Handing in your resignation letter is a daunting task for some of us, but a man in the UK decided to inject humour into his departure by handing his manager a condolence card instead of a conventional letter, with the words: “Sorry for your loss”.
Printed in the card was the text: “Thinking of you at this difficult time,” over which he wrote: “My last day at work is the 28th July [sic]”.
A visual of the card shared on Twitter by his colleague soon went viral.
one of our team members handed in their notice like this 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/tqc9Hn6ODE
— h. (@bitchitshan) June 27, 2019
The post has been liked by more than 400,000 people and retweeted more than 70,000 times.
Luckily for him, the card was well-received.
According to Business Insider, 22-year-old Sam Baines said the team was close and they had a “fantastic manager” with whom they were always joking around.
Said Baines: “I knew my boss would find it funny, so I wasn’t worried about how they’d take it.”
Of course, it helped that his boss already knew Baines’ time at the company was up. He had been working for a year and was planning to return to university in September.
“I came up with the idea because I was always joking about how much they’d miss me when I was gone, then thought a condolence card would be the perfect way to finish it off,” he added.
Baines’ unconventional resignation struck a chord with Twitter users, with several posting that they’d done the same before.
I’ve done this too lmao pic.twitter.com/vV5yZKAugf
— 🌹 (@deepaksxo) June 27, 2019
Others were inspired to squirrel away the idea for use at an opportune time.
That's so awesome. I'm doing this if I ever leave my company!
— Let's get whisk-faced (@vantivirus1) June 28, 2019
And while we’re on the topic, here are some other epic resignation stories that we found floating on the internet:
So, my brother-in-law has resigned from his 9-to-5 job in spectacular fashion. Jerry Maguire meets Masterchef. pic.twitter.com/4JB1gPp1kj
— stu jackson (@flackhackjack) April 16, 2013
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Fair warning though, we don’t recommend pulling a stunt like this unless it’s April Fool’s or you’ve the best relationship with your soon-to-be ex-boss.
Because who knows when you may need that job back?
Text: Candice Cai / AsiaOne / July 2019