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Fired Via Instant Message

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the new-low dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 367

JThaddeus writes "Yahoo! news reports that South Korea's third-largest credit card issuer, KEB Credit Service, fired 161 people--a quarter of its workforce--via mobile phone text messages. Hey, at least they got told, right? Afterall, they could have been like Milton."

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Hitler (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8418951)

a true american hero

Re:Hitler (-1, Offtopic)

U.I.D 754625 (754625) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419067)

What's up with the new user comment's page? Is it good or is it whack?

sir (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8419101)

please give url of this new page of which you speak

Re:sir (-1, Offtopic)

U.I.D 754625 (754625) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419132)

Check out anyone's user history, like cmdrtaco's [slashdot.org] . The tables all new and badly organized.

fim (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8418958)

first instant message

ATTENTION MICHAEL SIMS (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8418960)

You're fired. And at least it's better you read it in a comment than by IM.

-- CmdrTaco

Re:ATTENTION MICHAEL SIMS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8419010)

Michael Sims doesn't read the articles, let alone the comments, so this message will never reach him.

"You've Got Vacation!" (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8418964)

Permanently.

Re:"You've Got Vacation!" (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8419232)

Back when I was a software contractor (where I could and would get fired at the drop of a hat), I used to call it "instant vacation." I also used to ask my boss everyday: "am I fired yet?"

But now that I'm retired, yeah, that I call "sweet permanent vacation." Heh.

The message was... (3, Funny)

dyj (590807) | more than 10 years ago | (#8418965)

"You've got fired!"

Re:The message was... (0, Redundant)

thestarz (719386) | more than 10 years ago | (#8418984)

You've got mail! You've not got a job!

Re:The message was... (5, Funny)

WorkEmail (707052) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419007)

We R Sry, but U R Fired. gtg, TTYL.

lmao.

McFly -- READ MY FAX! (5, Funny)

holt_rpi (454352) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419032)

And who can forget the immortal words of Iko 'Jitz' Fujitsu: "Read my fax!"

Well, at least they didn't get it ALL wrong in Back to the Future II... the message was just delivered on cell phones instead of paper [propworld.nu] .

Where's my pizza rehydrator and hoverboard, anyway?

11 years too early (2, Funny)

michaeltoe (651785) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419043)

I suppose it makes up for the noticeable lack of flying cars...

fp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8418966)

fp monkey

FAILURE (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8418976)

YOU FAIL IT

U R FIRED (-1, Redundant)

cprincipe (100684) | more than 10 years ago | (#8418969)

LOL! LOL!

Re:U R FIRED (4, Funny)

petabyte (238821) | more than 10 years ago | (#8418981)

*Warn*, *Warn*, *Warn*, *Block*!!

The Milton Solution (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8418970)

"...they took ... my ... my Swingline ... and then, they texted me a pink slip ... going to burn the place to the ground ... this is, yes, this is the final straw"

Re:The Milton Solution (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8419071)

shut up asswipe

IM (-1, Offtopic)

wed128 (722152) | more than 10 years ago | (#8418971)

I try to avoid instant messaging whenever possible...except for sending phone numbers and such, it's impossible to have a conversation...points are too easy to misrepresent, etc...

Wouldn't it be cheaper (5, Funny)

dysprosia (661648) | more than 10 years ago | (#8418973)

Wouldn't it be cheaper just to tell these people quickly in person? Considering the cost of a text message in some places...

Re:Wouldn't it be cheaper (4, Informative)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8418997)

These people were on strike. They couldn't be told at the end of their next shift because there was no next shift for them. So, the only way to get them in person would be to summon them via text message for an annoucement...

Re:Wouldn't it be cheaper (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8419030)

You'd think that registered mail would be more appropriate, more traceable, and more reliable.

Re:Wouldn't it be cheaper (4, Insightful)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419090)

You'd think that registered mail would be more appropriate, more traceable, and more reliable.

And much more expensive. When a company is bankrupt and shutting down, things like that just aren't quite an option.

