Alex's job told him they don't actually need him until next month. So he is, essentially, screwed.
My job decided to cut back my hours. I'll be lucky now if I get 16 hours a week. And no one wants to hire me because I'll be starting up school again at the end of August, so I won't be around long enough to make hiring me worthwhile.
Out of desperation, I just applied to be an ice cream truck driver. No lie.
If desperation wasn't so hard, it'd almost be funny.