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In Charge


"Where's the manager, who's in charge here?" bellowed the large man dressed in a business suit that occupied the same table every morning at the Manny's Coffee Shop. 

Everyone stopped in their tracks and stared as the young man waiting on him grew pale and was visibly shaking; he tried so hard to satisfy his customers, but apparently had done something to displease the man he knew to be the president of the city bank.

The manager scurried over to the table to quell the disturbance while the other staff shot glances at each other and waited to see what would happen. "How can I help you Mr. Jameson, is there a problem with our food or service?" he asked.

In a voice loud enough for everyone to hear, Mr. Jameson said "Sir, I come here every morning for breakfast and most of the staff who wait on me are inefficient, unconcerned and sometimes downright rude, and show no pride in their appearance; but I've been watching this young man, and every time he waits on me he is courteous and respectful, dressed sharp, pays attention to detail, and makes sure to get my order in and out quickly no matter how busy he is. This is the kind of person I want working at my bank, so I'm informing you that today is his last day here, I'm making him my new assistant!"
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 I'm joining Zoe at "Uncharted"
where the cue this week is "charge"
 
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22 comments:

  1. Not so sure he should take the job! But, the customer assuredly took charge!

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    1. I agree with you Paul, the banker seems a bit overbearing!

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  2. wow! loved the gripping suspense till the last sentence Josie . Amazing 6 sentences.
    Love,
    Moon

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    1. It would be nice to be singled out for doing something right, Moon, instead of a critique, but maybe in a more private manner so as not to terrify the waiter first!!

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  3. Hope this is the kid's big break! Although, if the food and service at the restaurant is so bad, i wonder why the man kept going back.

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    1. I expect that the food was good, though the service less so. Often downtown dining does not provide a lot of breakfast options. This may be a great break for the waiter, then again it may be a mistake for him to change jobs on command!

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  4. Intriguing tale with quite a few what if's! However it sounds as though it could be the break anyone working in the service industry would jump at to get a foot on the ladder to success.

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    1. I agree about the ifs, Old Egg. There are several things to be considered here, including the banker's manner. I wonder what he would be like to work for? But yes, if the waiter wants to move up to a better job with a possible future, it may well be worth the risk.

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  5. This was great, I Loved it!
    Side Note: I love your philosophy.

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    1. Thank you, Susan. It's funny how at first we go, "Wow, great opportunity." Then we start thinking it through and wonder if in fact it really is.

      I'm glad you like that philosophy quote, it is what I see as purpose here, to help each other on the journey of life.

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  6. Josie...that put a big ole smile on my face. What a nice story. (but a scary guy!) Not sure that that would happen in real life but still, you'd like for it to happen.(not the yelling part, but the job offer part!) The image fits your story perfectly, it set the tone for sure!

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    1. Thank you! It would be fun to see this story play out in real life, certainly would make things quiet in the diner for a few minutes while the drama unfolded! But I have to wonder if Mr. Jameson would be nice to work for, or if he would be loud and domineering.

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  7. Love it! Too bad this doesn't happen more often in real life!

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    1. I agree, Janet! I think we should all tell people when they are doing something right, but hopefully not in such a showy manner, that would embarrass most of us half to death, and it really didn't leave the waiter with a choice in the matter.

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  8. Is he going to kidnap the young man? Does he have a choice? Stick to waiting tables young man!!! Great six Jisie.

    My Six Sentences! .

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    1. You caught on right away, Keith! While on the surface this appears to be an awesome job offer, and it may well be, he certainly should have asked the waiter first, and not just assumed that he could come in and steal and employee to his liking. I agree with him about the positive image this young man presents, but maybe he should look in the mirror and consider the image he portrays by being so outspoken in a public place!!

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  9. People in charge can do that sort of thing. I love the twist in the story. I just can't help but wonder if he is assuming the wItperson wants to work at the bank. An ultimate compliment in his eyes I'm sure

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    1. Well, at least they believe it is their right to do such grandiose things, Val! :-) If I was the waiter I would have been totally embarrassed and now he will have a difficult time explaining should he choose not to take Mr. Jameson up on his offer. I suspect Mr. Jameson might just be a real pain to work for, if he is prone to such outbursts! I wonder how many assistants he has gone through!

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  10. Dear Josie,
    Where art thou ?
    Love,
    Moon

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    1. I am so sorry for the delay, dear Moon, I have been bogged down and am doing my best to get on top of things. I'll be making my way around very soon, don't give up on me! XOXO

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  11. I guess, it was more about not having seen you for quite sometime . 😊
    Was missing you❤️

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    1. Your caring and concern was lovely, thank you Dearest Moon! <3

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