I think the fifth, and final, resignation is the most original. It's also the oldest, having occurred in 1918. In case you don't have the time to read it, I'll sum it up. An ad man quit, joined a newspaper and then sent a letter to his employer, written in the third person and suggesting that, he, the author, be terminated. Brilliant.
The coolest, most creative resignation I ever witnessed occurred at the late, not-so-great Earle Palmer Brown. For reasons known only to him, the CEO had hired a business development director who had been a huge star at a prior agency. But, his snarky, condescending and abrasive behavior immediately alienated him from one and all in our New York office.
The biz dev demon lasted about a month. One day, he was summoned to the agency's headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, and summarily fired. But, and this is the beautiful part, he decided not to fly back to New York on the shuttle. Instead, he called the agency's limousine service, order a stretch fully loaded with alcohol and had himself driven back to the Big Apple in style. The final bill easily topped $1,000, and the tale became the talk of the town.
So, how about you? Any classic or creative quitting stories you care to share? I'd go on, but I'm trying to develop a witty way in which to inform myself that I've had it with Peppercom.