‘They asked me to come in and talk — and I knew.’ Like millions of Americans, this 26-year-old lost her job due to coronavirus

Maile Mahelona

Maile Mahelona, pictured, recently got laid off from her job as a booking agent at a small concert venue based in Portland, Ore.

Within hours after Maile Mahelona was laid off last week from her job as a booking-assistant show manager at a concert venue in Portland, she completed an application for unemployment benefits and food stamps.

Then she posted a video of herself on Twitter

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“I officially got laid off from my job due to the f-ing coronavirus,” she paused to take a breath as tears rolled down her face. “I work — I worked — in the entertainment business.”

A week before, Mahelona, 26, moved into a new…

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