PT. 3: The Storm
Soon I finally start seeing the whole picture, through word of mouth, personal experience, and general morale.
I was being praised, and taken to lunch, and generally left alone to do what I wanted, while the two Hispanics were being pushed into a corner, and forced into quitting, because I could have only assumed labor costs.
We’re talking two guys that work as long as requested, every single day, each capable of doing the entire job by themselves, with literally 0 supervision (just to clarify, they were both doing the job with 0 supervision, and the previous owner wanted to sell because they simply didn’t want to keep up with the growth of the company, because it was completely ridiculous), these dudes that show up every weekend, off the clock, unannounced to help with any damages or maintenance they couldn’t get to during the week. I mean, I really can’t talk highly enough about these two.
Let’s fast forwards some more, after one too many of “get your slack asses to work”, “I’m your fucking boss you will listen to me” and “can you believe these lazy fucking mexicans” I realised it was a really ugly combination of our owner being cheap AND racist. (Which, sidenote, while I’m not some activist, or overly entitled anti racist edge lord, I really don’t fucking like it.)(Also, REMEMBER the two people I see working circles around me everyday, being pushed out because they were “lazy” while I got praised)
Basically, the Hispanics said fuck it, met with the owner, and told them they had enough, they’re out. Which made one of our office people leave too, (they were of the same mind as myself)
This hurt the previous owner a lot, she would invite them over for dinner and treated them like family, but she talked with them, and came to peace with it being their decision.
At this point, I was only there to help out the previous owner, she’s very passive, and soft spoken, and while she’s business smart, this new guy was a snake, and would wait until he thought they were alone to tear into her. (Remember, previous owner is my gfs mother)
Well it came to a head, the new owner fucking chews out previous owner and blames her for everyone leaving, saying it was orchestrated, that she’s trying to make the business fail, and pins everything on her in front of all the other employees (talk about unprofessional?) Which is comical at best, because she was trying to get them to stay as hard as she could, because she wanted them to stay at the job they previously loved… and obviously she wanted the money, if the business fails, she wouldn’t get it.
(Should be mentioned, the previous owner was out for 3 weeks due to serious dramatic family health issues, and that’s when the shit ball started to roll)
She calls her daughter (my girlfriend) upset, composure broken (which is something I NEVER thought I’d see, and shit finally hit the fan.
She said if I was ready, she wanted me to quit more than stay, but wanted me to let the new owner know just exactly what I thought of him. Because the other 3 employees and herself tried to bend his train of thought and it didn’t work.
So I prepared for a night, and now we’re here.