The act of giving notice is one of mutual trust — especially when the worker isn’t protected by an agreement or local law. In doing so, the worker is showing their employer a sign of goodwill by allowing them the time to prepare other workers, maintain continuity, and execute a proper handover.
The problem with giving notice is it’s also like a breakup — “It’s not you, it’s me. I’ve just… Found someone else.” — and all too often, emotionally-stunted owners and middle managers take it exactly as such. This leads to explosive, irrational decision-making that often means the worker’s goodwill act of giving notice is met with immediate termination. It’s not always the case — there are brilliant employers out there (please don’t fire me) — but there definitely is a risk with giving notice to the wrong employer.
This worker had their notice period thrown back in their face with an immediate dismissal — first posting their experience in a thread titled “Fired after 7 years” (items #1-6) on Reddit’s r/antiwork subreddit. The thread drew the ire and outrage of the internet and triggered a flurry of responses.
They then returned a few days later to provide an update (items #7-9) in which they revealed that the employer had attempted to get in contact with them in order to ask them questions about outstanding items in a feeble attempt to complete the handover that should have taken place during their intended notice period.
Keep reading for the screenshots and reactions below; for more, check out this construction worker who got fired for abusing the wrong contractor.