Layed Off Home Depot employee ends up homeless, many just one paycheck away from same situation

Feb 14, 2009 | Posted by: Spanish Mike Alvarez | Full story: www.sacbee.com

How am I supposed to live like this?" she asked. Van Slate's downward spiral began in November, when she lost her job at Home Depot. She was living in a Citrus Heights duplex, but couldn't make the $850 rent when her 65-year-old roommate died of cancer in December. Collecting just $105 in unemployment every two weeks, she said she was forced to live in her car after being evicted earlier this month. Van Slate had just stopped in to pick up her check which wasn't available yet on Friday afternoon when a Sacramento police officer stopped her on 16th Street at Thornton Avenue. Her registration was expired, and she had no proof of insurance. So the officer had her car towed. Desperate, Van Slate said she begged him to reconsider. "I was on my knees," she said. Her registration had been expired for at least six months, which is the threshold for an officer to legally tow a car, said Sgt. Norm Leong, Sacramento Police Department spokesman.

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I really don't think Frank Blake gives a hoot! Once you are on a pedestal like he is.......just as royalty.......then you just don't care. It's the type of culture he's in.........and I doubt very much if he reads (or wants to read) about his lower echelon associates.
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Frank Blake doesn't have anything to do with this...bottom line is she lost her job. go out and get a new one and stop whining...!!!

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Frank Blake doesn't have anything to do with this...bottom line is she lost her job. go out and get a new one and stop whining...!!!


Directly you are correct. It's all politics my friend........no matter what you or others think.
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Directly you are correct. It's all politics my friend........no matter what you or others think.
if what you mean by politics is the decline of the US free market republic then you are right!!! bleeding heart liberals is what got us into this tailspin and it's affect is what we see happening in the economy today. home depot is just doing what it needs to to survive!!!
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yeah i feel sorry for the lady but thats business! instead of blaming HD lets put the blame where it belongs...the government created this problem and now the anointed one thinks he is going to save us with socialism. it's only going to get worse once he signs the bill into law today!!!
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Didn't you read the bill? It has 1.2 billion set aside for "Soup Kitchens", in this bill that is considered "job creation", that accounts for 278,000 news jobs for people to serve the homeless.
Frank Blake plans to close some stores in a few months....HD people better get in line now.
if that's what it takes to turn a profit then that's what he SHOULD do also, by reading the posts that you put here...if you work for HD then you should really think about leaving, you don't seem to get that this is NOT Frank Blake's fault, he is doing what any person in their right mind would do when their company is in trouble. i left 6 years ago because of nardelli and it was the best move i ever made but i still want HD to succeed!

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Can someone please remind me again why we are sending money overseas to help people when we've got such a crisis in our own backyard with the homeless? While I may make excellant money at my job, I'm still, as most people, only a few paychecks away from being homeless if I were to lose my job. That's the reality of it.
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Can someone please remind me again why we are sending money overseas to help people when we've got such a crisis in our own backyard with the homeless? While I may make excellant money at my job, I'm still, as most people, only a few paychecks away from being homeless if I were to lose my job. That's the reality of it.
AMEN to you sarahmoon!!!

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yeah i feel sorry for the lady but thats business! instead of blaming HD lets put the blame where it belongs...the government created this problem and now the anointed one thinks he is going to save us with socialism. it's only going to get worse once he signs the bill into law today!!!
I have to disagree with you in a lot of respects. First of all, who was in charge the past 8 years?..Dubya that's who! It's the Republican Congress that was in control.....NAFTA....does that ring a bell? Yes, Bill Clinton signed the bill also......and believe me he regrets it in the form that it was in (perhaps ill advised by corporate America and his own advisors). Free Trade my ASS! The big corporations took that to mean get rid of American blue collar workers and hire 3rd World underpaid minor children.......Sweat Shops just as we as Americans had in the 18th and 19th Century. China sends their goods to the U.S. through Mexico so they don't have to pay tariffs! Corporate America got their way and the American worker is the one's who suffer..........not corporate, not Congress, and certainly not the Communist Chinese Government. Wake up Mr. Ex Store Manager. 60 or so years ago the communist countries that we feared would destroy America through guns and bombs are instead doing it through our pocket books. U.S. corporations are just part of the conspiracy. Take it from someone in the know and who knows what corporate is!

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How many people have enough money in a savings account (or under the mattress) to really be able to survive for more than a few months (mortgage, utilities, groceries, health/ dental insurance, car payments, incidentals and oh crap...the furnace just died and since it's 10 below we need a new one TODAY!) I don't. A short time, yes...longer than that...no. People need to quit taking the approach that "it'll never happen to me"...because not only will it happen to you, you won't even know what the hell hit you. Scary times. Even scarier for our kids.

