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Radio Shack E-Fires 400 Workers

samzenpus posted about 8 years ago | from the you-can't-fire-me-I-equit dept.

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KingSkippus writes "You've got mail! ...and no job! The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that RadioShack has notified 400 workers by e-mail that they are being laid off. The e-mails state, 'The work force reduction notification is currently in progress. Unfortunately your position is one that has been eliminated.' Nothing says thank you for your years of service to our company quite like an e-boot out the door."

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HAHA... (5, Funny)

alfs boner (963844) | about 8 years ago | (#16013203)

0wned!

Re:HAHA... (2, Funny)

Korin43 (881732) | about 8 years ago | (#16013351)

I can't decide if that's completely heartless or hilarious..

Re:HAHA... (5, Funny)

trix7117 (835907) | about 8 years ago | (#16013451)

I'm going with heartlarious, but that's just me.

Lost Verizon contract? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16013509)

I heard a rumor from what appeared to be a reliable source that Radio Shack had to close a bunch of stores because they lost their contract with Verizon. Apparently cell phone sales were carrying the stores.

yep (0)

User 956 (568564) | about 8 years ago | (#16013208)

Radio Shack E-Fires 400 workers

ouch.. I predict someone's going to use real fire on their building.

Re:yep (3, Funny)

deadhammer (576762) | about 8 years ago | (#16013237)

Well it all depends. How many employees left their red Swingline staplers in their stores before they were locked out?

Re:yep (4, Funny)

saskboy (600063) | about 8 years ago | (#16013258)

Being fired through a form letter, or email must be soul destroying.

Now those employees can sue Radio Shack, because they can claim that every time they hear a "new email sound", they break down into tears. They won't be able to find a job working with computers.

Re:yep (3, Funny)

Harmonious Botch (921977) | about 8 years ago | (#16013436)

They won't be able to find a job working with computers.

These are Radio Shack people. They don't know anything about computers anyway.


...Although, yeah, I do kinda feel sorry for them when they get laid off like that.

Re:yep (1, Insightful)

b0r1s (170449) | about 8 years ago | (#16013438)


Being fired through a form letter, or email must be soul destroying.


I thought about this for a few minutes, and I think I disagree. It must be very clear to everyone involved that these were very significant budget issues, not related to talent or skill. The only depressing part would be admitting that you were dumb enough to work for them in the first place. It seems to me that such a firing would be less painful than a direct "You're too dumb to be employed" conversation, or a "We gave you a chance, and you didn't live up to expectionations" letter.

They got screwed. It sucks. But at least it's nothing personal.

Re:yep (5, Informative)

Baricom (763970) | about 8 years ago | (#16013484)

I also disagree with this being "soul-destroying," but for a slightly different reason. It could have been a lot worse - TFA says that there were multiple face-to-face meetings prior to the announcement, with an opportunity for employees to ask questions. There was also a severance package. It wasn't the best way to approach the problem, but at least it wasn't unexpected.

If it works for dating . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16013398)

then it'll work for businesses. I can't tell you how many girl friends I have who've been broken up with by email or voicemail or text, and often the other peopel don't seem to think it's inappropriate. I'm actually surprised this isn't more common.

The real story (0, Flamebait)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | about 8 years ago | (#16013209)

Radio Shack employees make 90,000 dollars a year for standing around like idiots, not having a clue, and pestering people for their home addresses?

Why did you Radio Shack slashbots keep this a secret from us??

Re:The real story (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16013240)

RTFA jobs were at their HQ.

Re:The real story (2, Informative)

JeffSh (71237) | about 8 years ago | (#16013247)

ehhh you're quite daft for making that statement. the article clearly notes that these are employees mostly at their headquarters, which indicates they are probably mid level executives or IT staff or something like that.. not store personnel.

im sure people who work in stores make $7-8 an hour like most other retail workers.

Re:The real story (4, Informative)

Mortanius (225192) | about 8 years ago | (#16013300)

At least in CT, sales people on the floor make $7-$8 per hour base (excluding bonuses), with higher tiers (managers-in-training, asst. managers, managers, etc.) obviously making higher bases and different sets of bonuses. No floor salesperson has their own radioshack email address, only a store-wide email account.

And no, they don't ask for home address anymore, only your zip code for marketing / store stock purposes, which you can decline with no argument. Addresses -are- needed in some situations though, for things like service plans and Answers Plus (in-store credit card) accounts though.

