It’s almost never easy to quit your job. Most people walk around with a sick feeling in their stomach for days or even weeks before finally giving notice. They worry about their boss’s reaction and about getting good references, about their co-workers, who may be mad at them for leaving and about a million other things. But some people have decided to take these lemons and make delicious lemonade.
These people refuse to just submit an ordinary resignation letter, but instead, they give their bosses notice in an original and often hysterically funny way. Here are some of the best and funniest resignation letter out there.
A Public Farewell
Relationships forged while working together can be extremely meaningful. Sometimes it can be really hard to see a co-worker go. In those cases, a goodbye party, a nice card or maybe even a thoughtful gift from everyone is appropriate.
But in the event that there is not a line of well-wishers sending you off, it may be a good idea to let everyone know about your departure without getting into the awkward reasons behind it. TMI Nancy, TMI.
You’re a Star!
Our society has many negative connotations about quitting. On numerous occasions quitting a job, a relationship or any other kind of commitment is seen as some kind of a failure. On the other hand, quitting something that makes you unhappy is more often than not the best thing you can do.
Bella Scocozza decided to change the way she saw the word quitter. She is obviously ecstatic to be leaving Gringo’s, just look at her little cartoon figure beneath a rainbow and a star spreading her hands with the biggest grin on her face. Be free Bella, you’re a star!
Less is More
In some cases, it is not the content of your resignation letter that is important, what really matters is getting your point across. This two-word letter is definitely crystal clear. This person is leaving their position, probably as quickly as possible.
In this instance less was more. The story behind this letter, however, puts the whole thing into a more sensible context. When this resignation letter was shared on social media, it came with the caption: “My ex-manager wouldn’t give me my last paycheck without a resignation letter.”
As a rule of thumb, the proper procedure for handing in your letter of resignation is printing it and presenting it to your boss in person. However, if you do intend to send it by e-mail, here are a couple of pointers.
Firstly, you should begin with “To whom it may concern” or “Dear [name of boss]. Secondly, you should let them know why you have decided not to continue with the company. Thirdly, make sure there is more than one sentence. And lastly, don’t let your boss know you’re never coming back through your auto-reply.
Your Name in Lights
Fast food restaurants unsurprisingly have some of the highest turnover rates of staff in the world. The work is hard, the customers can be annoying, and unless you are a manager, the wages are usually pretty low.
This Wendy’s employee clearly decided that he had enough and was ready to move on. He rearranged the letters on the restaurant’s neon sign to quit – in a very direct manner. What we’re not sure about is if Greg is the employee who is quitting, or Greg is the manager. Either way, good luck Greg!
Can’t Put a Price Tag on Freedom
Although this is not a letter of resignation per se, we still think it deserves a place on this list. First of all, the intent to quit couldn’t be clearer and second of all, this person plainly does not care about their retail job at all.
This obviously disgruntled worker took advantage of their responsibility for making price tags for the electronic equipment to make a statement. Customers who came in got all the information they could want about the price of the oven plus as a bonus what this store assistant thought about their boss.
Ring in the New Year with a New Job
Although there are many reasons to quit your job, it doesn’t mean that you don’t want to keep in contact with the company you are leaving or with your coworkers. Especially during the holiday season.
This soon to be ex-employee made their feelings about leaving their job abundantly clear. The “I QUIT: in this resignation letter is enormous and in all caps. But that didn’t keep them from adding the small print that they would still be attending the office Christmas party. This person knows what it’s all about.
Two Weeks Notice Starring This Guy
As we’ve started to see, there are many versions of resignation letters. If you don’t work in an office and there is no pen and paper handy, sometimes you need to get creative and use the tools of your particular trade.
That’s just what this theater worker did. When he decided that he was fed up with his job and his boss he decided to send a very clear message through the theater’s billboard. Honestly, the featured movie My Boss Can Change His Own Damn Sign, I Quit sounds like a flop.
Resigning with Style
Here is another example that shows that in some cases less is more and what really matters is that you get your point across. Matt had been cooped up in that office cubicle for three years and he just couldn’t take it anymore.
He felt like he had worked really hard and had little to show for it and that his actions over the past few years spoke for themselves. That made his decision to quit and the writing of his resignation letter pretty easy. He walked to the nearest bathroom, grabbed some paper towels and a magic marker and got to it.
A Sincere Resignation
A nicely worded note can sometimes be even better than a gift. Especially if the touching message is written in a dedicated card. Alex, who obviously decided it was time to give notice, found the perfect message in this card which we suspect is usually used for condolences.
Although the sentiment is beautiful, we have a feeling that the card sender’s intentions were anything but sincere. The truth is, we think that Alex isn’t sorry about quitting his job at all.
Quitting Never Tasted So Sweet
Although most of the letters we’ve seen so far have been anything but warm and fuzzy and most have been downright hostile, sometimes people leave their jobs while they are still in a good place with their employers.
Some people are just moving on, despite having the time of their life at their current job. One person wanted to treat each of their co-workers on their way out of the company and thought of a great way to kill two birds with one stone: write your resignation letter on a box of cupcakes.