Re:Wouldn't it be cheaper (5, Informative)

Futaba-chan (541818) | more than 10 years ago | (#8418998)

They were all out on strike (and apparently, firing striking workers isn't illegal there), so there was no way to tell them in person.

Re:Wouldn't it be cheaper (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8419006)

and apparently, firing striking workers isn't illegal there

Why should it be? If you're not working, I'll fire you, plain and simple. There are plenty of hard working people who will take the job.

Re:Wouldn't it be cheaper (4, Insightful)

Penguinshit (591885) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419148)


So you like working for $0.25/hour, or whatever the employer decides to pay you that week.

For all their problems, organized labor unions (with laws protecting their rights) are a necessity to protect the common workers from exploitation.

Labor Strike != "not working". It is the only tool workers have for forcing fair negotiated wages and other compensation.

No, I'm not (and never have been) part of a union. Thankfully I'm in a profession which doesn't require that kind of protection. But Upton Sinclair and Tennesee Ernie Ford didn't get famous for bitching about non-issues...

Re:Wouldn't it be cheaper (2, Insightful)

dolphinling (720774) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419161)

It's called your right to strike, it has a lot to do with unions and the like, and it's one of the few things that (attempts to) keep capitalism from degrading into an awful muck of worker exploitation, decreasing middle classes, and huge poverty rates. Or at least, that's what numerous trips through history tell us.

Re:Wouldn't it be cheaper (-1, Troll)

billbaird (166492) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419001)

No.

Re:Wouldn't it be cheaper (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8419004)

No, it wouldn't be. The angry worker would try to chop your head off. Ain't cheap, that.

Re:Wouldn't it be cheaper (5, Informative)

geekster (87252) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419009)

From the article: "The firm said it had no method for contacting striking staff other than using the short message service (SMS)."

RTFA (5, Informative)

Brian Dennehy (698379) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419027)

South Korea's third-largest credit card issuer fired a quarter of its workforce via mobile phone text messages on Friday, after negotiations with striking unionized workers broke down.

The firm said it had no method for contacting striking staff other than using the short message service (SMS).

I suppose, to them, it would be no different than calling them all up directly, other than the fact that that would take too long (plus, you'd have to put up with them complaining about getting fired, etc.).

hmm (5, Funny)

Christoff84 (707146) | more than 10 years ago | (#8418974)

Well at least they saved a tree or two worth of pink slips. Although on Monday there are going to be a few pissed off people that had their phones off all weekend.

GOOD NEWS! (5, Funny)

jonfromspace (179394) | more than 10 years ago | (#8418977)

You Are Fired!

Sucks to be Corben Dallas!

Attention Mods: Refernce Explained (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8419031)

Reference is to "The Fifth Element."

sms? (1)

tuggy (694581) | more than 10 years ago | (#8418979)

well they could at least send it using MMS to cheer them up a bit :P

Re:sms? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8419190)

The last thing i want on my mobile is a pic of goatse.

Article Text, site getting slow (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8418980)

