An Outsourced Life
(Seattle, WA, USA)
One day, Sam, an employee of MacroCorp of five years, went to work as he did every day. He arrived a few minutes late, as usual, and meandered to his cubicle where a surprise awaited him. He picked up an envelope addressed to him.
The note read, “Sam, we have to let you go. Your performance lately has been highly suspect, and well, it was never really that great to begin with. We are, however, a gracious employer; we are willing to do you the favor of voluntarily resigning from your position, effectively immediately. This offer is good until the end of the day,” signed, Management.
Without any other plan, Sam decided to take his employer up on their offer.
At his apartment, over some beers, Sam poured over his woes with his closest friend and roommate, Jeff.
“It's so strange that they would do it that way, you know,” Jeff said.
“I know,” Sam replied. “The only thing I have been able to do to keep myself busy and sane is work for these online quick jobs. They don't pay very much, maybe fifty cents, but the jobs are really diverse and interesting. I end up doing a lot of surveys.”
“A-ha. You know, those kinds of wages are sustainable in certain conditions...” Jeff hinted.
“What do you mean.”
“You should move to India.”
The very next day Sam bought a ticket to India, where he spent the remainder of his days living comfortably, filling out online surveys and writing short stories to make his living.