27 former employees share wild stories about how they quit their jobs

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  • Most employees give their managers two weeks’ notice
    when moving on from a job.
    Others, however, quit
    their jobs a little more theatrically.
  • We asked readers to share their most dramatic quitting
  • One worker quit after their boss tried to hit them with
    a chair, while another made himself a pizza before walking
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Conventionally, people looking to leave their jobs give
two weeks’ notice and then clear out

However, sometimes workers are simply pushed to their breaking

tips to quit your job with grace

We asked readers to tell us the
most dramatic way they’d ever quit a job
, and the responses
will shock you. From throwing heavy objects to filing lawsuits to
simply walking out, these employees demonstrated some of the more
theatrical ways to quit your job and never look back.

Here are 27 of the most dramatic stories we’ve ever heard about
quitting a job.

Some answers have been edited for clarity.

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This pizza shop employee flipped over a stack of breadsticks in the
middle of the Friday rush hour.

“I flipped over a tray of breadsticks on a crowded line in a
pizza restaurant during their Friday rush hour. I was told
repeatedly to clean the breadstick trays, but they rebuked me in a
way entirely incommensurate with my errors. So I flipped over a
stack of their stinking breadsticks, removed my gloves, extended
both middle fingers, and went home.” — Alexander, New York

This former employee sued their boss — and won.

“I quit by filing a lawsuit against my employer. And I won it.
The employer went bankrupt a month later due to it.” —

This employee made it crystal clear they wouldn’t be coming back.

“I was working at [a sandwich chain] in the food court of our
local mall. I was 16 years old with a great work ethic, and I
didn’t really have anything to lose. My manager started taking
advantage of the position by placing all of his duties on me as he
walked around the mall socializing for the majority of his

“The day I quit, we were pretty busy. When we finally slowed
down that day, I decided to take a break around two hours into my
shift. I talked to a friend at the counter. My manager had finally
arrived back from doing who knows what.

“He asked about how things were going and about the food prep. I
told him we were getting on it soon and that we’d been busy. He
then ordered me to cut some onions. Seeing the expression on my
face, a newly hired employee jumped in and offered to do this. As
she went to the back, I decided to continue the conversation with
my classmate at the counter. A minute later, my manager made the
same request — this time with more emphasis: ‘Didn’t I say to cut

“My aggravated response was, ‘Didn’t you hear the trainee say
she’d do it?’ The last thing I remember was his exact response:
‘Boy, don’t play with me.’

“At this moment I blanked out, said a few choice words I can’t
quite recall, stormed through the back, threw my apron across the
counter, and made it known that the next and last time he’d see me
was when I’d return to pick up my check.” — Anonymous

This former employee was shorted on their paycheck, so they took
money out of the register and left.

“I was 19 years old and got my first job as a waitress. No one
showed me how to use the coffee machine or mix drinks for
customers. I was left on my own. Customers actually helped me to
get a hang of it.

“After one month, I was supposed to get my first paycheck. They
gave me only half of the money and said that they needed the rest
for paying their other bills. They even smirked about me for asking
for the money they promised me.

“Two weeks later, they gave me some more money, but they acted
angry that they had to pay me.

“The next day, I had a good shift. I finished it up, counted out
the money that they owed me from the register, gave the boss what
was left, and said that I wouldn’t be coming in ever again.

“I walked out, leaving my boss standing there, mouth open. My
legs were shaking, but I also felt extremely free.” —

This former employee found out their boss slept with their wife —
and got revenge in the end.

“My boss slept with my wife at the company’s Christmas party. I
slept with his daughter. It was filmed and sent to him in an
email.” — Greg, Austin, Texas

This worker told off the owner of the business in front of the vice

“I told off the owner of the business in front of all the vice
presidents and the most important customer — in a classy way.

“Backstory: The owner (let’s call him Joe) had inherited the
business from his much-loved father and mistreated the still loyal
and highly capable workforce. A big job was coming up for a
personal friend of Joe’s, so a top installer and I worked 12-hour
days in the field for several days beforehand to complete an
existing order.

