It Was Too Nice A Weekend...

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If you didn't make it outside this weekend, you're either an agoraphobic or an I-banker. The latest farewell email making the rounds comes from an associate (we think, unless analysts now make staffing requests) at UBS, in the Healthcare Group. The individual staffed himself on an important deal in the personal managed care sector, and just walked out, but not before leaving this earnest expression of intent, with the subject "Sorry everyone":

I'm leaving the bank now.
I'm not made to do this. If I put my mind to something as much as I do here to mindless text editing, copy and pasting, and getting yelled at for stuff other people can't/won't/don't do, I would be much better off. It's 6:43 a.m. on a Sunday, and I have at least 14 more hours of work to do today that will not be fulfilling, useful, appreciated, recognized, or paid for.
Sorry this is last minute, but it's just not worth doing more
My blackberry is on my desk
Apparently that failed staffing request was fatal (no, not as in I'm going to kill myself, hehe, I'm just going to go enjoy life). There is no happiness here.
I took all my personal stuff. No one needs to contact me for anything (except for a drink for those of you with my personal number). I will only be at my New York address a few days longer.
Good luck y'all,

Just walk away. Leave town. Simplify. It's easier than you think.
(all that being said we're trying to determine if this is real, as there are certain brokers of fake farewells that start chains like this - any UBS Healthcare people want to confirm? tips at dealbreaker dot com)

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