Sunday, January 23, 2011

Billy Should Have Kept His Mouth Shut

Billy got a surprise visit from the local police the other day, just before he clocked out at the Noodle Factory. Apparently someone took his words a bit more serious than he would have liked, or perhaps they reacted different than he expected.

"If I don't get that promotion to lead man, I'm come in here and shoot a bunch of folks!"

The next morning, everyone was watching to see if Billy showed up for work, whether he was fired, or maybe even in jail. He showed, and the plant has something to talk about for quite a while. It's not been but a few days since a man took a gun and shot a lot of people down in Arizona, and with those stories still playing in the News Media folks were really wondering how the local law was going to deal with threats of mass violence.

Is Billy a nut? No, he's a blow-hard. Is he dangerous? No, not unless you walk behind his fork-lift while he's busy. Is he going to lose his hunting privileges? Quite likely.

So, what to do now? Is it the Company's duty to point this red-neck to a shrink? Should his friends get closer, and try to figure out what's going on in his head, at home, or in his life that would push him to be so...stupid? Or should everyone at work shy away, and let him deal with this on his own? I like the guy, and really like the venison he shares with his friends so I think I'll keep him as a friend....

You probably will never read about the incident in the papers. I suspect this sort of thing goes on a lot around the world, and goes unreported.

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