Have You Ever Quit A Job Without Notice?

United States
August 6, 2009 2:39pm CST
Hey all-have you ever quit a job, leaving mid-shift or just did not return on the next scheduled day? What were the reasons, or was there really one? What age (if you choose to answer) were you? (I only ask this because maybe you were younger and had not realized work ethics at the time.) Did you end up regretting it? Why or why not?
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@tdemex (3547)
• United States
6 Aug 09
Yes I was running 3 construction jobs in Laredo Texas 3 years ago, for $12.00 an hour wages are very cheap there! LOL! I normally made 24.00 an hr. But I was sending out about 4 resumes a day back then, I had a home in Monterrey MX and wanted to live there! I got a call from a company in Atlanta GA , and they needed help bad! I talked to the boss on the phone it was 28.00 an hr. plus hotel paid and 28 a day for food, traveling all over the USA installing Anti terrorist systems for the State of New York and US army and Air Force basses, every where, I told hom I wanted to live at my home in Mexico, he asked about an airport, and there's a big one 20 minutes from my house. He asked if I could fly to Atlanta in two days! Yes! I walk out on the construction jobs! Hello! Wouldn't you? tdemex
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• United States
6 Aug 09
It sounds like any one of us would do that-considering the job-to-be paid so much more and was willing to work with you on such high levels. I am still waiting for such a break in my career staus.....It will come in due time. ; )
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@tdemex (3547)
• United States
6 Aug 09
By the way I did stay in contact with the owner of the construction company, he knew I was used to making 100k a year and he was taking advantage of me! He sent me blueprints to upgrade for him and I helped tiddy up a few things for him! So he cooled down and we are friends again! tdemex
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• United States
6 Aug 09
Well, that is good. I think that would be the worst of it-leaving a job and making the employer mad at you. Under certain circumstances though, an employer just might understand why you left and not be so critical of you. They are human too-at least most of them are. LOL
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@dlr297 (5387)
• United States
6 Aug 09
I have done it one time, My boss just made me so mad that i just walked out the door, and never went back, but i was working at the time because i wanted to not because i had too.
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• United States
6 Aug 09
Sometimes, jobs (bosses and coworkers alike) can get to you so constantly or the amount of work is unfair and you just have to leave because the job itself is too stressful. I have to admit, so far, I have the worst track record with quitting employment than anyone who has responded.
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
6 Aug 09
No, I have always given 2 weeks notice. I never wanted to leave a job like that. I don't think it is fair to the employer to do that to them. On the other hand I was working for about 9 months on a temporary job that was supposed to turn into a full time permanent position. I was laid off, or told that is was a lay off, but they were just ending my assignment. The man gave me no notice whatsoever. I just was told at the end of the day that that day had been my last day. That really sucked... Have a great day and happy myLotting!!!
• United States
6 Aug 09
Good discussion....this was actually on the list i keep of possible disscussions to start, i just hadn't gotten around to it. This happened where i work as a manager last night, a young kid (i think 17) had turned in his two week notice and was suposed to be working for another week. He came in, started his shift, but after about an hour just closed down his register (i work in a grocery store by the way) and walked up to the lady in charge on the front end, said i don't want to do this any more, punch out, grabbed his things from his locker and left. I personaly would never do this to an employer, no matter how much i was disliking my job. I would turn in my two week notice and work through it, though i might ask them to schedule me for as few hours as possible during this time, then be done. Sometimes i don't think younger kids realize how bad this is going to look when they go to apply for another job and have to put down references. When another business calls for references on a person who has worked there before, all we are allowed to tell them is how long they worked for us, what position they held, and whether or not we would hire them back. If you don't work your two weeks notice, that last answer is a NO! Which is a big red flag to many other employers, even though they don't learn the reason WHY, as this can mean one of many differnt things, either the person was a bad worker, the person stole, the person never showed up for work, the person walked out on the job..or many more things, but all of them are good reasons to NOT hire someone.
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• United States
6 Aug 09
You are very right, and the reference part is especially true. Although, I honestly have a very bad track record for employment history, which is my own fault for not sticking with it for whatever reason. IF my previous employer were to be called on behalf of me, I am not really sure what they would say. But in all reality, I have never had any employer call a previous one, and for what reasons, I don't know. Maybe I am good with first impressions or whatever. I do go to work, I show up on time, I do my best while there, but some sort of circumstance has shown up more often than not that the particualr job just didn't work out.
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@tonyllenium (6266)
• Italy
6 Aug 09
i just quitted some jobs when they did not pay you at th end of he month!!You know here is a thing really spread from many indutries especially in the recession times...
