I have been fired twice, although the second one might not count. The first time was when I had a summer job at Gap Kids in high school. I let one of my friends use my discount and got busted. The second time I was the editor of a Jewish website. The site’s original funder decided he didn’t want to fund us anymore, and we walked into work one day only to find our boss there telling us we needed to pack up our stuff. (Side note: I kept running the site for free until someone else bought it, but that is a story for another day. That story will be entitled “Working for Free: Stupid Idea or Mildly Stupid Idea?”) While the whole staff was laid off, I had that same feeling of being kicked in the stomach, so I kind of count it.
Have you ever been fired? If so, did you deserve it or not?