Re:The real story (2)

rmallico (831443) | about 8 years ago | (#16013322)

Worked a Radio Shack in Oregon 3 winters in a row during my off-season... worked on commission + minimum wage... cleared about 4k a month for 3 months then went back to my job in febrary... the manager (this was in 1988-1991) made between 50-75k a year...

Re:The real story (2)

sumdumass (711423) | about 8 years ago | (#16013428)

Are you one of those guys who look lost when i walk in and ask for a BNC conector or cracks up when i ask for a rectifier for my Johnson........ outbord motor?
\
Being the late 80's, I think you probably knew what this stuff is. Most radio shack employies i come across now think the radio stands for cell phone or remote controled cars. I was looking for a metal-oxide varistor a few months ago and the sales boy asked if i could use one made from plastic becuase most thier resistors are plastic. Well thats what they looked like to him, he admited.

There probably is a reason radio shack is restructuring and fireing some people.

Re:The real story (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16013364)

I worked at Radio Shack for a couple months, they pay minumum + a shitty comission structure. You get a tiny percentage of your sales *if* you make over a certain amount of sales that day, and some items (cell phones, of course..) give you up to an extra $20-25.

Re:The real story (1)

sporkme (983186) | about 8 years ago | (#16013417)

In a Radio Shack when I was there, if you made under $9/hr, either you were slow or your store was. Some folks made as much as $30/hr or even more when cell phone sales were up. Being the only one that could sell parts was worth $1/hr. As a manager, I was looking at $55K/yr for my first year. I think the emphasis has changed from commission since, so you're probably on the right track, though I bet they average about $9.50/hr.

Too Bad... :( (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16013211)

Nobody makes you work for a greedy corporate organization though. It's a choice.

Re:Too Bad... :( (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16013391)

Nobody makes you work for a greedy corporate organization though. It's a choice.

Yeah, and you have chosen to live in your momma's basement. Great. I admire your style.

Wow... (5, Insightful)

Gemini_25_RB (997440) | about 8 years ago | (#16013212)

Let's get a hand for RadioShack and their PR skills! I've always wondered when things along this line would start to happen. I'm surprised it didn't become popular to fire people by voicemail when that was the "new" thing. Firings can become a very confrontational situation (especially since the messenger didn't always have a hand in the process), so I wonder if the messenger decided that email would be better than hell.

Re:Wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16013278)

Radioshack before Walmart? What is America coming to?!?!!??

Re:Wow... (5, Interesting)

sumdumass (711423) | about 8 years ago | (#16013471)

I've never seen a company fire someone who didn't have a security guard escort them to the desk for thier belongings and then to the the door. In a mass layoff, the company would contact a few employees who weren't getting laid off and ask them to com in early, then meet everyone else at the door and take them in a few at a time. Usualy this is preceeding a form letter issued the previous payday.

I do know of a guy who was fired at some company (not nameing names) and was left to finish his shift. He wasn't escorted out or monitored and decided to place clear scotch tape over a few dozen opticle sensors on the production line after his shift. This was on friday and it took three weeks to get the production line going again. Every section was registering an obstruction when there wasn't, the computer was replaced two times and you couldn't see the tape on the sensor heads. Eventualy someoen decided to replace everthing on the control and safety circuits and found the causes later. I don't know how much it ended up costing them.

Re:Wow... (1)

JerLasVegas (791093) | about 8 years ago | (#16013519)

Hey, why can't I login to the system? Because you're fired! lol!

Moo (4, Funny)

Chacham (981) | about 8 years ago | (#16013217)

Radio Shack actually hired these guys from Sony's Advanced Systems Sodium-Chloride Electronics Division (SASSED). The sassed employee's were fired for explosive behavior, assault, and battery. Even though the workers were feeling blue, Ray Sirr, a manager on the project, said that other employee's were safe, and the fired employee's were pre-picked, and put in a queue, cataloging it all. I just hope that all of you, PC in all, realize what was going with, by quickly scanning what i have written.

Re:Moo (1)

master_twig (575562) | about 8 years ago | (#16013527)

you've been waiting a long time to say that, haven't you? :)

Worse than... (3, Insightful)

Kell Bengal (711123) | about 8 years ago | (#16013219)

I'd say this is worse than getting a job application rebuffed by a form letter. With a job application, they don't know you and you really are little more than a name (at best) and a number (at worst) to them. For termination of employment somebody really ought to know who you are and what service you have provided the company. It's inexcusible - and a good indication of what those up the ladder really think about their workers. "Your job is very important to us... please hold."

