Holmes' resignation -- written in frosting atop "a spiced carrot cake with pecans and sultanas and coconut" according to The Guardian newspaper -- read in part: "Having recently become a father, I now realise how precious life is and how important it is to spend my time doing something that makes me, and other people, happy." Noting that it was his 31st birthday, Holmes added that he was resigning to "devote my time and energy to my family and to my cake business."
His managers and co-workers were charmed. "The people who tasted it say it was very nice," Toby Allanson, a spokesman for Border Force, told The Guardian. "He leaves with our very best wishes."
A photo of the cake -- posted to Twitter by his brother-in-law -- quickly went viral and served as a clever way for Holmes to promote his business -- Mr. Cake, an online bakery. In fact, the tweet -- below -- prompted so much traffic to Holmes' cake website that it was forced to temporarily shut down.
So, my brother-in-law has resigned from his 9-to-5 job in spectacular fashion. Jerry Maguire meets Masterchef. twitter.com/ee_stu/status/...- stuart jackson (@ee_stu) April 16, 2013
According to the British newspaper, Metro UK, Holmes began working in the food industry 11 years ago as a pot washer in the Cambridge area. He even worked his way up to a gig in the kitchen of a Gordon Ramsey restaurant before entering the security industry.
Now he finds himself baking and selling cakes out of his home in Cambridgeshire, in a business that he began nearly three years ago. Still, he told The Guardian, "it's quite a risk [to launch a business] with the economy as it is at the moment. But I have looked at the books time and again and every way I look at it, it is viable as a sole employment."
His cakes cost around 45 British pounds, or roughly $70, according to International Business Times.
Reacting to the story, the famously tough British media have been nothing but supportive of Holmes. Writing about his craftsmanship on the cake, the Guardian said it was written "beautifully," highlighting its "neat black letters on a flawless page of white royal icing."
Britain is suffering from an unemployment rate very similar to that of the U.S. (7.8 percent, as compared to America's 7.6 percent). And in the U.S., people are feeling more confident about leaving their jobs. As was recently reported by Business Insider, American workers are voluntarily quitting their jobs at the highest rate since before the Great Recession.
Bad or economy or not, some workers will always see fit to quit in dramatic fashion. As was reported by AOL Jobs, last year's most outrageous resignations including one in which a barista at a Chicago cafe announced his resignation in a song, backup singers and all, belting out the lyric: "You know I said I am going, yeah."
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