As I'm walking out the door
Take this job and shove it!
I ain't workin' here no more!"
A character is in a job that's making him or her more and more miserable by the day. Never mind that it's their (probably only) source of income; the plain and simple of it is, the job sucks and is draining them of their energy and patience.
Maybe it's a Dangerous Workplace they're employed to. Maybe they're working for Incompetence, Inc.. Very possibly, there's No Such Thing as H.R.. Perhaps they have perpetual insecurity about how safe their job is, and it's not helped by the overbearing supervisor or office manager they've got. Maybe they just recently got Promoted to Scapegoat or have to put up with an incompetent boss. It could be that they're the Beleaguered Assistant, or the Only Sane Employee in an office populated by those who should rightly be certified insane. Or, chances are good they've been subjected to the Delegation Relay one time too many. Or perhaps the boss is a Corrupt Corporate Executive and the character's morals can't allow them to stick around that kind of environment.
Depending on the situation and the person who delivers the line or its equivalents, it can be a Crowning Moment of Awesome, even more so if the recipient thoroughly deserved it. Bonus points if the employer/supervisor is a parent or relative or somebody who's SUPPOSED to be a good guy.
Note that it doesn't have to be the word-for-word line of this trope's title that is said; the manner of Rage Quit displayed against the supervisor/boss is essentially the heart of the trope.
Be careful, though; if done too often, it may lead others to query why you always leave one job after another (in which case, it might be you who has the real problem). If the person goes on a violent rampage instead of simply quitting, that's Going Postal. If they have to return humbly, that's Crossing the Burnt Bridge.
Compare Screw This, I'm Outta Here! (for a range of situations that may or may not involve one's job), Rage Quit (for angrily quitting a game rather than a job) and Insignia Rip-Off Ritual (for examples of quitting or being fired that are symbolized by destroying an icon related to the job). If the person is forbidden from leaving or is forced back in not of his own accord, it's Resignations Not Accepted or Mandatory Unretirement.
Not related to To Hell with This Infernal Job, though the subject of that trope may very well be feeling this way when he quits his own job.
- Gundam Build Fighters: Aila quits her role as representative of Team Nemesis after Reiji gives her a long-awaited opportunity to leave by promising her a spot in Sei's house; she then proceeds to call out everyone on her former team in the process.
- In Bubblegum Crash (much-maligned sequel to the iconic 80's cyberpunk classic Bubblegum Crisis) Priss, a successful rock singer, is offered a recording contract by a major label, and rejects it in no uncertain terms when she discovers they want to turn her into an Idol Singer.
- In Idol Densetsu Eriko episode 8, a bunch of Corrupt Corporate Executive Yuusuke Tamura's employees hand in their resignations, saying they can't deal with him any more. When Yuusuke tells them they won't be getting any severance pay, one of them gives him severance pay in the form of a fist to the face.
- Take This Job And Shove It (1981), starring Robert Hayes. Its title was taken from the Trope Naming song (which, incidentally, was part of the movie's soundtrack; see the music section below for information on the song).
- In Demolition Man, Lenina Huxley (played by Sandra Bullock) finally grows exasperated with her police chief and tells him to "take this job and shovel it." John Spartan (played by Sylvester Stallone) points it out moments later:
John Spartan: "Take this job... and shovel it."Huxley: (uncertainly) Yeah...?John Spartan: (beat) ...close enough.
- In Wanted, Wesley quits his job in a spectacular fashion; slamming all of his co-workers and breaking his keyboard across the face of a particular one who'd been sleeping with Wesley's already unfaithful girlfriend.
- The most recent version of The Producers has Leo Bloom pull one of these on his boss. And then on Max later on when Springtime for Hitler defines its trope, too.
- One of the most famous scenes in Half Baked is this trope.
Scarface: (at random co-workers and customers) Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, you're cool, and FUCK YOU! I'm out!
- In The Incredibles, Bob's patience with his humdrum insurance job and his Obstructive Bureaucrat boss Mr. Huph finally snaps when Mr. Huph threatens to fire him for wanting to stop a mugging in progress. Mr. Huph gets Punched Across the Room and through several walls and winds up in a full body cast. Oops.
Bob: I'm fired, aren't I?Rick Dicker: Oh, you think?
- That Thing You Do!: Jimmy quits the band in the middle of a recording session by singing, "I quit... I quit... I quit, Mr. White!"
- Quadrophenia: When hauled up in front of his boss for being AWOL from work after his arrest and charge for being involved in the Brighton riots, Jimmy is effectively put on final written warning. In response to his boss telling him that "many people would give their eye-teeth for your job", Jimmy tells him to "FIND ONE, THEN!", and continues "You can take that mail, and that franking machine, and you can shove them RIGHT UP YOUR ARSE!"
