Mandalay Bay employees see schedules cut in Las Vegas shooting’s aftermath

When Serena Talledo walked in to work at Mandalay Bay on Wednesday afternoon, she was immediately escorted into a meeting with managers.

Within minutes, she was informed that MGM Resorts International was pulling her from her full-time front desk position. The reason? The company’s hardships in the aftermath of the Oct. 1 mass shooting, her director said.

“I’m so scared,” she told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Friday. “They’re not even giving us two weeks, a month, nothing.”

Talledo isn’t alone. Several others in her front desk department — as well as others in separate departments, including guest services and bell desk — were essentially cut, her managers explained.

Instead of outright firing her, the company placed her on a sort of reserve list, which rotates a pool of employees into randomly available shifts throughout each week. The move means in the weeks and months to come, the 24-year-old isn’t even guaranteed a shift a week.

She’s been with the company for three years. For the first two, she worked off of the same reserve list, and eventually earned herself a full-time position.

“Basically, I’m back where I started,” Talledo said.

Though she was shocked Wednesday, Talledo said employees saw this coming. Rumors started circulating last week. But each time they asked managers about their jobs out of concern, managers were dismissive, quickly denying cuts.

Yet on Wednesday afternoon, right after MGM announced its third-quarter earnings, everyone slowly started getting the news.

“Yesterday,” she said on Friday, “I had three coworkers call me, crying, saying, ‘Did you hear? Did you hear?’”

MGM press service declined to comment on the work hour cutbacks, pointing the Review-Journal to Chief Executive Officer Jim Murren’s speech to investors on Wednesday.

While Murren told investors that morning that the company’s long-term outlook is strong and it plans to increase dividends to investors, he said the last three months of the year would be weak due to the shooting.

“The event of Oct. 1 has had an impact on the fourth quarter,” Murren said on the conference call. “We saw a spike in non-group cancellations, actually a little more than double what we normally see.”

Partially as a result, MGM expects its Las Vegas Strip revenues in the fourth quarter to decrease in the low to mid-single digit percentage points.

Talledo considers herself lucky. She happened to be looking for a second job before this happened, and she was hired for that second job on Monday.

“At least I have something to kind of fall back on,” she said.

But many of her coworkers are in a much worse situation: Some recently bought houses, some have children.

“I feel so bad for those with families,” she said. “If I ended up getting to keep my full-time position, I would’ve given it to someone with a family.”

One woman, a mother of two who agreed to talk on the condition of anonymity, said her manager didn’t even cut her in person — he did it over the phone.

The mother was allowed to keep her benefits, but it was of little consolation considering the almost total loss of income.

“I mean, I cried,” the mother said. “It sucks. It’s embarrassing. I really don’t want to work for them, but I have to secure myself and make sure I have another job before I just quit, because I do have kids.”

Talledo felt comfortable coming forward because she’s almost certain she won’t keep her job at Mandalay Bay.

Aside from the callousness of how the company handled her cut, she said working the desk in the wake of the shooting has been extremely difficult.

Constantly, she either answers to guests’ criticism of MGM, or she has to politely ignore crude quips about the shooting, like one guest who jokingly asked about staying on the 32nd floor, where the Mandalay Bay gunman’s suite was situated.

“It was extremely hard to deal with,” she said. “Why stay at a job where we’re getting defeated from both sides?”

Contact Rachel Crosby at rcrosby@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-8301. Follow @rachelacrosby on Twitter.

