Resignation Letters from Shamu’s Trainer, Roger Goodell, and Other Disillusioned Employees

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March 14 2012 1:41 PM

Why I Am Leaving Sea World

Resignation letters from Shamu’s trainer, Roger Goodell, and other disillusioned employees.

Killer whale 'Tilikum' and his new trainers.
"I got in this business to spread my love of marine life. Now I see the whales are just in it for the chum and the audience is all wet."

Photograph by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images.

I attend derivatives sales meetings where not one single minute is spent asking questions about how we can help clients. It’s purely about how we can make the most possible money off of them.
—Greg Smith, “Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs,” New York Times, March 14, 2012

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I started at this company because I thought our mission was to pass along everyday low prices for our valued customers. Now I come to find out that we have put several independent retailers out of business. That’s just not right.
—Sheryl Cromwell, “Why I Am Leaving Wal-Mart,” Washington Post, March 20, 2012

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When I look at the McRib, I realize that it’s no longer about serving the highest-quality ambiguously sourced, rib-shaped meat product. How many “limited-time offers” can we make before we lose the trust of our loyal patrons?
—Steve Parsons, “Why I Am Leaving McDonald’s,” Wall Street Journal, March 23, 2012

When I started here, there was an entire refrigerator stocked with coconut water. Now, that fridge holds nothing but agave juice. I don't care for it.
—Bob Randolph, “Why I'm Leaving Google,” San Francisco Chronicle, March 22, 2012

I got in this business to spread my love of marine life. Now I see the whales are just in it for the chum and the audience is all wet.
—Melody Stevens, “Why I Am Leaving Sea World,” USA Today, April 3, 2012

When did football stop being about the glory of higher athletic achievement? When did the players stop loving each other and start hurting each other?
—Roger Goodell, “Why I Am Leaving the NFL,” Sports Illustrated, April 8, 2012

I attend Saturday afternoon meetings where not one single minute is spent discussing The Memory Keeper's Daughter. It's just an exercise in gossip, competitive dessert-making, and Hunger Games movie speculation.
—Margaret Tingley, "Why I Am Leaving My Book Club," Entertainment Weekly, April 20, 2012

I sat in meetings that were all about taking over corners. How many corners do we need?
—Stringer Bell, “Why I Am Leaving the Baltimore Drug Trade,” Baltimore Sun, Oct. 31, 2004

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