Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Corporate sensitivity

You know, when you lay people off, it always shows sensitivity and understanding to tell them that they can always pull stuff that they need out of somebody else's trash:

ST. PAUL (Aug. 17) - Getting money advice from a bankrupt airline wasn't the thing that most offended some soon-to-be laid-off Northwest Airlines Corp. employees. It was the Dumpster-diving tips.

Northwest is laying off its customer service workers and baggage handlers at many smaller airports as it reorganizes under bankruptcy protection. Earlier this month it sent workers in Bismarck, N.D., Bozeman, Mont., and Austin, Texas, a handbook with tips for handling their layoffs. It included 101 money-saving ideas such as, "Don't be shy about pulling something you like out of the trash."

Other tips included using old newspapers for cat litter, asking friends and family for hand-me-down clothes and asking a doctor for free prescription drug samples.

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