- This was the attitude of most of the characters in Office Space, although most of them ultimately end up back in similar jobs. In fact, the song "Take This Job and Shove It" was sampled in the closing credits track "Shove This Jay-Oh-Bee".
- A literal example happens near the end of Rush Hour when Detective James Carter is offered a job with the FBI by some FBI officials-a job that he considered "a dream come true." However he has this to tell them:
Carter: Why don't ya'll... take that badge... and shove it up your ass. All of your asses. I'm LAPD.
- In Licence to Kill, when James Bond is confronted by M for not adhering to his duties as double-O agent in trying to avenge Felix Leiter:
M: This private vendetta of yours could easily compromise Her Majesty's government. You have an assignment, and I expect you to carry it out objectively and professionally.Bond: Then you have my resignation, sir!M: We're not a country club, 007!
- In Mary Poppins, after being speechless throughout his dismissal, George Banks decides he should say something to his superiors: "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!"
Mr. Dawes, Sr.: What are you talking about, man? There's no such word!Banks: Oh yes! It is a word! A perfectly good word! Actually, do you know what there's no such thing as? It turns out, with due respect, when all is said and done, that there's no such thing as YOU!
- This is what Woody Guthrie does in Bound for Glory after his radio station tries to make him play non-controversial, non-political songs. The fact that it's The Great Depression and the radio job lifted his family out of poverty and got them a house does not bother Woody.
- In Gambit, Harry Deane hates his job as an art curator, and plans to use it to scam his boss out of approximately 12 million pounds sterling with a forgery. At the end of the film, after his scheme has failed, he's offered his job back, and he refuses it, telling his boss exactly what he thinks of him. It was all part of his plan to steal a different painting.
- High Noon: Even if totally wordless, when Sheriff Will Kane rips off his sheriff's badge and tosses it to the ground before Riding into the Sunset with his wife, sickened that almost everybody in town was a Dirty Coward who refused to stand up to Frank Miller and nearly got him killed, he definitely means this Trope.
- At the end of Welcome to the Jungle, Chris is offered a promotion for his efforts to save the company. Having learned what jerkasses the majority of them are, he decides to quit instead.
- The episode "Alice Quits" of Workaholics gives us two examples of this trope. First, Alice Quits, telling Travis to "Fuck off and eat a dick!", and then Jet Set quits in an even greater example.
Jet Set: What's happening here? This is not the Tel America Corp that I used to know. I look around, I recognize nothin'! Where's all the smiles, the giggling? Can someone tell me where the giggling at, huh?Travis: Jessie, if you wanna talk, step into my office.Jet Set: Travis, before you got here, we was all friends. Work was fun. We used to love to walk through that door. But now, since you been here? This place is silent!Travis: Jessie, calm down.Jet Set: Bitch, my name is Jet motha-fuckin Set! But you can call me Patrick Swayze, cause guess what? I'm ghost.
- The Prisoner (1967) does this with his espionage job during the opening credits. It's apparently what causes his former bosses to capture him and send him to the Village.
- Chuck. The title character said this to Emmett at the end of the show's second season. At that point Chuck had realized he didn't need his cover at the Buy More since he was intersect free. He also had a lot more experience so he could easily find another job. Casey also quit too. Though despite this, he always manages to find himself back at the Buy More. Because the CIA manipulated things so no other company but Buy More would hire him.
- In an early episode Roseanne quits her job at the plastics factory this way. The entire workforce follows suit and walks off the job behind her.
- This is essentially Geoffrey's reaction on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air when the kids fake his winning lottery ticket.
- Happens several times on Drop the Dead Donkey, particularly to Henry when an old friend dupes him into thinking he has been offered a BBC job which turns out not to exist, and in the final series where Globelink is shutting down and some employees believe they can get better payouts if they get fired rather than simply laid off.
- One of the episodes of the final season of Family Matters called A Pain In Harassment had Harriot having to deal with an unruly supervisor who constantly belittled his employees and rejected any suggestions they made. No one dared speak out against him for fear of losing their job. However Harriot eventually gets fed up and tells him off, leading to this exchange.
Boss: You're fired! Ooh that felt good.Harriot: I quit! That felt better!
- Early on in the pilot episode of Breaking Bad, Walter White worked as a cashier at a car wash for additional income where his boss Bogdan constantly has him wax cars, which Walt detested. As soon as Walt receives his diagnosis of terminal lung cancer later on in the episode, Walt completely snaps at Bogdan when he tried to make him wax cars again, and then storms out the door.
Walt: Fuck you, Bogdan!Bogdan: What?Walt: I said, fuck you and your eyebrows!!!
- In one of Seinfeld's most famous stories, George does one of these, only to gradually realize he's made a big mistake since he has no other prospects or skills. His (ineffective) solution is to go in on Monday and act like nothing happened. This was based on Larry David's having done the same thing when he was a writer for Saturday Night Live.
