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Well, that's no loss

Have you read about the closure of a shop, failing of a company or even the death of someone and thought: 'That's no '?

I know I have been thinking that quite a bit lately, with all the and in the news this year. Maybe it's just that I'm getting as I grow older, or perhaps seeing the truth rather than shareholders' gloss, but there have been a few headlines about companies failing where I have been grinning quietly to myself and thinking 'well, that's no loss, because it'll mean more people come to x site/shop instead.'

I have to stop myself from gloating at times and think of the people behind the headlines. The workers who have lost their , the families who have been affected. I wouldn't feel as smug if it was a company I worked for which went under. (And yes, before you ask, I have been made redundant before. The state of the job market today, it is likely to happen again some time.)

Even the most evil of evildoers may have a family to whom they were someone special, parents, a spouse or children, a or leader who saw something in them which was never fully realised. There was a very informative article on the BBC last month, an interview with the daughter of a serial killer . She was able to explain what it feels like being on the other side of the equation, being related to a person serving consecutive life sentences.

I will probably still consider that some companies (and even some evil people) will be no loss to the world, but to someone, somewhere they will always be a .


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AliCanary wrote on December 17, 2014, 4:39 PM

I understand the mixed feelings. It may be a knee-jerk reaction to chuckle with glee upon learning that some horrible company tanked, but then considering the employees and whatnot, you have to hope for the best for them.

Kasman wrote on December 17, 2014, 4:48 PM

When a company fails it isn't the fault of the workers, it's the fault of senior management - and they often go on to another cushy job somewhere else whilst the workforce get thrown on the dole.

WordChazer wrote on December 17, 2014, 5:03 PM

That's often the problem kasman . From personal experience, the directors of the company where I was made redundant made £7m each from the sale of the firm to a takeover bidder. I didn't even get the redundancy payment I had been promised, because I managed to find myself another job before the redundancy period was up. So the people handling the whole thing decided that I was not due my payment from them. I still consider that was wrong and would love to ask an employment lawyer about it sometime, although it is well water under the bridge by now. As Michel Platini said 'we was robbed'.

WordChazer wrote on December 17, 2014, 5:06 PM

It's not always companies that make me think like that. Sometimes it's people who have committed evil deeds and whose demise briefly makes me wonder if anyone is mourning their passing. Then I have to remind myself they may well have been someone's child, spouse or parent, and they're probably mourning the loss of this person, even if the rest of the world is not.

scheng1 wrote on December 18, 2014, 1:46 AM

There is always doom and gloom if you watch the news. I think we are better off not knowing.

Ruby3881 wrote on December 19, 2014, 2:32 PM

I completely relate with those mixed feelings! I allow myself to revel a little in the loss of the individual or company, but then I take the time to wish the families and employees something better as a result.

momathome wrote on January 3, 2015, 8:01 PM

That's true and we often forget, that person was still someone's son, daughter, grandchild or parent. While they may not have contributed to society as a whole they will leave a hole in someone's life, somewhere.

WordChazer wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:19 AM

And some grieving relation thinking for the rest of their days 'Where did I go wrong?' 'What could I have done better so that this didn't happen?'