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Douglas Haig, identified as a person of interest in documents related to the Las Vegas shooting, spoke to reporters Tuesday evening outside his home in Mesa, Arizona. (Madison Miller/Las Vegas Review-Journal Correspondent)
Suspected Aria counterfeiter hurt jumping off Harmon overpass
A man who allegedly tried to use a counterfeit bill at the Aria was hospitalized after he jumped off an overpass trying to escape police. About 2 a.m. Tuesday, security at the Aria flagged down police. When police tried to talk to him, the man fled and led police on a foot chase, according to Lt. David Gordon. The chase ended at the Harmon Avenue overpass above Interstate 15, when the man jumped off the side and landed in the rocky landscaping below. The man was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
Rancho Discount Mall shooting
Las Vegas police are investigating a deadly shooting Monday morning in central Las Vegas. A man was found dead after 3 a.m. outside the Rancho Discount Mall at 2901 W. Washington Ave. The man had been shot once. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have blocked off the parking lot in front of the store while detectives investigate. At 5 a.m., the man’s body was still on scene, laying on the walkway near a shopping cart and a pile of blankets.
Deadly shooting on Calimesa Street
Las Vegas police are investigating a fatal shooting Monday morning on the 4200 block of Calimesa Street. An adult man was found in front of a house with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital where he died, according to Metropolitan Police Lt. David Gordon. Homicide detectives also are investigating another deadly shooting that occurred a short time after the Calimesa Street shooting. A person was killed at 2901 W. Washington Ave.
Man shoots wife and 15-year-old stepdaughter in Las Vegas
Las Vegas teen accused of sexual deviancy in elementary school
A Las Vegas teen accused of raping 4 of his classmates had been disciplined for sexual deviancy in elementary school Maysen Melton was suspended from Bracken Elementary for allegedly sexually harassing classmates He was later disciplined for sexual deviancy at three different middle schools Melton now faces 23 felony counts for allegedly raping 4 of his classmates at Shadow Ridge High School Melton may face additional charges after another victim came forward, alleging Melton sexually abused her in October In one alleged incident, Melton pushed a girl to the floor before raping her He allegedly responded by saying, "No means yes"' and "I know you’ll like it in the end." District Judge Jennifer Togliatti pointed to an "astronomical probability of conviction" and raised Melton's bail from $200,000 to $500,000
Deadly shooting in south Las Vegas
Las Vegas police are investigating a Friday shooting that left a woman in the south valley dead. Police believe her husband shot and killed her at a house on Giles Street. The shooter as of 1:30 a.m. remained on the loose and was considered armed and dangerous. A police helicopter circled the sky looking for the suspect. Neighbors could be seen peeking through window curtains as police secured the neighborhood and warned people to stay inside.
Judge Doug Herndon confronts Bryan Clay in Las Vegas
Bryan Clay was sentenced to life in prison without parole in December for the rape and murder of a mother and her 10-year-old daughter. On Thursday, he was in court again to be sentenced for other charges, including robbery, kidnapping and sexual assault of a minor under 14 . Prosecutors told Judge Doug Herndon Thursday that Clay can be heard on his jail phone conversations saying he “tricked jurors, that he’ll be back soon, that he’ll in fact get his appeal more quickly.” Judge Doug Herndon told him the case has haunted him since “opening statements.” Briana Erickson/ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas arrest warrant details Floyd Mayweather Sr. assault accusation
Las Vegas police said Floyd Mayweather Sr. dragged a woman by the leg from the backseat of his car and punched her after a boxing match on the Strip, according to court documents obtained Thursday. The father of boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. battered her hours after the Sept. 16 fight at T-Mobile Arena between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, the elder Mayweather’s arrest warrant said. The woman and her husband had attended the fight with Mayweather Sr. and his girlfriend, the Metropolitan Police Department wrote in his arrest warrant. Police said Mayweather Sr. pulled her from the car and battered her. He then drove off, leaving the woman and her husband in a parking lot. A warrant for his arrest was issued Jan. 16. Mayweather Sr. was in Clark County Detention Center Wednesday, but has since posted bond.
Las Vegas teen accused of raping classmates appears in court
A Las Vegas teen accused of raping 4 of his Shadow Ridge classmates appeared in court Thursday Maysen Melton faces 23 felony counts, including charges of sexual assault District Judge Jennifer Togliatti pointed to an "astronomical probability of conviction" and raised Melton's bail Judge Togliatti also said she worried that someone walking by Melton's house could be at risk Melton's bail was raised from $200,000 to $500,000
Las Vegas police investigate kidnapping, carjacking and robbery at Best Buy
Shortly before 6 a.m., a man was approached by two men in the parking lot of a Best Buy at 6950 Arroyo Crossing, near the 215 Beltway and South Rainbow Boulevard. Police said at least one of the two suspects was armed with a handgun. The suspects forced the man into his car and made him drive to an ATM, where he withdrew an unknown amount of money for the suspects, Metropolitan Police Department Lt. David Gordon said. The two men then instructed the victim to drive to a convenience store at 4030 W. Charleston Blvd., where they told him to get out of his vehicle. Police said the suspects fled north on Hinson Street in the man’s car.
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