We’ve all dreamed of quitting our jobs in style, firing off an unanswerable tirade to our seniors, documenting exactly why we’re leaving - “because I’m too good for this terrible place and too good for you losers, so see you later, I’m off to follow my dreams”.
In our dreams, we’re normally the underling sticking it to the man - but for one Somerset company, it’s the other way around, with a boss announcing the closure of his company and the firing of his entire staff, because he realised: “I cannot work with you, the people I employ, a moment longer.”
Nippy Bus managing director Sydney Hardy sent an internal message to the staff at this company announcing that the company had “ceased operational activity with immediate effect”.
He wrote: “I am quitting to pursue my dream of not having to work here.
“There is a difference between giving up and knowing when you have had enough. I have had enough and realise I cannot work with you, the people I employ, a moment longer.”
The 27 full and part-time drivers were told that they should “consider themselves dismissed/redundant” and that “the gates are now closed and will not open so you can stay in your scratchers (bed) Monday and have a lie in”.
Needless to say, the employees of the firm, which operated bus routes across South Somerset, were not happy.
Steve Atkins told BBC Somerset that he was “very angry that it was done that way”.
The company operated school and public bus contracts, as well as private transport and, with the loss of the services, Somerset County Council has had to step in, with a spokesman saying: “More than 300 students were affected across four schools. With the support of other operators, council officers have managed to find replacement services for all of the routes… and will be making permanent arrangement as soon as possible.
“A number of public bus services were also affected and council officers have been working with bus operators to find replacements.”
Mr Hardy was unavailable for comment, presumably as he is already lying on a beach somewhere, cocktail in hand.