Many people daydream about marching into their boss’s office and quitting in a dramatic fashion, maybe letting out a few expletives and throwing up the middle fingers. But one British boss decided to do turn the tables and the result is absolutely priceless.
Sydney Hardy, who was the managing director for British bus company Nippy Bus in South Somerset, sent out the Red Wedding of memos to his employees, aptly titled “The End.” In it, he canned every single one of his employees without batting a proverbial eyelash.
“There is a difference between giving up and knowing when you have had enough,” the memo began. “I have had enough and realise I cannot work with you, the people I employ, a moment longer.”
“There comes a time in any relationship when you just have to say ‘F*ck It’, say goodbye and move on. This is my time!” Hardy continued. “I am quitting to pursue my dream of not having to work here.”
“Nippy Bus has ceased operational activity with immediate effect, 29 October 2017. All staff should now consider themselves dismissed/redundant. The gates are now closed and will not open so you can stay in your scratchers Monday and have a lie in,” the memo concluded.
“Scratchers” is evidently British slang for “bed,” while a “lie in” is just how it sounds. Sure enough, the employees who were on the other side of the memo were not very happy to receive such a flippant pink slip.
“[I am] very angry that it was done that way,” ex-Nippy Bus driver Steve Atkins told the BBC.
The Somerset County Council announced that it would try to work with other bus companies to keep the transit lines open and perhaps save some drivers’ jobs.