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Suburban Dominick's Employee Suspended On Last Day For Satirical YouTube Clip

By Jon Graef in News on Dec 28, 2013 8:00PM

"The race to unemployment begins as our home at Dominick's meets its end. Thanks a lot, Safeway." That's one of the more sardonic lines from a satirical YouTube clip that got its creator, Glen Ellyn Dominick's employee Steve Yamamoto, suspended just one day before the grocery chain closes up shop for good.

Safeway is, of course, the company that owns 72 Dominick’s stores in the Chicago area, the market which they announced they would be leaving back in November.

Here's the video in full:

According to NBC Chicago, Yamamoto, whose video has about 6,000 views since it was posted Friday, said he was called in by a manager who said apologetically "she had to suspend [Yamamoto.]"

Yamamoto told NBC that he "was just dumbfounded" by the suspension and the purpose of the video was to merely "make light of a bad situation."

How bad of a situation? Try "All Unsold Dominick's Stores To Close By Dec. 28" bad of a situation. That's 6,000 workers out of a job.

For his part, Yamamoto told NBC he's cool with it.

"It should all be on me if anyone gets in trouble," he said. "But it was all worth it."

Fucking A. No one else has been suspended for the video.