In the wee hours of a Saturday morning this past June, Mary Waters pulled into a grocery store parking lot in St. Louis. It was where she had been working for more than a year, stocking the freezer section.
"I sat in the parking lot, and I tried to will myself to go in, and it wasn't happening. So I just drove away," Waters said.
And she never looked back.
Waters is one of a growing number of Americans who have walked away from their jobs in 2021 — a record-setting year for job quits in the United States.