Skip to main content
Complete Olympic Games coverage at your fingertips
Your inside track on the Olympic Games
Enjoy unlimited digital access
$1.99
per week for 24 weeks
Complete Olympic Games coverage at your fingertips
Your inside track onthe Olympics Games
$1.99
per week
for 24 weeks
// //

Imagine you've just been fired. You're hurt. You're angry at your employers. You feel your dismissal was unjustified. What would you do?

Less than a full day after Carol Bartz was fired as Yahoo's chief executive (over the phone, no less), she offered her uncensored take on what happened.

Channelling her inner Howard Beale, she let out her own "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more" diatribe to Fortune.

Story continues below advertisement

"These people fucked me over," Ms. Bartz said.

She also complained that she was the scapegoat for a board of directors that was unhappy being casted as the "worst board in the country" and referred to them as "doofuses."

Ms. Bartz is not the first person to fulfill what is many people's secret fantasy of letting loose on an employer after leaving a job. The saying "pulling a JetBlue" briefly entered into regular parlance right after JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater made an impressive exit after quitting his job.

After going on an expletive-ridden rant to a group of passengers, Mr. Slater grabbed a beer, chucked his luggage down an inflatable emergency slide and took off across the tarmac.

However, not all dramatic, public exits have to include the feisty f-bomb, former CTV reporter Kai Nagata wrote an anti-love letter to his old job explaining why, at the age of 24, he couldn't go on doing what he considered soul-sucking work.

But soon after the media backlash to his public adieu, Mr. Nagata took a step back and apologized.

"I want to apologize to my former colleagues and employers for the drama. I know I pulled the rug out, and I'm sorry. I hope we can reconcile," he wrote on Sept. 1.

Story continues below advertisement

Like Mr. Nagata and Mr. Slater, Ms. Bartz's response may be bold, but is it wise? Should she be applauded for standing up for herself? Or will she regret her colourful comments once her anger subsides?

Tell us: Is it possible to leave a job gracefully when you feel you've been treated unfairly?

Your Globe

Build your personal news feed

  1. Follow topics and authors relevant to your reading interests.
  2. Check your Following feed daily, and never miss an article. Access your Following feed from your account menu at the top right corner of every page.

Follow the author of this article:

Follow topics related to this article:

View more suggestions in Following Read more about following topics and authors
Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

If you do not see your comment posted immediately, it is being reviewed by the moderation team and may appear shortly, generally within an hour.

We aim to have all comments reviewed in a timely manner.

Comments that violate our community guidelines will not be posted.

UPDATED: Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

To view this site properly, enable cookies in your browser. Read our privacy policy to learn more.
How to enable cookies