Of all the excuses to quit a job, a rude member of the paying public ranks fairly high. Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater might not have exercised the proper way to quit a job, but he sure got everyone’s attention. There are plenty of good (or bad) examples. Guess who?
Jet Blue’s Steven Slater at the End of His Rope
MSNBC recognizes that cussing out a customer, grabbing a brew and leaving the plane was not the proper way to quit a job. At the same time, the news outlet realizes that Steven Slater has become an overnight hero of the little guy.
A rude customer who failed to apologize for hitting Slater with luggage set off the Jet Blue flight attendant, who then took the person to task via the intercom, picked up a couple of beers, activated the emergency slide and left. In excess of 51 percent of polled readers consider Slater a modern-day hero of the labor movement.
Memphis Car Wash Attendant Overstressed: Allegedly Threatens to Set Boss on Fire
WMC-TV reported in April about a car wash employee who doused his boss with gasoline and threatened to set him on fire unless he was paid more. The boss threw some money on the ground, the employee picked it up and ran off. A short while later, the employee’s father returned the money; the employee called to apologize, citing extreme emotional stress. It is fair to assume that this employee quit his job that day.
Programmer Quits With Flash Animation
New Grounds carries the animation of SwingSwing, who made the flash product available to coworkers. Set to the music of Frank Sinatra, he let folks know he’d be leaving his position that day and why; a certainly memorable exit.
Not the Proper Way to Quit a Job but Entertaining: Radio DJ Inetta the Mood Setta Quits On Air
Have a Hectic offers the transcript of the memorable audio clip by Inetta. She didn’t need excuses to quit a job that apparently paid very little but supposedly offered plenty of backbiting. Being fed up, she quit right on the air to her audience. She signs off with “Inetta will not be settin’ the mood at ‘BLX no more.”
Steven Slater Exemplifies Reasons People Leave Their Job in Unconventional Ways
Though none of them would be considered choosing the proper way to quit a job, Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater is the latest example for what ails corporate America: Workers feel overworked, under-appreciated and dumped on – either by the customers they serve or the management that signs the checks – and the stress level is reaching critical mass.
What are you doing (today) that might set up the next Steven Slater to walk off the job?