Worker Praised Online for Quitting Job After Boss Told Him 'You Are Replaceable'

A worker who purportedly quit his job after being ordered to come in on their day off has been backed online.

The employee in question was told he would need to come in and cover an absent employee's shift, despite having had their time off "approved months ago."

When the worker refused to comply with his boss' request, his manager told him he was "replaceable" in a warning that prompted him to quit on the spot.

Details of the alleged exchange surfaced on Reddit in a post shared by the user 42words under the headline "'YOU ARE REPLACEABLE' 'okay, then I quit' 'NO, NOT LIKE THAT.'"

At the time of writing, the post had been upvoted more than 37,500 times. The post consisted of a screenshot chronicling the supposed text message conversation between a line manager and a worker by the name of Dan.

The exchange began with the line manager telling Dan that another employee, called Miguel, has called in sick so he is "going to need" him to cover the shift.

When Dan attempted to explain it was his day off and he is going hunting, his boss responded: "I wasn't asking you. See you at 3."

Undeterred, Dan highlighted the fact he already works "6 days a week" and had booked the day off months ago. His manager appeared unmoved by this response, telling him: "1 day off is plenty of time" warning him: "I will deny your time off."

"You can't do that," Dan responds, to which his boss replies: "watch me."

Dan's line manager goes on to brand his behavior "unprofessional" before threatening "take that time out of your paycheck" if he doesn't come in.

"You are replaceable," they add. "See you at three."

That message proved to be the final straw, with Dan responding: "I quit. Since I'm so replaceable I'm guessing you should have no trouble finding someone to cover for me."

His boss then attempted to backtrack with his final message. "Don't rush to quit just because you're upset," they wrote. "Be grateful that you don't work like I do and that I allow you to see your family once a week."

It was arguably his final comment that most irked those commenting on the Reddit post.

SuperAwesome13 commented: "'Be grateful I allow you to see your family once a week.' F*** this guy. total piece of s***." Reallyfake2 agreed: "'Allow you.' That's enough to p*** me off."

Weaselwoop claimed the manager was "acting like a slaver" rather than someone running a business.

ReallyNoOne1012 concurred, writing: "'Allow you'—I'm sorry, were you under the impression that you own me?" while Photofool484 branded the manager's response "gaslighting with a dose of abusive narcissism."

Ocean_Beast said: "Knowing how some places are, I'm not even surprised. Person could pass away before their shift and manager would be scrambling to get their Ouija board to ask if they're still coming in."

Newsweek has contacted 42words for comment.

The viral post has surfaced just a month after U.S Bureau of Labor statistics revealed a record 4.3 million workers quit their jobs in August, adding to a total of 20 million since April, which has been dubbed "the Great Resignation."

Many of these resignations have taken place in low-paid retail and hospitality roles, but have also covered a wide range of sectors. Several examples of the mass exodus have bubbled to the surface on social media.

For instance, a Chipotle Store was forced to close after staff walked out, claiming they were close to "breaking points." In another recent incident, a worker quit their job after their manager threatened to take away their health insurance.

A message screenshot and a man quitting.
Stock images of a message screenshot and a man quitting - a purported exchange between a worker and their manager has gone viral. VikiVector/SeventyFour/Getty