Sign of the future (5, Interesting)

virtuald (996377) | about 8 years ago | (#16013225)

Wow... that would really suck. I mean, I guess for the company, it makes life easier, because you don't have to deal with confrontation -- but it certainly doesn't motivate me to go and try and get a job from them. What if someone didn't check their email? That would be really awkward..

Reminds me of "Office Space".

Re:Sign of the future (4, Funny)

N. P. Coward (953833) | about 8 years ago | (#16013386)

If you don't check your email... you're not fired!

(I'm unplugging my computer. There, now my job's safe.)

Re:Sign of the future (1)

CodeBuster (516420) | about 8 years ago | (#16013444)

it makes life easier, because you don't have to deal with confrontation

The Bobs: We like to fire people on Friday...you see studies have shown that there is statistically less chance of an incident that way...

Lumberg: mmmmm....grrreat.

Re:Sign of the future (2, Funny)

mccoma (64578) | about 8 years ago | (#16013460)

sign of the future -> actually "Back to the Future Part 2"

New slogan (4, Funny)

toupsie (88295) | about 8 years ago | (#16013226)

You've got e-mail, we've got pink slips!

My only question is if they outsourced the e-mail pink slip processing to an Indian firm. That would have given Radio Shack double plus style points. I would not be too shocked if someone goes e-postal over this.

Re:New slogan (1)

wizzard2k (979669) | about 8 years ago | (#16013302)

That's what they get for downsizing the HR department first!

Re:New slogan (1)

sd_diamond (839492) | about 8 years ago | (#16013475)

I would not be too shocked if someone goes e-postal over this.

You mean, made a Half-Life mod of Radio Shack HQ with the board of directors as the bad guys?

I know what my reply would be (3, Funny)

saskboy (600063) | about 8 years ago | (#16013227)

"you-can't-fire-me-I-equit"

I'd reply with, "Ha Ha, joke's on you. I've been working from home for the past 8 months, and have been selling the store's LED flashlights on eBay."

e-fired? (4, Funny)

Superpants (930409) | about 8 years ago | (#16013228)

They should be e-happy they got e-fired because Radio-Shack e-sucks. Besides, they can always be e-hired again at BestBuy or some other know nothing e-electronics store. At least I e-think so...

In other news ... (5, Funny)

in2mind (988476) | about 8 years ago | (#16013416)

Radio Shack is now Radio Sack

Have you (4, Insightful)

QuantumFTL (197300) | about 8 years ago | (#16013231)

Have you ever met a Radio Shack employee? Methinks they should all be fired (and replaced by someone who knows what they are talking about).

I used to want to work there, back when they sold computers and gizmos for hobby electronics instead of being a glorified cell phone store (though I do suppose cell phones are a type of radio, so it is more fitting...)

Re:Have you (1)

fm6 (162816) | about 8 years ago | (#16013279)

If somebody knew what they were talking about, would they be working at Radio Shack?

Re:Have you (1)

Gemini_25_RB (997440) | about 8 years ago | (#16013306)

Back in my years of youth, I applied to work at RadioShack. During the interview, I showed some knowledge of technology, and the interviewer (a manager, I believe) said he was honestly surprised I knew something about the products before working there. (They ended up not giving me the job due to a lack of people skills. ... Maybe people skills and tech intelligence are inversely proportional....it would explain a lot about those stores.)

Re:Have you (1)

QuantumFTL (197300) | about 8 years ago | (#16013312)

If somebody knew what they were talking about, would they be working at Radio Shack?

Actually I knew someone who knew what they were talking about, and still worked at Radio Shack, it was a very sad thing...

