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Dominick's Employee Suspended on the Company's Last Day

Steve Yamamoto's YouTube parody, "Thanks Safeway," apparently didn't sit well with Dominick's bosses.


By Karen Chadra

Nearly all of the 72 Chicago area Dominick's stores closed Saturday, Dec. 28. But that didn't prevent Glen Ellyn Dominick's store employee Steve Yamamoto from getting suspended from his job on Saturday.

What on earth could get him suspended from Dominick's on the last day of the store's existence? The YouTube video embedded in this article, that's what.

NBC Chicago is reporting that the parody on the store closings, titled "Thanks Safeway," was posted on Friday. The sarcastic sci-fi action scenes feature explosions, laser beam annihilations, fire breathing dragons and other apocalyptic-style special effects.

When Yamamoto arrived for his last day of work Saturday, he was suspended. He said he was "dumbfounded" that his attempt to make light of a bad situation would result in his suspension. But, he told NBC, "It was all worth it." 

Read the full story on NBC Chicago.

Mike December 31, 2013 at 12:27 PM
What a crock......hope someone offers him a job-very creative for sure
Bambi January 01, 2014 at 02:33 PM
The popularity of this video proved so powerful that the union agreed to pay Steve for his last day and he also got his severance. Good job Steve!

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