29 Creative Ways to Say 'I Quit'

Most people who hate their job have most likely spent some time thinking of how they would quit if they could. A new survey reveals that some workers are more creative than others when it comes to giving their two weeks' notice.

From quitting because "work was getting in the way of having fun" to "quitting to join the circus," the responses in this poll, which was conducted by staffing service firm, OfficeTeam, ranged from simple honesty to the surreal. Some of the best excuses included:

  • "Someone left because her boss lost the dog she had given him."

  • "One person left because she lost her cellphone too many times at work."

  • "We had someone quit to participate in a reality show."

  • "An employee said it was his routine to change jobs every six months."

  • "One worker left to become an apple farmer."

  • "A staff member quit to climb Mount Everest."

  • "There was an individual who left to play the trombone."

  • "An employee wanted to enter a beauty contest."

  • "One worker quit to join a rock band."

  • "A guy said he was making too much money and didn't feel he was worth it."

  • "One person left because she didn't want to work so hard."

  • "An individual said he was bored."

  • "Someone quit because she was going to live off her trust fund."

  • "A person quit because informal dress was not allowed."

  • "The worker told us he just couldn't get up in the morning."

  • "He quit because he didn't like the way the office smelled."

  • "One employee didn't enjoy the cafeteria food."

  • "An individual did not like the sound of file cabinets being slammed."

  • "One person quit to watch a soccer tournament."

  • "We had someone leave because he had to stay home to feed his dog."

  • "An employee left because he wanted to watch a movie with his girlfriend during work hours."

  • "A person quit because he hated the carpet."

  • "One worker did not like the colors of the walls."

  • "The employee quit because the office building was unattractive."

  • "Someone felt the lobby area was too small."

  • "She hated the lighting in the building."

  • "He just walked out without a peep. We have no idea why he left, and we were not able to contact him."

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The research was based on the responses of more than 1,300 managers at companies in the United States and Canada.

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