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(UPI)   Man gets called into work so he can be fired, returns home to find his house on fire. Wishes he had been laid off   (upi.com ) divider line 80
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2009-04-26 06:06:28 AM  
Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays...
 
2009-04-26 06:12:12 AM  
i'm not even supposed to be here today!
 
2009-04-26 06:19:50 AM  
They called him in to work just so they could fire him?

If I were him, I'd still bill them for at least half a day for that one. Then mention the name of the company or organization when being interviewed for the news about the house fire ;)
 
2009-04-26 07:21:12 AM  
How is this ironic? It's quite sad, but not ironic.
 
2009-04-26 07:48:25 AM  
"How you gonna get fired on your day off?"

/I'm not surprised that Office Space gets more references than Friday
//but I am disappointed
 
2009-04-26 08:03:32 AM  

cerote: How is this ironic? It's quite sad, but not ironic.


It sorta is...he was a social worker who, according to tfa, helped people cope with such traumas as "being fired or house fires," etc. Not a classic definition, but close enough for rock and roll
Fark.
 
2009-04-26 08:20:00 AM  
... and later that day discovered his wife having sex with Vern Troyer at a local Carl Jr.'s.
 
2009-04-26 08:23:34 AM  
cerote: How is this ironic? It's quite sad, but not ironic.

He got fired, and then his house got fired. Hence the clever headline: maybe if he was laid off, then he would have gotten laid instead.

/+1 to subby
 
2009-04-26 08:23:55 AM  

hillbillypharmacist: "How you gonna get fired on your day off?"

/I'm not surprised that Office Space gets more references than Friday
//but I am disappointed


bahhhhhh! came to post that
 
2009-04-26 08:25:42 AM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2009-04-26 08:26:07 AM  

CrossEyed: cerote: How is this ironic? It's quite sad, but not ironic.

He got fired, and then his house got fired. Hence the clever headline: maybe if he was laid off, then he would have gotten laid instead.

/+1 to subby


+1 for the explanation.

It's ironic, or not, who cares.
 
2009-04-26 08:27:44 AM  
That's a great headline.
 
2009-04-26 08:28:24 AM  
If only it was somebody's wedding day nearby.....could have saved the house.
 
2009-04-26 08:29:25 AM  
I asked the Irony Cops and they said this situation is indeed ironic. And shiatty.
 
2009-04-26 08:30:32 AM  
Put a gold star on your computer, subby.
 
2009-04-26 08:32:04 AM  

rancidPlasma: I asked the Irony Cops and they said this situation is indeed ironic. And shiatty.


No. Not Ironic.

It would have been ironic if he had been called in for fire prevention training.
 
2009-04-26 08:34:32 AM  

CrossEyed: cerote: How is this ironic? It's quite sad, but not ironic.

He got fired, and then his house got fired. Hence the clever headline: maybe if he was laid off, then he would have gotten laid instead.

/+1 to subby


Garcon, moar coffee.
 
2009-04-26 08:36:31 AM  

letrole: It would have been ironic if he had been called in for fire prevention training.


Or if they were going to fire him but he spontaneously combusted.
 
2009-04-26 08:36:31 AM  
hmmph not only is this not ironic, but is probably going to cause my headline (which IS ironic) to get shot down...thanks for nuthin submittard

http://www.fark.com/cgi/comments.pl?IDLink=4351682#new (new window)


/learn the language
//sheesh
///wait...is that ironic? I think it is... :)
 
2009-04-26 08:41:19 AM  

yogaFLAME: Or if they were going to fire him but he spontaneously combusted.


Or if his wife had cut her hair to buy him a new zippo.

/ not obscure
// neither is the candy bar
 
2009-04-26 08:42:53 AM  
Butterfingers approves. Geez, I love work.
 
2009-04-26 08:46:22 AM  
i45.photobucket.com
 
2009-04-26 08:57:34 AM  
We find it's always better to fire people on a Friday.....
 
2009-04-26 08:59:03 AM  
I see what you did there =)
 
2009-04-26 09:02:16 AM  
hope the kids were not too freaked out. As a child my mother experienced an apartment fire that left them homeless, possession-free and broke. That trauma follows her still.
 
2009-04-26 09:05:31 AM  
My favorite lay off story. Yes. There is more than one.

I go in to work early. Second shift. I worked for Union Pacific Railroad in dowtown St. Louis. I'm waiting in the break room with a railroad cop. Railroad cops usually have some great stories. He's telling me about the time he's guarding an intermodal yard in LA. Some kids break in to a container and find it's full of VCRs. Suddenly, there's a sea of humanity converging on this container. The kids are throwing VCRs in to the crowd.

Best the cops can do now is try and get some of the VCRs back. This cop says he runs around a corner and there's a little old lady with a walker. Balanced on the walker is a VCR.

