Thankfully they moved 10 miles away the next year and got shifted to a different school and I wasn’t saddled with them after 7th grade. Mom’s friendship was long distance after that and I could find reasons to not go along for the trips. But she still was off with Judy every chance she could be. Fast forward about 15 years. News story hits the local news about a murder to the south of us, some poor farm hand was killed trying to stop a thief stealing a brand new pick up, horse trailer and a horse.
My manager just did not like me. No matter what I did, it was not good enough. He always found fault. He was constantly trying to find an excuse to terminate me. Once, he had to travel out of town, and he called every day, 3 times a day to make sure I was at my desk. He literally called at 8:00, 1:00, and 4:55 each day. His constant complaints to HR finally led them to tell him that we were in an ‘at will’ state, and he did not need a reason to terminate me. Thursday morning around 9:30 am, on July 3rd, he called me into his office and gave every sorry excuse under the sun as a reason. I shot each reason down.
He told me I should pack up my things and leave. I calmly told him that I will leave when he gives me a valid reason for terminating me. He looked me square in the eye with an ‘eat shit’ grin and said, “because I can, now please leave.” I responded thank you, went to my desk and gathered what few items I had, and quietly left the building. On my way out, our CFO stopped me and said hello. I explained to him that I had just been terminated and wished him a Happy 4th of July. He looked stunned and offered his apologies. I looked at him, smiled, and said,’…dont’ be.
I’m going to have a wonderful 4th of July!” I went home, where my fiance (who was off for the week) and his mother were waiting. She looked at me and saw the box in my hand. She asked what happened, and I explained the situation to her. I went to my bedroom, changed clothes, and grabbed my keys. They looked at me and asked, “…where are you going?” “I responded, “tomorrow is July 4th, and we need food for our cookout!” That Monday, I filed for unemployment and enjoyed 4 day weeks. I would travel to visit my mother and had wonderful weekends.
I found a new job so quickly, I was disappointed. It was wonderful living a life without a dark cloud hanging over me, without feeling inadequate and like a failure. My old boss loved making people miserable and would joke about it. About 6 months later, a former co-worker called and told me that my old boss had been terminated, but had to remain at the company to help the auditors. Apparently, he had been reporting different numbers to state and federal agencies, and it caught up with him.
The feds originally wanted to file suit against the company, but further investigation found that the fraud was all on my boss. In addition, my former boss’ son had been arrested on vandalism charges! All I could do was laugh! I knew he fired me because he was an ass. I was too much of a coward to resign. He had no idea what a tremendous favor he gave me, and what bad karma he laid on himself! My parents had a small home business, and one day a woman came by holding an infant, looking for my parents. I told her they weren’t home, but she was welcome to wait as they had mentioned she would be by. I’ll call her Sylvia.
This isn’t the wild west any more so someone stealing a horse and not even all that expensive of one, got people’s attention. No suspects mentioned. Story faded and was forgotten when nothing that was stolen was found, until a few months later when a triple murder takes place about 300 miles to the east of us and they find the stolen truck, the horse, the gun used to kill the farm hand and yup, Judy’s now adult kids with kids of their own. Almost Judy’s whole darn family were arrested on multiple charges of murder, theft and more.