Last week we presented the story of 30-year-old Michael Rotondo of Camillus, NY, who for better or worse has come to embody all the worst stereotypical traits associated with the millennial generation, and who – representing himself in court after a “brief search on the internet” that “took minutes” – was ordered by a State Judge to move out of his parents’ house after a very short legal battle with his Mom and Dad, despite Rotondo vocal plea that he was “entitled” to six more months at his parents’ home rent free.
Michael’s story, so typical of so many Americans his age, became national news when after years of encouraging him to seek work and become self-sufficient, his parents Mark and Christina Rotondo finally penning a Feb. 2 eviction letter which read: “Michael, after a discussion with your mother, we have decided that you must leave this house immediately. You have 14 days to vacate. You will not be allowed to return. We will take whatever actions are necessary to enforce this decision.”
A short while later, terminal insult was added to ego injury when he received another letter that read: “Michael Joseph Rontodo, you are hereby evicted.”
Well, it now appears that bailouts are not only for banks but also for the occasional millennial because a restaurant chain has felt enough “pity” for the national headline grabber, it decided to offer him a job and a starting bonus.
As abc news reports, Villa Italian Kitchen thinks Michael Rotondo would “fit its recipe for success.” The chain wrote in a Facebook post that “it’s tough out there,” particularly for millennials, and offered the young man a store-level job and training at any of its 250 locations worldwide.
The company also decided to offer him a “signing bonus” of $1,101, saying it would beat an offer of $1,100 from his parents, an apparent reference to money Rotondo’s parents, Mark and Christina Rotondo, gave their son earlier this year to help him move out.
Villa Italian Kitchen wrote in its post, “Offer from us is on the table for $1,101 to come join our team. Consider it a signing bonus. We gotchu, bud,”
What the shrewd owners of Villa really meant, is that they realized they would get priceless and constant – or at least for 15 minutes – nationwide marketing and advertising by merging their story with that of Rotondo, and all for the low, low price of $1,101. Then once the story fizzled, Rotondo would be promptly fired.
Of course, telling the truth and being politically incorrect these days is a felony offense, so Villa had no choice but to grotesquely spin the situation:
“We feel that millennials catch a lot flack for everything from being lazy to killing department stores, but in reality, it can be difficult to start a career so we decided to try to help Michael out,” Villa Italian Kitchen COO Andrew Steinberg told ABC News. Steinberg, who has been with the restaurant for 21 years confirmed the chain has reached out to Rotondo, “but have not received a response yet.”
“The offer is still on the table and we would be happy to discuss this opportunity with him if he is interested,” he said.
For now, however, Rotondo told “Good Morning America” this week that he accepted the money but spent it on “other things.” To start, much of it will be on gas: the closest Villa Italian Kitchen location to Camillus is in Waterloo, according to Steinberg, which is about 30 miles away.
“We are always looking for people who want to make a difference and who are looking for their ‘piece of the pie,’ whether they live in a penthouse or their parents’ house,” Steinberg said. “We believe that with the right training and a supportive atmosphere, Michael has the potential to be a successful employee.”
Translation: Michael will be fired within the month, or when his 15 minutes of fame are over, whichever comes first.
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