I was reading some of the posts about people working for friends and neighbors and sometimes helping out someone in need and it reminded me of a work situation a number of years ago.
There was this guy John, I worked with, he was the most selfish person I have seen in years. Every decision was based on how it could help him financially or work related, never on how he could help his employer or business. He'd have me do his work, and spend his time talking with his manager about how he would do this or that and see if his manager would give him goods or services for his own benefit. It made me sick, you know that sick feeling in your stomach that comes from being uncomfortable and not knowing why you are uncomfortable?
I wondered where do these people come from? People that take advantage of others. I didn't figure it out until John told his manager this story, in my presence.
He said his son wanted some money, he was around 8 years old. So it happened that their neighbor grandfatherly age man died of a heart attack leaving the grandmotherly aged woman alone. He encouraged his child to 'take advantage' of the situation by offering to mow her lawn now for $30 for a postage sized lot because she could not do it.
Essentially, he said: take advantage of this older lady for your own benefit. It taught me that people like this are not born, they are trained. And, the child was only 8!
I'm not against a fair wage for fair work, but, I'm certainly not for taking advantage of the elderly either. It's a different story for someone to help a neighbor in need for $5-8/hour when the homeowner has a $20/hour job and they'd like to farm out some yardwork so they can continue their better paying job. And sometimes, the person in need of help, can't afford the help, so helping a neighbor for free, is right, just because is the right thing to do.
I noticed no one here has said anything this corrupt, or nasty...I'm not sure what word to use. It made me glad to be part of this forum.
Thanks for reminding me, it was the first time I have talked about it since it happened. It taught me a lesson, careless thoughtless selfish people are trained and not born that way. Most of them anyways.
Hoping, the apparent kindness we have for each other, will continue.