Re:Have you (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16013315)

The quality of service has declined because the company has decided that they no longer offer service, unless you are looking for new cellphone service. I'd say that about 15% of shack employees today could tell you what a resistor does. About a quarter of those could match one up for you. About a quarter of those could help you repair a device or offer expert advice. While this is not many, you still have a one in twenty to fifty shot with the shack at finding a really good tech (you know who you are). I'd say this is at least ten times your chances at most other major retail electronics stores. FYI: http://www.radioshacksucks.com/ [radioshacksucks.com]

Re:Have you (5, Interesting)

lord_mike (567148) | about 8 years ago | (#16013407)

Yeah, when I worked there when I was in college, they were thrilled to have me since I at least had a rudimentary understanding of electronics. Every time some nerdy looking guy came into the store, they'd always send him to me. If somebody was hanging out in the back by the small electronic parts, they'd send me back there. I was no engineer, but I at least knew what a resistor was, and could point them to the transistors and diodes. The customers were as shoked as the rest of the employees. I even read their "Getting Started in Electronics" book and helped one customer build his own car alarm dummy box. I was one of the 15%. Certainly, I was the ONLY salesman in the store that knew anything aobut the parts in the back.

The company has a hate/hate relationship with electronic parts. Radio Shack soooo desperately wants to be Best Buy or Circuit City, but with their lousy prices on high-end stuff, they just can't pull it off. The electronic parts section that the company despises is the only thing that keeps them afloat. If they could find a way to BE circuit city, the parts section in the back of the store would be eliminated overnight. I'm sure that the future of selling electronic parts keeps the Tandy executives from sleeping soundly at night, but with a 300% gross profit on that stuff, they just can't let go of their only really profitable business.

Thanks,

Mike

Re:Have you (1)

RevDobbs (313888) | about 8 years ago | (#16013458)

I'd say that about 15% of shack employees today could tell you what a resistor does.

Come on, man, your math is off. When you add the percent sign, you move the decimal two place to the right, not four. Here's the correction:

I'd say that about .15% of shack employees today could tell you what a resistor does.

Re:Have you (1)

metallel (934019) | about 8 years ago | (#16013504)

Yeah I used to work there too. 2 summers during college about 20 years ago. We used to get told these horror stories about regional managers coming into a store, seeing one thing out of place and firing the whole store. Before I got hired, they made me take a polygraph. It's always been kind of an odd company. So this latest development really doesn't surprise me. It was just this year that their president had to resign because he'd put a fake degree on his resumé. Moral of the story: companies that go from leathercrafts to electronics rarely do it well.

Re:Have you (1)

Harmonious Botch (921977) | about 8 years ago | (#16013526)

Have you ever met a Radio Shack employee? Methinks they should all be fired (and replaced by someone who knows what they are talking about).

The most clueless Radio Sack employee that I ever dealt with was when I wanted a solar car battery charger. ( You've probably seen one, it's simply a cluster of photovoltaic cells connected to a cigarette lighter connector. Very useful for the second car that you drive once a month. ) I tried telling her what I was looking for, and she led me to a bunch of phone chargers that plugged into the cigarette lighter socket. After several more tries, it finally became obvious what the problem was. She knew that the cigarette lighter socket was connected to the battery. She knew that batteries could be charged. But she did not understand that electricity could flow either way on a wire. It was a new concept for her.
I left in a hurry, fearful that her head might explode.

How the #%$K is this news? (5, Interesting)

sporkme (983186) | about 8 years ago | (#16013245)

Radio Shack has been in real trouble for years, since shortly before I left. The article mentions RSH stock price closing just over $18, down from around $80 before this all began. I can't say that I am surprised that they chose email as the way to go on the firings.

Make sure you don't have any beverage in your mouth when you read this: All members of Radio Shack management and all of their top sales people from the entire company, plus most of the corporate staff (thousands of people) just returned home from an all-expenses paid 3 to 6 day drip to Las Vegas, NV for a "Peak of Performance" rally. More like a valley of performance, but to hell with it.

Re:How the #%$K is this news? (5, Insightful)

deadhammer (576762) | about 8 years ago | (#16013289)

The news in this is that we've reached that particular point in our society where a corporation doesn't even have to have the common decency to fire people in person. There's a certain lack of class here - sure, corporations have to lay people off sometimes, that's not the problem, it's the fact that this company thinks so little of the mindless drones working for them that they don't even have the common courtesy to force their overworked, underpaid manager to take them into the back and fire them personally. This is about as anonymous and abusive as it can get. Yes, Radio Shack sucks, and yes, management are jackasses. Corporations like to fire people when they're at "peak performance", whether or not the whole company is circling the drain. This doesn't excuse the fact that they've chosen to lay their employees off in the most lazy, insulting way they possibly could.

