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Quitting With Flair

It’s the end of the year, it’s the holiday season, and what better time to tell the boss to Take This Job and Shove It than now? Okay, maybe Christmas/Hanukkah time isn’t the ideal time to make yourself unemployed, but if you’re tempted to do so, you might want to take a cue from these clips assembled by New York Magazine’s Vulture blog showing scenes from several movies and TV shows in which characters bring their employment to an end, using varying degrees of spectacle:


Or you could submit a politely-worded letter of resignation. But what fun would that be? Feel free to share how you’ve “exited,” “moved on to other opportunities,” “retired,” or “left the company” in the comments.

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  1. Jordan says:

    I’m having a liltte bit of trouble viewing your site in Internet Explorer, but it may just be my computer. Apart from that, I love your site. I plan on browsing around and checking out some more posts!

  2. Miss Kaboom says:

    Wow, I can’t believe the “I quit” scene from Wanted didn’t make it. Or at least this part…


  3. Jacob says:

    To begin a new by completely starting over.
    Mind as well do with flair right.

    “Waiting” is a good movie to watch if you like the cult classic type films.

  4. DrGonzo says:

    The Half-Baked scene is much better in its entirety.

  5. Derek says:

    I am about to go in next week to pick up my pittance of a paycheck from an entry-level sales….errrrrrrrrrr….multi-level-marketing scam of a “job” where I put in more money for gas than I’ll get in the paycheck. So any tips other nerdlings may offer will be greatly appreciated.

  6. sarah says:

    The most daring thing I’ve done was take a trip to Baltimore for my last day of work. My job was located about 5 hours away in Southeastern Virginia.

    I had a coworker use the phrase “get your dick wet” in his exit letter… which was not only company-wide, but included the corporate human resources department.

  7. Amiable says:

    My resignation letter a month ago was standard and polite, and included the name of the firm I was leaving them for. Then my tech-challenged boss accidentally included it at the bottom of a completely unrelated e-mail to a client at a large company we had a project with, and that guy replied cc’ing about 10 people at his company and mine, never mentioning the awkward bit at the bottom of the page…XD

  8. Fred says:

    The “exit letter” for my last job was pretty normal with the exception of the last paragraph which was a long and detailed description of my desire to become a professional ski ball champion and how I must move to a place with “more serious competitors.”

    Just an idea for anyone that might soon be writing their own “exit letters.”