Hallmark debuts greeting cards for the laid-off
The recession, to be sure, never cared about timing, so why should post-downturn pleasantries arrive with any greater sense of punctuality?
Indeed, that appears to the issue surrounding Hallmark’s new line of greeting cards, the ones that offer support and condolence to the laid-off.
No, really, it’s all right here. Look. Hallmark’s just unveiled a series of cards for the unemployed, ranging from sympathetic to humorous to everything in between.
One of them reads, “Don’t think of it as losing your job.” Then, on the inside flap: “Think of it as a time out between stupid bosses.”
By NBC Indianapolis’ report, the layoff greeting cards have been selling well, but a bigger question seems to loom: what the heck took Hallmark so long?
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Certainly, such greeting cards would have been hotter tickets circa 2008, when jobs were really slashed across North America. You know, the time when 480,000 workers lost their gigs in Canada alone.
Though perhaps, in Hallmark’s defence, it’s our relative distance from the recession that makes us able to poke fun at our employment misfortunes.
“Getting a card like that and somebody caring is fabulous,” said a female worker at an Indiana-area employment agency. “The crazy part to think about this is there’s so many people laid-off. At least someone’s caring enough to, you know, get a card and say, ‘I’m thinking of you.’”
How would you act if you were laid-off and received a greeting card in return? Embarrassed, grateful or punch-in-the-face mad?
*Photo courtesy wlbz2.com.
Posted by: Kenneth Singh | Oct 1, 2021 8:37:04 PM
I will be much appreciative of such card especially if it was accompanied with some cash to help pay my bills.
Posted by: Sylvia Oertel | Oct 2, 2021 1:55:28 AM
Add to the Job Loss cards: Sympathy & Thank-you cards For Ex- Bosses whom have let go of an employee!
Posted by: Karen | Oct 5, 2021 1:50:18 PM
I personally have spent lots of time looking at cards and laughing and sharing with complete strangers why I find some cards funny. With the economy going the way it is we need a good laugh once in awhile so why not have the card. Next time I go shopping I'll pick one up just for when the opportunity arises. Not all of my friends have the same sense of humor - it does take a certain type of person. I got a Congratulations on Your Divorce card and thought it was hillarious. We need more laughter - bring it on.