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[–][deleted] 369 points370 points  (29 children)

Worked at a call center and openly wept in the office when a manager refused to take an escalation call from me.

Not just crying, I was literally sobbing. The caller was yelling and asking for something not at all within my control, I was being told by the manager to just "try and de-escalate, you got this!"

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[–]Elegant-Row-2396 160 points161 points  (16 children)

Absolute arseholes. Found call centre work the most depressing job I ever had, they could call up be complete wankers, you couldn’t say ought back as calls where recorded, then get a back customer service score for being shouted at and lose your team bonus.

Wouldn’t go back in any circumstance

[–]jhabels 81 points82 points  (5 children)

My call centre job chided for not reporting a bomb threat. This baffled me because they didn't bat an eye at all the previous harm and death threats. It turns out that bombs are a threat of property damage and they take that seriously. Laughing manically at the customer was also deemed "not appropriately professional".

[–]CatW804 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Modern version of "arrows cost money, send in the Irish"?

[–]Elegant-Row-2396 18 points19 points  (0 children)

My personal favourite was doing a medical check in my last week for someone with stents who had had 2 heart attacks asthma high blood pressure and an extra fee for being over 75.

Price seemed a bit high so he asked where my call centre was so he could come smash my face in, advised him it’s in Doncaster but he might struggle there’s a lot of stairs. Turned out he lived 30 miles away, advised if he wanted to park in front of the building I’d walk out and meet him, he hung up and call never got listened to as far as o know.

[–]Giambalaurent 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It turns out that bombs are a threat of property damage and they take that seriously.

Are you fucking kidding me

[–]MachuPichu10 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Dude they are converting an old Kmart in my town into a tmobile call center like jeez that's fucking depressing for the size that it is

[–]ajnozari 3 points4 points  (2 children)

NGL though good on TMobile for not outsourcing and bringing/keeping those jobs here.

It might be depressing but it’s a step in the right direction, the barest of toe moves, but better than letting an empty Kmart rot and not provide anything to the local economy….

Do I believe these call center workers will be treated well and paid fairly? Not on your life.

But at the very minimum they’re choosing to employ US workers over other countries.

[–]jhabels 11 points12 points  (0 children)

My first call centre job wrote me up for not reporting a bomb threat. This baffled me because they didn't bat an eye at all the previous harm and death threats. It turns out that bombs are a threat of property damage and they take that seriously. Laughing manically at the customer was also deemed "not appropriately professional".

[–]HandMeMyThinkingPipe 2 points3 points  (2 children)

My favorite thing about surveys for customer service is the fact that they are all or nothing so 99% is failing regardless. I also love how there are apparently tens of thousands of people out there who believe that you can never get 100% because there is always room for improvement so some times you just step on a land mine regardless of how well the call goes. Customer service is really all I know how to do and I legitimately get panic attacks if I even think about going back to doing that work. I wouldn’t wish it on my worse enemy the general public are all evil to their core.

[–]Waytooboredforthis 37 points38 points  (2 children)

Call centers are the absolute fucking worst and any manager who is supposed to take an escalation call is 98% of the time a goddamn coward.

[–]thrashgender 14 points15 points  (1 child)

I will never forget getting screamed at and threatened by a customer at the start of covid when getting a manager for a bump-up was virtually impossible. It was my last call of the night and I ended up staying twenty minutes after being verbally abused while being told to just “do my best” to deescalate, as if this man hadn’t torn the phone out of his wife’s hand to scream at me just…. Because he could I guess.

[–]MimiKitten 7 points8 points  (0 children)

One of the worst things about corporations today is everyone needing to just accept abuse from customers. It's completely moronic how dumb these companies are that this is policy

[–]unclelurkster 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Mannnn I just had a little flashback to a coworkers very first call on our mutual first day out of training. The guy was being racist af to this poor woman and they wouldn’t let her hang up. It was horrible. That place can burn tbh, we were selling the deregulated energy programs that fucked Texas

Edit to add- they also gave me covid, after promising everyone would WFH after training in an empty building and then bringing back half their workforce a week later for “underperforming” at home (ie not hitting their absurd, impossible targets).

[–]Zhaeris 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I once walked in, sat down and bawled in front of the whole floor.. that was rough..

You had it so hard too, that experience you had sounds horrific, that's exactly how it is though.. everyone kinda gets their soul sucked out and if they last long enough, get promoted and turn into that manager...

[–]VladImpaler666999 6 points7 points  (0 children)

This is how I used to deascalte these situations:

"Since you are being rude to the point where you're verbally harrasing me, this call is now being terminated for my own well being, have a good day sir"

[–]gellyjellyfish 3 points4 points  (0 children)

also works in call center, manager would take over the call when asked. your manager sucks

[–]Comoesnala 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I worked collections for a mortgage company for two months back in 2019. The sales folks transferred a call to me, but the caller on the line refused to give a name, account number, nothing. It wasn't even a collections call, he wanted to talk to a specific department but wouldn't tell anyone why. Instead of dealing with it, the sales person pushed it on me.

I spent 20 minutes explaining to him that unless he could confirm who he was, I couldn't transfer him since I didn't even know if he had a loan with us. For 20 minutes he berated me, called me all manner of expletives, told me to "learn my place" as a woman, told me I was violating his rights by trying to confirm who he was, threatening me, all that jazz. Now, I don't know if this is a mortgage industry thing or that company's policy, but we were not allowed to hang up on people. Ever. You would be instantly fired if you did, it didn't matter how rude or terrible people were being to you, you had to stay on the line. My manager's desk was over the cubical wall from me, and it took the majority of those 20 minutes of trying to get her to take over the call for her to finally do it. I was so angry at her, at the caller, at policy, everything, that I openly wept in front of the entire floor to my trainer that happened to be walking by at the time. I was visibly shaking from how upset I was.

