During the past week, Joe Paterno was fired, Eddie Murphy and Brett Ratner quit the Oscars and Greece’s prime minister stepped down. Just in case the trend continues, we asked our staff what they think is the best way to go out.
•••• Shout “I’m rich, bitch!,” trash the office and laugh in everyone’s faces. This is only done, of course, after learning that you’ve impregnated Oprah. Luke Broadwater, reporter, The Baltimore Sun•••• I’m not the confrontational type, but I admire the style of former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater: going on a tirade, grabbing some beers and taking the emergency chute. Just maybe not the getting arrested part. Anne Tallent, editor, b
•••• The way that won’t bring shame to your family and tarnish your legacy. At least we know whom not to take advice from. Wesley Case, reporter, b
•••• I always prefer to pull a Kevin Spacey, a la “American Beauty”: make up some wild claim about your employer to get some blackmail action out of it. It’s just a solid career move. Jordan Bartel, assistant editor, b
•••• With funfetti cake. Everything is better with funfetti. Jan Diehm, designer, b
•••• By not being part of a child abuse cover-up or referring to rehearsal as a gay slur. John-John Williams IV, reporter, The Baltimore Sun
•••• When you’re on top! Who wants to be forced into retirement like Brett Favre or something? Mick Lee, Z104.3
•••• Make sure the door stays open behind you. Who knows when you’ll need that former employer again? You can still have fun on your way out. Cans of champagne that look like soda make for a great incognito, yet celebratory, last day. Olivia Hubert-Allen, community manager,The Baltimore Sun