If your spouse came home early from work, would you think he got fired?

United States
July 25, 2008 11:50pm CST
Tonight, my spouse left for work as usual, for night shift. And about an hour later, there he was again, knocking on the door! And of course, you know what I was thinking! I figured that maybe he got laid off work or fired. A million thoughts racing through my mind. He didn't make the matter any better. He had six bags of groceries (bought at all night Walmart) and he acted so happy! I couldn't figure it out. If he'd been fired, he would be all mopey. Turns out they only need him three days this week. Could be worse! At least he still has a job. What would you think if your spouse came home early from work? Would you think he or she had lost their job?
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@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
26 Jul 08
I would think the same as you did or wonder if something else has happened. There were a couple of times my wife came home early because the printers were not working but she had to go back in later.
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• United States
26 Jul 08
A partial day. Those are nice too.
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
18 Oct 08
No, I wouldn't have thought he got fired. My husband, now ex husband for the last 6 months, was a boss at his work so he got to do whatever he wanted. He is the operations manager at a lumber yard and has about 100 guys that work under him and he has only two people he answers to, the manager and the owner. So he pretty much does as he pleases and came home whenever he wanted. He also went to work very early in the mornings. It wasn't like he was cheating the company, quite the oposite. He went to work around 5 every morning to put coffee on for the guys and to open all of the gates and buildings and so on. The lumber yard is open till 6 pm so if he came home at times at noon or two or something it wasn't strange to me.
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@SViswan (12072)
• India
3 Aug 08
lol..not my husband...he has his own business....if he comes home early...I just wait for him to tell me why he is home early. It's very rare to find him home before 9PM at night...and if he's here earlier, it just means that some meeting got cancelled or he's had a very hard day and got home early to relax.
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• United States
30 Jul 08
that probably would be my first thought,though i did have an ex that came home early one day because of an accidental fire at work-everybody got sent home until they checked it out.
@jammyt (2824)
• Philippines
28 Jul 08
LOL! I can just imagine what was running through your head when you saw him. Whenever hubby goes home early, he gives me a call first. There was a time that I did get surprised when I saw him entering the front door. Turns out he was off early, nothing to it.
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@raclie (1732)
• Singapore
28 Jul 08
wow.... i am soooo glad that it is just that they need him less this week instead of being let off!!!!! take care!!!!
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• United States
27 Jul 08
When my husband comes home from work early I know he is sick. He hardly takes a day off or calls in sick so I know when he does he is sick.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
26 Jul 08
That is the last thing that cross my mind if my spouse suddenly appears at the front door. Employers would not hire and fire employees at their whims and fancy. They are answerable to the labor law if they dismiss an employee on a 24 hours notice. He could be feeling unwell so taking an early off.
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@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
26 Jul 08
Well, my husband is military so no I would not think he lost his job. I am always really happy when he gets home from work early. He came home from work all week at least a couple of hours early. He gets paid the same, so it is always a bonus.
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@Hatley (164755)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Jul 08
beautyqueen26 I am a widow but when my son stays home from wo rk I get to wondering if he was fired, then he tells me he just took a day off to tend to some business so my worries were for nothing; I am a worrywort and always think the worst till happily I find out everything is just fine. My husband used to call me worrywort and tease me for being such a worrier.
• United States
26 Jul 08
Yes! I've been a worrier in my life too. Now I don't worry so much. But the worry wart illness comes and goes.
@limcyjain (3523)
• India
26 Jul 08
No i have no reason to think that he has been fired. The only concern would be is he bodily fit and if he is really then it would be time to rejoice for he spared for extra time for his family. He normally is so busy with is work that he normally wont find enough time to spare for his family. Firing him is just impossible as he is considered a very important member of the team.
• United States
26 Jul 08
I love the times when my spouse has extra time for our family. It makes me so happy too!
• Canada
29 Aug 09
I would ask what happened, but I would not worry aboutsomething like that until I was told that that is what happened. When my husband used to work (he's retired now) he came home early sometimes, because the work was done, or because his carpool came home early. There was never a problem.
@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
28 Jul 08
I would jump to the same conclusion that you did. Not only that, I would be a little miffed that he spent money with his schedule cut. I imagine he has worked lot of hours and the break feels good to him. I am glad he has a job, still.
@KrisNY (7593)
• United States
27 Jul 08
I would think they were sick at first. My sig other works as a mason- so it's outside. Usually its weather related when he is out early. Sometimes it is a layoff as well- he works for the union. He enjoys getting out early from time to time- more time at home to get things done. Glad your hubby is still working too!
• Malaysia
27 Jul 08
Hie Beautyqueen, I would probably think that he has forgotten something and came back to get it. Or on the positive side, he has something up his sleevesHe most probably think that I am thinking the worse and plan a surprise of some sort. That is if I am married and thinking my future husband will be like that Cheers,
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
27 Jul 08
Nope not at all. I would think he wasn't feeling well so decided to take the afternoon off.
@sacmom (14317)
• United States
27 Jul 08
No, if my husband came home from work early I would not think he got fired. He doesn't always work 8 hours a day. Sometimes it is longer, sometimes shorter. But just a few days ago he did come home a lot sooner than expected, but that was because the power went out where he was at and as he uses power tools in his line of work his supervisor sent him and his co-workers home for the day. I knew he wasn't fired, but I did ask him what happened.
• United States
26 Jul 08
I think it would depend on where he'd be working at. For example my husband had a job once that he hated and would complain about it day after day. Eventually he did come home early, and I knew right away that he quit or was fired for telling them exactly what he thought about the job. Now, if he would come home from a place he really enjoyed(as much as possible or work) then I wouldnt think that. Maybe I would think they had a shut down or he wasnt feeling well.
@eihdra (3116)
• Philippines
26 Jul 08
hey, BQ.. My hubby works at night too in a call center..handling U.S. accounts.. Last July 4th, he went to work and after two hours, texted me that he's coming back home..When i asked why, he didn't reply.. So, same with you, many things went thru my mind and i couldn't wait to hear from him.. When he finally arrived, he was laughing and laughing..When I asked what happened, he laughed some more.. It turned out, that since he is handling US accounts, they have no work because it was a holiday there.. Imagine, how furious i was with him for making me so nervous .. After awhile, when he told me the rest of the story, we both had smiles on our faces..Because, at least we get to spend the rest of the night with each other..
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
26 Jul 08
No I wouldn't. My hubbys job has alot of flexibility. So that wouldn't be the first thought that came to my mind. For that, the look on his face would be telling..