150 employees at a call center in Casa Grande got the proverbial lump of coal in their Christmas stockings. They showed up for work only to find they're out of a job.
The place that closed: Opinionology Market Research Call Center in Casa Grande. They did phone surveys asking people about products and political surveys.
With the political campaigns over after the November election, business was down, so they closed the place up without any warning.
At their now-closed officers, the glass windows and doors are all covered up. Even though it says they're now accepting applications, they aren't. They weren't talking to reporters either when we stopped by.
"Why wasn't anyone told it was closing? What is going on?" But they closed the doors on us.
Those same doors were also closed on 150 people who used to work there. Kevin Gilmore was a supervisor.
"My phone started ringing… ‘What's going on?' And it turned out they turned off the phone lines, shut the web page and that was it," recalls Gilmore.
Did the sudden shutdown leave employees feeling, well, Scrooged?
"Fa la la la la… I don't know what to say on that!"
Opinionology is part of a company back east called Survey Sampling International.
They sent us a statement: "It is always a difficult decision for an employer to close a location, and Casa Grande was no exception. We appreciated the loyal support of the Casa Grande community throughout our time there."
Kevin Gilmore appreciates the office chair he was able to take home.
There is some good news for these employees. They all got two weeks' severance pay when the call center closed down.
The company did say that under federal law regulating call centers they are obligated to give those workers another two months' pay. That will happen soon.