Tom Purcell, FloydReports.com
“Boy, the wife is getting on my nerves. She keeps giving me sympathy cards for being unemployed.”
“Ah, yes, you speak of a new line of greeting cards from Hallmark. What do the cards say?”
“‘Don’t think of it as losing your job,’ reads one. ‘Think of it as a time-out between stupid bosses.’”
“An interesting way to console someone who is out of work.”
“And awfully patronizing, if you asked me. It makes the person giving the card feel good and the unemployed slob receiving it feel worse. Here’s the last one the wife got me: ‘Losing your job does not define you. What you do about it does.’”
“Sounds a little preachy. Still, you have to hand it to the Hallmark people. With unemployment stuck at more than nine percent, why not make dough exploiting a new market niche?”
“Well, if they’re willing to exploit something as crappy as losing your job, why not exploit other lousy occasions?”
“This is going to be good. Go on.”
“How about cards for the millions of Americans who have gone bankrupt? Something like: ‘I hate to bother you now, considering the mess you’re in, but could you repay me my 20 bucks before the feds close in?’”
“How about cards for the millions of small-business people who are going under because they can no longer get loans, thanks to our government’s overly stringent financial reform? ‘You took your shot at the American dream and for that you are commended. But you forgot to factor in government red tape and the total lack of lenders!’”
“I suppose a person who just lost his or her life’s dream might find that oddly amusing. What else do you have?”
“How about a card for that loser”….
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