Business owner obtains payroll loan to keep paying 35 employees — they respond with a ‘firestorm of hatred’

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The experience of a small business owner in Washington state is highlighting the unintended consequences of the massive coronavirus relief bill passed to keep employees receiving a paycheck.

Jamie Black-Lewis told CNBC that she was able to obtain loans for $177,000 and $43,800, and thought that her 35 spa employees would be happy that they weren’t losing their jobs.

Instead, she was met with a “firestorm of hatred.”

Black-Lewis said that the employees, many of which were paid hourly, were angry because they were preparing to obtain more money through unemployment than they would by staying at employed.



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