Glen Ellyn Dominick's employee suspended after 'thanking' Safeway in YouTube video

Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 3:49 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 3:59 p.m. CDT

GLEN ELLYN – A Glen Ellyn Dominick's employee was reportedly suspended after posting a video titled "Thanks Safeway" to YouTube on Dec. 27, the day before all Dominick's stores in the Chicago area were scheduled to close.

The video criticizes the widespread Dominick's closings as a way for the "big shots" to "save a buck and maybe buy a new summer home."

It is set up in the style of a disaster movie, complete with animated explosions and monster attacks, to show the end of the world for Dominick's stores. The video features several Dominick's employees and was filmed at the Glen Ellyn store.

According to Facebook, the video was posted by employee Steve Yamamoto. Comments on both YouTube and Facebook indicate Yamamoto was then suspended.

It received more than 111,000 views and 1,370 "likes" as of Monday afternoon.

The video "thanks" Safeway after saying "the race to unemployment begins as our home at Dominick's meets its end."

Several comments posted on YouTube, as well as Safeway's Facebook page, were supportive of Yamamoto and the video.

Neither Safeway, Yamamoto nor representatives from the local Dominick's headquarters responded to requests for comment.

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