Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Why did I do that?

I just quit my job. Like an hour ago. I got into it with my manager and quit. I can't believe I did that. In a really loud, yelling, you're-a-crazy-bitch kind of way too. Shit. I knew before I went in there today that something was going to happen but I can't believe I actually did it. This could either be the best thing I've ever done or the dumbest. Either way, the lesson learned today is this:

You can't talk to crazy people. They can't hear you over the other voices in their head.


Blogger Myfanwy Collins said...

I did that once. I didn't yell it but I quit without notice and for very good reason (or so it seemed at the time). It all worked out in the end. My best advice: find a good temp agency and sign up with it tomorrow AM. And tonight, drink a bunch of wine. Good luck!

5/09/2006 5:28 PM  
Blogger Writing Blind said...

Yeah, I'd say getting drunk is my only alternative at this point.

5/09/2006 5:43 PM  
Blogger Writing Blind said...

By the way, you have a great blog.

5/09/2006 5:44 PM  
Blogger Radish King said...

I'm glad you got out of there. I've had shitty managers, too. If you're unhappy at your job, life can be miserable. I think temp agencies (sign up with lots) are the best way to go. Good luck.

5/09/2006 5:55 PM  
Blogger Julie Carter said...

Good luck, and I hope it works out stupendously for you.

5/09/2006 6:33 PM  
Blogger Writing Blind said...

I hope something works out. I think I'm getting too old to be quitting jobs this way. If only I'd learned never to stand up for myself and not take any sh*t, maybe I'd still have a job.

5/09/2006 9:42 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Oh my! I almost quit today, too. But I didn't. But you did. Oh my!

5/09/2006 11:32 PM  
Blogger Voix said...

Wow. Awesome. You can do this -- take a breather, and then make some decisions about what you want to do next, then GO FOR BETTER.

5/10/2006 4:44 AM  
Blogger Writing Blind said...

Oh my, indeed.

5/10/2006 8:41 AM  
Blogger Justin Evans said...

I have quit more than one job at an instant. In fact, I have quit three jobs when my integrity was questioned.

That sounds like a lot, but here is the run-down:

My first post hischool job was in a staining room at a furniture factory. The foreman kept getting on my case. When I realized I was the last one to go on break and the first one back to work (because I was new) the next time he gave me any crap, I just walked away from him. He said in his meanest voice as I went to the changing room, "If you take one more step, you can forget about coming back." I didn't miss a beat.

The second job I walked away from was my first job out of the army. I was working in a carpet warehouse, doing wholesale work. The boss sent back some samples because they had the wrong lables, but when the truck came for them, the boss forgot to tell me only four of the six boxes were supposed to go, so all of them went. When he confronted me in front of the whole company, blaming it on me, trying to get me to accepting the blame, I walked away. He didn't even realize I was gone until the end of the day.

The third time was when I was a parts runner at a Ford dealership. I needed to give a cash refund, but the manager was gone. The lead salesman told me to take the cash out of Petty cash and re-pay it at the end of the day. The manager came back, and when I tried explaining what te lead salesman told me to do, she accused me of lying. I walked away from her right on the spot.

I guess what I am trying to say, is that your walking away is a big deal, but it is survivable. You can probably have another job by the end of the week, and you are much better off with your conscience intact.

It's always a scary thing. Every time I did it, the safe route was to just take it and move on, but I didn't, and I am better for it. My guess is you will be, too, as soon as the shock wears off.

right now, I am working my second 'real' job---teaching. Before this, the only real job I ever had was the army. Everything else was simply treading water.

5/10/2006 9:37 AM  
Blogger Writing Blind said...

Treading water, I like that. It wasn't even my integrity, it was just that I'd put up with three years of this woman's personal crap and I was tired of it. It was constantly a game of I'm-going-to-scream-and-throw-a-tantrum-but-please-feel-sorry-for-me-because-my-life-sucks and I got tired of playing it. Like I said, you can't reason with a crazy person.

5/10/2006 10:28 AM  
Blogger Justin Evans said...

I disagree. I say it was your integrity. I say that you were finished putting up with her, and you needed to voice your opinion. Drastically, perhaps, but how else would you have done it? Any way you went with asserting yourself would have ended in a bad position for you.

5/10/2006 10:36 AM  
Blogger Writing Blind said...

You're right about how would it have ended up either way. I can't tell you how many people have gotten fired for less than what I did. She's an expert when it comes to covering her ass and making herself look good.

The thing that makes me most upset is that the owner has let her do this to people for going on eight years now and he'll probably continue to let her do it because he's too afraid to fire her.

5/10/2006 10:44 AM  
Blogger That Girl Who Writes Stuff said...

So what do you WANT to do now?

You have the time.

5/10/2006 8:55 PM  
Blogger Writing Blind said...

I know, and I have money too, for awhile at least. I want to do something totally different, something totally outside the realm of my experience. Mostly, I just want to stop wasting time.

5/10/2006 9:00 PM  

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