Manager castigated after calling cops on employee of the month for quitting

Some workers dream of a day when they can quit a job they hate and finally give their boss a piece of their mind. A man’s decision to quit his job after more than five years angered his manager so much that his reaction recently went viral.

Posted on Reddit’s “Antiwork” forum on July 28, Redditor u/PosterMcPoster Explain how her decision to leave sparked anger from customers and a conversation with confused cops.

Record number of rage dropouts

With the COVID-19 pandemic triggering the “Great Resignation,” more employees than ever are looking for greener pastures. Workers want higher wages, more flexibility and a better work-life balance, and the pandemic has shown that remote working can be practiced in many sectors. As a result, record numbers of Americans are quitting their jobs, with several “rage quits” without notice.

A recent survey of 1,000 workers by Skynova found that 59% of people who “quit in anger” do not regret their decision. Of the 41% who did, 78% were able to return to their jobs. Rage quitters who took new jobs elsewhere received an average salary increase of $7,800 per year, but that’s not bad news for those who returned to their old jobs – returnees also got a average salary increase of $5,758 per year.

Reddit users applauded a man for quitting on the spot and leaving the manager to deal with the barrage of annoyed customers. The man said the manager later called the cops accusing him of “loitering”.
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The top five reasons respondents chose to quit smoking were poor management (47%), a toxic boss (44%), excessive work stress (40%), toxic colleagues (39%) and a culture of overwork (35%), according to the survey.

About 28% of angry people quit “just walked out”, while 20% left because of an argument and 21% went for a break and never came back. Common reactions to their leaving included shouting, bosses or co-workers throwing or breaking things, and crying, whether it was the employee, the boss, or a co-worker.

“Wrong answer choice”

In his article, PosterMcPoster explained that he had worked in a cell phone store for more than five years and was a good employee, winning several “Salesperson of the Month” awards.

Its new principal was hired through a “college new hire program”, despite his lack of experience. The poster said the woman “chased away” many long-serving employees by “micro-managing” staff and would complain that sales staff were “taking too long” to serve customers.

One day while PosterMcPoster was serving a customer, he says the manager came over and whispered in his ear, “You’re taking too long, you need to go faster!”

He wrote: “I explained that every customer has specific needs and I need to make sure they are fully met to avoid a bad review call and being written off.

“She didn’t understand anything, so I turned around and asked her to come with me for a second in the back. I said, ‘I think I’m done here, I can’t work like that. [T]o she said ‘if you leave, you know you can’t come back.’ To which I simply said “what a bad answer choice”. “

The man said he then handed the keys to the store to the manager and left. Instead of going home, the man said he decided to stay for a while and watch the chaos unfold in his absence.

“I leaned on the public railing and looked out the window as she tried to attend to all the customers and smoked a cigarette,” he said. “She then went back to the back, stopping to [help] customers, and called the cops. She then tried to tell them that I was hanging out and not leaving. She also told them I was harassing the company.”

After the cops arrived, the man shared his side of the story, with the police telling the woman “[he’d done] nothing wrong and was allowed to be there on public property.”

“As she rolled her eyes at the police, I reminded her that she was taking too long and the customers NEEDED her,” PosterMcPoster said. “I watched for another 10 minutes and left.”

Reddit users applauded the man’s decision, with the post receiving over 47,000 upvotes and over 1,200 comments.

“That’s how it goes folks,” brainwhatwhat wrote.

“It’s a really satisfying story,” Zerilentix agreed.

“I am baffled by a college program for new recruits that will put kids in a position like this with no experience,” one commenter said.

While djKiddVicious shared the time, their former boss also called the police.

“The new manager was a pompous hat. I showed up at his apartment to drop off company gear because I left the company work channel,” djKiddVicious said. “He called the cops and a rookie showed up and immediately jumped out of his patrol car ready to draw. As a veteran I asked him why he had his hand ready to draw when I’m clearly not not a threat. He advises me to bring my equipment to the office. I told him that this cheap company does not have an office and that we all work from our cars.

Newsweek contacted u/PosterMcPoster for comment.