Hallmark Now Selling Unemployment Sympathy Cards

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Call it another sign of our difficult economic times: Hallmark has taken a cue from the nation’s 9.1 percent unemployment rate and released a line of cards for people who’ve lost their jobs.

Caring or insulting?

“It’s says something about the economy I suppose. But it also says something about that folks are still loving and caring and want to encourage folks along the way,” Emily Louis said.

Louis was in a Dallas Hallmark store looking for a birthday card.

Asked if she would give someone who lost a job one of the new cards, she said, “Yeah, I think I would.”

Frank Fernandez, who owns Monica’s Hallmark in Dallas, said, “The cards are flying off the shelves.”

Call it caring with a twist. The kind that tells you, “When life gives you a lemon, go ahead and make a martini with it,” as one so boldly suggests.

Suzanne Sheafer was in Monica’s Hallmark with her nine-year-old daughter Kaylie.

Asked what she thought about the job loss cards, Sheafer said, “Nowadays everybody’s always doing email or other things and I think when you get a card in the mail it’s that extra touch that you know someone went the extra mile.”

So what is the protocol? How soon should you give someone who’s lost a job a card? More importantly when is it too late?

“It seems to me like within a couple of days you should be able to address the question,” Frank Fernandez said. “Because you’re basically trying to make the people forget about what happened and focus on what’s ahead.”

Fernandez was a sales representative for a Fortune 500 company in 1994 when he lost his job.

“We can all relate to it,” he said.

Fernandez was without a job for a whole year. And though he never got a card, he got the message about life lemons.

“I lost my job,” he said. “But, that’s how I ended up owning Hallmark stores.”


One Comment

  1. Anybody but Obama in 2012 says:

    They should print up a boat load of these especially to mark President Obama’s ousting from office

    1. tlm says:

      LOL….love your comment, “Anybody but Obama in 2012”! Your name says it all.

      1. DDT says:

        In a related story, a single non-duplicated tri-fold brochure will be printed on November 7, 2012 with the title, “So You’ve Lost Your Job Because You Were a Glorified Community Organizer Full Of Hype And Zero Leadership Skills (Or Even A CLUE For That Matter)”


    2. Jeffy33 says:

      This is sad for sure. But I guess they will be selling alot of them. And no that isn’t good news


    3. jasperddbgghost says:

      Gotta pair this story up with the “My EBT” Rapper.

      Sign of the times. Socialism in play.

  2. 2sister says:

    Many people would probably be upset to get such a card. There are some people who don’t want to be reminded that they don’t have a job. Also, it’s rather tacky for Hallmark to try to make money off of hard economic times.

    1. Oy says:

      No kidding. I’ve been laid off before and the last thing you want is people knowing about it – other than your recruiter and one or two people who may be able to get you a job in their company.

  3. Sign O' The Times says:

    Jesus Christ…

    1. Jesus Christ says:


      1. Jew Boy says:

        Do something, you dead rabbi! 😉

  4. Joseph A. Smith says:

    Its the bankers. It doesnt matter whos in office. GET IT???

    RON PAUL 2012! Let END this nioghtmare!

    1. DDT says:

      The only nightmarish thing is your grammar and spelling. Put your foil hat back on, Ron Paul kook…

      1. mercantilism says:

        I see the MSM media propaganda machine is doing an excellent job of brain washing you- constantly reminding you that all RP supporters are tin foil hat wearers. what makes us crazy? the belief that the federal reserve is a massive scam? is it because we dislike seeing our family members all but live overseas in pointless wars? excellent spelling and grammar burn by the way, keep calling names.

  5. FIREBIRD says:

    Leave it to the private sector! LOL – gotta love an entrepreneur

  6. FIREBIRD says:

    P.S. Wish they would send NOBAMA one!

  7. Dr. Bombay says:

    Why not trash mob cards for trashing your convenience store?

    Dear Convenience Store owner,

    I’m so sorry our criminal children robbed your store. Please accept our condolences. http://911essentials.com

  8. Maureen says:

    If I received the card, then I would hope that person included a nice fat check with the card wishing me well.

  9. Ellie Enliightened says:

    Next is will be a goodbye America card.

    1. Harleyrider Davidson says:

      Ya the date was JAN 20TH 2008!

