I can think of about seven or eight ways I'd rather be fired than via text, but hey, this is the digital age, it happens. No, really. It does happen. The owner of a restaurant in Alabama recently let all of his employees know they were out of jobs by texting them. Womp womp.
Peter Demos seems like a super nice guy and a great boss to have. But unfortunately his restaurant wasn't generating much business, so he had to make the executive decision to close up shop, leaving 60+ people unemployed. But hey! He did some really nice things in the process -- he gave his workers severance pay, as well as ample time to find other gigs. But notifying them via text message? What happened to the company meeting?
Texting somebody, "Hey! You're fired!" is awfully impersonal, but in this case, I don't know, I'm sort of with Demos. It's not like everyone was on the same 9-5 schedule there. It's a restaurant; people are coming and going at all hours. To call everyone in just to tell them they're fired seems like a bit of a waste of time.
Texting is the easiest way to communicate now. Sort of sad, but true. Think of how many big moments in people's lives you've found out about through your iPhone or BlackBerry. The birth of a baby, with photo and accompanying height and weight info? Check. The engagement ("We r gettin married - isn't it gr8t?")? Check. The breakup? ("2 sad 2 talk, me n rob broke up :/) Check. And now layoffs.
It's semi-depressing that people rarely talk face-to-face anymore, but when you have a lot of people to relay a message to, as lame as it is, texting really is the most effective way. U no wht i meen? U do? kthnxbai!
What big things have you found out about via text?
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