Legend: Business owner chooses to lay off employees whose vehicles sported Obama bumper stickers.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, November 2008]
Fellow Business Executives:
As the CFO of this business that employees
To compensate for these increases, I figure that the Clients will have to see an increase in our fees to them of about 8% but since we cannot increase our fees right now due to the dismal state of our economy, we will have to lay off six of our employees instead.
This has really been eating at me for a while, as we believe we are family here and I didn’t know how to choose who will have to go.
So, this is what I did. I strolled thru our parking lot and found
If you have a better idea, let me know.
Origins: The item quoted above originally hit the snopes.com inbox on the morning of
We don’t know who wrote the
- Aaron Templeton of Providence Property & Casualty
- Kelly Herrod of Herrod Technology, Inc.
- Carrie Trowbridge Law of InTrowVision Strategic Marketing LLC
- Bob Shadix of Ace Investigations
- Dan Remely of H-Squared Properties Inc.
The “Aaron Templeton” version (which is the most widespread, according to our inbox) is often prefaced thusly:
My 20 yr old niece works for a little insurance company in
One of the people to whom the screed was falsely attributed spoke to the press about it. Dan Remely, president of
Barbara “letter of discontent” Mikkelson
Last updated: 14 December 2008
Belser, Ann. “Local Businessman an Innocent Victim of Obama Layoff Hoax.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 21 November 2008.