he finished speaking to me, I hung up and went to my coworker and asked about the phone call. She said the place has cameras set up and the owners watch them from their house and call in a lot. I did not come back to work after that day.

Fast food chain: I was 17. I found out during training that the place had been robbed 3 times in the past month and 1 employee was seriously injured.

Not worth the $5/hr.

Took a summer job at a textile plant and the trainer said, "Forget about taking a break if you want to stay caught up."

I applied for a job at my longtime favorite restaurant(celebrated my birthday there every year). The owner asks me to come in for basically a try-out, as I communicated I was looking at other job possibilities. I come in and they just stick me on dishwashing for an hour, no biggie. Then their dishwasher doesn’t show up, so the kitchen manager asks me to stay on for their lunch rush, saying I'll get paid for the hours. I do, the kitchen staff was nice, so I was happy to help out even though I figured I’d be taking a different job. I fill out a time card at the end of the shift and tell the manager I probably wouldn’t be back, he understands and thanks me for the help.

Fast forward a couple of weeks and he tells me to email the owner after I ask him if I should pick up my measly paycheck. I do, she basically flips me the bird over text. Tells me it was "staging" and that she told me I wouldn’t be paid. I respond that I understand that but that I stayed an extra 3 hours which I WAS told I’d be paid for. She stops responding, I decide I want to be petty over the 40 bucks so I get the state labor department involved, dude goes in there and makes her pay me for the hours including the first "staging" hour. Couple of weeks later I got my 40 bucks, never went back to that restaurant.

My very first job was at a little drive-in restaurant close to my high school. I showed up to work the first day, the lady said I had to pay her $50 for training. She showed me around the place and said that my pay would be $4.50/hour as a carhop(this was in 2010), and all the tips I made went into a bucket with all the other girls’ tips. At the end of the night, she counted up tips, kept 20% for herself, and split the rest up evenly among EVERY employee.

Also, part of our job was one day a week we had to spend 4 hours cleaning her house. It seemed super shady. I literally left after listening to her go over all these rules. My dad was upset until I explained, and another girl confirmed and my dad agreed I did the right thing.

Went into an Italian restaurant for my first day of work and I got 3 red flags on the very first day. One, the manager said he had lots of hours for me and getting shifts would be no problem. Every single other employee told me that they were struggling for hours and that they had no idea why they hired me.

Two, everyone said the manager was a jerk. Even the customers. Three, it was my first day there, and I actually had to teach the woman training me how to do one or two things.

I was hired at a chain restaurant to be a hostess. I was so excited because my last job was washing dishes and because of my eczema, I had to quit. It was too painful to do that job.

So, I arrived at my new job dressed up to be a hostess and those geezers took me back to the kitchen to do dishes because the dishwasher just quit. I noped out of there real fast!

‘Salesman’ for Kirby Vacuums. The first sale call was to a single elderly woman who was supporting her son in hospital (they got us in the door by offering a free carpet clean as a demonstration). The supervisor training me pushed and pushed to make the sale until this old woman was in tears. Just as she was about to sign the paperwork I asked if she actually wanted to vacuum and she said it was lovely but she couldn’t afford it.

I took the paperwork away from her and said not to worry. Outside I told the supervisor I quit to which he replied I would’ve been fired anyway. No love lost. I hung around for half an hour playing on my phone to make sure the supervisor left because he was a real piece of work.

I interviewed for a “professional marketing assistant” and got the job straight away. I was under the impression that I would be an assistant to the man I was interviewed by. When I showed up for my first day, the same waiting room I was in the previous day was FULL of people.

I quickly learned that we were all hired and that I would be a door-to-door salesperson selling some pretty useless stuff. I spent my entire day inside a Starbucks applying for other jobs and went home, got paid, but never went back.

Not me but I was training a new lifeguard. After our shift was mandatory staff training for our entire crew, where we practice rescues.

Once she found out we actually had to practice and go in the water, she just...walked out. Not really sure what kind of job she thought she had signed up for.

I technically quit before my first day. I got hired at a well-known gift store. I was hired with the understanding that I would work Saturdays, Sundays, and a grand total of 8 hours a week (so two 4 hour shifts). Also at minimum wage. Not a problem with me, done that before, I would just pick up a part-time job for the rest of the week.

Nope, apparently, that wasn't allowed. The manager thought that was a horrible thing and "disrespectful" to her. I should only work for them and only them and I should have better control over my money if I can't survive on $64 a week before taxes..... Yeah, didn't show up cause f- that noise. She called me, upset that I wouldn't show up for such an opportunity.

I was a cashier at this cafeteria for a large company in my town. The people that worked at the company would put their tips in a bucket and the people made a lot of money so there were like 10s and 20s. The manager of the cafe wouldn’t let me have any of the tips because she said that cashiers couldn’t be trusted so she would ship the tip money to a church in El Paso.

I immediately knew that this was a load of crap and I just never went back. It’s also illegal (I think) to collect money for one thing but do something else with it without disclosing who/what it is for.

Started a new job unloading shipping containers and was told they had to be empty by midday, this was imperative because a new one was going to arrive in the early afternoon It was a two-man job if we both worked our *beep* off to get it done. Then the boss says 'uh also your offsider is off work today, you will need to get this cleared' I just walked out.

Even if it was a 'trial by fire' I wasn't interested in working for these people, f- that.

Ended up being a scam to try and get free labor. I went for a job interview as a security guard. A man and a woman asked me for my name, asked me how strong I was then hired me, and asked to start immediately. That started alarm bells ringing, 2 questions in an interview, and I am employed and working with no discussion about anything else.

