Aaron Buncio has worked on the Las Vegas Strip for years. He moved from a giant casino to the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, and stayed there for just over a year.
Recently, the hotel offered each of its employees an unannounced bonus of $5,000. For Buncio, it was the surprise of a lifetime, especially in this difficult time.
“Nobody knew. I thought mag-a-announce lang something about Cosmo transitioning to MGM Resorts because we just got acquired. We thought that was the announcement. We don’t didn’t know they were giving a $5,000 bonus to each employee,” Buncio noted.
(I thought they would just announce something about the transition from Cosmopolitan to MGM Resorts.)
Cosmopolitan CEO Bill McBeath made the surprise announcement inside the Chelsea Theatre, which was packed with hotel workers. The bonuses were awarded to all Cosmopolitan employees.
“Even for new signings, like their first week, everyone got it,” Buncio explained. “Some even cried during the announcement. People are shaking hands.”
This development came amid the Cosmopolitan’s sale to MGM Resorts International. MGM Resorts is paying more than $1.6 billion to Blackstone to take over the Cosmopolitan’s 3,000 hotel rooms, suites and casino along with its non-gaming amenities. Current MGM customers will now have access to the Cosmopolitan’s facilities.
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