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ladygodiva

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Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Wed, 08/17/11 8:02 PM (permalink)
about  6 years ago, I worked at a Walgreens photo lab, for close to 10 years,  during the last 3 years of work a new worker started and she would call off on Sundays and Tuesdays (those were by chance the same days that her boyfriend was off of work.)
 
she would call off at least one or twice per week, at one point the store employees asked our store manager what was the deal.  he felt sorry for her she had two kids etc.
 
fine most of us thought and we went on with our work, then one day it was announced that she would be head technician in the lab, I thought, April Fools, sad to say that she was made head tech.
 
mind you, I have a college degree in Marketing, I have on average only missed one-two days of work per year, my lab was in the top 2%, I usuallly had the top sales and profits in my drawer and on my shift. meanwhile this other person called off constantly, barely had a high school degree and when she was at work would plop her ass in the corner of the photo lab, or grap magazines off the shelf and take them to the break room, or the stockroom and read them.
 
to top it off the Store manager cut me 8 hours a week to give it to her.  I gave two week notice and made a big speech about it being a matter of principal. 
 
two weeks later, oh boy did I regret it, the next job I got was at $3 less per hour.
 
 
 
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    BackAlleyBurger

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    Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Thu, 08/18/11 4:36 AM (permalink)
    i would have quit also, i expect he missed you just as much as you missed that 3 bucks
     
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      NascarDad

      Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Thu, 08/18/11 8:52 AM (permalink)
      I changed my entire career because of principles (basically comes down to turns out in the real world all they wanted me to do was lie with numbers) . 
       
      I didn't regret it but then again I was single no kids at the time.  I did consider suicide because I had a huge student loan I couldn't pay and lost 4 part time jobs in a 2 month period and my car died and I couldn't pay to fix it or get a new one (along with losing my gf and my cat dying and m best friend not talking to me in the same period) .  I lived in some real crapholes for awhile, too.  Ok so maybe I regretted it then.
       
      Now my only regret is not having done it much sooner - I know I am truly blessed.
       
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        felix4067

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        Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Thu, 08/18/11 9:06 AM (permalink)
        The only time I ever quit a job on principle, it led to the most amazing life/career ever, so I have no regrets. My last office job was working as the receptionist/accounts payable/accounts receivable person for a local pest control outfit. My boss referred to me as his "office girl" (to my face), and I was making $7.00/hour with no benefits (in 1996, when similar jobs were paying $9.00/hour or better around here). The day the state inspector came in to go through our records because he'd had numerous complaints about our techs using too many and/or the wrong kind of chemicals, and I was later informed that I NEVER am allowed to let anyone go through our files or I would be fired (apparently the search warrant was irrelevant to him), I walked out the door.
         
        Three days later I did my first call with the stagehands union, where I have been for 15 1/2 years. Never look back.
         
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          Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Thu, 08/18/11 9:51 AM (permalink)
          I once quit a job because my boss turned Pink Floyd off the radio.  Hey, I like Pink Floyd!
           
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            ScreamingChicken

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            Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Thu, 08/18/11 10:10 AM (permalink)
            ladygodiva


            she would call off at least one or twice per week, at one point the store employees asked our store manager what was the deal.  he felt sorry for her she had two kids etc.

            fine most of us thought and we went on with our work, then one day it was announced that she would be head technician in the lab, I thought, April Fools, sad to say that she was made head tech.

            to top it off the Store manager cut me 8 hours a week to give it to her.  I gave two week notice and made a big speech about it being a matter of principal. 


            So did you let someone in the corporate office know about this?  Sounds like some suspicion of a little extracurricular activity between her and the store manager wouldn't be totally unfounded.
             
            Brad
             
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              SeamusD

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              Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Thu, 08/18/11 10:22 AM (permalink)
              I've had to quit jobs I liked for other reasons than principles and regretted it, but never regretted quitting any job due to that fact.
               
              The last job I quit I wanted to walk right out, but composed myself, then went to the boss and gave a 2 week notice instead, knowing they'd escort me right out the door and pay me the 2 weeks. Not because they thought I'd do anything, it's just standard procedure for a lot of companies with their IT personnel. Disgruntled IT workers can and do cause a lot of damage. I wouldn't have, but I knew they'd basically frog march me out the door immediately as per procedure, so I was able to enjoy an extra couple weeks of paid vacation until I found a new job.
               
