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Banking woes

06 August 2012, 13:42
 BANKING WOES                                                            
Friday eventually came:  It had been a terrible week in the auto motor factory where everything went wrong since Monday morning.  It started when the employees refused to turn up and when they did in dribs and drabs they chose to remain outside and volubly give vent to their grievances. It all started out when one of the senior foreman was fired due to theft of company property and in this case the guy stole a  Pick-up motor. Unfortunately as things tend to go the foreman was one of those people who could communicate brilliantly with the labour force.  The employees wanted him re-instated and in the same job grading.

     In the interim I had to stand-in in the now vacant position of foreman and hated every moment of it. Stress was for those who thought they are elastic bands and could just bounce back when on cue and please the boss. 

     Production had come to a standstill and management was tripling about as if they were walking on red-hot coals:  Humbly seeking ideas here and there strangely forgetting they are management after all.

     Time was not standing still but progressing in overdrive and I had other things to attend to after hours. In fact I had to be at the Bank before 15:30 in order to sort out a hire purchase contract which went awry due to an insurance claim not being honoured. And the threat to take legal action against the Bank on the grounds of corruption and mismanagement of the H.P. account.

          Eventually I was released and the employees semi-satisfied with their demands: Piet will be back in his position by Monday. Bloody gutless management will always succumb to pressure. These people are a true pain in the rear zone.
 
    I phoned the wife  and told her to drive immediately to the bank in the Merc ML63 and I will use the Hummer. As fate will have it we arrived almost simultaneously and with open parking. As we entered the bank we noticed a heavy flower pot had jammed the door closed and there were no other customers in the bank. One or two hard shoves upset the pot and we were in the bank. An elderly lady dressed to work in banks with a terrible look on her face ran up to me screaming that we leave the bank immediately or they would be fired. She started beating me on the chest with her poor tiny fists to vent her fury. I could actually read the fear and hate in her eyes and demeanour. I asked to be shown the managers office as my business was urgent. She dragged me by the cuff of my shirt to a closed office door with the sign: Regional manager. The elderly lady knocked twice on the expensive wooden door and no reply. I gently pushed the door open and stepped inside:  the manager stood there sweating while he loaded a pistol. On seeing me he muttered: “I would rather be dead than repossess your vehicles.” It took me several minutes to convince him that I had come for a loan to purchase a large recreation boat. He went slowly, like a dead man, to a cabinet and collected a bottle of expensive whiskey and two glasses. My wife did not drink. What the hell, the Merc and Hummer account could wait another month or two.

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