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Kill Them With Kindness

by 'Mean' Mike Duffau (writer), I'm the boss!, April 21, 2011

Try it sometime...

I had to put this guy in his place! I did it my way...or rather...the right way.

This afternoon I reported to work at the St. Pete Times Forum for the hockey play-offs. I'm usually nervous before I start because I know for a fact there's always going to be a customer(s) (male or female) that gives me a hard time about the parking prices or the parking in general. It never fails... the ones that give me the most headaches are the pansies with the luxury cars. Sure enough my theory is right.

An older gentlemen arrives driving a black Lexus. He drove passed me as if I didn't exist. So what do I do? I chase him down. I get his attention and I ask him politely, "Hi sir are you here to park with me today?"

"No, I'm not here to fucking park with you!"

"Then why are you here, sir?" I asked.

"Look, I've been coming to work out at the gym for two and half fucking years and I'm not paying you a fucking thing!" he demands.

"Sir, It's a fifteen dollar charge or you need to get a pass from your company to place on your dash-board. Without any of those your car will get towed" I explained.

"If you tow my car I will have you fucking fired!"

Then he claims that I was rude to him from the start. And I wasn't I was only trying to lay down the rules of the company policy.

"Sir, I didn't confront you in a threatening way nor did I curse you. I'm just simply trying to do my job".

"I'm sorry, he says. I had a bad meeting at the office today. I didn't mean to take it out on you. I apologize for that".

I explained to him that all he had to do was get a business card from the company and place it on his dash-board which takes about two-minutes from his time. That's it... simple.

I think it's degrading that people judge someone who's standing under the scorching sun earning minimum wage. And at the same time trying to provide a service. They must think that we're uneducated because of our low-pay status. I think I'm far from that, but I'm just not that smart to know how to make a million bucks (insert a laugh).

As far as the older fellow in the black Lexus... I think I handled him pretty good without lowering to his standards. I came up with the winning decision in that bout. Come to think of it that's the first time in my life that I remember winning a verbal confrontation.

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By Credo on April 21, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Iron mean mike I know that your the sports buff and all that< I think he should have counted himself lucky you didn't use your athletic skills on him.

(smile..... You know too many sports statistics for anyone to be messing around with you).

Sure we all have come across a bloke or two like this guy, seems he was just fatigued with the weight of a bad day on his shoulders. I'm in complete agreement, you handled that situation and him in a wise, collective and intelligent manor.

This reminds me to always attempt to remain cool and collective, especially when in battle.


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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on April 22, 2011 at 09:27 am

jen: how cool is that, a comment from the tonic! thanks for the support.

taz: dont worry about all those double happens...i thank yous for swingin' by.

credo: you always give me alotta credit. i appreciate it. i wasnt gonna lay a hand on that old man. fighting should always be the last solution.

cher: like i said before i suprised myself by the way it all went down. it was a good moment.

garry: believe i was burnin' inside but somehow i kept it cool. don't know how i did it. i guess im finally growin' up.

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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on April 22, 2011 at 07:11 pm

HAHA...right on melody! thanks...

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By Caballero_69 on May 12, 2011 at 05:10 pm


You often say "keep on punchin". Here you did and your blows fell so softly your opponent was knocked right out of his sour mood.

"A soft answer turneth away wrath."

Well fought Champ, well fought!

Keep on punchin!


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