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September 30, 2021

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.



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