In line with strike season in South Africa, spring inspired a group of completely morbid and depressed people to protest against the sign of a smile in South Africa.
The strike action featured some well-known names who endorsed the campaign which started in Sandton Central on 1 October 2010. There was talk of starting on the new Gautrain from OR Tambo International but the request to have fun on the train was turned down on the grounds that the person in charge "could not find a reason to say yes." Oy vey. No wonder we were striking.
A highly-placed anonymous source said "This serious strike action caused complete hysterics, while simultaneously promoting consumption, resignation and consternation among people who read self-help literature, especially targeting those who believe that deadlines are not alive and who constantly attempt to evade them."
Onlookers were warned not to attempt to make jokes as this was considered against the interests of national security and a clampdown may have been ordered if things got out of hands. There was even talk about a State of Emerging.