Jul. 1st, 2010

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We had some layoffs yesterday: our local jewelry repair depot and the department that worked right next to mine are now history. I’ve lost some good coworkers. Hopefully, they’ll be able to find new positions for most of them. As a result, the office was eerily quiet today. Yesterday was noisy with sobs, today is too quiet.

Now to add indignation to all this...a few months back, a woman who works at our center in Iowa started missing a lot of time from work due to health issues. I eventually found out that she was dealing with Stage 2 breast cancer, and was going through some pretty rough chemo and radiation treatments. In addition to this, she was going through a divorce, her grandmother had passed away earlier this year, her teenage son had been in a serious car accident late last year, and her youngest had been hospitalized with a serious respiratory infection. Wow, that's a lot to take in. When her health situation became generally known, all her coworkers chipped in and started visiting her at home, bringing her food, and setting up schedules where they would help her around the house. This has been going on for a couple of months now, and her coworkers had a fundraiser planned for this upcoming weekend to collect some funds to help her with her medical expenses. Our company was even looking into having employees donate some of their paid time off to her so she wouldn't run out of sick time.

Well, today the bomb dropped: she had made the whole thing up! She isn't sick (physically, anyway), does not have cancer, and is not undergoing painful chemo or radiation therapy.

Apparently, over the weekend, a coworker spotted her driving around town when she was supposed to be in the hospital having surgery. The coworker followed her and found her sobbing in her truck with a loaded gun on the front seat next to her. Not sure what she was planning on doing, but the coworker's presence triggered a sobbing tearful confession.

At this point, I'm not sure what's going to happen to her: there's talk she may be asked to enter into a psychiatric treatment facility. Or she may just be terminated altogether.



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