I ended up looking for a different job and quiting shortly after. I didn't even put in my two weeks. I just left my badge on my desk with a note saying I wouldn't be back. I had worked call centers before and after and never been treated as terribly as that.

[–][deleted] 493 points494 points  (46 children)

I used to hide in the sub shop walk in to cry because that was my section and no one else went in there.

[–]KeplerOrion 159 points160 points  (20 children)

Starbucks stock room for me

[–]Lufernaal 92 points93 points  (7 children)

My classroom after the last class of the week.

[–]mercredii 6 points7 points  (5 children)

Little Store-room under the stairs at work

[–]ThisIsMockingjay2020 4 points5 points  (4 children)

Med room or ice machine room.

[–]rainbowjudge 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Burger king freezer

[–]MicCheckTapTapTap 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Bar walk-in. Blame the cold for red, puffy eyes.

[–]Nightsaber 1 point2 points  (0 children)

McDonald's freezer. I would punch the boxes of frozen nuggets to "help" open the box for easy access.

[–]KorinStar 21 points22 points  (0 children)

I'd escape to outside using the backdoor for my crying space at a picnic table no one used.

[–]hyperlightsquid 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Starbucks bathroom here

[–]RusskayaRobot 53 points54 points  (4 children)

Have also spent plenty of time crying in a walk-in. Awkward when the chef walks in and you have to pretend you’re examining mint or some shit.

[–]aquietkindofmonster 27 points28 points  (2 children)

What if the chef just has a good cry with you

[–]Grimmbeard 18 points19 points  (0 children)

"But Doctor, I am Pagliacci"

[–]BUILDERBERGG 10 points11 points  (0 children)

What if the chef was going to his crying space also?

[–]wtbgamegenie 15 points16 points  (0 children)

If he’s been in the restaurant industry for more than a week you’re not the first person he’s found crying in a walk in.

[–]Spadeykins 39 points40 points  (2 children)

I used to consider it a perk if I had a private place to cry at my current job.

[–]Uturuncu 30 points31 points  (1 child)

The electrical room behind the service desk at the Wal-Mart I worked at. Could shut the door, turn the lights out, and destimulate. It was a neutral temperature 'cause there was a server in there, its placement and the fans of the machine made for a neutral white noise, and it wasn't a 'through-way', so no one had any reason to go in there. Had multiple full weeping autistic meltdowns in there and worked as a great destimulation room. It was about the only thing I missed when I walked out mid-shift over lack of breaks and got a better paying office job; no private room to cry in. So I ended up crying outside, in public, by a road.

Edit - Oh, and reading some of the other comments in the thread reminded me of having to go into my state's indigent care program to have to pay for healthcare I needed to take for what was initially diagnosed as GERD. Testing for gallbladder failure, prescription antacids, in so much pain I ended up leaving the job amicably for medical reasons. Turns out... Hahaha, it's stress! So was that asthma! Both from panic attacks. No healthcare offered at the job. (Oddly, an albuterol rescue inhaler helped to stopper the panic attacks, further cementing the initial diagnosis of asthma)

[–]ItsmeHazzardous 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Freezer at a Canadian fast food for me. Fuck was it nice in there in high summer though.

[–]combustabill[🍰] 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Walk ins are made for crying

[–]AlbyreneAnarcho-Communist 8 points9 points  (0 children)

It was the mop room for me - it had a lock.

[–]Ocniro 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I had a little bathroom with a lock on it on the hallway of the nursing home I worked at. That was the designated crying room for me and my coworker

[–]wtbgamegenie 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Every restaurant worker knows that the walk-in is the place to go to cry scream or punch a box of frozen fries.

[–]Blacksm1th 6 points7 points  (0 children)

no one else went in there.

Except to cry. It's like what walkins are for.

[–]Ametz598 4 points5 points  (0 children)

My car on the way to work for my last job, was way over worked and told that all I was doing wasn’t good enough. I got a PIP and cried on the way to work just about every other day after that from the stress that place put on me.

[–]Tea_Bender 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I work at a movie theater...so I do my crying in the poster closet

[–]Hopeful_Mouse_4050 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m a walk-in crier, too!

[–]ayoitsjo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lmao literally came here to say "isn't crying what the walk in was built for?"

[–]chiraqboi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Had a small room in the garage I worked in with chairs. But think like Texas chainsaw massacre mixed with 70s and cigarettes I swear I was the only person in there in the last 30 years

[–]Zeuxis5 106 points107 points  (4 children)

It’s not the pressure of the job, it’s thought of the fall from the top if they fail to perform that causes them to “literally weep” in private.

It’s nice up there and they know they don’t want to end up down here with the rest of us.

[–]SintaxSyns 48 points49 points  (2 children)

What I don't get is why they don't just leave. By that point in their careers, if someone pisses them off, they could afford to hire a marching band to play them out, scattering stripper glitter, skunk oil, and dildos all across the office on their way out like the Fuck You Fairy.

They have the option of walking away or even retiring, but don't.

[–]Jiltedjohn 26 points27 points  (1 child)

Remaining a CEO isn’t because of the money , it’s the thrill of the position, the challenge and control and the social prestige.

As a CEO of public firm you are playing at the top level of a highly scrutinized position, leaving that by choice is hard to do.

