5 Most Outrageous Employee Resignations In 2012
Scribbling A Resignation On A Price Tag
When a Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. employee decided he no longer wanted to work for his "P****K" of a boss, he chose a rather quiet way to announce his decision: He wrote a message on a price tag of a store item, the Nuwave Pro Infrared Oven. (The kitchen item is a multi-purpose cooker with the ability to broil, roast, bake, barbecue, steam and dehydrate food, for the cost of $119.99.)
It was on that price tag that he scribbled the putdown of his manager. He also slammed the oven itself, or at least its users, saying "THIS IS FOR FAT F***S." And then the final pronouncement: "I'M QUITTING TODAY." So the worker probably was a bit surprised when a photo of the price tag was posted on the anonymous online forum, Reddit. Since having been posted on Dec. 6, the post has generated some 45,000 votes of approval or disapproval.
Telling People In the Workplace, "You're Going To Hell"
It's not clear Dorothy Bond, principal of Haywood High School, in western Tenn., set out to resign amid a homophobic tirade. But during a school assembly in February, she allegedly told students "if you're gay, you're going to hell" and gay students are "not on God's path" and are "ruining their lives."
Outraged, some students immediately contacted the American Civil Liberties Union, which in turn wrote a letter warning the school system to let lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students know they have a constitutional right to identify as gay. The Human Rights Campaign, the country's largest LGBT civil rights organization, also launched a petition against Bond's remarks, which garnered 5,000 signatures in four hours. In short order, Bond soon resigned.
Resigning Via Song And Brass Band
There's quitting with style, and then there's announcing your decision in song. That was the path chosen by barista Phil Sipka as he resigned from his job at the trendy Robust Coffee Lounge in Chicago in October was backed up a group known as The Voices.
His announcement, which was aired earlier this month on the "Steve Harvey Show," felt more like a rehearsed tribute to the band, Boyz II Men, than an indignant kiss off. "You know I said I am going, yeah," intoned the five back-up singers.
And not everyone who watched the clip was convinced the quitting was authentic. After it was posted to Reddit, commenter amobi25 wrote: "Obviously its fake ... Its just showing you HOW TO QUIT."
So How Should You Quit Your Job Next Year?
It's best for discontent workers to talk to their manager about their concerns before they reach a "boiling point," career coach Deborah Brown-Volkman said. And don't think walking in a huff on principle is necessarily going to endear you to colleagues. As Penelope Trunk, the founder of Career Brazenist, noted when asked about Smith's quitting from Goldman Sachs: "Does this guy think we are morons that we don't know Goldman Sachs is about making money? It's not OK to trash everyone around you for your change of heart."