"Sometimes you lose something, and you get something even better." Those were the words of Lamar Austin, from New Hampshire, after finding out he had lost his job for an unbelievable reason. He was working on New Year's Day, in the middle of his 90 day trial period as a part-time security guard for Salerno Protective Services. He was meant to be on call over the period of that weekend, night and day, but instead made a choice that would ultimately get him fired...
Cainan Austin came into this world on New Year's Day. Unfortunately, attending the birth caused dad Lamar's period as a trial worker for Salerno Protective Services to be terminated.
Lamar is taking it in his stride - appreciating the newest addition to his family despite losing his job. He told Concord Monitor that "Sometimes you lose something and you get something even better."
Baby Cainan became the first baby to be delivered at Concord Hospital in 2017 when he arrived. News of the area's first baby of the year was soon overshadowed by the following stories of Lamar's sacking.
An Army veteran, Austin had struggled to find full-time employment following his six months of service in Iraq. He eventually managed to find an opportunity late in 2016 to use his army training and work as a security guard, during which time he was reportedly supposed to be on call at all times.
Mr Austin has no regrets in choosing his family over the job. It was a difficult decision, but he would make it again if he had to. He added that "Family comes before anything else," and refused to turn his back on them for a job. The Austin family gained an extra little mouth to feed, but lost their main source of income.
Apparently, while at the hospital to be with his partner, he missed two shifts at work. That resulted receiving a text letting him know that his services were no longer required by the company, ending his trial period.
However, it is not all bad news. Sympathisers include Sara Perschino, who is an advocate for paid family leave. She set up a Go FundMe page in Austin's name, which is already nearing the target goal of $5,000.
In fact, the world has got to know about Mr Austin's situation, and since then, he has been receiving hordes of new job offers, including an apprenticeship with the AFL-CIO. Now, the family says that it has been great to see support from all over the world, from Australia to Scotland.
Lamar Austin has yet to make a decision about his future and is instead just enjoying spending time with his family. Hopefully, his journey will take him along the road through this New Hampshire town to success.
The baby may have cost him his job, but at least it's not the most expensive baby in the world!