[November 20, 2018] I was laughing, the kind of laugh we rarely have, while my good friend Frank was telling me about the people where he worked. You see, Frank is a “character” himself and to hear his stories about acquaintances at work was really entertaining.
You see, Frank calls those who he works with, “slackers, cowards, and dummies.” There is no mistake about where he stands with them nor is there any mistake about his judgment of their work abilities. I’ve been convinced for a long time that Frank himself is a conniver; always trying to blame others for his failures and for trying to get out just being plain lazy.
One of his favorite stories is about when he was guarding a supply of expensive equipment his company had just purchased. It was an easy task but he insisted another employee help and so both were to stay overnight at the company’s warehouse.
His buddy immediately went to sleep and Frank, being who he is, decided to light firecrackers to scare the sleeping employee; which it did. But the firecrackers also set off the fire alarms and sprinklers. The police and fire trucks showed up within a few minutes and then the senior manager. Frank lied and said some kids had done it. In the end, Frank was not fired or even reprimanded. So he says.
There are more stories about the idiocy of Frank and his sleeping buddy getting away with wasting money, resources, and putting the police and fire personnel at risk at other times; all because Frank likes to play jokes on others. And it’s Frank who is the one telling me that his friends at work are a bunch of slackers, cowards, and dummies.
Does Frank still work there? Nope. He was in the National Guard and because of some incident that happened while he was guarding a bridge in Manhattan, New York, Frank got PTSD.1 Now Frank is on 100% disability by the U.S. Army and is not allowed to work. Of course, Frank is violating the rules by working under the table. If he gets caught working, Frank’s disability payments will cease. And we wonder why there are so many slackers, cowards, and dummies.
Good leadership at Frank’s company would make a difference. Allowing him and his buddies to get away with destructive mischief only encourages more of it. Leaders at his company wanted to be the “good guys” and so decided not to press charges on Frank and the sleeping buddy or to reprimand them. We can all just shake our heads at the lack of basic leadership.
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/post-traumatic-stress-disorder#1