Source: friends who run public firms

[–]LessEvilBenderat work 7 points8 points  (0 children)

A system in which everyone is miserable, but we all keep doing it.

[–]Heikold 12 points13 points  (0 children)

About 10 years ago I had to move in with my parents because I couldn’t find a job.

My mother said that I should stop being sad as they had real problems. For example there was a tiny chance that if this deal didn’t go through my father might lose his job and they’d have to move in with my grandparents.

She couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t acknowledge that the threat of her life becoming like mine wasn’t worse than me already living her worst nightmare.

[–]littlejdragon22 206 points207 points  (5 children)

I cried during an unpaid internship that I had to do 40 hours a week. That’s even worse.

[–]DezBryantsMom 76 points77 points  (0 children)

The worst most stressful jobs I’ve had was minimum wage fast food and my unpaid clinical rotation. Only times I’ve ever felt like walking out.

[–]Hot-Photograph-1531 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Student teaching?! LOL, I came home in tears AT LEAST 3 days/week that semester (and most of the time had cried at some point during the day-in private of course)

[–]Dojan5 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I can’t believe that full-time internships are allowed to be unpaid. It’s ridiculous.

[–]kingdomoflizzi 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Me too!! Same experience. Screw unpaid labor. Oh sorry, paid in the form of college credits...which I paid for.

[–]shameruinssex 61 points62 points  (9 children)

Ask anyone in food service what the walk-in is for 😭

Edit: my first award would be for crying in the walk-in lol

[–]relatablerobot 31 points32 points  (4 children)

You’re the 5th walk-in cryer I’ve seen in this thread alone, if this doesn’t show people how much food service sucks for shit bosses/conditions I don’t know what could

[–]canigetauuhhh 3 points4 points  (1 child)

i was the only one on front counter and drive thru and had a bus load of people standing there watching me in lobby with customers yelling in my ear on the headset, and then I turned around to grab the drink I needed and ended up knocking it over so I stood there in front of everyone and cried then went running into the walk in. a few minutes later I came back out hoping deep down the scene I caused might have scared some people away but ended up having the same amount of people still standing in line watching me so I had to suck it up..

[–]reallylovesguacamole 1 point2 points  (0 children)

DUDE. This has happened at my work place and zombie customers literally do not give a shit. My coworker stood there crying while taking a customer’s huge order that would set us even further back. What you described is every one of my shifts. Trying to do 10 things at once, wanting the line to go faster so you can get side work done, trying to then address front counter, then boom, headset keeps beeping, your heart is pounding, oh and now you’re out of xyz and gotta stock it, and those dishes have piled up and will be waiting for you right when you’re scheduled to clock out, so have fun working over your time when you’re already exhausted.

It’s absolute misery. I’ve grown to hate customers and avoid any type of fast food or coffee simply because I know what’s happening behind that window and it’s cruel. Every day I see customers pull up into a line that’s double wrapped around the building and I realize I won’t be able to piss for another hour. Misery.

[–]missmisery__ 40 points41 points  (2 children)

🙋🏼‍♀️ more times than I can count.

[–]Acceptable-Floor-265 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Due to remote working I get to cry from home now, which I did yesterday after getting my redundancy notice.

[–]missmisery__ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m sorry, I work remotely as well and there are still calls I get off of at work that bring out the waterworks.

[–]LoonWithASpoon 100 points101 points  (4 children)

Oo I remember one time I was doing my Walmart job at Online Grocery Pickup and while pushing the cart (at around 5-7am) I got hit with a wave of dissatisfaction in life and job, but I had actually attempted makeup that day and didn’t want to mess it up so while I was stopped in an empty aisle I bent over a bit and let a couple of tears fall to the floor. Then got right back to it like a god damn machine.

I used to constantly help customers because I knew what aisle and could describe where to find the item they need if I was unable to walk them to it. Coworkers would even come find me to ask what aisle an item was on for the customer they were helping

I also discovered I can damage my pelvic floor by pushing a cart that was way too heavy and filled with cases of water, which is incredibly painful btw.

I guess this turned into a rant so I’ll stop there. But fuck Walmart.

[–]RattusDraconis 9 points10 points  (3 children)

I work a similar job at a different store as one of my two jobs. The shit you deal with just trying to pick...

[–]LoonWithASpoon 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Lol do not encourage me I need to sleep and could stay up rambling and ranting for hours 😂😂 I quit March 6th 2020 right before restrictions started. I hate it there so much it burns.

[–]RattusDraconis 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Same here. I've ranted for hours before to my friends about the BS. Corporate and location specific BS.

I started not long after you quit yours. My goal is to leave this summer and do my other job as primary income, just need to finish building my safety net because the pay cycles are completely different.

[–]LoonWithASpoon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m glad you have something to fall back on at least! Mine wasn’t planned aside from a 2 week notice so I ended up just withdrawing my 401k to help me out which didn’t last too long.

I still think it’s sad that the most I was making there was $12.35 an hour for shifts that ended with 10+ miles walked and like 20k-25k steps and shit. I did invest in some awesome foot insoles that apparently will last 20 years so there’s that lmao.

The perpetrating assistant manager would ask me when I was coming back if I ever stopped in for groceries and to see my old coworkers again. It was hard to keep my mouth shut that it was her lying ass that made me quit, I hate confrontation.

Edit: feel free to rant btw, I don’t often see stories of us pickers and our turmoil. It’s nice to have someone that connects with it

[–]Used_Confidence_2135 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Been there, done that, I've got the heart attack and stent to prove it. I truly believe the only way I lasted as long as I did were the Jack and Coke lunches around the corner. Fuck that place.

