Furloughed Robins Air Force Base Employee Speaks Out | News
4,000 civilian employees at Robins Air Force Base had a second day of furloughs. Shaneika Gee is one of those furloughed employees and said she has spent the two days glued to the television and looking for part-time work.
Gee said the letter that she got furloughed was something that she hoped that she would never see.
"It got real. It's real because you are thinking, 'Okay, on the way to work, they are going to sign it. When I open that door to my job, they are going to sign it. No, we are not going to get a letter.' So when it was like, 'Okay, this is for real,' it was like wow, it got real," said Gee.
Gee says she is a management analyst at the base, but because she doesn't know how long the shutdown will last, she's looking for part-time retail work.
"For me, I can't speak for everybody else, I am going to have to revamp myself, take jobs. I wouldn't be looking for a part-time job, full-time job if I have my job," said Gee.
And she has bought a lot of frozen food.
"I stocked up on frozen foods, canned goods. I also just started going through my cookbook, my slow cooker recipes, trying to make a meal that could last," said Gee.
She has had to make those calls on bills that she can't afford to pay, something that she is not used to doing.
"I pay my stuff on time, and to call them -- and my people the people that I deal with have been very nice, I will give them that -- but it's that inner embarrassment. I can't do it because I don't have the money," said Gee.
But to keep afloat, she will have to use her savings.
"I don't want to use my savings because it's not my fault. It's nothing I did. It's not like I was fired," said Gee. "I have to dip into my savings, because they are still getting paid, and that's what hurts the most. You are dipping in your savings to have pay for rent, mortgage, car note, whatever, but they are still getting their whole check and you have to scrounge around, move things around. You have to be inconvenienced."