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
6 Aug 09
I didn't do that, but I did give my boss less than two weeks notice and he let me go that very same day. No, I don't regret it. I got into a better position. And the boss was kind of an idiot anyway.
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@Wyldrose (1216)
• United States
7 Aug 09
I quit a factory job back when I was younger. It was a shoe factory and I just couldn't handle it at the time. When we went on our lunch break, I just didn't go back. Looking back I know it was the wrong thing to do because my stepmom pulled some strings so I could get a job there. But I went back to doing what I liked and at the time I was a nurse's aid...
• United States
7 Aug 09
I have felt a little guilty too, leaving a job that someone helped me get. But they don't know what it is like to be, and you can't hold that guilt forever-if the job didn't work out then it simply didn't work out. I am sure she is over it by now anyway, isn't she?
@Wyldrose (1216)
• United States
7 Aug 09
Oh yes...lol..she is way over it! It's been over 30 years.
@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
7 Aug 09
I have quit two jobs without notice. First one was because boss wouldn't pay me so I just quit right at the last minute. Second time was because I was pregnant and they kept telling me to lift heavy stuff saying it wouldn't hurt me but I knew other wise. My mother miscarried from lifting heavy stuff. I just never came for my next shift.
• United States
7 Aug 09
I couldn't imagine working for a place that refused to pay me. I think anyone would leave without notice if they weren't getting paid! It's the law to be protected, otherwise wouldn't it be considered slave labor? I too, quit a job when I was pregnant (with my first baby). Being my first kid, I had no idea what to expect out of pregnancy and I couldn't imagine being on my feet all day straightening shoes. (I worked at a shoe department.) That job was enough to drive anyone crazy though!
• United States
7 Aug 09
I quit Kmart with absolutely no notice. I only worked there one day, I hated the customer service, I hated the fact the machines always broke. It just wasn't a good match. I should have stuck around for a paycheck though.
• United States
7 Aug 09
So you worked for that one day and didn't even get a pay check for it? That's not good! Wow-the job was so bad that you left on the first day. I have a bad track record for employment, but I usually work for a few months anyway. Something comes up and it just doesn't work for me.
• Canada
7 Aug 09
I did that once with a babysitting job. The mother took advantage of me for way too long, and didn't pay me enough. I called my own mother at home, and she came and covered for me until the lady came home. I went home with my step-dad. When the lady saw my mother there, she realized that she'd gone too far.
• United States
7 Aug 09
Wow. I have somewhat of a similar story about not paying the babysitter too well, but I was so poor at the time I could barely afford anything! Her mother got nasty with me, saying I had to pay her more because she works hard for me. I was upset that-it is not hard to babysit kids for the most part, and she (the girl that babysat for me) would eat a lot of my food, never clean up the house (when the house was in better shape before I left) and would allow the kids to get into my things! Oh, and she also stole from me.....The whole situation was not a good one, so when her mom was calling me telling me I had to pay her more, that was it-no more of her!
@bbkimz (10)
• Philippines
7 Aug 09
i did have one. it was like after a happy shift, my senses never did got right and twisted around, then there's this sudden urge of quitting the job because of the frustrating schedule. and the next day i know, i was already applying to some other company and my previous company was still calling me to go back to work. Regrets? i never had none, cause i know i did was able to find success and clearer path on what i have now.
@coolly5 (32)
• China
7 Aug 09
just for the boss too bad to work for him,so,just not return on the next scheduled!!! without no paided!!!
@thaMARKER (3094)
• Philippines
7 Aug 09
my current job is my first one and i'm currently looking/applying for my second. I'm tired of what i'm doing and it's agonizing that i have to serve 30day notice before I can finally exit from the company. I don't wanna leave or quit without notice, it's my first job. i mean, i wanted to make things proper and besides i'm with the company for long now and it would be better to have a good relationship though i'm no longer part of the company.
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
7 Aug 09
hmmmm well, its my first job since last 12 yrs tell me what to do
@ckyera (17261)
• Philippines
7 Aug 09
i do it once! i am about 22 years old then, im working as a personal secretary to a lawyer...its just because i get scared! hehehe my boss that time told me, after working for him just for about two months...he told me that he wanted me to be his wife! waaaaaaah! and after that day, i don't report for work anymore and don't answer his calls again! hehehe well so far that's the only incidence i remember i quit a job without any notice!
@fheiyl (40)
• Philippines
7 Aug 09
me//never been that situation ever..
• Philippines
7 Aug 09
Nope. As much as possible I wanted to have a good record when it comes to my employment history, so I try to avoid such things when I can. :)
• Philippines
7 Aug 09
I did sort of like that...I gave a resignation letter one day before the effectivity of that resignation...Its kinda funny... I made it a point that my superior has no choice than to allow me to go...