So I've been out of work since March 13th, but thanks to my seniority (32yrs!) and being in a union, I've been on paid leave, so I haven't missed a paycheck. Anyway, that ran out Friday, and it looks like my company won't start recalling employees until Labor Day. So I had to file for unemployment.
Here's where the story gets wonky: I'm answering the questions and I'm on the page to set up my login and I'm choosing a security question and the question I've chosen has answer that starts with W. So I go to hit Shift+W and instead hit Ctrl+W which closes the tab. Cue a moderate amount of profanity. So I go to start the questionnaire again and it doesn't let me in because it thinks I've already filed. Cue a higher amount of profanity. I can't log in as an existing account, because I haven't registered my password yet. So I make the dreaded call on the hotline, prepared to wait. I didn't have to wait long, because I was told no one was available to take my call, and then they hung up on me. Did I mention this is Friday and I'm in the Twin Cities and the reason no one is available to take my call is they told everyone to stay home because of the protests? Cue a possible police-call amount of profanity. Am I going to be shut out of unemployment due to a stray key stroke?
Fear not, the story has a happy ending. The unemployment week goes from Sunday-Saturday, so after a heartburn-filled 48 hours, I tried again this morning and was able to complete my application. Apparently they purged my partial application for the new week. God, I love the government.