‘Sorry You’re Fired’ Cards Are Flat-Out Tasteless (VIDEO)

lay off cardI have a love-hate relationship with greeting cards in that, sometimes, I'll find the perfect card with the perfect photo for the perfect person, and that mostly every other time, I'm appalled at how ridiculous, corny, and inappropriate cards can be. Not to mention expensive.

But it's not just the overall lameness of the greeting card section that's been chapping my ass lately, it's the specificity. Like, did you know that you can spend your hard-earned money on a card for someone who was recently laid off or somebody who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer?

No, nothing impersonal or terribly, terribly uncouth about that.

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One card -- for the recently unemployed -- reads: "Don’t think of it as losing your job. Think of it as a time out between stupid bosses." And another -- for the recently diagnosed breast cancer patient -- reads:

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Yes. As someone who lost their mother to breast cancer, I was so appalled by this card that I had to take a photo. What were they thinking? When I think of cancer, a Barbie-esque superhero-type figure is certainly not the first thing that comes to mind.

This, and unemployment cards, may be cute to some, but to me, they're awful. Not only is it a gross display on the greeting card industry's desire to capitalize on others' misfortunes, it makes everything so impersonal. It's like a one-size-fits-all for one of life's most terrible situations.

Not to mention giving these cards is an act of total impersonalness, as well. It's like you don't feel like coming up with your own words for the person in distress, so you rely on some silly manufactured piece of cardstock with a Comic Sans font and an awful graphic. Write a personal note -- in a blank card. Or better yet, call the person. I'm sure they'd much rather that than a five-dollar card that will only wind up in the trash.

Do you think these types of cards are inappropriate?

 

Image via WLBZ

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