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Managers reveal why the 15 reasons new employees quit on the first day.

by Raleigh Van Ness

April 18, 2019

No matter how great a job may seem at first, sometimes people start a new job and realize that they either can’t hack it, or they realize they’ve stumbled into a bad situation that’s just not worth it. 

Regardless, here are some of the most interesting stories from AskReddit about brand-new employees either quitting or getting fired on the first day.

1. That didn’t last long

“My uncle retired and, after some time had went by, he decided to get a part-time job at a bait store for some extra spending money.

The afternoon boss told him to be there at 8 am, but when he showed up at 7:45am and knocked on the door to be let in, the morning boss told him that he was 15 minutes late. The guy started to get in his case about how he was expected to be there a half hour before his shift to straighten up and restock shelves.

My uncle told him he could take his dildo and shove it up his butt. He was back on the road by 7:48.”

2. Probably a bad career move

“I worked at a prison, we had a woman come in get hired, for her first day which is where we start the fingerprint  scan to upload data to the feds, and do your physical and TB test, she had gone down and not come back after 3-4 hours, we called down to see what was up, Turns out she was wanted two states over for identity theft, and was now being housed at intake.”

3. Now I’m ready

“The fartiest was the one who was a no-show their first day. It’s all good, about 8 months later they contacted us to say they were ready to come to work.”

4. And he was never seen again

“I once needed a new graphic designer in my unit so I (as was procedure) told HR what I needed and they came back in a couple weeks with someone they had hired. He met us all, sat down and was . . . very confused. He was an accountant, not a graphic designer.

They had hired him as an accountant and asked him lots of accounting questions. Nothing at all does do with the position. HR was called, he left with them. I never saw him again. I hope they kept him on as an accountant!”

5. Unexplained

“Hired a delivery driver, construction materials. First day he had a 26 foot box truck and three stops in the Frederick Md market, about 2 hours from our warehouse. He leaves at 7:00 AM and is back at 11:30 AM. I see him and say ‘wow, that was really fast.’ He says he’s going to get some cigarettes and will be right back in. Gets in his car and leaves, we open the truck and everything is still there, exactly as loaded. He doesn’t answer his phone and never comes back. We never found out what happened.

For the next 6 months, anytime anyone in the warehouse was having a bad day, they’d say ‘I’m going to get cigarettes.’”

6. Out the door

“I used to work in a really small grocery store that usually only had one manager and one cashier in the store at all times. I had put up my 2 weeks notice and prior to leaving trained up the new manager to take my place. The next day after I left from what I was told the manager quit 2 hrs into their first solo shift leaving the poor cashier behind who had been there even less time than the new manager.”

7. Too hot to handle

“15 minutes. I hired someone to work in a manufacturing plant. We did a tour of how hot the floor would be during the interview. No problem.​

First day at work, he walked out after 15 minutes of work because it was “too hot.”

8. Not a morning dump

“I used to manage a grocery store. We had to come in at 6 AM to start dumping fat loads and getting the store ready for the day. Had a new hire come in 5 minutes late on her first day, at 6:05, just to give me her locker key and tell me she has never woken up this early in her life and that she can’t do the job.”

9. Liar and a thief

“The first day. I worked at a phone store in a very Hispanic neighborhood. He claimed to be fluent in Spanish in the interview (I probably should have verified that). He learned pretty quickly that he’d really need the Spanish, so he got super stressed and stormed off. I later found out he took a $900 camo galaxy s5 with him when he left.”

10. Big mistake

“We hired a girl for a live-on job (I worked on a university campus). She was hired, drove down like 3 – 4 hours, began her first day, apparently got some other offers that were closer to home, realized she made a huge mistake, packed her stuff and was gone that evening.”

11. Sounds like a keeper

“When I worked at Target as a GSTL I had a new hire come in, work 30 mins ask for a smoke break since it was slow and never came back. I called her cell an hour later, and she answered, “s**t was boring you know.” That was it. We sent her a check for her time, which she came in and cashed at the guest services desk. She later did a porn, which was terrible for the record.”

13. She sued…and won

“I had a new hire that left just after signing the i9 form and just before starting her computer training. So maybe 1 hour in? Anyway my HR assistant didn’t file the termination paperwork correctly (supposed to send a certified letter) and a year later the employee successfully sued for unemployment because we never gave her a schedule so she didn’t know when to come in next.”

14. Not a good environment

“I worked 4 hours as a cold calling telemarketer. Never went back, never picked up my check for the work. The managers were the nicest people I ever met and I was literally the only person on shift who was wasted. Everyone else, managers included, was on a cloud of delight.

I appreciate everyone trying to help me get the money I never got. I didn’t want it. I was about 19, doing summer work, and I sure don’t need it now. I”ve got a good gig going on down in Jupiter with a guy named Ringo.”

15. Harassment

“Once I worked a temp job at a salmon canning factory for a week or two. We got a couple of new temps one day, a girl in her early twenties and a creepy Somalian guy who could’ve been 25 or 40. Somalian guy spends all day trying to hit on this girl, asking her if she will be his girlfriend within a couple of hours.

He then begged her to go on a date with him to McDonald’s on our lunch break. I guess he followed her to her car at lunch and started harassing her. She drove off and never came back. There’s some real scumbags out there and I feel terrible that women have to put up with people like that.”

Preview image via Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images. 

This article was originally published on December 10, 2018. 

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Managers reveal why the 15 reasons new employees quit on the first day.