Scooter store employee describes mass layoff announcement

Company offered brief explanation, then asked employees to leave

Published On: Sep 20 2012 08:02:50 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 20 2012 09:55:00 PM CDT
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas -

Detinia Longoria remembers hearing roughly three sentences from a Scooter Store representative before she and 200 other employees of the New Braunfels-based business were asked to leave the building.

Longoria said laid off workers were handed envelopes which contained their severance packages and a time slot when they could return to collect their belongings.

“People were angry. Some people were heartbroken. I saw people crying,” said Longoria.

Tim Zipp, a company spokesman, said changes in Medicare reimbursements and the way Medicare claims are filed forced the company to make the cuts.

Zipp said severance packages varied depending on service time, but wouldn’t specify low or high figures.

Longoria, who started working at the company in June, said her severance amounted to just over $800.

“One car payment, one insurance payment, that's it,” said Longoria.

Longoria said she understands the business side of it all, but wishes the company had given employees at least some notice so they could find other employment.