Extreme Quitters: Leaving a Job and Making an Impression

There are lots of ways to leave a job: noisy, funny, viral, right and wrong.
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Now, elizabeth vargas and david muir. Someone may be striking it rich in the powerball, now the likely words with the winning numbers, I won and I quit. Whether they just hit the jackpot or breaking point it's every worker's fantasy to march in the boss' office and say those words or choice other ones. Dan harris with the right way, wrong way and certainly the noisiest way. Ready? Reporter: This is an extraordinary workplace stunt. I've worked in this hotel for three and a half years. They treated us like -- there. Reporter: What you are about to see may be the most in-your-face, gleeful resignation ever captured on video. I really, really hated my job. Reporter: Joey defranscesco, who was 22 when this clip was shot, paid his way through college as a room service waiter, enduring, he says, backbreaking work, involuntary double shifts, low pay and little respect. We're making, really, very, very little money for extremely hard work. Reporter: You make it sound like this was the job from hell. Yeah. So I knew I had to give them one big last send-off message. Reporter: Which is how, after one particularly frustrating day, joey found himself ushering the fellow members of his marching band, for which he noly plays tus tuba, through the employee entrance, and then anxiously waiting for his boss to arrive. I was very nervous. I think you can see in the video, I'm pacing back and forth. Reporter: And finally, here comes the boss, right there on the left of the screen. Joey, video guys, what is this? Guys, all of you, out right now! Jay, I'm here to tell you that I'm quitting. One, two three, four. ♪ Reporter: How good did it feel to finally pay this thing off? It felt ecstatic. Like I said, it's really liberating to be able to finally take some power back, even just for a moment. A very creative way to quit your job. Reporter: Joey's resignation became an instant online sensation. Quit on a sour note, so to speak. Out right now. With nearly 4 million views. I think what really resonates is that moment where I'm able to look into my boss's eyes, and tell him off and tell him that I'm in control. Reporter: Joey -- joining the ranks of what are known as "extreme" quitters. I quit! Ha, ha, ha! Reporter: People who opt to go out with a bang, or a shout, like this fed-up warehouse worker. Or this mcdonald's employee, who deep fried his future in fast food before skipping town. These frustrated employees are often aided and abetted by youtube as they stick it to the boss with reckless abandon. Doug walker worked as a night janitor at an automotive electronics factory when he decided he'd had enough. Being a janitor is not the most glamorous job. You have to take your garbage out. You have to dig your hands into things you don't want to stick your hands into. Reporter: So he decided to clean up, one final time, to the soundtrack of "2001: A space odyssey." He took center stage in the company lunchroom and ripped off his shirt. I knew after I showed my nipples to everybody I should probably leave. Reporter: But not before one final victory lap. Some people were laughing, as you can see, and they're having a great time. I think they saw, "oh, somebody got out." Reporter: But some people, however, including his bosses were not amused and doug was literally chased out of the building. Here's the question, they. Is this type of quitting the wisest? I think everyone can relate to wanting to, just for a moment, take the power away from someone who's putting them down in their lives. Reporter: Devil's advocate. Yes. Reporter: It wasn't the most professional way to go out. It's true it was not the professional way to go out, and I don't think that everyone in the world is in a position to quit in the way that I did. Reporter: The following is kind of surprising, given the state of the economy, but in fact, plenty of people are quitting their jobs these days. More than 2 million a month. The department of labor even has a special category for them, they're called "quits." Why are so many people quitting? ♪ I hate my boss, I hate my co-workers, I hate my job ♪ Reporter: Studies suggest, number one, workers feel increasingly overworked and underpaid. Two, they hate their bosses. And three, they want to become their own boss. I think america has figured out that it's very simple. You have just as much risk working for a big company that you thought was stable than you do starting your own. Reporter: Kevin o'leary is one of the hosts of abc's "shark tank." He is all for ditching a bad work situation, but he's totally against these kind of stunts. It's a bad career move. I mean, walking up and throwing a cake in your boss's face and all that stuff, you're just an idiot doing that. Plus, it costs you money. Reporter: Kevin is referring to this friendly's employee, adam porter, who decked his boss with an ice cream cake. While in-your-face quitting might feel good in the moment, there are huge potential downsides. Not only do you run the risk of alienating future employers who could see your clip on youtube, if you take it too far, there can be more serious consequences. After adam porter, formerly of friendly's, carried out his cake attack, he plead guilty to assault and paid hundreds of dollars in fines. Walk out the door. Don't look back. That's how you quit. Reporter: O'leary says if you want to quit, follow the example of folks like farnia fresnel. She's leaving her job at a new york financial services company with a gracious letter. It's been an honor working with you. Reporter: A civil conversation with her boss. And no cameras around. I just came from resigning mfromy position. Reporter: Extreme, no. Liberating? Yes. I'm relieved that I'm actually taking a step and not just talking about taking a step. It's the start of something new. In some cases, the end of something bad and a brand new door opens up. Reporter: And here's a surprise, extreme quitting may not always be a career killer. Sometimes the best way to quit a job is also the best way to find a job. Reporter: Doug walker turned his quitting stunt into a new career as an internet comedian. I was getting a lot of hits on youtube which started from the quitting video and I've be working as an entertainer ever since. Reporter: Joey defrancesco landed on his feet as well. He's found a new job and he's started a website called joey quits, where hotel workers can share their own workplace problems. Other workers can see that they're not alone and that there are things they can do to fight back. One, two, three -- Reporter: Today, joey has become a kind of modern day norma rae. And his band? They are marching on, too. Recently, playing a picket line outside of joey's former employer. If you had this to do over again, would you do it again? Absolutely, I have no regrets. Maybe if everyone did quit like that, it would inspire them to

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