Re:How the #%$K is this news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16013314)

All members of Radio Shack management and all of their top sales people from the entire company, plus most of the corporate staff (thousands of people) just returned home from an all-expenses paid 3 to 6 day drip to Las Vegas


It was all for environmental conservation, really. Someone has to water the cactuses, you know. And the palm trees - don't forget the palm trees.

Re:How the #%$K is this news? (1)

the_humeister (922869) | about 8 years ago | (#16013361)

Radio Shack has been in real trouble for years, since shortly before I left. The article mentions RSH stock price closing just over $18, down from around $80 before this all began. I can't say that I am surprised that they chose email as the way to go on the firings.


What exactly does the stock price have anything to do with this. That $80/share you quote was back in 2000 when practically every company was overpriced. Hell, AOL bought Time-Warner and MS was worth almost $0.5 trillion back then. Comparing stock prices back then to what they are now doesn't really make any sense. About the only tech-related company of significance that's worth more now versus back then is Apple.

Re:How the #%$K is this news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16013551)

Radio Shack doesnt even exist in canada anymore, they got bought out. its now "the source, by circut city"

CATBERT LIVES (1)

OilWorker (999034) | about 8 years ago | (#16013249)

Wow, so Dilbert is real... and I thought it was just a comic!

Radio Shack Cuts costs (1)

delirium of disorder (701392) | about 8 years ago | (#16013260)

If radio shack cuts [trainorders.com] anymore costs [com.com] , what will be left?

Is this for Real? (1)

dissillus (806067) | about 8 years ago | (#16013265)

This seems odd, even by RadioShack's standards. Has RadioShack actually come out and said they did this? It's just seems kind of fishy...nd it reminds me of the movie Desk Set with Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, when old IBM computers accidentally fired everyone in a massive office building.

Re:Is this for Real? (1)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about 8 years ago | (#16013320)

This seems odd, even by RadioShack's standards. Has RadioShack actually come out and said they did this? It's just seems kind of fishy...nd it reminds me of the movie Desk Set with Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, when old IBM computers accidentally fired everyone in a massive office building.

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D8JR1 EEO0.htm?sub=apn_tech_down&chan=tc [businessweek.com]

Company officials had told employees in a series of meetings that layoff notices would be delivered electronically, spokeswoman Kay Jackson said. She said employees were invited to ask questions before Tuesday's notification on a company intranet site.

Deja Vu (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16013275)

So is this better or worse than me asking that girl out to prom over irc back in high school?

Re:Deja Vu (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16013397)

Ummm... hate to break it to you, but that wasn't a girl.

Re:Deja Vu (1)

saskboy (600063) | about 8 years ago | (#16013452)

That depends. Did she email back saying she was going out with someone who looked like Les Nesman?

Re:Deja Vu (2, Funny)

Durinthal (791855) | about 8 years ago | (#16013485)

There was a girl on IRC? Since when?

Re:Deja Vu (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16013492)

Be carefull the [n],[m] and [o],[0] key pairs are close together on the keyboard.

I'd still show up. (4, Interesting)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | about 8 years ago | (#16013282)

Nothing says "e-mail what now? Must have gotten caught in my spam filter, heh..." like going into work anyway, and forcing the boss to say it to your damned face.

Re:I'd still show up. (2, Funny)

TubeSteak (669689) | about 8 years ago | (#16013540)

Nah, security wouldn't let you in the door.

Then your boss will send you a text message:
You've been fired. Go home.

Follow it up (5, Funny)

in2mind (988476) | about 8 years ago | (#16013290)

"The work force reduction notification is currently in progress. Unfortunately your position is one that has been eliminated."

One of the guys who received that mail should have followed it up with a mail to everyone@radioshack :
"Pls ignore the previous mail.It was a prank mail by someone."

Re:Even better (3, Funny)

in2mind (988476) | about 8 years ago | (#16013380)

Or even better,remove the 'To' field of the original mail and send to everyone @ RS.

Tandy Dandy (3, Funny)

Wansu (846) | about 8 years ago | (#16013317)



They got Radio Shafted.

Weird "joke" in the intro (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16013325)

Isn't you've got mail an AOL thing? What does that have to do with radio shack?

Where do they get these managers? (1)

doc_buzzard (969326) | about 8 years ago | (#16013327)

Anyone who cannot fire an employee (any employee) face-to-face most certainly has no business being in management in the first place. Sad this happened at Radio Shack, though. I find that employees at Radio Shack are among the (very) few clerks who know anything at all about the products they are selling.