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                Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Thu, 08/18/11 10:50 AM (permalink)
                never regretted ANYTHING i ever did on priciple!---espescially quitting a job----had a guy once that told me to do something i  AND he KNEW was  not legal---They left a turkey out on the counter all night WITH STUFFING in it--which is also illegal in Calif Rests---and wanted me to serve it----said i wouldnt--he said i would cuz---"You work for ME" to which i replyed No I dont---i work for those two kids i have at home--i USE TO work for you!  BYE!"
                 
                 
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                  Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Thu, 08/18/11 1:46 PM (permalink)
                  I've quit jobs usually with a new one in hand before doing so except once. I guess out of principle (my goal of being my own boss by age 36) I up and quit a job where I was running an architectural firm for the owner to start my own with no clients in hand. I guess I was enthralled by the fact a friend of mine goaded me into looking at a storefront office that shared an entrance with a modeling agency. An opportunity that could not be passed up.
                   
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                    Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Thu, 08/18/11 5:43 PM (permalink)
                    I have just about always been in construction.  But I did have a short stint as a dancer(in my construction gear of course).  I quit because the club owner was always yelling, "tighten up those buns".  I dropped my tool belt and my hard hat one night and walked right off the stage.  The guy following me that night picked up my gear and eventually joined the Village People.  So much for principles heh,
                     
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                      Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Thu, 08/18/11 7:50 PM (permalink)
                      I don't regret the action, but do admit it really caused my career "ladder" a 90 degree curve and a couple of years of "very high UNDERemployment".   I hired on  at a Rocky Mtn State College, directly after my divorce. The divorce resulted in my excommunication from the church I was raised in for 40+ years. Without naming the religion, it too is Rocky Mtn. Based !    At the new job , my boss, in addition to supervising my work, made getting me back into the folds of the church a priority by constantly pressuring me to get inline with what the church ( I was not attending) wanted me to do for re-admission.
                         After 6 months of this behavior and after making it clear I did not want to rejoin, He started giving me negative reviews for "not fitting in socially with the staff".  I suggested that he should fire me and give me the rest of my contract year's salary as severance pay...he said no. I then shared the memo's he had sent over the 6 months requesting my participation in religious activities in "his" church. and pointed out that no civil court would consider this anything but unprofessional  conduct and I was sure the newspaper would love the story as well.
                       
                      Needless to say I was fired and they did pay my severance request to avoid any legal action.  I felt good about it...but then faced 8 months of unemployment and then a year, after relocating to my old home town in SoCal, to get a teaching job and start rebuilding my career.  I don't regret it at all...but I was on a very reduced income for longer than I anticipated while enforcing my "Principles" on a "Principal"
                       
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                        Uncle Groucho

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                        Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Thu, 08/18/11 8:32 PM (permalink)
                        I thought the Principal was your Pal...
                         
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                          ces1948

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                          Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Fri, 08/19/11 12:05 AM (permalink)
                          I was an electrician for many years and had several jobs. I the mid-70's my new wife and relocated to Smyrna, Ga, I soon found a job and thought nothing of it when the wife of the owner told me to show up a half hour early the next day for a company meeting, The meeting started with the boss handing out bibles to everyone and then we all sat around a table reading a bible chapter or two then on to the next guy. After an hour the boss called a halt and everyone handed in their bibles and went out work. I started talking to a fellow employee who had been therer for several years and he told me it was a mandatory meeting and the employees were required to read the entire book and then start over. I was pretty hostile to religion at the time and it really chafed me that I had participate or probably be fired. As a result I started looking for another job and one came along
                           
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                            Foodbme

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                            Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Fri, 08/19/11 2:29 AM (permalink)
                            If you quit a job because of your principles then you should never need to regret it unless your "Principles" weren't really your real principles in the first place.
                             
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                              ann peeples

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                              Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Fri, 08/19/11 3:45 AM (permalink)
                              I do not at all agree, Foodbme.
                               
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                                The Travelin Man

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                                Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Fri, 08/19/11 12:07 PM (permalink)
                                buffetbuster


                                I once quit a job because my boss turned Pink Floyd off the radio.  Hey, I like Pink Floyd!

