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GLORIOUS TRIUMPH! #wintheseverance

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by bdautch, Jul 27, 2016.

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  1. bdautch

    bdautch High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    On June 15, I was informed by my employer that I had 60 days remaining on payroll, and that there wouldn't be a job for me as of Monday, August 15. The way our place works is, you have to come to work for the next 45 days. We pay on the 1st and 15th, rather than every two weeks. After that, you get one 15 day pay period where you don't have to come in. It's their way of saying, "Hey we know it's a tough break. Spend that time doing...whatever you want. Look/interview for jobs. Sit on your couch and ponder what to do next. Whatever you think is best."

    Well, what I wanted to do with that extra time was...go to Vegas. Go to Las fuc*in' Vegas, man. While on payroll, and before my 4 months of severance/unused vacation time kicked in, which would be provided after August 15 once I was off payroll.

    So I went about a job search. I didn't have time to shoot for the sun the moon and the stars. I just wanted lateral compensation at minimum, so I could land something for which I was already highly qualified from doing that exact work.

    Earlier today, I got the call. Slightly higher pay. Slightly lower employee contribution to health care. A better 401(k) matching program. Four weeks of vacay right off the bat. When could I start?

    AUGUST 15 I answered. Keep in mind, I had already claimed a comped room at Bally's for this coming Sunday through Thursday, figuring it would cost me nothing if I cancelled. And I'd already cashed in SWA points for the flight, with no Early Bird, so if I cancelled that I'd only lose $11.20 on TSA fees and get all my points back. And I kinda maybe did the same thing with a NOLA comp and free flight for the following Sunday, returning home on Thursday, August 11.

    So basically, I get to go to Vegas while still on payroll. I get to go to New Orleans while still on payroll. I get to start my job on the very day I get direct deposit of my final paycheck (Aug. 15th), plus I get to pick up my severance check/unused vacay check the very next day, since my new office is close enough to my old one to swing by over lunch.

    Goal? Win my severance package as what amounts to a prize, and not even have to fund one single moment of unemployment. GOAL ACCOMPLISHED. #wintheseverance
     
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  2. DeMoN2318

    DeMoN2318 The DERS

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    Congrats!

    Layoffs are tough times, I am happy that you have the peace of mind that you will not miss a paycheck
     
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  3. MikeOPensacola

    MikeOPensacola VIP Whale

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    Nice. This is probably the only lay off story that has actually brought a smile to my face. Have a great time in Vegas and best wishes with the new job.

    :peace::beer::woohoo:
     
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  4. mstefaniw

    mstefaniw Tourist

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    Doesn't get much better than that.
     
  5. TIMSPEED

    TIMSPEED !địt mẹ!

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    Nice!
    our company did the same thing with a mass layoff, 2weeks+unused vacation..a lot of the people found other jobs, so they got a decent little bonus (I was almost one of them, except i got to stay; and I probably COULDN'T have found another job because I'm an asshole :kill:
     
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  6. Sonya

    Sonya Queen of VMB

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    Sounds like you're a winner before you even set foot in the casino. :thumbsup: Congratulations!
     
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  7. bdautch

    bdautch High-Roller

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    Splurged on a cabana at Bally's for $119 on Tuesday.
     
  8. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Good luck on the trip! And congrats on having the next job lined up already!
     
  9. amk121

    amk121 Low-Roller

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    Congrats! I was laid off at my last job and had a good experience in getting a new job, and am really lucky..You are even luckier though since you get a Vegas trip before you start:)!
     
  10. TomTWI

    TomTWI High-Roller

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    Last time I was laid off I didn't have a job lined up but went to Vegas anyway. Needed the break to clear my mind.

    Glad you found something quickly.

    TomTWI
     
  11. TrewBrew

    TrewBrew Low-Roller

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    As Hannibal Smith would say "I love it when a plan comes together"
    Getting a job right away and basically playing with "house money" when in Vegas.
     
  12. JoastTheMost

    JoastTheMost Low-Roller

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    Being a young member of the workforce, I just learned how crazy severance packages could be (I'd always thought they were 1, maybe 2 paychecks... if the company even offered them). Seeing this doesn't make me want laid-off or anything, but if that day ever comes, I'm going to try to follow this blueprint; it's a beauty.

    Congrats, and have a blast! I'm glad you got everything squared-away before your trip as you'll have absolutely zero stress!
     
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  13. bdautch

    bdautch High-Roller

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    I appreciate the props. Bear in mind, I had nine+ years in, and because I was busy with work the last several months I barely used any vacay, and had planned to use some in the fall. So it's plausible to get where I am, but it takes years with the same employer.
     
  14. JoastTheMost

    JoastTheMost Low-Roller

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    True; it does sound like you set yourself up for success. I'm only two years deep, but I'll keep dreaming haha :thumbsup:
     
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  15. VegasJmr

    VegasJmr Tourist

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    As least you're going out in style! Enjoy your trip.
     
  16. LandryBalla9

    LandryBalla9 High-Roller

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    I'm looking forward to this TR!
     
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    Wow. Congrats on working that out. Have a blast!
     
  18. MikeOPensacola

    MikeOPensacola VIP Whale

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    Hope your trip is as fortuitous as the preamble. Have a great time!!
     
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  19. Lovegas95

    Lovegas95 Low-Roller

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    Things work out the way they're supposed to. I guess you can say you're between jobs while on Vegas vacation.
     
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    WDMJB Low-Roller

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    Sweeet! Congratulations :clap: May your luck hold throughout your trip.:nworthy:
     
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