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Old 07-17-2019, 11:38 PM
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I got severance when I left Payless and it was only one store that was closing. The Swamp is/was a mess.
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Old 07-18-2019, 02:27 AM
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After riding one company to it's end, I can say there is a chance they will never get what is owed to them. I am still owed 2 paychecks from the company I worked for and they have said there is no way I will ever get my money. They told me to my face that the company is shut down, the bank account is closed, the former owner is broke and everything he owned was taken already.

They told us we could try to sue him, but we would be so far down the list that he would be dead before he pays off everyone before us.
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Old 07-18-2019, 05:52 PM
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That's a depressingly common thing here in Silicon Valley. It's a known and accepted part of the whole "start-up" culture--if your idea or product or whatever doesn't pan out, your employer may run out of money. Usually they're also in debt to the point where selling all of the office furniture and equipment won't cover more than a small fraction of the debt. So you don't get paid for your last one or two (sometimes more!) pay periods, let alone get severance.

I think the presumption is that the pay before that is good enough, and the possibility of the company/product is good enough, that you're willing to take that sort of risk.

Not me. I've only ever worked for large companies and government agencies...
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Old 07-19-2019, 02:04 AM
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I always wondered what store was being called the "Clearance Swamp" here! I almost never shopped at Shopko because their prices were too high. When you can get a nearly-identical (or better) item for half the price at Walmart, Ross or Target, why spend more?

The clearance sales just dragged on. By the time they got down to a decent discount, very little was left. I did luck out and got a pair of boots and a pair of sneakers at great prices (and my shoe size is really difficult to find!) Almost bought a display bookcase for $10, but there was no way it would fit in my car and no way to take it apart to make it fit.

Sorry to hear the former employees are getting stiffed on their pay. I hope Senator Baldwin can help them.
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Old 07-20-2019, 05:58 AM
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Almost bought a display bookcase for $10, but there was no way it would fit in my car and no way to take it apart to make it fit.
Reminds me of Irv having to play Tetris with the customers' furniture. Glad you aren't the type to do that to them.
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Old 07-20-2019, 04:13 PM
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Reminds me of Irv having to play Tetris with the customers' furniture. Glad you aren't the type to do that to them.
Oh no. When we first moved out here and had to buy all new furniture, we rented a U-Haul truck and went to the furniture stores with it. The employees were very happy not to have to try to wrestle a queen-size bed into a Chevy Metro!
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Old 07-21-2019, 03:05 PM
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Hah hah hah! I used to have a mom-van. I could fit a queen mattress in it, but not the box springs. That thing was huge, though, and I could get a LOT of stuff in it. 6 bales of hay. 5 goats. 7 children, or 3 plus luggage. Now it's UHaul all the way...
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Old 07-22-2019, 01:31 PM
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I have discovered over the last 6 months of moving everything out of my house to my late mum's bungalow that a Toyota Yaris with the back seats down can hold a remarkable amount of stuff. Still going to need someone with a van for the bookcase, beds and settee, though...
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:29 PM
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I am a fan of small cars. I have, as a result, managed to carry an awful lot of stuff that most people didn't think would fit. Particularly into my old Honda CRX. (Think 80s-vintage Civic hatchback with the back seat area chopped out and the car shortened by that much.)

I moved a steamer trunk type container for a friend who was moving; the van he had borrowed couldn't fit it but my CRX could!
I moved a whole antique vanity desk/mirror assembly, plus weekend getaway luggage, plus my (now-) wife and myself. The guy at the antique shop said, "I'll wait until you pull your truck around." No, my truck is right there. That little tiny hatch-back? Yeah, that one. I had to take the luggage out and re-pack it around the desk, but by gum it fit!
On a couple of occasions, we moved four dozen helium balloons. OK, those weren't inside the car, they were actually out the sunroof. I told people we were trying to get to Oz...
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Old 07-22-2019, 08:59 PM
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I am a fan of small cars. I have, as a result, managed to carry an awful lot of stuff that most people didn't think would fit.
In my case it was a 6 seater table plus 4 dining chairs. That raised a few eyebrows at the tip! Sadly they couldn't sell the chairs as they were covered and the previous owner removed the fire labels so they had to be scrapped, but the table was hardwood and was sold on.
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