Most companies, when preparing to leave their office space for newer and better things, just pack up all their stuff and turn in the keys to the management company. It’s grown up and responsible of them and all, but pretty boring.
We much prefer tales of companies that trash their office cubicles and rip up the carpet, plan huge parties or sublet the space to guinea pig farmers. (We were unable to find a story about that last idea, and so we offer it free of charge to any organizations who are looking for a really excellent way to say goodbye to their digs.) Basically, we think it’s much more interesting when people leave their office with a bang, instead of a whimper. Here are a few such companies, who came up with some seriously creative ways to leave their leases.
Mobile gaming company and enemy of vowels Scvngr spent two years in an office space in Cambridge, Mass., only to lose the location to demolition. Their 28,000 square-foot location will be razed to make room for a park, but not before employees get a chance to stage an epic paintball war in their old workspace. At $500 a team, you’d think the price tag would deter folks, but not at all: At least seven teams signed up to play.
CEO (and “chief ninja”) Seth Priebatsch got the full approval of landlord before planning his paint-fueled goodbye party, although he admitted to being unclear as to whether or not he and his employees would be required to clean up afterward.
“In my many strengths of working at this company, cleaning up has never been one of them,” he said. “If we do have to clean up, I’m going to seriously disappear.”
There are lots of different types of demolition parties. If Scvngr’s bash is more suited to 20-something gamers, Circle Bank in Novato, Calif.’s goodbye party was perfectly appropriate for the whole family. Seriously: there were drinks, and food, and even a clown. It was practically a kids’ birthday party.
First, Occupy groups got evicted from parks and public spaces. Then, they moved into offices — and started getting evicted from their indoor bases of operation as well. The good news is that they seem to be getting used to it: eviction announcements are now followed by invitations to attend parties. Like this one, from Occupy Duluth, which hilariously invites participants to “Occupy the Paul Robeson Ballroom and Courtyard.”