Handling a Bad Boss “Tom”
The year was 1964. The Cardinals had just won the National League pennant and were preparing to play the Yankees in the World Series.
Coworker: What do you think about the Yankees?
Bill: You know I am still a Dodger fan. I’ve been a Dodger fan since Jackie Robinson came into the league. I pull for them when they’re playing anyone except the Cardinals. It took me a year after I moved here in 1957 to become a Cardinals fan. I was also a big fan of Larry Doby and the Cleveland Indians in the American League. It seemed like just about every year back then the Yankees would finish ahead of the Indians to win the American League pennant. They would then beat the Dodgers in the World Series. It would be putting it mildly to say I don’t like the Yankees.
Coworker: What are we going to do? Tom has already said we can’t have any T.V. or radio in the building, not even in the lunch room. What do you suggest?
Bill: That’s amazing. Tom can give me hell and not one of you guys ever offer me any help or moral support, but when the shoe is on the other foot you come running to me. Why is that?
Coworker: That’s because you’re the only one around here that knows how to handle him.
Bill: Handle him? I don’t handle him. I just don’t let him run all over me. I have an idea for the home games. I’ll discuss it with you tomorrow. Meanwhile, I want you to ask the guys if they would be willing to pay 5 or 6 dollars apiece if a way could be found to bring in radios and T.V.s to watch the home games.
Coworker: How can that…
Bill: (Cutting in) Just ask around, I’ve got to finish up some work now. I’ll talk to you tomorrow.
Coworker: I talked to most of the fellows and they will be glad to pay 5 or 6 dollars if a way can be found to watch the home games. What do you have in mind?
Bill: Here’s the plan. We buy tickets for Tom and his wife and send them to the home games. We can have a T.V. or radio in every room. Just make sure you do your work also so he won’t be suspicious of anything.
Coworker: Who is going to get in those long lines and buy the tickets?
Bill: I came up with the idea. You guys can draw straws or whatever, so long as you get the tickets.
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