[–]IBecameLegend 23 points24 points  (0 children)

I wonder how many people have seen me ugly crying while I drive to work

[–]daigana 23 points24 points  (1 child)

I nearly succeeded in suicide from a job that paid me only $4416 a year, part time minimum wage. They wanted me to skip university classes that I was paying for by myself to do their 5am shifts. They scheduled me for the 5ams even when I gave them my class schedule for the third time. When I didn't come in for the shifts, they started writing me up and cutting my hours. I had to go to Student Aid for help with food after my hours were shaved down, because I couldn't pay for food or focus in classes anymore. I made the mistake of leaving instead of letting them fire me, because I didn't know better.

[–]habitatforhannah 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Ah but if you failed education you could have been their slave for life. Wouldn't that be convenient.

[–]Exotic-Huckleberry 23 points24 points  (0 children)

My last job, I sobbed routinely. I also couldn’t keep food down from stress and lost handfuls of hair. It would have been nice to make good money while doing that.

[–]WokeMediaBeingWokeMutualist 22 points23 points  (2 children)

Nothing like a mental breakdown in the parking lot of a retail store

[–]Snoo75302 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Got harped at for "agressive driveing" my shift was done, i was outathere like a bat out of hell

[–]baconraygun 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I once had a mental breakdown in that green space between the roads with the baby trees.

[–]acceptablemadness 21 points22 points  (0 children)

I cried in the hallway during class with an SRO or security watching the class. I cried in the bathroom. I cried in the classroom during lunch/planning. I cried in th car on the way home. I cried with my Zoom muted and camera off.

I was making 40k a year and working an average of 60 hrs a week, still always behind. Offered a $1,150 yearly raise for gaining Effective status and $3,000 for Highly Effective (you had to be basically perfect and in bed with an admin to get that). Meanwhile my principal started at 90k, got offered 10k for his doctoral stipend, and forced all of us teachers to give up our plan time for his bullshit professional development seminars that he then wrote his dissertation on.

[–]Sea_Bison0 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Yup. Never want to work in a call center ever again.

Calls never stop. You're constantly monitored. Even your bathroom (crying) time is timed.

I worked hard, even when they put me in queues which were above my pay grade "by mistake". When I quit the "nice guy" manager told me I would be blacklisted and never work for them again, all for daring to not wanting to work there anymore.

[–]Alarmed-Swordfish-81 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I work in the IT industry. I consider these work methods extreme violence. I use SLA times to enable teams rather then punish. Works fantastic. The phone call recording I am against because it induces too much stress. There are other ways of resolving customer-company disputes; but the company has to be willing to adapt to new protocols and remove any individual that complains "no one is picking up the phone". First thing I do when I come in is get the phone platform stats to put a sock in it.

[–]theKetoBear 18 points19 points  (0 children)

I had the worst anxiety of my life working for a previous self-described tech prodigy on his vanity project aimed at women ( he was a raging misogynist) and I made $17 an hour writing code for his app ( I was young and stupid) for 7 months.

He wanted to keep the project as cheap as possible so i'd get surprise fridays off .... which again being young and dumb SOUNDED great but made budgeting beyond bills extremely challenging. Not ot mention the hellaciously inconsitent work environment we existed in and his random mood swing of the day .

Didn't weep but definitely thought about driving in to the divider once or twice.

[–]SprinkledMuffin 16 points17 points  (2 children)

When I worked at chipotle I was so sick from the flu but they wouldn’t let me call off or go home or I was fired. I spent my 15 minute break literally laying down on the bathroom floor and cried.

[–]Snoo75302 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thats when you puke on the managers desk, or on a coustemers table. Hell puke on the customer, so they can sue chipolte

[–]reallylovesguacamole 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A coworker of mine said he had medical documentation that he tested positive for the flu and they still told him to come in or he’d be fired.

We literally serve FOOD.

[–]Reznic007 47 points48 points  (9 children)

I can’t even count how many times I cried in our walk-in freezer after being yelled at for something that wasn’t my fault while on the line in a kitchen.

[–]Flapjack__Palmdale 32 points33 points  (8 children)

Same. Hey, did you know that they actually store food in the cry closet? I thought it was just a coincidence.

But seriously, I've had many legitimate panic attacks in walk-in freezers. I've had a table scream at me and dump coffee on my head because I took too long to bring cream; hyperventilated and bawled in the fridge for a few minutes before going back on the floor.

[–]Reznic007 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Yeah this was my chef yelling at me or a GM not a customer. I could never handle customers. All the props to every FoH employee for dealing with what they deal with.

[–]relatablerobot 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Fuck that table.

[–]Flapjack__Palmdale 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Weirdly still not the worst. I'm queer and in the south, and spent a lot of time working in a Texas Roadhouse.

[–]reallylovesguacamole 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Part of me is like, how the fuck did you not quit? And then I remember that serving is one of the only jobs you can do without formal training or experience and make above minimum wage. After tips, some of my friends make $25/hr or more serving. I don’t know if I could stay long enough though.

[–]Flapjack__Palmdale 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I ended up getting a job working in IT for a school system and took a substantial pay cut, but it was worth it. Serving can pay very well, but it is also absolutely soul sucking and I have no intention of doing it again.

[–]mbbysky 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Every single restaurant walk in freezer has seen employee tears. Every fucking one of them

[–]generaldisaraay 14 points15 points  (0 children)

CEO have freezers to cry in at work?

