How to Quit Your Job: 10 Overly Dramatic Resignations

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As the story of "Jenny" an administrative assistant whose sexist boss had plucked the final straw and forced her to quit her job in a most spectacular fashion by posting a series of photos with messages she'd written on a dry-erase board and uploading them to, turns out to have been a hoax fronted by L.A. actress Elyse Porterfield. Hoodwink or not, it's a great way to quit a hated job!

Even in today's shaky economy, quitting seems to be the latest trend: Heck, even Steve Carrell is quitting 'The Office'! How's that for irony?

All kidding aside, there are some really terrible ways to terminate your own employment. Even if you weren't even born yet, you know about President Richard Nixon's televised resignation; and if you've watched the news lately, you know all about Omar Thornton's preemptive strike (a bloody shooting spree at his place of employment, ending in his suicide).

Others who've recently left their jobs in spectacular ways inspire great debate. For instance, do you think Jet Blue's Steven Slater went out in style or in shame? Here's a list of our top 10 overly dramatic quits:

10. Storm Off!

In 2009 Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt headed for the hills, literally, during a live taping of the reality show 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!' As Spencer explained, "Super-celebrities don't belong in the jungle. They belong in Hollywood with the paparazzi."

09. Own it!

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced his resignation at a televised press conference, saying he was "deeply sorry" two days after a salacious story about his involvement in an Internet prostitution ring was made public.

08. Go your own way!

Earlier this year during a Season 7 episode of 'Project Runway,' fashion designer Maya Luz quit the show. The incident actually occurred before the airing of the show, but several months later, 22-year-old Maya told she didn't regret her decision. "I don't regret anything because it felt right at the time. It still feels right. Certainly I wonder what could have happened had I gone all the way. But I still feel like, I'm a baby. I have a lot to learn."

07. Follow your dream!

Hey, it may not have been the smartest move of all time, but actor Joaquin Phoenix sure got a lot of publicity for his new gig as a rapper when he announced the career change in monosyllabic rambles on 'Late Night With David Letterman' last year. Letterman concluded the bizarre interview saying, "Joaquin, I'm sorry you couldn't be here tonight." (And where's Joaquin's rap career now? Not much of anywhere, but there is a blink-and-you'll-miss -it documentary called 'I'm Still Here' coming out in limited release on Sept. 10.)

06. Win the lottery!

When Michigan auto worker David Sneath won the Mega Millions Jackpot on April 1, 2008, he had a tough time convincing his co-workers it wasn't an April Fool's joke -- that is, until he quit his job. Immediately. He didn't forget his friends at the Ford Motor Plant, however. According to an article at, "Four of his co-workers and Sneath used to all chip in money and buy lottery tickets. The five of them never won. The ticket he won with on Tuesday was not purchased by the group. [But] What he did next is an honorable gesture. He will be giving all four of his lottery crew $1 million each."

05. Cry!

Upon signing his contract in 2008, head football coach Greg McMackin became the highest-paid state employee of Hawaii with over $1 million annual salary. But he threw it all away when he used a gay slur in reference to Notre Dame players several times during a WAC press conference. He then pleaded with the press not to cover it. McMackin broke down sobbing during a second apology, following his suspension. Nobody felt sorry for him.

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04. Blow the whistle!

Cynthia Cooper is perhaps one of the most well-known whistleblowers of the decade, having exposed illegal accounting practices at WorldCom. In 2008, she was Time Magazine's Person of the Year, sharing the honor with fellow fraud-revealers Coleen Rowley (the FBI agent from Minneapolis), and Sherron Watkins (formerly of Enron).

03. Don't go!

Even if you're asked to quit, make a stand and stay put. When the superintendent at a Georgia school asked 17-year-old student Laura Williams to quit her job as a hostess at a local Hooters restaurant because he felt it was inappropriate for work-study, Laura refused and took her story to the news. (As a hostess, Williams wore a neck-high T-shirt and long khaki pants and did not serve customers alcohol.)

02. Out the haters!

When underpaid radio personality Inetta 'the Moodsetta' Hinton broadcast her on-air resignation from her booth at WBLX (The Big Station -- but apparently one with very small paychecks), she put it bluntly: "I quit this bi--h!" and added, "I'm not a dummy. I know how to find another job."

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01. Become a folk hero!

This one's tricky and sticky, as the now-infamous Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater faces a variety of charges including trespassing, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment... but oh, what a story! It was the " 'chute heard around the world" when news broke on Sunday of Steven's case of cabin pressure after an altercation with an unruly passenger. The plane was on the runway at Kennedy and had come to a halt when he got on the intercom and colorfully quit his job, then grabbed two beers and fled down an emergency slide. "I think something about this resonated with people. The outpouring of support is very appreciated. I'm overwhelmed, very thankful," Slater said later that night after posting $2,500 bail.

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