Hundreds Show Up for Job Fair for Laid Off V.C. Summer Workers

Hundreds showed up at a job fair for VC Summer employees, but it wasn't as fruitful as many would have liked.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Over 40 different businesses and nine state agencies were offering jobs in Chapin on Monday.

Hundreds of people showed up, most of them former V.C. Summer employees, but some said it wasn't as fruitful as they would have liked.

I wish I could tell you that Pappy Morrison, found a job today. The same Pappy Morrison we all met last week, who was laid off from V.C. Summer along with seven other family members.

The same Pappy Morrison who lost his health insurance one night after he was discharged from the hospital and prescribed a $435 heart medicine. 

"I'd love to have insurance again." said Morrison. Instead he was left with a few pamphlets, a website and another promise. "That's more or less what it is, a pamphlet with information to look online" he said.

Morrison was very grateful for the opportunities that could come from the job fair and said he would bring his son to the one on Wednesday.

One of the tables Morrison visited was the same company that formally employed him over at V.C. Summer. "It's sad and it hurts to see your family hurting and there's a lot of people out there hurting," he said.

Walking out of the job fair Morrison ran into a former co-worker, Aaron Randolph. He had an interview that offered him $36,000 but he was making closer to $90,000.

Randolph has an 8-year-old, a 4-year-old, a mortgage and car payments adjusted to the salary he was promised at V.C. Summer. "To uproot my kids like that, I don't want to do that" he said.

Both Randolph and Morrison just wish each other the best.

There will be another job fair on Wednesday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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