Prompt response based on the word of the day ~ 19th December 2016
Word for the day ~ MESS
By John Yeo
“How the heck are we going to get out of this mess? The books will never balance unless we get a new set of staff to manage the North office.”
“Boss I had to get rid of everyone in one swoop. The accountants warned us that the whole branch was in such a mess that it was liable to bring the company down.” This was said with some vehemence by Jack Smithers the MD:
“Look here Smithers; I asked you to go in hard and sort out the mess! Not mess the whole thing up; by sacking everyone and closing the branch down.”
“But Sir Brian….”
“Don’t but me Smithers: You’re a mess. You’re fired. Now get out of here!”
Jack Smithers gulped and looking angry he shouted back at this cruel ruthless obnoxious tyrant.
“Sir Brian, I have a whole new set of staff ready and waiting to reopen the North office. I have personally vetted and selected these people myself, but I refuse to allow them to begin unless you rescind this mistaken decision and offer me a substantial pay increase. This is the only way you will recover from this mess.”
The Boss narrowed his eyes and lit a huge cigar from a box on his desk and looked thoughtfully at Smithers, then he suddenly grinned and said. “Jack we have known each other a long time now. I trust your instincts. We will discuss this further at my club. I always think clearly over a good mess of grub from the Directors Club mess.
The Boss flicked the ash from his cigar towards a huge ashtray located at the edge of his kidney-shaped desk, missed, and brushed the ash on the floor. As he swept the dusty fragments off the desk a cloud of messy residue blew all over his expensive suit. Looking exasperated he pressed the intercom and yelled. “Gladys! can you come in here at once and bring something to sort a mess out?”
“OK Sir Brian!”
A short time later two security men entered the office and escorted Jack Smithers off the premises.
“Sir Brian’s parting words were, “Never try to wriggle out of a mess with blackmail Smithers!”
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