Fandango’s Story Starter #8-Nonsense Interruptus

See the source image

He could feel the beads of perspiration forming on his forehead as he slowly
opened the door to his boss’ office.
A complaint had been made about his casual friendly conversation with a co-worker because he carelessly mentioned a politically charged topic.
Frank paused trying to imagine ANY topic that had not been soured by political sensitivity.
His demeanor instantly changed.
Up to that moment, he was terrified of losing his livelihood, seniority, and credibility but now?
He was angry!
His boss stood and summoned him to sit but Frank remained standing. He’d been around long enough to know the ‘power head games’ about remaining ‘eye to eye’ rather than accepting a subservient pose.
His boss then nonchalantly sat on the edge of her desk and drew her glasses toward the tip of her nose.
“You wanted to see me, Ms. Taylor?”
“Yes, Frank. HR has contacted me with a complaint from Juan over your expression of opinion about our Southern Border.”
“Really? Ms. Taylor, Juan asked me what I thought and I believed we were friends. I said nothing insulting nor did he express any distress during our conversation. This feels like a bad dream.”
“Frank, you’re an extremely valuable employee but your insensitivity calling the Southern Border, the Mexican Border, can’t go unpunished.”
“It IS the Mexican Border! Ever see a map?! You aren’t making any sense.”
“Well, you might want to apologize to Juan and then we’ll let this all go down as just a little ‘blip’ in your personal file.”
“I’ve got a client waiting in my office, my son’s going through a messy divorce, my father has Alzheimer’s, my dog needs surgery, and I’m NOT sorry! I simply don’t give a little “blip” about all this nonsense! “
Then he leaned in and looked her directly in the eye.
Frank lowered his voice to a most cordial level.
“Thanks for letting me know that Juan is a cutthroat. I’ll be talking to Marcy at HR, about that, right after I do my job. Anything else?”
“Um… no.”
Frank left the office with his chin up, his integrity intact, and a smile on his face.


Soon thereafter, Ms. Taylor transferred to another department claiming ‘workplace hostility’, Marcy apologized saying she was only doing ‘what she’s told’, and the dog came through the operation like a ‘trooper’.
THE END

https://fivedotoh.com/2021/08/24/fandangos-story-starter-8/

13 thoughts on “Fandango’s Story Starter #8-Nonsense Interruptus

  1. Mason Bushell 08/24/2021 / 11:55 am

    Sometimes you just have to set the boss straight don’t you. Great story for the prompt,. Susan.

      • Mason Bushell 08/24/2021 / 12:05 pm

        Indeed! Nothing will improve if we dont make it improve.

  2. Sadje 08/24/2021 / 12:16 pm

    Great story Susan

  3. Fandango 08/24/2021 / 12:38 pm

    I agree that our southern border is the border between the U.S. and Mexico, and therefore is the Mexican border. Just as our northern border is the Canadian border. This shouldn’t be a political issue.

    • Susan St.Pierre 08/24/2021 / 12:43 pm

      You take things SO literally. Thanks for commenting but try to relax sometime. Nonsense happens. 😉

      • Fandango 08/24/2021 / 2:46 pm

        I’m a literal guy!

  4. newepicauthor 08/24/2021 / 12:48 pm

    There was a lot going on in this story and it held my attention till the end.

  5. Dora 08/24/2021 / 12:50 pm

    Susan,
    Three cheers! Sometimes there are borders, I mean lines that need to be re(drawn) when people lose their common sense for nonsense. :>)
    pax,
    dora

    • Susan St.Pierre 08/24/2021 / 1:00 pm

      😀 Allowing ‘sheep’ to reign, isn’t an option. Following nonsense is just too expensive!
      Thanks, Dora. ❤

Tell me something good...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s