The Hollywood trope for epically quitting a job is hard to beat. From Bridget Jones telling her boss, “Frankly, I’d rather have a job wiping Saddam Hussein’s a–,” to Andy in “The Devil Wears Prada” throwing her cell phone in the Place de la Concorde fountain, these carefully constructed scenes would be hard to replicate in real life. But a young woman from Texas proved that it’s not entirely impossible. Glory — a name she coined to keep her anonymity — resigned from her position as an associate auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) by sending out an eyebrow-raising email to her colleagues, complete with hashtags, describing her hatred of auditing and her “#chattycathy” co-workers, as well as the 10 reasons why Beyoncé is the queen of the world.
The over-the-top email which talked about “fake” colleagues who “stink” and who are “so in love with their animals” made its way to various blogs and Glory found herself on YouTube, explaining her actions to thousands.
In two separate videos, Glory admits that after joining PwC in September, she “had been planning to quit since I started.” And while her bluntness may lead some to think this drama is a hoax, Glory’s email appears to be 100 percent real.
In response to questions submitted by a blogger, Glory doesn’t hold back. A few highlights from the interview:
How are you handling the exposure to Internet infamy? “85 percent of the comments are racist,” she says, explaining that for every person who has been motivated to follow in her footsteps, there have been five times more haters, which really shocked her. She added that some people accused her of being a “diversity hire,” but she responded by saying Caucasian people are crazy, too.
Why would you become an accountant after you didn’t like your previous two internships in the field? Because of family and cultural pressure from her Kenyan mother and Nigerian father, Glory says. Her parents wanted her to pursue a professional career like going to law school or becoming a nurse, she said, “things that Nigerians really promote.” She ended up taking the position at PwC to make her father happy, but it clearly didn’t work out. “I’ve quickly learned throughout all of my experiences that at the end of the day, it’s me. So now I’m living for myself and I’m doing things that I love to do and accounting isn’t one of them.”
Your mindset when you wrote the email? “I wasn’t mad or sad,” Glory says. After missing a flight to a conference, she decided she was comfortable staying in bed and sent out the email instead. “When I pressed the send button I felt a sense of liberation. I was just living my truth at that moment. I pressed send and I felt so free. Do I have any regrets? No I don’t have any regrets.”
Your response to people saying that the email is immature and unprofessional?
“I truly wouldn’t argue that. …I was just wanting to be uncut, raw, myself, unedited, I didn’t really care about professionalism, or whatever. …When you die, ‘professional’ isn’t written on your tombstone.”
What about future employers? “I’ve been keeping track of my Google search results. …At this point in my life I just can’t be bothered by that.” Glory claims that “this email does not define me, the email does not define my work ethic, it does not define my competency.” Clearly.
Responses to Glory’s quitting strategy have been mixed. Uriah Muhammad, who commented on NoirCPA, an accounting site for the black community that exclusively interviewed Glory for the Youtube videos, says, “I’ve been in external/internal accounting field for over 5 years now and each year there is a crazy email or two. I always wonder WHO wrote or if it was authentic or not. This is an awesome behind the scenes.” And Gennatay, a commenter, commiserates with Glory: “I felt like writing one of these emails when I left an employer, so glad I didn’t. But I 1000% know wheres she’s coming from.” Awesomerobot, on the other hand, says, “Sounds like she wanted attention more than she wanted to quit her job. The email almost entirely consists of superficial personal attacks. Really petty stuff.”
Glory may not be pursuing another job in the auditing sector, but if history is any indication she may have a job offer already on the way. Last month, Marina Shiffrin, the woman who posted a YouTube video of an interpretive ‘I Quit’ dance set to Kanye West’s “Gone” that subsequently went viral, received a job offer from “The Queen Latifah Show” just five days after resigning. Internet notoriety definitely has its perks. Zach Hodskins, a one-handed basketball player extraordinaire, was recruited to the University of Florida team after staffers saw a video of him showing off his dribbling and shooting skills.
Here is Glory’s entire email (names redacted, along with profanity, genitalia, and explicit remarks). You can see the unedited version on GoingConcern, where it was originally posted earlier this month.
See the original email here..GoingConcern