Some years ago, I was working for a small company as a video editor - in fact the only video editor! It was a great company, and the bosses became personal friends, but this was at a time of financial crisis, when interest rates were going through the roof. It became clear that the financial assumptions made when the company was set up were no longer true, and the business was in trouble.
Sure enough, one day a load of suits turned up, and we were informed that we were now working for the administrators. I was duly summoned in to meet them to "discuss my future".
The order books for editing were full, at the time, so I was pretty busy, something that the accountant interviewing me was quick to point out. "We need you to stay on," he said, "but we're only going to pay you the legal minimum wage!"
I pointed out that I'd already taken a substantial pay drop from my time working with a major broadcaster, and that I certainly wasn't going to take any further cuts to my pay.
I also pointed out that if I walked, he'd have to employ a freelance to complete the work, and that it would cost him at least double what I was being paid.
He decided to call my bluff, and said "Well we're not prepared to pay you any more."
"Good-bye!" I said, as I headed for the door.
"What do you mean, good-bye?" he screamed!
"Just what I said! I'm off home now, and I won't be coming back!"
"But what about all this work we have lined up?"
"That's your problem now!", I said, and left!
It was the most satisfying expression I've ever seen on an accountants face!
I walked out of there on a Thursday, and the following Monday I was back working for a major broadcaster on a proper salary again.
Speaking to my former colleagues a while later, I discovered that the administrators had made a total cock-up of their handling of the sale of assets. They hadn't realised that the property was owned not by the company, but personally by one of the directors, which meant they had to pay compensation when a wall had to be demolished to remove equipment! They sold priceless equipment for peanuts, and tried to sell junk for well over its market value. Totally clueless!
But at the end of the day, it was one of the most satisfying exits I ever made!