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• US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account went down for several minutes Thursday night.
• Twitter released a statement blaming the disruption on a departing employee.
• Plenty of people have quit their jobs in wild ways or devoted their last day at work to some pretty outlandish shenanigans.
Some people just like to go out with a bang.
This could be the reason why US President Donald Trump’s controversial personal Twitter account was out of commission for a few minutes Thursday night. After some confusion, Twitter released a statement pointing a finger at an unnamed employee, who was apparently wrapping up their last day at work, Business Insider reported.
Some folks just can’t resist delivering a parting shot before they walk out the door.
Here are some of the craziest things people got up to on their last day at work:
A Twitter employee shut down Donald Trump’s account for 11 minutes
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The US president’s personal Twitter account went dark for 11 minutes Thursday night.
At first, the social media platform claimed the issue was an error on the part of one of its employees.
Then, Business Insider reported Twitter released a statement blaming a “customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day of work.”
Trump’s Twitter behavior has come under criticism for everything from launching attacks against individuals and entities to escalating tensions with North Korea.
Business Insider’s Pamela Engel wrote a Quinnipiac poll found 59% of Americans think the president should delete his personal Twitter account.
Trump himself weighed in on the situation, tweeting: “My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee. I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact.”
A JetBlue flight attendant cursed out an entire flight, activated the plane’s emergency slide, and ran off
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One flight attendant’s 2010 resignation has gone down in history as one of the wildest quitting stories out there.
It all started with a quarrel between an airline passenger and flight attendant Steven Slater. The JetBlue employee alleged one passenger ignored his instructions to remain seated, and accidentally hit him in the head with her bag. His account was later disputed by passengers on the flight, however.
Slater got on the plane’s speaker system and proceeded to launch an expletive-filled rant.
Then, Business Insider previously reported Slater escaped the plane by activating the emergency slide, ran off to his car, and drove back to his Queens home.
He was subsequently arrested. Ultimately, Slater was sentenced to one year of probation, according to CNN. NJ.com reported that he said was under stress pertaining to his mother’s illness and his own HIV-related health issues, and that may have been a factor behind his outburst.
A TV reporter quit – and cursed — while live on air
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Charlo Greene, a reporter for Local Anchorage, left her job to focus on her real passion: legalizing marijuana in Alaska.
And the way she went about resigning is one for the books.
According to the Huffington Post, after telling viewers she would be leaving to focus on “fighting for freedom and fairness” by cultivating the Alaska Cannabis Club, she added, “And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, f— it, I quit.”
Needless to say, the news anchor on duty looked more than a bit flabbergasted by her departure.
A media company employee filmed her Kanye-themed exit
Marina Shifrin certainly knew when it was time to “runaway” from her job at a Taiwanese video studio.
She quit her gig after filming a viral video of herself dancing to Kanye West’s “Gone” at 4:30 a.m.
In a post on LinkedIn, however, Shifrin doesn’t encourage people to follow her lead. “Don’t quit in an epic way. Work at your job as long possible, save up as much money as possible, and apply to as many jobs as possible,” she wrote.
A news anchor went off script and accused RT of lying about the Crimean crisis
RT anchor Liz Wahl didn’t stick to the script during one 2014 live segment.
Instead, she called out her employer for distorting its coverage of Russia’s occupation of Crimea.
Wahl went on to say, “I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin. I’m proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why, after this newscast, I’m resigning.”
An administrative assistant deleted a trove of documents worth $2.5 million
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The trouble started when Marie Lupe Cooley, an administrative assistant at an architectural firm, noticed a help-wanted ad in a newspaper.
Seeing her boss’ phone number listed in posting for a new administrative assistant, she assumed she was about to be sacked. Cooley subsequently headed into the office on a Sunday and deleted $2.5 million worth of drawings and blueprints, according to Fox News.
She was charged with damage in excess of $1,000 to computers and arrested.
The irony was, Cooley’s job wasn’t even at risk. The open position was reportedly for her boss’ wife’s company.