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Photos of 2009 NYC Unemployment Olympics

NYC Unemployment Olympics Are All Fun, Games, and Prizes

With challenges like the Fax Machine Toss, You're Fired Race, and Pin the Blame on the Bosses, the first-ever Unemployment Olympics yesterday drew a crowd of unemployed New Yorkers in the East Village. Proof of unemployment was necessary to become a participant, and competitors played games with the possibility of winning prizes from local businesses, like a $50 bar tab and restaurant gift certificates.

The event was organized by 26-year-old Nick Goddard, a recently laid-off computer programmer who hoped the mock Olympics would "lift everyone's spirits a little," and commented, "Originally, my thought was just to make people laugh." Check out what you missed at the Unemployment Olympics in the gallery below.


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A-Journey-To-Wellth A-Journey-To-Wellth 8 years
I was laid off yesterday!! I shouldve gone hahah. Too bad I didnt hear about it.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
that's hysterical. i'm in NYC and i didn't hear anything about this - but it would have been fun to see. my fiance is unemployed - he should have gone down there!
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
OMG! I know of his sister, Jo, she writes for Glamour. :)
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
cute idea.. how come i never hear of these events and im in nyc everyday? i must be living in a box lol
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
What a funny idea! I love the fax machine toss. Nice.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
For some reason, the only thing I thought of when I read this was the scene in "Office Space" where the two guys get laid off and they take the evil printer out into the field and destroy it while they swear at it...that's one of the best parts of the movie, lol!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I was kind of thinking the same thing, shydc. It's not as if people don't want to find jobs.
shydcgirl28 shydcgirl28 8 years
Wow, clearly the previous poster a...unicorn has no issues finding employment during times such as these. How convenient to sit at your place of employment, from on-high while speaking poorly about these clearly lazy unemployed persons. Jerk.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 8 years
Maybe if those people put the same amount of energy into finding a job, they wouldn't be unemployed...
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
When I first read the headline, I thought this might be the April Fool's joke on Savvy!
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