7 Memorable Ways to Quit Your Job

Quitting a job with flare or giving your boss a piece of your mind may be common fantasies, but the latter may have cost one investment banker $2 million.

After learning that his friend was fired for refusing to accept a lower salary, Jason Selch, a former investment banker at Wanger Asset Management in Chicago, mooned two bosses in a meeting in 2005.

Here's more about Selch and six other memorable ways workers said "bye-bye" to their employers.

Watch more on extreme quitters on "20/20: Work Wars" Friday at 10 ET

Investment Banker Drops His Pants


Jason Selch was eventually fired for "egregious behavior" when he mooned his bosses and had to forfeit contingency payments worth almost $2 million. After he sued for breach of contract, an Illinois appeals court ruled against him last week.

Selch could not be reached for comment.

Marching Band Resignation

PHOTO: A hotel employee, Joey DeFrancesco, is seen quitting his hotel job with a marching band, in this Youtube video.
Courtesy Joey DeFrancesco
Joey Quits

Last fall, when college student Joey DeFrancesco had had enough of his job at a hotel in Providence, R.I., he asked his band, the What Cheer? Brigade, to accompany him when he quit. He also recorded a video of the resignation called "Joey Quits" and started a website about hospitality workers rights.

Almost a year later, the YouTube video has received nearly 3.5 million views.

YouTube and a Guitar

Microsoft Worker Signs Off With Melody

In the spring, program manager Karen Cheng recorded a heartfelt good-bye to her Microsoft co-workers before she started a new job at a startup in San Francisco.

Cheng strummed a guitar and recapped her three years at the company using Excel lingo, singing, "forever recalc or die" to the tune of "American Pie" by Don McLean.

New York Times Op-Ed

Goldman Sachs Employee Zings the Investment Bank

In March, a former Goldman Sachs employee resigned from the company in a New York Times op-ed, saying Goldman Sachs had a "toxic" environment that did not focus on clients.

The company responded with a statement, saying it disagreed with Smith's assessment of the company but went on to investigate his claims.

Smith later reportedly landed a $1.5 million book deal with Grand Central Publishing.


PHOTO: A Walgreens employee in Uniontown, Pa., quit his job by taking money from a register and leaving an I.O.U note.
ABC News
Pharmacy Worker Quits, Steals, Leaves IOU

Police in Uniontown, Pa., said a man stole $697 from his employer, a Walgreen's pharmacy, then quit with a note to his boss and an IOU.

The note reportedly included the message "I quit this place;" "This place is a joke ...;" and "P.S. IOU," according to the Associated Press.

Public signage

Taco Bell Employee Gets Creative With Letters

An employee at a Taco Bell and KFC in upstate New York made a memorable statement when he left a message for his boss on the restaurant's exterior sign. The message outside the Depew, N.Y. restaurant read, "I quit - Adam/ F**k you" with a smiley face.

Mass Email

PHOTO: The town of Minden, Germany, where a public servant resigned from his job, admitting that he hadn't actually done any work in 14 years.
Public Official Emails 500 Co-Workers About Work Ethics

This past spring, a German public official retired and told 500 co-workers in an email that he hadn't worked for 14 years, which was leaked to the press.

The man in North Rhine-Westphalia wrote he had earned about $952,860, or £600,000, but he was "not really there," the Daily Mail reported.

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