Sorry, this might be long.
As you know, I got laid off from my job last month. Obviously I applied for unemployment right away. Well, because of my side business I had to fill out a lot of paperwork, and I guess I was too honest. They told me because I check my website daily and that I get reimbursed for mileage, that I am not eligible to get my pay. I asked for a hearing and then a few days later called the offices in tears because I hadn't heard anything and was told that hearings are 3 months out!! I started to sob and asked if there was anything else that I could do.and the man suggested writing a letter to explain my case. I explained to them that I only go onto my site for a minute or less a day to see if I have any messages, and stopped doing that once I got the letter (unless it was a day I already had a party) and that I should have been more specific about the mileage, because I claim it as an expense on my taxes - I don't receive checks for it.
I called back today to see if the letter was in the system yet. The woman suggested I call the hearings offices in Troy, so I did. They had down that wanted a hearing but hadn't received the other letter yet. The man was very nice, but was honest and told me he doesn't know how quickly he can get a judge to look at it and that the hearings are actually being scheduled 6 MONTHS OUT NOW!!! Now I really started to sob because we can't keep living like this with only one paycheck. We are broke and I fear losing our house. I just kept stressing to him, and he was very nice and very sympathetic, that I'm a good person, and I look for jobs daily, and that I don't like not working, and that my business is more of a hobby. I also told him that what isn't fair is that I was just told by a locksmith (our front doorknob broke and I had to pay to replace it with money that was supposed to go towards bills) that unemployment sets up interviews for people with his company and they interview the people and are then told, "don't hire me because I secretly have a side business and am doing better with my that and my unemployment pay then if I worked for you." This is so unfair that there are people playing the system out there and I can't get help.
This has to be the worst year yet for us. Nothing goes right. I feel like I'm always asking for help on here. For those who know me, you know I'm truthful when I say that I'm a good, honest, hard working person. I just don't understand why this all has to keep happening to me. I'm so beside myself right now. This has turned into a nightmare.
Thanks in advance!!