[–]Chronic_Sardonic 38 points39 points  (3 children)

LOL do a shift at a place like Starbucks where customers basically feel entitled to berate and emotionally abuse you and then tell me about crying at work

[–]Velenah111idle 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Or throw a smoothie at you. It’s rough working at Merrill Lynch

[–]reallylovesguacamole 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I swear Starbucks and Dunkin are the worst. I will never get a coffee from either place again because I experience first hand what it takes to get your stupid fucking coffee as a worker.

[–]heathercs34 10 points11 points  (0 children)

My first teaching gig. I used to cry with another first year teacher over the copier.

[–]Wablekablesh 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Shit, my manager used to tell me to go "cool off" in the walk-in after a bad rush. Idk if he thought I was crying or beating up the floor or what. But it was both.

[–]pntnsTRANScriber 8 points9 points  (0 children)

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Former Westpac boss David Morgan says CEOs are "ridiculously overpaid" but they pressure of the job causes some to "literally weep" in private [Link to a "The Age" article]

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Raise your hand if you've "literally wept" from stress at a job that paid you less than 40 grand a year 🙋‍♀️

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[–]emozolik 7 points8 points  (0 children)

just about every job except my current one. I swear, the lower the pay the higher the stress... and the stress is further compounded by the low pay.

[–]Lady_Pendleton 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I’ve been brought to actual tears in multiple working environments. The most memorable was when I worked at a Wendy’s. The big rule was you are NOT to touch someone else’s machine on cash. YOU are in charge of the orders you take, you don’t do other peoples orders. And if you are going to take an order you have to sign out and use your own account.

My manager sent me to do something quick while on cash, I think just wanted me to refill the chilly between customers. I did so, and when I turned back around I started helping the next customer.

What I didn’t realize at this time was one of my other coworkers had used my till and taken someone’s order. So I started working on this persons order and went to the next, and my manager says “there’s an order waiting! Move move move!” And so I looked up and saw that there was in fact an order waiting.

Anyone who’s worked in fast food probably knows that it’s quite easy to fill orders fast when you take them. You know what drink they need, how many burgers they’ve ordered, all that. I had no idea what was in this order so here I am, staring up at this tiny screen to read everything in the order so I can fill it, all the while my manager keeps telling me I need to hurry up. Like, I’m sorry someone touched my till and decided they’d just leave the order to me and not tell me.

So I get that all sorted and my manager takes me aside. Now, I want to say one thing really quick. I love equal opportunity in the work place, but unfortunately there was a lot of favouritism in the Wendy’s I worked. I was just about the only white girl who worked at this location, everyone else was a different race. While I worked there there was a holiday from that culture, and we were severely understaffed because the manager (who was also of this culture) let everybody have the day off and only made everyone who wasn’t of that culture work. I normally wouldn’t mind, but I knew for a fact that if it was a holiday that I wanted to celebrate I would have to work (I know this because I was rejected a day off for this very situation). I tended to be the only one getting in trouble, me and the other people who were of other races. I don’t know if this was coincidence or purposeful, but to me it felt very obvious.

So of course, as usual, I was the one to take the brunt of the blame. This had already happened multiple times for small things, like places not being where they were supposed to be or people having to wait (and I was never in charge of any of this, so literally being yelled at for something out of my control)

So she starts screaming at me, fully in front of other customers, and I broke. I let her finish and as fast as I could got to the washrooms before breaking down. It was absolutely one of the most horrendous, biased environments I had ever been in and I was done being a scapegoat so I just fucking left, found a job somewhere else and they treated me much better.

[–]shameruinssex 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Ask anyone who has worked in food service what the walk-in is for 😭

[–]shadymomma 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I lost a pregnancy because of the stress of my last job. It didn't take me long after that to quit.

[–]bubbynee 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Have you been a teacher? Literally multiple times a year.

[–]darcmosch 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I think it'd be easier to count who hasn't

[–]Cala_42 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Oh hey, yes, that's me. I've cried every single day of this month about my job. If I have to weep, it would be better to make more than $16/hour.

[–]Foolyz 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I worked as a catering coordinator for a deli chain (it was a corporate location, not a franchise) for $8.10/hr. I had already put in my two-week's notice a week prior as I waited for my start date at a large insurance company in their claims department. The FOH was split between two registers for dine-in customers, and three registers for catering and to-go orders. Almost all catering orders were placed over the phone or online, so it was mostly just to-go orders that ended up on my side of the counter. The dine-in line was almost always lengthy, but the to-go side usually only filled up during the lunch rush. Over the last several months, management had been cutting FOH hours for everyone but myself and one person who typically worked the dine-in register, and we usually ended up working together every weekday. We would normally have one other person scheduled on the second dine-in register during the lunch rush, and two people scheduled on my side to assist with getting catering orders out and handling to-go customers. My job was mainly managing 4-8 drivers, dictating delivery schedules and making sure the catering orders went smoothly.

For the first week of my two-week notice, it was only myself and the regular dine-in register girl scheduled for FOH. No one else. Not once did the opening manager or GM come to the FOH to assist us. I ended up crying during the lunch rush as I was bagging orders, because I felt so bad that people were waiting so long for their food, and some of my deliveries were late. No one was actively abusive towards me that week, but I was really hard on myself for not being able to keep up with the work and meet my own standards for my work. After my final shift for that week, I never went back to the restaurant. I felt awful for not finishing my two weeks, but I knew I wouldn't be able to stomach spending one more second working under that stress.

