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March 31, 2009

A fax-machine toss, a “you're fired” race, a piñata, and ”pin the blame on the bosses” were the four events of the 2009 Unemployment Olympics held in New York City Tuesday.

The brainchild of laid-off computer programmer Nick Goddard, the Unemployment Olympics included 40 contestants competing in the four events at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village . The prizes for the winners include a $50 bar tab and a $40 restaurant gift certificate, which were donated by local sponsors, the New York Daily News reports.

Goddard tells the newspaper that he hopes the Olympiad will be a respite for laid-offs workers who are seeking jobs.

The competition was met with a shrug of the shoulders by some who say that it seems like a flip response to a lay-off.

“ I know too many people--particularly in the food-service industry and construction (the off-the-books types) -- who are reeling from the economy. I don't think they'll be in the mood to throw a fax machine,” says the writer of the EV Grieve blog, which focuses on the East Village .

Competitors were required to provide proof that they were unemployed, such as an unemployment card from the state or a letter from former employer.

Source: New York Daily News

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