'It Feels Good to Hurt Their Pockets': Internet Backs Man Who Stood up to 'Greedy' Bosses

A man has made waves on social media after sharing the empowering reasons behind quitting his job.

Shared on Reddit's u/antiwork subreddit, the man's story has resonated with readers who are struggling with their own workplace woes. So far, the post has generated a whopping 53,300 upvotes and 2,200 comments since it was shared early Monday morning.

The conversation comes at a time when workers across the country are leaving their jobs in record numbers: In November 2021 alone, 4.5 million Americans resigned from their jobs, reported the U.S. Department of Labor.

In his post, the anonymous man, u/tcrambo, explained that he was employed as a project manager for an unlimited commercial general contractor. He started at the company six years ago with "no prior experience" and, over the following two years, "learned everything that [he] could in the construction industry."

From there, he said he was promoted to foreman, then assigned to a highly-successful condo-complex project, where he worked as foreman, superintendent, and project manager. Soon, the man's stellar performance started bringing more clients to the company.

"We got a bid request for another $3M job in the same complex," he wrote, adding that the project's board of directors board praised his "management and quality of work."

Using this new project as leverage, the man asked the owners of his company "for the raise they promised [him] [one] year ago." They, however, reportedly told him that "the experience [he's] gaining is far more valuable."

Rather than accepting his boss' answer, the man decided to seek opportunities elsewhere. "I put my resume on public, got contacted by a headhunter, [and] just accepted an offer this week for $80k a year salary, full benefits, 28 days PTO including holidays," he continued, before listing the many additional benefits afforded to him at his new role.

At his prior job, the man only made $40,000 a year, with no benefits. "I laid this offer on their desk Friday and watched their jaws hit the floor," he said of his now-former boss.

Meanwhile, the man told the client behind the ongoing $3 million project that he was leaving his role. "His eyes got big and [he] requested a meeting with the owners and expressed serious concern about moving forward with the new project without my involvement," he wrote.

"They don't have anyone to replace me and I'm not gonna lie, it feels good to hurt their pockets when I gave them everything I had for [six] years and only asked for the median project manager salary," concluded the man. "F**k those greedy bastards."

Readers were quick to offer the man their support, affirming his decision to leave the underpaid role.

"On your way out, be sure to publicly thank the person that told you what the experience you'd gained was worth for encouraging you to pursue bigger and better opportunities," commented u/ShakespearOnIce.

"Imagine losing 3mill because you wouldn't fork out 30k for your star worker," said u/Jasboh.

"Employers refuse to understand that knowledge, skill and experience doesn't reside under the logo of the company in the lobby, but within the people actually doing the job," added u/stringdom.

Newsweek has reached out to u/tcrambo for comment.

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On Reddit, a man went viral after sharing the reasons behind his decision to resign from his job. "They don't have anyone to replace me and I'm not gonna lie, it feels good to hurt their pockets," the man said in the now-viral post. pcess609/iStock / Getty Images Plus