It probably dates me, but if I'd have tried that crap, my mom would have wrung my neck, and dragged me back to work herself! (And stood there while I apologized.)
Oh I know! If I had quit a job for a weekend with my friends, my Dad would have given me such an earfull, I'd probably go back to work just to get away from it. But the crux is, without the job, I'd have no money to make "plans" with my friends. Can you imagine, not only do they instill irresponsibility in their children, but then they hand them over spending money afterward! My parents didn't force me to work, but after 16 they stopped giving me money on a regualr basis. If I wanted to go out with my friends, I had to make some money first.