She didn’t just burn the bridge; she torched it

For a couple of days now, everyone has been buzzing about this chick who quit her job by making a her own dance video to Kanye West’s “Gone.”

Marina Shifrin has some pretty good dance moves. And she is definitely creative. Seriously though, trashing your boss on the way out the door is a definite no-no. Sure, you’ll get 7 million page views on You Tube, but unless you want to become a dancer, think twice about this kind of exit. As we saw in the case of an Ohio man who made a video taped confession that he killed a man, after the initial social media blitz, people in authority may not value your creative expression. Translation: It may backfire in a big way.

Employers run Google searches on prospective employees. Who’s going to hire you after a stunt like this? Based on what Marina expressed in her video, she works for a great company that makes news videos. Yet after nearly two years on the job (wow, that’s a really long time to be in a thankless job) her boss doesn’t appreciate her and only cares about page views. Ms. Shifrin: Meet the real world. Bosses don’t always appreciate the work you do. And guess what? The boss is supposed to worry about pesky things like page views if that’s how the company makes its money.

It’s one thing to complain about your boss to a few co-workers; everyone does that. But creating an “I quit” video takes it to a whole other level.

Here’s some free advice to others who may be thinking about stunt like this: you might not want to torch that bridge. One day you may need to cross it again. Just saying…

Turns out Shifrin’s boss has a sense of humor. Yesterday he and some of her former co-workers posted their own video response to her “I quit” video, once again to the tune of Kanye’s “Gone”. If you can make it through their terrible dance moves, the closing line is classic.

See it here:


Video confession: “I killed a man”

People use social media to make all sorts of statements; many mundane and some shocking. So I shouldn’t have been taken aback to see a man, his face and voice electronically distorted, confess to hitting and killing a man while driving drunk.

Matthew Cordle’s professionally produced video hit me in a way I didn’t expect. Drinking excessively and getting behind a wheel of a car destroys families. It should never be done. There have been times when I wanted to call the police to report a bartender who continued to serve someone who was clearly drunk.

Ultimately, the responsibility of driving while drunk is that of the person who commits this crime. In a YouTube video, Cordle, 22, confesses to killing 61-year-old Vincent Canzani.

We eventually see Cordle’s face clearly and hear his real voice. We see scars on his arms. He says he will take full responsibility for everything he’s done.

The Ohio man says he consulted a lawyer after the crash who told him he could get his blood alcohol test thrown out if he was willing to lie about what happened. No, Cordle reportedly said, “This video will act as my confession.”

I still have a lot of questions about what Cordle did and why he decided to confess in this manner on Sept. 3, 2013 for a crash that happened on June 22, 2013. Did he leave the scene of the accident? Could his victim have been saved?

And what about the family of Vincent Canzani? He was a Navy submarine veteran with two daughters, according to the The Columbus Dispatch newspaper.

Cordle made another interesting move: he reached out to the founders of a web site called The web site is a social movement where people post promises and talk about how they kept them. The young man who founded the site did so as a tribute to his father, who was always kept his word. It too, is a powerful statement.

Many people will say Cordle exhibited courage by posting this video. Others will say he is an irresponsible coward for drinking and driving and waiting more than two months to confess.

For now, I will reserve judgment on that question. Regardless of what you think of Cordle, the video is a powerful message against drinking and driving.

See for yourself.