Thursday, 23 March 2017
WORKPLACE WOES: FRIENDSHIP AND BETRAYAL...
I once knew a woman who feigned friendship with me so that I'd help out in the little shop she ran. If a man has a weakness, it's to feel needed and appreciated by the so-called 'fairer sex', and many a man has been duped by such 'womanly' wiles. She was forever proclaiming what a lot she thought of me, and wanting to hug and kiss me, and overwhelm me with her 'feminine charms'. It was obvious that this was only to make me more amenable to her bidding whenever she wanted to use me in some way, but don't get the wrong idea; the friendship was merely platonic, as she was a bit of a tomboy with some disgusting habits that turned my stomach on occasion.
While I was in the shop for six months on my own, I was visited by a 'mystery shopper', and as a result of my attentive customer relations technique and charming manly-man manners, I won a prize. It was £100 worth of gift vouchers and a bottle of champagne (or cheap equivalent), plus a certificate of achievement to hang in the shop. For some reason I now forget, there was a delay in the presentation, and I'd left the shop's employ before the prizes were belatedly awarded to the winners. However, there was a prior agreement between me and my colleague to split the vouchers, with her also getting the bottle of champers as I don't drink.
Thing is, she told me I wasn't getting my half as I'd left the shop before the presentation, and, in her view, the prize was for the shop, not the person who'd won it. This of course was total nonsense, as it had been my sole efforts which had secured the privilege and plunder, with me being specifically mentioned (not named, but described) in the mystery shopper's assessment of why both I and the shop were considered worthy of reward and award. It was the equivalent of telling me that because I'd left the shop's employ before payday, I wasn't entitled to wages I'd earned before leaving. Not that she did that, but, logically, it's the same thing.
So I was robbed of £50 - by a so-called 'friend', who, once I was of no further use to her, pretty much abandoned any pretence of friendship past the most superficial of nods in its direction. You all know your bold host isn't the sort of person to tolerate such an injustice lying down though, and without going into the specifics, I made sure her act of theft (for such it was) did not go unpunished in some (legal) way. She was a liar, a thief, a cheat, and a fraud, given to devious manipulation in pursuit of personal benefit, so she's certainly the type of 'friend' I can easily and happily do without.
Have any of you ever had such a 'friend'? Feel free to unburden your soul in our confessional comments section. Go on, spill the beans to your fellow Criv-ites.
Posted by Kid at Thursday, March 23, 2017