The struggling Orlando barber ends up receiving $ 7,000 in unemployment benefits


ORLANDO, Fla. – Francisco Mojica admits that he would never have survived the last four months without his mother’s financial help because he had no access to state or federal unemployment benefits.

“The connection between the Ministry of Economic Opportunities and us, society is not a bueno, not a good,” said Mojica.

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Mojica lost his job as a restaurant server last year after COVID-19 forced its employer, BB King’s Blues Club in Pointe Orlando, to close.

He earned his hairdressing license in 2020 and was able to work in College Park that year, making about $ 100 a week.

Mojica said his first unemployment problem centered on the home office of the BB King restaurant operation. based in Memphis, Tennessee.

When he was able to prove that he was working at the Orlando site, he suffered another setback.

The DEO had classified him incarcerated, a glitch related to the detention of 10-year-olds for a maintenance dispute.

“A prison sentence,” said Mojica. “I don’t know what one has to do with the other (unemployment benefit)?”

His clients told him about the work News 6 and Make Ends Meet had done to help people get late unemployment benefits.

After reaching out to News 6, the broadcaster was able to present the DEO with the incarceration error and Mojica received two deposits into his bank account totaling more than $ 7,000.


“It was a blessing so thank you,” he said. “It was great so I’m here with my mom to help her with some of her bills.”

When asked if News 6 could produce results, a smiling Majica replied, “You have achieved more than just results, you have brought joy back into my life.”

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Janet Smith