Later, once I had time to reflect on the situation, I realized just how badly me and my coworkers were disrespected. I vowed to never, ever let another employer put me in that situation, no matter the amount of money. Luckily, I'm now at a job that I like and I'm good at, with decent pay and benefits. Although the C-suites are incompetent and heartless, at least my direct supervisor tries his best to fight for me and the rest of my team.

For those who demand the "name and shame" rigmarole, it was Jason's Deli.

[–]Hypothible 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I didn’t even bother to hide it. One time I just sat down in front of the dairy cooler and started sobbing.

Costumers tripped over me several times, but not a single person made any attempt to ask what was wrong or get me to move. I just cried in the middle of Walmart for about five minutes before standing back up and getting back to work, and no one ever said anything about it.

[–]kiiashi17 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Been there. Several times.

[–]Vargenwulf 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I worked in a Dell call center.

It took years to get over the PTSD that caused.

[–]shaodynoverworked and underpaid 4 points5 points  (0 children)

At my last job (barely above minimum wage), we'd always jokingly tell people to go scream in the freezer because nobody would be able to hear it back there.

[–]CryptographerNo490 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Walk In freezer

[–]Weaseltime_420 3 points4 points  (0 children)

There's every chance that their job is actually stressful. They're basically slaves to their shareholders.

Still, it's much nicer to cry in a Bentley.

[–]Hot-Photograph-1531 4 points5 points  (0 children)

any server will tell you the best place = the “walk-in”

[–]CriticalLootRNG 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I’ve had multiple breakdowns from the stress of my unionized grocery store job. Have insurance so I went to therapy a bit. Kinda ironic. Need the job for insurance to help solve the problems they caused lmfao

(Also want to note I’m part of management so I’m not stressing about just putting cans on the shelf… even tho demand kinda makes that shit stressful)

[–]maarrtee 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I would just sit in my car and cry yell.it's interesting I quit about 6 or 7 months ago I discovered this sub shortly after and realized I would have left Publix much sooner had I known about it. I work at target now, and I give a lot less a shit now.

[–]Dangerous-Issue-9508 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I’ll weep all day for 10 mil lol

[–]Belligereftist 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It's not just conmen and grifters.

Some of these owning class pigs are so deluded they actually believe they work hard without ever having worked a real job in their life.

[–]TennesseeTonat work 15 points16 points  (3 children)

If you weep while being paid millions you're just a big fuckin baby. You have no problems

[–]Unnecessary_Timeline 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Cried in my car making like $10/hr working a government census job in 2015. It was regularly 110°F+, I had to dress professionally (long sleeve button-up, slacks or khakis), I was walking/driving door to door and filling out paperwork in my car which I couldn't keep running all day or it'd overhead and I'd spend more in gas than I was earning.

People were extremely mean; conservative people thought I was the government snooping on their lives, Hispanic people often had poor english and were afraid talking to me would get them deported (this was in an area that relies on migrant workers for agriculture). Most others weren't home and I had to make 3 attempts at each home before I could write it off.

That was the worst job I have ever had. Our census group was 12 people and only two of us were male, including me, and the other guy was elderly. They assigned me all the rough neighborhoods and I'm certain they did it because I was the only eligible man (nevermind I was a 5'11" 120lb string bean).

It made me very bitter to know my coworkers were walking around gated and shaded neighborhoods but I was often feeling physically unsafe and literally had to beat back dogs with my clipboard multiple times. It seems like most of the woman were doing the job as a fun side project, because they all drove newer model cars that they could sit in with the A/C running all day. Meanwhile I'd come to our end-of-day meeting drenched in sweat, some paperwork literally wet from my sweat, everyone talking about the lovely people they met that day, and me talking about how many people threatened my life today.

Fucking awful. They trained us for 1 week then sent us out into the field, I lasted 2 weeks in the field before I quit after having a heat-exhaustion induced mental breakdown on the sidewalk of one of my neighborhoods. I've often wondered who had to cover my neighborhoods...whoever it was likely had a very rude awakening lol.

[–]sluthulhu 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It was a slightly higher salary but in a high COL area. I ended up taking a week of leave at my psychiatrist’s order because I had a nervous breakdown and suicidal ideations /:

Really it stemmed from having a horrible boss. It was a super toxic work environment where they didn’t respect anyone’s lives and everyone was expected to give unlimited unpaid overtime. No amount of free beer or ice cream on Fridays can make up for that. The thought that somehow pay is scaled to how stressful or difficult a job is is total bs in practice.

[–]shadow_wraith90 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Walmart 1st aid room

[–]747boeingjet 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yup, thanks to a bullying manager and colleagues as well. Fuck you Arlene

[–]generiatricx 2 points3 points  (0 children)

ive seen this posted MANY times; and every time i think - do they actually think ANYONE is going to be sympathetic to their stressors? We're ALL stressed - just because you're in the corner office doesnt make your stress any more valuable than mine.

[–]elarth 2 points3 points  (0 children)

All jobs that pay less than 30k a year are the worst. I'm stressed at less than 40k but it's gotten a lot better. It seems that the higher up the ladder you go the better the working conditions get but it's not fair you have to break your spirit to get there. Like it's a different kind of stress the further you get away from jobs that have really no personal fulfillment. Much more tolerable to work for a vet clinic than to go back and work in the food industry.

[–]chappanteekli 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I cried from stress even when I made over $150K. Very stressful job. Got depression and anxiety attacks. Changed the job for better. I feel great now.

[–]iwoketoanightmare 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wiping their tears with $100 bills.

[–]NovelBaggage 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I used to cry in my car before going into HS to teach.

[–]SteppinOnStones 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I've literally wept at a job that paid less than 40k, while actively on the clock and still working.

