An employee resigned from his job at a call center by turning in a condolence card to his boss.
Sam Baines of Sheffield, United Kingdom, was leaving his job after almost a year to focus on university, as reported by Insider last Friday, June 28. According to Baines, he thought of resigning through a condolence card because he wanted to joke about how much his teammates would miss him.
The condolence card, turned in by Baines last Thursday, June 27, was shared by his colleague on Twitter on the same day. Baines’ card contained the statement, “So very sorry for your loss” at the front, while the message “Thinking of you at this difficult time” is printed inside.
Baines also wrote a notice regarding his last day of work, scheduled on July 28, above the printed message inside the card.
one of our team members handed in their notice like this 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/tqc9Hn6ODE
— h. (@bitchitshan) June 27, 2019
“One of our team members handed in their notice like this [emojis],” said Twitter user @bitchitshan, one of Baines’ colleagues.
Other users reacted to Baines’ peculiar method of resignation with their own stories of how they left their jobs.
Twitter user @1jamesbianco made his own version of Baines’ resignation. He added his photo which shows him in a dramatic pose, and wrote the years of his service in such a manner as to mirror years of a lifespan, “2017-2019.”
I took it just a bit further. pic.twitter.com/jW74isf4Hj
— James R. (@1jamesbianco) June 27, 2019
One @LikeAFineWino said that her mother retired through a cake with the words “Happy Retirement to Me” written in icing. “She left for good 30 minutes later, full pension and all.”
My mom retired similarly. No one but HR knew she was going to retire that year, then she emailed "Cake in the breakroom" to her whole office.
(Cake reads "Happy Retirement To Me") and she left for good 30 minutes later, full pension and all. Lol pic.twitter.com/WYHM222tTL
— Boogie Babies Are Still In Cages (@LikeAFineWino) June 27, 2019
Baines’ colleague confirmed in the report that the condolence card was taken well.
“Everyone was laughing and pretty amused with the card,” the colleague was quoted as saying. “It was done in good spirit and not as a petty reaction as some people think.”
As of this writing, @bitchitshan’s post has gone viral, garnering over 400,000 likes and more than 70,000 retweets. JB