Mum’s jokey message to boss as she quits job backfires after ‘wages arrive late’
Many of us have enjoyed a daydream where we hand in our notice in a spectacular fashion during a quiet moment at work.
But one woman made it a reality after she recently quit her job to work as a baker fulltime instead.
Mum Tasha King iced ‘I quit’ on the top of a cookie – in a jokey goodbye to her boss.
But she ended up eating the delicious farewell herself because ‘he paid her late’.
Tasha had been working as a retail assistant for eight years, but finally decided to quit to work on her baking business.
As a light-hearted joke to entertain her former boss, the 32-year-old from York, Yorkshire, baked a large chocolate-chip cookie adorned with the word ‘Sorry for your loss. It’s me. I quit’.
But she says she ended up scoffing it herself with her children because she was paid later than she had expected, so did not make the trip for her final wage slip as originally planned.
The mum-of-two shared her hilarious creation on social media where it attracted thousands of likes and inspired many to fantasise about their own perfect resignations.
One user suggested Tasha should have sent her former employer a picture of the cookie but eaten it herself, prompting the baker to reveal ‘that’s what I did’, before telling people ‘he paid me late, so me and my kids ate it instead’.
Tasha said: “It’s quite liberating being my own boss. I have worked in retail since 2013, and whilst it paid the bills, it was never going to be my lifelong career.
“I’d meant to take the cookie in on 1st June, to pick up my last wage slip, but as my wages went in late that morning, I used it for a social media post and me and my family enjoyed it instead.
“He never actually got it. It was always intended to be for a bit of a laugh – life’s too short to be serious.
“I think if I gave it to him, he’d have a bit of a chuckle – but he’d be more interested in eating it.
“Since sharing my ‘I Quit’ cookie online, I’ve received some responses that were more congratulatory. Those were on my Facebook page.
“But I’ve also had responses from people tagging their mates, saying ‘We should do this next time we get asked to work weekends.’
“Whether people should be making resignation cookies and cakes, I think that’ll depend on their boss’ sense of humour really.
“A cookie of resignation is much better than a letter, surely?”
In July, Tasha started up her business, Valkyrie Cakes, and has gained more confidence in her craft.
Tasha said: “I’ve always enjoyed baking, but I’ve not always necessarily been fantastic at it. Three or four years ago, I made a birthday cake for my eldest daughter, and I didn’t do too bad at it – so it’s taken off from there.
“When I look at cakes I used to do, I just pull them apart because I know I could do so much better now.
“When I started, I would get cakes done in about six hours. Now I can get them out in three to four hours.
“I never really intended on being my own boss, I don’t know what I’d planned to do. But I’m glad for the success of my little side-hustle.
“It was an extra cash flow during lockdown last year. I never expected it to take off as it has, but I’m very lucky.
“It was my friends and family that were encouraging me initially, but my clients are my biggest fans. They’re ace.
“They’re really supportive – I just have really lovely customers. Word of mouth is probably where I get most of my business from, which means I’m doing a good job.
“That’s why I’m in this job – I love to make people smile and laugh. Everybody loves a party, everybody loves a cake, it makes people happy.
“If I can make something that’s personal to them, then I’ve done my job.”