Call it cubicle porn — the stuff we cube dwellers fantasize about. It’s the best quitting video EVER.
Joey DeFrancesco had enough of his job and the working conditions at a hotel in Providence, RI. He said employees were often scheduled 5am to midnight, or expected to work until midnight and come back at 5am the next day. Anyone who spoke up or failed to meet brutal requirements like this was punished — or fired, Joey said. He tried to organize a union but after 3 ½ years, he’d had enough.
So he quit.
But he didn’t just quit. He brought his brass band, the What Cheer Brigade, with him. Oh, and he brought a video camera. And when he got home, he uploaded it to YouTube .
And now, it's been viewed by more than 2 million people all over the world.
The video opens with a lot of nervous giggling outside the hotel as Joey announces to the camera he’s about to go in and quit. He ushers his band in through the employee entrance. They ambush his boss in the hallway, who immediately orders all of them out without knowing what they’re there for. Joey says, “I’m here to tell you that I’m quitting” and attempts to hand him his resignation letter but the boss won’t take it. So Joey drops it at his feet, throws his hands in the air like “Touchdown!” and walks out, followed by his band who play him off like a hero.
Watch the video:
It’s telling about the economy that the video has been viewed by MILLIONS — plural — of people and it’s generated more than 3,500 comments like “This is so cool!,” “I can’t stop watching this! This. Is. AWESOME.” and “Every resignation should involve a tuba in some way.”
Don't worry about Joey — he's already got another job. And, probably more than a few offers from disgruntled workers who want the What Cheer Brigade to come for their special quitting day.
Joey, like famous quitters Steven Slaterand Jenny Dry Erasebefore him, is a national hero to many overworked, underpaid workers in this economy. A young man who popped the bubble of worker discontent and made us a laugh and a cheer for one brief moment in time.
Ahhhhhh. That felt good, didn’t it?
OK, everyone back to work.
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