How lazy were they? (1)

Gemini_25_RB (997440) | about 8 years ago | (#16013336)

Was Radioshack lazy enough to simply list all the fired employees as reccipients of the same email? IANAL, but I'd call that a violation of privacy. As if the violation of common courtesy wasn't enough....

Re:How lazy were they? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16013440)

Well, as long as you're completely inventing a speculative land of makebelieve in which the HR people couldn't figure out how to BCC, why don't you just make yourself a lawyer at the same time? You could probably get the case turned into a class action and strike it rich!

Hope they didn't eliminate... (2, Funny)

tcopeland (32225) | about 8 years ago | (#16013341)

...the TRS-80 Model I [kjsl.com] support team. I mean, after I splurged on the 16K RAM expansion and everything!

Re:Hope they didn't eliminate... (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | about 8 years ago | (#16013382)

It's all been downhill since Bill Bixby died.

Get some class (1)

Aeron65432 (805385) | about 8 years ago | (#16013344)

Honestly Radio Shack, get some class. Firing someone via e-mail is ridiculous. I had a friend who was dumped via texting. It's childish and uncalled for. A Fortune 500 company can do better.

Still better.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16013348)

Regardless, it's still better than being fired by an anonymous poster on a website.

Speaking of which, Samzenpuss, please check for an envelope in your upper right-hand desk drawer.

Thank you, that is all.

Email? (2, Funny)

Guppy06 (410832) | about 8 years ago | (#16013352)

Only Radio Shack's old employees in Korea will actually know they've been laid off.

Whose idea was this? (2, Insightful)

Danga (307709) | about 8 years ago | (#16013362)

I would love to know what pointy haired boss thought this was a good idea. I could not even imagine what it would be like to get fired that way, especially since it sounds like most of the people fired were not just retail workers (which would still be wrong) but were employees at the companies headquarters in Fort Worth. I am not one to hold grudges but if any of my employers were ever to do that to me after I had worked for them for years I would forever hate them and I would let them know it. In the article it said that there were meetings prior to the e-mails being sent out that explained they would be notified electronically if they were being laid off but still, that is just plain heartless and gutless. Spend the few minutes it takes and do it in person like it should be done. I hope whoever gave this the OK burns in hell.

Ridiculous (1)

8ball629 (963244) | about 8 years ago | (#16013374)

There is no reason for them to do this electronically, even if the computer is used for a lot of job related things, getting layed off should not be one of them. That is just a horrible way to treat your employees.

Radio Shack is like the convenience store of electronics stores anyway. The last time I shopped at Radio Shack all I saw were Robo Sapiens, R/C Dinosaurs, a limited selection of home entertainment equipment, a limited selection of land line phones and cell phones and a wall of misc crap. Nothing important to me because there is a crappy selection.

Radio Shack missed the boat in my opinion. Sure they were before their time when they first opened but by now they should have moved to warehouse-sized stores because if they had played their cards right, I'm sure they could have done it and they could be making a lot more money right now.

Re:Ridiculous (1)

IvyKing (732111) | about 8 years ago | (#16013496)

Radio Shack missed the boat in my opinion. Sure they were before their time when they first opened but by now they should have moved to warehouse-sized stores because if they had played their cards right, I'm sure they could have done it and they could be making a lot more money right now.


They tried - ever hear of Tandy's Incredible Universe??? The one in San Diego became the first Fry's in S.D.

For some reason "Incredible Universe" always reminded me of Michael Jackson.

Severence pay (5, Insightful)

McFortner (881162) | about 8 years ago | (#16013375)

Laid-off workers got one to three weeks pay for each year of service, up to 16 weeks for hourly employees and 36 weeks for those with base bay of at least $90,000, the company said.

Hey, at least they are taking care of their upper management with up to 36 weeks of severence pay. Otherwise, they might have to actually give up a whole week of vacation in the Bahamas! Who cares about the nameless masses below them. That's why they are nameless masses!

HP fired me by email on Monday. (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16013381)

I came in late and everybody was standing around excited for me to check my mail.

Do you have a meeting? Do you have a meeting?

Um, yeah, in 30 minutes.

Oh man, that sucks. Only a few of us got it, and none of the boss' friends got the meeting invite. You're gone.

They were right.

