Copyright - John Nixon
Times had been rough for the Spangling Brothers- Farnum & O’Reilly Circus.
With the loss of its elephant act and the ability of folks in even the farthest reaches to view spectacles of all sorts via TV and internet, the need to cut costs became paramount.
“Oh, Scruffles,” called out Russell Gayer, wily manager of the circus, to his number 1 clown, “I have lost a contact lens in the piano. Would you go get it please?"
As Scruffles climbed into the piano, Gayer laid off his first employee.
“One down,” he cackled. “The Bearded Lady is next.”
What a bastard! What kind of person chooses to lay out .... I mean lay off an employee like this? Then again it ain't too shabby to save on severance, unemployment, and extended benefits when you're laying off an employee and you've got to keep costs low.
So we'll give Russell the benefit of the doubt. If you click here, you can give Russell and all the other Friday Fictioneers the benefit of the doubt too with respect to their takes on the picture prompt above.
Just keep away from the piano.