09-17-2011, 04:46 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
| | Coworker's Lack of Honesty
Since all of us here tend to post our own problems, I thought it might help give everyone some perspective when I tell a story about a former coworker's dysfunctional response to a cold but otherwise harmless marriage (no physical abuse, etc). Maybe you'll see yourself in this story. It might make you laugh, it might make you cry, it might make you angry. I think all of us can see someone we know in this story. And I swear it really happened....
I work at a job that requires frequent training, often in other cities. This guy ended up getting selected for a promotion that was going to mean a big pay raise after a 3-week course of training. The problem was, he hated his wife and didn't want her to get the pay raise.
So he started out by setting up a new bank account that she didn't know about. He worked with our payroll department to split his direct deposit, so the amount of his old paycheck would still go into the joint account, but the raise would go into the new account. When it came time to leave town for the training that would qualify him for his new position, he told his wife it was routine annual training (which does occur, but never for three weeks!).
As if this dishonesty wasn't bad enough, he also acquired a mailing address in Las Vegas and started having mail sent there so he could establish "residency" in Nevada. His final act was going to ask her to go party with him some weekend in Vegas, and then serve her with divorce papers the minute she stepped off the airplane at McCarran airport.
As it turns out, he had spent so much time planning how to screw over his wife, he didn't spend enough time on the required training. Not only did he not qualify for the promotion, but his performance was so bad he ended up getting fired! I never did hear how his marriage fared after his dismissal from the company. Maybe he needed to rely on her paycheck.
If he had spent half as much time applying himself to his new position as he did planning on how to hurt his wife, he would have been president of the company by now! The whole story would be slightly funny were it not so sad.