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Is Maria Bartiromo Upset About the Demise of OTB?

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The New York Times reports:

"The ceiling of the union hall was festooned for the holidays with red and green streamers, but a gloom hung over the room on Friday morning as a few hundred former employees of the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation trudged in.

"Having been abruptly laid off last week after spending much of their lives taking bets on horse races, they collectively wondered what the odds were of finding other work to pay the bills anytime soon. Some expressed faith in their skills at dealing with customers who might not be welcomed everywhere, but others feared that their long service to an outfit whose reputation was far from sterling might not carry much value.

Angela Page, a 46 year-old clerk who was laid off told the paper, " “I’m good at everything,” she said, rattling off her qualifications. “I can serve food. I can run a register. I can stack boxes. I can baby-sit kids.”

But, as Maria Bartiromo has proven, former OTB employees can go on to do bigger and better things than just stacking boxes. See, young Maria worked as a clerk behind the bulletproof glass at a Brooklyn OTB parlor before she became CNBC's "Money Honey."

“It’s probably subconscious," she told Vanity Fair's John Heilpern, "but the OTB’s urgent pace and dealing with money all day could have planted the seed for wanting to report from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange."

If you were working for OTB before a legal bookie without competition somehow found a way to go bankrupt, don't let being unemployed ruin your Christmas.

There's always room for you at CNBC.
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