How Paying Back Unemployment Can Cost More If You Do it Wrong
What You Need to Know About Unemployment "Benefits"
This summer I was in the unfortunate position of receiving unemployment. While it was nice to have the money to help with bills, later I was hit with the true price of taking it.
Because our wonderful (irony alert) government made a mistake, I now have to suffer. Not just me, but my whole family—even my brother's family, my sister's family, my mom, and my dad.
All these people are going to suffer because the government made a mistake and now wants me to repay the money. While I realize that I have no choice but to pay the sum back, I feel like I have been injured in a serious way. If I did not qualify for the money, then why the heck did they give it to me to begin with? I have been a hard-working person, with three jobs prior getting laid off of two and leaving the other due to family needs.
So when they told me that I could get $380 a week, I thought great. It was not what I had been making, but it would help pay the bills until I could start working again. I went all summer—two and a half months—with no work. Finally I got to go back to one of my previous jobs. But wait, this is when things got FUBAR-ed. Because I was only working a part-time schedule at first, I was still supposed to get my unemployment. Guess what? They recalculated my unemployment, and I got hit with the news that I supposedly owed them a vast amount of money for the whole summer: $2,400! Yes, $2,400. I could not believe it myself, so I went down to the unemployment office and waited hours to see someone who then told me to call the main office in Indianapolis because they could not help me. What a crock. So I called and was put into the wonderful calling-automated system. To my amazement, I was hung up on not once, not twice, but three times before I could actually talk to a person. That meant I spent a total of four-and-a-half hours making phone calls only to have them tell me that it would take another week while they reviewed my case.
A week later and guess what, I did not get a phone call or a letter. One month later, I received a letter telling me I had one week to pay back the money in full or be penalized. Well, the job I am at doesn't pay the kind of money to do that easily. I drive a school bus for Christ's sake. So now I HAVE TO LEAVE MY JOB AND MY FAMILY TO TAKE A NEW JOB THAT PUTS ME OUT ON THE ROAD IN DANGERS UNKNOWN just to pay that MONEY back. I would have never taken this money if I had know all the grief it was going to cause. I would have rather had my utilities shut off and lost my house, but still be with my family, than to go through all this.
For the other part of my family—my brother and his family, my sister and her family, and my mom and dad—I must say I am sorry you will not be seeing me any time soon. Not even for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter. I can't even afford to send presents this year. My kids are not going to even get much for the holidays except for what little I can scrounge up and for what's absolutely necessary.
Why would the government do this to me, ruining my life in such a way? They don't care how this is affecting me and my family. They get to keep their jobs, and be with their families, and have money to buy presents for holidays.
Before all this started, back when I had three jobs, I was gone a lot as well. But I was able to come home every night and spend time with my family. I earned a decent pay for a decent day's work. It was around $580 weekly. Now I work much worse hours and can only earn $250 a week. What has this country turned into? Crap, that is what I am thinking, pure crap. Our government sucks and doesn't act on behalf of or even pretend to care about the people it affects.
I hope to make a difference some day, but only after I put this all behind me. I have a long journey to make this money up, and it's not possible with my current job. So now I have to go find a new job, possibly one that will require vast amounts of traveling, which is difficult for my family. But come next election time, I am going to run for office and fire every single one of those bastards at the unemployment office if elected, so join me in my cause.
I need political help, management, etc. I hope to hear from you soon.
I am the average person and will fight for all people to have equal and fair rights. My greatest goal is for everyone to be treated as a person.
If the government makes a mistake, then the people should not have to pay. If I make a mistake, then I should have to pay.
Thank you for reading this, and please let everyone know to beware of unemployment pay. It sucks to have to go through what I am going through now, and I don't want anyone else to go through it as well.
Okay, time to step this up. After nearly three-and-a-half years, I am getting people with similar stories together to file a class action lawsuit against the government. I am looking for any and all people who would like to join me in this. I need at least 100 people to initially join into a signed agreement to file a class action suit and am working to hire a law firm capable handling a class action suit of this size.
Again, we need at least 100 names and emails to get things rolling. Please join me in standing up for what is right. Because of these truly immoral practices, unemployment benefits do not help, but instead hurt not only people, but also families and our country. It is a bad policy, and we need to stand up to it. So please join me in a cause that is worth fighting for. Don't let this broken system continue to hurt others and ruin families and lives.
I am now no longer married because the money issues stemming from unemployment payback has led to a divorce. Is that funny, or what? Someone has been robbing the system blind because those that need the money are not getting the help they truly need and deserve.
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