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This grandmother’s brutal (and brilliant) resignation letter has gone viral

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When Bridget Jones told Daniel Cleaver that she’d “rather have a job wiping Saddam Hussein’s arse” than work for him any longer in Bridget Jones’ Diary, we thought we’d found the best – and saltiest – way to quit a job.

And then along came Marlene.



Kaitlyn McGrory – who hails from Glasgow – recently took to Twitter to share her grandmother Marlene’s resignation letter with the world. And, speaking on behalf of the world, we’re incredibly glad she did.

Because, while most people tend to quit their jobs in a polite and formal manner, Marlene decided to tell her boss – one unfortunate Mr MacGillivray – exactly why she’s decided that his job isn’t for her anymore. And she did it all in a robust Scottish accent, too.

 “The joab’s crap and am leaving,” she begins her letter.

“I’ll no be back after 30th June. Canny wait.”

As if that weren’t salty enough, the Glaswegian granny adds scathingly: “Good luck in getting some other mug to clean the place.”

Check it out:

It’s the little “yee-ha” at the end that really makes us smile. From now onwards, all resignations should end in such a manner.



Kaitlyn tweeted a photograph of her nan’s letter alongside the incredibly apt caption: “Nah man my gran’s notice for leaving her work, wish a was kidding on”.

It has since been liked more than 47,000 times by people who can totally relate to Marlene’s sense of relief.

“Auld Marlene the savage,” commented one social media user.

Another added: “This is like reading Outlander. Love it.”

All in all, everybody agreed that it was a true Scottish masterpiece (perhaps even more so than Robert Burns Ode To A Mouse), and that they’d all be taking a leaf out of Marlene’s book the next time that their job failed to live up to expectations.

So which is really the most rallying cry in all of Scottish literature? Is it Burns’ “lay the proud usurpers low! Tyrants fall in every foe! Liberty’s in every blow! Let us do or die!”?

We're leaning towards Marlene’s simple and savage ‘cheerio’.

Images: Twitter/Gavin and Stacey

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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