That's It, I'm Outta Here!
Have you ever been in a restaurant and wondered where your meal, or your waiter for that matter, were? In the service industry it's not uncommon for servers to leave their jobs in the middle of a shift, thus screwing you and the restaurant over. Serving jobs are a dime a dozen and restaurants rarely check previous employment to find out what a true winner they're hiring actually is. It's creative, damaging and common. Lots of people walk out of their place of employment for one reason or another and it remains anonymous in the media starved world. It's only when it's a celebrity, criminal act or incredibly creative that it ever reaches our consciousness.
Over the past few months we have seen some high profile people walk away from their jobs, and the millions of dollars that accompany them, as well as have witnessed some everyday creative resignations. Two in the past week as a matter of fact. Here are a few of the more memorable recent job exits. Spoiler Alert - One turned out to be a hoax, I'll let you guess which one.
Lou Dobbs: Late last year, Lou Dobbs interrupted his illegal alien campaign to announce his resignation from CNN. This came as a shock because no one saw it coming and that created a media guess fest as to whether or not his employer forced the resignation, due to his political rhetoric, or it came of his own accord.
Simon Cowell: It takes a real man in a real tight t-shirt to walk away from, what has been reported, as upwards of $100 million dollars. Yet that's what Mr. Brutally Honest did. There are numerous rumours out there as to his resignation that range from Paula Abdul's exit, sheer boredom and deteriorated quality of the show to creating a competing franchise. Either way I compare Simons exit to that of a cat on a hot tin roof, who cares. (That was my best Simon Cowell impersonation, enjoy.)
Ken Griffey Jr.: 630 home runs (5th all time), 1836 runs batted in (14th all time), 10 time Gold Glove winner and the 1997 Major League Baseball MVP and future first ballot Hall of Fame inductee. This past winter Ken Griffey Jr. signed a one year contract and would end his career as a Seattle Mariner. On June 2nd Ken Griffey Jr. made a phone call and retired from his MLB career mid-season, halfway through said contract. The speculation is that it all began when someone ratted Jr. out for sleeping in the clubhouse during a baseball game, when his services were requested, in the 8th inning. Jr. believed it was his manager, Don Wakamatsu, who leaked the story and thus resigned shortly there after. To add fuel to the fire, it's rumoured that Jr. will have nothing to do with the Mariners in any capacity as long as Wakamatsu is manager. Never fear Jr. Wakamatsu was fired last week!
NOW, THE FUN ONES
Steven Slater: Is rapidly using up his fifteen minutes of fame even though the media and internet are trying to instill folk hero status upon him. Slater is airline steward, who after an argument with a female passenger, that subsequently, hit him on the head with her luggage, got on the P.A. system, announced that he had had it, along with a couple of colorful metaphors, grabbed a six pack of beer, ejected the emergency exit slide of the aircraft then proceeded to slide down it and go home. That's awesome! That's at least what a majority of Americans think. The FAA has a different take on the whole issue and promptly arrested Mr. Slater for criminal mischief and he's now facing up to seven years in prison. This Buds for you Mr. Slater!
Jenny: Jenny overheard her boss on the phone call her a HOPA, which is an acronym for Hot Piece of Ass, letters rearranged accordingly. Rather than seeing it as a compliment, Jenny put together a series of pictures with a white board announcing her resignation and her reasons why. Jenny promptly emailed them to everyone in the company. This went viral almost immediately and even the esteemed Ashton Kutcher threw in his two cents calling Elyse his favorite HOPA. Did I say Elyse? Oops, my bad. You can view this very clever resignation here.
So there you have it! I didn't include Larry King because he's almost 100 years old and his retirement was inevitable. So the lesson learned here is, if you're going to quit your job please do it in such a grandiose fashion that I, other hubbers, bloggers, media outlets and the internet can have something to comment on. Thank you for your cooperation.
If you could quit your job in a creative way, what would you do?