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Why I quit working at Chipotle – The Onyx – Medium

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You should never sacrifice your mental health, for three more dollars per hour. Own your worth.

I left my job at a non-profit company, in order to receive more money and raise my status among my peers by working at a “cooler” job.

It sounds hilarious, I know. I was already happy at the job I was in, the money I received was substantial. I could live off of it. I managed to pay for all of my college apps with the money. But, I wanted a comfortable paycheck. I wanted more money to spend on myself.

While working at Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc, I was bullied by all of my co-workers and managers. I was learning how to work as a crew member on the line efficiently, but I struggled to communicate with everyone because I was a racial and linguistic outsider. I was not fluent in Spanish. I was not Latinx. I was not experienced in fast food. So, every day I had those barriers in front of me while also dealing with various customers.

So, I quit. As embarrassing as it is to admit it to anyone. I only lasted one month at Chipotle. The job itself was easy, but the people were difficult to work with.

Working with people before, I never had to be responsible for their food or anything vital to them. I think the food industry is not for me, maybe I will try retail.

After everything I went through in 2018, I decided that it would be best for me to quit. I was not happy coming in to work every day. Although I was paid more, and people actually smiled when I told them my place of work, I truly was not happy. I just now refuse to be in a place where I am not happy.

So if you are out there, wondering whether you should sacrifice your mental health over a few more dollars, don’t do that yourself. Please. You deserve to be happy. You deserve to be loved, you deserve to be supported. Yes, you may not be “cool” for taking care of your mental health, you may be paid less for taking care of your mental health, you may even be hated for taking care of your mental health. Your life is worth prioritizing.

I want to live. I want to live. I want to live. I will find another job: a job with great pay, a job with great appreciation, but most importantly a job where I am happy at.

You deserve to be happy in 2019, go forth, and be well.

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