Joey DeFrancesco is my new hero! Better known as simply "Joey Quits," which is the title of his viral video sensation (two million hits and counting!), DeFrancesco struck a major chord with working class heroes the world over when he videotaped his resignation from the Providence Renaissance Hotel in Rhode Island. Why? Because 23-year-old DeFrancesco didn't just quit his job.
He QUIT HIS JOB.
With the help of a 19-piece brass band! Now that's what I call "stickin' it to the man."
DeFrancesco worked at the hotel for over three years and was sick and tired of being treated like "sh*t," as he put it. If you've had one of those jobs (and haven't we all?), then you're no doubt familiar with the grandiose take-this-job-and-shove-it fantasies that inevitably begin to consume your every waking moment.
I've got to hand it to DeFrancesco: Not only did the guy come up with one of the funniest, most elaborately boss-humiliating fantasy resignations ever, he had the guts to actually make it a reality. (And videotape it, and put it on YouTube, bwahahahahaha!)
DeFrancesco's vision was simple: He would walk in to work accompanied by the aforementioned 19-piece brass band (he's usually the trumpet player) and hand his manager a letter of resignation, at which point the band would burst into song. Loudly. Success!
And that's exactly how it played out. Perfectly. I mean, a top Hollywood casting director couldn't have done a better job filling these roles: The Manager Who Hates His Life and Wants His Employees to Be Equally Miserable ("All of you out, now!"); The Handsome Young Hero Who Makes a Fool Out of Authority Figures. DeFrancesco, who looks like a cross between James Franco and a Say Anything-era John Cusack, might actually have a future in film.
Either way, DeFrancesco definitely made his mark. And I hope disgruntled workers everywhere are inspired to do the same. Keep your eyes open for my favorite part, the close-up of a "This department has worked 3 days without a lost time accident" sign:
Would you love to quit your job like Joey?
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