You will definitely want to know all of the facts of the reasons which led to your termination. You'll have to talk to your local unemployment office to find out all the details of unemployment, but I would say be prepared for any employer in case they try to contest your unemployment claim.
Yes, Unemployment is a government provided benefit. It's not something Target gives you. Target pays towards Unemployment Insurance (as do you out of your paycheck) You have to file your claim at your local unemployment office.
Man my buddy who got fired mid december just got his unemployment granted. This dude had been on finals for attendance for the last couple years and had been given a million chances. Well he called in 3 days in a row during 4th quarter and they said that was the last straw. And the funny thing is the amount he gets is pretty much equal to his spot paychecks. Throw some food stamps into the mix and he'd be living better than most team leaders.
Glad to hear your buddy got his unemployment approved. This is something we all pay for out of our paychecks, it's a tax which protects us in the event we lose our jobs. While the way you describe his situation sounds like he might not have been the best employee, for each example like that, there a hundreds of examples where the employer was simply abusive or harassing in the workplace. None of us truly know what a persons record does or does not include. It's easy to assume someone is just a slacker or to think they ncns all the time, but usulaly people have extenuating circumstances that excuse their absence with a legitimate emergency. We all know unemployment is less than the regular paycheck, however if he happened to be working more hours towards the end of his employment, that would have increase his unemployment pay. I highly doubt a person on unemployment and food stamps lives as well as someone on unemployment. If that's the case, the TL would also therefore qualify for food stamps, then they would be above him again anyway.