Talk about dropping the mic and leaving the stage. The entire staff of one mall-based Journey's footwear store reached their breaking point when it came to dealing with their boss. When the boss in question finally went to lunch, they decided the time had come to quit as a group.
Were the employees content with waiting until the end of the day to share their decision? No way. They marched immediately out and locked the store up behind them. But they weren't content with just leaving in the middle of the work day to prove their point. They wanted everyone to know why, exactly, they were quitting in the first place. To do that, they wrote a scathing note and left it in full sight of the entire mall.
While it's hard to say without actually working there, it sounds like employees Jess, Niki, and T.J. were more than justified in their desire to get the heck out of dodge. The note includes complaints against their boss like frequent swearing and treatment so poor that the store couldn't keep a manager for more than a year at a time.
Here's the note in full:
Obviously everyone has the occasional bad day at the office. It's normal to have the odd fantasy of storming out dramatically. "That'll show 'em," you think ... but you never act on it.
As brave as their sign may be, and however much their boss deserved it, walking out on a job only hurts you. Among other things, it could make unemployment a non-option. If you've got a grievance with your boss, you owe it to yourself and future employees to work through it, even if that means bringing in a higher-up to mediate or as a witness. Keep a record, cover your behind, and you'll come out ahead.
Have you ever walked out of a terrible job and regretted it?