February 23, 2009

I'm a statistic

It goes to show how bad the economy is when the Dollar Theater can't make it. Yep, my employment has gone the way of many other businesses--closed down. While folks were still coming to see movies, especially on 50¢ ticket day, there weren't enough of them buying popcorn and drinks to pay our bills (or the higher minimum wage for our 16 & 17 year old employees, none of whom were "trying to support a family" and all of whom now have to find another way to pay for their cell phone bills, poor things). It still galls me that no one will admit that the minimum wage increase is even partly responsible for the economic mess we're in, let alone a big contributing factor. If payroll hadn't gone higher than a 70's rock star, I think we could have weathered the higher costs for transportation and corn and other supplies.

Ah, well. Spilled milk.

Meanwhile, I am now gently cradled in the delicate hands of the government, trying to get the unemployment benefits my employer has been paying on my behalf for the last six years. Seems the payroll company reported my income to the state under someone else's Social Security Number for at least the last year. Lovely.

Wait, there's more. But I think I'll continue my tale of woe another day. It's not nice to depress my readers too much...

Posted by Susie at February 23, 2009 02:07 PM | TrackBack

As soon as I read the first line, I thought, "well, at least no one was being paid an unliving wage as payroll shoved the company under." Because we don't want non-living wages to bring on the zombie apocalypse.

Posted by: Phelps at February 23, 2009 03:03 PM

Well, if nothing else, enjoy the time off. A number of years ago I got laid off and was on unemployment for over a year - and I can honestly say it was one of the happiest, stress-free times of my life.

Posted by: Shadoglare at February 23, 2009 10:30 PM

I'm sorry to see that you have been "laid off" and as you rightly say, it is an indication of how serious things are. I'm glad I'm not the only person who keeps pointing to the fact that "minimum wages" have contributed to sprialling costs and business failures. Hope you get the damned bureaucrats paying up your Social Security PDQ.

Posted by: The Gray Monk at February 25, 2009 06:00 PM

Having gone through an involuntary job loss myself a couple years back, I've got plenty of sympathy.

On the bright side, you'll finally get to move into a job where your talents aren't wasted.

Anyway, let me know if you need your resume proofread or anything.

Posted by: Harvey at February 25, 2009 09:49 PM