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Dawn Rosenberg McKay

Not the Way to Leave Your Job

By August 10, 2010

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JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater left his job in a most unusual way. Apparently incensed over an argument with a passenger, he grabbed some beer, exited via the emergency chute and then drove home. Before making his rather strange departure, Slater allegedly cursed over the plane's intercom. He was later arrested on charges of "criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing," according to an article on msnbc.com.

Now Slater has a fan following in the form of Facebook pages and tweets. It seems many people can relate to someone getting so upset with the actions of customers, co-workers or bosses that they storm out of work (or exit via the emergency chute if applicable to the workplace). Who hasn't felt such frustration at one time or another? You might have a customer who just can't be pleased or gets abusive, as Slater alleges the passenger did. Or perhaps it's your boss who mistreats you or a co-worker who misbehaves. Making a spectacular exit may feel good initially — news footage of Slater after his arrest shows him smiling — but it will do irreparable harm to your career, not to mention your police record. What should you do, then, when you feel so angry you can barely see straight? Don't lose it until you are away from your workplace. Then you can rant about the indignities you suffered all you want.

August 12, 2010 at 3:02 pm
(1) abby says:

i think it was amazing way to leave. he seems like a kickass person ;D allthough, he should have not gotten angry over such a little issue. but still, he’s pretty cool :)

August 12, 2010 at 3:03 pm
(2) jenn. :) says:

i don’t really believe that he should have gotten so upset over a small issue that happens most of the time to flight attendants.

August 12, 2010 at 3:05 pm
(3) abby. says:

i disagree with myself.
jennifer was right.
she is always right. ^-^

August 12, 2010 at 3:05 pm
(4) nonofyourbusiness{: says:

I love that Abby kid. I totally agree. She’s amazing. & amazingly sexy ;D oh, & that other “abby” is really jennifer. i love that chick, but JEEZ. (;

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