Worker Applauded for Quitting Over Boss's Response to Family Dog's Death

A worker has been applauded online for quitting over her boss's response to being told she couldn't make it to work as the family dog had just died.

Redditor Hope, posting under u/hopechyann, shared a screengrab of her conversation to the site's popular AntiWork forum.

Captioned "and I oop," the message exchange has amassed more than 53,000 upvotes since being posted on Saturday, and can be seen here.

It starts off with her saying: "It's Hope. I have a family emergency. I can't come in tonight."

Unsympathetic, the boss responds: "Start calling around. You need to get it covered. What's your emergency."

Hope replies, informing her: "I will try we just had to put our family dog down."

That garnered less sympathy, as her manager writes back: "That's not the best reason to tell me your not coming into work [sic]."

Seemingly unimpressed with her understanding, Hope replies: "Okay. I'm also turning in my two weeks but if you need something written, I can do that as well."

To which her boss simply says: "I'll just figure out tonight."

Hope's response has been praised by Redditors, who claimed it's management's job to fill shifts.

Absolutely_Average1 joked: "That pivot left a broken ankle in its wake for sure."

DonaldVigups added: "Wow, the g-force on that u-turn ..."

Ajegwu commented: "How is it normal that "start calling around" isn't the manager's responsibility? Why are you expected to do the managing?"

OldManNewHammock said: "Agreed! And never explain what your family emergency is. It is none of their business. And besides, no reason you give is good enough for them."

Sbowesuk said: "100% agree, and 100% their responsibility to fill the shift. This manager is an absolute idiot."

Shdwrptr replied: "It is their responsibility but it's extremely common for entry level jobs to try to foist shift covering into employees. Trading a shift should be the only thing you have to discuss with your coworkers. If you can't make a shift due to illness or emergency, it's not your job to get it covered."

While TehWackyWolf observed: "Yeah, I'm 30 and this is the first time I can remember a labor market EVER being on the workers favor."

The chart below, provided by Statista, shows figures on The Great Resignation.

Infographic: The Great Resignation | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

The job market in the U.S. has seen an unprecedented shift in recent years, coinciding with the onset of the COVID pandemic, which has been termed The Great Resignation.

Workers quit their jobs in droves, described as "extreme movements in the number of unemployed people and job openings" by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.)

It said: "In December 2021, job openings topped 11.4 million. This was the highest value recorded in a month since data collection on job openings began in December 2000 and was the sixth time in 2021 that the number of monthly job openings exceeded 10 million.

"The number of unemployed people also experienced large shifts. In February 2020, before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployed people numbered 5.7 million. Two months later, the number stood at 23.0 million, reflecting the initial shock of the pandemic on the labor market.

"In December 2021, the number of unemployed people had fallen to 6.3 million but was still higher than its February 2020 level."

May's Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary, the last month data is available for, saw the "quits" rate, a "measure of workers' willingness or ability to leave jobs," at 2.8 percent, or 4.3 million. The BLS noted this number was "little changed."

As of June, the unemployment rate remained at 3.6 percent, while leisure and hospitality—a sector hit hard by COVID and The Great Resignation—added 67,000 jobs.

But BLS stated: "However, employment in leisure and hospitality is down by 1.3 million, or 7.8 percent, since February 2020."

Newsweek reached out to u/hopechyann for comment.

File photo of texts and dog photos.
File photo of texts and dog photos. A worker has been applauded for quitting over her boss's response to the death of her family dog. Yusuke Ide / Tarchyshnik