A delicious quitting video posted to YouTube is giving listless employees cause for joy around the world.
The video shows a young man named Joey quitting his hotel job with the help of his friends, who just so happen to play in a marching band that includes several trumpets, a snare, a bass drum, a saxophone, a tuba and some thrashing cymbals.
The group sneaks into the Renaissance Providence through a staff door and waits for Joey's manager to appear around a corner. Joey's all smiles when he hands this manager, Jared, his resignation letter and lets the band play him out of the hotel as his boss watches in shock. (Jared may very well be screaming something but the din of the noise drowns him out.)
Posted last week, the video is quickly inching up to its millionth view, and handily links to the website of the band -- What Cheer? Brigade out of Providence, RI.
The YouTube post also includes a lengthy disclaimer that suggests Joey knew his antics might go viral.
"I have another, better job already. So stop talking about that and worry about your own jobs," he says, explaining that he quit his job of three-and-a-half years after much (alleged) employee mistreatment and union busting by management.
"This video is a hilarious byproduct of a long and ongoing struggle in the Renaissance Providence and hotels throughout the country," writes Joey.
And unlike some whinier recent instances of employee vigilantism, "Joey Quits" is uplifting fantasy fodder for any employee fed up with a miserable boss. (It's also a statement about good friends, commenters have pointed out.)
Marriott, the chain Joey worked for, has issued a predictably bland statement:
"While this is an unfortunate way for an employee to resign, we are confident that hotel management works closely with staff to continue to find ways to make the hotel a rewarding place to work for everyone," it read in part.
Would you ever pull a Joey?