I remember being hauled in to HR at 2:30 PM on a Friday. I was laid off right then and there. My department's VP was called in to be a witness in case I reacted in a "negative" manner.
After telling me why I was being laid off they asked if I had any questions. "Just one", I replied. "According to the Security manual if an admin leaves the company the password on his account must be changed immediately.".
Since I know HR was anal about policies and rules, she asked if that could be done. I told her I could log in on her computer with my account, request a password change and the VP could enter a new password with out me knowing what it is. That way the policy would have been satisfied.
So logged in into her PC, requested a password change and , the VP changed my password. I was escorted to my cube, picked up my personal stuff, and walked out the door for the last time.
I would have loved to have been there Monday morning when they discovered that 50+ script files, processes, backups, etc barfed a lung because they were hard coded to use my account/password..