On Becoming a Better Man, Human, and Father

The Moment I Decided to Quit My Job During the Great Recession

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They stormed in dressed in all black with massive guns.

My team and I were getting ready to shut down the store and go home for the night. I stood by the express lane, straightening the magazines and candy racks. A black SUV came to a screeching halt in front of the store and saw the three men jump out.

My worst nightmare was about to become a reality. 

They Knew Where the Money Was

I started to walk towards the back of the store and dialed 911. I was shaking, stuttering, and struggling to give the operator the information. 

At that moment, I heard a loud BANG!

It wasn’t gunfire. Thankfully. The emergency exit started blaring seconds later, and I heard a car screech off. They were gone as fast as they came. 

“I hope no one was hurt.”

I could hear loud crying as I approached the front of the store. I feared the worst and was preparing myself mentally.

Luckily, no one was hurt. At least not physically. 

The armed men wanted money, of course. The loud bang I heard was from them trying to break through the bulletproof glass in the cashier’s office. It barely made a dent. I think they got nervous and just ran out. 

I exhaled.

If someone had got hurt- I would have been devastated. This was one of the most traumatic moments in my life. 

Moment of Truth

The next day I submitted my three-week notice. 

I was already planning, contemplating, and thinking about doing it. I later learned that we were in the middle of a recession, so quitting was pretty dumb. 

I’ve made many dumb decisions in my life. This one will guarantee that I’d be present in my daughters’ lives. Let’s go! 

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By Teevee Aguirre
On Becoming a Better Man, Human, and Father