He must have seen my name tag for the first time because he stops the story and excuses himself. About 5 minutes late, the shift meeting starts. It goes like normal but then the boss says "Harry wait here." Everyone else goes in. In comes the boss' boss and the cop. I get walked out. I knew the place was moving to Omaha but I figured we had another year at least.

The cop walks me down to the street and out to the curb. I turn to him and ask: "So did you arrest that lady or just take the VCR back?" He looked at me, said nothing and walked back in.

Dang.
 
2009-04-26 09:06:50 AM  
Let Wikipedia decide.

Irony (from the Ancient Greek εἰρωνεία eirōneía, meaning hypocrisy, deception, or feigned ignorance) is a literary or rhetorical device, in which there is an incongruity or discordance between what one says or does and what one means or what is generally understood. Irony is a mode of expression that calls attention to the character's knowledge and that of the audience.

There is some argument about what qualifies as ironic, but all senses of irony revolve around the perceived notion of an incongruity between what is said and what is meant, or between an understanding or expectation of a reality and what actually happens. "when the literal truth is in direct discordance, to the perceived truth".



Since there is a discordance between a reality and what actually happened, I deem it ironic.
 
2009-04-26 09:09:14 AM  

Madbassist1: hmmph not only is this not ironic, but is probably going to cause my headline (which IS ironic) to get shot down...thanks for nuthin submittard

http://www.fark.com/cgi/comments.pl?IDLink=4351682#new (new window)


/learn the language
//sheesh
///wait...is that ironic? I think it is... :)


Bit bitter, are we?
 
2009-04-26 09:12:32 AM  
jayday Quote 2009-04-26 08:57:34 AM
We find it's always better to fire people on a Friday.....


Fire them after the Christmas party. (Happened to a few people at a place I used to work for). A man was fired the monday after the Christmas party. Five years later, his boss was fired the same way.

Owens's Corning Fiberglass would do their anual downsizing at Christmas time.
 
2009-04-26 09:15:08 AM  

CrossEyed: cerote: How is this ironic? It's quite sad, but not ironic.

He got fired, and then his house got fired. Hence the clever headline: maybe if he was laid off, then he would have gotten laid instead.

/+1 to subby


A little sad that we have to explain that one around here.

/another +1 for best read-it-twice-to-laugh-out-loud headline I've seen in a while
//wishes I actually had +1's to give
 
2009-04-26 09:35:47 AM  

CrossEyed: cerote: How is this ironic? It's quite sad, but not ironic.

He got fired, and then his house got fired. Hence the clever headline: maybe if he was laid off, then he would have gotten laid instead.

/+1 to subby


I don't get it. Perhaps a diagram would help?
 
2009-04-26 09:39:14 AM  

Mongo cut wood: jayday Quote 2009-04-26 08:57:34 AM
We find it's always better to fire people on a Friday.....

Owens's Corning Fiberglass would do their anual downsizing at Christmas time.


One of my friend's got laid off last year the day of the Christmas party along with 12% of his company. For some reason management can't figure out why morale is so low and any one who can get another job is leaving. They have lost almost another 10% of their workforce. It would probably be more if the job market in Atlanta was better.
 
2009-04-26 09:39:58 AM  
Subby needs a coincidence tag. The headline uses irony; the story is not ironic.

/badge No. 4403
 
2009-04-26 09:40:02 AM  

ajgeek: Madbassist1: hmmph not only is this not ironic, but is probably going to cause my headline (which IS ironic) to get shot down...thanks for nuthin submittard

http://www.fark.com/cgi/comments.pl?IDLink=4351682#new (new window)


/learn the language
//sheesh
///wait...is that ironic? I think it is... :)

Bit bitter, are we?


perhaps you missed the smiley at the end...not surprising.
 
2009-04-26 09:40:31 AM  

Madbassist1: hmmph not only is this not ironic, but is probably going to cause my headline (which IS ironic) to get shot down...thanks for nuthin submittard


It didn't get shot down because this went green. I read your headline and it sucked donkey balls.
 
2009-04-26 09:49:43 AM  

Palmer Eldritch: That's a great headline.


Not ironic at all. Just a play on words. Unless you think telling the "there once was a man from Nantucket"joke is ironic, too.

Please dont misuse the 'ironic tag'. Every time you do, you make baby Jesus cry.
 
2009-04-26 09:49:54 AM  
cute headline
 
2009-04-26 09:53:08 AM  
Subby, you made me laugh at something naughty before church.
I am ashamed.
 
2009-04-26 09:58:19 AM  

Goodfella: Palmer Eldritch: That's a great headline.

Not ironic at all. Just a play on words. Unless you think telling the "there once was a man from Nantucket"joke is ironic, too.

Please dont misuse the 'ironic tag'. Every time you do, you make baby Jesus cry.


RTFA. The guy councils people who go through tragedies like loosing thier job or having their house burned down.
 
