Apogee Retail, operators of Unique Thrift Stores, are a greedy for-profit organization. Their relationship with charities is dubious at best.
Apogee Retail appears to have a policy of taking every possible step to deny unemployment benefits.
In this case, they could not be bothered to participate in a hearing, and then demanded a "second chance" afterwards.
They gave a very lame excuse about an early morning fire alarm preventing participation in a phone call FIVE HOURS LATER. Then they said they were confused about the time. They never did get around to saying what the unfortunate ex-employee had done to deserve such shoddy treatment.
The Virginia Unemployment Commission, rightly, ruled against them. Now, all Apogee can do is take the matter to court. Should they do so, it will be a clear sign that they are on the side of the big banks and other businesses responsible for America's economic woes!
Please…patronize your local thrift store, the Goodwill, or Salvation Army. When it comes to Unique Thrift Store or any other Apogee Retail operation, just walk on by!