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Some big exits you won't want to repeat

Weirdsday: Nuggets! Whiteboards! Aeroplane slides! Nobody ever goes out with a whimper any more.

Steven Slater was a member of JetBlue's In-Flight Values Committee. Probably not any more, though.

A WOMAN FROM OHIO got some unwanted attention earlier this week when she was sentenced to two months in jail for assaulting a McDonald’s employee for being unable to serve her with chicken nuggets.

Melodi Dushane pulled up at a Drive-Thru at about 6am on New Year’s Day demanding her McNuggets – but proceeded to hang out some Big Smacks (we’re sorry…) when she was told the outlet was only serving breakfasts at the time.

Dushane isn’t the only person to have made a grand exit in the past few days though. Yesterday an online slideshow did the rounds featuring a young woman who quit her job through the medium of whiteboard messages.

The employee sent a series of 33 images to everyone in her office, with her explanation for quitting her job – all of them directed at her boss – written on the whiteboard across each image.

[All images from TheChive.com]

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(Of course, The Chive this morning revealed that ‘Jenny’ was in fact Elyse Porterfield, an actress they had hunted for the piece.)

While there have been, of course, many other ignominious ends to peoples’ employment – let’s not forget Shirley Sherrod, who was forced to quit her job when a right-wing blogger posted a heavily-edited video portraying her as racist, when in fact she was anything but – our hats go off to Steven Slater, who’s become an international hero for his own dramatic job exit.

On Monday morning Slater was working as an air steward for JetBlue Airways, a no-frills American airline, on a flight between Pittsburgh and JFK Airport. As the plane landed, a passenger stood up to retrieve his bag before the plane came to a stop.

Slater, as was his duty, asked the employee to sit down. Sadly, the passenger refused to do so, opened the overhead locker, and – just as he had warned could happen – was struck on the head by a falling bag.

Slater asked for an apology, but didn’t get one: instead he was sworn at by the aggrieved passenger. Furious at his treatment, and his bump on the head, Slater took over the plane’s public address system and said:

To the motherfucker who just told me to fuck off, fuck you. I’ve been in this business 20 years. And that’s it, I’m done.

Slater opened the aircraft’s door, activated the inflatable emergency slide and departed the aircraft, running straight to his car where he drove home.

But the best part of all? He grabbed two cans of beer from the plane’s gantry before he left.

Slater – who, amazingly, was a member of the airline’s In-Flight Values Committee – was said to have been “smiling. He was happy he’done this”, despite being arrested over the incident and charged with criminal mischief.

A Facebook page set up in honour of Slater has garnered 112,525 fans at the time of writing, and could easily accrue more in the coming days.

Here’s a 3D mockup of the incident as suggested by a Taiwanese news agency:

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Gavan Reilly

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