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5 Most Outrageous Employee Resignations In 2012

The station's vice president and general manager, Mike Palmer, denied intervening in daily news production, but back in 2006, he'd reportedly warned staff against coverage of global warming, equating the subject with the Y2K and "killer bee" scares -- meaning much hysteria over nothing. But no big payday awaited the anchors on the other side of the exit; Michaels announced plans to work on a novel and his painting.

Scribbling A Resignation On A Price Tag

When a Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. employee decided he no longer wanted to work for his "P****K" of a boss, he chose a rather quiet way to announce his decision: He wrote a message on a price tag of a store item, the Nuwave Pro Infrared Oven. (The kitchen item is a multi-purpose cooker with the ability to broil, roast, bake, barbecue, steam and dehydrate food, for the cost of $119.99.)

It was on that price tag that he scribbled the putdown of his manager. He also slammed the oven itself, or at least its users, saying "THIS IS FOR FAT F***S." And then the final pronouncement: "I'M QUITTING TODAY." So the worker probably was a bit surprised when a photo of the price tag was posted on the anonymous online forum, Reddit. Since having been posted on Dec. 6, the post has generated some 45,000 votes of approval or disapproval.

Telling People In the Workplace, "You're Going To Hell"

It's not clear Dorothy Bond, principal of Haywood High School, in western Tenn., set out to resign amid a homophobic tirade. But during a school assembly in February, she allegedly told students "if you're gay, you're going to hell" and gay students are "not on God's path" and are "ruining their lives."

Outraged, some students immediately contacted the American Civil Liberties Union, which in turn wrote a letter warning the school system to let lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students know they have a constitutional right to identify as gay. The Human Rights Campaign, the country's largest LGBT civil rights organization, also launched a petition against Bond's remarks, which garnered 5,000 signatures in four hours. In short order, Bond soon resigned.

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