“I really want to thank you for meeting with me,” Sue said as she entered her husband’s boss’s private office.
“Well I figured it’s the least I could do,” Stan said as he closed the door behind her. He motioned at the chair positioned near his desk saying, “But I’m afraid my mind is pretty well made up.”
“I understand,” Sue said quickly as she walked over and sat down. She waited until he had sat down at his desk before saying, “But I just wanted to try and talk with you and see if maybe I could convince you to not fire my husband.”
“Sue I’m sorry but he admitted to having embezzled close to fifteen thousand dollars from this company,” he said with a slow sad shake of his head.
“He…he told me all about it,” Sue said with a quick nod. She was sure that he hadn’t told her everything but that didn’t matter, he had told her enough. In a soft almost pleading tone she said, “We’ll pay it back I promise we will.”
“Oh I know he will,” Stan said with a confident nod. Apparently noting her puzzled look he opened the drawer on the side of the desk. He rummaged through the files for a few moments and then removed one, laying it on the desk in front of him. He opened it and removed a paper. He held it out to her saying, “He signed this promissory note. He agrees to repay the full amount within the next year, plus five percent interest. If he does I won’t sue him.”
Sue partly came out of her chair to take the paper from him and then sat back down. She glanced at the note, seeing that it was as he had claimed, complete with her husband’s signature at the bottom.
Shaking her head as she looked at the paper she asked, “But…but if he’s not working how…how can we pay this off?”
“That’s really not my concern,” Stan said as he leaned back in his chair. He grunted softly, saying, “He really should have thought about that before he started stealing from me.”
“Couldn’t you keep him and…and deduct some out of his paycheck until he’s repaid you?” Sue suggested as she laid the paper back on the corner of Stan’s desk.
“And give him a chance to continue to steal from me?” Stan asked with a short laugh. He shook his head saying, “I’m not that foolish Sue.”
“But…but he wouldn’t,” Sue begged.
“I just don’t want to take any chances.”
“But…but how can he possibly find another job?” Sue asked.
“Again that’s his problem.”
“But we just bought a new house,” Sue said.
“Sue I really don’t care,” Stan said simply. He shrugged saying, “He’s the one that created this trouble.”
“I…I understand but I’m begging you to please not fire him,” Sue said tearfully. She sniffed and then said, “I promise we’ll pay all of this back.”
“I don’t know,” he said after a brief pause. He frowned and shook his head asking, “What guarantee do I have?”
“Well you have that note there,” Sue said gesturing at the paper on his desk.
“Yes I do,” he said with a cold smile as he sat up and picked it up. He returned it to the folder, saying, “But that is only as good as the person that signed it.”
“I swear we will repay all the money,” Sue said as firmly as she could.
“And what guarantee do I have that you will?” Stan asked as he rested his forearms on the desk in front of him.
“I promise we will,” Sue said.
“But that’s just more words,” Stan said slowly. He cocked his head to one side as he looked at her. Sue bowed her head slightly as he gazed at her for a number of seconds. Grunting softly he said, “Maybe we can work out a deal that will make sure I get back what’s mine.”
“I…I will do anything you want,” Sue said quickly.
“I understand that you’re currently working in the mail room for a local company,” Stan said slowly as he leaned back in his chair.
“Yes I do,” Sue said with a quick nod.
“My personal secretary just gave me her notice a few days ago. I want you to quit your current job and come work here as my personal secretary.”
“I don’t have that much experience as a secretary,” Sue said carefully.
That’s okay, you’ll learn,” he assured her.
“Is that all?’ Sue asked hopefully.
“Well I will be deducting money out of both of your pay checks until the full amount is repaid,” he told her.
“I understand,” Sue said nodding her head. She couldn’t believe how well this was turning out; better then she had expected. Scooting to the edge of her chair she asked, “Is there anything else?”
“Well yes there is,” he said with a smug grin.
“And what’s that?” …………….. Click to Continue