Re:HP fired me by email on Monday. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16013547)

"I came in late and everybody was standing around excited for me to check my mail."

Nothing says "no chance of appeal" like coming in late the day you get fired...

Major League (1)

8ball629 (963244) | about 8 years ago | (#16013385)

You know, this reminds me of what they did in Major League (the old movie with Charlie Sheen and Wesley Snipes) where they cut the try-outs by putting a red piece of tape inside their locker.

Condition of Radioshack (1)

kasgoku (988652) | about 8 years ago | (#16013399)

We can see where the company is headed after this event. My guess is that some other company will take over from Radioshack. I want GOOGLE to take over Radioshack. This will cause soo much agitation that even Microsoft and Apple will start to work together against the king of searches.

poor radioshack (1)

gh0ul (71352) | about 8 years ago | (#16013412)

Poor radioshack.. If their products were better quality and better priced, and the salesmen not so pushy.. I'd probably shop there.

I could be worse (4, Interesting)

dbIII (701233) | about 8 years ago | (#16013446)

When my co-workers were sacked by email I breathed a sigh of relief when I didn't get one. The next morning my swipe key wouldn't get me in the door. The guy I asked to reactivate my swipe key at lunch time was the one that let me know that I had lost my job.

I wonder... (1)

grilled-cheese (889107) | about 8 years ago | (#16013467)

I wonder how long someone would keep working if their pink slip got caught by the company spam filter....

Tacky (1)

localman (111171) | about 8 years ago | (#16013468)

A friend of mine was recently fired via text message while on vacation. I thought that was pretty poor.

Cheers.

Well now I feel better. (1)

wickedsteve (729684) | about 8 years ago | (#16013479)

I have found new comfort in the fact that I never gave my employer my email address. I guess now I never will.

Interesting considering... (2, Informative)

PeePeeSee (633156) | about 8 years ago | (#16013481)

That they just flew out something like 3000 managers to the MGM Grand in Vegas for a few days and even had Jay Leno doing stand up. But ya know you have to make cuts when things get tight, right?

Zorg works for the RatShack? (5, Funny)

Lactoso (853587) | about 8 years ago | (#16013482)

Mr. Kim: You got a message.
Korben Dallas: Yeah.
Mr. Kim: You're not gonna open it? It might be important.
Korben Dallas: Yeah, like the last two I got were important. The first one was from my wife, telling me she was leaving. The second was from my lawyer, telling me he was leaving... with my wife.
Mr. Kim: Aigh, that is bad luck. But grandfather say 'It never rain everyday'. This is good news, guaranteed. Hey, I bet your lunch.
Korben Dallas: Okay, you're on.
Mr. Kim: Come on. [opens message, in a excited voice] 'You are fired'. Oh, I'm sorry.
Korben Dallas: At least I won lunch.
Mr. Kim: Good philosophy, see good in bad, I like.

Editors (1)

tezbobobo (879983) | about 8 years ago | (#16013491)

Dear Slashot Editors, The work force reduction notification is currently in progress. Unfortunately your position is one that has been eliminated. Enjoy the rest of your day, Management. (I jest, I jest.)

So did they digitally sign the emails? (1)

roystgnr (4015) | about 8 years ago | (#16013498)

Or do they expect their employees to carefully inspect the SMTP headers to make sure it's not a forgery?

Or does Radio Shack management just not understand technology?

Oh, never mind, I get it.

Yet they are having weekly job fairs! (1)

TavisJohn (961472) | about 8 years ago | (#16013499)

Someone must be trying desperatly to keep their job. RadioShack is having WEEKLY job fairs advertising that they are hiring! If they would just fire the moron who is waisting resources on interviewing people for jobs when there are none, they could have kept at least 50 of those positions!!!

just the beginning (1)

noneme (917222) | about 8 years ago | (#16013514)

next thing you know they'll SFTP a red swingline stapler away from the wrong guy and the whole mail server will mysteriously go up in flames a day later.

Big problem with that... (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 8 years ago | (#16013518)

At least where I live...

If an employer did that here, they'd find themselves in a bit of a pickle with those employees that didn't happen to get the message before coming back to work the next day.

And they'd be legally _required_ to pay them for coming to work!!! (this is on top of any appropriate severence package that they are eligible for).

Well, not for the full day. Where I live, the legal minimum is 3 hours. But still... that could add up, if enough people didn't collect the message before showing up for work.

