Open Phones: The Can

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

On the heels of Willie Randolph's ignominious firing as Mets manager, we ask listeners to weigh in with their stories of being let go. Annabelle Gurwitch, author of Fired! Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized and Dismissed, takes a look at the different ways in which people are dismissed.


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Comments [4]

Jim from Yonkers

I was working in sales for an electronics company, and the highlight of the annual Xmas party was the boss telling us about the record sales year we had racked up. Two days later, he laid off 20% of his employees, including 1/3 of the sales staff (including me), explaining that the record sales made his cash flow unable to cover the cost of producing the stuff we had busted our humps to sell. This was 5 days before Xmas.

Jun. 18 2008 08:35 PM
Alexis from Greenpoint, Brooklyn

In college I worked at a used car lot and my sales record was less-than-outstanding due (I like to think) to my directness about some the vehicles.

One Friday my boss asked for the keys saying they were changing the locks and would give everyone new ones tomorrow. When I showed up for shift the next day, weekend manager said I wasn't on the schedule anymore.
Didn't even see it coming...

Jun. 18 2008 12:02 PM
Stuart Anthony from Chelsea

Our sympathies to Willie Randolph??!! Give me a break Brian!! He's still getting paid on his multi-million dollar contract.
How about a discussion concerning lower-income people who are living paycheck to paycheck who get fired, and that starts a spiral to poverty or homelessness because now they suddenly cannot pay this month's rent, food bill, utilties, car payment or child care?

Jun. 18 2008 11:51 AM
Kate from west orange, nj

Here's my "being fired" story. On a Sunday, I was honored by the organization I worked for; on Tuesday I was fired; and on Wednesday my ex-boss sent an email to all the organization's supporters saying I had quit. That's cold!

Jun. 18 2008 11:50 AM

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