Today, I am reminded of a story. Something that happened a number of years ago, that illustrated to me, for the first time, the sheer stupidity of the human race.
I was in highschool, and walking to the bank one day at lunch. I happened to see a guy that I knew, let’s call him Greg, ride his bike past me. He said “hey” and kept riding. I thought nothing else of it.
When I got home later that night, I was speaking with my dad, who was a foreman at the local mill. He was complaining that a number of people called in sick that day, resulting in a lot of extra work for him and the people on his team. One of those people, he said, was a continuous problem – calling in sick a lot, and not really doing any work when he was there anyway.
You guessed it, that was Greg.
So I mentioned that I saw Greg riding his bike through town, looking perfectly healthy at lunch. When confronted, Greg admitted to trying to pull the wool over his boss’ eyes, and was promptly terminated.
You’d think that if you were using a sick day to get out of work, you’d either go far away, or stay at home. Especially in a small town, where everybody knows everybody, and it’s likely to get back to your boss that you were skipping out on work should you be seen out on the town. At the very least, I’d think that you wouldn’t go waving at the boss’ daughter!
I just have a lot of people calling in sick to work lately. And sometimes I really wonder if any of them are that dumb as well. Also, if I did happen to catch someone in that kind of lie – would I be able to avoid bursting out laughing in their face at their idiocy?
What would you do? Or (and perhaps more interesting) what have you done after being caught on either side of this fence?