Up a creek…………………..


without a paddle.

176 job applications with resumes filed……………….

42 letters/emails of “rejected” (the other 134 didn’t bother to notify me)………………

and 1 (lonely) interview.

That’s about 29 rejects a month. One reject, everyday of the week, for the last 6 1/2 months.

“We regret to inform you, you have exhausted all of your unemployment benefits. You may file a new claim December 14, 2014.”

WTF?????

Yes, I dialed; 1-800-ORU-NUTS.

Ring, ring, ring…………

“Yes, I received a notice on my account my benefits have been exhausted. Please tell me there’s been some kind of mistake.”

“Hold just a moment please, let me check.”

tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock………………….

“Oh no mam, that’s correct; no more funds are available in your account. You can file a new claim December 14, 2014. If any funds are available at that time they’ll be paid out.”

crickets…………………………………………………

“Hello; mam, are you still there?”

Desperately trying to maintain my belligerent anger; as calmly as I could; through clenched teeth, I said, “You’ve got to be kidding me, I need to appeal, that can’t be right. If been working since I was 17 years old. The last 20 years with the same company. I’ve done everything required of me. I have logs, I have letters, and I have emails. All showing I have desperately been trying to get someone just to talk to me! And your gonna tell me I can only get help FOR 6 MONTHS!!!! WHAT AM I SUPPOSE TO DO???? I NEED AN EXTENSION!!!!!”

“There are no more extensions. Your funds are paid out until they are exhausted and then that’s all. Sorry mam, there’s nothing you can do.”

“UNBELIEVABLE!!! HOW AM I SUPPOSE TO PAY MY CAR NOTE??? HOW AM I SUPPOSE TO PAY MY UTILITIES????? HELL, HOW AM I SUPPOSE TO EAT???”

Ok…………this is were I came unglued.

The Texas Workforce Commission representative told me to go sign up for FOOD STAMPS and go to my utility company and get a list of organizations that help pay light bills.

“Excuse me??”

“You can probably get some food stamps.”

crickets……………………..

At no time did she say, “Your local Workforce office can counsel you on opening your own business and help you with applying for a small business loan,” or never did she say, “They can talk with you and help you with a new career plan or additional education.”

Noooooo!!!!

She told me, “Sister, you’re shit outa luck! Go file for some food stamps.”

I don’t want anyone to get me wrong, I’m not dissing the food stamps program. It has helped many and saved many children from going hungry. But it’s also bought and paid for a few underserving individuals Cadillac’s and Suburban’s.

You all know it’s true. I’m just the one saying it. So be it!!

I just can’t believe how jacked-up the system is for honest people.

Before screaming in her ear…….again; I politely hung up on her.

Tonight I broke the eleventh commandment……………………(if you read my blog you know what it is)

For dinner I had Triple Chocolate Cheesecake……………and nothing else.

I ate every damn bite.

I’ll start over tomorrow.

Can you buy chocolate with food stamps???

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Austin
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 05:54:51

    Keep the faith. It can only get better. I’m sorry for the stress…

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