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea (news - web sites)'s third-largest credit card issuer fired a quarter of its workforce via mobile phone text messages on Friday, after negotiations with striking unionized workers broke down. KEB Credit Service Co sacked 161 employees, a spokeswoman for the company's parent bank said. "The layoff date is February 28," the message said, according to a member of the union. "We will receive applications for voluntary retirement package until February 28." The firm said it had no method for contacting striking staff other than using the short message service (SMS). Unionized workers, who make up nearly 90 percent of the firm's 662 staff, have been on strike since mid-December over a takeover by Korea Exchange Bank (KEB), fearing job cuts. "Marathon negotiations with the labor union fell through early this morning and we had to go ahead with the job cuts," said Lee Nahm-yon, a spokeswoman for KEB. The latest sackings take the number of workers set to leave the company to 266, including 105 who had previously applied for voluntary retirement. About 300 workers continued to protest outside KEB Credit's headquarters in Seoul on Friday. Some of the protesters were singing or shouting, but others could be seen sobbing. "The management sent messages early this morning, only to those being fired," a union member said over the telephone. "What a convenient world we live in -- for the management that is." KEB Credit, which ran out of cash late last year, will be taken over by KEB at the weekend. KEB is controlled by U.S. investment fund Lone Star. Apart from staging protests, the union also filed a lawsuit at a local court last week in a bid to block George Bush' acquisition of Dick Cheney's cock up his ass. Meanwhile, the Financial Supervisory Commission, the country's financial regulator, approved on Friday the acquisition of KEB Credit by KEB. KEB, the country's fifth-largest lender, had sought to cut up to half of KEB Credit's employees, but scaled down the layoffs after discussions with the union. "There will be no change to this number. But those notified today can still apply for the voluntary retirement scheme," said Lee at KEB. South Korea's credit card companies have struggled to cope with the aftermath of a credit boom that has left one in 10 South Korean adults with overdue loans. Roughly 70 percent of South Koreans own a mobile phone.

MOD PARENT UP +5 INFORMATIVE!!!!!! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8419082)

Mod Parent Up!!

It's what they had... (5, Informative)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8418982)

This really wasn't PC instant messages but SMS text messages, which they use over there a whole lot more than we ever do. Since these workers were on strike, they couldn't very well be told at the office anyway.

Re:It's what they had... (1)

poulbailey (231304) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419076)

> Since these workers were on strike, they couldn't very well be told at the office anyway.

Whatever happened to old-fashioned snail-mails to their private address? A simple phone call would work too.

"Hi u r fired :) :) :)" is a shoddy and impersonal way to fire someone. High usage of text messages or not.

Re:It's what they had... (1)

orkysoft (93727) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419120)

Nah, it would probably look more like...

UR SO FIRED CAMPFAG!!!1 UR EX BOSS!!1

Re:It's what they had... (1)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419133)

Stamps cost money. We're talking about the last gasps of a bankrupt operation here...

It's not the first time this has happened (4, Informative)

alanw (1822) | more than 10 years ago | (#8418985)

Bust company sacks workers by text [bbc.co.uk]

Friday, 30 May, 2003

The UK's largest personal injury claims firm, Accident Group, has sacked 2,400 people - many by text message - after its parent company Amulet Group announced on Friday that it would go into administration.

Staff with company mobile phones received a series of text messages, warning them that salaries would not be paid.

Accident group was a bunch of ambulance chasing lawyers - you know the adverts - "have you suffered an injury - contact us and we'll sue for you" (and take a massive cut from any compensation).

heh (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8418989)

The message sent was actually "SRY WE DNT ND U NEMRE KTHX BAI THX 4 WRK HRE".

I can just imagine this... (0, Redundant)

chrisopherpace (756918) | more than 10 years ago | (#8418993)

-----Boss101 is now online----- Boss101: ur fired. Worker202: wtf? this is bs, what did i do that ur gonna fire me? Boss101: just leave damnit. Worker202: fucking n00b, can't fire me, ive had e-nuff of this. Boss101: bye ----Boss101 is now offline.-----

Re:I can just imagine this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8419140)

Here it is: ,,|,,

And the employees were left wondering... (5, Funny)

PerlPo8 (558867) | more than 10 years ago | (#8418994)

Where's that middle finger emoticon again?

Re:And the employees were left wondering... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8419016)

That would be the emoticon for "See Figure 1"

Re:And the employees were left wondering... (5, Funny)

Cliffy03 (663924) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419150)

"There is no emoticon to describe what I am feeling!"

Re:And the employees were left wondering... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8419205)

B-

You got to admit... (1)

k4_pacific (736911) | more than 10 years ago | (#8418995)

It's efficient.

Before you lose it... (5, Insightful)

juuri (7678) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419014)

... understand that Korea is a very different culture when it comes to cell phones and things like SMS than the USA. SMS usage is waaaaaaaay more common with everyone and people use SMS more frequently as it is much cheaper than actually talking on the phone.

