People Are Sharing Their “I Don’t Get Paid Enough For This S**t” Moments (20 Stories)

Having to endure ridiculous situations on the job while being woefully underpaid is just part of the human experience.

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It’s not right, but until everyone decides to give up on capitalism, it’s what we have to deal with.

Recently, a Reddit post of people sharing unimaginable moments at their jobs went viral. Many of these situations ended in employees quitting.

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In the r/AskReddit subreddit, user indian_boy786 asked: “What is your ‘I don’t get paid enough for this sh-t’ moment?”

The post received 17.5K comments that had a lot of WTF in them. It turns out a lot of people’s “I don’t get paid enough for this sh-t” moment involves excrement. However, one user did have a death threat made against them at their job. Definitely the thread’s winner.

Check out these stories from employees who are absolutely, 100 percent not paid enough.


When I was 18 and working at a retail store, a baby in his mother’s arms took a shit so massive that his diaper couldn’t contain it. A bunch ended up on the floor, and the mother ran away. I was not paid enough for that literal shit.


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I worked for a small college. The president’s secretary thought that most things were above her paygrade and at one of the busiest times of the year for my office decided that I should put in 80+ hours to clean her data and get something she needed done. After getting it finished she decided that she wanted the whole thing changed. I broke down. I went to the doctor in the midst of a full blown panic attack and was given a note for two weeks off work, which meant they had to use what I did or do it themselves. I came back to work and resigned.



After 4 months of not seeing my family because I was working full-time and only getting one day off a week, I finally quit without notice when they were gonna make me close last Thanksgiving. I had already requested and approved the day off a month prior. I left and never came back. The GM even tried pulling the “you can’t quit you’re fired” ahaha

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I worked at a heating and air conditioning company doing bookkeeping. I was being trained by the companies accountant. If I made a mistake the owner would literally scream at me full voice. I overheard him talking to his brother and his brother had told him not to scream at me. The owner said, “you have to tear them down to build them up.” I decided I wasn’t going to take another day of his screaming after that.


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Bagging groceries at a major supermarket. The manager came over to tell me that I needed to clean up the bathroom. An elderly gentleman fell off the toilet while pooping and it was a literal shitshow. Apparently I was the most qualified because I was 16. I was handed a broom and a dustpan. I shit you not (sorry had to.) My reward for going above and beyond the call of duty? Five dollars in store coupons. Sometimes dreams really do come true.



While working as a student custodian on campus I had to clean vomit out of a urinal. There is no easy, not gross way of cleaning that. Not worth the minimum wage.

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When I was doing 90% of my boss’ job in hopes of a full time promotion that I had been promised for three years and he took all the credit and told me my promotion wasn’t in the budget.


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Bartender here. Grown man threw a lit cigarette at my face and threatened me with physical violence. This was a year or so ago but a 45 (maybe older) year old man behaving that way towards a 24 year old female was definitely one of those moments. Plus the people getting handsy and occasional cleaning of vomit I do not get paid enough.



Fish monger in a grocery store.

We got a large number of lobsters in, soft-shelled and already dying. So my manager decided we could at least sell their tails. Apparently lobsters don’t really have a central nervous system, so when you sever the tails and put their tails on ice they freaking run away. So I had to chase these tails down because they’ve escaped into the rest of the display case, onto the floor, and hidden under our prep tables. Never again.

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When my patient threatened to kill me and my family, then brought out a hand-made wooden knife from under his bed.


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I’m a public librarian. I was helping someone in the computer room and turned to tell someone he needed to keep his exclamations at the video he was watching down. Just then, the woman I was helping leapt aside because the man I was shushing pissed himself. It ran down onto the jacket he had tied around his waist, down the chair, onto the ground. Turns out he’d snuck in alcohol and was totally black out drunk. I told him he had to leave. He put the piss covered jacket on and stumbled out. As I returned with gloves and cleaning supplies, another patron decided this was a good time to complain about some kids who were making noise. I took a deep breath and said “This is a good time for us all to appeal to our higher selves and do our best in the moment. Please just adapt for a minute”. Then I thought about the student loans I took out for the master’s degree as I scrubbed up piss.



Worked at a hotel chain cleaning rooms when I was in highschool. Came upon something eeeking down the side of the mattress onto the carpeted floor. IDK if it was blood/mucus throw up or a miscarriage, but my $7.10/hr did not cover bloody bodily fluids.

Boss chewed I and a coworker out for not being willing to clean it up. Don’t effing care, lady. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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I worked at a beach resort many years ago. The housekeepers were all upset one day because someone shit in the clubhouse shower. I was a little pissed that they were making such a big deal about it until I went to see it. It was like some mythical man beast had shat a huge one foot long, two-inch thick turd in the middle of the shower. I eventually took one for the team and picked it up and threw it away. It was as heavy as a puppy. I definitely wasnt getting paid enough to do that.


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Was working as a life guard in highschool. A little girl got her toe stuck in the crevice of our water slide and got it basically ripped off from the knuckle down. I was tasked with climbing into the slide to try and find the damn toe so we could send it to the hospital.



Worked at a big clothing store for two years during college. They wanted me to be supervisor but I turned down the position for a more flexible schedule. Left for an internship and went back after it was over. Went to the bathroom my first day back and new manager said I had to ask permission before going. I clocked out for lunch and never came back.

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I currently work at an escape room and an anti-masker came in refusing to play wearing a mask (which is currently protocol) – he was playing our Matrix themed room and after I refused to let him play without a mask he kept repeating about how this was “Just like the Matrix” and “Have you even seen The Matrix, it’s all about control, and what happens when they lose control? They send in Agent Smith”.

Sir I am not earning minimum wage to argue with you about a film from 1999. Wear a mask or get out.


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Working as a janitor and having to clean a bathroom wherein the toilet made a spectacularly horrifying fountain of excrement to the ceiling and then it happening a second time shortly thereafter.



Early 2000s, in my first career as a lawyer. I’d like to lay to rest the idea that “all” or even “most” lawyers are well paid. My first job was at a small firm where the boss was banging the secretaries and paralegal when he was helping his church for free. After about a year, he asked me why I wasn’t playing golf at the country club to bring in clients. I was earning $33,000/year; the country clue dues were more than that. My next job was at a firm where I walked in on the owner beating his meat. I told the HR lady who denied that I saw it and then caused all sorts of trouble for me; when she got called on it, she blamed the metal plate in her head. I was earning $31,500/year. My next job was in legal aid where we either had paper, a working printer, a working fax machine, envelopes or stamps but never all at the same time, usually 2/5. I was earning $32,000/year. A client called in and heard me and said, “Oh I’m so glad I got you and not one of the n.” I couldn’t. I hung up on her. That was the final straw.

After going through that rapid succession of jobs, I found a new field.

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I worked at a retail store in the clothing department. I was helping with letting people in and out of the fitting rooms. One girl who was underage needed a room, I unlocked it for her and she went in, I came back out of the room area. Her grandparents came into her fitting room to look at what she was trying on. They then walked out and accused me of looking into her dressing room. They started yelling and causing a scene, called the manager over. At this point I was on the brink of crying. The manager pulled me aside, watched the security cameras and saw that nothing was wrong. They let me have the rest of the day off.


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Nurse- I had a patient who was a bit backed up with poo. We were doing a golytely clean out and it just didn’t seem to be working. We kept pushing on. I went in on my afternoon rounds to check on him (who was a severely delayed, wheelchair bound patient) and he was just smiling at me in a sea of poop. Just a sea of poop draining down the side of the bed. And he just smiled as a resigned myself to the fact that this was my life now. But hey! At least he was finally pooping.


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