Most people have experienced a moment or two (or ten), at their desks in work, where they daydream of what it would be like if they pulled a Jerry Maguire, grabbed the goldfish bowl, and announced that they’re yesterday’s news with a “Who’s coming with me?”
It might be a common daydream, but few people actually do it. The following people decided to follow through, though, and made sure that their exits would not soon be forgotten. And stay tuned for the end when a disgruntled boss with a sense of humor responds.
8. A TV News Anchor Quits Live On The Air In Favor Of Marijuana
This story made its rounds on social media recently, when a news anchor, Charlo Greene, quit her job on the air during her live broadcast, following a segment about marijuana. Complete with expletives, Greene said, “Everything you’ve heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska,” she said. “And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, f–k it, I quit.” This was surely not what viewers were expecting.
7. Conan O’Brien Quits The Tonight Show By Spending NBC’S Money
When Conan O’Brien was publicly screwed out of his deal to replace Jay Leno, as the late night host of NBC’s The Tonight Show, he decided to publicly shame them back. First, O’Brien issued a letter of resignation to the public, complete with an explanation of why he was making the decision. In the letter, O’Brien said,
“After only seven months, with my Tonight Show in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule… So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it… Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it’s always been that way.”
O’Brien spent the week finishing out his time as The Tonight Show Host, poking fun at the network and almost seemingly antagonizing them, much to the delight of his audience.
6. CEO Tweets A Resignation Haiku
With the advancement in technology and social media these days, many of us are probably beginning to wonder; Is it possible to quit in 140 characters or less? Well, Sun Micro’s CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, did. He took his resignation to Twitter, and for a little extra flare, he turned it into a haiku, becoming the first head of a Fortune 200 company to quit via the social platform. And probably via haiku, too. But even though he was the first to do so, he certainly won’t be the last.
5. Richard Nixon Resigns As POTUS With One Sentence
In probably one of the biggest news shockers for Americans, in August of 1974, former President Richard M. Nixon resigned from his position with the typed letter pictured above. Because hey, being the leader of the free world? Meh. It was really no big deal, anyway.
4. Cake Lover Bakes Resignation Cake
This one is undoubtedly less bitter, and much more on the sweet side. Literally.
When 31-year-old Chris Holmes mustered up the courage to quit his office job to fulfill his dream of cooking and baking, he decided to wear his heart on his sleeve. Or, on his cake. He baked his boss a delicious cake and wrote out a friendly resignation later in icing on top. We can’t help but wonder if his former boss got a taste of this resignation cake, or if he was too upset to enjoy it.
3. Hotel Worker Quits With The Help Of His Marching Band
Usually, a simple “I quit” works just fine and gets the point across. But this hotel employee who was fed up with being treated poorly, didn’t think so. To make his point a little clearer, he decided to recruit the help of his marching band, and announced to his boss that he was quitting, as he threw his resignation letter at his boss’ feet and they all marched out. Quite an exit.
2. Employee Quits To Bohemian Rhapsody
When Doug Walker decided he wanted to focus on his comedy and website, he decided to end his time with his employer with a proverbial bang. With the words “I QUIT” written in Sharpie across his chest, Walker stormed through the cafeteria and through the floor of his factory, blaring Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” ensuring as many fellow employees as possible were witness to his dramatic exit. The laughter and the look of pure joy on the face’s of some of the employees is absolutely great. But the unimpressed looks of others as they continue eating their lunch and working, might be what makes this video funny and memorable.
1. A Disgruntled Dance Video In Lieu Of A Resignation Letter
When Marina Schifrin decided that she had her fill as a video editor for her company, who she claimed cared more about views than about content, she thought she’d show them a thing or two about what content really is. So, she recorded herself in her office at 4:30 am, dancing to Kanye West and subtitled the video so that everyone knew that she quit and why she quit.
As a bonus, click to the next video to see how her boss responded.
Bonus: Boss Responds To Employee’s “I Quit” Video With A Video Of His Own
Yes, we all have days when we want to make a country song and take this job and shove it. But if you ever find yourself thinking it might be a good idea to follow through with that feeling and walk out dramatically, just remember, your boss might have just as much of a sense of humor as you do – and they might be able to edit videos, too.