Unappreciated Worker's Quitting Letter Sparks Debate On Overperforming At Your Job

What's the most epic way you've quit a job?

If you're anything like me, the answer is, "Swallow your frustrations and meekly submit a resignation letter before slipping out a back door."

Not everyone quits in such an anticlimactic way, though. Case in point: an underappreciated hotel worker whose kiss-off just went viral.

"Got locked out of my hotel room, went to find the front desk lady and this was on the counter."

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This was posted recently on the r/pics subreddit, along with a long letter.

The letter is summed up by the gigantic, "I QUIT" at the end, but there's a lot to get into here. Let's dig in.

She said she worked at the front desk and wanted to be considered for a management position.

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Her supervisor, Brian, apparently told her she'd be a great candidate, but never actually considered her when there was an opening.

"When I asked you about [an opening], you were cold and short. I asked you about it the next day and you told me, 'This discussion is over, Milly. You're being ridiculous,'" she wrote.

"I have worked my tail off.

She wrote that she's worked doubles, come in on days off, cleaned rooms, folded laundry and prepped breakfast — all in addition to her regular duties at the front desk.

"I have gone the extra mile for this hotel and its guests," she wrote.

"Why buy the cow when you can have the milk for free?"

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She writes that this is what a hotel guest told her. Basically, she's already doing a bunch of managerial duties for less pay, so why would she be hired on?

"They're just going to run you dry until they don't need you anymore," the guest apparently said.

"In conclusion, I QUIT."

The letter ends with this declaration, although its massive font ensured it was probably the first part that was actually read.

It has to be taken with a grain of salt since we're only getting one side of the story, but it's still a fascinating glimpse into workplace power dynamics.

You'd better believe there was a debate.

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Many commenters shared their stories of being unappreciated while they worked extremely hard.

"Retail/food service/customer service in general in my experience [is like this]," wrote one commenter. "You seldom are noticed with promotions or raises. You often work yourself into a position you'll never raise out of because what the empire receives in exchange for the money cannot be matched. Essentially, you become too valuable to move because of the cost/value that you're killing yourself to provide."

Some people felt the other way.

One commenter sympathized and said the boss was probably a jerk, but added, "This is still extremely unprofessional and possibly one of many reasons why she wasn't qualified for the position. The letter is petty and the behavior is childish."

Of course, some commenters accused this poster of being the boss in question.

"A good boss makes such an amazing difference."

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I think this comment pretty well sums it up. Good bosses can make even lousy jobs worthwhile.

"I've thought I've had good bosses in the past," they wrote. "Now I have an actual good boss/owner. I clean pools and started off around $20 an hour. I'm due for a raise in a couple months and go to $24-$32 an clean [expletive] pools!"

What's your take?

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Have you ever quit a job in dramatic fashion? Have you ever wished you'd done so?

Let us know your stories, along with your thoughts on this resignation letter, in the comments section!

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