Thanks for Quitting, Here's $10,000. Come Back Soon

After three years working at a startup, Julie Tracy wanted to leave her company so she could travel. Her employer, online lingerie retailer Adore Me, gamely threw her a going away party at a bar across the street—a pretty standard affair until this happened: "This enormous foam check starts coming at me through the crowd," she recalls. 

It was followed by an actual check—for $10,000. It was from Adore Me's chief executive officer. "I burst into tears," Tracy says. "There's probably 1,000 pictures of me sobbing. I was totally blown out of the water. It was amazing."

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