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Fire Drill Layoffs:

Original post made by Mike, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jul 15, 2009

A new ‘innovative’ way of laying people off. A bad joke?! Judge for yourself.

“A fire alarm rang at 4 pm in a large office campus when almost all employees were present ( approx 5,000 people ). As per past fire-drill practices, the entire office was quickly evacuated within 3 minutes, and all employees gathered outside the complex in designated areas waiting for further announcement. Before long, the fire drill officer in-charge made the fo

llowing broadcast over their loud-speakers system:

‘My dear colleagues . . . with sincere regret, I have been asked to announce that for many of you, this will be your last evacuation drill with us. Due to the on-going recession and bad business climate, the company is laying off almost 50% of its staff. So when this announcement finishes, I ask all of you to move back into

the building. And if your swipe-card does not work, then it means that you have been laid off, in which case you will not be allowed inside, and all your personal belongings will be couriered to you by tomorrow. The company is using this innovative, never-before approach as we do not want to choke our email system with lay-off notices and farewell messages going by the thousands, and we also wish to avoid any fighting inside the office and the consequent security issues for all staff. We hope you have had a rewarding career with us. Now please move back in… and good luck!’”

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Posted by FIRE!
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Jul 15, 2009 at 7:41 pm

One of the rules of a lay off. Try to keep those layed off from gathering in large groups together when angry on company premises. I have a feeling wouldn't take long for someone to say, "They want a fire they got one!"

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Jul 15, 2009 at 8:03 pm

funny funny jokey guy...huh?

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 16, 2009 at 7:51 am

urban legend, and one that wouldn't be legal in the US

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Posted by Been There...
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jul 16, 2009 at 12:29 pm

I’ve been on both sides of the lay-off issue.

Can’t say this actually happened, but know these things are discussed.

With 5,000 employees I have to imagine the legal department advised against it.

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Posted by snopes
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 16, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Web Link

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Posted by Been There
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jul 16, 2009 at 4:13 pm


I doubt it would have been as elaborate.

The shuttle busses simply wouldn’t have arrived for that shift.

Stateside would have been half believable.


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Posted by Singing
a resident of Parkside
on Jul 18, 2009 at 11:15 am

Have you ever been to Singapore Been There for real? I have and you seem to be lumping it in with places like mainland China. My Uncle and Aunt live there so we visit often. Amazing place.

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