My brother John dropped in unexpectedly yesterday.
It's always great to see John. He's incredibly upbeat and always makes me laugh, but last night he was practically giddy with glee over a truly horrible practical joke he played on a co-worker, Roman. Apparently poor Roman applied for a new job with a different company. So John just HAD to call him up on his cell phone pretending to be the manager of the other company in order to conduct an 'informal phone interview' which apparently got stranger by the minute.
Off the block he informed Roman that he could expect his salary to be at least four times higher than his current wage. Would that be a problem? As poor Roman was trying to keep it together, John pointedly asked him if he had a girlfriend.
"What? Uh, yes." came Roman's confused response, his mind still obviously on his prospective new wage.
"So you're not gay then?" asked John, in very serious tones.
"Are you sure?"
John went on to detail Roman's new duties which would include making tea and coffee for the managers all day long. There may also be other responsibilities. Would Roman be up to the task?
"Yes of course," spluttered poor Roman, thinking about making tea and coffee all day for four times his current salary.
John went on to detail the other 'responsibilities'. Neck massages, foot rubs, anything in fact that might be asked of him.
“And you’ve no problem with that?” persisted John.
“Well um …” said Roman, wondering just how far he might be willing to go for his new boss, “I guess not.”
“And you still say you’re not gay?” said John incredulously, before hanging up.
I was appalled by the joke, but apparently everyone in the office thought it was hilarious. (with the exception of Roman presumably.) It makes me wonder why men are compelled to pull these sorts of stunts on each other. It's not the sort of thing one woman would do to another. Sure, they might bitch about so-and-so up and leaving the company. They might even sneakily apply for the same position (as my old buddy Lisa did when I stupidly told her about a fabulous opening in another company I was thinking of trying out for) but thankfully, these sort of pranks generally aren't our style.
On the up side my son told me today that he loved me for the first time. Well, to be precise, what he said was "I law ooh!" but hey, I'll take what I can get.
There may be hope for the male of the species yet.
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