Ex-Employee Says Boss 'Wouldn't Accept' Her Resignation Letter in Viral Post

A woman based in Canada has taken to social media to share an unfortunate workplace story, sparking empathy and recognition from readers.

On Reddit's u/antiwork forum, an anonymous woman under the handle of u/HistoricalReception7 recounted an incident in which she announced her resignation to her superior.

u/HistoricalReception7 told Newsweek that she had worked in healthcare at a "care home for seniors." In her post, she said that her decision to quit came after a long period of dissatisfaction with her supervisor: the boss reportedly denied u/HistoricalReception7's requests for time off, fired her employees without replacing them, and increased her work hours.

One day, u/HistoricalReception7 finally decided to hand in her resignation letter. However, her attempts to leave the position were obstructed by her boss, who reportedly "wouldn't accept"her resignation letter.

"I was giving [four] weeks notice, which I thought was nice," explained u/HistoricalReception7. In response, her boss simply told her: "No. I can't deal with this today."

The boss then "packed her stuff and left for a day of shopping on company time," said u/HistoricalReception7. "I went to my office, cleaned it out, finished off a day's work and put my keys in her mailbox."

The next day, u/HistoricalReception7 received a call from human resources saying that the company was giving her "the day off without pay" so that she could "think about what [she] did." The human resources representative added that u/HistoricalReception7 "was expected to be at work the next day."

"No thanks," wrote the ex-employee. "[Two] years later I'm living my dream life."

In a message to Newsweek, u/HistoricalReception7 further elaborated on what made her workplace such a negative environment. According to her, the former boss allegedly "[altered] care records" and discriminated against employees on the basis of race and physical appearance. She also reportedly cut u/HistoricalReception7's budget "to $0" and took Christmas gifts intended for low-income residents, giving the "high ticket items to other staff members."

Since quitting, u/HistoricalReception7's has become a farmer, cultivating "free range, antibiotic-free poultry and livestock."

"I love it," she said.

The post has amassed over 35,000 upvotes and 1,500 comments since it was shared on Tuesday. It has sparked widespread discussion on Reddit, as readers offered messages of support and stories of their own.

"They don't get to reject resignations. When you quit, you quit," said

"That's not how it works. A resignation is not a request," echoed u/shaodyn. "It's an announcement."

As for the post's popularity, u/HistoricalReception7 believes that employees have grown unwilling to accept unfair working conditions, especially amid the pandemic.

"The pandemic has shown employees that employers don't really care about us," she said.

u/HistoricalReception7 also acknowledged that some readers might struggle to believe her "far-fetched and unbelievable" story. But she maintained that her claims were accurate.

"The trolls are out commenting on it, saying it's fake," she noted. "But so many of us have bosses like this—people unqualified for their positions that can't handle a little stress."

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On Reddit, a woman went viral after revealing that her former employer initially refused to accept her resignation letter. KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock / Getty Images Plus