You've got to know someone pretty well before you give them this.

A paralegal has given her boss an excellent leaving gift, although it has divided public opinion.

The lawyer at Texas criminal law firm Dunham & Jones delighted her departing supervisor with a big cake bearing the message, “YOU’RE DEAD TO US WE HOPE YOU FAIL”.

For some reason they added bees. The firm did not respond to a request for comment, but plenty of people did when a colleague, Sara Spector, posted a photo of the cake on X and explained that “one of our lawyers quit our firm to go work for another firm. This was her going away cake today".

The comradely humour was too much for some. “I get it’s a joke but I don’t find this funny at all. I believe too much in the power of words and energy. I wouldn’t have eaten it”, said one killjoy.

Spector replied, “I don’t think you are an attorney so you wouldn’t have had her job nor do I think you could have had the emotional fortitude to defend some of our clients. So it’s all ok.”

In fact, as her post went viral, Spector was forced to clarify for hundreds of people that the cake was a joke and that “we are really upset she is leaving”.

“She knows we love her”, repeated the lawyer to one of many unable to comprehend gallows humour, to no avail. “Seems meanspirited and could be construed as harassment or an abusive work environment”, replied another poster.

Depsite the naysayers, the leaving party was undoubtedly jollier than the one heralded by this recrimination-packed email in 2021. 

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SV 28 March 24 15:59

I once left a firm and received a note that simply said "good riddance!" 

It is by far my favourite ever leaving message.

Nonny's Mouse 29 March 24 11:15

Slow news day? 


Clearly a joke, nothing to see here. I would have eaten it. If I'm honest, I would have taken more offence if I wasn't given the slice with "dead" written on it...

thecynic 04 April 24 11:20

Do you remember when it was possible to have a bit of fun at work? When people had a sense of humour and could laugh at themselves as well as with others? The working environment was so much better then and I'm grateful to be approaching the end of my career rather than starting it. What a miserable world we live in now. Everyone's a victim and looking to take offence. Everyone has rights but no responsibility. How did we let that happen? 

Somerset Maugham 05 April 24 12:11

Bill Murray adopted the same sort of irony in the Razors Edge. Would the film get past the censors today?!&&p=70256b47df88d76aJmltdHM9MTcxM

Anonymous 12 April 24 06:34

This is straight off a leaving card in the same row as "Try not to shag the boss next time." 

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