They took me down to their warehouse (office interview was above it) and told me to start moving boxes from a shelf into a truck. I said hang on, the job is security, not manual labor and then they started getting really mouthy with me and saying “if you want the job then you need to do this as part of it. I was like “yeah, nah I am out””and walked out. A total scam, there was no job and it really annoyed me because I could've gone to another interview at that time but choose that one.

I had a job for one day selling home security equipment door to door. The whole idea was basically to make it seem like you're doing them a service and then lock the customer into 5-year contracts. My supervisor and I were in this one home of a family that hardly some English.

The father said they had been struggling with finances but my supervisor kept pushing it on them, and the customer seemed like he didn't fully understand what was going on. I couldn't in good conscience take these people that were already struggling and put them in a worse position.

I answered an ad for a babysitting job. I was already working on a casual basis but it was sporadic so I thought some after-hours babysitting would be welcome for extra cash. The couple were both in the military and proceeded to tell me that I would be staying in the spare room and looking after their 6 month old child around the clock as well as doing the housework. I would have one day off every two weeks.

They said it is cash in hand so I could sign onto the dole (unemployment benefit) to make up the rest of the money. I left on the spot. They wanted a live-in housemaid and nanny not a babysitter and they were not able to pay for one. Why they thought it was up to me to illegally collect the dole to subsidize them I don't know.

It was a petrol station and the manager wanted me to work for free until I had learned their computer systems to what he deemed a satisfactory extent. I agreed to do it because I needed a job. He brought me in at 7 am on my first day, however, he was not present to go through the training with me, so I was just standing around kind of helping out on the forecourt but not really knowing what I should be doing.

Not learning anything. After about an hour and a half without the manager showing up or anyone training me on anything, I decided that I wasn't going to continue to be taken advantage of and told the cashier to pass on the message to the manager that I had quit.

It was a waitress gig for a local restaurant. I finished my first day, then was told that training would continue for six weeks. While I was in training, all of the tips I got had to be given to my trainer.

I was being paid less than $2 an hour. I called the next day and said it wasn't gonna work out.

I got a terrible motel gig in Raleigh NC when I was young and desperate for a job, any job. Came in to relieve the cigarette-smoking overnight lady who told me about the bat she kept beneath the counter, which rooms had the prostitutes and which rooms were for the genuinely lost tourists, how not to give out towels to certain people because they had 10+ people to a room and they were trying to get them to leave. While she was talking to me, one of the prostitutes came up and paid her with sweaty money she took out of her bra. Also, they expected me to do laundry in the backroom in between babysitting the front desk. Also to watch out for stray needles or paraphernalia in the sheets.

I overheard a man in the lobby on the phone, talking about how he had a friend who was in jail and he was going to hire him to off his cousin who was in that same jail. All in between bites of bargain bin Froot Loops from the continental breakfast. I left. They never sent me my check for working that day and I never called to get it.

It was my first day at Five Guys, it was around 10:30 PM and they told me it was time to clock out, despite not having closed yet. I then worked until almost midnight.

I did not return.

Young and naïve right out of college took a “marketing” job. My interview was great, nothing shady seemed to be going on, and no immediate red flags. After 4 hours of training, my first day consisted of going door to door in a suburban town trying to sell cable to older people. We were told to dress for business, so I’m hiking around for miles in my best skirt, suit jacket, and heels.

Hours were from “9-5” but we didn’t get back to the business until well after 10 pm. Not to mention, the person I was shadowing was able to make a sale to an older gentleman who seemed to have memory issues. I noped the heck right out of there.

I worked in one jail and on my first day whoever runs the investigations of prisons busted my sergeant and 5 other CO’s for bringing in drugs and sleeping with male inmates.

I didn’t even wait till the end of my shift.

I went into orientation for a new job as a truck driver. Obviously, you know you will be away from home but this was terrible. Out on the road 30 days at a time, then only 36 hours, or 1.5 days at home. You only work 6 out of 7 days. So 4 of those days you just sit at the truck stop unable to move. And not getting paid.

Can't bring a pet of any type. So I would only be home 18 days a year. On the road for 347 days a year, and unpaid for 52 of them. The no-pets rule was the final straw for me. I will not be out for 30 days alone with no little friend to keep me sane. I noped out of there.

I wasn’t the person but I was training a new guy at a movie theater. A customer asked for extra butter. She was nice and normal.

Not a mean or rude customer. The kind I would pay to handle all day long. He puts the popcorn tub down, says “I’m going to the bathroom,” takes off his apron and walks out the front door and never came back.

I worked at McDonald’s years ago in their Assistant Manager training program. I had gotten hired right out of the Army. The first day I met with the Store Manager where I’d be working and training, I noted that she spent the majority of the time doing entry-level work and then working overtime to do store manager work. She told me this was pretty common because of the type of people they’d hire.

Her “office” was a counter and she told me she had bought a chair but corporate made her remove it. She was really nice, worked her *beep* off and was intelligent, and told me she’d been at McDonald’s for 10 years. I imagined working my *beep* off only to be told I couldn’t have a chair and decided that night I wasn’t going to work for a company like that.

They hired me to work full time. I had interviewed to work full time. I was trying to quit a horrible job, and this job was on the other end of town. I needed enough money for the bus pass, and to make up the difference of quitting my old job and more. They hired me and showed me my schedule.

I showed up for my first day, things are going well, then my manager called me in, sat me down, and explained that they'd have to cut me down to 15 hours a week because they'd hired too many people. I explained, painfully, that I had to take a bus an hour each way and wouldn't be able to pay rent or food after that. He said I could always hold out and hope people quit. I told him he could start with me, took off my apron, and stormed out in tears.

I thought I was in shape so took a second job loading trucks at FedEx. Boxes come at you so fast, it’s hot, some are heavy as *beep*.

Never came back after one shift.