Never question and make fun of the bosses’ decision even if you have just a few hours left on your job. This is the lesson one learns from the treatment handed by Safeway to one of their employees, Steve Yamamoto -- who got suspended for making a parody sci-fi video clip.
Yamamoto is one of those 6,000 unfortunate jobbers who became unemployed due to Safeway’s decision to pull out of the Chicago market. The supermarket chain closed all 72 of its outlets in the Windy City on December 28, and in anticipation of it, Yamamoto had posted on YouTube an expertly-made sci-fi video that criticized their soon-to-be former employers’ decision.
As they say, the bosses always find out about everything, and they did in this case too. When the next day Yamamoto arrived at the Dominick’s branch (Safeway's sister concern) to work for one last time, he was served with a one-day notice of suspension. Moreover, his creative antic would also cost him his three weeks’ severance pay.
For the neutrals, the one-minute-thirty-four-second-long clip is hugely entertaining. The "Thanks Safeway"titled video begins with a space ship hovering over Dominick’s outlet before an all-out attack involving dinosaurs and futuristic robots takes place. The concept being that Safeway has launched an assault on the employment of thousands of its employees.
Commenting on the punishment given to him, Yamamototold NBC: “My store manager got a phone call that she had to suspend me. I was like, ‘Are you serious?’ It's crazy as it is. I'm just dumbfounded.”
Safeway refused to offer their version of the story when approached by the Daily Mail.