Sarah Jones, from Auckland, posted a video on TikTok showing her last day at Air New Zealand on Wednesday, followed by work the next day at the supermarket. Jones told the Daily Mail she was one of the many Air New Zealand employees who have had to find new jobs following the Covid-19 pandemic. "It made everyone feel pretty gutted as we loved it at Air New Zealand," she said. The flight attendant said she worked for Air New Zealand for five years and hopes to return to the industry once it rebounds post-pandemic. In the meantime, she is happy to have found herself a job at the supermarket. Her new job involves processing Countdown delivery orders and Jones told the Daily Mail many of her colleagues are also former flight attendants who have been made redundant. "It's pretty hard to find another job at the moment as everyone is looking," Jones said. "It's important to remember it doesn't matter where you work right now and to just keep doing what you're doing. "But I miss working with new people every day, getting to bring people to visit New Zealand and being able to visit other countries with my friends," she added. Her Tik Tok video shows side-by-side shots of Jones dancing, one with her flight attendant uniform on, on her last day working for Air New Zealand, and the next one wearing her Countdown clothes in the supermarket. The video has been viewed more than 160,000 times. On Instagram, Jones shared a heartfelt post about her last day of work for the airline. In her post, which includes a series of photos of Jones alongside her Air New Zealand colleagues, she opened up about the pain of losing her job in a pandemic. "Do you know what it feels like to lose your job over something that you didn't do? I don't know how to explain it but it's pretty lame. Just because I've been carrying it well, doesn't mean it's not heavy. I've watched it fall apart around me for the last three months," she wrote. "Today was my last day ever but at least I got to spend it eating cake with my pals." Jones, alongside hundreds of her colleagues, was made redundant in May, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on air travel and borders around the world.
There are a few people around who claim a superior intelligence. They are advocating that the virus is not serious enough to warrant lock downs and masks and other disturbance to their activities. They are stating increased suicide numbers in Australia and suggest it is because of economic outcomes. Such a thought process seems bizarre to me, neither are we Australia. People 'choose' suicide and there is help for it when needed. When hospitals are swamped and normal procedures and operations are cancelled no wonder people are stressed. But it is the spread of the virus that is the root cause of all these problems. And the spread is caused by people, just a few, who can't value complying with a few very simple rules. Ignoring the virus, letting it run amok will not save the economy or peoples lives. Nor will it stop suicides. If Australia and the rest of the world had the success to date that New Zealand has then our major industry, airlines and tourism, would be much relieved by now. Yes, too many people are complacent and a few have a very twisted view that a few dollars are worth more than the lives of people who want to live and who don't choose suicide.
The quarantine and isolation rules might be eased when the 90 mins test is available to us. We need to fight this virus, not give in to it and a bit of positive thinking about the economy is justified too.
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