To Whom it May Concern

“I hereby resign my…”

Those are the words I read as I bought a late-night dinner from the grocery store.

The cashier was writing a letter as he was checking out my groceries and I caught a brief glimpse.

“How are you today sir?” the Cashier asked.

“I’m fine. Thanks.” I said as I swiped my credit card to pay.

The Cashier reached for my small basket I used to collect my groceries.

“That’s not necessary. I can put it up.” I said.

“No problem sir. Could you please sign here?” the Cashier said as he handed me my receipt.

“Thank you sir, have a good night.” the Cashier said.

In the background I could see his boss giving the Cashier a rude glance. It makes me wonder if his boss knew the Cashier was quitting.

I have to hand it to the Cashier. I’m not aware of many people who can still give great customer service while in the middle of writing a resignation letter.

Cashier, I commend you. You could have just walked out on the job. You could have said, “Boss, to hell with you!” But you didn’t.

You acted like a man, wrote a letter, and still treated the customers as human.

To whom it may concern? Hopefully all of us.

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Writer and software engineer Ronald Huereca has been a developer at notable agencies like iThemes and 10up. His varied background has him working with WordPress since 2006, eventually creating his own plugin which, of course, lead to more. He spends quite a bit of his time volunteering with the WordPress project as a core and polyglot contributor. With all of his passions, writing has been the way Ronald expresses himself best. He has written both technical books as well as fiction. Some of his works include Project Mayhem, Mindefusement, and WordPress and Ajax. “You can only delay the inevitable” is his favorite quote. Ronald enjoys reading Stephen King and John Grisham. When he’s not writing, Ronald dreams of building websites filled with cats yawning, disclaimers his strong opinions, sings karaoke, and advocates for empathy surrounding mental health.

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4 thoughts on “To Whom it May Concern”

  1. It’s refreshing to hear tales of integrity and honor. He could have (tried to) justify rude and disrespectful behavior, but he did what was right. Regardless of whatever reasons he had for leaving, he was still an employee until he was officially through, and he was still representing the company while working there.

    That’s a good story.

  2. Very true –

    Most employees do exactly the opposite which is why some companies pay the two weeks and send the employee home immediately. It’s rare to find such quality people.

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