When Brotherly Love Calls, You Answer

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My boss does not get along with his brother, but he calls all the time, sometimes drunk, sometimes in jail, and sometimes he’s just had a broken heart from his latest girl. My boss and his brother have had their worst fight yet; I won’t go into details, but it involved their mother, who died from breast cancer, and their father, who is in a wheelchair.

My boss has been acting passive-aggressive all day, being rude to customers, messing up orders, yelling at a coworker, and being moody. The phone rings and I pick it up.

Me: “Hello?”

Boss’s Brother: “Hey, it’s me. Can you get [Boss] on the line? I really need to talk to him.”

Me: “Hey, [Boss], your brother’s on the line.”

Boss: “I don’t want to talk to him.”

Me: “He said it’s urgent.”

No, he actually didn’t.

Boss: “What am I, his keeper?”

Me: “Do you know who you sound like right now?”

A customer, an old woman, speaks up.

Old Woman: “He sounds like Cain!”

She bops my boss on the head with her tiny fist.

Old Woman: “Bad man!”

She takes her coffee and leaves. And then, a middle-aged man comes up and talks to my boss.

Man: “Take it from me. Your brother isn’t going to last forever. Don’t abandon him. Talk to him.”

My boss sighs and takes the phone from me.

Boss: “Hello?” *Pauses* “When?” *Pauses* “This morning?” *Pauses* “Okay, I’ll be there soon.” *To me* “Can you hold the fort until closing time? My brother was in an accident and he was badly hurt.”

He left and came back the next day to inform us that his brother had been in a car accident and had several broken ribs, a broken leg, and a broken elbow. He could have lost his life. To this day, whenever the brother calls, my boss always answers.

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