Auditor's Mind-Blowing 'I Quit' Email Invokes ... Beyoncé?

mushroom cloudI don't know how happy you are at your job at the moment, but if you're thinking of quitting, there's something important you need to know. It is no longer acceptable to simply write a polite, concise letter to your boss announcing your resignation. In these heady days of viral videos and open letters, it is imperative that you quit with a splash. Your next job depends on it! Take this "I Quit" email from a former PriceWaterhouseCooper auditor that's gone viral.


In her email, the former auditor slams several of her colleagues, the partners, and the profession of accounting in general. Beyonce figures prominently, and, uh, yeah, I don't really know where she was going with that. I feel like the word "epic" gets used too much these days. What other word could I use to describe this letter ... Prodigious? Rambling? Incendiary? Bridge-burning? These words don't even come close. In fact, there is so much muchness in this email of resignation, I really do feel I have to somehow narrow it down to just my favorite lines.

Auditing is a job for people who truly don't have any other options and don't know what else they could be doing.

I strongly believe that auditors hate their lives and try to rationalize every piece of it.

Auditing is for the birds, get a real career that has meaning #dontbeFAKEaboutitbeABOUTit

[To a colleague] You're such a gossiper that sometimes I think you're more feminine then you appear. Who does that? You're a grown man, get your life! #somethingtotakebacktomizzy #f*outtahere #yourlifesucksandyouclearlyknowit #somethingtotakebacktotheteam? #chattycathy #femininemuch? #someoneneedstheirvagwaxed #ohwaityoudonthaveone

XXXXXX, I saw you yesterday giving me the side eye. I think those eyeballs need some readjusting. Girl, stop!

Most of all, these are the top 10 reasons Baddie Bey (Beyonce) will kill Britney Spears (she's a has been) any day.

Beyonce is on some presidential ish. Didn't you watch President Obama and First Lady Michelle's first dance? Or the inauguration performance? Haven't you kept up with the Let's Move campaign (Bey and First Lady Michelle's initiative to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity? ) Well, Bey has been on! Britt has stayed in the shadows. #sorrybutnotsorry #getyourlife

Beyonce wins and now that I'm out of here, I win too!!! #doingtheharlemshakeasitype

I guess you could do worse than identify with Queen Bey when you're on your way out. And the author probably does the real Harlem Shake, not one of those fake versions that were running around the Internet a few months ago. As for the workers she left behind, ouch.

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Seriously, though, I think letters like these are cathartic for people who are frustrated and wish they could quit in a blaze of fury, too. But on the other hand, I kind of worry for the author's future because even if the writer is ditching the profession of accounting, the letter does come across as unprofessional in general. And it's getting harder to post anything that goes viral and remains anonymous. I hope she's shooting for a job that's all about being provocative. Here's an interview from the author where she talks about the impact of her letter.

Do you think it's ever a good idea to write a letter of resignation like this one?


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