Best quitter ever? JetBlue flight attendant slides out in style
Nobody likes a quitter. Except for the 11,819 people and counting on the newly created Facebook fan page of Steven Slater. Or the 700 fans of the page What Would Steve Slater Do (WWSSD). Or the commentators on blogs who write statements such as, "Give the guy a medal! I predict he will become an instant hero to airline passengers who follow the rules."
"My hero!" "Dude Rocks!" "AMEN BROTHER!!!!" Facebook fans wrote on the Steven Slater wall.
With one dramatic exit, Slater has become a modern-day Howard Beale, the newscaster in the movie "Network" who incited his audience to get "mad as hell."
JetBlue flight attendant Slater made his great escape via a plane's emergency slide on Monday afternoon after a scuffle with a passenger. The passenger reportedly cursed at him and dropped a bag on Slater's head. Slater took to the airwaves, saying a few choice words over the plane's intercom and announcing, "It's been great." He then grabbed some beer, his luggage and slid off home. Those plane slides always did look like they'd be a much more fun way to leave the plane than walking down to the tarmac.
Slater was arrested in his home a few hours after the incident. On Twitter, people are calling for a "Free Steven Slater" movement. There's already a line of "Free Steven Slater" T-shirts and a line of "Take This Job and Slide It" T-shirts.
Slater may have the most talked-about quitting scene to date, but he is not alone in his outlandish style of an exit. Thanks to YouTube, a few other disgruntled employees have captured their "Network" moments for posterity. Here's a sampling:
Slater may be setting a new trend. A series of photos of another epic quitter leaked to the website The Chive today. This unhappy ex-employee says goodbye to her co-workers and mocks her boss for his addiction to Farmville in a series of captions on a whiteboard.
Do you have a an epic quitting story of your own? Post it in the comments!
By Melissa Bell
August 10, 2010; 11:42 AM ET
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