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Tulsa home remodeling company hiring crew members amid pandemic

TULSA, Okla. — Unemployment in Oklahoma decreases each week, but about 80,000 people are still without a job.

2 Works for You is highlighting a company that started small 42 years ago doing siding and windows. Now, as demand grew due to the coronavirus pandemic, business is booming.

Burnett Home Improvement said they used to make a few hundred thousand dollars a year, but hit company records this summer. Last month, they made nearly $700,000. They said the increase is because people are at home, restless, with no places to vacation.

So they’ve seen people spending extra funds on remodeling their home.

Vice President Shawn Donahue has been with the company for almost two years and wants to encourage people to apply. Their faith-based company prides itself on treatment and fairness.

Burnett Home Improvement employee Vasilik Napelenok said, “Most of the people are Christian here, so I think that’s really what matters to me. I know these people are not going to lie, they are going to be honest… that’s one of the best things about working here.”

Donahue’s main job is to make sure the company’s crew members stay happy because they wouldn’t have the business or reputation they have today without them.

“If anybody is willing to learn, we are always willing to give them a shot. We always want to do our best by people, we want to give everyone the opportunity to succeed, whether that be here, or somewhere else,” Donahue said.

Donahue said anybody looking for work should apply.

To apply, call this number (918) 215-8897, or go to their website for more information.

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Tulsa Resident Captures Contractor Using Homophobic Slurs on Camera [Video]

A resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was shocked when he heard a contractor working for the City of Tulsa Water Department use homophobic slurs outside his home on October 2.

Bobby Elder’s security cameras captured the offensive language as the man, who was working on the water main near his home, approached saying, “This is a whole house full of them … a bunch of dope-smoking queers.”

He continues with the offensive remarks as he walks up the steps, saying, “We’re going to shut your water off at 8.30. Get all your group showers done by then.”

Elder told local media outlet KTUL after his partner answered the door they checked the surveillance footage to have a closer listen to what they thought they heard.

“Unfortunately, it was what we heard, and also much more,” Elder told KTUL.

In the same interview, he said he’s lived in the area most of his life and never had a problem.

The Director of Communications for the City of Tulsa, Michelle Brooks, told Storyful the person was not a City of Tulsa employee, but was “an employee of a contractor working on a waterline replacement project for the City’s utility authority.”

In the same statement, the city condemned the offensive remarks, saying, “The behavior displayed by this individual was ignorant and reprehensible and does not reflect the City’s values of diversity, inclusion, and respect for all of the constituents we serve. The City has talked to the contractor and this individual was removed immediately from all City projects.” Credit: Bobby Elder via Storyful

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Tulsa homeowner catches contractor making homophobic slurs on camera

Tulsa city officials are apologizing today for homophobic insults directed at a local homeowner. 

The words came from a man who was working for the city’s water department as a contractor. The man has been fired. 

His insults were caught on the homeowner, Bobby Elder’s, security camera. 

“I’ve lived in Broken Arrow, Tulsa almost my whole life. I recently moved to this house about three years ago,” Elder said, “Never had a problem.”

For Bobby Elder, that all changed last Friday when a man working on the water main outside his home came to the door. 

“I’m used to them working out there and always been very friendly in passing,” Elder said, “So I was really shocked by what I heard on Friday.”

Elder’s partner answered the door and was told the water would be shut off to fix the main, but it’s what he heard after the door was closed that made him take a look at their surveillance footage. 

“Unfortunately, it was what we heard, and also much more,” Elder said. 

It’s all caught on Elder’s security cameras. 

As the man walks up to Elder’s home he said, “Bunch of dope smokin’ queers.” 

The offensive comments continue. 

“Get all your group showers done by then,” the man said, “I’m a queer.”

“I thought it was very fortunate to be able to capture this on camera to show what so many people in the LGBTQ community go through,” Elder said. 

Elder, who stresses that he’s never had any problems here, was stunned. 

“That’s what I think hurt so bad,” Elder said, “Was how playful he was when saying it, how it was just a joke.”

City Hall wasn’t laughing either. Today, they said the worker was a contractor, not one of theirs, releasing this statement: 

This person was not

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