“At six in the morning on the big day, Joe shows up in the alley
behind the big job and starts tearing into me. I simply listened to
Joe as he carried on and on, as I couldn’t get a word in

“Nobody deserved to be treated with the lack of respect that Joe
had for all of his employees. After that, I walked around to the
main entrance, where I found Joe, the customer, and three vice
presidents shooting the breeze. I told Joe that I needed to talk to

“He said that it wasn’t a good time. I said it was as good a
time as it had been out back 10 minutes ago. Then I calmly told Joe
that it was inappropriate to dump on any employee like that, and it
was especially terrible to treat his loyal employees that way, as
was his habit.

“For years after that, Joe’s employees and I would cross paths
in traffic, and they always honked, whooped, and waved.” — Scott,
Northern California

A former employee threatened to hit his boss with a sledgehammer.

“This concrete business owner and I argued over my salary for
one full year. Every time he spoke, he reduced what my raise was to
be. He suckered me into working for him for an entire year, always
promising to raise my salary. Eventually, I walked up to him and
threatened to hit him with a sledgehammer as he sat in his car.
Then I quit.” — Anonymous, Illinois

This former employee texted their boss right before going on

“I planned a vacation to the Bahamas that I didn’t tell work
about. Right before I boarded my flight, I texted my boss that I
wouldn’t be coming back. Then I turned off my phone for the entire
trip.” — Anonymous

This former employee was betrayed by the people they worked with.

“The global housing crash was in full swing in 2009. I was
‘back-channeled out’ of a leadership role that was promised to me.
‘A nice guy’ who was also on track to be promoted to managing
director needed a new key account to justify his promotion. This
was the last straw in a string of things I had tolerated as we
‘managed costs throughout the difficult economic time.’ No

“I walked in on the weekly managing director leadership meeting,
flying in from a project site in the Midwest. I told almost all
of them that I knew they betrayed me. I told them I was
irreplaceable (at that very critical point in time, also true).

“I reminded them that I had accepted salary reductions while
they continued to give themselves increases. I reminded them that
they had to teach their rookie favorite (who was also in the room
at that point) how to sell and keep his foot out of his mouth at
client sites. I reminded them that I never received a rating below
a one (which is the highest you can get) ever in my mid-year or
annual review in 12 years I’d been with the firm.

“Then I proceeded to let them know that they were a ‘dozen
bridges I want to burn to the ground then pulverize into
nothingness’ because I will never tolerate that kind of betrayal
after being so loyal to them and the logo. I was out of the company
about two weeks later with no job in the middle of the housing
crash, and it felt great.

“Since that day, every person in that meeting room who was on
the receiving end of my speech has offered me a very lucrative job
on more than one occasion. They were all rejected. Writing this
helps me relive that day, and it feels good.” — Anonymous

This employee quit after being told they shouldn’t sit with
subordinates at the holiday party.

“I walked into my boss’ office for what was supposed to be our
one-on-one session. Instead, I handed in my resignation and walked

“There was too much favoritism and micromanaging going on.
During the holiday party, my boss didn’t want me to sit with my
subordinates. I knew I was not happy with the company culture. So I
decided to quit.

“My boss called after me, saying that if I didn’t give a two
weeks’ notice, I couldn’t be rehired by the company. This was fine
with me.

“I was unemployed for four months. This week was my first week
back to work at my new place. So far so good. They even gave me a
welcome lunch.” — Chris, Brooklyn, New York

This employee was paid late, so they quit.

“I was not paid on time and then repeatedly insulted over
something that was no fault of mine. So I patiently waited for the
payday — on that day, I took the money and picked my bag up,
hugged my friends, and just left the office! Later, I drafted a
very nasty email to the boss and CC’ed everyone in that
organization. I called it ‘QUIT.'” — Arnobi De

This former pub employee was bullied by not one, but two, people
working there.

“I was working in a pub and was being bullied by one of the
chefs. During one tough weekend, the pub landlord went away and
said chef reduced me to tears.