                                I am starting to wonder what would have happened if I had done that on the middle of I-81?
                                 
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                                  Foodbme

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                                  Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Fri, 08/19/11 4:21 PM (permalink)
                                  ann peeples

                                  I do not at all agree, Foodbme.

                                  WHY??? You should never regret sticking to your principles even if it causes hardship. If you do regret it, then it really wasn't a true principle of yours. What would have happened to our country if our Forefathers had regretted signing the Declaration of Independence? Many of them died penniless, or suffered negative consequences during their lives. None of them ever asked to have their names removed from the Document. 
                                  http://www.boycottliberalism.com/Freedom.htm
                                  My Story:
                                  Several weeks ago, I was let go from a job that included calling Gays & Lesbians trying to sell them a Time Share. The company obtained their names at a "Gay Pride" event. I objected to calling them based on my religious beliefs but I reluctantly continued to make the calls. The day after my objection, I was released for "Non-Performance". Some might say I should have kept my mouth shut but my principles would not let me do that.
                                  Is the lack of income a hardship? A little.
                                  Do I regret speaking out based on my beliefs? Absolutely not.
                                  Would I do it again? You Bettcha!
                                  <message edited by Foodbme on Fri, 08/19/11 4:36 PM>
                                   
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                                    ann peeples

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                                    Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Fri, 08/19/11 5:35 PM (permalink)
                                    I actually mis read your first post, foodbme. My apologies.
                                     
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                                      Foodbme

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                                      Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Fri, 08/19/11 5:38 PM (permalink)
                                      ann peeples

                                      I actually mis-read your first post, foodbme. My apologies.

                                      No apologies needed but thank you.
                                       
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                                        ladygodiva

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                                        Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Sat, 08/20/11 3:09 PM (permalink)
                                        ScreamingChicken


                                        ladygodiva


                                        she would call off at least one or twice per week, at one point the store employees asked our store manager what was the deal.  he felt sorry for her she had two kids etc.

                                        fine most of us thought and we went on with our work, then one day it was announced that she would be head technician in the lab, I thought, April Fools, sad to say that she was made head tech.

                                        to top it off the Store manager cut me 8 hours a week to give it to her.  I gave two week notice and made a big speech about it being a matter of principal. 


                                        So did you let someone in the corporate office know about this?  Sounds like some suspicion of a little extracurricular activity between her and the store manager wouldn't be totally unfounded.

                                        Brad


                                        the store manager and EXA's and the assistant managers new all about her calling off, infact, the whole Akron, Canton, Cuyahoga Falls, managers new she called off, I liked my Store manager, he was a swell guy, so, I did not want to go over his head., at one point one of the big shots saw the schedule that was posted near the time clock,and on hers it was allways highlighted in yellow, (Yellow Highlights meant you called off) and the big shot cracked how long has this been going on,  ) now, shortly after the big shot found out, the call off girl was actually written up for calling off too many times, this upset her and she took a 30 day leave of absence, she was allways faking illness, then she was finally given a drug test and well she failed and they put her on a warning, then she was tested a week later and then failed again. finally she was fired.
                                         
                                        the last I heard about her she wanted to become a Detective,
                                        I know for a fact that she and the store manager were not an item,  however, I believe that she had information about a high up individuals activities and she used the info to  keep her job.
                                         
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                                          ladygodiva

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                                          Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Sat, 08/20/11 3:18 PM (permalink)
                                          BackAlleyBurger


                                          i would have quit also, i expect he missed you just as much as you missed that 3 bucks

                                          actually, about three weeks after I quit,a former coworker called me, the photolab in the three weeks that I was gone went from 100-160 rolls of film finished and sold a day in the summertime to not even cracking 50 rolls of film a day finished, the lab went from being the top 2% to the bottom 1% in sales and profits,
                                           
                                          about the 4th week after I left, the store manager called me and told me that he wanted me to come back, he apologized,  and he was trying to fix the situation, I then called him the next week, and found out that he had been fired for inventory issues.(no, he was not a theif, it is just that thats sometimes what happened to managers, some were canned, and some were not.)
                                           
