The pandemic has been hard on everyone, not to mention financially strenuous.
Surprisingly, it has even been hard for some people who make six figures per year.
Gregg Shore, a Pennsylvania District Attorney in Bucks County, found himself in hard times late in 2020. Despite making $125,000 per year, Shore did the only thing he could think to do to make his situation better.
Like most people who are making far less than six figures, Shore took on a second job.
Shore later said he had personal reasons.
"I primarily worked the job at nights and weekends, however, I made the incredibly poor decision to deliver during the workday at times."
Specifically, he started delivering food for the DoorDash delivery service on nights and weekends.
But then in October 2020, Shore started double-dipping by delivering food during his standard working hours as a District Attorney.
He delivered during work hours on and off from October 2020 through February 2021. Of course, that was until he got caught.
Last week on March 18, District Attorney Matt Weintraub of the Bucks County District Attorney's Office released a video about his fellow District Attorney.
You can watch the video here:
In the video, Weintraub introduced Jennifer M. Shorn, who would be stepping up to replace Gregg Shore in his position as District Attorney.
Instead of being fired, however, Shore would be demoted to the position of Deputy District Attorney.
Weintraub was very candid during his statement.
"What he has done is indefensible, thoughtless, selfish, and so stupid. It's senseless."
"He has DoorDashed during hours when he was supposed to be working exclusively for the Bucks County District Attorney's Office and for the citizens we serve."
"I don't know why he did this. Only he has the answer."
"I'll admit to you that I am very angry, and I'm upset."
"This shows a clear lack of leadership, and this is the reason for his demotion. He will now become a Deputy District Attorney, which is commeserate with his level of experience."
"It wold be easier and politically expedient for me to just fire him and to be done with it. That would, frankly, be the easiest thing to do."
"But [it would] not necessarily the right thing to do."
Weintraub went on to reflect on his values as an Attorney.
"I'm put in this position to make difficult decisions after weighing all the facts and attending circumstances, and that's what I'm doing here."
"I have to put my personal perspective and feelings aside, as difficult as that may be, so that I can look at this fairly and objectively."
"In conferencing with my leadership team, I've decided to demote him rather than to fire him... in light of all of his yaers of public service, including starting the insurance fraud here in the Bucks County DA's office from scratch, including the prosecution of notorious killers... in light of always being there to answer the call, including during these DoorDash times, and plenty of other times when we are not on the clock."
"I preach second chances, I preach redemption, that people can learn from their mistakes and become better, I preach proportionality and that the punishment must fit the infraction."
"Now I must practice what I preach, or my credibility will be gone, as well."
Weintraub, admittedly, was left with many questions.
"I'm sure you all have the same questions that I do."
"Will he be able to come back from this?"
"Will he regain our trust?"
"Will he be able to withstand the pressure and the scrutiny and the shame that what he has done has brought upon himself?"
"I don't know, but for now I'm giving him that chance. He has a shot at redemption."
Twitter was full of questions, too.
@HuffPost So he makes $125k per year and still needs a side job to make ends meet? But we can't get a $15 per hour… https://t.co/0OsGqP2ske— AtlCityBoy (@AtlCityBoy)1616113635.0
@HuffPost Did his side gig cause him to slack on his responsibilities in the DA’s office? If not, big deal. Instead… https://t.co/z19QfAU7Sx— Todd Rice (@Todd Rice)1616114776.0
@HuffPost That reads like financial desperation. Thankfully he still has a job.— Donna Lee Saunders W (@Donna Lee Saunders W)1616119668.0
@NotHoodlum Could this be used as probable cause to deep dive his financials? If he's making $129k and driving "doo… https://t.co/YwKgdgH7RN— Grumpiest (@Grumpiest)1616168175.0
@NotHoodlum Wouldnt that be intentional false representation, as in ILLEGAL...isnt there a law against that?— trina (@trina)1616173168.0
@NotHoodlum @Sippin_Def_Ale I wonder if he has kids, a mortgage, car payments etc ?it's amazing the amount of bills… https://t.co/dBWIVCfqAr— Being Foolish (@Being Foolish)1616114700.0
It remains unclear what the personal circumstances were that led Shore to begin DoorDashing, let alone during the day when he was being paid by taxpayers to work in the D.A.'s office.
Hopefully he will take this second chance seriously.