“My Monday shift rolled round. I was due to be in the kitchen
waitressing, but my bully was covering a shift that particular day.
I asked a friend at the bar if she would switch with me just so I
could let the events of the weekend settle down. She agreed.

“I went in for what was now my bar shift. About 30 minutes into
my shift, the landlord came down and asked why I was on the bar. I
explained what had happened over the weekend and told him that my
friend and I had switched for this one shift to let things settle

“Normally this would not be an issue. People swapped shifts all
the time. For some reason, the landlord got a bee in his bonnet
about it and started having a go at me. In the end, he told me to
get in the kitchen and do my normal shift or go home.

“I promptly grabbed my bag. I looked him dead in the eye. I said
‘see ya’ and walked out.” — Anonymous

Their boss was forcing them to work overtime every single day,
without pay.

“I just packed my things, left the office with tears streaming
down my face, and never returned again. I had only been working
there for a week, but it was a nightmare.

“It was a small startup with only five or six employees, but the
boss was forcing us all to work overtime every single day, without

“I would start work at 8:30 a.m. and not finish until late in
the evening. He was very passive-aggressive and didn’t provide any
training whatsoever.

“The whole thing was just a mess, and he was threatening to find
other people if we didn’t work overtime for free. After one
particularly unpleasant conversation where he made me cry, I just
packed my stuff together and left. Luckily I found a nice job right
after, where I still work today!” — Anonymous

This worker was yelled at during a training session.

“I quit during a company training session. The trainer had no
idea what we were actually doing. He was jumping around, screaming
and treating 30- and 40-year-old people like they were still in
kindergarten. It was my first company training and the last one.
After that, I went straight to HR and resigned the same day. No
more.” — Anonymous

This veterinarian tested her employee every day.

“I worked at a small veterinary hospital and the head vet, who
happened to own the practice as well, made my life a living

“She would tell blonde jokes to clients as I assisted her with
the animals in the exam room. (I happen to have blonde hair.) She
would make me take daily ‘tests’ to prove my knowledge of animal

“One day, I burst into her office and told her that nothing was
ever going to make her happy and that up until then I had never in
my life been made to feel so low and useless at a job.

“I told her that it was her fault that I was quitting and that I
hoped she remembered this day forever. I stormed out and never
looked back. Three months later, I heard she quit and sold her
practice.” — Anonymous

This former employee quit during one of the busiest times in

“I told my boss how horrible of a boss she was and how she never
believed in me or challenged me. Then, before she could even get a
word in, I told her I quit. I quit during one of the busiest times
in finance.” — Anonymous, New York, New York

This hotel worker quit after their boss attempted to hit them over
the back of their head with a chair.

“I quit after my boss attempted to hit me over the back of my
head with a chair. I had told him to ‘go f—‘ himself.

“Background: I worked at a hotel. My boss threatened to fire me
when I called him to say I needed to leave the office and he needed
to come in because my grandfather was sick. While I sat and waited
for five hours for him to arrive, he was off having a nice round of
golf with his buddies.

“Meanwhile, he knew my grandfather was on his deathbed. I was
four hours too late to say goodbye. All because my boss wanted to
play a round of golf.” — Mark, Los Angeles, California

This former employee ripped off a piece of a marketing poster and
wrote their resignation letter on the back.

“My favorite job while I was in college was working at a local
nutrition store. It had great hours, solid commissions, and a truly
receptive client base. My boss, though, was the worst. She couldn’t
think more than a few steps in advance, often coming in on her off
days to complete tasks she couldn’t finish and to micromanage how
we sold products.

“One day, she came in when we had about 15 people in the store.
(It was a tiny store.) Before she showed up, I was the only one
helping everyone. Instead of helping, or even enlightening our
customers that she was off the clock and that couldn’t ring anyone
up, she decided to ignore everyone.

“What could have been a top sales day for the region instead
turned into an average day. After confronting my manager about
this, because I was truly upset, she proceeded to tell me that I
was wrong and that customers knew she was off the clock.

