HR Strange But True!
November 29, 2001

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a growing number of pink-slipped dot- commers in that area are lining up for retail, restaurant, and other service jobs.

Goodbye stock options and free junk food; hello store discounts - and a steady, if small, paycheck.

Laid-off Web designer Stephen Domingo and his roommate, an out-of-work art director, were among those applying recently for jobs at an FAO Schwarz store in San Francisco.

"To fall back on retail, to what you did in high school and college, is a little disconcerting," said Domingo, who lost his online job in April. "What takes the sting out is that everyone needs to do this. It's not a comment on your abilities, it's a comment on the economy."

Domingo's monthly expenses include $900 in rent, cell phone service, and utilities.

"I still have a cushion, but who knows how long this will last," he said, referring to the economic downturn.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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