The 9/11 anniversary reminded me of one of my all-time favorite lay-off stories. The husband of a friend of a friend was stranded in Washington DC on 9/11. He wanted to get home to San Francisco and was able to rent a car and start wending his way cross country. While he was driving through the Nevada desert, his manager called to lay him off. Couldn't have waited another day, I guess! Good thing this fellow wasn't the type to drive off the Hoover Dam in despair.
Just another case of a stressed out manager who lets their "wanna get this over with" compulsion get in the way of human, humane behavior. (The company was AltaVista, as I recall. Still around but not quite the hotty they once were. Serves them right!)