A list of some of the most memorable ways employees have ever quit their jobs. Have you ever spent a bad day at work fantasizing of all the clever, confrontational, and classic ways to say “take this job and shove it?” Have you ever daydreamed about the look on your boss’s face if only you could deliver the quitting speech of your dreams? Well get ready to live vicariously through a group of folks who actually did what most disgruntled workers only dream of.
Whether they spelled it out in an incendiary public announcement or hired a full band to accompany their speech, each of these employees reached their breaking point and embraced it. We’ve got resignation letters written on cakes, farewells built into video games, and even musical performances by folks who said farewell with flair. Not every ex-employee you’ll see here was so polite however, so beware the occasional F-bomb or naked goodbye as you wade through these remarkable examples of bridge-burning.
Living up to Inconsistency
Though their name’s been redacted, this anonymous employee lives on as a hero to disgruntled employees everywhere. After receiving what they felt was unfair feedback, this person decided to give their boss a little feedback of their own.
The postscript is especially priceless, as the rest of the letter’s subtext finally just becomes text.
When is a BRB Sign Not a BRB Sign?
This Tech Guy Showed His Bosses the Error of Their Ways
Literally the Sweetest Resignation Letter Ever
Behold! Karma at Its Finest
Sometimes a boss who abuses their power actually gets what’s coming to them. The three employees who wrote this had enough and decided to give karma a little shove in the right direction, apparently closing up shop in the middle of the day.
Declaring Independence from Taco Bell
Punctuality: Not Just For Employees Anymore
As you can see from the note displayed on the store’s front door, Joe had simply had enough of following rules that the boss didn’t think went both ways. The “Help Wanted” sign adds some nice context.
Best of all, Joe’s hastily written note was the gift that kept on giving: the later the boss was, the more people learned exactly why the doors were locked.
The Chipotle Revolt
In September of 2014, the staff of a Pennsylvania Chipotle was pushed to the point of revolt by what they called a “borderline sweatshop” environment. The employees later cited conditions that included 11-hour shifts with no breaks or opportunities to eat lunch or dinner.
Chipotle responded by sending a corporate manager to talk to the vexed crew about exactly what had gone wrong at the location.
The Icing on the Cake
You Can Change Your Own Signs From Now On
A Prehistoric Goodbye
A Playable Resignation Letter
When developer Jarrad Farbs decided to quit his job at a major Australian video game company to pursue independent development full time, he found an adorable way to break the news to his co-workers. Rather than a cold resignation letter, he developed a short Mario Brothers Flash game which broke the news along Mario’s journey.
At its conclusion, the game read, “You gave me a paycheck, an incredible project, and a world-class team to learn from. But my princess is in another castle.”
A Goldman Sachs Executive Quit with the World’s Most Public Resignation Letter
In March of 2012, Goldman Sachs Employee Greg Smith not only informed his bosses he’d be resigning, he shared the news with the world. In a New York Times Op-Ed, Smith revealed his disgust with the company for creating an environment that put profit above people, even their own customers. Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and COO Gary Cohn responded with an internal memo which was eventually printed in WSJ‘s “Deal Journal.”