He’ll Never See The Light

| Pittsburgh, PA, USA | Working | April 19, 2013

Me: “Hey boss, the electric bill is due.”

Boss: “I’ll pay it next week.”

(Next week…)

Me: “Hey boss, the electronic bill is due.”

Boss: “I’ll take care of it.”

(A few days later…)

Me: “Hey boss, that electric bill is a few days overdue.”

Boss: “I forgot. I’ll pay it tomorrow.”

Me: “But it’s overdue—”

Boss: “I’ll pay it tomorrow!”

(The next day…)

Me: “Boss, time to pay the electric bill.”

Boss: “I’ll take care of it tomorrow.”

Me: “But it was due a few days ago.”

(My boss takes the bill from me and tosses it aside.)

Boss: “I’ll pay it tomorrow.”

(Three weeks later…)

Me: “Hey boss, we’ve received a second notification that the electric bill hasn’t been paid. We have ten days to pay it or else they’ll shut off the electricity.”

Boss: “It doesn’t count until the third or fourth notice.”

Me: “Well, you should pay anyway.”

Boss: “I’ll take care of it.”

Me: “Now?”

Boss: “Tomorrow.”

(Two weeks later the Termination of Service notification comes in for the overdue bill. I tape the notification, with the original bill stapled to it, to my boss’s computer monitor. My boss comes into the office and sits down at his chair. He peers at the white paper on the monitor and moves his mouse more rapidly, trying to get rid of the “white screensaver” for 20 seconds. Finally, realization sets in. He reads the notice, removes it from the monitor, tosses it aside, and begins logging into his computer. Ten days later our electricity was shut off!)

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