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Glen Ellyn 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.

Screen grab from "Thanks Safeway"
Screen grab from "Thanks Safeway"

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

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.

CMA December 28, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Well done! That Dominick's would suspend this employee is absolutely absurd, nothing was an exaggeration, no lude conduct or language, just facts. Creativity, imagination, and over all nice job!
Alan December 29, 2013 at 10:39 AM
Shame on you Safeway, shame on you on all levels. Here's wishing you a bad start to the new year! Mr. Yamamoto, thank you. Good things will happen for you, just wait-and-see.
Tom Mouhelis December 29, 2013 at 12:41 PM
What a shame for all those who worked at Dominick's Safeway ruined a great chain I shopped at since 1972.
Phyllis December 29, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Safeway YOU SUCK!!! You should be handing out severance pay not suspensions! SHAME ON YOU!
kathy henrikson December 30, 2013 at 07:55 PM
very well done...I enjoyed this & shared on Facebook! Good luck to all the faithful employee her lost their jobs @ the holidays : (

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