Why Videos on Quitting Jobs are Viral on YouTube and TikTok

Mar 11, 2023

Over the past year or so, one of the top video themes on TikTok and YouTube has to do with quitting jobs. In essence, employees have a sudden outburst or temper tantrum before telling their boss that they quit. Of course, all of it is recorded for your viewing pleasure, racking up millions of views. 

One example from last year is Samantha Rae Garcia. At the time, she was working in a restaurant based in Texas. If you watch the video carefully, you can hear the beautiful words her manager has to say about her behind her back. It’s due to this that she decided to finally leave her job. The QuitTok went viral with millions of views and thousands of comments.


I quit my job of 4 years today. I’m done with these disrespectful, hasn’t had manager training in 50 years managers. BYE?? but also $samgar2769

? original sound - Samantha?Garcia


When Samantha went for job interviews, many of the new managers had seen the viral video. They promised her that they were nothing like that, saying they would treat her much better. That’s one way of securing a better future.

Joey La Neve DeFrancesco took it a step further in 2011 when he employed a marching band to deliver a letter before telling his boss that he was quitting. The QuitTube video is only 3 minutes long, but it received 8.5 million views.


Why are these cases relevant today? It seems like the same trend is picking up again. When looking at the available cases, it seems like short, punchier content with dramatic outbursts are the ones getting the most attention. Long-form videos explaining why someone is leaving doesn’t gain as much attention, as there’s little emotion and viewers become bored.

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell which situations are real or only made for the trending views. Here’s one by mainlymannie posted on Jan 24 this year announcing that Hector quit. It’s only about 48 seconds long, but it already has 2.5 million views and over 6,000 comments. 


WE HAVE AN OPEN AVAILABILITY HERE AT THE COMPANY ! Hector quit!!! #jobs#viralvideo#Comedy#FunnySkits#bossandceo#quit#werehiring

? original sound - mainlymannie

So, moral of the story: if you want a trending video, throw a tantrum.


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  1. John B said on March 13, 2023 at 9:38 am

    Got to love how some of the comments will be by people who just automatically presume they’re all immature kids throwing tantrums.

    If someone celebrates quitting their job with you then there is a very real possibility that you suck as an employer. As I’ve had over a dozen bosses with only one that wasn’t a prick on my way to starting my business I can completely agree with the positive feelings of walking out on people who did not appreciate anyone working for them.

  2. str_io said on March 12, 2023 at 11:38 pm

    AI likes this trend.

  3. Anonymous said on March 11, 2023 at 10:37 pm

    Hopefully they are never hired anywhere professional again.

  4. Jek Porkins said on March 11, 2023 at 8:35 pm

    Next article:

    Remedies for ingrown nails.

  5. Anonymous said on March 11, 2023 at 3:20 pm

    The people in these low-level jobs are easily replaced, so managers don’t care.
    If prospective employers find out what you did (and they usually do), you will have a difficult time finding another job, as you will be branded a trouble-maker.
    I don’t think that the moments of drama and internet fame are worth it.

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