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September 28th, 2011
04:02 AM ET

Talk Back: Are job loss greeting cards kind or inappropriate?

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From CNN's Carol Costello:

There are Hallmark cards for everything, from birthdays andKwanza, to depression and divorce. Hallmark's latest? Unemployment.

The company has launched a line of "job loss cards," ranging from the humorous to the thoughtful, that give consumers the ability to send cards to loved ones who have lost their jobs and may be experiencing financial troubles.  

In explaining their decision, Hallmark says, “Cards for people who have lost their jobs are a reflection of the times. Hallmark customers were asking for these cards to offer support to their friends or family going through a difficult time. People in times of need always look for ways to connect."

However, with unemployment being perhaps the biggest fear in America right now, some are doubtful as to whether a “Hallmark moment” can make it better.

Talk Back: Are job loss greeting cards kind or inappropriate?

Let us know what you think. Your response may be read on our program.


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Beth

    I guess that would depend on who sent it, and when they did so. Nothing would be worse than receiving one of these 'gems of kindness' from the person who downsized or replaced you, unless it would be receiving one of these cards before you actually knew you had lost your job.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:07 am |
  2. Adam

    I think if it was able to make me smile then I would absolutly love to recieve one. If there would be one thing I would need the most it would be my spirits being raised.

    September 28, 2011 at 7:59 am |
  3. Solomon Davis

    If it makes money, maybe they will be able to add a few employees to their roster and do something to help alleviate the misfortune they seek to profit from. It is in poor taste though, and I fear if they are successful it may lead to something truly offensive. It is dangerously close to making a line of "I'm sorry your family is starving" cards...I can imagine opening to read "Here's a $10 piece of folded cardboard to remind you how I could have helped had I not been too busy rubbing your nose in my success," which would almost be funny if there weren't people starving...a fact we'll become increasingly aware of if this unemployment issue isn't solved soon.

    September 28, 2011 at 6:07 am |
  4. Dan, Stewartstown, PA

    As long as they are not hurtful, I think a card with a humorous thought can be used to lift someone's spirits and show that they are not alone. Misery loves company and a smile can go a long way toward brightening one's day.

    September 28, 2011 at 5:52 am |