Wait, Is This A Meet-Cute?

, , , , | Working | January 5, 2021

I’m a manager at my job, and I’ve gotten a new member on the team. We don’t click. At all. I won’t go into the details, but he rubs me the wrong way.

It’s been a long week, and I’m complaining about him to my mom over dinner.

Me: “And he’s totally unprofessional. I know that we don’t really deal with customers — that’s someone else’s problem — but still, I expect a degree of politeness in the workplace.”

Before my mom can answer, the doorbell rings and we get up to open it.

Coworker: “Hello, neighbour. I’m [Coworker]; I just moved in across the roa—“ *sees me* “THE F*** ARE YOU DOING HERE?!”

Me: “I should be the one asking that, seeing as I’ve lived here since I was born.”

Coworker: “Well, s***.”

Still, we accepted his greeting and introduced our families to each other. The only wrinkle was that at one point I had to pull him aside and sternly warn him to never again flirt with my mom or my wife, but other than that, the evening was cordial.

Starting on Monday, we began carpooling to work.

By the next week, I could stand him.

By the end of the month, we were friends.

When he got transferred to a different branch three months later, I was sad to see him go.

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