Vegas strip resort pays employees $5000 bonus each for work during pandemic
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Employees at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas enjoyed an incredible surprise when their boss announced they would each receive a $5000 bonus.
Around half of the resort's 5,400 employees attended an appreciation and awards buffet Wednesday, where resort President and CEO Bill McBeath praised the staff for helping the company maintain a "youthful, exuberant" brand during the coronavirus pandemic.
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"It's you, every single day, that makes a difference," said Daniel Espino, Cosmopolitan chief people officer. "Whether you clean the rooms, cook the food, are dealing cards, serving drinks, at the front desk."
He then revealed the $5000 per employee bonus, as well as vacation trips to San Diego and Hawaii for employees Staci Stafford, a housekeeping trainer, and Samira Harbali, a server. The employees erupted with joy, high-fiving and hugging each other.
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"It’s amazing!" said Edgar Rives, a cook for nine years in the employee cafeteria, calling it a "big surprise."