Remember Steven Slater? The JetBlue airline attendant who told a passenger to fuck off over the PA, quit, and then grabbed two cans of beer and slid down the plane’s emergency chute onto the tarmac? His awesome quitting story cost him $10,000 and a few criminal charges on his record, so it’s probably not advisable for you to follow suit if you really hate your job. You might be better off quitting like Marina Shifrin, who, sick of her job at an animation company, filmed herself doing an interpretive “I quit!” dance at 4:30 in the morning in her office, which she then posted on YouTube for her boss to see. It wasn’t just her boss who saw it, though: Since she posted it in late September, over 16 million people have watched the video.
I think it’s a safe bet that her stunt will earn her a new job: it certainly worked out that way for Slater, who was offered a job by a San Francisco-based telecommunications company. In the meantime, Next Media Animation, the Taiwan-based company Shifrin left, has posted a good-humored response dance video saying, “We’re hiring!” (see below).
For my part, I’m becoming increasingly annoyed that I didn’t have a camera rolling when I quit my horrible marketing job by blasting the Simple Minds’ “Don’t You Forget About Me” and walking out of the office a la Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club. At the very least I could have leveraged it into a bit part in a John Hughes movie.