Boss Suggests Worker 'Just Take Out Loan' After She Quits Over Lack of Car

A husband recently took to Reddit to call out his wife's boss for suggesting she should "take out a loan" to buy a car to get to work after informing him she was quitting because the family only had one car.

In the now-viral post shared to the subreddit "Antiwork" on February 1, u/LuckyPossum79 revealed their wife put in her two weeks' notice with her boss and then was going to search for a job closer to their home which would allow her to use the city bus to get to and from a new job.

The post has garnered a lot of attention among Redditors with 20,000 upvotes and more than 1,000 comments.

The original poster also said "When she [his wife] tried putting in her notice her boss has the nerve to say, 'Why can't you just take out a loan and buy a car?' The f**king audacity. It's easy for him to say when he owns three high-end luxury cars. How out of touch can someone be?"

In a comment to another person, the OP added, "The funny thing is the company she worked for is a large-ish hotel chain, and they have a fleet of company cars they use to lug around VIPs and other higher-ups."

The Geography of Transport Systems reported the number of households with one vehicle has decreased from 1960 to 2017, although there has been an increase in the number of multi-vehicles per household, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation. There has been a reduction in the number of households without cars, declining by around half from 22 percent in 1960 to 9 percent in 2017. Also the number of homes with two or more vehicles has increased from 22 percent in 1960 to 58 percent in 2017.

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A boss suggested a worker "take out a loan and buy a car" after she quit over the couple only having one car. Here, a generic red compact car. GETTY/VLADIMIROQUAI

People didn't hold back with their responses to the viral Reddit post. Some revealed how they'd respond to the boss in the situation. "Because you're not paying me enough," a Redditor revealed. The post garnered over 9,000 upvotes on its own.

Other Redditors also had advice on how to handle the situation. "As my mom would say: 'Why don't you take out a loan and buy a clue?'"

Some people had jokes about the statement made by the boss. "Why don't you just go into debt for five years to continue working here?" they joked.

A Redditor didn't mince words with their opinion. "What a jacka**," they said. "And he probably thinks he is a problem solver."

Others had their own comebacks to the boss' advice on taking out a loan to buy a car. "Just say sorry I don't qualify for a loan on my salary," a user wrote.

One Reddit user brought up how the government should provide "usable public transport," adding, "Get car loan so you can get to job so that you can afford car loan. One of the biggest scams in developed countries."

Some people had questions about the situation. "Why can't he raise her wages instead of asking her to take a loan?" a Redditor wondered.

Other responses included, "Why doesn't the boss take out a loan and buy her a car" and, "I would've said maybe because you don't pay me enough."

Not all the comments were negative though. One user recalled a boss at one of their jobs offered to pay for an employee to Uber to work when his transportation "fell through," adding, "He's a genuinely good guy."

Newsweek reached out to u/LuckyPossum79 for comment.