He Will Be Missed
When you first see this, it seems like a deeply sad memorial to someone who left this world before their time. But when you take a closer look, this is clearly not a conventional notice of death.
For starters, that fully-grown man is not four years old and there is no way he passed away as a child. The dates shown are in fact the start and end dates of his employment at burger joint Five Guys. What is also funny is that he worked there for four years exactly. Underneath this slightly morbid and unusual farewell is what seems to be a heartfelt resignation letter.
So Long but Not Goodbye
All you have to do is look at that font, and you can tell this resignation letter is fancy, and that’s without mentioning writing the date in letters and not numbers. Leaving the office supply biz seems to have inspired this store associate into writing the most heartfelt and eloquent missive of his young life.
This person seems to have a flair for drama, but it looks like they honestly enjoyed their time at work and performed their duties well. We’re sure that any manager who received this letter was sorry to see Pat go. At least they’ll meet again in the “Great Office Supply Store in the Sky.”
A Poetic Parting
When you first start reading this poetic passage, it is not clear whether you have stumbled onto an unknown passage by The Bard or if this is simply a resignation letter. Quite a bit of concentration and reading between the lines is required in order to understand that this is a person who wishes to quit.
The part the finally gives it away is when the author uses the phrase “the end of all ends to my employment.” We don’t know what mercantile establishment this person was working it, but it was clearly a waste of their incredible writing talent.
Whoever received this unique letter of resignation, it is highly unlikely that they understood the references mentioned within. Most likely they thought the employee quitting wasn’t committed enough to write something serious or maybe even that they were drunk while writing it.
The truth is that the associate who wrote this is in fact very committed, just not to Electronics Boutique Canada. They do, however, take their new job in “the broken realm known as Outland” extremely seriously. Lovers of the game World of Warcraft understand where this is coming from
Let's Drink to That
Although you can’t really tell from this list, there are many examples in which people were perfectly happy in their jobs and are resigning for a better offer or simply because the time has come to move on. It is not only the unhappy employees who get to be creative with how they give notice.
After five years, when employee 119 decided to resign, they wanted to do something special for the company they so enjoyed working at. All it took was a bottle of Jack Daniels, a printer and a little out of the box thinking. We’re sure the bourbon tasted even better due to this personalized label.
Keeping things professional in actions and in words is not always easy in the workplace. It’s a bit of an art form to get your opinion across without being rude or inappropriate. That is also true when the time to part ways comes along, and sometimes the act of quitting may be quite difficult.
This, we assume man, tried to articulate the strength and courage needed to resign on this receipt in the crudest yet quite articulate way possible. To put it simply, this employee finally had the “balls” to quit his job.
A Tweet Goodbye
Despite the norm, you don’t always have to resign with a printed page, especially if you are a CEO. These days, with social media playing an integral part in many businesses, more aspects of the working life can be carried out online.
You can follow in the footsteps of Jonathan Schwartz and resign on Twitter for example. Although, we’re not sure you want to be in his shoes since his company was on the verge of bankruptcy due to the financial crisis. Well, at least he still had a sense of humor about the whole thing and resigned using a haiku. Letters of resignation don’t always need to be tangible. In this day and age, where the internet and social media are integral to so many jobs, it makes perfect sense that many areas of work are conducted online.
A Crappy Situation
Inspiration strikes in unlikely places, which is what happened when a bored employee was using the bathroom one day. The experience caused him to have an epiphany: his time on the toilet was eerily similar to his working life.
Once he realized how his state of employment was comparable to a bathroom visit, the employee knew he was on the right track for the topic of his resignation letter. He let them know in no uncertain terms that the place was a “dump” and that he was ready to “flush” this job right out of his life.
Sorry, Not Sorry
Being passive aggressive is not a great way to go through life, but it is sometimes a good way to let off some steam. It can also work very well in a resignation letter, and lets you express yourself without any actual cursing involved.
This person used the word sorry to make their point and managed to make it perfectly clear that they were not the problem in this scenario. If you are working overtime and not getting compensated and if you are not being treated compassionately after the death of a close relative, you have earned the right to be as passive-aggressive as you want.
Mario is Out of Here
When the time came for this computer programmer to give notice, he didn’t want to just turn in any ordinary letter of resignation. Instead, he decided that you can’t go wrong with the classics and used Super Mario Bros to deliver his message for him is frankly one of the coolest ways ever.
He designed it so that each time Mario gets a mushroom, the words “I QUIT!” appear on the screen. At the end of the level, Mario climbs down the flagpole, and simply never reappears.
A Vicious Cycle
Feeling like you are not earning as much as you deserve is actually pretty common. This employee, however, took that feeling to the extreme and claims it led their life into a downward spiral.
According to them, the low wages they were getting made their entire life into something negative, causing them to eat a lot, become fat and become detrimental to the company image. Apparently, if they don’t resign, they will make everyone else eat a lot too. It’s nice of this soon to be ex-employee to be so considerate of the greater good.
With the sincerest hope that Tom was not employed as a journalist or a copy editor, otherwise his atrocious spelling would have been severely reprimanded, we can enjoy this strangely informal resignation letter.
Tom was just trying to be considerate and let his boss know his last day of employment for the record. He even took the time to include his last day and the date the letter was written, not once but twice, to make sure Doug definitely knew when this was going to happen. What a grrreaaat guy!
Drop the Mic
A mic drop usually means that a person has made their point and they have nothing more to say. Elizabeth Young took this one step further and actually added a drawing of a mic drop to her resignation letter. She clearly feels that she has said everything that needs to be said.
This is a pretty cool move on her part. A resignation letter that features a mic drop, which means it needs no further explanation, is the ultimate mic drop.
Out of This World and This Job
The usual resignation letter is usually plain white paper with many long and boring paragraphs, which explain the individual’s desire to resign from whatever company they have been employed by. Although, sometimes people are not content with ordinary and decide to reach for the stars.
There is no doubt though that his boss will never forget him, especially after leaving behind this epic framed picture. Not too sure what the vacuum cleaner’s for though…
Working in an office for a lot of years can be hard, and not just for the people. Occasionally, office equipment needs a break too. Don’t they also deserve their chance to move on or retire with grace?
This printer had apparently had enough because out of the blue it churned out its own letter of resignation. The printer cited its bad motor and apologized for frustrating employees with the occasional paper jam. LaserJet 4050, we salute you! You will be sorely missed. Or maybe, someone wrote that message as a joke, but probably not.
What the “F”?
This letter was clearly written by someone who had had enough of the way they were treated at their job and is clearly ready to move on. What we are left wondering about is what exactly does the letter “F” at the end of the letter stand for.
It has been blacked out, but we have a couple of good theories as to what it could be. For example, the employee could not be coming in because it is “Friday”, and they don’t work on Fridays, or maybe it is due to a “Family Obligation.” Yeah, we’re pretty sure that’s what it says...
Bang Up Resignation
It is hard to find the right way to give notice in an incredibly awkward way, while not getting into any real trouble or hurting your chances for a good recommendation. We’re not sure that Mitch was entirely successful in this letter. He clearly made his boss check if his fly was unzipped, which couldn’t have gone over well.
He then proceeded to imply that the message was attached to a bomb and would self-destruct in five seconds, likely making his boss want to read it and get rid of it that much faster. And the cherry on top was the P.S., talk about awkward...
We’ve got to give this guy props for his color-coordinated resignation whiteboard. Although it looks so nice, it reads so angrily. It seems like he learned quite a bit doing this job, but none of it was even remotely positive.
This guy decided to use his resignation letter to air out everyone’s dirty laundry. From the tone of this thing, we’re pretty sure management is planning a party just to celebrate getting rid of him. Oh, and P.S., we’re pretty sure there is no way he’s getting any references. If you’re going to burn your bridges, you’ve got to accept the consequences.
If you are unhappy at work, not getting along with your boss or are just plain bored with what you do, your best option is probably to quit and turn in your two weeks’ notice. These usually copy and paste form letters can be side-splittingly funny if someone thinks outside the box.
This employee must have felt that his artistic talent was being wasted at his current place of employment. That must be the reason he turned this drawing of a dinosaur into a resignation letter. The breed of the dinosaur was revealed on the back of the note, it is a “Quitmyjobosaurus.”
This Boss is the Worst
People don’t usually quit their jobs for no reason, but some reasons are better than most. If you have been attacked by a drunk co-worker and your boss is too lazy to do anything about it, you are more than justified to grab your things and go.
If you do not feel safe at work and your boss isn’t taking responsibility for other employees, that is not a place you want to be. So long and have a swell day.
Too Little, Too Late
This may not be the most typical resignation letter, but there is no question that this worker is not going to put up with this anymore. A manager cannot expect their workers to be punctual and efficient if they are not capable of doing so themselves.
When customer complaints start pouring in about the store being closed during business hours, it’s pretty certain that they won’t just be hiring a new employee, but also a new boss.
A Bit Extreme
There are many movies in which regular people suffering under the tyranny of a terrible boss, decide to get rid of them in all kinds of creative ways. From Dolly Parton’s Nine to Five to the more contemporary Horrible Bosses, it seems like something people enjoy fantasizing about.
Andrew was clearly taking notes while watching these films and used them in his resignation letter. There is no doubt that he is fed up and his boss must have behaved quite badly to deserve a letter that is so extreme. We wonder if it had anything to do with a clock, otherwise, it is unclear why he felt the need to label the clock hands.
Reddit? We Don’t Think He Did
The content on Reddit is all over the place, but sometimes there are some hidden gems. For example, this user who decided to let whoever was interested write his letter of resignation for the corporate job he was going to quit the following morning.
That brought out the artistic side of one individual who may have used this as a creative outlet, may have been a little drunk, or maybe a little of both. Either way, he penned quite a letter. It starts out great but loses steam along the way, we especially didn’t get the bead of water stuff...