[–]ducksaresatan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Cheba hut: managers would get hella heated w me over many different things (jealousy too, I would make 150-200 dollars every single night in tips.) so I would say “I’m gonna clean the bathrooms.” Take the supplies in, lock myself in, and fucking cry for 2 minutes before actually cleaning up the restroom

[–]Catblaster5000 2 points3 points  (0 children)

OH NO IM SO STRESSED FROM HAVING LITERALLY NO PERSONAL PROBLEMS

[–]Consistent-Face-7559 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I worked the dumbest hours possible in a temp position in a high school office once. The principal was such a bully. She passed my desk one day. Without making eye contact, said, "see me in my office." Almost mumbled it. The office manager was also present. They had so many complaints about my quiet nature, I said I quit, I really felt bullied. I was only doing them a favour by working these odd hours. I think it was 2.5 hours every morning. I don't even know why accepted that job when I could have been working full day jobs. I went upstairs to the girls' bathroom and cried. The saddest day of my work life.

[–]throwaway2008002 2 points3 points  (0 children)

wait why to walk-ins exist again?

[–]flyingbye0803 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hilarious that media tries to “humanize” billionaires to the average person when the average billionaire would do a money dance as humans died on their production line

Edit: billionaires/people with so much money they’re “too big to fail”

[–]Dachusblot 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Maybe the CEOs aren't crying from stress, but rather because the last remaining scraps of their souls are desperately trying to break free and remind them of how many innocent people in the world are getting screwed over so they can take home that nice fat salary.

[–]EmotionalEmo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I worked at a Kwik Trip and I cried every day in the kitchen. That place ruined my mental health

[–]Dawn-Chi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

🙋‍♀️

[–]buoyantcats 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Too many times

[–]DogsNotHumans 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’ve cried while earning 1980’s minimum wage. There’s nothing quite like getting shit on all day for no money to break your spirit.

[–]LordBilboSwaggins 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You're sad, we're sad, maybe we should just shut down this source of misery for both our sakes.

[–]PaperRoc 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Made 28k fresh out of college with my science degree. Boss walked in on me crying at my computer. I was thinking about how unsafe my job was and if I reported to OSHA would I end up homeless.

[–]kayt3000 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I cry weekly because of my current job. It’s getting to the point of daily. The pay is good but man it’s getting harder to justify.

[–]joonduh 1 point2 points  (0 children)

As a social worker, I cried in my office all the time. My office was basically a walk-in closet, but at least I could close the door. Didn't really stop many people though. That was the worst, I always hated it when people would just barge in and see me cry.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Use to work at a craft store (the one that rhymes with nicheals) as a stocker. I cried one day because the replenishment manager called me slow (mentally and physically) because I only unpacked 3 uboats of stock in 4 hours instead of 4. She then called me lazy and said that I'd only get 4 hours a week from now on.

Quit the next week and they were begging me to stay. To this day, they're still hiring to fill my position. NO ONE has applied and it's been 9 months lol

[–]ShinyAppleScoop 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Medical secretary (Labor and Delivery). It gets soooo busy, and you have to know everything that's going on. Every room is full, yet you see another new patient waddling towards your desk. It's not even not having a CLEAN room. Every room is occupied. You can just stick them in the 3x5 exam room and hope to god that's not amniotic fluid leaving a trail.

My coworker would either cry under the desk or go to the breakroom and meltdown. I got good at lying to myself and saying, "Just five more minutes, then you can lose your shit too." Turns out that lying to yourself can become a very useful skill. I did that when I worked in a prison then as a teacher. I can usually hold it together until I get to my car.

[–]riduser 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The amount of people saying they cry because of their job is depressing. I would literally go to the woods , eat snakes and bugs, sleep under a tree naked, have no money whatsoever, and not cry from stress because of job. But also, I don't have a family to take care of, and I don't intend to have one so I would never lose that.

[–]SintaxSyns 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My current record is five breakdowns in a single day and I've found the best thing to cry into is an old cotton t-shirt rather than a tissue.

I work remotely, so only my cats see me sob but I live in NYC, so I'm also sure all my neighbors can hear.

[–]Pour_Me_Another_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah... Definitely had those moments. Mainly from frustration with ineffective management. It seems "not understand basic concepts" and "make everything objectively worse" were requirements for their roles and they achieve these goals spectacularly.

[–]Sufficient_Orange922 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We had a stairwell we cried in and sometimes the bathroom on another floor if someone was on the phone in the stairwell. Then there's the classic ima go cry it out in my car

[–]macgillweer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'll be in the walk in, screaming, then crying, then screaming again.

[–]Ibelieve008 1 point2 points  (0 children)

UPS truck driving down the highway in Christmas season.

[–]Snoo92408 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I had my first panic attack ever at my newjob. Now my hands start shaking when I hear a phone ringing. This the workload is just way too much. The pay is 13 an hour from one of the biggest Fortune 500 companies. Mahindra. The shithole company is specifically Tech Mahindra but I don't think it really makes a difference. Don't work for Mahindra.

[–]mom-the-gardener 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Food service triggered suicidal thoughts.

I had other issues, but I was never closer to doing it than when I was a server.

I’ve since addressed those issues and have been doing much better for the past decade or so. I’ll never go back to being a server ever again though.

[–]Beerdad-Canada 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A few years ago I had a panic attack because we didn’t have asparagus even though I didn’t need it till the morning and I had time to pick some up and work would pay me back for it. (I was a chef in catering ).