                                          and I really did miss my job, my boss, my co-workers and my customers, I truly loved my job, and it sickened me to leave it.
                                           
                                           
                                           
                                           
                                           
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                                            ladygodiva

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                                            Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Sat, 08/20/11 3:20 PM (permalink)
                                            tiki


                                            never regretted ANYTHING i ever did on priciple!---espescially quitting a job----had a guy once that told me to do something i  AND he KNEW was  not legal---They left a turkey out on the counter all night WITH STUFFING in it--which is also illegal in Calif Rests---and wanted me to serve it----said i wouldnt--he said i would cuz---"You work for ME" to which i replyed No I dont---i work for those two kids i have at home--i USE TO work for you!  BYE!"


                                            good for you I hope you called the Health Department., good for you

                                             
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                                              ladygodiva

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                                              Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Sat, 08/20/11 3:27 PM (permalink)
                                              here is another funny thing about miss call-off work, one day I was late for work, I called in to let them know, I ended up being only 2 minutes late for work, when I got into the lab miss call off work said :You're Late, I turned to her and said, maybe  I should have called off just like you do.
                                               
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                                                ladygodiva

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                                                Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Sun, 08/21/11 1:22 PM (permalink)
                                                NascarDad


                                                I changed my entire career because of principles (basically comes down to turns out in the real world all they wanted me to do was lie with numbers) . 

                                                I didn't regret it but then again I was single no kids at the time.  I did consider suicide because I had a huge student loan I couldn't pay and lost 4 part time jobs in a 2 month period and my car died and I couldn't pay to fix it or get a new one (along with losing my gf and my cat dying and m best friend not talking to me in the same period) .  I lived in some real crapholes for awhile, too.  Ok so maybe I regretted it then.

                                                Now my only regret is not having done it much sooner - I know I am truly blessed.

                                                Firstly, glad you did'nt take your own life, not worth it over having a huge money debt., and I too feel truly blessed, although it would be nice to have had the $3 more per hour,and a job that I loved back, it made me a better stronger person.
                                                 
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                                                  Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Sun, 08/21/11 1:42 PM (permalink)
                                                  Well, there was a job offer I didn't take that I regretted ever since. In the early 80's, I was looking for work. There was a computer game company that was looking for programmers with experience in non-computer game design. It would have meant relocating to the other side of the country, and, frankly, I saw the handwriting on the wall for the collapse of the computer game field, so I turned the job down. Well, the collapse did happen, and a bunch of computer game designers ended up unemployed and/or stranded. So, how was I to know that the company that offered me a job would get a contract with IBM that would enable it to survive the crash, and I gave up an opportunity to get into Sierra On-Line practically at the ground floor?
                                                   
                                                  Bart
                                                   
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                                                    Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Sun, 08/21/11 2:19 PM (permalink)
                                                    For some reason Leisure Suit Larry comes to mind.
                                                     
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                                                      Davydd

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                                                      Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Sun, 08/21/11 8:30 PM (permalink)
                                                      bartl, That is a what would have happened. I had one of those. In 1971 I had a building project in Tucson, AZ that I had to fly down every couple of weeks from Minneapolis and inspect. The two General Contractor partners that I dealt with, both fairly young professional engineers, had started taking a friendly interest in me. It kind of made me suspicious as to their motives. One time I acceded to going out to dinner with them. That's when they sprung it on me that they would like me to be a partner to create design-build projects. I would be the firm's architect. I gulped and had to turn them down. I was one year out of the Navy and hadn't taken my architectural exams yet for registration to actually be an architect. They were kind of surprised as they thought they had me sized up in sort of the silent performance observing interview. 40 years later I am still in Minnesota.
                                                       
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                                                        Re:Has anybody ever quit a job because of principles, then regretted it. Thu, 08/25/11 10:45 PM (permalink)
                                                        mar52
                                                        For some reason Leisure Suit Larry comes to mind.

                                                        It was pre-Leisure Suit Larry; I had a copy of Soft Porn Adventure (essentially, LSL was a graphical version of SPA). They were just beginning to move away from the model of one person does everything, but they were looking for people who at least understood multiple specialties (with me, they were looking for a programmer who spoke the same language as the game designers).
                                                         
                                                        Bart
                                                         
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