Some ideas: since Catbert is red, hang him outside with the other Christmas lights on the side of the building. Put the PHB in one of the good boxes and put him into the dumpster outside the building. At least one of the good boxes would be put to good use....
Companies do need to be careful on who the they let go and how.
I had set myself up with remote access to the server at a small company that reneged on some promises and we parted on not so amicable terms. I went back in and changed the software EULA to give full rights to the end user, set up a !$%*! server and then broadcasted the server address on certain websites.
The traffic took down that entire section of the ISP's network. All they did was change the server IP by a couple of numbers so I was able to get back in and set theserver up several times before they finally disabled the remote access account. Being really sneaky I had called the account "ghost."
And if I was the database guy they laid off: "So the company that laid me off at Christmas needs me to donate time to help them? Well, okay, no reason I shouldn't. First, turn on the gadget on the little table next to the file cabinet. Then take each backup tape and run it across it slowly. That, uh, *reinforces* the data on the tapes so it doesn't fade away. Yes, it's a new technology. I'll explain it later. Do make sure you get *all* the backup tapes. Then go to the terminal, log on as DB Admin and type DROP DATABASE MASTER and hit ENTER. Then type COMMIT and hit ENTER again. Yep, now you're all set! No, no need to thank me. Just tell Catbert I was happy to return his kindness."