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How many people have enough money in a savings account (or under the mattress) to really be able to survive for more than a few months (mortgage, utilities, groceries, health/ dental insurance, car payments, incidentals and oh crap...the furnace just died and since it's 10 below we need a new one TODAY!) I don't. A short time, yes...longer than that...no. People need to quit taking the approach that "it'll never happen to me"...because not only will it happen to you, you won't even know what the hell hit you. Scary times. Even scarier for our kids.
I totally agree with you that it is going to be one of the toughest and unfortunately prolonged recession that we as adults have seen since the depression (and I'm sure none of us experienced it). No one is going to be immune in most respects....heads will roll I'm sure in the corporate world but some will survive to prey again. I have not read the stimulus bill that was passed and signed into law.....but I've read both pro and con. I feel uneasy about it because it will not solve the immediate problems that occurred over the past 7-8 years but no matter what it does or does not do, the generations beyond us will be paying a hefty price because of it. If only Congress would listen to the ordinary American (who by the way are the ones who spend the money to help out those large and small corporations survive)then the economy would get back on it's feet in a much shorter period of time. This stimulus package is not stimulating any thing except bailing out the corporations. Sure we do need infrastructural work and schools, and teachers, and cops, and firefighters but the average American needs a stimulus too. Oh, if Congress would only listen! President Obama did mention that this is just the beginning and more will have to be done......we won't be paying for it but the generations after us will be!
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I have to disagree with you in a lot of respects. First of all, who was in charge the past 8 years?..Dubya that's who! It's the Republican Congress that was in control.....NAFTA....does that ring a bell? Yes, Bill Clinton signed the bill also......and believe me he regrets it in the form that it was in (perhaps ill advised by corporate America and his own advisors). Free Trade my ASS! The big corporations took that to mean get rid of American blue collar workers and hire 3rd World underpaid minor children.......Sweat Shops just as we as Americans had in the 18th and 19th Century. China sends their goods to the U.S. through Mexico so they don't have to pay tariffs! Corporate America got their way and the American worker is the one's who suffer..........not corporate, not Congress, and certainly not the Communist Chinese Government. Wake up Mr. Ex Store Manager. 60 or so years ago the communist countries that we feared would destroy America through guns and bombs are instead doing it through our pocket books. U.S. corporations are just part of the conspiracy. Take it from someone in the know and who knows what corporate is!
spoken like a true liberal!!! where did i say it was one party's fault...thats right mr high and mighty, i didn't! i have PLENTY of issues with the republican party that's why i am not one, nor am i a dem. i can point to alot of reasons as to how we got into this mess but the way i see it at this point it doesn't matter, what matters is how we are going to get out of it! the government running banks, business, healthcare etc is not the answer, hell they couldn't run social security so lets give them MORE power. the dems are getting everything they've wished for for the past 40 years and face it my friend unless something changes soon, we are the next socialist republic and there will be no way out!!

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spoken like a true liberal!!! where did i say it was one party's fault...thats right mr high and mighty, i didn't! i have PLENTY of issues with the republican party that's why i am not one, nor am i a dem. i can point to alot of reasons as to how we got into this mess but the way i see it at this point it doesn't matter, what matters is how we are going to get out of it! the government running banks, business, healthcare etc is not the answer, hell they couldn't run social security so lets give them MORE power. the dems are getting everything they've wished for for the past 40 years and face it my friend unless something changes soon, we are the next socialist republic and there will be no way out!!
I'm definitely not a liberal .....I'm a "blue nose" (ultra) conservative Dem. The Republican party ran the country into the ground in the past 8 years. We're in a new kind of society and yes, becoming more socialist. It proves that less government and less regulation is not the answer. When you deregulate you allow problems to flourish and become entrenched. I doubt if America will become a true socialist government since our Constitution would not allow it. But we should look at our neighbors to the North and Europe.
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less government IS the answer. put in regulators if you want to, just don't let the gov dictate every aspect of my life. if you think the constitution will stop the "chosen one" from turning our country socialist then think again. their already looking at taking free speech out of the equation through the fairness doctrine or whatever word they want to use to spin it with. lower taxes across the board and watch the companies come back from india which will create jobs here. it works...Reagan proved it. just like Carter proved that the direction that Obama the savior is taking us won't work.

