From a Super Bowl commercial to a music video, these are the colorful ways some people have quit their jobs
If you’ve ever left a job, chances are you spent a fair amount of time envisioning yourself delivering an impassioned speech followed by a speedy exit. But then you probably came to your senses and gave two weeks notice. Knowing you’d need a reference down the road, you probably cited fairly vague and mundane reasons for leaving, like a new opportunity or personal issues.
More than two million Americans quit their jobs every month according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.
But for some, throwing in the towel has become an opportunity to leave a lasting impression—while having the last word and the last laugh.
Los Angeles-based marriage and family therapist Gemma Quick, LMFT tells Moneyish, “You want to think about cultivating healthy and respectful relationships in anything you do, including your job. It can be helpful to pause and reflect on what’s going on so that you can remember the idea of reacting versus responding.”
Last week, Kaitlyn McGrory of Glasgow, Scotland shared a photo of her grandmother Marlene’s ballsy resignation letter. Complete with typos, hasty honesty and a less-than-subtle jab wishing her employer luck in finding someone else to do her dirty work, it appears Marlene reached the end of her rope and bid a feisty farewell to her cleaning gig.
If you’re itching to say sayonara to your job and you’re not worried about offending anyone, here’s some job-quitting inspo to chew on:
In a National Commercial
In 2014, Gwen Dean quit her job in a GoDaddy Superbowl commercial. With dreams of starting her own puppet business, Dean took to the airwaves to announce her resignation in front of one hundred million people—including her boss who she knew would be tuned into the event.
On Toilet Paper
According to a female Reddit user, her husband handed in his resignation letter on a piece of toilet paper. And just in case it wasn’t clear to his employer that he had in fact scribbled on the rippled tissue, he also sketched a toilet next to his name.
In a Music Video
After being worked to the bone and spending all hours of the night in her office for the last two years, video editor Marina Shifrin used her professional skills to create a video where she calls out her boss and announces that she’s quitting—all while dancing to Kanye West’s “Gone.”
On an Airplane
In 2010, JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater made a memorable exit when he announced over a flight’s intercom that he quit his 28-year tenure flying the friendly skies. He drove the message home by grabbing two beers and deploying an evacuation slide that he then flew down.
On the News
In 2014, Alaskan TV news reporter Charlo Greene told viewers in a story that she was the leaving her anchor job to focus her energy on the cannabis business she owned. There were no smoke and mirrors here, before saying the two simple words “I quit,” she sealed her fate with a profane statement that her co-anchor quickly apologized for.
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