A note left by a cleaner has been making the rounds on social media after she called out her “cruel” and “aggressive” boss on her last day before retiring.
Julie Cousin’s heartfelt letter was shared by her proud son, Joe, after she stepped down from her role at bank HSBC.
He posted it online, explaining she had been cleaning banks for 35 years, and added “always having the last laugh eh!”.
Julie wrote in her note: “Hi ladies, tomorrow will be my last clean for HSBC. I have made up a bucket of cleaning materials for the next cleaner whoever that may be!
“I’ve left the job after the way you dressed me down in the office.
“It was nothing more than aggressive and cruel but that’s a reflection on your character, not mine.
“So going forward, please all of you remember: in a world when you can be anything, BE KIND.
“Because you are all no better than the cleaner.”
I'm a cleaner for the nhs in a secure mental health hospital. We're treated as a valued members of the team. Patients trust and open up to us more than nursing staff. We are no threat to them. We play a big part in their recovery.I was a catering manager before I joined the nhs.— *carol cubbin* #LFC #J4T96 #ACCOUNTABILITY #GTTO (@carolcubbin) May 1, 2021
Her words went viral, with people on Twitter connecting with the point she was making.
She was praised for being honest and explaining exactly why she was leaving.
One person commented: “Never understood why people think what they do for a living reflects their importance.
“I was raised to believe that a job is a job and anyone getting up and going to work deserves the same respect, whether they pick up trash or run the company. Good for your mom! Respect!”
Another added: “I remember reading about a firm who paid everyone the same, no matter what there job, as everyone was equally important. We could learn a lot from that.
“If you’ve got up, gone to work, worked hard, then no one should belittle anyone!”