All In A Day's Work
Mr. Swiller was known far and wide as a hard-nosed boss who watched his employees like a hawk. He was making one of his regular tours of the factory, when he spotted a young man leaning against a pile of boxes, just outside the foreman's office.
Since Bud, the foreman, wasn't around, Swiller stood off to the side and watched to see just how long the young man would stand around doing nothing.
The young man yawned, scratched his head, looked at his watch, and sat on the floor. He took out a nail file and began cleaning his nails. Then, he stretched, yawned again, and leaned back on the pile of boxes.
Swiller stepped from his hiding place and walked up to the young man. "You!" he boomed. "How much do you make a week?"
The young man looked up indifferently. "Two hundred and fifty dollars,"he said.
Swiller swooped into the cashier's office, took $250 from the cash box,
and returned. "Take it," he said, "and get out! Don't let me see you around here again!"
The young man took the cash, put it in his pocket, and left.
Swiller snorted at his lack of remorse, embarrassment, or any other
feeling. Then he went looking for Bud. When he found him, Swiller was red with anger.
"That idler in front of your office," Swiller said. "I just gave him a week's pay and fired him. What's the matter with you, letting him stand around as though he had nothing to do?"
"You mean the kid in the red shirt?" Bud asked.
"Yes! The kid in the red shirt!"
"He was waiting for the twenty dollars we owe him for lunch," Bud said.
"He works for the coffee shop around the corner."