Sources confirmed to AFG that the e-mail was proceeded by a special package that employees were instructed to open upon receipt of the e-mail. The e-mail was forwarded to AFG:
The work force reduction notification is currently in progress. Unfortunately your existence is one that has been eliminated.A spokesperson for Radio Shack who spoke to us on condition of anonymity explained "this is isn't easy for us either. We have HR people with all sorts of repetitive motion injuries from hitting 'send'. And then there's the cost of corpse removal!"
Radio Shack regrets to inform you that you have died. Please take the special stress relief tablets we have sent you.
You may subsequently experience a floating sensation. Shortly thereafter, all your troubles will feel as if they've just melted away.
Customers shopping at the 23rd street Radio Shack in NYC had mixed reactions.
Jim Heff, a self described "Hacker - to the EXTREME!" told AFG that "..this is an outrage. I came here today to get a XLR-USB adaptor so that I can synchronise my online and video porn with my new HD screen and my Hustler FEM BOT. But if this is how Radio Shack sees the common man, I may just have to take my business to J and R!"
Others were less concerned. Tom Dresden of Sweatshops International saw the move as "smart business sense."
"They did the right thing - they told these people - look, you're dead. Sometimes someone has just got to have the guts - and the love of freedom - to step up and to tell them the truth. I just pray that when my time comes I'm allowed the same dignity in death."
Spartacus and John Ball, joined together in the midst of an eternal intellectual struggle in the afterlife, were subsquently unavailable for comment.