Hire me, please. Yes, today I was let go, fired, downsized. I was advised, “I’m sorry, but I’ve been told from the new president of
Copia, Garry McGuire Jr., to let all the part-time employees go.” I am a part-time employee, so that meant me. This actually happened when I called in to find out what time I worked tonight. That may seem last minute, but actually I had called yesterday, as well. And the schedule which starts on Sunday is rarely posted until Saturday afternoon.
So, instead of working tonight and bringing home close to $200, here I sit, blogging.
I don’t blame my manager Joel, he’s a sweet guy, and he’s just following orders, and truly seems to feel bad about it all. He’s willing to give me a letter of recommendation and has given me a few leads of places that are hiring. That’s all I can ask for at the moment.
It’s unfair though, because of all the food servers at Julia’s Kitchen, I actually have the most seniority. Even though I work part-time, I have been there the longest, since October of 2006. I have stayed when everyone else left, through five – count them – managers. Steve, Jane, Noel, Jane again, and Joel. Also, Rose, Jazmin and Eric who were acting managers for short periods of time. Also, I have regular customers who love me. There are two couples that come in and ask for me every Friday night. The Curley’s, John and Cathy, and the Poliak’s, Richard and Cathy. I had special plans for them to celebrate their 100th and 200th visit respectively. The sad thing is, I won’t even be able explain and say goodbye to them or any of my friends/co-workers.
Whose idea was brunch? Mine! (And it’s been very successful I must say!) Who always shows up for her shifts? Me! Who has come in many times on short notice to help out? ME!
I filed for unemployment. That was a bit confusing. Apparently both of my part-time jobs, including the one I’m not fired from – with the school district – will pay for the unemployment that I draw. They seemed to want to know more information from the job I still work for than for the one I was fired from. Why?
I have almost $300 in the bank and about $23 in cash. To last until the end of the month.
The plan is: Apply for unemployment. Check. Update resume. Make copies of letters of reference. Start applying at every fine dining restaurant in Napa.
Do I blame the economy? Do I blame the new president of Copia, Garry McGuire Jr.? I really don’t know who to blame. All I know is that as difficult and unexpected as it is, I need to find a new job and fast. Wish me luck!