My girlfriend who is Korean can friggen enter SMS messages by using the keypad faster than I can write them with a stylus on my p800; it is both awesome and scary at the same time.

Re:Before you lose it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8419087)

Did you mail order her?

Re:Before you lose it... (5, Interesting)

WorkEmail (707052) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419196)

Very true, in places in Europe most often Texting is so much cheaper than voice communication, so people become very fast at it. Becoming efficient with the T9 feature on phones is very important. I can send quick messages while I drive without even looking at my phone. Different phones have different methods of how you compose, read and send messages. Most new model phones come with T9(R) Predictive Text - when you start entering a word, you only have to press the key once for each letter and the phone will anticipate what word you are typing. T9(R) Predictive Text provides: Easy and fast text entry - just one key press per letter Nearly twice as fast as "multi-tap" text entry Ability to add custom words to your T9 dictionary Full punctuation and symbol capabilities Available in all major languages

Re:Before you lose it... (5, Insightful)

Phroggy (441) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419199)

My girlfriend who is Korean can friggen enter SMS messages by using the keypad faster than I can write them with a stylus on my p800; it is both awesome and scary at the same time.

I remember hearing a comment about the effects of using SMS so much in Britain and Japan; someone said teenagers are so used to using their thumb on their phone that the thumb has become their dominant digit, and they use it for things like ringing doorbells etc.

I can see it now: (3, Funny)

Ieshan (409693) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419026)

u fired! kekekekekekekeke!!11111

Your ass are now belong to us! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8419033)

Your ass are now belong to us!

Tragic (4, Insightful)

Bish.dk (547663) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419037)

It's a tragedy for the people involved in the story.

I can't help but wonder if this story would have been posted under "It's funny. Laugh" if it had been an American company firing American workers.

Is it only funny because it is happening half a world away?

Re:Tragic - Obligatory Quote... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8419110)

"Ot's funny because it's not me..." Homer J.

Re:Tragic (4, Insightful)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419184)

Most company busts are looked at as a tragic comedy in the end... these people went on strike fearing job cuts when they learned that their bankrupt company was about to be merged with a not bankrupt operation. It's hard to feel sympathy for a group that couldn't take their layoff gracefully when they're being told in an impersonal way.

Re:Tragic (2, Insightful)

Razzak (253908) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419226)

It'd still be funny, because quite honestly if I was running a business that dealt with that company I'd think twice about dealing with them again.

Any company that's willing to treat its own employees that way probably would screw over its partners just as easily.

Being rude and thoughtless is simply not good business.

teh msg (5, Funny)

pokka (557695) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419041)

hi how r u? u gtg
u hv 4hr 2 get ur
stf out of ur dsk
hv a gr8 day cya

Re:teh msg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8419099)

MOD PARENT DOWN. UNFUNNY

Reminds me... (0, Redundant)

geekster (87252) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419050)

a bit of that scene in Back to The Future 2... read my fax McFly!

Fired OR? (5, Interesting)

Marvelicious (752980) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419051)

I'm trying to figure out which is worse: getting fired by IM or getting dumped by IM.

I do have to hand it to then for sheer cold-blooded brutality. The little devil guy that pops up over my right shoulder really got a kick out of this one!

Fearing Job Cuts (4, Informative)

yintercept (517362) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419052)

Unionized workers, who make up nearly 90 percent of the firm's 662 staff, have been on strike since mid-December over a takeover by Korea Exchange Bank (KEB), fearing job cuts.

Just a sec, I need to jot this down in my notebook of things not to do: Item 694: Go on strike to prevent job cuts.

That done, Marjorie Kelly makes a good point in her work The Divine Right of Capital that employees are are the wrong side of the ledger. People are expenses not stake holders. This creates the negative feedback that as productivity increases wages go down...not up.

This strike and instant death messages shows that confrontational method of strikes does not work well in a market that is suffering from over capacity. What needs to happen is we need to figure out how to get more people from the expense side of the ledger into the stake holder side of the ledger.