  10. Smitty77 says:

    Every time I see McConnell and Boehner on TV, I wonder how this mess is all Obama’s fault!

    1. frank marshall davis says:

      u r correct, they should have attempted to stop the progressive socialist democrats and not enjoy their elected luxuries for avoiding being called racist obstructionists, and if it was American Greetings-dem supporters,, they would have downsized the artist and writers AFTER windfallprofits lol

    2. Harleyrider Davidson says:

      It started before they got there like right after nancy pelosi and reid got control in 2007!

  11. dave says:

    Life gives you lemons, you should find their cleaning power and stop stinking so much.

    1. Harleyrider Davidson says:

      When life feeds you lemons make a lemonade stand,except the cops will just shut ya down like they have the 12 year old girls in recent months across america!

  12. t kalnoske says:

    same reason why it was bush’s fault when he was prez…

    1. jasperddbgghost says:

      Who? Oh you mean that last guy who isn’t in charge anymore.

      Obama has been sleeping in the White House for almost 3 years. It’s all the fault of him and wookie now.

  13. roze says:

    I have an idea! How about giving that 4 bucks you paid for the card to your unemployed friend or relative! …………… Amazing what we who can waste our money on.

  14. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

    Well sales of these unemployment cards should be good for about 40% of this year’s GDP, which should help soften the Depression’s blow slightly now that the previous “engine” of our economy– plywood sales for boarded-up storefronts– was starting to run out of gas.

    1. Harleyrider Davidson says:


  15. Chet says:

    I am unemployed. Don’t give me a card. Just give me the $4 it cost you.

  16. Harleyrider Davidson says:

    So Hows that GREEN JOB working out for you at SOLYNDRA again!


  17. Bill T says:

    He could build his business if he also had cards like:

    Sorry you lost your 401K in the stock market crash.

    Sorry about that forecosure.

    Sorry your health care plan won’t cover that particular illness.

    Sorry you didn’t move to Ecuador while you still had the cash.

  18. eljay says:

    I recently bought a Hallmark card. It said “made in China” on the back.

  19. DDT says:

    Well, there’s a typical entitlement attitude, Maureen.

  20. Unknown says:

    do they have a ” i got fired for freedom of speech on facebook!” This isnt right america!

  21. EEEK!!! says:

    “” DONT CARD ME BRO!!!””

  22. JoeAstroturf says:

    Obama says everybody should get their Hallmark card and stop complaining and fight and join Obama’s Food Stamp parade. If you don’t behave no food or healthcare and he’’ll send the minority unemployment even higher if that’s possible. The king has spoken. People should just look and see how much He and Michelle are enjoying the good life. He’s also trying to see if people can get weed with their stamps to keep MR EBT happy check out song “MY EBT” v=o64Fz-KW1Dk, the guys talented not like Obama. He’ ll vote for Obama if they’ll allow him to buy weed with his Food stamps. If Obama hasn’t offered the guy a couple of million to take it down or ATTACKWATCH.com hasn’t squashed it.

    Check out song called “teapartiers I can’t hear you” on youtube

    Here’s a verse

    Doctors are retiring earlier but we’re getting 17000 new IRS
    This is how Obama creates health care jobs I guess
    For 235 years this country’s been God’s blessing.
    Now he’s following Cloward and Piven’s to bankrupt the country I’m guessing
    If Obamacare gives Grandma and Grandpa a scare
    Think how when their rationed and die earlier we’ll save on healthcare

  23. Maureen says:

    Ever hear of a joke?

  24. Mike Alright says:

    Cool, more stuff for women to spend their money on, as they still have jobs (and contribute the most to the consumer spending controlled US economy).

  25. tim dearman says:

    What a ridiculous waste of money.

  26. The Bobster says:

    I’ve been boycotting Hallmark ever since they aired their young teen coa lburner commercial last Christmas. I don’t need bes tiality thrown in my face.

  27. Miguel en Canarias says:

    Hey, maybe HR departments will use these cards for notification purposes instead of pink slips. You know, to add insult to injury.

    The poor taste in giving somebody this kind of card is astonishing. Would you send a card to a friend, brother or daughter if they lose their jobs in this economy? Would you like to receive one yourself? Of course not.

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