Usually quitting a job is relatively mundane -; you might be nervous about it, but it generally won't involve yelling, profanity, or other fireworks. But occasionally a resignation is truly spectacular.
As a workplace advice columnist, I get to hear some pretty wonderful stories of people who get fed up with their jobs and quit in amazing and amusing ways. Here are some of my favorite rage-quitting stories I've heard from readers -- including one incredible story where a resignation note was spelled out in fish.
1. "One guy quit, and left up an out-of-office message with stupid quotes from all of his bosses and seniors over the year - attributed to them by name. Because our IT is so notoriously bad, it took well over a week from them to fully disable his account so that the out-of-office stopped being sent."
2. "The summer after my first year of college, I worked at a call center doing cold-call sales. One of my coworkers ripped off his headset one day, screamed 'I QUIT, THIS PLACE SUCKS' and stalked out. He got in his ancient Nissan mini-truck, put it in gear, and attempted to drive over the landscaping between his parking spot and the driveway. He bottomed out trying to drive over a bush, got stuck, and ended up having to come back in and ask for help pushing his car off the landscaping from the coworkers he’d just staged his great exit from, his face a particularly remarkable shade of vermilion."
3."My horribly offensive coworker showed up at work last week wearing shorts. My boss looked him up and down and said, 'Shorts are against our dress code. You’ll need to go home and change.' He nodded and said, 'Oh I know they’re against dress code here-but they’re not at my new job. I start today! So…Bye!' And then he walked out."
4. "I worked in high school at a mismanaged grocery chain that is now out of business. I was a cashier but they had a 16-year-old girl working behind the fish counter (which was illegal) and who was not being paid properly for the work she was doing (because she wasn’t supposed to be doing it!).
On Sunday, the beginning of the pay period, she clocked in, wrote 'I QUIT' in cod, haddock, and tilapia filets in the seafood counter, and clocked out. She framed a photo of her masterwork and her last paycheck for $2 and hung it in her bedroom."
5. "A colleague’s good friend had been wooed up by my company for a good 6 months. He was utterly qualified in ways we needed, a very nice guy, the perfect employee. Alluring phone calls, escalating propositions, nice dim sum lunches, they went all out. Finally, he accepted, and a starting date was set.
We had flextime at that company, meaning every waking hour was spent there but you could pretty much choose when to be awake. Alas, that particular week a couple of us (I’m one of the guilty parties) had particularly gnarly personal things to deal with before getting to work, and consistently didn’t make it in before 11-12. And equally alas, we were on the West Coast in financial services, so we already started the day ‘late’ by market standards, and to add to this the CEO was a fanatical morning person. Normally he left us to it, but this specific week he was in a bad mood, and got riled up by our seeming slackness (partly caused by staying at work way past his bedtime, but that’s another story).
Instead of dragging the culprits into his office and giving them the personal drubbing he thought they deserved, he wrote a memo to everyone. So on his second day that Second Coming Guy meandered in to work, at a reasonable 10ish, and he found a memo on his chair saying something like 'I’d like to remind y’all that technically your working hours are 8-5, and that you really should be here as close to that as possible blah blah blah.' He raised his elegant eyebrows, said in a not overly loud but very clear tone of voice, 'Oh, I can’t deal with that,' delicately put the memo back on the chair, and walked out, never to be seen again.
Nobody was ever reprimanded for their hours again at that place, not even a hint."
6. "When I was a supervisor at a well-known retailer, an employee in the garden center was reprimanded for something or other. He became so incensed that he went to the corner of the garden area, dropped his drawers, and pooped on a pallet. Then he quit."
Aspirational? You be the judge.