- In Review Forrest is asked to review the experience of quitting a job. His producer arranges for him to get a job which he instantly quits with a grand speech, before concluding it doesn't qualify unless you've worked there first. So he starts working at a coffee stand, overhauls how the stand runs, makes it much more successful and himself indispensable while getting along well with his co-workers, and was clearly happy to keep working there indefinitely until his producer reminds him of the point of the exercise. With obvious discomfort and guilt he repeats the same speech before walking out. Quitting your job didn't get a very good score.
- In Berättelse om herr Roos, one of the first things Valdemar does after winning 2Million Swedish kronor is quitting after working for 28 years for Wringmans Elektriska. After that, he still pretends going to work every morning to his family.
- The Trope Namer is a song of the same title by David Allan Coe from his 1978 album Family Album. The song itself conveys the bitterness of a man who has worked long and hard at a thankless job, and The Last Straw comes when his wife leaves him. It has been covered by Johnny Paycheck (which spent two weeks at No. 1 on the country charts, making his version a case of Covered Up) and the Dead Kennedys, and sampled by rappers Canibus and Biz Markie on "Shove This Jay-Oh-Bee".
- Strapping Young Lad's "S.Y.L."
- The song "Last Day at Work" by Mikey Mason has the narrator playing a lot of pranks on his soon-to-be former workplace after finding a better job.
- Wesley Willis says this in the song "Fuck You".
Take this job and shove it!
I'm not working for you anymore!
Stick it up your ass!
- Dilbert attempted this once, working alongside Wally in secret on company time to form their own startup, and once the product was ready, revealed this to the Pointy-Haired Boss and began a mockery dance. Then the Boss pointed out that since they used company resources and time for their startup, the COMPANY owned the product
- Another strip had Dilbert meet a guy who was taking this trope to such an extreme that he was trying to turn his resignation letter into an off-Broadway musical.
- Retail had an arc where assistant manager Josh lied about a job offer from a competing store in order to get a raise. Marla later found out about this, and told this to district manager Stuart. Eventually, Josh figured out that Marla and Stuart knew, so he started looking for a new job before they had a chance to fire him (it was Christmas season, and there was no time to hire and train a replacement). After he got one, he invoked this trope while giving his 2 weeks notice to Marla, bragging about how, in the end, he succeeded with his ploy anyway. Of course, this pissed Marla off, and she promptly fired him on the spot, not letting him work out his notice.
- In the late 90's, WCW was hell for all those who weren't Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, or one of their friends. It got so bad that one day after winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, Chris Benoit gave it up to move to the WWF with Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko, and Perry Saturn. This was one of the strongest signs the promotion was circling the drain, and it was finally bought out by WWF shortly thereafter.
- CM Punk during "The Summer of Punk II" in WWE. Punk, sick and tired of all the crap he had to deal with in the WWE despite being one of the greatest wrestlers in the world (if not THE greatest), decided to walk out the door the moment his contract expired on July 18, 2011. He also decided to take the WWE Championship with him. He seems to have done the same thing after losing the Royal Rumble in 2014 — he went home and hasn't come back since, for both matches and public appearances.
- Adam Pearce and Colt Cabana's seven levels of hate feud concluded this way when they learned that Bruce Tharpe had successfully sued the NWA, followed that with a hostile takeover, named himself president and restricted the privileges of member promotions. They washed their hands of the body, leaving the world heavyweight title belt they had been feuding over vacant.
- AJ Styles, much in the vein of Punk, did the same thing to TNA in storyline (in fact, it was a rehash of Punk's storyline, and really poor one too), and in Real Life at the end of 2013. By that point, even he was sick of all the bullshit the company had put him and his coworkers through — trying to get him to re-sign with a forty percent pay cut was the last straw. They tried to make amends in 2015 by offering him a huge sum of money to wrestle one last match at Slammiversary along with being inducted in their hall of fame (making him the only inductee to have actually earned his fame in the company rather than somewhere else), but he turned them down flat, citing ROH and NJPW as his main priorities. Everyone else who read between the lines knew what he was really saying (as one writer put it: "Duck Fixie").
- There's an Urban Legend about a prank played on a guy by his co-workers. While out at dinner, they copied the numbers from his lottery ticket and gave them to a waitress. The waitress then came up and said the winning numbers had just been announced, if any one was interested, and read out the numbers they had given her. The man checked his ticket, double checked it, and then announced that he was quitting. He then went on to thoroughly insult his boss, all of his co-workers and also announced that he'd been having an affair with his secretary. End of job and end of marriage. This may have inspired the aforementioned example from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
- In Cigarro & Cerveja, Cerveja's resignation letter is a very Cloud Cuckoolander-ish take on this, rather than an actively malicious one.
