This Rule Is So Underrated…


This story, told here in a condensed form, was originally told on the March 8th, 2015 episode of The Alarmed Show. coque huawei p20 Sometimes – hell, most times – friends and work don’t mix. Years ago, I worked in a chocolate-themed restaurant with a young man we’ll call Michael. He’d already been there for a month or two by the time I came on. He was a server and I worked behind the bar. Not long after I was taken on, Michael was either let go or quit (I’m sure the version varies depending on whom you ask). I didn’t see Mike again until I got a job at a fledgling coffee shop a few years later. He was in between jobs, recognized me from our days in “the chocolate factory” together and let the interviewing manager know as much. coque iphone xr After he left, the manager asked me about him, and I vouched for him. coque samsung a40 I thought nothing of it at the time; the brother needed a job, and I would have wanted someone to do the same for me if I was in his position. Mike came on a few days later, the same day the shop’s phone was installed. For reasons best known to himself, Mike thought it would be a good idea to have a loud argument with a young lady he was dealing with on that same phone. He’d somehow gotten the number to the store before the rest of us and given it to the girl. My boss was not amused. IMG_2108 His second day on the job was marked by another loud disagreement, this time with the shift manager. I’ll admit, the young lady could be a little pushy, but when you’re just coming in, especially on the good word of someone you know, one would think it’d be in your best interest to bite your tongue. I don’t even remember to this day what the argument was about, but I don’t even think it mattered. coque samsung a7 Again, Michael was not making friends at this place. His third (and last) day on the job never happened. He showed up four hours late for a six-hour shift. For some reason, he didn’t think to call the store number he got even before me. I like to think my boss didn’t hold Mike’s performance (or lack thereof) against me, but I was angry and humiliated. coque iphone 5 It quickly taught me two lessons; be wary when working with people you know, and don’t give your word lightly. Some people will take advantage of your prior friendship in the workplace. Those people have to be reminded of the wise words of crack kingpin Nino Brown: “Friends is friends.