This week an American hero was born in former Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater. His dramatic, expletive-fueled exit
from a flight at JFK International Airport aroused the sympathies of
the nation's downtrodden, pushed-to-the-brink workforce. Tapping into
that sentiment, newspapers
and websites across the country
solicited triumphant job-quitting stories from their readers. This resulted in an outpouring of long, depressing stories
. Sifting through the rubble, we compiled some of the best (i.e. briefest) tales:
- The One-Cake-Too-Many Guy: "I
worked in a chain restaurant as a server when I was about 22. One night
I was asked to take a birthday cake out to the kitchen and cut it into
slices. The cake had a bunny rabbit drawn into the icing. It was an
ugly, freaky bunny rabbit that suddenly represented everything I hated
about the job. I stabbed the bunny in the face and left the knife
sticking out for them to find. Then I ran home through the golf course
out the back. The End."
- The Ballsy Journalist:
"I worked as a reporter for a business magazine, owned by an
international publishing house. For months, our unit director had been
giving our editor-in-chief hell about publishing too many ‘gloomy’
business stories in the mag (but hey, we were in the middle of a
crisis). It was bad for advertising, he said. I decided to put our
editorial independence to the test. When asked to write ten profiles of
the ‘worst ceo’s of the past year’, i included a not-too-friendly
profile of our CEO – or rather, I chose not to exclude him, since there
was wide consensus among the business community that his performance had
been way under par. The day the magazine hit the stalls, our
editor-in-chief was fired. The fist thing his successor did was fire me.
Guess that answered my question about editorial independence."
- The Impatient Drinker:
"I worked at a burger joint in college. My buddies would stop by on the
way home from bar crawling and let me know what I missed. On one
particularly poor night, the hot chocolate machine wouldn't shut off and
emptied all over the floor behind the counter. I called the owner for
advice, he got mad I called, and I quit. And went to the bars."
- The Vengeful Spy:
"Super-long story short: Collected spy photos over my cube wall of
asshole co-worker playing shooty-games all day every day -- used full
photo-montage against him in a grand fashion when the time was nigh."
- The $100K Embezzler: "I knew they were going to fire me so I embezzled $100k before they did. Never got caught. This is not a lie."
- The Teacher Who Left the Profession Forever:
"During a teacher observation I got an unsatisfactory that was caused
by the top band of my full seat cotton underwear showing when I bent
over to help a student. Never mind the fact that I had one of the most
difficult classes in the school under control and learning. After we
finished reviewing that observation I told the administration that I
would leave at the end of June. I kept to more word-I left teaching and
have never looked back.
- Lastly—How to Avoid Blowing Up at Work (Threaten the Boss's Children):
"Years ago, I had a boss who was a 'yeller.' The first and only time he
yelled at me, I simply told him that yelling was a) unacceptable and b)
I knew where his children went to school. Never again had a problem."
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