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Market Basket dilemma for New Bedford family

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By Dana Griffin


NEW BEDFORD, MA- "So, today was my last day at Market Basket. It's been pretty depressing," said Carolina Perez.

A week ago, the 15-year-old didn't think she'd have to worry about where the next meal would come from.

She's worked at Market Basket for three months; her parents three years.

Perez said, “I don't know, I don't have no words for everything right now.  I mean Market Basket was everything after God, as my mom said."

Carolina's mom, aunt, and cousins were laid off this week. Only her father and her uncle are still employed.

Carolina's uncle, Mario Nataren said, "They tell us if you can, look for another job, start now because we don't know what's going on."

After weeks of protests and customer boycotts over the ouster of beloved CEO, Artie T., it's unclear which other jobs could be in jeopardy.

On top of that, this affects the Perez's relatives back in El Salvador, who they've been sending money to since they immigrated four years ago.

"It was one of the reasons why I came here, I wanted to help some family members because I know how the struggle they're living over there," said Perez.

Market Basket CEOs stress this isn't a layoff, instead, it's just a scale back on hours until business is back to normal.

"I'm just waiting for a miracle," said Nataren.

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