Terrible or Brilliant? Our Favorite Ways to Quit Your Job|
1. Stephen Slater: Many of you know this story: the famous JetBlue flight attendant cursed out a passenger who had tried to grab her bags from the overhead bins a little bit too early then promptly took two beers, grabbed his luggage, and slid down the plane’s inflatable emergency chute.
2. Anonymous Designer: A designer made a pop up prompt appear on his boss’ computer saying: “the designer you treated like shit has quit unexpectedly.”
3. Jarrad Wood: Jarrad quit his job at 2K Games by making a customized video game where an “I Quit” announcement comes up when you win. At least he made the usually mundane task of giving two-weeks notice more enjoyable for all parties.
4. Jonathan Schwartz: Former CEO of Sun Microsystems quit his job with a Tweet in the form of a Haiku, “Today’s my last day at Sun. I’ll miss it. Seems only fitting to end on a #haiku. Financial crisis/Stalled too many customers/CEO no more.” His handle is @OpenJonathan and you certainly can’t accuse him of not being open…or creative.
6. Anonymous Moe’s Manager: This restaurant manager announced that he was quitting his job by dancing and changing the lyrics to “Ice Ice Baby.” I’d tell him not to quit his day job…but it seems he already did.
7. W. Neil Berrett: Instead of providing a resignation letter Berrett provided his boss with a resignation cake with his resignation written in frosting. At least no one had to go out and buy a cake for his goodbye party! You can’t say that his method for quitting is tasteless.
9. Greg Smith: Greg Smith wrote the New York Times Opinion, “Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs.” He states, “it makes me ill how callously people talk about ripping their clients off. Over the last 12 months I have seen five different managing directors refer to their own clients as “muppets,” sometimes over internal e-mail.” This should remind employers everywhere to have employees sign a NDA. Greg Smith’s article also inspired Vanity Fair’s Sarah to write the parody article, “Why I’m Quitting Pinkberry,” including the line, “sometimes, in the back room, I’ve heard my colleagues call our patrons “polar bears”-since they get hungrier and sadder as the sky gets sunnier, their yogurt melting out from underneath them.”
10. Kevin Nalts: Kevin made a YouTube video entitled, Bikini Girl Inspired Me to Quit. Apparently Katrina Darrell’s rendition of Mariah Carey’s “I was treated kind” on American Idol inspired him to quit his job as a product manager at Merck. Lucky for us, the song also inspired him to make his own.