Kentucky Governor Apologizes to Tupac Shakur After Denying Unemployment, Thinking It Was a Joke

'Mistakes happen.'

April 29, 2020
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"I've been struggling for like, the last month trying to figure out how to pay the bills,” Tupac Shakur said in a recent interview.

The 46-year-old cook from Lexington, KY has been out of a job since mid-March when the city was shut down amid the ongoing pandemic. After filing for unemployment on March 13th, Shakur had been waiting to receive his check, not knowing it had been deemed a hoax by the state, looking to crack down on fraudulent claims.

Kentucky governor Andy Beshear called up Shakur, who goes by his middle name, Malik, to personally apologize for the mis-step. Although he was "hurt" and embarrassed at first, Shakur said he was able to see the confusion.

"I understand, he's dealing with a lot," he told the Lexington Herald-Leader. "Mistakes happen."

The state has since implemented a hotline for residents to check on the status of their claims.

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