22-Year-Old Becomes Viral Sensation After Quitting Job With ‘So Very Sorry for Your Loss’ Card

June 29, 2019 Updated: June 29, 2019

A 22-year-old man has made the internet laugh for announcing his resignation with a condolence card.

Sam Baines is resigning from his job at a UK call center to return to university in September. His way of notifying his boss of his impending departure caught the attention of the internet after one of his colleagues posted photos of his card and message on Twitter. The post garnered more than 74,000 retweets and 426,000 likes as of June 29—two days after it was posted.

The card that Baines’s handed to his employer contained the message, “So Very Sorry for Your Loss” on the front. Meanwhile, the text inside says, “Thinking of you at this difficult time.”

Baines’s also wrote a message inside with his intended leave date: “My last day at work is the 28th July.”

In an interview with Insider, Baines said he was not worried that the card would cause offence to his manager.

“We are a really close team and have a fantastic manager, so we’re always joking around and having fun. I knew I had to do something a little more creative when giving my notice to try and get one more joke in before I left!” Baines told the news outlet.

“I knew my boss would find it funny, so I wasn’t worried about how they’d take it. 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 condolences card would be the perfect way to finish it off,” he explained.

Baines’s colleague, Hannah, who posted the card on Twitter, told Insider that the notice was received with “good spirit.”

“Everyone was laughing and pretty amused with the card,” she told the news outlet. Hannah added in her post that a one month notice is normal in the UK.

After Hannah shared the card, other people on the internet commented on how they had also tried a similar feat.

“I took it just a bit further,” user James R. wrote while posting photos of his own resignation letter.

“I’ve done this too lmao,” another social media user wrote.

“This was mine,” another wrote.

“My very intimidating former coworker had the same idea, just tastier,” someone wrote.

Another person used the exact same card.

One manager shared his from experiences of receiving resignation notices from his employees.

“Somebody did that to me. She even gave me some pretzels,” he wrote.

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