Employees Report Making More On Unemployment Than At Place Of Work

Kristie Keleshian
May 28, 2020 - 8:12 pm

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — With unemployment rates skyrocketing, some say they’re making more staying at home than at their original jobs.

New Jersey hairdresser Priscilla says as much as she misses the job, she knows she's better off financially collecting unemployment.

“Do I want to go back to work and socialize and see my customers? Absolutely I miss every single one of them. I want to do hair, cause I love doing hair –but I hate to make it a nickel and dime thing, but it comes down to money also,” she tells WCBS 880’s Kristie Keleshian.

There's no set date as to when her Essex County hair salon will reopen, but in a recent meeting the shop's owner outlined that they will only be allowing one customer and hairdresser in at a time.

Andrea Turrisi, who owns Headline Hair Designers in Hartford, Connecticut, says he understands his hairdressers make more on unemployment, but he says they have a responsibility and a commitment to the community.

“Come back to work, yes, you are being spoiled, but come back to work and be responsible towards yourself and towards other people,” he says.

His hair salons are slated to open June 2.

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