Re:Fearing Job Cuts (3, Insightful)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419147)

These people also went on strike trying to get blood from a stone. The managers they were talking to were in charge of a division that was nearly bankrupt and about to get merged back into the mothership company... which means most of the people on the other side of the table also are likely to lose their jobs too.

SMS (2, Informative)

Coderstop (701079) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419063)

They were sacked by SMS not IM. Many children in the UK are much more dextrous with their thumbs than their parents, mainly due to sending SMS messages via their mobile phones.

Back To The Future X (1)

moojin (124799) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419068)

This reminds me of that "Back to the Future ?" where Michael J Fox's character gets fired via fax in all of the rooms in his house.

At least they got paid when they worked. (4, Interesting)

www.sorehands.com (142825) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419078)

At least they didn't work for a psycho like Barry Lewis. He of course claimed he sent paychecks, but they never arrived, he finally admitted that there was no money.

The last I heard of him is that he was on his way to the probation department after his criminal conviction.

BUZZZ!!! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8419079)

foxy_lady_18: hi... a/s/l please....:)
BOB: B-) 32/M/_____-___.com
foxy_lady_18: how r u today...
BOB: gr8... how was ur day?
foxy_lady_18: gr8... So you're at work?
BOB: yup
foxy_lady_18: like to slip out and get some coffee?
BOB: Sure... my boss's supposed to be out playing golf today... sucker won't miss me...
foxy_lady_18: sounds like ur Boss's a prick...
BOB: can't find his own dick without a yahoo route map
BOB: sob can't do jacksh*t without me
foxy_lady_18: This is your Boss... You're fired!!
BOB: I hate ppl who say a/s/l

Does this mean... (1)

Strenoth (587478) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419083)

That I get to keep my company cell phone?

Obligatory (5, Funny)

crawdaddy (344241) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419088)

In A.D. 2004

KEB was firing

Worker: What happen?

Cellphone: Somebody set up us the IM.

AIM: We get message.

Worker: What!

AIM: Main screen turn on.

Worker: It's you!!

HR: How are you gentlemen!!

HR: All your jobs are belong to us!

Re:Obligatory (-1, Troll)

JohnwheeleR (662355) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419117)

No one better mod this up as funny and act like you know what this guy is talking about. his comment makes no sense at all. don't try and act like you "get it" and mod him up, or you are a follower

Re:Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8419188)

Clearly YOU don't get it. Everybody else gets the reference and it IS funny.

well it was 4 years ago (1)

stud9920 (236753) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419231)

n/t

Re:Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8419212)

get yourself a copy of the zero-wing rom from your local purveyor of abandonwarez and a suitable emulator, and you too can share in the joy of this essential piece of 90's cyberculture.

Huh? (5, Insightful)

jpellino (202698) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419093)

"The firm said it had no method for contacting striking staff other than using the short message service (SMS)."

Um, they had the cell phone number needed to send the sms - buck up and call them.

Gutless (4, Insightful)

HangingChad (677530) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419097)

But a lot of companies are using Email to fire people to avoid dealing with it face to face. I can understand it, but these people have invested 1/3 of their weekday lives working for your company. Time they can never get back. You'd think they'd at least be due the courtesy of hearing it directly. No outplacement assistance, nothing. Tossed aside like a used Kleenex.

I'd suggest start working on your own business. It's not that hard to do. And with companies pushing more of the grunt paperwork down on already over-worked people, you might find it's less work than some of you are doing now. The big expense for most people is health insurance.

How come no one (2, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419103)

is posting about the fax McFly gets in back to the future 2?

So... (5, Funny)

RoadkillBunny (662203) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419111)

...if I don't have a mobile phone, I wouldn't get fired?

Direct Link (1)

crashcheval (534011) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419116)

The direct link to the Yahoo story is: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/ 20040227/od_nm/financial_korea_keb_dc_2 in case you don't want to have to do a search on Yahoo news

Maybe they're been watching...... (0, Redundant)

nighty5 (615965) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419134)

Back to the Future 2??????

