Man Submits His Resignation By Cake

Chris Holmes announced his decision to quit in a cake. People often fantasize about quitting their jobs in some spectacular fashion. But British airport worker Chris Holmes actually did it when he submitted his resignation Monday via a cake he baked. The 31-year-old British immigration officer at London's Stansted Airport arrived for work with the large rectangular cake in a box and his resignation and handed them to the manager on duty.

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.
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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flysalot2

Man, I would sure love to see one of those from Obama.

April 22 2013 at 7:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
N2

I would invest in that mans new company. Brilliant !

April 22 2013 at 6:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
redwingirish

Praying for the powerball!...I won't even call them!

April 18 2013 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lkd3712

That is AWESOME

April 18 2013 at 7:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bill

Gee huffpost...you got me again...change the headline but print the same old story. You really suck

April 18 2013 at 2:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2gd4u2

This is what Les Brown the Motivational Guru would call "Re-Inventing yourself". I will be leaving my employer in August of this year and moving back to Wisconsin. Hopefully my wife and I will be able to "Re-Invent" ourself.

April 17 2013 at 11:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
justpassinthru55

Let them eat cake!

April 17 2013 at 11:05 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
receivitem

OLD, OLD story! aol/hp is nothing but a REPEAT!

April 17 2013 at 10:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
USMCALGM

Original thinker. Best of luck.

April 17 2013 at 9:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
cltt1218

Love it and done classy!

April 17 2013 at 8:52 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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