Now this is how you leave a job without burning any bridges.
Mark Herman, a newscast director at Tucson’s KOLD-TV since 2011, came up with a unique — and tasty — way to tell colleagues about his new job at WKRN in Nashville in “spectacular fashion”.
“I knew they’d be disappointed in my departure,” Herman told blogger Jim Romenesko. “So I decided that I should resign via cake — not only because nobody can be mad or sad at a cake, but also because I’m a bit of a joker and a cake of resignation is pretty damn hilarious.”
Herman called a Tucson bakery and told the bewildered staff how he wanted the cake to be decorated.
“They said it’s the first time they’ve heard of someone doing something like this, and happily obliged,” Herman said.
He then emailed his resignation to his boss, promising to deliver a ‘physical copy’ later for her ‘personnel file’. That physical copy? A white cake with strawberry filling, whipped cream frosting, and a very special message.
“When I came in, I reminded her of that, and said, ‘Here’s the physical copy’. She laughed and said, ‘No way! You crack me up!’… She took it over to the 2o’clock news meeting and made the announcement to everyone. We all had a good laugh, and it was a great way to start a Friday. The cake definitely made the bad news a little bit more palatable.”
Herman says it was “the best tasting cake I’ve ever had”, but admits “that may also be because of the message”.
The letter read:
Please accept this cake as formal (and delicious) notice of my resignation from the position of Newscast Director at KOLD News 13. My last day of employment will be Friday, May 22.
I will miss KOLD and all the incredible people I’ve been fortunate enough to work with over the last four years. I cannot thank you enough for all the opportunities and experiences you have given me during my time here.
I appreciate your understanding, and I wish you all the very best. If there’s anything I can do to help with the transition during my last few weeks here, please don’t hesitate to ask.