2009-04-26 10:11:35 AM  
Somewhere in Canada, Alanis Morissette is crying

// But ironically, a royalty check for the stupid song is heading her way
 
2009-04-26 10:13:24 AM  

OregonVet: Madbassist1: hmmph not only is this not ironic, but is probably going to cause my headline (which IS ironic) to get shot down...thanks for nuthin submittard

It didn't get shot down because this went green. I read your headline and it sucked donkey balls.


After watching your mom for so many years, you would know...
 
2009-04-26 10:15:39 AM  
I do feel it is both ironic and sad. The fact that the guy chooses to laugh about it instead of "Firing" on his former employer, makes him cool. "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"!
 
2009-04-26 10:20:00 AM  
At the bottom of the article, the next story is "Hard times for Britan's richest".

I just can't see reading that after this.
 
2009-04-26 10:21:14 AM  
www.deeppencil.com
 
2009-04-26 10:38:08 AM  
Woke up this morning a little too early,
a little too tired, a little too surly.
Guess I got up on the wrong side of the bed
when I shoulda stayed in it instead.
But I gotta go to work 'cause I love it
Oh how I wanna tell the boss to shove it
No matter how I want to crash
Need abundance of funds when it comes to cash.
So I wash my face with a little bit of water
to wake me up
('Does it work?' 'Yeah, sorta..')
Inspect the reflection, check my eyes -
they're bloodshot, that's no surprise.
So I wake up every day the same way,
no matter what time I hit the hay
Fall asleep at like seven o'clock
and I wake up tired wearing dirty socks, thinking.

I love (I love work)
Work (I love work)
I love (Geez, I love work)
Work

Put my shoes on, strap them up,
Put on my shorts, scratch my nut,
Put on my shirt, get something to eat
and then I'm out the door and I'm into the street.
Driving my car, still putting my clothes on,
When I realise I left the stove on.
I'm gonna be late if I have to go home,
But I got no choice so I'll bust a U-bone
at the buisiest intersection,
probably starting to wish that I'd slept in -
'cause now a cop is pulling me over,
and I'm quite sure that I'm not quite sober.
But he's happy just giving me a ticket
when he pisses off I'm gonna flick it
out the window and go to work wired
Hope I don't get fired for being so tired.
A quarter to is when i'm supposed to start,
but I'm looking at my watch and it's quarter past.
Boss's telling me to get off my ass,
but it's against my religion to be working fast.
So I said another company has made some offers,
if you want me to stay, 'I need a new office!'
He's fuming and foaming at the mouth
when he reminded of the stove at my house.
Never went back to turn it off
because I got sidetracked, interacting with the cop,
I'm telling my boss how a fire might burn my house and my stuff and the money that I've earned.
Thought it was a lie, wouldn't let me go home,
so I quit my job to save everything I own.
Bust him in the eye and called him a jerk
When it got me to thinking - I love work.

I love (I love work)
Work (I love work)
I love (Geez, I love work)
Work

Speeding home, I got pulled over again,
by the same cop saying, 'Well if it isn't my old friend!'
Looked him in the eye, told him the truth -
so he came to my house to check the proof.
And there's the roof, fully ablaze;
I guess I'm just having one of those days.
I lost my job, my house burned down,
and I got two tickets from the same clown.
All my memories are up in smoke,
All my enemies are farking stoked,
'Cause now I've got nothing left
and I can't even collect a counter check,
because for that, you need ID,
and the Centrelink staff don't recognise me.
Still have a hangover, my head hurts,
but none of this would have happened if I didn't go to work.

Now I wake up in the afternoon,
Hardly ever even leave my room,
unless I need to shiat or piss
or eat something, 'cause I don't wanna miss
Jerry Springer, Ricki Lake;
I don't wanna clean the mess that I make.
I'm allowed and proud to be a slob -
it's all part of the parcel of my new job.
I can wake up with serious bed hair,
I don't brush it, it just sits there.
the main concern is I get enough sleep
and I hand my form in every couple of weeks,
cos the government pays for me to stay home
and I much prefer to be on my own.
I got tired of being a clerk
but now - I love work.

I love (I love work)
Work (I love work)
I love (Geez, I love work)
Work
 
2009-04-26 10:40:56 AM  
awesome headline smitty.
 
2009-04-26 10:59:02 AM  
Gunderson
Love it.
 
2009-04-26 11:03:42 AM  
i231.photobucket.com
 
2009-04-26 11:10:09 AM  
Welcome to the Machine

OMG! That is one of the funniest things I've ever seen! LOLing rolling on the floor!
 
2009-04-26 11:30:00 AM  

CrossEyed: cerote: How is this ironic? It's quite sad, but not ironic.

He got fired, and then his house got fired. Hence the clever headline: maybe if he was laid off, then he would have gotten laid instead.

/+1 to subby


I must need coffee, I didn't get the headline until I read this post.

/ashamed.
 
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