In the name of Thor, god of thunder and disco, I hereby abdicate my position of corporate lackey to my boss, who happens to be bald.
Smiles and lollipops,
- Liz does this pretty early on in Dead Winter, one she's fed up with the asshole customers and her assholier boss. Immediately after this, though, she realizes she's in the middle of a Zombie Apocalypse, making her dramatic exit sort of pointless (and dangerous, since later on her boss goes completely nuts and, as promised, starts hunting her down with murderous intent).
- In PvP when Robbie wins a massive lottery jackpot, he first heartfully thanks Cole for almost 10 years of employment and support despite both Robbie and Jase's near-total uselessness and slacker attitude...
Robbie: That said, you can take this job and cram it.
- When Matt quits his hated job on Mac Hall, he first announces it loudly and proudly, then immediately backtracks, detailing that he'll finish up his two-week notice, and leave his information in case someone needs to contact him.
- In Questionable Content, Dale decides to announce his leave from his pizza job (which was mostly just soul-destroying rather than actually evil) in style.
- The Simpsons
- Homer quit his job at the power plant this way in the episode "And Maggie Makes Three" when he finished paying off the mortgage on his house. Of course, as we all know, he had to return somehow.
- When Homer was working at the Kwik-E-Mart to pay for Lisa's pony, after Lisa gives up the pony, he tells Apu, "You can take this job and restaff it!" Referencing the song, but not the exact quote.
- In "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy", Grandpa Simpson is working at Krusty Burger. He eventually quits after he starts complaining with his friends about what's not on the breakfast menu, plus the fact that he's supposed to be old. As he puts it:
"The good Lord allows us to grow old for a reason: to gain the wisdom to find fault with everything He's made!"
- After the election of Barack Obama, Randy Marsh of South Park triumphantly quits his job, telling his boss this. After all, Obama's going to make everything better, so he doesn't need a job anymore!
- Done by Bob on The Oblongs:
Bob: You can take this job and post it! As vacant! Because I quit!
- In the last episode of Beast Wars, Waspinator decides enough is enough and he opts out of the Beast Wars altogether.
Waspinator: Waspinator sick of being evil, sick of being Predacon! And Waspinator especially sick of GETTING BLOWN TO SCRAP ALL THE TIME! So, Waspinator quit! Hmph! As of now, which means Ant-Bot and Two-Head can just pucker their mandibles and plant big, wet juicy one right here on Waspinator's big, fat, stripey-(Inferno and Quickstrike shoot Waspinator)
- One episode of Family Guy has Peter winning it big on the state lottery, and plays it up like he did this. Then subverts it. Then double subverts it.
Peter: Angela, I just want to thank you for several extremely pleasurable years working here. Certain events have created a situation where I am no longer in need of employment. But I would be remiss not to thank you and there is a giant poo on your desk
- The Undergrads episode "Work Study" has a subversion of this, as Nitz wants to leave his work on good terms, and Rocko steps in and does this trope for him.
Nitz: Yeah, see, somethings come up and I kinda dont need the work anymore, but you guys were cool to me, and I certainly dont want to burn any bridges-Rocko: He aint working for the man no more, so you can take this job and cram it with some sexual harassment on top!
- The episode of SpongeBob SquarePants "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" Squidward gets fed up with Mr. Krabs after being accused of stealing his first dime and quits. He obviously comes back to work after Mr. Krabs discovers the dime was in his pants the whole time, resulting in him accusing Squidward of putting it in his pants.
- Jem: In "The Talent Search Part 2", Shana leaves the Holograms to be the costume designer of an famous actress, only to learn how bossy she really is, and finally quits near the end.
- The JetBlue flight attendant incident.
- "Joey Quits," where a disgruntled hotel employee brought a marching band to announce his resignation.
- Doug Walker unknowingly started his Internet career when he recorded himself doing this. (It's exactly as epic as it sounds).
- A college professor in Texas decided he had had enough with students in his business management class. He flunked them all and quit on the spot.
- Sending your boss a Dis Rap For Hire is a particularly epic way to do this, especially when said dis rap proceeds to name drop the trope.
- Fed up with backstabbing co-workers and low pay, deejay Inetta the Moodsetta quit her job at a Mobile, Alabama radio station on air in August 2006.
Inetta: For the last six years, I made six dollars an hour. That ain't nothin'. I just got a raise after six years. I know I'm qualified, and after saying this, I don't care if I ever get another job in radio, period. It does not matter to me, but Inetta will not be settin' the mood at 'BLX no more. I refuse to walk around with people that'll speak to you, "Hey, Inetta, how you doin'?" But then soon as you walk by, "That bitch." I will not do it to myself any more. So if you confused about what I'm saying, listen very carefully: I quit this bitch!