Being a mom is tough, just ask one. It takes a lot of love and dedication to be able to give your kids what they need while also making ends meet with your finances. For one mom, the struggle of taking care of the family and working her job became all too unbearable. She wasn’t making enough money and it was really starting to impact her family. However, one day her world was turned upside down when her boss decided to do something unbelievable.
20. Mother of Four
Tanna Marino is a mother of four living in Texas. For a while now, Tanna had been juggling her work life and her home life and it was starting to get difficult to manage. The main problem was that Tanna wasn’t get paid enough for the work that she was putting in and her family was struggling because of it.
Tanna happens to work as a technician for the company Mr. Appliance, which is owned by the Dwyer Group. She happened to get her job in the most unique way as well when she happened to call a company about her broken refrigerator. As they worked through the issue together, Tanna offered to apply for a job at the company.
18. A Big Change
After spending the last 5 years raising her kids, Tanna was ready to make a change and transition into a career. So Tanna sent in her job application and was immediately accepted. She absolutely loved her job and transitioned into it perfectly. However, even with her working as a technician and her husband working as a firefighter, the family was struggling with their finances.
17. TV Show
The family was growing desperate for money and it was as if the universe could hear their prayers because Tanna was soon approached by a new TV show. The show was called “Don’t Quit Your Day Job,” and they explained that they wanted to feature Tanna on it. Tanna immediately began to ponder over the proposal.
16. Career Change Show
The TV show producers explained to Tanna that she would undertake someone as an apprentice for the day to show them what she does. After taking them through a day in her career, the person would have the opportunity to either ditch their current job to do what Tanna does or stick with their job. Tanna had never considered being on TV but figured her family could use the extra money.
15. Going For It
After some deliberation Tanna decided to go for it and accepted the television offer. She would only be in the pilot episode but she felt that it was worth the opportunity. She was introduced to her apprentice whose name was Faith Brown. Although it was weird at first to work while the cameras were on, Tanna still managed to do her job.
14. Manual Work
When Tanna was first introduced to Faith she could immediately tell that the woman had never worked a blue-collar job before. Faith had long nails, was wearing beautiful pearls and seemed out of place in the environment. However, Tanna didn’t want to judge a book by its cover and decided that she would help out Faith and see if she would be happily surprised.
13. Getting Along
As soon as the two of them were introduced to one another they got along amazingly. Tanna really took out the time to explain all of the aspects of the job to Faith so that she could understand what her role would be as a technician. Faith appreciated just how attentive Tanna was and she could see that Tanna was passionate about her job. However, Tanna had no idea that she was actually being lied to this entire time!
12. A Big Lie
Tanna had no idea that the show she agreed to be on was actually called “Undercover Boss,” a popular CBS program where employees unknowingly work alongside one of their bosses. Faith Brown wasn’t a wannabe technician looking for a new job, she was actually one of the high-level executives at the Dwyer Group.
11. Founder’s Daughter
The biggest secret was that Faith wasn’t just any high-level executive at the company. She was actually the daughter of one of the original men who founded the Dywer Group. Faith Brown was a fake name that the show had given her and her actual name is Dina Dwyer Owens. She hid her identity in the show by having a fake name, different colored hair, and wearing contacts.
10. Other Employees
Tanna also wasn’t the only employee that Dina had gone undercover to work with. Dina knew that her father had founded the company with certain values and principles in mind. She wanted to see if the employees were upholding these and what Dina could do to make their jobs better.
9. Shocking Discovery
However, Dina was shocked by the realization that Tanna wasn’t making ends meet with her job. Dina was heartbroken when she found out that Tanna was considering taking on a second job to make ends meet even though her and her husband both work full-time. She soon realized that her company wasn’t being considerate of their employees at all.
8. Father’s Approval
With her father gone, Dina knew that it was up to her to keep her father’s legacy and values alive. She knew that if her father had met Tanna that he would feel like the company had let down their employees. It was at this point that Dina knew something had to be done.
7. Truth Revealed
Finally, it was time to reveal the truth to Tanna about what she had been a part of. Tanna was invited to Dina’s house where the moment was truth was finally revealed. Tanna could tell that Dina wasn’t just a regular person looking for a new job when she met her, however, she had no idea that she was dealing with one of her bosses.
6. A Great Gift
Dina was incredibly moved by Tanna’s dedication to her job and so she decided to give her a wonderful gift. She gifted Tanna $25,000 to help get her family out of their financial problem. She also gave her another $10,000 to put into a fund for Tanna’s children. Tanna was blown away by Dina’s kindness…
5. Great Words
Dina only had amazing words to say about Tanna as an employee and as a human being. Dina praised Tanna for being an amazing technician as well as “an incredible mother and an incredible wife.” She was overwhelmed by how amazing Tanna was as she never expected to come across an employee like her.
4. So Grateful
Tanna was so grateful to Dina for her amazing gift. Thanks to the extra money, Tanna was able to fix the financial slump that she and her husband had found themselves in. This also meant that she wouldn’t have to get a second job and could spend more time with her 4 kids.
3. Male-Dominated Environment
However, what impressed Dina the most was how Tanna managed to work in such a male-dominated environment. In response to this, Dina also put forward $5,000 for a new program started up by Tanna. This program would help get more women interested in the field!
Tanna was incredibly grateful to Dina and was happy that she had decided to take the offer to be on the show. Since being on the show, Tanna was promoted to franchise consultant with Mr. Appliance and she was more than happy to take on the new role. Progressing in her career has only made things even better in her life and in her family’s lives.
1. More Women
The money that Dina set up for the program helps cover the costs of travel and tuition so that more women can get involved in the technician field. Although it’s been a process to get more women involved, Tanna is happy that she has the opportunity to help out women. “We would truly love to have more women working in all the different brands,” Tanna said.