Cue the Music, Rip the Shirt
Marina Shifrin was hardly the first overworked and underpaid employee to quit with a musical flourish and post the entertaining aftermath on the Internet. That distinction probably goes to Doug Walker, a comedian and Web personality who goes by the moniker That Guy With the Glasses.
Back in 2009, Walker celebrated the unexpected profitability of his comedy Web site by quitting his day job in dramatic fashion. Walking into the company break room with a boom box booming "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" from the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey," Walker stood on a chair and ripped open his shirt to reveal the words "I quit" painted on his chest.
Walker's video got thousands of hits on YouTube, which might explain the proliferation of well-choreographed "I quit" music videos like Joey Quits (with the help of a band), My Manager Quits, and the guy who quit his coffee shop gig accompanied by backup singers from "The Steve Harvey Show." After all, if it's not on YouTube, then it didn't really happen.