SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — As the news of Twitter laying off 336 employees rocked headlines Tuesday morning, some now former employees reported finding out a rather unpleasant way: via blocked access to their company email accounts.
Software engineer Bart Teeuwisse tweeted a screenshot of a pop-up notification indicating he was blocked from accessing his email. After reading the morning news, it didn’t take long for him to realize he was one of the hundreds laid off.
But not long after, he tweeted that he received a missed call and voicemail from Twitter’s human resources office with the news.
Another former Twitter employee posted on Reddit having the same experience.
But surely it’s not the worst way to be informed you’ve lost your job. Getting handed a pink slip is almost always a difficult experience, but here are three especially cringe-worthy layoff stories:
1. Seeing Your Job Posted In The Newspaper
On a Yelp forum, Richard K. of Manhattan Beach, CA recalls:
“Was reading the local paper, and cruising through the Sunday classifieds when I spotted 1/8th page ad for a friend of mine’s exact position at the company we were both working at (he was still employed). I called him, and he had also just seen it. Went into work Monday and asked what was up, and they said ‘we are letting you go.’ Pretty harsh …”
2. Attending This Pizza Party From Hell
In a series of layoffs in the video game industry, Kotaku shares this story: