What about drawing un-employment?
Unemployment benefits can be a help….
But there’s a wait before they start, and then you get something like 40% of what you were earning…
And only for six months, though sometimes there are federal extensions.
Also, it’s capped at something like $400 a week, even if you earned six figures, which these guys certainly didn’t.
Of course, comic strips aren’t realistic anyway.
Cleveland is probably cheaper, but where I live you can’t pay for an apartment by yourself on a call center salary, much less from a 40% unemployment check.
Anyway… people were talking about continuity, and I didn’t get back in time to join the discussion…
but Lila and Boyd left MetroMart for that other job, which they liked…
but in a few weeks of January strips that we apparently skipped in this reboot, first their supervisor told them she was leaving the company… then their jobs were outsourced, and they were fired.
They were unemployed for quite a while, hanging out at Starbucks and such, till somehow they got their Metromart jobs back…..
and we recently came back to the story line in progress some time after that.
We must have skipped quite a bit after their return, as well, to get so close to this firing from there.
I know it wasn’t the same scenes of firing, just transposed to say “MetroMart” …. cos it was a man who fired them from the other job.
And there you have the current “American Dream”.