To their friends and family, Amanda and Chris were the dream couple. They were hopelessly devoted to each other, both seemingly held well-paying jobs and they were about to welcome a new addition to the family Their story has set social media on fire, garnering 63,000 likes so far...
For the last three months, Chris would wake up early every morning, make his lunch, get dressed, and set off to "work". He would make up stories about new projects and how his superior will compliment him over the dinner table. He told Amanda he got "promoted" to Regional manager, so they could spend a significant amount to re-do their living room and add a nursery to their home. In short, Amanda had little reason to suspect anything was amiss.
However, everything unravelled when Amanda attempted to surprise Chris at work one day. "I was feeling a bit sorry after I raised my voice at him, so I took half the day off intending to surprise Chris at work with plans for a fancy lunch, a few blocks away from Nu Sentral." She said.
"When I arrived at his office, people seemed surprised to see me and no one would tell me where he was. It was one of the most shocking days of my life. It wasn't until I met Chris’s ex-boss that I found out Chris had been laid off three months ago." She added.
"My mind was in a daze. What has Chris been up to? Where was all of his money coming from? Is he cheating on me?"
Life on the rocks...
Amanda called Chris immediately and he confessed everything. He was too ashamed to admit that he was suddenly laid off from his job and had been looking for a job for nearly 3 months but the oil and gas industry is really bad right now. He had been spending most of his time at his parents' house.
Chris told us, "My world shattered when my boss told me the company was downsizing due to low oil prices since 2015. My job meant everything to me. I couldn't bring myself to tell Amanda as we had just booked a holiday at Santorini and made the payment to remodel our house."
"The next few weeks was torture. I would occupy myself and arrange interview after interview. I was planning to tell Amanda the truth immediately after I secured a job. But that didn't happen, and it became harder to tell her with each passing day."
Chris said, “One day, I heard my brother yell loudly from his room, "I won!". He was jumping up and down so I decided to check what the commotion was about. It turns out that he had won RM20,000 on a new online casino. That was my 1 month’s salary! After he told me about the 30% Welcome Bonus promotion, I decided to give it a go. I deposited RM15 but I didn’t win anything, unlike my brother. However, I was still feeling down about my entrenchment so I decided to deposit RM100 and try again. Well on my third spin, I won the mega-jackpot of RM872,387!”