There is a saying that goes: People don’t quit bad jobs, they quit bad bosses. This woman’s viral TikTok video proves that there is a lot of merit to that statement. When she gets a call telling her that her sister is dying, one boss is understanding and accommodating. The other, however, is very much the opposite. Here is her story.
Bad Boss vs. Good Boss
Hillary Zinks is a makeup artist in the film industry. She also works as a waitress for some extra cash at a local resort in Colorado. One day while on set, she got a call from a hospital in Las Vegas where her sister lived telling her that her sister was brain dead. The doctors put her on life support but she was going to die very soon. They called Hillary because she was listed as her sister’s next of kin. (1)
this gets good. Wait until the end.♬ original sound – Hillary Zinks
Barely able to process what was happening, she went to her boss, a very well known and respected person in the industry, that she needed to go to Vegas immediately. Her boss felt horribly for her. She told Hillary that no job is worth missing life over and to go do whatever she needed to do.
“She made me feel like a human being and not just a workhorse. There were no questions asked except concern and curiosity about the situation,” Hillary said. “Sometimes jobs make you feel one-dimensional, as if you’re only put on this earth to work for them. She saw me as a complete human with a life and a family just as complex as her own. I felt understood, appreciated, and cared for,” (2)
Boss Number Two
Several hours later, during her eight-hour drive to the hospital in Las Vegas, she remembered that she should probably inform her other boss that she would not make it in for her shift. She quickly sent her manager explaining the situation. The response she got, however, was shockingly inhumane.
“I do understand and I am sorry for what you are experiencing,” she wrote. “I’m curious why you are letting me know 2 hours prior to your shift?”
From there, her boss’s responses got progressively worse. She went to try and make Hillary feel guilty for the extra work she would be putting on her coworkers that shift. The manager said that they had a 50 person table coming in and only two people to work the shift. Her not being there would make her coworker’s shift very difficult.
Hillary was incredulous. As she was driving and thinking about this woman’s response, she realized how insane it was and how she couldn’t possibly continue working for someone like this. With that, she decided that once she got to the hospital, she would quit.
Upon arrival, she sent her boss a quick message letting her know that she didn’t care that other people might have a difficult shift. What she was going through was a whole lot worse than a busy shift at a restaurant. She then let her know that she was quitting, accompanied by a photo of her posing with her comatose sister’s middle finger pointed upwards and facing the camera.