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KOTS gets a job…and gets fired.

Working is hard to do.  It’s even harder when you are KOTS and your stepfather offers you a no-brainer, easy job to do.  Imagine, here is your chance to work, get paid, and redeem yourself before your parents.  You’ll actually have some money and won’t have to beg or steal money from your parents.  You can prove to yourself that you can do something!

What is this dream job?  A small painting job that should keep you busy for a good 5-10 days.  The job is offered to you on Thursday.

Friday…can’t work because you have a supposed doctor’s appointment and a job interview.  Please note: You are a wussy boy who had to physically have his mommy take him to the doctor so that she knew for sure he made it.  Hmm, using a doctor’s appointment probably isn’t a good excuse unless your stepfather has a very bad memory (hint: I don’t).

Saturday…can’t work because he is working at his other (once-a-week) job.  He would have more hours there except, hmm, the manager knows he is KOTS…King of the Slackers and it shows in his job performance.

Sunday…going hunting with his friend.  I call him at 1 pm to discover he is done with hunting.  Hmm, again, another day of working hard.

Monday…can’t make it in because he has another doctor’s appointment and a job interview at 12 noon at the Olive Garden restaurant.  Seriously, another doctor’s appointment?  Really?  And a job interview at 12 noon at a restaurant?  What kind of manager would do a job interview during the lunch rush hour?

Tuesday…has to go to school in the morning, has a second job interview at Olive Garden.  Can’t make it in…

Wednesday…it’s magic time!  KOTS makes it in to work!  Tara, the job site manager, tells him to paint the trim and paint the sunroom.  KOTS quickly gets to work doing…nothing.  He spends ten minutes watching deer outside.  He has to text back everyone that texts him…he is only working…why should he stop texting for something important like work?  You know, that job that is paying him?  Oh, did I mention KOTS had to leave early for some reason…

I stopped by to check on KOTS and after KOTS left, Tara and I reviewed his work.  Tara told me not to have KOTS come back.  I was wasting my money and her time because he didn’t do anything.  He never painted the trim (what was he doing in that room?) and she had to redo the sunroom painting.  KOTS also walked across the kitchen wood floor with wet paint on his shoes.  Yes, more work for Tara to do.  Hmm, at least she’ll get some extra hours in.

That was our job experience with KOTS.  Now he is off working with his dad’s girlfriend’s son (you like that relationship explanation?)  We can only wish KOTS and his boss the best of luck!



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