I just got off the phone with what I can only imagine was a very annoyed and very sassy woman from the South who doesn't very much like her job of having to call recently unemployed patrons and listen to their story of what stupid thing they did to get themselves fired.
The last thing Virgin America handed me, after confiscating my freshly printed company ID badge, was an unemployment pamphlet and a "have a nice day." So I decided to give it a try and file for unemployment to see if I was eligible. I mean, hey, why the hell not?
Today's phone interview was the last step in the process to being approved. It went a little something like this:
Unemployment Agent: "Now ma'am, tell me what exactly happened that caused you to be terminated?"
Me (strangely overcome with nerves and anxiousness): "Well uh, I ummm....I didn't bring extra batteries to class, which were a required item to have when on duty as a flight attendant."
Unemployment Agent: "Well, ma'am, why didn't you bring extra batteries? I mean, if they were required, shouldn't you know that you need to bring them to training?"
Me: "Well, I mean, yes. But, see, I had the flashlight with batteries, but I just didn't have extra batteries and uh, I thought we just needed them for when we were actually on duty. So....yeah."
Okay, not those last two, but I mean, it basically could have been.
Anyway. She told me they now have to contact Virgin America to verify everything and then a decision will be made on if I'm eligible or not. I'm crossing my fingers here. I mean, I think I'm eligible? But the way she sounded, so skeptical like, seriously made me question it. So we'll see. Some extra income would be welcomed right about now and ease the stress in the finance department and allow me some more time to figure some things out. I guess I'll just hope for the best and prepare for the worst? Is that how the saying goes?
I'm off to the kitchen to make some chicken curry, in case you wanted to know.