10 Best Resignations of All Time

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Author's Note: 10 Best Resignations of All Time

I'll be honest; I don't have a good quitting story. Most of my employment exits have gone out with a whimper, not a bang. In the past, I used to move every couple of years, which was a convenient excuse to quit and start fresh. It was also a great way to avoid hurting an employer's feelings, even if I secretly harbored fantasies of hurting their vital organs. For the past decade, I've been a freelance writer, so if I want to "quit" a client, I just say I'm "too busy" right now. Part of me regrets not having moonwalked out of a particularly boring cashier job in high school while blasting "Beat It" from an oversized boom box. My only solace is that there was no YouTube in 1993, so it hardly would have counted anyway.

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