When you come across a worst case scenario -- say someone who had a well-paying job but fell on hard times and lost everything ? do you think of that person as an outlier, or an example of what can happen to anyone? The other day, I heard about Jo A. Del Rio, a former Merck employee. She brought home an annual salary of $80,000 until January, 2004, when she was laid off during downsizing. Soon after, a series of medical problems depleted her financial reserves, and she ended up living in a shelter. After the media began linkurl:telling her story;http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20060104-9999-7m4delrio.html , former co-workers and strangers sent Del Rio money ? enough for her to move into an apartment over New Year?s Day weekend. Since Del Rio lost her job, news reports say she?s been hospitalized 16 times, due to back surgery, a heart attack, and a condition that causes...
Interested in reading more?
Become a Member of
Receive full access to more than 35 years of archives, as well as TS Digest, digital editions of The Scientist, feature stories, and much more!