In the last few years, there have been a bunch of stories, usually out of the UK, of companies firing people via text message. Text messaging just isn't as popular in the US yet, so it seems that Radio Shack decided to go in a different direction and fire 400 people via email. The company is defending the decision by saying that employees had been told that they would be notified electronically, so they don't see what all the fuss is about. I guess that beats the excuse another company used recently, that being fired electronically was just a part of youth culture. Of course, over in the UK, some of the people who were fired by text message later won additional compensation for being cynically manipulated. Speaking of which, if being cynically manipulated deserves extra compensation, I'm sure there are plenty of people who are probably owed a lot of extra cash.
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