No matter where one turns these days, it seems nearly impossible to escape the news of the latest company or industry to unravel. So to challenge the status quo of doom and gloom, and to inject a layer of much needed levity, our new series presents satirical articles of different industries in crisis. This week, we turn to two short bulletins from “Sign of the times” at Reuters.
In a southern England town families hit by the financial crisis put a pound store out of business by flocking to a 99 pence shop that opened across the road. The Pound World in Poole saw its earnings plummet by 70 percent and was forced to close within weeks of 99p Stores launching on the other side of the High Street. "It's funny to think a shop can close down because of a penny difference, I suppose it's a sign of the times," customer David Fitzpatrick told The Star newspaper.
Proof of unemployment
The Delancey bar and nightclub in New York City's Manhattan has designated a special night out: "Laid off Mondays." It offers two-for-one drinks all night and a free shot of tequila at midnight "for everyone with proof of unemployment."
[Image via Reuters.]