“She even went as far as to say, ‘Oh I know those guys, they
never buy! They always browse!’ I lost it.

“I ripped out a chunk of a marketing poster we had hanging up
behind the counter, proceeded to write a letter of resignation on
the back, and walked out of the store.

“It was absolutely unprofessional, and I wish I went about it in
a better way, but as a very passionate and emotional 20-year-old,
that wasn’t going to happen.” — Jay, Glenview

This employee turned to technology to make their boss pay up.

“I was working as a contractor for a startup tech company in
Boston. After I finished designing a website, the owner refused to
pay me. His reasons? The cost was ‘too high’ and I had done ‘work
he didn’t ask for.’

“Through some legal bull—-, he tricked me into signing a
termination contract that gave him the rights and would technically
force him to pay all of the money owed, but — through a loophole
— he wouldn’t have to do it for nearly two months.

“I was super pissed at this point because now he had the files I
made, was developing off of them, and I had to wait another two
months to get paid. That sucks when you’re a young designer living
in an expensive city and you’re already extremely undercharging for

“So I had a friend help me write an AppleScript that used
iMessenger to send one message per second, as well as bypass the
blocking on the phone by spoofing the iMessage account.

“If you run the program for a certain length of time and send
large enough files, eventually it will cause the phone’s cache to
overload and shut it down.

“So I ran that for about four days (the file was a 200 MB image
of a political cartoon depicting a pig in a suit shoveling money
down his throat) until he eventually forked up the cash.” —

This former employee quit after a coworker accused them of sending
a love letter to her husband.

“I was in a meeting with my boss and a coworker. The coworker
blamed me for sending a love note to her husband. She was quite
upset and positive I sent the love card to her husband in the

“I had only been at this job a year. It was a very stressful
experience because of this one employee who told everyone I was
‘hitting’ on her husband. So in this meeting, the boss let me know
that she could fire me over this issue. So I did not say a word at
all during the whole entire meeting.

“Then, after I asked if they were done, I stood up, slammed my
chair and the door, and quietly said ‘I quit.’

“I went to my cubicle to get my things and then walked toward
the door. My boss pushed me aside and tried to stop me for my
badge. I threw my badge to the floor and, raising my voice, said,
‘Get your hands off of me and let me leave,’ then I went home.

“Not my best moment, but it fits here.” — Anonymous

This former pizza delivery worker made themself a free pizza and
stormed off.

“I was delivering pizza on the side. (I also had a full-time
job.) On weekends, I worked on call, meaning I sat at home, pretty
much doing nothing all day, waiting to get a text or call for a

“This one Saturday, I got none. No big deal — it happens. When
I went in to finish my shift during the dinner rush (not on call) I
realized that there had actually been eight deliveries. Instead of
texting me, the manager left the store with only one employee and
delivered everything himself. (He was even out on delivery just
then, when I arrived.)

“So he basically made me sit at home, waiting around for six
hours, while he took all the delivery payment and all of the tips
that should have been mine.

“Since he was out, I made myself my complimentary personal
pizza. Then I waited.

“When he came back, I confronted him, told him he stole from me
and owed me all the money he made from my deliveries. I told him to
go f— himself before storming off, knowing full well that he
didn’t have another driver on shift that night.

“Felt pretty good, and I still got free pizza.” —

This former employee threw a loading pallet at their boss.

“At age 18, I Frisbee-threw a loading pallet at my
indiscriminately abusive manager.” — D, Boston, Massachusetts

This employee quit after their manager was fired.

“I’ve always wanted to understand why the younger generation
does not have the same loyalty to companies and organizations as we
had when we were younger. I discovered the reason while working at
[a popular coffee chain]: It’s the management.

“The manager of the store was awesome, but the district manager
was unbelievable. The day the manager of the store was fired was
the day I quit. Sadly, she was fired for not being able to get her
job done, but she had literally no..

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27 former employees share wild stories about how they quit their jobs