You discharge an employee in person. Always. Unless you want to risk owing even more money.

What could possibly go wrong firing by e-mail? (1)

frovingslosh (582462) | about 8 years ago | (#16013521)

It's a good thing that no one at Radio Shack has any technical skill or understands the Internet. Otherwise, someone who worked there and resents this happening this way might forge an e-mail header and fire everyone that didn't get the first e-mail. Not that I'm advocationg that, because that would be wrong.

Oh, and P.S. (4, Funny)

PizzaFace (593587) | about 8 years ago | (#16013524)

Do you need any batteries today?

Actually This Is A Good Thing (3, Insightful)

MCTFB (863774) | about 8 years ago | (#16013533)

The firing of employees by email is just another way to automate away just another management function. If people find it acceptable to be fired by an email, rather than a face to face meeting with a manager, then this means we are just one more step to automating away most of management in company decision making. Anything that eliminates the jobs of useless corporate butt munchers who are adept at convincing their superiors they are valued exployees in the company with "people skills" is not just a good thing, but a great thing.

This means that eventually expert systems and other AI based systems will execute all firings in a fair and objective fashion. If you fail to meet your quotas, the "Virtual CEO 9000" will fire you with a nice little trite email. If you meet your quotas, then the "Virtual CEO 9000" may indeed give you a raise. No performance review will ever again be necessary where you have to interview for keeping your own job every year through kissing up to your former human manager, rather the "Virtual CEO 9000" will instead be constantly evaluating your usefulness to the corporation in real-time and compensate you objectively.

Just imagine what this would do for a company like Oracle that has about 10 maybe 11 engineers doing all the real work in the company with about 50,000 managers whose idea of work is schmoozing with other like-minded individuals on a golf course all day long. The "Virtual CEO 9000" could cut out so much bloat that profits would go so through the roof that Larry Ellison could pay down the entire United States national debt of 65 trillion dollars or whatever it happens to be right now.

Seriously, I have not figured out why the board of directors at our largest corporations has not already outsourced or automated away executive management yet, when they happen to be the least efficient and least accountable group of people in your typical corporation these days. The "Virtual CEO 9000" doesn't need stock options to the tune of 400 million dollars like one of Exxon's former CEO's, instead it just needs some electricity to make the kind of decisions that your typical corporate bean counter makes based solely upon some Microsoft Excel spreadsheet calculation where they say "AHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAA THERE IS THE FAT WE NEED TO CUT. THAT DARNED IT DEPARTMENT IS NOT SELLING ANYTHING AND INSTEAD IS JUST COSTING US A LOT OF MONEY, LET'S FIRE SOME EXPLOYEES AND SLASH THEIR BUDGET!".

Oh wait, I forgot that modern corporations usually have a board of directors that also just happens to be personal friends of the executive management they are supposed to be directing. Nevertheless, my point still stands that being managed by a cold, unfeeling, computer application like the "Virtual CEO 9000" is still better than being managed by the sociopaths that typically run our public companies today.

Radio Shack Sucks (1)

Cheirdal (776541) | about 8 years ago | (#16013549)

I had temp seasonal job with Radio Shaft back in 1991. The weasels waited until the very last minute to give us our checks on X-mas eve so we wouldn't have time to cash them. The seasonal help was told before X-mas we'd be working through New Years Eve that year. My manager knew I had a 300 mile drive each way to go home for the holidays. I decided I'd rather spend time with my family and girlfriend so I called in sick on the day after Christmas. My manager said "Oh, we weren't allowed to tell the seasonal people but this was going to be your last day anyway." So the assholes would have let me drive 300 miles Christmas evening so I could work the next day and then they'd have let me go. They're truly a heinous company that shits on their employees. I haven't bought one thing from them since 1991 and I've urged friends and family over the years to not give them any business. I don't know if I've actually cost them very much in the long run, but every little bit helps squeeze them closer to bankruptcy.

not suprised (1)

xystren (522982) | about 8 years ago | (#16013559)

I received my notice that my position was not going to be renewed (after countless promises that it would be) via email, back in 1997... They even had the gall to request that I schedule my time, to train my replacement.

Talk about a kick in the pants. Very deflating.

But, I'm *NOT* bitter! This is just going to become more common. The same way that a PFO (please f*#k off) letters are rarely sent out nowadays.

Xyst
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