Freebie daily paper Metro Boston folded Wednesday while the ex-staffers of Metros in Boston, Philadelphia and New York learned this week they’re getting no severance whatsoever from their now-former employer.

Two of the papers — Metro New York and Metro Philadelphia — were sold last week to Schneps Media, which is keeping the Philly paper alive while merging the Gotham edition into amNewYork, which it already owns.

The new NY paper was renamed amNewYork Metro for the Jan. 6 edition.

Staffers at all three Metro publications were laid off on Jan. 3 by owner Metro US — only to learn this week they are getting stiffed on severance.

“I found out that I was out of a job by a two-sentence email this past Friday,” lamented a former Metro employee who worked there eight years. “I was expecting severance pay due … but when I got my separation letter from the company, it said I was getting a grand total of $0 in severance.”

Newsday, the former owner of amNewYork, laid off all its workers as well prior to its sale to Schneps. But it at least gave staffers three weeks’ severance for each year of work when the freebie daily was sold in October.

Only three staffers were offered jobs with the new owner. Schneps said this time it expects to make job offers to about 20 former staffers of the Metro papers it purchased.

But staffers of the Beantown edition appear to be totally out of luck.

“After 19 years, we are sad to announce the closure of Metro Boston effective today,” Metro Boston said in its note to readers and advertisers Wednesday. “We realize this may seem sudden but after our New York and Philadelphia editions were sold, we no longer have access to centralized resources and a difficult decision had to be made.”

Oskar Bjorner, chairman of the board of Metro US, and Yggers Mortensen, who stepped down as CEO in the past year but remains a board member, did not return emails from Media Ink seeking comment.

Swedish publisher Metro International introduced its first free daily to the US in 2003 after a successful launch in Europe. The three money-losing titles were sold to Seabay Media in 2009 during the Great Recession, when advertising dollars plummeted.

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