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less government IS the answer. put in regulators if you want to, just don't let the gov dictate every aspect of my life. if you think the constitution will stop the "chosen one" from turning our country socialist then think again. their already looking at taking free speech out of the equation through the fairness doctrine or whatever word they want to use to spin it with. lower taxes across the board and watch the companies come back from india which will create jobs here. it works...Reagan proved it. just like Carter proved that the direction that Obama the savior is taking us won't work.
Well, since I'm an attorney (retired), I know more about the Constitution than you as a layman. I'm not saying I'm any better than you but I've worked in the corporate world for quite a while and know all about tax breaks that corporations receive.....they just pay their share of taxes with more tax incentives than the average Mr. American. It's not about tax breaks. It' more about cheap labor overseas that gives them (corporate) a higher profit plus the tax breaks of being overseas/off shore.......you just don't understand so don't go mouthing off about how great corporations are if they get more tax breaks...it just doesn't work! It's all about profit and cheap labor that they cannot get away with because our laws protect (for the most part) the working class. Oh, and by the way, unions are not as powerful today as you may think.

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ex store mgr wrote:
less government IS the answer. put in regulators if you want to, just don't let the gov dictate every aspect of my life. if you think the constitution will stop the "chosen one" from turning our country socialist then think again. their already looking at taking free speech out of the equation through the fairness doctrine or whatever word they want to use to spin it with. lower taxes across the board and watch the companies come back from india which will create jobs here. it works...Reagan proved it. just like Carter proved that the direction that Obama the savior is taking us won't work.
addendum: I'm not talking about Mr. Private Citizen being regulated. I'm talking about the private American being protected under our laws. Do you really think corporations will return to our shores if there is less regulations?????? You're in a dream world if you even think that will happen. Regulation does work! Jimmy Carter has no room to talk about Pres. Obama. They are two different people with two different intellects.

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AMEN to you sarahmoon!!!
Sarah.....do you believe that in some parts of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia a lot of people really believe we have sidewalks paved in gold???? and they have no internet access?! Do you think that there should be even one person homeless, poor, underprivileged, here in the U.S.? Yeah, it's a democracy. Some of the blame needs to lay on the people who are poor themselves and some of the blame lays on the Congress or their Congressmen. Democracy is NOT a perfect system and it never will be for that matter. Democracy has advocates for those who wish to have a better life....but if they don't listen or don't care then they are not the product of Democracy nor a victim of Democracy. Education is the key and at least Obama is progressive for the average person.
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Well, since I'm an attorney (retired), I know more about the Constitution than you as a layman. I'm not saying I'm any better than you but I've worked in the corporate world for quite a while and know all about tax breaks that corporations receive.....they just pay their share of taxes with more tax incentives than the average Mr. American. It's not about tax breaks. It' more about cheap labor overseas that gives them (corporate) a higher profit plus the tax breaks of being overseas/off shore.......you just don't understand so don't go mouthing off about how great corporations are if they get more tax breaks...it just doesn't work! It's all about profit and cheap labor that they cannot get away with because our laws protect (for the most part) the working class. Oh, and by the way, unions are not as powerful today as you may think.
Well said. I think that 'ex store mgr' has listened to Rush Limbaugh's faulty drivel a little too much. People too often make statements without looking at the facts first.

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I'm hopeful that Obama will do some good work. I'm heartbroken that it won't come in time to help so many Americans that are in desperate need of same. Hubby and I both have family that we could stay with if something horrible were to happen to us financially, but so many people don't. Their only option is their vehicle if they own one...or a card board box under a bridge if they don't. I'm talking about people that are hard working, tax paying, law abiding citizens, too. It's just wrong.

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Sarah.....do you believe that in some parts of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia a lot of people really believe we have sidewalks paved in gold???? and they have no internet access?! Do you think that there should be even one person homeless, poor, underprivileged, here in the U.S.? Yeah, it's a democracy. Some of the blame needs to lay on the people who are poor themselves and some of the blame lays on the Congress or their Congressmen. Democracy is NOT a perfect system and it never will be for that matter. Democracy has advocates for those who wish to have a better life....but if they don't listen or don't care then they are not the product of Democracy nor a victim of Democracy. Education is the key and at least Obama is progressive for the average person.
I understand that there will always be class differences here. People that are content to sit on their butts and collect funds from the government for indefinite periods of time. People that do not want to be (or ever become) contributing members of society. It ticks me off that my taxes pay for them to do that. I'd like nothing more than to be able to be a stay at home Mom for my kids and husband. I have too much self respect and know that I as a nurse have something valuable to contribute to the world around me. I am in total agreement that education is key for everybody. What sickens me is the educated, tax paying citizens that are being laid off from prime postions and losing everything that they've worked for in their lives...like the kids college nest eggs in an attempt to avoid foreclosure, etc. I have high hopes with Obama. I have to otherwise it's too easy to become discouraged.

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