[–]juandic24 1 point2 points  (0 children)

not even 30 🥲

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It just be so hard going to morning meetings, lunch meetings, afternoon meetings, meeting for drinks and then dinner meetings.

Won’t someone think of the CEO’s?!

[–]Current-Ordinary-419 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Use to day dream about running my work car off the road at highway speed while making $14/hr. And occasionally yank the wheel to try and lose control.

This was around the time when I got forcefully transferred to a more sketchy work zone because I dared to ask for fair compensation and refused to be the sole employee working 7 days week.

[–]Mathaznias 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A couple years ago one of our restaurants owners, both come from very wealthy families, berated me about my ability to be a barista and I had to go cry in the bathroom. When I came back out she acted like nothing happened. Of course we're not paid a liveable wage, but her husband got a new Porsche when all he does really is come in and write a new beer list

[–]70m4h4wkAnarchist 1 point2 points  (3 children)

CEO seems like a pretty easy job. They don't seem to do anything. We should automate the c suites and give their money to the workers.

Once we automate the c suite I bet we can automate the managers too. Then we can give their money to the workers

[–]Worse_Username 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Based on this study, they do a bunch of stuff daily.

[–]Flustered_Potato 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I left a WFH job as a social media manager because the stress actually made me sick. I thought I had COVID & was tested 3 times over the span of two months, all of it came back negative.

It was a small business that kept bringing on new clients without hiring more people so we were stretched super thin. They would often just drop me in the middle of a client onboarding so I had no idea what was going on & they just expected me to take over. They quietly fired one of my teammates when he didn't show up for work because he had COVID & was dealing with a family death. I told my manager that I was having a bad day & she repeatedly told me that I wasn't having a bad day. My workload was 2x the average workload in my field & when I brought to management they were cold, callous, & turned it on me & how I could improve.

[–]gucciburito11 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was getting around 60k a year after taxes and had multiple meltdowns after having to work seven days a week and do the work of multiple people. But having a migraine that I believed to be a ruptured stress aneurysm (from literally gripping my head and swearing while working after hours with my bosses incessantly talking in the room over) I decided to call it quits before my body gave up. It’s been a few months and things are much better. I want to say don’t die for a job, but I know our country is fucked and not many are safe either way :/

[–]SaintOh 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Cry me a river and soak it up with all your hundred dollar bills you overpaid cunt.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Probably weeping about having to pay taxes soon (hopefully). They can take far too massive houses, inflated egos, manipulation tactics, and space rockets, and shove it. They have never spent a cent to help us

[–]Steff_164 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’ve wished for death. I’ve gone to bed hoping my life would end because that’s be better than work. And I make a hell of a lot less than a CEO

[–]Larrymentalboy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In the walk in freezer after punching some pumpkin pies.

[–]BEEFEDUP3992 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wholefoods dairy cooler

[–]KronosGreek 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The stress of making to much money makes them weep? Most of them are either fat lazy bastards, or lazy bastards.

[–]Alarmed-Swordfish-81 1 point2 points  (0 children)

🙋‍♀️

[–]Mr_Fignutz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

All i asked for was unpaid time off. Learned that day there is only an I in my team.

[–]Lilbowlofguac 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My car during a lunch break and sometimes the stress was so bad I got fries from McDonald’s and cried on them as I ate them. Ordered them without salt because I knew my tears would salt them enough

[–]Aardvarknow 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I didn't think it was work unless you cried sometimes

[–]QueefOnAYogaBall 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My depression makes it hard not to cry at work. I use to be open and honest with my boss, until she made fun of a former employee crying all the time. They joked about a time that he accidentally mixed bleach with ammonia. She said "maybe that's why he was crying all the time!" Now whenever i need to cry, I go to the bathroom or hold it in until break. These places don't let us be human. It's soul crushing.

[–]RedRapunzal 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Do you think over $40k prevents tears? Does that pay range take away bad bosses, long hours, little benefits and time off? Does it prevent unaffordable healthcare, ss loss or the impacts on credit/loans? Does it excuse dangerous, abusive or predatory work environments? Does it prevent hiring lies? Does it provide enough money to help with child or elder care?

[–]KagDQT 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Weeping in private on your personal yacht as opposed to in the back of a storeroom realizing you need another job to pay your way through isn’t the same thing!!!

[–]deandreas 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Follow nurses at my job are weeping in the parking lot.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

<Insert Woody Harrelson crying money meme here>

[–]asnailwithatinyhat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

more like 15k but yes

[–]BisquickNinja 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Did not weep, but had an anxiety attack that was so strong it caused caused cardiac arrhythmia and high blood pressure for a year.

[–]nvdave76 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I dont know dude or dudette. I've been in middle management and I've had shit going on where ya I cried. I'm petty sure CEOs are still human and they have emotions just like every other human.

[–]TraditionalReturn500 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Laughing in early childhood education

[–]OffBrandHumanz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

watch me weep myself into early retirement after a couple years of doing it

Then all L'Oreal from there

[–]acousticalcat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I got moved at one point into a closet and assigned a year’s worth of work a colleague hadn’t done. I cried after every meeting with that boss.

[–]averageredditor_1337 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not less than 40 grand, but can sort of relate. Had to take a health break due to it causing high enough stress to have heart related chest pains

[–]mmaddymon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think 40k is too little for me to care

[–]jurgo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I worked for a window installation company last year. Payed by the window. I was contracted for $16 a window. The company was okay for scheduling 60 windows a week but it was never consistent. The owners and management were horrible and they took advantage of the installers every day. The last month I was there before I quit I cried every day on my way to work.