It could of been a fax AND an MMS message.....

Ready, AIM, Fire (-1, Offtopic)

homeobocks (744469) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419146)

ping michael
lo?
mike, u r t3h f|rZ0Rz!!~11!@!@~121~!~oneoneone ;)
OMFG!211~!~!~ u R T3H SUXORZ@!!@!@
ROFLOLMFAO 0_o ^__^
I strongly urge you to click _here_ [goatse.cx]!
In Soviet Russia, television watches you!

Re:Ready, AIM, Fire (-1, Troll)

homeobocks (744469) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419174)

Sorry. I screwed up on the formatting. The first line, the speaker is (bigboss_22) and the second is (mikie_49). It alternates every line.

TheBoss has sent you a message! (3, Funny)

AvantLegion (595806) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419165)

TheBoss: hi a/s/l?
TheBoss: whoops
TheBoss: sorry but ur fired
TheBoss: ill give u good reference tho
* TheBoss sets status to Sorry *
TheBoss: :(
TheBoss: srry ur mad at me gtg byebye
TheBoss has logged out

'Hey, (0, Redundant)

Vexware (720793) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419168)

was nice knowing you'

Milton (1)

blixel (158224) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419169)

Hey, at least they got told, right? Afterall, they could have been like Milton.

That wouldn't be so bad. Milton continue getting paid for several months.

Instant Message != Text Message (5, Informative)

Aphrika (756248) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419178)

Here in the UK, an instant message would be sent via AIM or MS Messenger. Phone to phone messaging is called text messaging. It's real name is SMS - simple message services - but no-one calls it that anymore.

I'd be much more impressed if someone was fired via an instant message:

Bob has signed in
Bob says: Morning Alex
Alex says: Hi Bob
Bob says: You're fired.
Bob has left the conversation

hmmmm (1)

TechnologyX (743745) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419186)

Maybe I shouldn't have deleted that "Sry u r laid of" spam mail..

Fired by text message? That's nothing! (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8419193)

In Saudi Arabia and many other muslim countries, you can get divorced by text message!

To be fair, it's not text messaging that is the issue. In many muslim countries saying, "I divorce you" three times is enough for divorce. SMS is just the medium for carrying the divorce messages.

Whats next? (2, Funny)

zaunuz (624853) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419195)

Job promotion via e-mail?

"I've been thinking of promoting you from toilet-cleaner to my secretary. You will earn 10 times more than you do now, while working only 30 minutes per day. Reply to this if you are interested. Do not reply if you're not.
-Boss


...blocked by spam-filter.

Perhaps that explains the "You're Fired!" spam... (5, Insightful)

Ron Bennett (14590) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419204)

Sure others received similar spam awhile back titled "You're Fired". While I realize SMS is different, and more secure...I still wonder about the security...

What's to stop some spoofer/hacker/etc from sending out bogus, legit looking "You're Fired!" SMS - say from a stolen/borrowed/hacked cellphone or computer, etc of the company.

Even if it later is revealed the "You're Fired!" SMS were bogus, the damage is already done...

Ron

Dear Employee (3, Funny)

rock_climbing_guy (630276) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419206)

We are sorry to inform you, but your services are no longer necessary to the company. Effective immediately, upon receipt of this message, your remote access to company resources has be&*#A%rE [NO CARRIER]

Back in '78 (4, Interesting)

HotNeedleOfInquiry (598897) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419207)

I was working field service for a minicomputer company. I was beeped on my pager then when I called in, I was told I was laid off.

I guess... (3, Funny)

rampant mac (561036) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419225)

I guess the next step will be my boss following up on one of my /. posts...

+5 Informative - You've been canned.

another one.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8419229)

there was a company that did this in the UK ( a small claims company, i forget the name now ) over the next day all the employees stole all the laptops, desktops, servers, chairs, cell phones, tables, doors and lights.

the Boss guy was later photographed lying on a boat in the sun.

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